Assistance in Keeping Cool

The Maryland Energy Assistance Program, sponsored by the Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee Inc., has received funds to administer an emergency cooling program.

The purpose of the effort is to purchase air conditioners and fans, as well as to provide financial assistance on utility bills to qualified elderly, disabled, handicapped and other residents who may have heat-sensitive medical conditions.

Applicants for assistance may call the following numbers in Southern Maryland: Calvert County, 410-535-1010 or 301-870-3770; Charles County, 301-274-4474 or 301-870-3770; St. Mary's County, 301-475-5574.

Community College Orientations

New Charles County Community College students can learn their way around campus at one of three orientation sessions later this month.

The school has scheduled a College Preview Night at each of its three campuses. The orientations will be 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Friendly Hall campus in La Plata; 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Community College at St. Mary's County in Leonardtown; and 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Community College at Calvert County in Port Republic.

New students and their families are invited to attend the sessions, which are designed to provide them with a broad range of information about each school and its transition in July 2000 to the College of Southern Maryland. Refreshments will be provided.

More information is available from the college at 301-934-7574, 410-586-3056 or 301-475-8799.

Be Included in 2000 Calendar

The Charles County Office of Tourism is seeking suggestions for events to be included in the county's 2000 calendar. More than 25,000 copies of the calendar are distributed each year.

Organizations or individuals wishing to list an event should request a form from the office either by e-mail at or by telephone at 301-645-0558 or fax at 301-638-2408. The forms must be returned by Nov. 30.

Buying Prescription Drugs

The Indian Head Senior Center will present a program at 11 a.m. Tuesday on assistance for senior citizens having difficulty purchasing and affording prescription medicines.

The program, "When You Can't Afford Your Medicine," will include how to purchase prescription drugs through the mail, how to comparison shop for the best price and information about the new Maryland Pharmacy Program guidelines.

The senior center is part of the Indian Head Community Center at 100 Cornwallis Square on the Village Green.

Master's Programs in Management

The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in St. Mary's County will host two new master's degree programs in management beginning with the fall semester.

The George Washington University master's program in organizational management will offer courses on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Classes scheduled this fall are "Leadership in Complex Organizations" and "Organizational Behavior."

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will offer courses in its master's program in management, which allows students to concentrate in one of several professional areas such as financial management, health care administration, information systems, marketing and others. Classes set for this fall are "Administrative Theory and Practice," "Financial Analysis" and "Economic Theory in Management."

Enrollment is underway for both programs. For more information on the George Washington courses, contact Doug Shoemaker at 703-521-9729. For more information about the College of Notre Dame offerings, contact Stephen Beckenholdt at 410-532-5562. General information about study at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center is available by calling 301-737-2500. The center is at 44219 Airport Rd., just off Route 235, about six miles north of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.