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Spelling Bee hosted at Benjamin Stoddert, streamed live online

The 38th annual Charles County Spelling Bee is 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, Feb. 19 at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Waldorf. The Bee will be streamed live on the Charles County Public Schools website, Visit the home page of the website and click on picture in the middle of the page to access the live feed. Viewers can also watch the Bee live at

Students from all Charles County public middle schools and county private schools are invited annually to participate in the event. The Spelling Bee is sponsored by Charles County Public Schools, the College of Southern Maryland, the Maryland Independent, Chaney Enterprises, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Community Services Announces March Children's Programs

The Department of Community Services has announced child-friendly programs for the month of March:

Daddy Daughter Dance (Friday, March 4)

Take your princess, ages 3-12, to the Daddy Daughter Dance at Somers Community Center (300 Willow Lane, La Plata) in her favorite dress for dancing. Each princess will receive her own tiara and souvenir photo. Prizes will be awarded in different categories. Event is held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee for residents is $15, non-residents $17, and at the door $20. Fee includes one child and adult.

Underwater Egg Hunt (Thursday, March 17)

Bring your swimsuit and goggles to help the Easter bunny collect his eggs in the pool! Enjoy a visit from the Easter bunny and fun activities at the Lackey pool (3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head) from 6:30- 8 p.m. Open to all ages. Fee is $5 per person. Registration is required. Registration accepted at the door based on availability.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt (Friday, March 18)

Join the unique egg hunt at Smallwood Community Center (4990 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head) from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. for egg hunting, coloring, and even a photo taken with the Easter bunny. Open to children ages 2 to 10 years old. Prizes awarded to children who win the jelly bean count, coloring contest, and collect the prize egg and the most Easter eggs. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and bring their own flashlight and Easter basket or bucket. The fee for residents is $10, non-residents $12, and at the door $15. Registration accepted at the door based on availability.

Spring Baby Bazaar (Saturday, March 19)

Buy and sell pre-loved baby, toddler, and maternity items at Somers Community Center (300 Willow Lane, La Plata) from 9 a.m. to noon. If interested in being a seller of baby and toddler items, call 301-932-6679 for details. Set-up is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Table availability is limited. Event held rain or shine.

For a complete list of winter recreational programs and activities, or to register for these events, visit the winter GUIDE at or call the Department of Community Services at 301-934-9305. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Planning Commission Schedules Additional Meetings to Discuss Comprehensive Plan

The Charles County Commissioners would like to inform residents of additional Planning Commission meetings dedicated to development of a new Comprehensive Plan. The meetings are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 29, and Wednesday, March 2, at 6 p.m. in the Commissioner's meeting room at the Charles County Government building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). Planning Commission meetings are aired live on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10.

Planning Commission meeting agendas are available for public viewing at Background materials are available at

For more information, contact the Clerk to the Planning Commission Theresa Pickeral at 301-638-2409 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Indian Head Joint Land Use Study Public Hearing to be Held March 1

The Charles County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on the Indian Head Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) on Tuesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in the County Commissioners' Meeting Room of the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). Citizens wishing to make oral or written comments are encouraged to attend the meeting.

The JLUS is a cooperative planning process between Charles County, the Town of Indian Head, and Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head to identify land use compatibility issues affecting the community and NSF Indian Head. The study is developed in collaboration with local stakeholders to identify strategies to guide compatible land use decisions.

The study is a key tool to help ensure the continued viability of the mission of the base which is one of the county's most important economic assets, and at the same time protect the surrounding community. The draft study report contains recommended policies and strategies to ensure that community development is compatible with NSF Indian Head.

The draft study document will be available after Thursday, Feb. 25 on the County Commissioners BoardDocs site at and on the Indian Head JLUS website at

For further information, contact Amy Blessinger with the Department of Planning and Growth Management at (301) 645-0650 or

The Indian Head Joint Land Use Study is sponsored by Charles County and funded by a Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) grant.

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