Tri State Events

Now – Help Seniors sustain their independence by providing free services like transportation to medical appointments or the grocery store, running errands, making telephone reassurance calls, or friendly visits, and more. Whether they have two hours a weeks or two hours a month to offer, volunteers have the opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of others every time they participate. Join RSVP today by contacting Shirley Vanmeter at 304-257-1221 or 1-800-296-1221.

Now – Want to make a difference in the life of a child? The Foster Grandparent Program needs senior volunteers ages 55 and older to help children in schools and child care settings. Your life experience is very valuable to children who need a special person. You can be that special person while earning a non-taxable stipend, mileage reimbursement and other benefits by working as little as 15 hours per week. Foster Grandparents make strong connections with children and receive great satisfaction from making a difference in their lives. We need your help in making sure that every child has the extra help needed. We need You! For more information call: Myra Vance 304-257-1221 or 1-800-296-1221

Now – Let’s Beautify Cumberland! is gearing up for another season of cleaning up, planting and generally maintaining our public spaces. Would you like to be a part of our beautification Cumberland efforts? Adopt a parklet? As a group, family, or individual? As a one-day effort or a seasonal project? All helping hands are welcome and needed. Let us know. If you would like more information about LBC! projects or to volunteer, please send an email to [email protected] with your phone number so someone from LBC! can contact you. The spring season is just at its beginning. Let’s make it another successful one!

Now – Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.

Now – Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Even if you don’t have a business in Downtown Cumberland, you can join as a Friend of DCBA. Membership forms are available at www.visitcumberland.org. Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.visitcumberland.org. If you and/or your business have any Downtown Cumberland special events, sales, etc. you would like to include in this weekly email, please send the information to [email protected]

Now – The Downtown Cumberland Farmers’ Market is a place where the community meets each week to enjoy fresh produce, locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the work of local artists and craftspeople. The market sets up every Thursday from 9:30 am – 2 pm on Baltimore Street in Historic City Center from May to October.

Now – Hounds Around Town – Looking for a day filled with furry friends and fun???Then look no further than the Allegany County Animal Shelter’s “Hounds Around Town” program, which allows individuals to sign a shelter dog out for the day.  Being situated in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland presents a great opportunity for our shelter dogs to experience the joy of a long walk, hike or run in many of the area’s scenic locations. Looking for something more low-key? No problem, we have many pups that would enjoy an afternoon lounging on a couch, a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood or maybe a trip for ice cream. The most important thing is you are giving an adoptable shelter dog a much-needed break from the kennels and providing enrichment and socialization. For more information on the Hounds Around Town program, contact the shelter at 301-777-5930.

Now – Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.

Now – Holiday Cheer Christmas Basket Fundraiser! $40 gets a basket of holiday cheer delivered to WMHS Cancer Treatment to a local cancer patient. We are looking for businesses or individuals to sponsor these baskets. Each sponsor will be represented with gift tags. Donations can also be in memory or honor of someone. Sponsor more than one basket to fill the hearts of all! Baskets will be delivered the week of December 20th by Santa’s elves. We are accepting cash or business checks payable to either Mandy Wharton or Patty Stutzman. Send PayPal payments to either [email protected] or [email protected] For more information, contact Mandy Wharton, [email protected]

 

November 

Nov 22nd – Dec 16th This year, the American Red Cross is heading into the holidays with its lowest blood supply in more than a decade at this time of year and asks those who are eligible to give blood to help ensure patients can enjoy all this season has to offer. As a thank-you, all those who come to give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a private screening of the epic new film The Matrix Resurrections for the winner and 50 of their guests. Plus, those who come to give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will also get a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon. (Terms apply, additional details can be found at RedCrossBlood.org/matrix.) Those who share the warmth and make a blood donation part of their Thanksgiving plans Nov. 24-28 will receive an exclusive pair of Red Cross holiday socks, while supplies last. Don’t wait. Humanity needs you to help patients enjoy all the holiday season has to offer. Make an appointment to give blood soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 22-Dec. 16:

  • 11/26/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cumberland YMCA (Riverside), 601 Kelly Road
  • 12/6/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 11 Washington Street
  • 12/7/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Grace Community Church, 1005 Bishop Walsh Road
  • 12/8/2021: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Allegany College of Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Road S.E.

