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 office@windsorcastleevenscentre.com 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 becky@mcclarranwilliams.com

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.

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.

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.

April 

April 3-24th The Allegany and Garrett County Arts Councils, along with partners Allegany College of Maryland, Dove Center, Family Crisis Resource Center, and Frostburg State University are proud to announce a project supporting National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The digital exhibition entitled, “What Were You Wearing?” will be available online from April 3-24, 2021, and will be available for viewing beginning 11:00AM on Saturday, April 3 at https://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/schwab-exhibition/. It will feature images of outfits based on student-survivor descriptions of the clothes they were wearing during their sexual assault. Sound files containing the stories of each survivor will accompany the digital images. “This digital exhibition uses the power of the arts to tell these stories in a way nothing else can,” said Allegany Arts Council Executive Director Julie Westendorff. “It explores a deeply personal and sensitive topic, and creates a powerful opportunity for conversation in the home, workplace, and classroom about consent and respect.”

The “What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation originated at the University of Arkansas in 2013. The project was inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling’s poem, What I Was Wearing. Through the years, other colleges have utilized the original installation idea to support and raise awareness of sexual assault on college campuses across America. In 2019, Allegany College of Maryland Human Services students picked up on the project, inviting community residents to submit their personal stories. Students then curated outfits representing the experiences and displayed the works at the Hazen Gallery. In 2020, the Allegany Arts Council took the next step in carrying the project forward by developing a coalition of partners dedicated to raising awareness and ending sexual violence through the arts. The project further expanded by incorporating students from Frostburg State University, under the leadership of Professor Robert Hein, who photographed the work for digital display.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Resources are available through The Family Crisis Resource Center in Allegany County. Their website can be found at http://www.familycrisisresourcecenter.org/ and their 24/7 Crisis Support Hotline at 301.759.9244. In Garrett County, help can be found through the Dove Center. Their website can be found at https://www.gcdovecenter.org/ and their 24/7 Crisis Support Hotline at 301.334.9000.

April 16th The American Red Cross and the Garrett County Health Department will host a blood drive on Friday, April 16, from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad at 200 Baltimore Avenue, Oakland, MD. The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of that effort, plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. The Red Cross is following FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for those who receive a COVID-19 vaccination, and deferral times may vary depending on the type of vaccine an individual receives. If you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll need to provide the manufacturer name when you come to donate. Upon vaccination, you should receive a card or printout indicating what COVID-19 vaccine was received, and we encourage you to bring that card with you to your next donation. In most cases, there is no deferral time for individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they are symptom free and feeling well at the time of donation. To donate blood, a person must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old, (or 16 years old with parental consent form), and have not donated blood in the last 56 days. Remember that using RAPIDPASS can save you up to 15 minutes.

Using RAPIDPASS is simple. On the day of the blood drive just:

1. Visit www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass

2. Read the information

April 17th District 16th VFD will hold a chicken BBQ from noon until sold out

April 17th The Potomac District of the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council is conducting a Scouting for Food/Shredding event at the LaVale United Methodist Church, in conjunction with Burgmeier’s Hauling from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.  Individual families are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food items to the event along with any personal documents they want to have shredded.  The event will be conducted in a drive thru fashion, to keep people moving.  There is a limit of 100 lbs. of shredding per household.

April 17th Join the Gilchrist Gallery in celebrating the colors of Spring with local artists exhibiting artwork inspired by the season! Artists will also be creating new pieces LIVE in the gardens during the event!  Saturday April 17th from 4-6 PM. Admission is a 2021 membership renewal or a $20 donation to the gallery. Featuring a cash bar and original pieces for sale. COVID safety guidelines will be enforced during the event. Special music provided by Gilbert Lee and friends. For the artist – there is still time to get involved and display your work for this special event.  Artists are invited to take part in “Colors of Spring” outdoor event on Saturday April 17th at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts.  Any artist that wishes to take part need to email their intentions to  gilchristgalleryandmuseum@gmail.com . Each artist will be provided with table space but must provide their own easels and display stands for this event held in the rear gardens at the museum located at 104 Washington Street in Cumberland.  An artist’s registration form will be provided for works to be displayed and sold with Gilchrist usual commission of 30%.  The outdoor event will allow for social distancing; masks and reduced capacity according to state guidelines will be followed. In addition to showing their work artists must remain with their display during the event which will be from 4 to 6 pm and are encouraged to paint or otherwise create a new work.  For more information you may leave voice mail message at (407) 312-1447.   

