ONBOARD PAX RIVER:
Civilian Employee Assistance Program
The Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program (DON CEAP) provides a wide range of free, confidential services to employees and their families. Employees can access services 24/7 through the DONCEAP by phone 1-844-DONCEAP (1-844-366-2327), TTY 1-800-635-2883, or https://magellanascend.com/.
Suicide Prevention Note
Noticed a friend posting thoughts about suicide on social media? Take the post seriously. Reach out to your friend and ask if he or she is considering suicide. Share contact information for resources such as a chaplain, trusted leader, or Military Crisis Line (1-800-273-TALK, Option 1; text 838255 from a mobile device; or visit www.militarycrisisline.net.)
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR)
If you are a victim or know of someone who may be suffering in silence, reach out to NAS Pax River SAPR VA Watch Bill for confidential assistance: 24/7 at 301- 481-1057. You may also contact the DoD Safe Helpline for assistance: www.safehelpline.org. Call: 877- 995-5247, Text: 5-5247 inside the U.S.; 202- 470-5546 outside the U.S.
IN THE COMMUNITY:
Free Assistance with VA Claims
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Habitat for Humanity Building
St. Mary’s Square Shopping Center
21600 Great Mills Road
Did you receive an injury while on active duty or do you have a service-connected disability? Are you filing a disability claim through the Veterans Administration (VA)? The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is here to assist you with filing these claims at no cost to you. The men and women of DAV, disabled veterans themselves, are trained volunteers who can help ensure you are using the proper forms, have the proper documents you will need, and can advise you on common mistakes to avoid when filing a claim. Our space is located toward the rear of the Habitat for Humanity building on the left side. Stop by between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. any Wednesday to see if we can be of assistance to you. No appointment necessary.
Conversations & Cruise Series
9-10 a.m. June 12, July 17, Aug. 14
St. Clement’s Island Museum
Enjoy summer breezes on a fun, educational and family-friendly morning of cruising on the St. Clement’s Island Water Taxi during this series of themed cruises throughout the season! $15 for adults, $10 for kids, kids under 2 are free. Call 301-769-2222 to book.
Dinner & Cruise Series
St. Clement’s Island Mueum
Enjoy a fun evening of cruising on the St. Clement’s Island Water Taxi, cocktail reception at St. Clement’s Island Museum and delicious dinner at local waterside Morris Point Restaurant . Tickets are $55 per person. Call museum at 301-769-2222 to book. Only 20 spots per cruise. Dates: June 13, 4-8 p.m.; Aug. 1, 4- 8p.m.; Oct. 10, 2-6 p.m., Fall Foliage Tour.
St. Clement’s Island Heritage Day
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5
St .Clement’s Island Museum
Celebrate the history and heritage of St. Clement’s Island with tons of fun and free activities and programs for the whole family out on beautiful St. Clement’s Island. Experience a day of history, wildlife and art, and take part in activities that include, games, lighthouse tours, traditional music and much more. Lots of related vendors will be on hand. Free water taxi rides out to the island for all the festivities. Discover St. Clement’s Island State Park and its history as the site of Maryland’s first colonial landing in 1634. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. The reconstructed Blackistone Lighthouse will be open for tours.
Drayden African American
Schoolhouse Open Houses
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5, 19 and 20
18287 Cherryfield Road, Drayden
Learn about one of the nation’s best-preserved one-room African American schoolhouses, its rich history, andits importance to education in St. Mary’s County. Hear the real stories about how African American students learned up until the mid-20th century.
Green Life Festival & Market
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5
Annmarie Arts & Sculpture Garden
A fun and inspiring day of learning, playing, discovering and engaging with the people, products, and information you need to live a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. Learn how to reduce your ecological footprint and conduct your life in a way that is sustainable, naturally balanced, and respectful of our relationship with the Earth. Presentations and demonstrations. Children will enjoy recycled art projects and activities. Rain or shine event; no smoking or vaping. Free. Details at www.annmariegarden.org
St. Clement’s Island Museum/
Piney Point Lighthouse Free Admission
to Active-Duty Service Members
Through Sept. 6
Through the Blue Star Museum Program, the museums and historic sites of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division will offer free admission for actively serving members of the armed forces, as well as up to 5 family members until Labor Day. Museums participating include St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum. Please note that free admission does not apply to the water taxi at St. Clement’s Island Museum, only regular museum admission.
Potomac Jazz and Seafood Festival
July 9-11, Leonardtown
Tickets and discount packages are now available on the festival’s website, www.PotomacJazzandSeafoodFestival.com, as well as on the event’s Facebook page. There, those interested can find more information about everything happening that weekend. The public is encouraged to check the website and Facebook page information is updated weekly.
COVID-19 Vaccination Available
for Ages 12 and Older
Following authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use of Pfizer vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age, the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is expanding eligibility for SMCHD vaccination clinics to include individuals ages 12 and older. Please note: the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for those under the age of 18, and parental consent is required.To register for a vaccine appointment, visit the SMCHD website at www.smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine or call (301) 475-4330. New appointments are posted to the website weekly. Pre-registration is also available if clinic options for the week are filled and community members would like to be contacted when new appointments are available.
Local COVID-19 Testing
and Information Links
Information on local COVID-19 testing is available at: www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing. For local COVID-19 updates, information and data, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the St. Mary’s County Health Department at (301) 475-4330.
County Text-to-911 Messaging
The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services Text-to-911 emergency notification system is available statewide, and provides an additional way for residents to reach emergency services. To use the service, enter 911 in the “to” line of a text message, include a brief message describing your location, the emergency and type of service needed, and hit send. 911 dispatchers will respond and gather additional information as needed and dispatch appropriate emergency responders.