Poet & Playwright Robert Earl Price at Kent County Public Library

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On Saturday, February 3rd, Kent County Public Library welcomes African-American poet and playwright Robert Earl Price for a presentation that weaves together readings from his work with insights into the key events that shaped his career as a black cultural worker in America.

Mr. Price is a veteran of the Black Arts Movement that influenced and was influenced by the recent Civil Rights movement. His poetry strives to capture the visceral impact of the heroism of survival in an oppressive society, often incorporating the lyricism and rhythm of Jazz and Blues.

This program is free and all are welcome to attend.

Kent County Public Library
Chestertown Branch
Saturday, February 3 at 10am

League of Women Voters of Kent County Meeting February 7

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On Wednesday evening, February 7 at 7:00 PM the LWVKC will join with the Goldstein Program for Public Affairs at Washington College for a discussion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, otherwise known as DACA. The speakers will be Estela Vianey Ramírez, Assistant Director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center in Easton, MD and Ivette Riera Salarich, Court Liaison/Outreach Coordinator for Pro Bono of Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. Ms. Ramírez is herself a DACA recipient, having come to the United States from Honduras as a child with her mother and brother to escape the violence in her country. Ms. Salarich is from Barcelona, Spain and earned a law degree in her own country and practiced law there. She is currently moving toward an American law degree. This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in Hynson Lounge at Washington College. The most convenient parking locations on campus are in Lots B (by the stadium) and C (behind the theater). For more information call: 410-810-1883.

Happy Hour at Historical Society of Kent County February 2

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The Historical Society of Kent County will have a Happy Hour to discuess “The People of Rose Hill” with Dr. Lucy Maddox. The event will take place on February 2, 2018, 4 PM, at Bordley Building.

Life at Rose Hill Plantation, on the Sassafras River in Cecil County, was documented from 1814 to 1845 by Martha Forman, the plantation mistress, in a diary she kept for those years. The diary offers insights into the workings of the plantation, the lives of the Formans and their many friends and relations, and especially into the community of enslaved people who kept everything running. This presentation will look briefly at the people of the plantation, especially the black people, and consider the problems of researching the histories of the enslaved.

Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

Project 20/20 Phase II at Kent County Public Library

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Over the next few months, when you visit Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch you’ll notice changes in how the library is arranged.  These changes are part of the implementation of Phase II of Project 20/20, a multi-year project to update and reorganize the space to keep up with changing needs and trends of library use.

The exciting changes taking place in the near future are to accommodate the redesign of the children’s department. Some of the changes will be temporary while the redesign process is completed, so there will be multiple shifts in arrangement along the way.We ask for your patience with the process and are excited for you to see the end result–it will be worth it!

During this time, we will keep service interruptions to a minimum. Even though the space will look different, materials will remain available and programming will continue.  As always, don’t hesitate to ask if you have difficulty finding items or need help navigating the new arrangement.  We are here to provide you with a positive library experience throughout the renovation process.

If you have questions about Project 20/20, please contact KCPL’s executive director, Jackie Adams, at 410.778.3636.

Funding for Kent County Public Library’s Project 20/20 is provided by The County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Library; The Kent County Government; The Friends of Kent County Public Library; and The Foundation for the Kent County Library.

Kent Community Breakfast Group on February 1

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The Kent Community Breakfast Group will meet on February 1, 2018, at 7:30am, at Holiday Inn Express, Chestertown. Mr. Bill Flook, Ph.D., consulting school psychologist, will be the guest speaker to discuss “What Does A School Psychologist Do?”

Did you know that every school has a psychologist? The presentation will explain their role in assisting all children to receive the help that they need in school. Working as members of problem-solving teams in their assigned schools, school psychologists conduct assessments, prepare behavior and academic support plans, provide counseling to students and consultation to parents and staff, and help IEP teams to determine if a student needs supports through special education.

Unitarians Examine Their Seven Principles

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On Jan 21, at 10 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning will lead a service entitled “The UU Principles and Beloved Community” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged the world to “live into” a vision of Beloved Community. How do our 7 principles help us live into this vision? At this service Rev. Sue Browning will consider the deep challenges of living into Beloved Community and why Unitarian Universalists are evaluating an 8th UU principle to help. Special music for the service will be provided by Nevin Dawson.

Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

For more information cal 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Upper Shore Anglers to Meet January 16

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The Upper Shore Eastern Anglers fishing club will hold its monthly membership meeting on Tuesday, January 16 at American Legion Post 36 (9155 American Legion Rd, Chestertown, MD 21620).  We meet at 6:00 PM for dinner (optional at $15 per person), and the meeting begins at 6:30.

“Upper Eastern Shore Anglers is a diverse group of fishermen from Delaware and the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland.  We’ve been fishing together for over twenty years now.  Our goal is to share our love and knowledge of fishing with other fishermen.  We meet on the third Tuesday of each month to socialize, share a meal, plan events, listen to expert speakers, and swap fish stories. Members enjoy discounted charters, tournaments, and fishing trips, as well as annual fish fries and crab feasts.

“he public is welcome to attend.  For more information, check us out at https://tritoncollect.wixsite.com/uesa.

Unitarians Celebrate Life on Sunday!

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On Jan 14, at 10 a.m., various members of the congregation will lead a service entitled “Cycles of Life” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” At the beginning of the new year, what better time to reflect on the cycles of our life and it purpose? Join us for this traditional service of song and reflection as we honor the cycles of our lives with their sweetness and pain, beginnings and endings, with memory and gratitude.

Philip Dutton will accompany us as we sing our favorite songs of passage and renewal. We will hold the traditional UU Fire Communion as we release the past and welcome the blessings of 2018!

Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. For more information cal 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Mid Shore Mediation Sponsors Volunteer Mediator Informational Seminar

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Imagine a young couple, with a young child, who have decided to part ways. There are some issues which need to be addressed, and, for the benefit of their child, they have decided they would like to try to resolve things as peacefully and amicably as possible. If not for the availability of mediation, stress could set in, and the conflict could escalate, impacting their child, and the entire family. Costs could mount, as the conflict became more adversarial.   Did you know that community members can help by becoming trained mediators with Mid Shore Mediation Center, bringing peace and resolution promptly to those who need it most? Mid Shore Mediation Center offers free mediation and conflict resolution services, provided by highly trained volunteer mediators.

The Center is in need of volunteer mediators from all backgrounds to help with the growing demand in the community for mediation services. The extensive training needed is provided by the Center through Community Mediation Maryland. Mid Shore Mediation helps resolve disputes of all kinds involving interpersonal conflicts, such as parenting plans for parents who live apart, parent and teen mediations, elder and family mediations, re-entry from incarceration discussions, neighbor conflicts, workplace disputes, as well as larger group community conversations.

On Thursday, January 25, at 5 pm, Mid Shore Community Mediation Center (MSCMC) will host an Informational Seminar for prospective volunteer mediators. At this information session, MSCMC Executive Director Cynthia Jurrius, as well as other staff members and volunteers, will describe the function of the Center and the nature of its work. The next 50-hour basic training for new MSCMC mediators will take place three weekends in March, 2018. Training is interactive and is free to all participants, with volunteer commitment.  Space is limited.

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center brings the community together by helping support productive conversations that increase understanding and transform relationships, between individuals and among groups. By overcoming the barriers to communication and understanding, families, organizations and communities are strengthened.

For more information about training to become a volunteer mediator, or to rsvp for the Informational Seminar, please contact Mid Shore Community Mediation Center at 410-820-5553, or mscmc@goeaston.net.