Nov 26th – Dec 19th The annual Arts for Giving Gallery Show has returned for 2021! All local artists who would like to submit art for the show can do so at the Gilchrist gallery this weekend – Nov. 6 & 7! Artists may display two works during the show, which runs from November 26 – December 19. The opening reception is Friday, November 26 from 4-6pm.

Nov 26th – Dec 26th The Bedford County Chamber Foundation’s 3rd annual Holiday Nights of Lights is a grassroots drive-thru holiday lights display, showcasing the business community of the Bedford County region with a festival of light. More than 100 businesses, organizations, school groups churches and families are participating – building displays are celebrating the season. 6-9pm on select nights between Nov. 26 and Dec. 26. Suggested donation of $10 per vehicle.

Nov 27th Trinity Christmas house! This Saturday, November 27th, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at “The Stadell” at Brookedale Farms on Georges Run Road, Fort Ashby, WV. The event will include crafts, food, door prizes, silent auction, & Fun! Sponsored by the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Nov 27th The public is invited to attend the Christmas Festival of Lights Celebration which will be held at the Amphitheater at Central Hampshire Park in Augusta, West Virginia, on Saturday, November 27, 2021, beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is FREE. We will serve coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies free of charge to all who attend the Lighting Ceremony, and Santa will be there to greet the kids of all ages. And you kids need to remember to bring an ornament to help decorate the official Christmas Festival of Lights Christmas Tree. The highlight of the Lighting Ceremony will come at 5:30 when we light the giant Christmas tree in the field above the amphitheater. Through the generosity of the Hampshire County Commission, the HCP&R Board, and many businesses and individuals throughout the area, the Festival has exploded over the past 8 years. We have grown from 24 light displays in 2013 to 230 displays this year. New features for 2021 include a huge Santa Train display in the center of the park and an animated “Merry Christmas” greeting sign over the entrance.

Nov 27th – Dec 18th Super Saturdays for Kids that includes Crafts, Games, Music, Bible Lesson and Lunch is taking place children ages 4-12 Saturdays, November 27 through December 18 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  This event is being held by the Church of the Nazarene located at 203 South 8th Street in Oakland.  For more details and to register a child you can go to www.oaklandnaz.com and select Super Saturday for Kids from across the top menu.  If you have any questions you can reach out to the church by calling 301-334-2400 or emailing [email protected].

Nov 28th FROSTBURG Tree Lighting Celebration! Light up your holidays! This event will be held on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 28th, at St. Michael’s Church Courtyard. The rain date is December 2nd. Festivities start at 6:30 pm. The event will have a dynamic live musical show that’s fun for all ages! Come enjoy and sing along as they perform a medley of everyone’s favorite songs of the season. More at www.gallaanddan.com. Enjoy FREE hot cocoa, s’mores & cookies by the fire! Plus, FREE carriage rides start at 6 pm! (weather permitting). The event will feature Galla & Dan. Also Featuring… Welcome by Mayor Bob Flanigan Introduction of Jack Frost Presentation of Outstanding Citizen Award Prayer by Father Ed Hendricks Tree Lighting by Candlelight …And a special guest from the North Pole! Frostburg Museum will be open 5:30-7:00 pm. Sponsored by the Frostburg Holiday Lamppost Committee Treelighting Division.For more information: (240) 529-8312 or (301) 689-1622

 

