Personal Growth

Register for Cecil County Master Gardners Class

Anyone who loves gardening but seeks to know more might want to consider becoming a Cecil County Master Gardener.

Sept. 30 is the deadline to register for the master gardener course, which begins in January.

Call 410-996-5280 to register or for more information about the class schedule and the cost of the 14-week training program, which will be held in Suite 1700 of the Cecil County Administrative Building in the Upper Chesapeake Corporate Center off East Pulaski Highway.

Return to Afghanistan October 15-24

Women & Girls Fund Presents Return to Afghanistan October 15-24       

Featuring “An Evening with Khaled Hosseini” Author of The Kite Runner 

From October 15-24, the Women & Girls Fund of the Mid?Shore proudly presents Return to Afghanistan, a weeklong exploration filled with unique opportunities to experience Afghan culture, history, and refugee challenges. Some of Afghanistan’s notable spokespersons and photographers will impart insights and images of this intriguing land.

In a rare appearance, special featured guest, Dr. Khaled Hosseini, author of two international bestselling novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, will speak during “An Evening with Khaled Hosseini,” a moderated panel discussion at the Avalon Theatre on October 22 at 7:30pm. In 2006, the United Nations Refugee Agency named Hosseini a goodwill envoy to the U.N. High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). Inspired by a UNHCR trip to Afghanistan in 2007, Hosseini has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.

During “An Evening with Khaled Hosseini,” Dr. Hosseini will be joined by special guest Ambassador Said T. Jawad. Other panel members will be award-winning Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa and Shamila Kohestani, former captain of the Afghanistan Girls Soccer Team who was forced by the Taliban from her country and now attends Drew University in Madison, NJ. Kohestani is a recipient of the ESPN-ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The panel discussion will be conducted by a distinguished moderator to be announced soon.

On Wednesday, October 20, Chesapeake Film Festival will host a screening of the film “The Kite Runner” at 7pm at the Avalon Theatre.

Tickets to “An Evening with Khaled Hosseini” on October 22 are $60 for adults and $30 for students. The ticket price includes admission to “The Kite Runner” film on October 20. If sold separately, general admission tickets to “The Kite Runner” film are $10 for adults and $5 for students. To purchase tickets to either event, contact the Avalon Theatre box office at 410.822.7299.

The Country School Speaker Series Presents

Oct. 8 - Tim Junkin - CREB (Choptank River Eastern Bay) Conservancy

Nov. 5 - Jacques Baker - “Gilbert Byron, A Life Worth Examining”

Oct. 8: The CREB Conservancy strives to provide      education, outreach, and restoration programs that      promote environmental awareness of the essential        roles rivers and streams play in the community, of      the issues that threaten their health and vitality, and   of the solutions that must be implemented to   preserve them.

Nov. 5: Jacques Baker -“Gilbert Byron, A Life Worth Examining.” Mr. Baker will speak about the life and major work of this Eastern Shore writer. Born in Chestertown, Byron published 14 books, more that 70 short stories, and hundreds of articles and poems during his lifetime.  Byron shares his July 12 birth date with Henry David Thoreau; this coincidence influenced not only his writing, but his unique lifestyle as well.

Mid Shore Mediation Offers Training For New Mediators

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is offering free training for new volunteers who wish to become mediators. Basic Mediation Training will be held during the first three weekends in November. Introductory orientations will be offered in September for those enrolling.

Mediation Center Executive Director Peter Taillie described the Basic Mediation Training course as intense and interactive. The 45 hours of training will be conducted over three consecutive weekends beginning November 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturdays and Sundays, with breakfast, lunch and snacks provided. No more than one hour can be missed to complete the course.

The training will be conducted by Errika Bridgeford from Community Mediation Maryland. “Errika is one of the best mediation trainers in the country,” said Taillie. Bridgeford takes participants through extensive role playing in fast-paced, counter-intuitive sessions designed to teach mediators how to listen and reflect back, rather than advising and judging during mediations.

Volunteers learn skills such as active listening, positive reframing of topics and de-escalation of high-intensity situations, allowing them to guide participants in mediations through a process that brings parties to their own resolution of conflicts and voluntary agreements. Two volunteers conduct each mediation, making sure that each individual’s concerns are heard and understood.

“We are looking for a diverse group of trainees who are dedicated to giving back to their communities,” explained Taillie. Mid Shore Community Mediation Center serves Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties, offering no-cost conflict resolution for a wide range of issues.


Adkins Arboretum’s popular Soup ’n Walk programs for the fall season begins! Discover autumn’s sunny meadows, dazzling colors and signs of wildlife. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. This season’s offerings include:

Search for Fall Colors that Dazzle the Eye and Whet the Appetite

Sat.,  Oct. 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

On this walk, look for orange sweet gum, sassafras, tupelo, sumac, dogwood, yellow paw paw, hickory, beech and tulip tree. Menu: roasted red pepper and corn soup, curried sweet potato and apple pilaf, spiced pumpkin bread with cream cheese and yellow cake with cranberry-blueberry glaze.

Look Again! Join the Wildlife Hunt for Nutritious Berries, Nuts and Seeds

Sat., Nov. 20, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Learn about dogwood, hibiscus, partridge berry, oak, juniper, verbena, ironwood and strawberry bush. Menu: Italian sausage, white bean, and kale soup, wheatberry Waldorf salad with walnuts, pumpernickel bread and amaranth date bars.

Each Soup ’n Walk program is $18 per person for members, $20 per person for the general public. Register online at www.adkinsarboretum.org, or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0. To schedule Soup ’n Walk programs for groups of 15 or more, contact Ginna Tiernan, Adult Program Coordinator, at 410-634-2847, ext. 27 or gtiernan@adkinsarboretum.org.

Make A Painted Floor Cloth

Floor cloths, popular in 15th century France, were again used frequently in colonial decor. Originally imported from London, both stenciled and painted floor cloths were manufactured in this country from the late eighteenth century

Recreate one of the earliest forms of interior decoration on Monday, October 18, from 9:30 to 3:00 at Sacred Heart Church in Chestertown. Sponsored by Artworks, a class to paint or stencil your own floor cloth will be led by Dorothy Arthur, of Parkton, an instructor at the Carroll County Farm Museum and Anne Arundel Community College.          

The registration deadline is October 8.

Call Artworks at 410-778-6300 for registration information. Regular hours are Wednesday through Friday, 12-3 and Saturday, 9-3. Proceeds benefit community art programs for adults and children. For more information, visit www.artworkschestertown.org.

Cecil County Library Small Business Program

Follow Up and Follow Through:
Effective Ways to Gain New and Repeat Business
Thursday, September 30th at 7:00 PM
Elkton Central Library

With a troubled economy, voice mail service and numerous sales ads, businesses are forced to reconsider their marketing efforts and follow up methods with their potential clients and customer database.  This presetation will touch on a few common marketing techniques and how they an shed new light to help businessses build, retain and strengthen client relationships for repeat sales now and in years to come. 

Registration is required.  

Please call 410-996-5600 ext. 481 to reserve your spot. 

Agriculture in Talbot County Lecture

September 8, 2010 (7:00-9:00pm) – Agriculture in Talbot County

Agriculture is Talbot County’s number one industry contributing to the economy, food supply and scenic beauty.  From the food we eat, to the flowers and plants in our homes, the landscaping of our yards, our valuable real estate, beautiful coastal waters and fine recreational hunting all relate to our county’s agricultural land use. This session will discuss agriculture in the county and include a panel of local farmers

Historical Society of Talbot County
25 South Washington Street
Easton, MD 21601



Artworks community craft and art center, headquartered in Chestertown, has announced its Fall clay classes at its studio located at the Arts at Still Pond Station in Worton. An opportunity for independent work is also available, and those enrolled in classes may practice during this Open Studio time.

“Total Beginners 4-Week Class”, taught by Gia Campana, is for those interested in working with clay but with little or no experience with the medium. Students become acquainted with fundamental clay forming skills such as pinch, coil, soft and hard slab construction, then move on to decoration and basic glazing procedures. Work may include plates, mugs, bowls and vases as well as sculptural forms. The class begins Friday, Oct. 1 from 9:30-12 noon.

“Continuing Potters Wheel” is a weekly class with Marilee Schumann, open to beginners as well as those who already know how to throw. Small classes with personal attention allow students to progress at their own speed, working on basic forms or more advanced designs, and decorative or functional pieces. Sessions are offered Tuesday evenings beginning Sep. 21 from 6:-8:30 p.m. or Wednesday mornings beginning Sep. 22 from 9:30-12 noon.

The P.I.N.K. Primer - Breast Cancer Info for Men

Library and Shore Regional Breast Center team up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 28th

          The St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library and Shore Regional Breast Center of Shore Health system will present a program at the St. Michaels Library on Thursday Oct 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

          Shore Breast Center will open the program with a presentation of services provided by the Center in their work with local groups and people dealing with Breast Cancer. 

          Bob Musser, the local author of The P.I.N.K. Primer will speak about his experience as a partner of someone dealing with cancer. A lifelong world traveler and executive with Shell Oil Company for thirty-two years, Bob found himself ill-prepared to support his wife Ann when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Determined that no other male should feel as frustrated and alone at such a critical time, he wrote The P.I.N.K. Primer as a practical aid to men who want to be MVPs of breast cancer support. Told with humility, frankness and side-splitting personal anecdotes, Bob provides a fearless rallying cry for men to “drop the remote, suit up, and get in the game.”

          All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information about this event you may call the library at (410) 745-5877 or Shore Regional Breast Center at  (410) 820-9400 or http://www.shorehealth.org/services/breastcenter/.


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