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Computers Classes for Farm Businesses

Computers are an important tool for farm business management.  The University of Maryland Extension will be offering a series of computer classes focused on farm use on December 14, 2012.  Learn how to manage your files, operate windows software, protect your computer, develop spreadsheets and use QuickBooks.  Classes will be held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.  Class sizes are limited so please register sdill@umd.edu or 410-822-1244.  The cost of each class is $15.00.

If you need special assistance, please register 1 week ahead of time.  This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about computers for their farm business.

Excel Spreadsheets for Farm Businesses – December 14, 9am - noon

Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center EDC 26

Spreadsheets are a great tool for farm businesses.  They help with recordkeeping, budgeting and organizing data. This workshop will provide hands on applications of Microsoft Excel 2007. Topics will include navigating the software, setting up a spreadsheet and inserting formulas and calculations.  Participants will practice with laptops and spreadsheet templates.

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council November Calendar of Events

NOVEMBER 2: “Images, Imagination” exhibit begins. View the award winning work of former National Geographic photographer James L. Amos. Glass and jewelry artist Wendy Gordon joins Amos in this show featuring her imaginative designs. A portion of the proceeds benefit renovations to the Centre’s historic building.For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

NOVEMBER 3:Come see the “Crawdaddies” 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. $30 advance / $35 door (call for availability). Cajun/zydeco by a band that knows its way around the bayou.Concert followed by an ‘After Party’. Enjoy light fare, cash bar and meet band members. For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

NOVEMBER 9:“Images, Imagination” Exhibit and Reception. Join artists’ Jim Amosand Wendy Gordon at the Centre for the Arts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.The exhibit ispresented by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council and will benefit their building fund. View the award winning work of former National Geographic photographer James L. Amos and glass and jewelry artist Wendy Gordon.For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

Register now for 16th Bay to Ocean Writers Conference 2013

The 16th Annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference will be held February 23, 2013 at Chesapeake College, in Wye Mills, Maryland.  This year’s conference features thirty sessions/workshops—the most ever. Topics include: the internet for writers, the craft of writing, genre fiction, poetry, publishing, marketing, editing, pitching, essays, and non-fiction.  One-to-one manuscript reviews by published authors will be available by appointment. 

Conference fees will be $99 for adults and $55 for students with ID.  As one of the region’s premier educational seminars, last year's conference drew a sellout crowd of over 200 writers from five states and the District of Columbia.    Registration is open now at http://www.baytoocean.com.  Early registration is recommended as the conference has sold out for the last six years.

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council Calendar of Events - Oct - Nov 2012

OCTOBER 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: Tuesdays from 11 am to 1:30 pm. Exploring Watercolors with Sally Clark.  Register by Sept 25 and bring a bag lunch. For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

OCTOBER 5:

A.R.T. East Exhibit and Reception 5 to 7 pm. at The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center in Chester. Enjoy an eclectic show of works by regional artists in this unique venue. Most work available for purchase.Exhibit runs though December 29th.For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info

OCTOBER 11 and OCTOBER 18: Thursdaysfrom 7 pm to 9 pm.Mosiac with Candace Liccione at Wye River Designs in Grasonville.  $48 members, $60 non-members.For more information, contact Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. 410.758.2520. www.arts4u.info www.wyeriverdesigns.com

Fall Exhibit Showcases Diverse Artistry

Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts invites the public to an exhibit featuring fine artist Ann Harlan, multi-media artist Susan Mayberry and abstract artist Caroline Weiss. The exhibit begins Friday, September 14th, with a “Members’ Best” reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Ann Harlan has had a passion for the arts since she was young and says creating art is “her spirit’s song”. She lives with her husband in Centreville, where she paints out of her own studio. She began her education in Fine Arts at Ohio University and continued her studies at the University of Maryland where she earned a B.A. in Art Education. She also enjoyed her work as an art teacher which allowed her to share her love of artistic expression with others.

Susan Mayberry brings a variety of artistic skills to the Centre; including oil painting, sea glass mosaics and interior decorating. She began her work in the Washington D.C. area after graduating from the University of Maryland with a double major in Art and Art History. Many of her pieces are inspired from the landscape and creatures of the Chesapeake Bay, harvesting materials that she gathers from local beaches. Now a resident of the Eastern Shore, Susan runs a decorative painting business from her studio in Queenstown.

