CWH to Hold Monarch Workshop Sept. 24

Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage will host its annual Magnificent Monarchs workshop on Sat., Sept. 24 at 10am at Barnstable Hill Farm in Chester. The public is invited to join CWH staff to tag and learn about the migrating habits of Monarch butterflies. Participants will also learn about the Monarch’s life cycle and will help scientists from around the continent track its astounding generational migration.

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Session Americana in Concert Sept. 11 at Adkins Arboretum

Described as “a rock band in a teacup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle,” Session Americana are musicians’ musicians: a cast of top-shelf players, singers and writers who take their own songs and hundreds more from the American songbook on the road. This anything-could-happen music collective will bring their singular concert experience to Adkins Arboretum on Sun., Sept. 11 for a performance against a backdrop of goldenrod, asters and swaying meadow grasses.

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Talbot Kennel Club Holding Two All-Breed Dog Shows on Sept. 24th and 25th

Talbot Kennel Club will be holding two All-Breed Dog Shows (like the Westminster Dog Show seen on TV, but much smaller and more casual) on September 24th and 25th. The shows will be held in the Kent Building at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, DE. Spectators are welcome with no charge. The shows are for pre-entered AKC registered dogs. The shows will start at ~ 8:30am and run until ~ 5:00pm. Most of the activity at a dog show occurs earlier in the day, so to see the greatest number of breeds it pays to get there early. For more information, contact Joann Beavers by phone at: 410-745-5796, or by email at: elflane@goeaston.net.

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For All Seasons Leads Community Conversation on Suicide Prevention at Avalon Lecture

Suicide is a leading cause of death on the Eastern Shore, in Maryland, and the United States.
Each year, For All Seasons, shines a light on suicide prevention with its No Matter What … You Matter campaign. This initiative’s goal is to prevent suicide on Maryland’s Eastern Shore through education and increased access to crisis resources.
This year’s campaign will launch with a special community conversation about suicide prevention entitled “Life is Better with You Here: A Community Conversation about Suicide Prevention.” In this speaker series event on October 5 at 7 p.m., For All Seasons’ CEO Beth Anne Langrell and Chief Clinical Officer Lesa Lee, LCSW-C will:
• Highlight how powerful social connections and a sense of belonging are in preventing suicide;
• Share practical strategies and tips for reaching out to those who are struggling;
• Discuss crisis resources that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and
• Share a special message of support and hope for those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts.
At the conclusion of this speaker series event, For All Seasons will debut its annual suicide prevention music video. This song will offer an inspirational reminder that reaching out to loved ones in times of struggle can change lives and will feature members of For All Seasons’ Heart and Music cast and other recognizable faces and places from the Mid-Shore community.
“We all have a role to play in suicide prevention. One of the most important pieces of advice is not to wait for the ‘perfect moment’ to ask about suicide; that moment will never come. Ask anyway. Because suicide is too important to keep secret,” comments Beth Anne Langrell, CEO, For All Seasons.
Some tips for dealing with someone who is considering suicide, are:
Be proactive. There are times when you notice that something is off for a friend or family member. Take note of changes in talk, behavior, and mood. Pay attention to your gut.
Talk about it. Start a conversation in a private safe space about how that person is doing. Listen to their story. Focus on showing your support and compassion. Tell them you care about them. Avoid debating the value of life, minimizing their problems, or giving advice. You don’t have to have all the answers. Be direct. Research shows that asking someone if they are having suicidal thoughts will not put the idea into their mind.
Reduce access to means of self-harm. A suicidal crisis is temporary and often lasts minutes. Consider what items are a danger to someone who could be suicidal. Remove and/or lock up these items.
Get Help. Encourage them to seek treatment or contact their doctor or therapist or a crisis line and/or mental health services right away. Build in choice. Stay with the person until they have received support.
Follow Up. Continue to check in regularly and be a source of understanding and support.
Register for this speaker series event at https://LifeIsBetterWithYouHere.eventbrite.com.
Anyone needing help can contact For All Seasons 24/7 at 410-822-1018 or the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: Text: 410-829-6143 Toll-Free: 800-310-7273 | English:410-820-5600 | Spanish: 410-829-6143. Persons may also call Maryland Crisis Connect 24/7 – Dial 211 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For further information about For All Seasons activities related to the agency’s No Matter What … You Matter suicide prevention campaign, visit www.NoMatterWhatYouMatter.org or www.ForAllSeasonsInc.org.
For All Seasons is your community behavioral health and rape crisis center offering therapy, psychiatry, advocacy, and education to individuals and families, regardless of one’s ability to pay. For further information, visit www.forallseasonsinc.org.

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Upper Shore Aging’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Seeks Volunteers and Volunteer Stations

Volunteering has never been easier! Upper Shore Aging’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Upper Shore Aging, Inc. (USA) and funded by AmeriCorps, spans three counties on the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland: Kent, Talbot, and Caroline. RSVP, launched in 2021, recruits and places older adults (age 55+) in a diverse range of volunteer activities to meet various community needs.

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Brookletts Place Offers Presentation for Seniors About “Getting Back Out There” and Social Isolation

Brookletts Place Senior Center is hosting a presentation, “Getting Back Out There: How to Re-Engage After the Pandemic,” on September 29 at 1pm at Brookletts Place in Easton. The presentation will explore elder abuse and social isolation, as well as how to re-engage seniors as a result of the pandemic. The panel of aging experts will include Dr. Maggie Black, Partner of Shore Neurocognitive Health; Beth Parker O’Brien, LCSW-C, MPH, Founder/Partner of Shore Neurocognitive Health; Lee Newcomb, Adult Services Social Worker, Talbot County Department of Social Services; Mary Sellers, Maryland Department of Aging; Dana Newman, Talbot County Free Library; and Kate Stinton, Talbot County Health Department.

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