Calvary Players Stage Musical

In their fifth year of summer theater, the Calvary Players are returning to the musical comedy that proved a big success when they first staged it in 1995. The group will present "Smoke on the Mountain" Aug. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15.

The performances will be in the old Chapel of Calvary United Methodist Church at 3235 Leonardtown Rd. (Route 5) in Waldorf. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.

Pat Brennan, the show's director, said the chapel provides a perfect setting for the play because it was built in the same time period depicted in "Smoke on the Mountain," which is set in 1938 in a rural North Carolina Baptist church. It is the story of the pastor's effort to bring his congregation into the modern world by hosting a gospel-singing family returning to the concert circuit after five years.

Tickets for the production cost $10 for the evening shows and $8 for the matinees. They are available by calling the church office at 301-645-5247 or 301-870-6711 or by contacting Brennan at 301-843-7038.

Council to Host Tech Breakfast

The High Technology Council of Maryland and the TechGazette are sponsoring a program Thursday morning focusing on Southern Maryland's growing technology community.

"TechFast -- the Breakfast of Technology Champions" is scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Center for Business and Industry at Charles County Community College in La Plata. The event will include breakfast, exhibitors and a presentation by a panel that will include K. Bruce Hamilton, president and chief executive of Marconi Systems Technologies Inc.; Lu M. Grainger, president of Applied Ordnance Technology Inc.; and Donald R. Woodridge, president of Batching Systems Inc.

Advance registration is required. There is a fee of $25 for High Technology Council members and $35 for nonmembers. Registrants will receive a copy of the Southern Maryland Tech Report. To register, call the council at 240-453-6200. Additional information is available from the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland at 301-884-2144 or 301-870-2520.

St. Mary's Kindergarten Sign-up

Registration is continuing for St. Mary's County children entering kindergarten for the 1999-2000 school year. Parents may register children at the school serving their neighborhood.

Under Maryland law, kindergarten attendance is mandatory for all children who will be 5 years old by Dec. 31. Parents not intending to register their 5-year-olds must obtain a waiver from the public schools' Department of Student Services.

Parents are asked to bring the following information to the school when registering: the child's birth certificate, Social Security number, immunization record and proof of residence. The latter can be a deed or rental agreement, a building contract for a new home, a current property tax bill, a utility bill that identifies the address as a residence, documentation from a landlord or residence management company, or a Patuxent River Naval Air Station housing form assignment to public quarters.

A physical examination also is required for entering school. Information about registration or obtaining a waiver is available from the Department of Student Services at 301-475-5636.

Alzheimer's Support Group

The Southern Maryland office of the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Washington has organized a new support group for family members and caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease.

The group will meet the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Morningside House, 70 Village St. in Waldorf.

The new group is the eighth offered through the Southern Maryland Alzheimer's Association office, which provides services in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and southern Prince George's counties. More information is available by calling the Southern Maryland office at 301-934-5856 or 1-800-331-7299.

Health Care Grants Offered

The Maryland Health Care Foundation is requesting proposals for grants to improve access to medication for uninsured or underinsured Maryland residents.

Although some current state programs provide help in obtaining prescription drugs, many in the state "cannot afford the prescribed drugs or the over-the-counter medicines recommended by their physicians," Marilyn Maultsby, executive director of the foundation, said in a statement.

Foundation officials expect to award about $500,000 for up to five projects in the current round of consideration. Projects can be statewide, regional or local. Tax-exempt organizations or corporate sponsors in partnership with such groups are eligible to receive grants.

The foundation awarded $607,000 to nine projects around the state in February. It was created by the General Assembly in 1997 to support efforts aimed at improving access to health care for uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved residents of Maryland.

For additional information or to receive a copy of the new request for proposals, call the foundation at 410-715-9929 or 1-800-458-4162.

Vacancies on Women's Panel

Charles County commissioners are seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the county's Commission for Women.

Both vacancies are for four-year terms that run through Dec. 31, 2003. The deadline for applying is Aug. 13.

The Commission for Women is an information and referral source, and it promotes programs and services for women and families.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and a brief resume by mail, fax or e-mail to Shirley Gore, clerk to the county commissioners, P.O. Box B, La Plata, Md. 20646. The e-mail address is gores@govt.co.charles.md.us and the fax number is 301-645-0560.

Property Maintenance Seminar

The permits administration staff of the Charles County Planning and Growth Management Department will present a free seminar on July 28 examining maintenance rules applying to vacant commercial property.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room in the County Government Building in La Plata. Additional information is available by calling Cheryl Wedding in the department at 301-645-0681.

Break for Charles Commissioners

The Charles County Board of Commissioners will not be in session Monday or Tuesday. The commissioners' next session will be July 26 and 27.

To reach commissioners when they are not in session, call 301-645-0550 or 301-870-3000 to schedule an appointment. They can be reached by e-mail at commissioner@govt.co.charles.md.us.