How to Use Internet Tools

Is Focus of PRISM Lunch

Public Relations Individuals in Southern Maryland (PRISM) will conduct a lunchtime presentation Aug. 25 on new tools that public relations and marketing professionals can use for data research and message delivery.

Two speakers will make presentations during the meeting, scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

The first topic is "Beyond Google: Libraries as Information Resources for Public Relations."

Celia Rabinowitz, library director at St. Mary's College, will discuss free and licensed resources for research. She also will address the role of Web logs -- blogs -- in research and discuss current issues about copyright and intellectual property.

The second speaker will be Joshua M. Davis, president of Bay Media Services Inc. He will explain the basics of blogs, RSS feeds to share articles and previews, wiki Web applications that allow users to add and edit content, and podcasting.

The cost for PRISM members is $7 and includes lunch. The cost for nonmembers is $12. The meeting will be in the Great Room of the Campus Center.

Reservations should be made with Marc Apter by Aug. 23 at 240-895-4381 or mlapter@smcm.edu. More information is available at www.prismonline.info.

ESPN Show to Air Live

From Jousting Tourney

ESPN will air a live broadcast of the show "SportsCenter" on Aug. 27 from the Calvert County Jousting Tournament in Port Republic as part of its "50 States in 50 Days" promotion.

The segment will originate from a mobile set with an anchor and an audience. The segment will showcase the event and highlight the state's history.

Charles Humane Society Seeks Favorite Pet Photos

The Humane Society of Charles County is inviting residents to submit their favorite pet photos through Sept. 1 for the organization's 2006 "All Stars" pet calendar.

All submitted photos will be included in the calendar, which will go on sale this year. Winning photos selected by an independent panel of local judges will be featured in the monthly layouts.

Any pet photo can be entered as long as it contains only animals. Color photos are preferred, and shots reflecting seasons are welcome.

The entry fee is $15 per photo, and entry forms must be taped to the back of each photograph. All submitted photos become the property of the Humane Society. All proceeds received from the photo entry fees and sale of the calendars will benefit the shelter's Waldorf facility.

For more information or an entry form, stop by the HSCC shelter at 71 Industrial Park Dr., Waldorf, or visit www.humanesocietycc.org.

Lexington Park Library Adds Sunday Hours

The Lexington Park library will be open 1-5 p.m. on Sundays, beginning Sept. 11.

A celebration is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 to mark the start of the new schedule, with refreshments served by the Friends of the St. Mary's County Library. The Lexington Park branch was selected for this exclusive service because it is the largest library in St. Mary's County.

Group Offers Training

For Basketball Referees

The Maryland Basketball Officials Association, a nonprofit service organization, is offering certification classes for officials to cover high school and recreational basketball games, both youth and adult, in Southern Maryland, Anne Arundel County and other locations throughout the D.C. area.

Classes begin Sept. 28. Enrollees will have the option of meeting every Monday and Wednesday through October and November in Waldorf or every Tuesday and Thursday in Gambrills. The cost is $75. Contact Chris Sole at 301-899-7346.

Commissioners Name Two

To Boards in St. Mary's

The Board of Commissioners for St. Mary's County recently announced appointments to the following boards and commissions:

* David Shapiro was appointed to the plumbing board, with a term that will expire June 30, 2007.

* Andree J. Wells was appointed to the Commission for Women, with a term that will expire June 30, 2007. Wells was also appointed to the Adult Public Guardianship Review Board, with a term that will expire Dec. 31, 2008.