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February Leonardtown First Fridays: Creative HeARTs
February 6, 2015 (5PM - 8PM)

Stroll Leonardtown's quaint downtown during a very special Leonardtown First Friday in February.  This month features a wonderful collaboration between St. Mary's Arts Council and Leonardtown Arts Center: Creative HeARTs, a community art show.  Members of the wider community are invited to submit art for display at the Arts Center.  That night, view the wonderful community art at opening receptions at the various Leonardtown art galleries, including at North End Gallery, Opal Fine Arts Gallery, and the Leonardtown Arts Center.  Then, visit Leonardtown's other shops & restaurants for great activities and specials.  What is Leonardtown First Fridays? On the first of every month, Leonardtown retailers will open their doors to showcase live music, kids and family activities, art gallery receptions, poetry readings, book signings, cooking classes, and tons of dining and shopping specials. Click Here for more information about First Fridays!

The Moody Views
Bill Moody was a reluctant transplant, or "newcomer", as we like to call them here in St. Maryís, 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. Maryís 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 Ė 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 Stateís 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 Agencyís mandate to reduce nitrogen pollution discharged into waterways. For more information visit the Charles County septic system upgrade assistance webpage.

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