Tri-County Roundup

* Walk-in registration for a substitute teacher training course for St. Mary's County public schools will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Human Resources Office, 23160 Moakley St., Leonardtown.

The course will begin Jan. 28 and meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is for individuals interested in teaching at either the elementary or secondary level.

Participants will be placed on the approved list of substitutes after an application for a criminal background check has been completed.

Because of the need for qualified substitutes, half of the usual $42 application fee will be refunded after the successful completion of 10 days of substitute teaching.

For more information, call 301-475-5511, Ext. 189, or visit www.smcps.k12.md.us.

* The Maryland Cooperative Extension Office in Calvert County reminds area residents to use de-icing products with care during the cold winter months, because materials used on sidewalks, roads and parking lots in the region can create harmful levels of salt and nutrients that may eventually end up in the Chesapeake Bay.

It is important to carefully follow manufacturers' directions for the use of de-icing agents, according to a fact sheet available from the extension office. Ice-melting products are most effective when spread thinly and evenly. Do not use fertilizer to melt ice and snow.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the fact sheet, call 410-535-3662 or 301-855-1150. Fact sheet No. 707 may be accessed online at www.agnr.umd.edu/MCE/Publications. Click on "Water Resources and the Chesapeake Bay."

* Classes in activities such as ballroom dancing, sewing, self-defense, piano, crafts and training workshops for adults are being offered by the St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks. For more information, call 301-475-4572.

* The Nanjemoy Community Center will host a Teen Winter Social from 7 to 10 p.m. tomorrow for youths 12 to 17. Entertainment will be provided by DJ John Baldwin. Admission is $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Refreshments will be for sale. For information, call 301-753-1647 or 301-246-9612.

* A potluck dinner, sponsored by Salt and Pepper and the St. Mary's County Office of Community Service, to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and birthday, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chancellors Run Community Center. The featured speaker will be Janice Walthour, a lifelong resident of St. Mary's who is an educator and poet. Bring a dish to share.

Salt and Pepper is an informal group of diverse people who meet each month to identify ways to achieve racial harmony in St. Mary's County. For more information, contact Barbara Thompson at 301-373-8545.

Business Report

* Civista Health Foundation's annual Mardi Gras ball will be from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 8 at Middleton Hall in Waldorf. Tickets for the fundraiser are $75 each. There will be an open bar, live band and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Costume or black tie optional. For tickets, call 301-609-4132.

* The Charles County Chamber of Commerce's 47th annual Presidential Ball will be from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy.The ball celebrates the installation of the chamber's new executive committee.

The theme for the ball is "A Night at the Copa." The band His Boy Elroy and musician Randy Runyon will perform. Salsa dancing and gaming tables will be part of the Old Havana-style event. Each attendee will be given a set of conga drums or maracas.

Dress is semi-formal with black tie optional. For information, call 301-932-6500, 301-870-3089 or info@cccc-md.org.

* The staff at the Red Lobster restaurant in Waldorf and general manager Joe Maxwell provided gifts to a Habitat for Humanity family of 13 during the holiday season.

About 60 employees raised money to purchase more than 100 gifts for the family. They also provided the family with dinner and desserts. Red Lobster International contributed a gift card to Food Lion. Assistant manager Scott Lang and his wife Sherry provided groceries for the family.

In Search of . . .

* United Way of Calvert County is seeking sponsors to support the 2003 Mardi Gras fundraiser Feb. 15 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. Desirable silent auction items are also being sought. All proceeds from the Mardi Gras will go to fund the 37 United Way human service agencies and programs in the county. Tickets are $75 each and may be obtained by calling 410-286-0100.

* The Calvert County Country Market is seeking vendors for its 2003 season. County residents who are property owners or growers who lease property in the county are eligible to sell their products and crafts at the market.

More information will be available at the market from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 18. Counselors from Calvert's Small Business Development Center will be available to answer questions about the market and how it might provide an outlet for individuals' produce and crafts.

For information, contact Kevin Owen, market manager, at 410-414-8095 or visit www.calvertcountrymarket.com.

Honors and Awards

* Gerald Creech, currently a freshman at Westlake High School in Waldorf, advanced to national competition during the National History Day contest last summer. Because of that, his project on the Civil War is currently on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. Creech was an eighth-grader at Mattawoman Middle School during the initial competition.

* Susan Ballinger was recently elected president of the Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland. Ballinger previously served as secretary for LDA for Calvert County. She is a national board-certified special education teacher in Anne Arundel County.

* Charles County public school teachers Teresa Jones, Kathryn Kavlick and Sandra Sanders recently earned national board certification, granted by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Certification is granted to teachers who demonstrate superior teaching skills.

Jones is a teacher at General Smallwood Middle School in Indian Head. Kavlick teaches at Indian Head Elementary School. And Sanders teaches English at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf.

Each teacher will receive a $2,000 stipend from the Maryland State Department of Education, and a $2,500 stipend from Charles County public schools for the life of the certification.

-- Bonnie Smith