Walk to Benefit Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Richard R. Clark Senior Center in La Plata.

Alzheimer's affects 2,400 people in Southern Maryland, according to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Washington Chapter in Southern Maryland. Funds raised from the Memory Walk support the organization's local programs and services.

Special guests for the 1.5-mile and 5-mile events will be Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who is also honorary chair of the event, and state Sen. Thomas McLain Middleton (D-Charles), who will cheer the La Plata Walkers.

Teams and individuals can register on the day of the walk or in advance by calling the association at 301-652-6446.

Caring for the Caregivers

The St. Mary's County Health Department has funding to assist families needing respite care services.

Respite care is temporary service provided to allow time off for a primary, 24-hour caregiver who is taking care of a family member.

There are also funds available for physical, occupational and speech therapy for residents who have exhausted their own therapy funding.

For details about the program, call the Health Department at 301-475-4297.

Seminars on Agribusiness

The Charles County office of the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service is offering a three-part series of seminars starting next month aimed at people considering starting an agricultural business or adding to an existing operation.

"Adaptability: Getting Started in New Agricultural Enterprises" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 20 to Nov. 3. The seminars will be at the Extension Service office at 9375 Chesapeake St., No. 119, in La Plata.

The program will offer guidance on evaluating the feasibility of a new business, writing a business plan and considering factors such as regulations, the economy and marketing.

There is a registration fee of $7, which covers the three seminars, workbooks and other publications. Early registration is encouraged. For additional information or to register, call the Extension Service office at 301-753-8195 or 301-934-5403.

Picturing Calvert

A "Focus on Calvert" photography contest is seeking entries that highlight the sights and scenery of Calvert County.

The contest, sponsored by the Calvert Chamber of Commerce and the county Department of Economic Development, will accept entries through Jan. 31, 2000.

There are three categories: Calvert events, for photos of special events or activities unique to the county; Calvert bayscapes and waterways, for photos of the Chesapeake Bay, waterways and water activities; and Calvert landscapes and landmarks, for photos of recognizable landmarks and historic structures or scenes.

Winning photos will be featured in an exhibit at the Calvert Marine Museum and on the Web sites of the two sponsoring organizations. The prize package for the overall winner is valued at about $900, for category winners at about $350, and for category runners-up at about $200.

Entry forms and rules of the contest are available from the Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583 or 301-855-1880, on the Web site at www.co.cal.md.us/cced or by e-mail at cced@co.cal.md.us. Forms are also available from the chamber at 410-535-2577 or 301-855-1930, or via e-mail at virginia@calvertchamber.org.

Free Depression Screenings

National Depression Screening Day is Oct. 7 and the Chesapeake Counseling Network will offer free screenings for people who think they might need treatment for depression.

Signs of depression include trouble sleeping, feelings of sadness or hopelessness and changes in appetite or weight.

The private, half-hour screenings will include a questionnaire and an interview with a counselor. They will be offered at the network's two locations, in the Gateway Building in Dunkirk and in the Avondale Center in Solomons. For an appointment, call 410-326-4262 or 301-855-0518.