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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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@example.com or 301-777-1200.
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 7th The 16th annual Storybook Holiday celebration, hosted by Frostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Centre, will bring its seasonal cheer to downtown Frostburg on Saturday, Dec. 7. The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. and end with the holiday-themed movie, “White Christmas,” featuring a sing-along to the movie’s popular music, starting at 7:30 p.m. The event welcomes all ages and features a parade, storybook readings and book signings, cookie decorating and many more family-friendly activities. In additional, attendees have the chance to meet Santa and children’s book author Debbie Brenneman and illustrator Melinda Bishoff. The day’s events begin with Breakfast With the Elves from 8 to 10 a.m. in Hotel Gunter at 11 W. Main St. Tickets are $6 for children, $10 for adults and will be sold in advance at the hotel and online. Following breakfast, elves will compete against one another in the Elf Olympics at the Broadway parking lot at 9:30 a.m. After the friendly competition, attendees can head over to the parade kickoff performance in front of Hotel Gunter at the Mountain City Center for the Arts at 10:15 a.m. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. following Run Your Bells Off for Autism, a charity fun run. The parade will be in honor of World War II veterans and in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. A number of WWII veterans will be riding in the parade. Following the parade, at 11:30 a.m. to noon, Frostburg Dance Academy will perform at the Broadway parking lot. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tail Waggin’ Tutors will give storybook readings at Frostburg Community Library at 65 E. Main St. There will be additional readings from noon to 1 p.m. at Frostburg United Methodist Church at 48 W. Main St. and from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall at 34 W. Main St. The North Pole STEM Challenge will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Frostburg Community Center at 27 S. Water St. Seasonal activities and attractions will be available at City Place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Elves’ Secret Workshop, Write a Letter to Santa, Photo With an Elf, a miniature train display, craft activities and craft vendors. Also at City Place, Brenneman and Bishoff will sign copies of their book, “The Perfect Tree for Mrs. B.,” from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The book can be purchased at Main Street Books. Later, they will give an author/illustrator presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. in Frostburg Public Library at 65 E. Main St. Free cookie decorating and a cookie contest will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Hotel Gunter. Other attractions include Sticker Stops, where kids can fill their winter bookmarks with stickers to win a prize, face painting and balloon animals at the American Legion at 27 W. Main St., Cocoa With the PoPo at the Frostburg Public Safety Building at 37 S. Broadway along with business and restaurant specials. Children can also visit Santa’s House at P.S. Hair Design at 20 S. Broadway. As the day’s activities come to an end, the Festival of Trees will take place at City Place from 6 to 7 p.m. Celebrators will meet Santa, find out the winners of the cookie contest and watch live entertainment. The festivities will end with a showing and sing-along to the classic film, “White Christmas,” in the Palace Theater at 31 E. Main St. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and are being sold in advance at Main Street Books. In addition to the Children’s Literature Centre, Storybook Holiday is sponsored by the city of Frostburg, FrostburgFirst and Scottish Rite Freemasons. For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-3133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/clcfsu.
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.