April 17th Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition, is opening at Allegany Museum in Cumberland on April 17: the exhibition will open to the public at noon. The museum serves as the first venue of a five-stop tour of the state, presented through Maryland Humanities’ Museum on Main Street program. Each Voices and Votes site creates its own exhibit to complement the Smithsonian’s exhibition; Allegany Museum will display multiple exhibits. The Museum’s companion exhibit will showcase the various protests and demonstrations held in Allegany County since the early 1970s. Subject matter includes Juneteenth, protests against the Ku Klux Klan, consolidation of local high schools, animal rights protests, climate change advocacy, and fracking protests. Allegany Museum will also host a companion exhibit created by Allegany College of Maryland, one of their partners. The college created an exhibit dedicated to the women’s suffrage, which consists of artifacts such as diaries, images, meeting minutes, letters recounting local activities, information about women’s marches, and more. Frostburg State University, another of Allegany Museum’s partners, will also host a companion exhibit. On view in the school’s Lewis J. Ort Library, the exhibit will feature Western Maryland people in public service, and include memorabilia such as campaign buttons, bumper stickers, plaques, and photographs. People highlighted include Senator J. Glenn Beall, Sr. and Senator J. Glenn Beall, Jr.—two of three United States Senators to serve from Western Maryland. The exhibit also features Lucile Roeder, the first woman to serve on the Cumberland City Council and later become Allegany County Commissioner, as well as former Maryland House Speaker Cas Taylor and State Senator John Bambacus. Voices and Votes is the seventh Museum on Main Street project brought to small communities throughout the state by Maryland Humanities. Each site hosts the exhibition for six weeks and develops a complementary exhibit highlighting their community’s heritage and histories. Voices and Votes programming is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Maryland, and Maryland Public Television is the tour’s Media Sponsor. Allegany Museum’s partners are Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg University. Voices and Votes runs at Allegany Museum April 17–May 29, 2021. Allegany Museum is located at 3 Pershing Street in Cumberland. The exhibition will be on view Wednesdays through Sundays, 1:00– 4:00 p.m. The Allegany Museum and Frostburg University will follow specific COVID safety protocols. Learn more at alleganymuseum.org or call (301) 777-7200 and https://www.frostburg.edu/library/ or call (301) 687-4395.

April 19thAllegany College of Maryland’s Human Service Class of 2021 will host a virtual event entitled, “Breaking Free: Life Behind and Beyond Bars, A Community Call for Criminal Justice Reform,” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021. The event features best-selling author Anthony Ray Hinton, a former and wrongly convicted death row inmate whose conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2015. Congressman David Trone (MD-06) will provide brief introductory remarks about current criminal justice legislation.

April 21st The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 21, in the Cumberland Railroad Museum at 17 Howard Street, among the shops at Canal Place near the Footer Dye Works building. John Garner, superintendent of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, will talk about finishing the restoration work on the big 1309 steam locomotive, and about the many excursion train trips scheduled throughout 2021. This meeting is free and open to the public, and anyone interested in railroads may attend. For more information, call 240-362-8102 or visit our website at: www.wmnrhs.org

April 24th FrostburgFirst invites artists, musicians, performers, and creators in all mediums to participate in the annual Frostburg Arts Walk, scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 1 PM – 7 PM. Designed to be a self-guided walking arts tour, artists are partnered with downtown businesses to display and sell their works. An artist mini-market will also be available at the historic Hotel Gunter. The cost to participate is $15 for non-members and FREE for FrostburgFirst artist members. Artists willing to give demonstrations throughout the day and musical/theatrical performers will be registered for free. In addition to the artist displays around town, Arts Walk will include performing artist locations with a rotating line-up of musical and theatrical acts, a sidewalk chalk mural contest around town, and “pop up performances” inside local businesses throughout the day.  Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please submit applications by Monday, April 5, 2021 to ensure consideration. All event participants will be required to wear masks and social distance as required by the state. For more information and to download the Artist Registration Application, please visit https://www.downtownfrostburg.com/springartswalk/. Contact FrostburgFirst with any questions at frostburgfirst@gmail.com or at (301) 689 6900.

April 24th With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its 20th Take Back Day on April 24, 2021. During its October Take Back Day, the DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. Take Back locations will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids, including intravenous solutions, syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted.