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Kick the Winter Blues!
Get out of the house and experience all there is to do around St. Mary's!  To start, you can show your artistic side with opening receptions for the Creative Hearts Community Art Show at the Leonardtown Arts Center or art show at Opal Gallery Fine Art & Gifts.  If you are looking to get more hands-on with your creativity, sign up for an intermediate Stained Glass Making class at Caught My Eye.  Then, take in the premiere of Sotterley's "The Choice - Risking Your Life for Freedom", a living history presentation about Sotterley's enslaved who left with the British in 1814 during the war.  Hear some of the best local musical artists at Port of Leonardtown Winery out on their enclosed heated porch while sipping local wines at Music at the Winery.  Of course, don't forget to walk downtown Leonardtown's quaint brick square and take in the activities, winery, restaurants and galleries during Leonardtown First Fridays. Finally, why not plan a winter "Staycation" close to home?  Enjoy a weekend of great views on St. George's Island at Island Inn & Suites (or a great beach house rental)!  While there, why not visit nearby Ruddy Duck Seafood & Alehouse for delectable food and warm company?  There are many, many more events to chose from, so Click Here for more Events & Entertainment around St. Mary's!

The Moody Views
Bill Moody was a reluctant transplant, or "newcomer", as we like to call them here in St. Mary’s, but since arriving in the mid Nineties, he's embraced the local culture and now feels pretty much right at home. Bill shares his thoughts and observations on county living and local cuisine in his posts.

Dining in St. Mary's
St. Mary’s County has lots of great places to eat from seafood dives to sidewalk cafes to white table cloth establishments. Our local hang-outs are authentically local and our waterfront eateries offer some amazing views. Click to see a sampling!

The Cool Outdoors
For those outdoor types who love the cold weather, there's lots to do in St. Mary's County! Hit the Trail: It's a great time to visit our five state parks - all on the water - so take a stroll on a beach or a brisk hike through the many trails. This time of year, it might just be you and Mother Nature - so enjoy the winter serenity! Bike Around: If wheels are more your style, get the bike out and cycle any of St. Mary's many cyclist routes. Click to learn more!

AccessDNR – New Official Mobile App
AccessDNR is the official app from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for the State's outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you want to visit a State Park, hunt or fish, explore waterways by boat or kayak, or simply watch wildlife, the AccessDNR app provides all the information and services you need on the go. Click for more information!

Free Tax Preparation: St. Mary's Co.
Beginning in February, IRS/AARP certified tax counselors will provide free tax preparation and electronic filing for low-to moderate-income taxpayers of any age in St Mary's County. Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP. Taxpayers must have birth dates, social security cards and picture IDs for everyone listed on this year's tax return; a copy of last year's tax return (2013); healthcare benefits/insurance information; and all other income and tax related information. Additional information, including walk-in site hours, is available at: www.smctaxaide.org.

Septic System Upgrade Assistance Available
You may be eligible for a free septic system upgrade through a grant from the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF). The Charles County Department of Health has upgraded over 100 septic systems with nitrogen removing Best Available Technology (BAT) through the State’s BRF Septic System Grant Program. This fund finances septic system upgrades and connections to public sewer systems for Maryland residents and reduce the nitrogen load to the Chesapeake Bay. This strategy is part of the ongoing effort toward meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s mandate to reduce nitrogen pollution discharged into waterways. For more information visit the Charles County septic system upgrade assistance webpage.

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