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Two elements of summer fun are combining due to a partnership between the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association Inc. and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

The Southern Maryland Regional Library and the three county public library systems will give a free stadium seat ticket to every participant in this year’s summer reading program.

“This isn’t the lawn, these are actual seats. It’s a nice gift for summer reading participants,” said Victoria Falcon, public relations and marketing coordinator with Southern Maryland Regional Library Association.

She said this is the fourth year the two organizations are doing the promotion, but unlike years past the ticket vouchers will be good for one of three nights, rather than one designated night.

The tickets are good for July 7, 20 or 21 at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.

“The weather was so hot [for the game night offered] last year. ...This gives the participants more opportunity. If they’re on vacation one night, they have another option,” Falcon said.

She said the Blue Crabs donated 9,000 tickets this year.

“That’s roughly how many participate in the summer reading program. That’s an amazing turnout,” she said.

A press release said the three evening games will feature a parade of summer reading participants before each game and free fireworks immediately following the game.

The July 7 and 21 games begin at 6:35 p.m., while the July 20 game begins at 7:05.

For more information about the summer reading programs, or about the Southern Maryland Library Night with the Blue Crabs, go to www.calvert.lib.md.us.

Special milk program at Cardinal Hickey

The Cardinal Hickey Academy recently announced its participation in the Special Milk Program. According to a press release from the school, this program makes milk available to all children at the lowest possible cost.

The release said in accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, state law and the Maryland State Department of Education policy, discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD).

Emergency call for blood donors

According to a press release from the American Red Cross, blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.

The release said all blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative, in order to meet patient demand this summer. Eligible volunteer blood donors are asked to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or go to redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive and to make appointments.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

According to a press release, the National Capital Area Chapter of The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will host two walks in Southern Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Asbury-Solomons and Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. Registration for both events will start at 8:30 a.m.

The release said participants will learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment and the association’s support programs and services. For more information, go to www.alz.org/nca, call 301-934-5856 or email AlzWalkSoMD@alz.org.

Space still available at 4-H Camp

Calvert County 4-H has space still available in the environmental science day camp for Southern Maryland youth. According to an email from 4-H, campers will gain direct knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed through hands-on scientific discovery. This year’s camp will be held at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23 through July 27, for youth ages 8 through 18. Current enrollment in 4-H is not required.

The cost for camp is $175 per camper. Camp information, brochure and registration form can be found on the Calvert County Extension website under 4-H Camp, http://calvert.umd.edu/4H/Camp.cfm. Transportation from the extension office in Prince Frederick to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum will be provided. Space is limited. For more information, call the 4-H office at 410-535-3662 or 301-855-1150.

ldukes@somdnews.com