Md. History Seminars

Teachers are being asked to apply to two one-week seminars on the state's historical contributions to democracy, which will be given this summer by the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

In addition to teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade, administrators, substitute teachers, other classroom professionals and librarians may apply. Those selected will receive $500 stipends.

The first workshop is June 19-24; the second is June 26-July 1.

The programs are part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Workshops, which provide K-12 educators with the opportunity to study American history and visit relevant historical sites.

The featured sites in "Life, Liberty and Opportunity: The Struggle for Freedom in Tidewater Maryland 1634-1865," include Historic St. Mary's City, Sotterley Plantation and Point Lookout. The Center for the Study of Democracy was awarded a $148,000 grant by the NEH to bring educators from across the country to study Maryland's history.

"Maryland has made significant contributions to the foundation of democracy," Zach P. Messitte, the director of the Center for the Study of Democracy and an assistant professor of political science at St. Mary's College, said in a statement seeking applicants. "Many Marylanders are surprised when they learn about our state's rich heritage."

Teachers in public, private, parochial and charter schools as well as home-schooling parents may apply. For more information about how to apply, visit: or contact Messitte at 240-895-4215.

Tech Scholarships Available

The Southern Maryland Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association is sponsoring nine scholarship awards. Graduating seniors in St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert counties' public and private high schools are eligible to apply.

Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in each county. Awards are renewable and based on merit. Each recipient must agree to attend a four-year college or university and pursue a technology major.

For further information and an application, contact Scott Sanders at The deadline is June 30.

Anti-Cancer Program

The St. Mary's County Health Department, which receives money from the state Cigarette Restitution Fund for Tobacco Use Prevention and Colorectal Cancer prevention, is seeking applications from community, volunteer or religion-based groups, organizations and agencies to assist in community education during fiscal 2006.

Tobacco use prevention activities must include community education initiatives on the dangers of tobacco use and secondhand smoke. Activities must also promote the recruitment of participants for the Health Department's smoking cessation programs. Targeted populations for the fiscal year beginning July 1 are pregnant women; high school and middle school youths, particularly girls and minorities; and smokers living in homes with minor children.

Colorectal cancer prevention activities must focus on the importance of screening and include efforts to recruit eligible county residents into the St. Mary's Health Department Colorectal Cancer Screening Program.

Organizations interested in applying for funds may pick up a proposal packet at the Health Department in Leonardtown. The deadline for submitting proposals is July 1. For more information contact Karen Russell, program supervisor, at 301-475-4348.

Baby Bazaar Is Saturday

The Charles County Department of Community Services hosts its annual Baby Bazaar at 10 a.m. Saturday, starting at Somers Community Center in La Plata.

Vendors will sell baby- and toddler-size items, and public agencies will offer information about their services:

* the Charles County Health Department on Healthy Start programs available.

* the Southern Maryland Child Care Resource Center on locating child care.

* the Catherine Foundation, the Center for Children, on the Healthy Families Charles County program.

* the sheriff's office on child safety. Certified technicians will be available to check for proper installation of infant/child car seats.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 140 are volunteering to babysit for those who want to sell or shop for items. The event will be held rain or shine.

Vendors will be able to set up beginning at 9 a.m., with selling starting at 10 a.m.

Smoking Cessation

St. Mary's Hospital and the St. Mary's County Health Department will present a free eight-week smoking cessation program -- Smoke Free for Life -- starting July 7 at department offices in Leonardtown.

The program, which will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. for eight consecutive Thursdays, is open to St. Mary's County residents who are 18 or older. Advance registration is required. To register, please call 301-475-4356 or 301-475-6019.