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Exhibitor Opportunities for Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth

The Charles County Office of Tourism invites local businesses, artisans, and food establishments to participate in the "Best of Charles County" showcase at the 2015 Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth, a family-friendly event that drew more than 10,000 people last year. A Fun-Filled Fourth will be held on Saturday, July 4, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf).

Artisans, crafters, and food vendors are invited to sell goods, and showcase their talents. Spaces are available for $25. Space includes one 10 feet by 10 feet area, one 8-foot table, and two folding chairs. Register today to secure a spot. Registration is available online at

For more information, visit, or contact Rachel Reynolds, Promotions Specialist, at 301-645-0601 or ReynoldsR[at] Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Department of Economic Development Requests Participation in Business Survey

On Monday, May 18, the Charles County Department of Economic Development (EDD) announces an open call for business owners and operators in the local business community to participate in the 2015 Charles County Business Survey. The first of its kind, this survey serves as a sounding board for the county business community, and provides feedback to the economic development team. Findings will be used to tailor programs and resources to better address business needs.

“The Charles County economic development team is committed to the county’s economic growth, and [is] a key part to helping us achieve economic prosperity is by growing the companies that are already operating in the county, understanding the needs of these companies, and having an open dialogue with the businesses that are already here,” said Marcia Keeth, acting director of Charles County Department of Economic Development. “I strongly encourage every business in our community to take part in this survey. The more participants we get, the more feedback the department has to work with as our team looks to find areas where we can improve or augment our efforts to better service the needs of the local business community.”

The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. All personal information collected remains confidential, and will not be shared with any party outside of the Charles County Government. While it is highly encouraged to fully fill out the survey, partially completed surveys are accepted if some questions are not applicable. At the conclusion of the survey, a report of the aggregated findings will be shared, excluding any identification information.

Complete the survey today by visiting

For more information about the Charles County Department of Economic Development, visit, or contact Marcia Keeth at 301-885-1345.

2015 Early Childhood Day Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities Available

The Charles County Early Childhood Advisory Council welcomes local businesses and individuals to participate in the 2015 Early Childhood Day. This event will be held at the Capital Clubhouse (3033 Waldorf Marketplace) on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Exhibitors are invited to provide age-appropriate activities for children between birth and five years of age.

Advertising or exhibitor display is $30 and you provide your own table. Vendor names will be listed in the event program guide.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from silver to gold levels. Sponsors are recognized in select advertising. Sponsorship registration deadline is Saturday, June 27.

Exhibitor and sponsor registration information is available online at

For more information, contact Ms. D. Mia Gray, chair of the Charles County Early Childhood Advisory Council, at 240-299-9978 or earlychildhoodday[at]

Citizens Go Green at Environmental Outreach Event

On Saturday, May 2, Charles County Government and the University of Maryland Extension staff offered compost and rain barrel workshops, as well as a document shredding. During the Environmental Resources Outreach event, citizens learned green practices, as well as created environmentally-friendly household items.

This is the first year the Environmental Resources Outreach included rain barrel workshops. Approximately 71 rain barrels were sold. Participants constructed a rain barrel, and learned in-home installation.

Over 190 cars dropped off paper during the shredding event. In all, 6.25 tons of paper were shredded and recycled. Residents could bring up to five boxes of personal documents for free, secure shredding services.

In the compost workshops, enthusiasts and beginners constructed a compost bin, and learned how to compost. Several participants attended these 30 minute workshops, as well as constructed and bought their own compost bins.

For additional information about Charles County Environmental Resources, visit

2014 Charles County Preservation Award Winners Announced

The Charles County Historic Preservation Commission hosted a Preservation Reception and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 9, at Mount Aventine in Chapman State Park (3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head). As part of this event, the commission announced the 2014 Charles County Preservation Award winners. Kay Volman, John F. Radtke, Father Thomas Clifford, S.J., and the Friends of Chapman State Park were preservation award recipients.

Kay Volman received a preservation service award for her lifelong dedication to preservation in Charles County.

A Preservation Project Award was awarded to John F. Radtke (craftsman; Boy Scouts of America Troop 424) and Father Thomas Clifford, S.J. for their efforts to restore the exterior of St. Thomas Manor’s Historic Servants’ Quarters and Cooks’ Kitchen, which was Mr. Radtke’s Eagle Scout Project.

The Friends of Chapman State Park were recognized with a Preservation Project Award for their work to restore Mount Aventine in Chapman State Park.

For more information, contact Ms. Beth Groth at 301-645-0684 or GrothB[at] Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

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