Swim, Bike, and Run at the Annual Youth Triathlon on August 6
Youth Triathlon Clinics available
Encourage your young athletes to register for the 7th annual Youth Triathlon at North Point High School (2500 Davis Road, Waldorf) on Saturday, Aug. 6. This event is open to all youth 15 years old and younger. Each child will swim, bike, and run specified distances determined by their age group. Check-in/registration time is 7 a.m. The event starts at 8 a.m.
New this year, the Charles County Youth Triathlon will be featured as the fourth race of the five-part Maryland Youth Triathlon Series. Now in its sixth season, the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series is the first youth triathlon series of its kind in the state. Awards will be given to overall Series winners across the four age groups for girls and boys. Triathletes must participate in at least two races to be Series eligible. Visit www.minicowtriclub.com/myts for more information about the 2016 Maryland Youth Triathlon Series.
Also new this year, all participants will wear a chip to track their time throughout the event. The Recreation Division has partnered with the Race Works Gruppetto, the official scoring and timing company of the Fairfax 2016 Police and Fire World Games, to time the event.
Register by Saturday, July 16 to qualify for the early bird registration fee of $35. Registration from Sunday, July 17 to Friday, Aug. 5 is $40. All participants registered before Saturday, July 16 will be guaranteed a T-shirt. On-site registration will be available the day of the event with a fee of $45. Online registration is available at www.CharlesCountyParks.com.
To train for the event, a four-week Youth Triathlon Clinic is available for youth between the ages of six and 14 years old at North Point High School (2500 Davis Road, Waldorf) from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This clinic covers swim technique, endurance building drills, transition area tips, race day prep, biking and running pointers, as well as general health and fitness information. Classes start Saturday, July 2. The fee is $25 for those participating all four weeks, or $10 per visit. Visit www.CharlesCountyParks.com to learn more.
For more information on these events or other activities offered by the Department of Community Services, visit www.CharlesCountyParks.com and www.facebook.com/CharlesCountyParksRecreation, or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Commissioners Recognize June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month
On Tuesday, June 14, the Charles County Commissioners proclaimed the month of June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Elder Abuse Awareness Month exchanges solutions towards reducing violence to elders, increasing reports of such abuse, and promoting understanding of the aging population's challenges and opportunities. The Commissioners recognize the Charles County Department of Social Services workers, and all adult services workers for their collaborative achievements in enhancing the lives of Charles County elderly residents.
Summer Swim Lessons and Programs Available for All Ages
The Charles County Recreation Division is offering swim lessons and programs for you and your family this summer.
NEW MINI SWIM LESSONS: These condensed swim lessons are available Aug. 1-18 at North Point High School (2500 Davis Road, Waldorf) and Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center (5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf) for beginner, intermediate, and advanced swimmers. Each session consists of four 30-minute classes during one week. Space and class size is limited. The fee for residents is $40 and for non-residents is $45.
SUMMER SWIM LESSONS: Learn how to swim or advance your swimming skills, and sign up for a swim lesson session. Sessions consist of eight 35-minute classes with one day of basic water safety skills. Sessions are available for all ages. Location varies depending on session. The fee is $60 for residents and $65 for non-residents.
ADULT LEARN TO SWIM HOUR: Beginner and intermediate swimmers over 17 years old can gain confidence in the water with this hour-long class. Each class focuses on basic swimming skills, stroke development, and water safety. Space is limited to seven swimmers per instructor. Classes will be held at Henry E. Lackey High School (3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head) from Saturday, June 18 to Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9:15-10:15 a.m. The fee is $65 for residents and $70 for non-residents.
ADULT INTRO TO FITNESS SWIMMING: Adults who are confident in the water, and have the knowledge and skills necessary to cross the pool safely, but still need work on conditioning and swimming technique are encouraged to sign up. Classes are available Saturday, July 11 to Saturday, July 30. The fee is $65 for residents and $70 for non-residents.
ADULT AQUATIC ATHLETES: This is a great class for immediate and advanced swimmers who are comfortable with water and able to swim 50 yards—both freestyle and backstroke. Instructor is on deck to lead workouts, motivates swimmers, and promote proper stroke techniques. Classes are available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:45-7:45 p.m. on June 21-July 14 and July 26-Aug. 18. The fee is $65 for residents and $70 for non-residents.
To register or for more information about the swim lessons, or programs and activities offered by the Department of Community Services, visit www.CharlesCountyParks.com, or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006
Bring Sick Teddy Bears Back to Health at "EMS for Children Day"
The Department of Emergency Services is hosting the 2016 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Children Day event at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf) on Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity for children to meet emergency personnel, ask questions, and make connections.
Children are encouraged to bring their sick or injured stuffed animals for evaluation and repair. If your child does not have a stuffed animal, stuffed bears will be provided while supplies last. There will be emergency vehicles and give-away items to promote pediatric emergency medical care within our community and to prevent children's illnesses and injuries.
Each year, the federal EMS for Children program partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians to celebrate EMS for Children Day. National EMS for Children Day features hundreds of grassroots activities coast-to-coast as local communities and medical personnel focus activities on raising public awareness about the need for specialized emergency care for children.
For questions about this event, contact Elizabeth Campbell at 301-399-8156 or CampbelE@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Annual July 4th Celebration Held at Regency Furniture Stadium
Enjoy a memorable Independence Day with family and friends at the 2016 Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth on Monday, July 4 at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf) from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
• 4:30 p.m. Best of Charles County Marketplace opens
• 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Charles Family Fun Zone begins
• 4:30 p.m. Music by DubCity Renegades
• 7:05 p.m. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball game vs. Somerset
• 7:30 p.m. Music by No Green JellyBeenz
• 9:30 p.m. Fireworks Display
Admission and parking are free. Family Fun Zone wristbands are $5 each. There are additional fees for marketplace, food, and drink purchases.
Additional parking will be available at St. Charles High School (5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf). Seating outside the stadium is limited. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
Guests who purchase game tickets will receive a complimentary wristband for the Family Fun Zone. To purchase tickets, call 301-638-9788 or visit www.SoMDBlueCrabs.com.