December 

Dec 1st The Holding Hands for Haley Foundation will be holding their annual Christmas at the Brewery Holiday Fundraiser Wednesday, December 1st from 5-10pm at 1812 Brewery! The event is a holiday theme silent auction/purchase with so much fun with performances by local youth, crafts, a build your own hot chocolate bar and Santa! Bring the whole family! The foundation is currently seeking holiday decoration donations such as wreaths, trees, candles, wooden décor and much more! If you’d like to make a donation please reach out to The Holding Hands for Haley Facebook page or Keira by email at [email protected]

Dec 1st Come chill out on campus for Potomac State College’s inaugural Frosty Fest! This Wednesday, December 1st, from 6  to 8 pm in the Student Union Building of Potomac State College. Kick off the winter season and celebrate Jack Rollins, Keyser native and creator of Frosty the Snowman. Enjoy hot chocolate and cider while participating in several DIY activities stations, a storybook corner, a Frosty-themed photo booth, and ELF Olympics, followed by a snowflake lighting at 8 pm. All in the community are welcome to attend!

Dec 4th This year, the Frostburg Parks & Recreation Department will host the 2021 Frostburg Christmas Parade. This is a wonderful event for the Frostburg community, and we would be honored by your participation in this year’s festivities. We would like to extend to you a cordial invitation
to participate in the parade to be held on Saturday, December 4th, 2021, at 10:30 A.M. Complete & return registration forms no later than Wednesday, December 1st. Information can be faxed: 301-689-2480, emailed: [email protected], or mailed: Frostburg Rec Dept, P. O. Box 440 Frostburg, MD. Line-up will begin at 9:45 AM. A detailed line-up map will be sent the day before the parade. We will send the info to your contact person via email regarding your specific line-up location the day prior to the parade. Please make sure you give the following directions to your unit’s driver! A City street map will be sent as well with the access routes highlighted.

Dec 4th It’s the 10th Annual Run Your Bells Off For Autism! This Saturday, December 4th, on Main Street, Frostburg. It is a one-mile fun run. The event begins immediately before the Storybook Holiday Parade. Treats and prizes for all while you watch the parade from the finish line! All proceeds will benefit the Allegany County Special Olympics. Suggested donation is $5.00, but any amount is appreciated. To register or volunteer, contact Dianna Speir at 301-697-0652 or [email protected] 

Dec 4th 2021 Christmas Bazaar! Saturday, December 4th from 9 am – 6 pm at The Bottling Works (426 E. Main St., Romney, WV). Come out for a fun day of shopping while supporting local vendors. Goods include homemade & handmade crafts, jewelry, candles, furniture, paintings, wooden crafts, cutting boards, fresh arrangements, poinsettias, baked goods, and more! Other activities include a Christmas craft workshop (adults/children) and letters to Santa (Compliments of Valley View Daycare).

Dec 9th WVU Financial Aid: Completing the FAFSA and Financial Aid Basics. Thursday, December 9th at 6:00 pm via Zoom, FREE. However, advanced registration is required due to limited space. This event is hosted by the WVU Extension Service. Register at wvu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEr-duGorTorG90P7g5opGhXA8VHuh-6XxeA. 

Dec 10th – 26th The Western Maryland Jaycees are hosting Lights on the Lake drive through Holiday light display held at Rocky Gap State Park this season. Follow us on Facebook for all the details for dates and showtimes! We’re currently seeking any sponsorship and donations to participate in this amazing community activity! For just $25 you can be a sponsor and build a display for your business or organization! Display dates include December 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, & 26th. The event will be closed on Christmas Day.  If you would like to get involved please reach out to the Jaycees via our Facebook page or by email at [email protected]

Dec 11th – It’s the Coney Christmas parade! The parade will be held on December 11, lineup begins at George’s Creek Elementary school! The parade will begin promptly at 11 AM with lineup starting at 9 AM. Awards will be giving, as well as many activities to do after the parade!

Dec 11th Please join us for the annual Coney Christmas celebration! Updates will be made to the schedule as activities get confirmed. Saturday December 11th, 2021 throughout Lonaconing Maryland.

