Calvert Organization Receives Grant

The Concerned Black Men of Calvert County has been awarded a $10,000 grant to fund education and outreach efforts on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, the group's executive board announced this week.

The grant money, administered through the Charles County Health Department, will be used for programs to heighten awareness among 12- to 19-year-olds of high-risk behaviors that can lead to sexually transmitted diseases. Officials with Concerned Black Men, a nonprofit group formed to promote services that support and strengthen the African American family, said they expect at least 200 students to take part in the programs.

Saying in a statement that he was "very pleased" to receive the grant, Concerned Black Men president Nate Pope said, "To us, winning this funding is a welcome sign that the greater community recognizes and has confidence in the type of work CBM and its membership does."

The organization will train peer educators, who will assist professionals during program sessions on topics such as dating and relationships, peer pressure, sex and drugs, decision-making, cultural and sexual identity, and communication and negotiation skills.

Reporter to Speak at St. Mary's College

White House correspondent Helen Thomas is scheduled to speak Monday evening at St. Mary's College.

Thomas, a United Press International reporter since 1943 and a member of the White House press corps since 1961, will deliver the 17th annual Margaret Brent Lecture at 8:15 p.m. in St. Mary's Hall. The lecture series commemorates the achievements of women.

Training Course Registration Extended

Walk-in registration for the St. Mary's County public schools substitute teacher training course has been extended until today. Interested persons may sign up at the human resources office at 23160 Moakley St. in Leonardtown between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There is no registration fee. The training course begins Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Mills High School media center. Classes continue on Monday and Wednesday evenings for 5 1/2 weeks.

Additional information is available from the human resources office at 301-475-4206.

Program to Feature Chamber Reports

"Consumer Connection," a new program on Jones Communications cable channel 15 in Charles County, will feature regular reports about the local Chamber of Commerce.

The program, which profiles Southern Maryland businesses, will interview Charles County Chamber leaders about the organization's activities and upcoming events.

A new episode of the show is produced weekly and is shown several times during the week.

Commission Seeking Nominations

The St. Mary's County Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for community honorees to be recognized at its annual breakfast, which is scheduled for April 8.

Each year, the commission honors individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the community through work in human relations. To be eligible, nominees must be St. Mary's residents, and the work they have done must be outside the normal responsibilities of their jobs. Past honorees and elected officials are not eligible.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31. Suggestions can be sent to the Office of Community Services, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Md. 20650, or dropped at the Health Department office on Peabody Street in Leonardtown. Additional information is available at 301-475-4632.

New Wildlife Hot Line Number

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources wildlife and heritage division has changed its toll-free number that residents may call for advice and assistance with nuisance wildlife. The new number is 1-877-463-6497.

DNR officials said the hot line receives about 700 calls each month.

Dance to Benefit Youth Advocates

The sixth annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Sweetheart Dance is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select in Solomons.

Music will be provided by Round Midnight, a band that plays both current and classic rock and has performed at the Governor's Cup party on several occasions.

Proceeds from the dance benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maryland. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple and include dinner. Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that works to keep high-risk children off drugs and in school. The Southern Maryland group is a United Way agency.

For more information or to make reservations, call the organization at any of the following numbers: Calvert County office, 410-535-1115; Charles County office, 301-645-8414; or St. Mary's County office, 301-475-3930.