Farm Life Festival Scheduled for Next Weekend

The second annual Southern Maryland Farm Life Festival is scheduled for next weekend at the John K. Parlett Farm Life Museum.

Proceeds from the festival next Saturday and Sunday will be donated to Christmas in April--St. Mary's County, a chapter of the national volunteer organization that rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners.

The festival is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Farm Life Museum, off Route 6 east of Charlotte Hall.

Nursing Home Forum to Be Held in Prince Frederick

A public forum on the quality of care in area nursing homes is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert Pines Senior Center in Prince Frederick.

The program is part of a series of such forums being held around the state. A task force is gathering suggestions about improving care and quality of life for nursing home residents. A report will go to the governor and General Assembly by Dec. 1 for consideration during next year's legislative session.

More information about the forums is available from the Maryland Department of Aging at 1-800-AGE-DIAL, Ext. 1097.

Agency Offers Free Depression Screenings

The Affiliated Sante Group, part of a Maryland-based nonprofit group that provides outpatient mental health and other services, will provide free information about depression on Thursday at the St. Charles Towne Center as part of National Depression Screening Day.

The agency will have information about depression, suicide and treatment options inside the mall in front of the JC Penney store between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m.

St. Mary's County Library Finishes Research Project

The St. Mary's County Library announced last week that it has completed a project to catalog the research materials of the St. Mary's County Genealogy Society.

The materials can be accessed through the library's online catalog at cosmos.somd.lib.md.us.

The project was supported by a grant made under the Library Services and Technology Act.

Turkey Shoot to Be Held in Bel Alton

The annual Turkey Shoot sponsored by the VFW Post 10081 in Bel Alton begins at noon next Sunday at the post on Route 301. It will be conducted every Sunday through Dec. 19.

Proceeds from the event support the general mission of the post of aiding veterans and the community.

For more information, call the post at 301-934-8271.

Gun Task Force to Hold Hearing in Waldorf

The governor's task force on childproof guns has scheduled hearings throughout the state, including one in Waldorf on Oct. 26.

The hearings are intended to be opportunities for citizens to voice their views concerning the need to develop internal safety features and technology that would prevent the unintentional or criminal use of handguns by children or others.

The Waldorf hearing will be at Thomas Stone High School and is scheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Department Launches Business, Tourism Web Site

The Calvert County Department of Economic Development launched Front Page News last week, a new feature on its Internet site that provides recent news about economic development and tourism in Calvert County.

The department also posted an online survey seeking suggestions on how the site can better serve business and tourism customers. The Web site is www.co.cal.md.us/cced and the e-mail address is cced@co.cal.md.us.

To speed navigation, the site is divided into two main sections--business and tourism. The site has a searchable database of more than 2,200 Calvert-based businesses.