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 jhowell@alleganycountylibrary.info 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 llindsay@alleganycountylibrary.info or 301-777-1200.

January

Jan 1st – Feb 2nd Hampshire County Little League
2020 Registration, Jan. 1st – Feb. 2nd Register online at
www.hampshirelittleleague.com. In person registration at
Augusta Elementary on Saturday Jan. 25th from 10am-1pm and Friday
Jan. 31st from 9am – 1pm. League ages are from 4-16, based on the league age
charts provided by little league international. Regular fee: $60 and Sibling
fee: $40 (1/1-1/25). Late fee: $70 and Sibling fee: $50 (1/25-2/2) Includes
shirt, hat, and shoes. All players must have a school enrollment form or 3
proofs of physical address AND a copy of birth certificate. For more
information call Robby Hott, President: 304-218-0614 or Amy Charlton, Player Agent:
 540-660-4468. (Please no calls after
8:00pm)

Jan 10th, 17th, 24th Frostburg City Police: Prescription Medication Takeback Days on Friday January 10th, 17th, and 24th from 3-7pm. The Frostburg city police department will pick up any unwanted medications for disposal; no questions asked. Simply call the police department at 301-689-3000, and an officer will respond to your residence. Pickup in the Frostburg City limits only.

Jan 17th Friday Lunch presented by Sharing Life Ministries every Friday from Jan. 17th – Feb 28th. Located at the Life Center, 48 W. Second Avenue Ridgeley, WV from 11am to 1 pm. Customers are able to eat in, carry out or delivery: 301-268-9993. Quart Soups are $7 and meals are $5. Meals – Jan 17th: Chili and corn bread, Jan 24th: Potato soup and crackers, Jan 31st: Vegetable soup and roll, Feb 7th: Chicken noodle and roll, Feb 14th: Tomato basil grill cheese, Feb 21st: chili and corn bread, and Feb 28th: bean and ham and roll

Jan 22nd Developing an effective community response to the substance use crisis, January 22nd from 10 AM – 2 PM. This event will be held at Potomac State College in the Davis Conference Center, 101 Fort Avenue Keyser, WV 26726.  Join us in listening to representatives of Huntington, WV showcases innovative and evidence-based approaches that have been found effective in reducing the impact of substance use, discussing the impact it has had on your county, and engaging with other stakeholders to explore what is possible in your community. Register at https://cityofsolutionskeyser.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact CityofSolutions@marshall.edu

Jan 23rd Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) is hosting
Internet Safety. This event will be held at the Cumberland YMCA, 601 Kelly Road
this Thursday, Jan. 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm. It will be presented by
the Maryland State police and help protect your children from online predators,
gaming safety, phone safety, and more! Finger food and child care/activities
including swimming will be provided. For more information contact Luanne Cook:
301-724-5445 ext. 105 or Luanne@cumberlandymca.org

Jan 23rd FrostburgFirst is hosting Pop-up Shop/Business Incubator: Public Information Session this Thursday, January 23rd. Event will be held at Frostburg City Place (14 S. Water Street, Frostburg, MD 21532) from 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM

Jan 23rd-24th The Cumberland/Allegany County Industrial Foundation (CACIF) and the Garrett County Development Corporation are pleased to host PACE (Positive Attitudes Change Everything). Allegany’s Jeremy Irons and Garrett’s Shawn Bender are co-chairing PACE 2020. The focus of PACE is to highlight Allegany and Garrett Counties to political leaders, legislators, officials and other key decision-makers in the beginning days of the Maryland General Assembly’s annual 90-day session. PACE offers a networking environment to focus on the strategic needs/projects in each of these two counties and to discuss the regional effect of key legislative topics for Mountain Maryland. Now celebrating 44 years of advancing Allegany and Garrett Counties, the PACE Reception is Thursday evening, January 23, 2020, followed by the PACE Breakfast on Friday morning, January 24, 2020, at the Graduate Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street.  The reception is a cocktail party format featuring hors d’oeuvres including PACE’s signature reception dish, oysters on the half-shell, and an open bar. The breakfast is buffet style and includes pancakes topped with all-natural maple syrup.  The success of Mountain Maryland PACE depends on the participation and support of individuals, businesses, organizations and other entities. The PACE Committee kindly asks you to consider PACE 2020.  All individuals are invited to register for PACE. The events are open to the general public. An affiliation is not required to attend PACE. https://www.mtmarylandpace.comAll Mountain Maryland PACE questions should be directed to Kati Kenney, 301-707-3228 or mountainmarylandpace@gmail.com. The PACE mailing address is PO Box 3273, LaVale, MD  21504-3273.