Linnie (Caroline) Weiss is a native Annapolitan. She began her interest in art as a young child, learning from her grandmother who was working as a professional artist. She and her husband moved to Centreville in 2000. She has studied with numerous artists including Marie Linnekin, Donna Baspaly, Anne Baldwin, Gwen Fox, and Stephen Quiller. She also utilized her artistic abilities as a career interior designer for more than 20 years. Her paintings are mainly abstract, which she describes as a way to “allow viewers the freedom to create their own stories.

Chester jewelry store celebrates fifth anniversary; gives back to two local groups

            Five years ago Paula A. Warner of Chester opened Paula’s Fine Jewelry with the goal of becoming the region’s family jewelry store where customers could find jewelry and keepsakes to mark special occasions as well provide “me-gifts” for customers to treat themselves. Her vision also included becoming part of the fabric of the community by supporting local charities.

            This tradition of giving back continued as Ms. Warner celebrated the fifth anniversary of the store’s opening with her customers and local business groups: Chesapeake Women’s Network, Queen Anne’s County Chapter; Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce; and Business Queen Anne’s, as well as two local organizations, Cancer Comfort Angels, Chester, Md., and Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, Md.

See What's Happening at Queen Anne's County Libraries this Summer!

Tuesdays, June 12 and July 17 at 10:30 a.m.

LEGO® Introduction to Engineering

Ages: K-5th grade

An introduction to the concept of engineering and to LEGO® materials paired with a specific design challenge: a chair for Mr. Bear. Please call 410-643-8161 to register. Registration opens June 1. Free. Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville.

 

Wednesdays,  June 13, 27 and July 11, 18, and 25 at 10:30 a.m.              

Junie B. Jones Club

For ages 6-9

Talk about your favorite series and make Junie B. crafts! Please call 410-643-8161 to register. Registration opens June 1. Free. Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville.

Queen Anne’s County Free Library Launches Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore the night this summer as the Queen Anne’s County Free Library presents “Dream Big—READ!” during its annual summer reading program. The 2012 summer reading program is open to young people, from babies through teens, with programs, story hours, a reading club, and more.  Beginning on June 11 and continuing through July 28, readers can pick up their independent summer reading club materials.

Families with children from birth through age 5 are invited to join the Read-To-Me club. They will receive a game board with literacy activities for child and caregiver to complete together, along with a suggested reading list of bedtime stories, nursery rhymes, and concept books.

Children entering kindergarten through grade 5 will receive a summer reading bag that includes a reading log, game board, sticker, and bookmark.

Teens are invited to participate in “Own the Night,” a summer reading program for rising 6th-12th graders, which pairs a game board with peer book reviews. Special teen events include book discussions, a teen writers group, creation of a LEGO® skyline, and an opportunity to make no-sew fleece blankets for a local children’s hospital.

2012 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Offers New Venues

Chesapeake Chamber Music’s 27th annual Festival will run from June 3 through June 17, 2012, crisscrossing the Mid Shore with venues in Easton, Centreville, Queenstown, St. Michaels and Trappe.  The two-week Festival will feature 13 events, including six concerts, five artist recitals and two free open rehearsals. 

Bernice Michael, the 2012 Festival Chairperson, comments, “We have enriched the Festival with daily and nightly performances ranging from early to new music. To showcase world-class chamber music to our growing audience, we offer performances   in an exciting variety of venues. The unique appeal of the Chesapeake draws internationally acclaimed chamber musicians who delight us all. Come join us!”

This year’s venues range from the historically significant St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville to the new Performing Arts Centre at St. Michaels High School; from Queenstown in the north to Trappe in the south, expanding the Festival’s reach to new audiences across the Shore.  The newly renovated St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Liberty Street in Centreville, belongs to one of the oldest parishes on the Eastern Shore, having been established in 1692. On Saturday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m., the oak- vaulted ceiling of St. Paul’s sanctuary, shaped like the inverted hull of an early ship, and the cathedral-style floor plan, will provide the perfect ambiance for enjoying chamber works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, featuring a Boccherini string quintet, the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs.  

May children's events for the Kent Island Branch of Queen Anne's County Free Library.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Fridays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Nursery rhymes, song, movement, and story
For ages 3 months through 36 months with an adult
Kent Island Branch Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville, MD
Free of charge. No registration required.

LEGO(R) Food Challenge
Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Build a favorite food or show us what's growing in your garden using the library's LEGO collection.
For ages 5-12
Kent Island Branch Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville, MD
No registration required. Free of charge.

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