  • 8am-10am Goodwill Firemen’s Breakfast at the Armory Pancakes, sausage, home fries and a drink. Older kids & adults $8, kids age 4-11 $5, kids 3 and under free.
  • 8am-3pm Kids Scavenger Hunt- sponsored by the GC Elementary School Hunt lists will be sent home through school folders and will be available at the Armory starting at 8am. Prizes drawn at 3pm.
  • 9am-3pm Lottery Tree – Armory. Take a chance to win a tree full of $100 worth of MD scratch of tickets. To benefit Coney Christmas. Drawing held at 3pm.
  • 9am-3pm Craft Show & Bake Sale – 1st Presbyterian Church. Free Admission. Raffle tickets for the George’s Creek Sorority Angel’s gift card board will be available. Drawing will be held at 3pm.
  • 9am-3pm- kids crafts – parents can either help kiddos do crafts on the spot or take a kit home with them – First Presbyterian Church Lounge.
  • 9am-3pm Oakhill Cemetery Benefit Table- Armory.

Dec 11th The Town of Moorefield is honored to host its annual Christmas Parade! It’ll be on Saturday, December 11th at 5 pm on Main Street Moorefield. The lineup will take place at the Moorefield Town Library and the final destination at Moorfield Town Park. Special post-parade holiday performance by the MSH band & chorus at the Moorefield Town Park stage! For parade entry, call: 304-530-6142.

Nov 22nd – Dec 16th This year, the American Red Cross is heading into the holidays with its lowest blood supply in more than a decade at this time of year and asks those who are eligible to give blood to help ensure patients can enjoy all this season has to offer. As a thank-you, all those who come to give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a private screening of the epic new film The Matrix Resurrections for the winner and 50 of their guests. Plus, those who come to give Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will also get a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon. (Terms apply, additional details can be found at RedCrossBlood.org/matrix.) Those who share the warmth and make a blood donation part of their Thanksgiving plans Nov. 24-28 will receive an exclusive pair of Red Cross holiday socks, while supplies last. Don’t wait. Humanity needs you to help patients enjoy all the holiday season has to offer. Make an appointment to give blood soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 22-Dec. 16:

  • 11/26/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cumberland YMCA (Riverside), 601 Kelly Road
  • 12/6/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 11 Washington Street
  • 12/7/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Grace Community Church, 1005 Bishop Walsh Road
  • 12/8/2021: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Allegany College of Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Road S.E.

Dec 18th Toys for Happiness Toy Drive on December 18th, from 11 am to 5 pm! (1) free Chick-Fil-A Chicken sandwich card for individuals making a new toy donation at Chick-Fil-A LaVale. Together we can put smiles on local children’s faces this Christmas!

Nov 27th – Dec 18th Super Saturdays for Kids that includes Crafts, Games, Music, Bible Lesson and Lunch is taking place children ages 4-12 Saturdays, November 27 through December 18 from 10 AM to 12 Noon.  This event is being held by the Church of the Nazarene located at 203 South 8th Street in Oakland.  For more details and to register a child you can go to www.oaklandnaz.com and select Super Saturday for Kids from across the top menu.  If you have any questions you can reach out to the church by calling 301-334-2400 or emailing [email protected].

Nov 26th – Dec 19th The annual Arts for Giving Gallery Show has returned for 2021! All local artists who would like to submit art for the show can do so at the Gilchrist gallery this weekend – Nov. 6 & 7! Artists may display two works during the show, which runs from November 26 – December 19. The opening reception is Friday, November 26 from 4-6pm.

Nov 26th – Dec 26th The Bedford County Chamber Foundation’s 3rd annual Holiday Nights of Lights is a grassroots drive-thru holiday lights display, showcasing the business community of the Bedford County region with a festival of light. More than 100 businesses, organizations, school groups churches and families are participating – building displays are celebrating the season. 6-9pm on select nights between Nov. 26 and Dec. 26. Suggested donation of $10 per vehicle.