Get to Know the Chamber

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold an orientation program called "What Can the Chamber Do for Me?" from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. July 8 at the organization's office, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel.

The session will offer ideas about how the chamber can be useful to businesses and professionals and will include a discussion of marketing ideas. The seminar is free to members and nonmembers. Call 301-725-4324 to register.

Riding Arena Dedicated

Melwood, a nonprofit organization serving people with developmental disabilities in the Washington area, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 5 to officially dedicate the Alfred H. Smith Jr. Equestrian Arena. The indoor arena is at Melwood's Kamp A-Kom-Plish, a summer camp in Nanjemoy for children ages 8 to 16.

The $290,000 arena is named for Alfred H. Smith Jr. of Upper Marlboro. The Prince George's County businessman and philanthropist is an avid horseman and contributor to the facility. Additional funding was received through a Charles County community development block grant, the Greater Waldorf Jaycees and Melwood. "This arena was built to provide safe, enjoyable, recreational and leisure riding activities for individuals with disabilities and other Charles County groups in a comfortable, year-round setting," Joanne McDonald, Melwood's vice president of community living and leisure services, said in a statement.

Ground Broken for Center

A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 16 for the Collington Trade Center, a joint venture of Rockville-based Gingery Development Group and the Tower Cos. of North Bethesda. The 200,000-square-foot complex, with two buildings, is scheduled to open by the end of the year. It is the first project the companies have undertaken together in Prince George's.

Collington Trade Center will offer office, warehouse, distribution, light-manufacturing and showroom space.

The trade center is at 15800 Commerce Ct. in Upper Marlboro, on Route 301 just south of Route 214.

-- Compiled by WILLIE PUGH

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