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.
Now – Washington Street Library: Toddler Time every Wednesday at 10 am and a Story Time every Wednesday at 11:30 am. Toddler Time: Children Ages 18-36 months, but all ages welcome. Grow your child’s early literacy skills with a fun-filled time of book reading, singing, rhyming, moving, and creating with one of our amazing Program Specialists! Story Time: Children 3-5 years old, but all ages are welcome. Grow your child’s early literacy skills with a fun-filled time of book reading, singing, rhyming, moving, and creating with one of our amazing Program Specialists!
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 -The Maryland State Board of Education (State Board) has scheduled several regional forums to gather public input regarding the next State Superintendent. Working with search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), the forums scheduled by the State Board of Education will be used to help identify the characteristics necessary to help lead the State’s education system. The forums will be facilitated by a member of HYA and are planned for locations throughout the State. Public input will also be solicited through an online survey. Information about access to the survey will be provided on the Maryland State Department of Education website once available.
Now – Living with Chronic Pain? Discover strategies and skills to help you manage your pain. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain, please register for this research-based Chronic Pain Self-Management Program. Originally developed by Stanford University. This FREE six-week workshop explores: the mind-body connection, the connection between food and chronic pain, the benefits of physical activity, and ways to communicate with your doctor and family. Cumberland Senior Centers on Thursdays, April 2nd – May 7th from 9:30am to 11:30am. Gilchrist Center YMCA on Thursday, March 5th – April 9th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. For more information or to register, please contact Community Wellness at 240-964-8424.
Now – Building Better Balance with Stepping On Classes. Stepping On is a proven program designed to build confidence and reduce falls for adults. It can help you avoid a dangerous and costly fall so you can keep doing the things you love to do. In just 7 weeks you learn: strength and balance exercises you can adapt to your individual fitness level, how vision, hearing, medication, and footwear affect your risk for falling, and more. Stepping Up Your Nutrition (the first week) then Stepping On: Tuesdays, March 24th – May 12th from 3:30-5:30pm at Allegany College of Maryland, Center for Continuing Education, CE-18. Stepping Up Your Nutrition (the week) then Stepping On: Wednesdays, March 25th – May 13th from 10:00-12:00 Noon at George Creek Senior Center. Classes are all open to ALL. There is no cost. For more information or to register for a class, please call WMHS Community Wellness at 240-964-8424.
Now -Yoga! Yoga! Yoga! At West Side Elementary School Gym on Tuesdays, March 3rd – April 28th from 4-5 PM instructed by Christina Collins-Smiths. Ages 13 & up require NO fee to attend. This class is suitable for all levels even if you have never done yoga! Wellness topic provided each week followed by yoga. Relax, rejuvenate, stretch, de-stress, unwind, and breath with this course. Yoga mats will be available if you do knot have one. For more information call Jen Thomas at 301.77.9150 x109 of firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Stretching to Empower. Website: www.ahecwest.org.
Now – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Smallwood and Washington Streets, Cumberland, invites you to a midweek Lenten service from 6:30-7:00 p.m. each Wednesday in Lent, beginning March 4, for a time of silence, song, and reflection on Bible readings in the tradition of the Community of Taize. Parking is available on the circle in front of the church, convenient to the side door leading to the Chapel where we will meet.
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@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Now – Celebrate Recovery meets every Wednesday night at Danville Church of the Brethren. Light dinner at 6. Followed by large group setting and then we head off to small groups gender specific. Dessert last at the end of the night. A great night of fellowship. It is for anyone that has issues such as a hurt, hang up, or habit. Only about 1/3 of the people that attend have drug or alcohol issues. Come and join us on Wednesday night. Love to have you. If you see what we are all about, you may have someone that could be helped by the process.
May 6th Bonnie’s Bus at Hardy County Health & Wellness Center. Back to Events:Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (ET); Off-Campus Location. Bonnie’s Bus will be parked at the Hardy County Health & Wellness Center, 411 Spring Avenue, Moorefield, WV in Hardy County. Phone: 304-538-7380.
