Tri State Events

Now– Allegany College of Maryland Adult Basic Education is seeking individuals 18 and over who want to improve their reading skills. Participants can get one-on-one training with a volunteer. Call: 301-784-5445 to register for an Orientation Session, its free!

Now – Are you ready to make a difference in your community and join a network of leaders? The Leadership Allegany! The program is accepting applications for the Class of 2018. The program is dedicated to developing future leaders by providing an opportunity for individuals to become acquainted with the processes, programs and challenges that currently exist in the region. The program helps participants identify issues and acquire a deeper understanding of the leadership structure within and beyond Mountain Maryland. For a copy of the application and additional information, please call the Chamber at 301-722-2820!

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-The Frostburg Moose will be having a regular Bingo every Tuesday. Doors open at 4pm, with Bingo starting at 6pm. Kitchen will be open.

Now – Tri-Towns Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday at 6 pm at the Piedmont Presbyterian Church, 66 Ashfield Street in Piedmont. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ based recovery program for all of your hurts, habits, and hang ups. Each meeting begins with group fellowship and sharing followed by men and women’s small groups. Refreshments are provided. For more info visit www.celebraterecovery.com

Now– Allegany Museum will present “History on Tap”, an informal ‘hang out with a historian’, every third Tuesday of the month at Mezzos, 114 S Centre Street. Each “History on Tap” will open at 5:30 pm with a 10-minute talk by an interesting and engaging local historian, and then a lively discussion. For more information, call the Museum on 301-777-7200, or visit the Allegany Museum Facebook page.

Now – Is your child in kindergarten to 8th grade? Does your child struggle with reading or has trouble understanding math? Or both? Do you feel as though your child is behind in school? Are you looking for ways to help improve your child’s learning skills? Frostburg State University’s AmeriCorps “Read to Succeed!” program can offer the help and guidance your child needs in order to flourish this school year! Read to Succeed! is an AmeriCorps literacy program that specializes in the recruitment of AmeriCorps members and volunteers from the university community in order to help elementary and middle school students with school work, improvement in social and task skills, and with other academic enrichment areas. Each child that attends this program will spend two hours and thirty minutes with a member or two who are focused on your child’s education. The Read to Succeed! program has an open-door policy throughout the school year. In order to enter your child into the program, you can complete the online application by clicking here: Read to Succeed Application You can also find this application on the Frostburg website located at the link provided:  https://www.frostburg.edu/student-community-involvement/civic-engagement/ASTAR-Americorp/read-to-succeed.php.If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact 301.687.4191 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Now – Do you love to read and to talk about books with others? If so, the Allegany County Library System has a variety of book groups to choose from that will connect you with new reads and new friends. Our four book groups at the Frostburg, LaVale, and South Cumberland Libraries unite the Library System’s dual goals of encouraging reading and providing quality programs for our community. The Frostburg Library offers two book groups which meet monthly, the Frostburg Library Book Discussion Group that meets on the 3rd Thursday at 2 p.m. and the Circle of Wise Women Support Group which meets on the 2nd Saturday at 2 p.m. In February the Frostburg Library Book Discussion Group will be reading Force of Nature by Jane Harper. The Circle of Women organizes their meetings around a theme and discuss the personal impact of that issue on their lives. The LaVale Library’s Book Discussion Group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. In January the group will be reading the Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy. The South Cumberland Library’s Cozy Book Group meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 1:30 p.m. This group enjoys reading cozy mysteries, light romances, and inspirational fiction. In February the group will be discussing A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot. All book groups are open to the public and new members are always welcome. Check-out the full listing of events and classes at: http://www.alleganycountylibrary.info. Have questions? Please contact Jennifer Howell, Director of Programming at [email protected] or 301-777-1200.

Now – The Book Center Adult Book Club is the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm! If you like food, wine, and great books, then this is the place for you! If you’d like to join, call us at 301-722-2284 or drop in to let us know. All Book Club members receive a discount on monthly selections.

Now – A book group for teens, called TRIBE, is meeting Thursday evenings at the Washington Street Library from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Formerly known as the Middle School Readers, TRIBE invites teens to choose books within different genres to read and discuss together. Participants also have opportunities to get creative and make art projects based on the monthly themes or books they are reading. Questions about TRIBE? Please contact Program Specialist Lindsay Lindsay at [email protected] or 301-777-1200.

