Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Medicare Seminars Available in October

Are you overwhelmed with Medicare television ads and brochures? Navigating the Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D can be as confusing as alphabet soup. Join your local State Health Insurance Program and get simplified information about Medicare, including the Senior Medicare Patrol program (SMP), savings programs, and supplemental insurance. Attend one of the seminars below to receive valuable information about services you may be eligible for.

• La Plata Public Library (2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata)

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

• P.D. Brown Memorial Public Library (50 Village Street, Waldorf)

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m.

• Potomac Public Library (3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head)

Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.

• Waldorf West Public Library (10405 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf)

Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Ruth Anderson-Cole at 301-609-5712. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Annual Celebrate Charles FallFest Vendor Opportunity Available

Vendors are encouraged to participate in the 4th annual Celebrate Charles: FallFest on Saturday, Oct. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf). Register today to secure a spot at this exciting family-friendly event.

The registration fee is $25. Each vendor will receive one 10- by-10 space with one 8-foot table and two folding chairs. Vendors are invited to participate in the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Home party sales vendors are not accepted at this time.

For more information and to register, visit, or call the Crain Memorial Welcome Center at 1-800-766-3386. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Outreach and Restoration Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Charles County Government, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, is pleased to announce the Outreach and Restoration Grant Program is now open for applicants. This grant program encourages outreach and community engagement activities to increase stewardship ethic of natural resources and on-the-ground activities demonstrating restoration techniques and engaging residents in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers.

Applicants can request funds from one of the following tracks:

Track 1: Outreach

• $5,001-$20,000 for projects focused on education and awareness as project outcomes.

• $5,001-$50,000 for behavior change projects.

Track 2: Restoration

• $5,001-$25,000 for implementation projects.

• $5,001-$75,000 for projects that combine restoration and outreach elements to measurably build knowledge within the community served.

Non-profit organizations, community associations, and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply. For a complete list of eligible organizations, visit For grant details, visit

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Applications are submitted through an online system (Please note: The grant system works best in Internet Explorer browser, especially when uploading documents).

If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Abbi Huntzinger at 410-974-2941, ext. X106, or Kacey Wetzel at 410-974-2941, ext. X104. Citizens with special needs, contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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