School Panel Seeks Applicants

The Calvert County Board of Education is seeking candidates from the districts of each of the county's three public high schools to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the coming school year.

The board tries to select five members from each of the three attendance zones. In addition, a student from each high school and a representative of the Calvert Association of Student Councils serve on the committee, which meets monthly during the school year.

People interested in being appointed to the committee should request an application from Superintendent James R. Hook's office at 1305 Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick or by calling 410-535-7205. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by Aug. 6.

Feast to Aid Cancer Research

A shrimp feast benefiting the American Cancer Society is set tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. at VFW Post 10081 on U.S. Route 301 in Bel Alton.

The event is one of several fund-raising events being organized through the efforts of friends and supporters of Capt. Billy Robertson, the well-known operator of crab houses in Charles County.

In January, Robertson was found to have a rare form of gallbladder cancer. Robertson, undergoing treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, is lending his name to several events that will raise money for cancer research.

Tickets for tomorrow's shrimp feast are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Admission is half price for children ages 7 to 12, free for those younger than 7. Tickets are available at the VFW Post.

Following the feast, there will be a free dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Persons under 21 are not allowed after 9 p.m. For information, call the VFW Post at 301-934-8271.

Holiday Charity Needs Toys

Having just survived a summer heat wave, most Southern Marylanders probably are not thinking of Christmas, but the folks who organize the annual Christmas Connection effort say planning now is what makes the holiday gift program a success.

The program relies on donations of new or slightly used toys to stock the Armory so that families assisted by the program may shop by appointment for gifts just before Christmas. The program is a cooperative effort of Catholic Charities, the Children's Aid Society, the Charles County Community Services and Social Services departments, and the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau.

Organizers say toys can be collected and donated now. The program particularly needs gifts suitable for middle- and high-school-age children. Donations can be left at the Children's Aid Society office, 3000 Huntington Circle in Waldorf, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items should not be left outside the office after hours.

In addition to the gift effort, Christmas Connection offers a limited number of "adopt a family" opportunities for donors, as well as a program that provides food and gifts to needy senior citizens.

Information on how to become involved is available from the Children's Aid Society at 301-645-1561 or from Mary Dail at the Department of Social Services, 301-934-6602.

Owings Group Schedules Meeting

The recently reactivated Owings Area Community Association will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the large conference room at the Fairview Public Library on Route 4 just north of Chaneyville Road.

The group was formed to serve as a voice for the community before county and state agencies and officials. Membership is open to anyone in Calvert County, although only Owings residents and business people will have voting privileges, according to a statement from the group. Dues are $10.

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting includes a review of bylaws and a discussion of ways to solicit new members, as well as service on board and committees of the association.

Orchestra Holding Auditions

The Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland in Concert (COSMIC) is inviting community musicians to audition for the 1999-2000 season.

The orchestra is made up of skilled professional, semi-professional and amateur players, as well as some gifted student musicians. They rehearse weekly, beginning in September, at the Loffler Senior Center in California.

To find out more about auditioning, call COSMIC board president Laura Theofilis at 301-994-0221 or board secretary Lynn Keates at 301-373-5277.

Spaying and Neutering Offered

The Humane Society of Charles County is helping to sponsor a low-cost spay and neuter program for dogs and cats of Charles residents. The program offers reduced rates through local veterinarian offices.

For information on which offices are participating, call the Humane Society at 301-645-8181.