November

Allegany Radio Corporation and the Western Maryland Food Bank are teaming up for the “Bags of Plenty Food Drive 2019”.  Starting November 1st, pick up your bags at local markets, along with Dollar General Stores and the  LaVale Walmart.  Fill the bag with non-perishable food items from your house, or as you shop.  Finally, place your donations in the collection bin at those markets and stores!  Help feed the hungry in our area this holiday season by donating to the “Bags of Plenty Food Drive 2020….visit wmdfoodbank.org for more info!

Nov 14th The Cumberland Human Relations Commission will host a public mini-seminar on cultural diversity, to be presented by the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR). “Dimensions of Diversity” will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the South Cumberland Library. The three-hour program, which is free and open to the public, will be led by Keith Merkey, an Education and Outreach Associate with the MCCR. Registration is required. An interactive training workshop, “Dimensions of Diversity” will provide participants the opportunity to examine and understand the concepts of culture and cultural information, and how they impact the workplace. Workshop content includes: Key Diversity Definitions, the Cycle of Information/Misinformation, Examining of Cultural Roots, and Multi-Cultural Communication Awareness. To register for the workshop, contact Lee Borror, Senior Community Development Specialist for the city of Cumberland, at [email protected]

Nov 15th Find out why more than 3,000 credit students annually make Allegany College of Maryland their college of choice. ACM’s Fall Tour will be held on Friday, November 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at its Cumberland campus. Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to speak with faculty and staff about academic programs, student services, financial aid and scholarships, and athletics. Campus tours will be available at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with tours of model apartments at Willowbrook Woods, ACM’s on-campus housing complex, beginning at 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. A tour of the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts will take place at 10:45 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration, which is strongly encouraged and ends on November 11, is available online at allegany.edu/open-houses. The campus is located at 12401 Willowbrook Road SE in Cumberland. More information is available by contacting Sue Rowan at [email protected] or 301-784-5120.

Nov 15th Allegany County Recycling & Cumberland Curbside Recycling will be hosting a Free Community Shred Event to celebrate America Recycles Day on Friday, November 15, 2019, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm at the Allegany County Recycling Center on Kelly Road in Cumberland.Residents can bring up to two boxes to shred, shredding accepted until shred truck reaches capacity.
Ask questions and learn more about your local recycling programs.
Hot drinks and snacks will be for sale by Three Season Delights. Bring your own mug and get a $1.00 off hot cocoa.  For more information call 301-777-5933×210 or email [email protected]

Nov 15th Find out why more than 3,000 credit students annually make Allegany College of Maryland their college of choice. ACM’s Fall Tour will be held on Friday, November 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at its Cumberland campus. Prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to speak with faculty and staff about academic programs, student services, financial aid and scholarships, and athletics. Campus tours will be available at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with tours of model apartments at Willowbrook Woods, ACM’s on-campus housing complex, beginning at 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. A tour of the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts will take place at 10:45 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration, which is strongly encouraged and ends on November 11, is available online at allegany.edu/open-houses. The campus is located at 12401 Willowbrook Road SE in Cumberland. More information is available by contacting Sue Rowan at [email protected] or 301-784-5120

Nov 16th Runways & Rescues, a benefit for Allegany County Animal Shelter, Saturday, November 16 at the Cumberland Country Club. Join the area’s premier clothing boutiques for a preview of new winter holiday fashions, supporting the Allegany County Animal Shelter. Admission is $10 (or more) Shelter donation. The donation includes complimentary drink and appetizers. Fashion Vendors: Mixx 112 Boutique, Madison Paige Boutique, She’s So Pretty, Buttercup Boutique and Lennox East. Vendors include Sarah’s Cocoa Exchange and Faint Hope Jewelry. 301-777-5930 or 240-362-8029

Nov 16th Start your holiday shopping early and support local folks! Ellerslie United Methodist church is holding its 5th Annual Holiday Shopapalooza vendor fair on Saturday, November 16 from 10am-2pm at the Ellerslie Fellowship Hall on Veteran’s Row in Ellerslie (red church). Food will be available for donations. All proceeds will be donated to CASA of Allegany County. For more information, call the church, 301-724-4929.

Nov 16th Fort Ashby Fire Department will be having a Ham or Oyster Dinner Saturday, November 16 from 4pm until Sold Out. Includes Buttered Potatoes, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Applesauce, Roll, Dessert and Drink. Oyster Dinner is $14. Ham Dinner is $11. Carry-Out available. Like them on Facebook for more info or call 301-268-2336.