Jan 25th The Annual BWAA Spaghetti Dinner featuring the Chinese Bandits. This event will be hosted at the Bishop Walsh School on January 25th. Doors open at 6pm. Event includes Wine & Cheese at 7pm, dinner at 7:30pm, and dancing at 9pm. Tickets are $30 and tables can be reserved with ticket purchase.

Jan 26th Keyser High School Baseball’s Cash Bingo Fundraiser on Sunday, Jan. 26th at the Keyser Fire Station #2. Doors open at 1pm and bingo starts at 2pm. Advance tickets are $20 and tickets at the door are $25. Event includes 20 games of bingo with $2,000 in cash prizes and two additional games: 50/50 game and winner take all game. Tip jars, raffles, and concession will also be accessible. Advance tickets will be available at Foxe’s Pizza Den, Cannon’s Ace Hardware, and Wayne’s Country Fresh Meats.

Jan 27th The Auschwitz liberation commemoration Press Release: The Allegany College Peace Studies Club and the Allegany Country Women’s Action Coalition are cosponsoring a program in commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz on Jan 27, 6:30 – 8 PM in Zimmer Auditorium at ACM. It is called AUSCHWITZ AND BEYOND: KINDNESS AS RESISTANCE. While the focus is on the 75th anniversary of the liberation, it will also question, “What have we learned since then?” and “How do we help one another treat all others and ourselves with kindness?” The program will included a talk from Dr. Judy Stone about her family’s experiences in Hungary, the Holocaust, and coming to America. Dr. Stone’s mother and two aunts survived Auschwitz and her father and uncle survived Dachau. More than 80 other relatives were murdered in concentration camps. Yet much of her focus is on her family’s resilience, the kindnesses that helped save some of them, and their messages to us. The talk will be followed by several short reading, musical selections, candle lighting and traditional mourner’s prayer in memory of the 11 million killed in the Holocaust. There will then be a brief question and answers session. Members of the community of all beliefs are invited to join in this remembrance and call for more kindness as we go forward. For more information, contact D. McMahon at (412)-735-3169

Jan 28th – March 31st Stretching to Empower, a free community yoga on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 10:30am. This event will be held at St. Johns Episcopal Church located on 52 S Broadway, Frostburg MD 21532 and will be held from Jan. 28th to March 31st. A gentle yoga suitable for all levels, even absolute beginners! Reduces anxiety, stress, and promote peace and calm in your life! Classes will be instructed by Marcy Brack, RYT 200 and wellness topics with Jen Thomas, program coordinator. Yoga mats will be available if you do not have your own and infused water will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing that allows room for movement. We also ask for you to enter from the back of the church to access the community room. This event is a great way to start your day!

Jan 29th Literary tutor training this Wednesday, January 29th from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at 112 Baltimore Street, 3rd Floor of the Gateway Center Cumberland, MD. Volunteers will work one-on-one with a struggling adult, possess strong reading skills and a desire to help others, and commit to 1-2 hours/week. Students and teachers must be over the age of 18.  Volunteers will receive training in the Laubach Reading System.  The Laubach Way to Reading series is a four-level-timed-tested method that has taught thousands of adults to read. It is ideal for adult learners who have little or no reading skills and require a uniform, step-by-step approach to reading. Register for Adult Literacy Volunteer Training, call: 301-784-5447 or email: dkmiller@allegany.edu

Jan 31st Come celebrate the wonder of children’s literature and J.K. Rowling’s legendary wizarding world of Harry Potter at our 6th annual Harry Potter Book Night! This Pottertastic night will be filled with a trunk-load of games, snacks, Hogwarts House Sortings, Hogwarts classroom activities, Quidditch games, costume contests, and other Potter-themed activities!  Join us on Friday, 31st January from 5:30 – 8:30 PM in the Ort Library and Lane Center on Frostburg State University campus. For more information, please contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-3133, or at clc@frostburg.edu. Check www.facebook.com/clcfsu, and follow us on Instagram @fsuclc.

February

Feb 1st National Anthem Tryouts, Saturday, Feb. 1st. This event is hosted by Altoona Curve Baseball and will be held at the Country Club Mall from 9:30 AM -12 PM.

Feb 2nd Will he or won’t he? Will it be six more weeks of winter or not? Groundhog Day come down to Cumberland on February 2 (02/02/2020) to discover what our furry prognosticator will predict. Sunrise is 7:13 am and Cumberland City Hall will be open by 6:30 am. Enjoy Free donuts, hot chocolate, coffee. There will be groundhog cookies for the kids to decorate and a coloring contest. Plus Polka music and other fun activities.  Join Mayor Ray Morriss and Cumberland’s own prognosticator, Murray for a fun Sunday morning.

Feb 2nd Cumberland Heat Hitting Clinic held at Fort Hill High School in the old gym. The clinic will be held on the first Sundays of January (5th and 19th) and February 2nd from 1-4pm. This hitting clinic is held to provide all area players ages 6-18 with the fundamentals and confidence needed to become an effective hitter. The goal is to not only make you a better hitter, but a better softball player in general and increase your time on the field! The 3 week clinic is $60 ($10 per week) and multiple family participants are 2 for $90. Clinic is run by 22 plus year, 300 plus winning, Allegany High School and 18UBlue Head Coach Rick Twigg.

Jan 1st – Feb 2nd Hampshire County Little League 2020 Registration, Jan. 1st – Feb. 2nd Register online at www.hampshirelittleleague.com. In person registration at Augusta Elementary on Saturday Jan. 25th from 10am-1pm and Friday Jan. 31st from 9am – 1pm. League ages are from 4-16, based on the league age charts provided by little league international. Regular fee: $60 and Sibling fee: $40 (1/1-1/25). Late fee: $70 and Sibling fee: $50 (1/25-2/2) Includes shirt, hat, and shoes. All players must have a school enrollment form or 3 proofs of physical address AND a copy of birth certificate. For more information call Robby Hott, President: 304-218-0614 or Amy Charlton, Player Agent:  540-660-4468. (Please no calls after 8:00pm)

Feb 18th, 20th, 26th the BSA is hosting Keyser’s Got Talent at Church Mckee Arts Center. Open auditions will be Tuesday, Feb. 18th & Thursday, Feb. 20th from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. The Competition will be held on Wednesday, Feb 26th. at 6:30 PM. This event will include a door prize raffle and cash prizes. First place will receive $500, Second place will receive $300, and Third place will receive $200. During the competition, their is $5 admission fee for adults, $2 for children 3-12, and under 3 get in free. Admission fee is also free with Potomac State Student ID. This event is sponsored by the Potomac State College Alumni Association. Everyone is encouraged to audtion! For more information, contact Shannon Meek (304) 788-6863 or shannon.meek@mail.wvu.edu

Feb 20th Friends of Washington St. Library to Launch Lecture Series, “The American Presidency in …”.  In recognition of the current election year, each presentation in 2020 will center on an interesting historical aspect of the American presidency. The first of the bi-monthly series will take place on Feb, 20th at 6 PM. It will be “The American Presidency in Music” and will feature regional performers bringing to life the various ways composers, lyricist and entertainers have observed, reflected upon and saluted to presidency. For more information, contact Friends of Washington St. Library, secretary Nicole Halmos: 646-334-0112 or nhalmos@mindspring.com or nicolek.halmos@mayland.gov

March

Jan 28th – March 31st Stretching to Empower, a free community yoga on Tuesdays from 9:30am to 10:30am. This event will be held at St. Johns Episcopal Church located on 52 S Broadway, Frostburg MD 21532 and will be held from Jan. 28th to March 31st. A gentle yoga suitable for all levels, even absolute beginners! Reduces anxiety, stress, and promote peace and calm in your life! Classes will be instructed by Marcy Brack, RYT 200 and wellness topics with Jen Thomas, program coordinator. Yoga mats will be available if you do not have your own and infused water will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing that allows room for movement. We also ask for you to enter from the back of the church to access the community room. This event is a great way to start your day!