Calvert County Times May 18, 2017 - Page 17

Thursday, May 18, 2017 The Calvert County Times In Our Community 17 Maker’s Market to be held at Calvert Green Expo Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center will hold their June Maker’s Mar- ket in conjunction with the Calvert Green Expo & Craft Fair on Saturday, June 3, 10:00am-4:00pm at Annmarie Garden, on Dowell Road in Solomons, Maryland.  Admission is free! The June Maker’s Market will feature a wide selection of handmade, homemade, and homegrown products, including jewelry, farm-fresh produce, toys, pottery, leather goods, small batch foods, spirits, home décor, and so much more! Browse more than 100 booths, including the many Maker’s Market vendors along with scores of Green Expo vendors. And don’t miss all the new Maker’s Market vendors, including Colorful Card Catalog selling gift and toys for special needs kids, Deciduous Dave selling home décor and juggling props, and Port Furniture selling handmade jewelry boxes and display cases.  You will find these and many more vendors at the June Maker’s Market with extended hours, 10:00am-4:00pm. There will be lots of hands-on educational opportunities, along with special activities for the kids.  Food and drink will be available, including Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream, Calvert Kettle Corn, and Blue Wind Gourmet.  Admission is free!  For additional information please call (410) 326-4640, email info@ annmariegarden.org, or visit www.an- nmariegarden.org From Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center. SMECO 75 Bike Ride to be held June 3 Southern Maryland Electric Coopera- tive (SMECO) employees will host their sixth annual bike ride on June 3, 2017. Profits from the bike ride will go to four different organizations that focus on the environment: the American Chestnut Land Trust in Calvert County, the Port Tobacco River Conservancy in Charles County, the Alice Ferguson Foundation in Prince George’s County, and the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association in St. Mary’s County. Last year, SMECO donated more than $53,000, which was raised by the bike ride and the cooperative’s Annual Char- ity Golf Outing. The events are supported by a group of volunteers, vendors, and the SMECO executive team. Three bike routes of 29, 47, and 75 miles will start at the Co-op’s headquarters in Hughesville and go as far as Colton’s Point in St. Mary’s County. Cyclists can register for the SMECO 75 Bike Ride on Active. com. “We encourage cyclists to regis- ter soon,” said Natalie Cotton, SMECO’s community and public affairs director. She added, “Over the years, our bike ride has become very popular, and its suc- cess has made a positive impact in our community.” Cotton expressed gratitude for the sup- port that organizations provide to the fun- draisers. She said, “Our business partners make generous donations to the SMECO fund-raising events, so that we are able to make a significant contribution to our local charities.” The cooperative invites busi- nesses and organizations to help sponsor the bike ride and has set up the SMECO Charitable Foundation so that qualifying contributions may be tax-deductible. “In- dividuals who want to donate, but are un- able to participate, can contribute by using the PayPal button on SMECO’s website,” Cotton added. The date of the SMECO 75 Bike Ride, June 3, is also National Trails Day. A por- tion of the bike route uses the Three Notch Trail, a pedestrian and bicycle trail on the old St. Mary’s County railroad right- of-way. The trail in the northern area of the county begins at Deborah Drive in Charlotte Hall and runs south to John V. Baggett Park in Laurel Grove for a dis- tance of about 11 miles. The trail in this area provides connections to the Northern Senior Center, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Charlotte Hall Library, St. Mary’s County Farmers’ Market, the St. Mary’s County Welcome Center, Mechanicsville Elementary School and Baggett Park. From SMECO. Hundreds Rally in March for Babies It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 600 mem- bers of the Southern Maryland commu- nity showed their support of our smallest citizens -- babies — by participating in the 2017 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. Regency Furniture Stadium was packed with strollers, families, and business teams who raised more than $105,000 to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and other leading causes of death and disabil- ity in babies. Special guests at the event included Shay Baldwin (age 2), the 2017 Greater Washington D.C. Marker Ambassador, and her family. Mike Lukas (Waldorf Jay- cees), Bill McGee (Outdoor Creations), and Jason Sproesser (Southern Maryland Blues Crabs) joined walkers on the 3 mile- route as local DJ, Robbie Webb, provided tunes to keep the energy high. “We saw today how important the health of moms and babies is to the people of Southern Maryland,” says Mike Lu- cas, Southern Maryland March for Babies 2017 Chairperson. “I’m so proud to be part of this community of people who came together to give all babies a healthy start in life. Babies should be a top priority all year round, and we’re excited about what we’ve accomplished here today.” “It was a memorable and rewarding day for all of us,” says Audrey Baldwin, mom of the 2017 Ambassador. “After Shay was born 10 weeks prematurely, we decided we wanted to do everything possible to help other families know the joy of a healthy child. We’re honored to represent the March of Dimes today to show our ap- preciation for the ways they comfort and support families like ours and support in- novative research.” Premature birth, the leading cause of death among babies in the United States, affects about 380,000 babies each year, including approximately 8,525 babies in Maryland. Funds raised by March for Babies in Southern Maryland help sup- port March of Dimes programs that pro- vide comfort and support for families as well as innovative research to find the unknown causes of premature birth and birth defects. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our web- sites  marchofdimes.org and nacersano. org. If you have been affected by prema- turity or birth defects, visit our shareyour- story.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats. org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The 2017 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, HCA, and regional spon- sor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is spon- sored by the Greater Waldorf Jaycees, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, Outdoor Creations and Landscapes, Inc., MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Dominion Power, The St. Charles Companies, Southern Maryland Hospital, The Apartments of St. Charles, SMECO, Safe- way, Subway, Southern Maryland News, and Southern Maryland Woman. From March of Dimes.