Nov 16th The Fountain Ruritan is hosting an event on November 16 from 3-8 to help offset medical, therapy and travel expenses during this time of healing for Darl “Buddy: Shreve II who was seriously injured in a head on collisison.. Please consider joining them at some point that evening and enjoy the food, the music and the fellowship with them

Nov 19th Santa’s Arrival Parade will be held at the Country Club Mall in LaVale at 6:30pm

Nov 23rd Enjoy a hot meal with the Potomac Life Sciences Club at a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Nov 23rd from 1-7pm at 231 Newton St. Keyser, WV at the Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness. The cost is $10 per meal and includes side salad, roll and spaghetti with meatballs. Take in or carry out.

Nov. 24th  A Community Thanksgiving  gathering will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 6pm

 Nov 25th The Allegany High School Drama and the Performing Arts class present their One Act play production of “Ten Actors in Search of a Cell Phone” by James Rayfield and “Boxes” by Kendra Thomas.  Performances will be held in the school’s theatre on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 7 p.m. There is no cost for admission.    Just as the stage manager is preparing to call “Places” for the start of the school’s play, everything comes to a screeching halt in “Ten Actors in Search of a Cell Phone.” Brandy has discovered that her cell phone is missing and refuses to go on until she finds it. The other actors try to help her re-create her every move to find the exact moment the phone was misplaced, and what follows is not only the quest for a cell phone but a trip through a tangle of who said what to whom. From secret boyfriends, pet nicknames, and the confusion between Tony the boy to Toni the girl, the audience gets a very funny look at how gossip gets started and where it goes. Imagine a world where every teen comes of age by receiving an empty box. In “Boxes,” drama unfolds as teens cope with pressures and expectations from others.  Jack is curious when he receives his box as a birthday present.  His confusion about the cubed oddity quickly turns to concern when his family, friends, and teachers begin filling his box with their expectations for him.  The heavier Jack’s box gets, the more burdened he feels by it — and the more Jack considers following his friend Chris’s lead and throwing his box away.  Before Jack casts away his own ambitions to relieve him of the stress pleasing others, a strong supporting cast of friends helps Jack sort through what matters most and what’s worth holding onto.  Ultimately, Jack comes to understand that his box is filled, not with other people’s expectations for him, but with their hopes, so that he can create his own goals and dreams.  Directed by Drama Instructor, Desiree Witt, along with student actors Samantha Adams, Erica Bennett, Mandy Chucci, Taylor Curtis, Hayden Davis Shoemaker, Madison Haynal, Daniel Highland, Maddison Koch, Ryan Marvin, Tre Meade, Katie Miller, Hannah Moore, Brianna Palasik, and Connor Ward.

Nov 27th the Christmas Tree Blessing and Lighting will be held in Westernport at 6pm next to St. James Episcopal Church with the festivities starting at 5:30pm

Nov 29th Discover your Cumberland Christmas spirit by joining loved ones, family & friends for the annual City Centre Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Historic Downtown Cumberland. Enjoy your holiday shopping throughout the day at some of our unique shops and galleries with a variety of open houses and holiday cheer. Then make your way to The McCoury Family Stage for entertainment beginning at 6:30 PM followed by a holiday ceremony led by Mayor Ray Morriss, the lighting of the tree and a visit from Old Saint Nick. A celebration for the whole family.

Nov 29th Downtown Cumberland’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting – Friday, November 29, beginning at 6:30 pm. Enjoy entertainment featuring Cumberland, Theatre, Mountain City Center for the Arts, Lepley’s Dance, 2019 Miss Heritage Days Kayla Steed and 2018 Miss Heritage Days Sara Farmer. Enjoy open houses before and after the tree lighting. Shopkeepers will be staying open late and Santa will be arriving, along with Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and Frosty. Queen City Funk and Soul will be performing at the Ramada Inn from 8 – 11 pm – $5 cover charge.

  • Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – 45 Baltimore Street – Half Price Sale throughout the entire shop.
  • Chessie Federal Credit Union – 141 Baltimore Street. We will be having cookies and refreshments. Potomac Concert Band, Flute and Clarinet Ensemble – 7:15-8:00 pm.
  • Fort Cumberland Emporium – 55 Baltimore Street – Check out all the special prices throughout the store. Free refreshments.
  • Incogneato Imagery – We will be offering portraits with Santa during the Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Allegany Museum – Allegany Museum’s Holiday Event Series will begin with an Open House, Friday, November 29th. After the Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Arthur and Bernice Friedland Grand Courtroom on the 2nd floor of Allegany Museum will be open to all for refreshments and a visit from Santa himself! All events are free. For more information, please go to our website,  alleganymuseum.org, or call (301) 777-7200

Nov 30th A toy donation drive will be held for WVU Medicine Children’s at the Wal-Mart in LaVale from 7am until 10pm. For cash donations call Bill  Dixion at 240-580-0937

Nov 30th Shop Small Saturday – Saturday, November 30 – It’s the perfect time to support local, small businesses! Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will be at the Book Center, 1 – 3 pm – bring your camera. Louis Paul will be creating special balloon animals for the kids. Stay tuned for special sales and bargains throughout Downtown Cumberland.

Nov 30th FrostburgFirst welcomes you to join us for Downtown Frostburg’s biggest Shop Small Holiday of the year!  The city-wide Small Business Saturday event on November 30th, 2019 features special one-day-only discounts, #ShopSmall freebies, and free raffle opportunities to win prizes from over 20 participating businesses.  In addition to city-wide sales, the 4th Annual Handmade Holiday Fair pop-up mini-market will be held in City Place from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Local artisans will display hand-crafted items including jewelry, pottery, clothing, paintings, textiles, skin-care, candles, and more. While at City Place, enjoy complimentary Lorenzo’s donut holes and hot cocoa provided by FrostburgFirst as a thank you for shopping small, and take advantage of free bag check. Leading up to Small Business Saturday, FrostburgFirst is offering chances to win a gift card or unique discount at downtown Frostburg businesses.  Throughout the month of November, one tiny Shop Small bag will be hidden in a different downtown business.  FrostburgFirst will post a hint of its location on Facebook and Instagram.  Follow @FrostburgFirst to see the daily photo clue and solve for a chance to win!Small Business Saturday is the perfect opportunity to find great deals for the holiday while benefiting your community. When you spend your dollars at a local business, you contribute to a stronger economic base and sense of community in Downtown Frostburg.  Main Street businesses have reported record sales thanks to annual Small Business Saturday promotion, providing a surge for our local economy.To stay updated on Small Business Saturday specials and promotions and to preview Handmade Holiday Fair vendors, check out downtownfrostburg.com. For questions about Small Business Saturday in Frostburg or to register to participate, please call (301) 689-6900 or email [email protected]

December

Dec 5th Allegany County Community Health Needs Assessment Community Forum Thursday, December 5th 1:30-3:30PM Willowbrook Office Complex Community Room (Ground Floor) 12501 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland.    What are this county’s priority health needs? What causes poor health in our community? What resources are needed in our community? For more information, please call Nancy Forlifer at 240-964-8422 or Jenelle Mayer at 301-759-5001.

Dec 5th The Westernport Charismas Parade will be held at 7pm. Line up will be in Piedmont starting at 6pm. Participants will march through Piedmont, cross the bridge and proceed up Main Street and disband at Roderick’s Furniture Store

Dec 7th Run Your Bells Off for Autism will be held in Frostburg at 10:30am The one-mile fun run to benefit Allegany County Special Olympics will be held on Main Street Frostburg immediately before the Storybook Holiday Parade.

Dec 14th Cumberland Choral Society Holiday Concert will be held December 14, 2019, 7:30 PM at the Church McKee Arts Center  101 Fort Ave Keyser WV

Dec 15th Cumberland Choral Society Holiday Concert will be held December 15, 2019, 3 PM at the First Presbyterian Church  11 Washington St Cumberland

Dec 21st Presents for Paws – Join the Allegany County Animal Shelter on Saturday, December 21, 11 am – 3 pm for our annual Presents for Paws Celebration. This annual holiday tradition is a day where friends and families come together to bring Christmas to the shelter pets still waiting on their forever homes. This year marks the ninth year friends and supporters have promoted Presents for Paws, a family giving day for the pets at the shelter. The Shelter invites families and organizations to come out with gifts of animal food, toys, pet care items, bedding, cleaning products, etc. A more detailed list may be found on the shelter’s website at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com.

Dec 31st New Year’s Eve Party at Ali Ghan Shrine – Club bar opens at 7 pm, Butterscotch Blonde at 10 pm, Champagne Toast at Midnight. Midnight Buffet includes pork loin, mashed potatoes & gravy, sauerkraut, vegetable and dessert. Party favors provided. Formal Attire to Ring in 2020 in style. $80/couple; $40/single. Reservations must be received by Friday, Dec. 20, 301-722-5970.