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Early Childhood Day Scheduled for Aug. 6 to Offer Kids a Great Start

The 2016 Charles County Early Childhood Day is a free event that provides parents, caregivers, and early childhood professionals with resources to help children get a jump start on education. Engaging activities for young children will be provided by the vendors in attendance. The rain or shine event takes place on Saturday, August 6th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capital Clubhouse (3033 Waldorf Marketplace, Waldorf).

With a "back-to-school" theme, Early Childhood Day brings child care providers, early learning experts, and organizations that work with children and families together in Charles County. The Charles County Sheriff's Office will teach kids about safety, My Gym's Children's Center will offer physical fitness activities, Charles County Public Library will have reading activities, and the Center for Children will offer developmental screenings. Face painting, balloons, music, games, rock climbing, backpacks, door prizes, storytellers, and storybook characters are just a few of the kid-friendly options available.

Early childhood matters in Charles County. The Early Childhood Advisory Council's mission is that all Charles County children, age newborn through five, enter school ready to learn.

Exhibitor and sponsor registration information is available online at

For more information, contact Ms. D. Mia Gray, at 301-388-5133 or or Ms. Alexandra Alexis at 301.396.5242 or Citizens with special needs who wish to attend may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Commissioners Add Vote Tracking System to County Website

The Board of Commissioners announces the addition of the Board Actions Search web page to the county website. The public is now able to view and search current and former Commissioners' voting records online. The Commissioners Board Actions Search web page includes votes on legislation, resolution, ordinances, and other formal policy or administrative documents. To access the Board Actions Search page, visit:

The Board Actions Search web page offers several options to search for Commissioner voting information. Search filter options include type of action, Commissioner name, date of vote, legislation number, and bill number.

Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy said, "The Board of Commissioners is committed to finding ways to be more transparent and accountable to our residents. It is important for everyone to know how we vote on various matters, and this web page makes Board actions more accessible for all."

For more information, contact Clerk to the Commissioners Danielle Mitchell at or 301-645-0550. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Exhibitor Opportunity at Discover Quest Festival on August 13 and 14

The Charles County Office of Tourism invites local businesses, artisans, crafters, and food establishments to participate in Discover Quest. Discover Quest will be held Aug. 13-14 from noon to 5 p.m. at Indian Head Village Green (100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head).

Artisans, crafters, and food vendors are invited to sell goods, and showcase their talents. The registration fee is $25 for one day and $40 for both days. Registration fee covers one 10 feet by 10 feet space, one 8-foot table, and two folding chairs. Vendors are encouraged to provide their own 10 feet by 10 feet tent or canopy as not all spaces are covered and the event is rain or shine. Registration is available online at

For more information or if you are a non-profit organization interested in participating, contact Rachel Ammerman at or 301-645-0601. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Free Fishing Class Available to Youth at Gilbert Run Park in July

Are you between the ages of six and 15, and interested in learning how to fish? The Charles County Parks Division is hosting free fishing classes at Gilbert Run Park (13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall) on Thursday, July 7 and Thursday, July 21 from 9:45 a.m. to noon.

This is a great opportunity for children to learn the basics of fishing and have fun. Prior fishing experience is not needed. Bait and tackle will be provided.

Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. To register, call the Gilbert Run Park office at 301-932-1083. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles County Sheriff's Office Announces Application for Grant

The Charles County Sheriff's Office and Charles County Circuit Court announce they will apply for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula Program through the United States Department of Justice. The JAG Program provides states and units of local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs.

Charles County is eligible for $45,246 through this grant, which combines the Byrne Formula and Local Law Enforcement Block grant programs to provide agencies with the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are needed most. The program allows states, tribes and local governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own local needs and conditions.

The Sheriff's Office invites citizens wishing to make comments or review the Sheriff and Circuit Court's JAG application to contact Karlee Adams, Grant Coordinator, at 301-609-3279. All comments should be made by July 30, 2016.

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