Shop With a Cop program gives kids a chance to buy gifts

Friday, Nov. 23, 2007

Shop With a Cop, sponsored by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Fraternal Order of Police and the Calvert County Optimist Clubs, will take place Saturday, Dec. 8, at Wal-Mart.

Local families experiencing economic hardships can’t always provide their children with their own celebration of Christmas. The Shop With a Cop program joins these underprivileged children with local police officers, providing the children with money to shop for Christmas presents for their families and themselves. Participating officers will pick up the children at their homes and transport them to Wal-Mart where they will be met by members of Calvert County Optimist Clubs for their shopping experience. The children will each have a $100 allowance for shopping, along with a 10 percent discount provided by Wal-Mart. The group will meet for breakfast and gift wrapping at the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department. The officers will then return the children to their homes following the day’s activities.

Contributions to this cause are appreciated. The goal for 2007 is to provide 50 children and their families with a memorable holiday experience. To make a donation, make checks payable to Calvert Shop With a Cop, P.O. Box 851, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Dancing dogs perform for Twin Beaches library

The Boogie Woogie BowWows of Chesapeake Bay are coming to the Northeast Community Center courtesy of the Twin Beaches library.

The Dec. 4 show will be held at the Northeast Community Center in conjunction with the Twin Beaches Library’s holiday program, which starts at 7 p.m. with children’s storytime, followed at 7:30 with the dancing dogs.

The internationally known dance team features two humans as well as a standard poodle and longhaired dachshund that can trace their ancestors back to canine royalty, according to a press release.

Together the four create a show in which the dogs ride skateboards, jump through hoops, leap, twirl and dance, all to the beat of the music.

The BowWows have performed at theaters, community events and dog shows up and down the East Coast. They’ve been invited to appear at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., and in England and were featured in Reader’s Digest, Dog World and Inside Edition. This will be the first time they perform in their home town.

‘‘We’re so excited to perform in Calvert County,” Lynn Franklin, one of the human performers, said in a press release. ‘‘We’ve enjoyed entertaining around the country, but our hearts are really here.”

Joan Rose, the other human member of the BowWows, said ‘‘People always ask us when we’re going to appear locally. Now we can give them a date.”

The BowWow shows incorporate dance steps with a canine twist. Though the four-legged partners are both males, they assume the female roles. Sam, the standard poodle, prances, leaps and twirls. Tucker, the longhaired dachshund, adds his own interpretation with fast direction changes, tricks and tapping feet.

The show is choreographed for all ages.

International service club comes to Prince Frederick

Join Rotaract for its first organizational meeting on Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus, Room 119. Sponsored by the Prince Frederick Rotary Club, Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract is one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 7,000 clubs in about 163 countries and geographical areas, according to a press release. The group seeks to address the communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. Aside from community service opportunities, the club offers professional development and leadership training.

SMHEC Boardof Governors to meet

The board of governors of the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, an agency of the state of Maryland, will meet Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road in California, Md. Part of the meeting may be conducted in closed session.

Dates of future public meetings will be posted on the SMHEC Web site at Any questions about the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center or its public meetings may be addressed to Dr. Mel D. Powell, executive director of the center, at 301-737-2500.

Blood drive set

The Calvert County Lions Club will host a blood drive to honor Lions Joe Smith and Earl Thompson.

The blood drive will be at the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Being extremely active in service to their communities, Smith and Thompson were also members of the Masons, the American Legion and churches. Both of these men volunteered with Calvert Meals on Wheels. Thompson was also one of the original members of the board of directors of Calvert Bank.

As Lions Club members, Thompson assisted with the blood drive, six drives per year, for 29 years. Smith assisted with the blood drive for 17 years.

The greatest need for blood arises during the November to January holiday season. The Lions Club also collects eyeglasses and hearing aids for refurbishing.

Support group open

‘‘Loss and New Beginnings,” a drop-in support group is open to the public and held on the first Wednesday of each month at Asbury-Solomons Island in the Family Support Room from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Adults grieving the death of a loved one are encouraged to attend. The group offers the opportunity to share feelings and obtain support from others who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. Facilitated by Stacey Newman, Calvert Hospice bereavement coordinator, this group is free and open to the public as a partnership between Asbury-Solomons Island Pastoral Care and Calvert Hospice. Call the Calvert Hospice Office at 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226 for more information.

Blood donor centers have special hours on holiday

With the long holiday weekend this week, the community is experiencing a sharp decline in blood donation rates throughout the area. This could have a negative effect on an already vulnerable blood supply and put patients at risk for not receiving needed transfusions. In response, the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac (GC&P) Region of the American Red Cross is urging all eligible whole blood donors to ‘‘Be a Miracle Worker” by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation appointment for Thanksgiving weekend. Platelet donors can call 1-800-272-2123 to schedule an appointment.

‘‘When donation rates drop, the blood supply is severely strained,” said Gary Ouellette, chief executive officer for the GC&P Region, in a press release. ‘‘Although many people are enjoying the holiday this weekend, local patients still depend on the blood supply. To make it even easier for people to carve a little time out of their schedules to give blood, we are extending the hours at our donors centers and invite all eligible donors to give the gift of life this weekend.”

All American Red Cross Donor Centers will be open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. Additional hours are also available over the weekend. For complete donor center hours and a detailed mobile blood drive schedule, go to or call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (448-3543). As a special token of appreciation, all participants at any blood drive or donor center through Dec. 13 will receive an exclusive ‘‘Miracle Worker” T-shirt.