May 6th – 7th The Cumberland Area National Day of Prayer will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on May 6 and 7, 2020. The National Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday in May. This day of observance, designated by the United States Congress, asks people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” The modern law formalizing the annual National Day of Prayer observance was enacted in 1952 and each year since, the President of the United States has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The national theme for this year’s event is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth”. Based on the bible verse, “For the earth with be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the water covers the sea.”- Habakkuk 2:14 Cumberland Area National Day of Prayer events will feature a Worship & Prayer Rally at Central Assembly Church on Bedford Road in Cumberland on May 6, at 7:00 PM. The Cumberland Area National Day of Prayer Community Choir will perform under the direction of Pastor Kevin Wilson with special guest, Steve Fitzhugh, former NFL player speaking. The nondenominational Rally is free and open to the public. A breakfast will be held on the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 7, at 8:00AM at the Allegany County Fairgrounds multi-purpose building, a new venue for the breakfast this year. To purchase tickets for the breakfast please call 301-697-6777. The special guest speaker at Central Assembly and the Thursday morning breakfast is former Denver Broncos NFL player Steve Fitzhugh. Steve speaks to thousands each year throughout the country and abroad. His expertise transcends age as he can be found in a variety of venues impacting young and old through his gift of communication. A dynamic speaker and creator of the Power Moves Organization, his message is one of hope and redemption. His timeless stories of life in the National Football League serve as the perfect platform to motivate and inspire. Following the breakfast, a celebration of prayer and musical worship will take place on the Downtown Cumberland Mall from 11am-1pm with the Community Choir performing along with many other groups and organizations from our area. All are welcome to attend any of these scheduled gatherings. Please join us for our 25th anniversary, and help make this an unforgettable time for the Lord!
Mar 12th, 19th, 26th – May 14th Yoga and Wellness will be hosted at LaVale Library (815 National Highway LaVale, MD 21502) on Thursdays: March 12th, March 19th, March 26th, and continue through to May 14th from 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM. Wellness discussion and tips led by Jen Thomas. Yoga suitable for all levels. It is restorative for the mind, body, and spirit. Instructor will be Leslee Wigfield. Please bring a yoga mat and Infused water will be provided. Yoga mats are provided if needed by reaching out to Jen Thomas at 301-777-9150, Ext. 109. Stretching to EmPower is a Yoga Wellness Program that educates, motivates, strengthens, and empowers women (although men are welcome to attend!) This program is made possible by funding from the Federal Office on Women’s Health and Area Health Education Center West, and other community partners. For more information, contact Allegany County Library System: 301-729-0855.
May 16th Tri-State Concert Association 2020: Tennessee River: Tribute to Alabama. This single night show will be held on Saturday, May 16th at 8:00pm. Tickets will be priced at $40, $36, and $33. For new ticket information, contact: 301-876-4880, mail: PO Box 101, Cumberland MD 21501, or email: email@example.com. Visit www.tri-stateconcerts.com.
May 19th-20th Learn all about TRAUMA from April 14-15 and May 19-20. Event includes informed care, approaches, intergenerational, agency change, cultural sensitivity, and secondary trauma information. CEUs available upon request. Sponsored by the Local Management Board of Allegany County in partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health and Allegany College of Maryland. For more information, visit alleganyLMB.org.
Jun 11th – 14th This year’s traditional June Heritage Days celebration is going to showcase the result of planning among local heritage organizations over two-year period on how to best build on the regional impact of Cumberland’s longest-running heritage tourism event. “Heritage Days would not still be here without the hard work and commitment of Gayle Griffith,” commented Allegany County Historical Society president Dave Williams. A new four-day schedule of 2020 events between June 11 and 14 will include a Thursday kick off dinner honoring the suffragette Elizabeth Lowndes to be held at the Woman’s Civic Club “Magruder House” headquarters. Friday, June 12 programming at the Allegany County Library will host a program to digitize family histories and assist in genealogical searches. The popular Allegany Museum Whiskey Rebellion Reception will take also place in the evening on Friday. Saturday, June 13 will feature live entertainment on Washington Street, traditional Heritage Days food and craft vendors, a new downtown “Touch The Truck” free children’s event, a Baltimore Street Car Show and a first-ever Colonial History Faire on the grounds of Emmanuel Church and the Masonic Lodge. The History Faire is a companion event to the long-running Street Festival designed to present free Colonial reenactor programming and begin a new initiative that adds “sutlers” to Heritage Days. Period-attired merchants will offer 18th century crafts and historically correct period accessories. With the help of MHAA funding, some of the East Coasts’ most popular Whiskey Rebellion era costumed actors are being invited. Noted Connecticut-based George Washington historical actor John Koopman III has been engaged to participate and is assisting organizers in reaching out to other colonial-era professionals who may be interested a new Whiskey Rebellion themed gathering. Koopman will join a troupe of actors on Saturday evening to reenact President George Washington’s October 1794 dinner at Colonel John Lynn’s house on Prospect Square. The ticketed event at the Gordon-Roberts House will offer a limited number of “Aide-de-Camp Cocktail” tickets and a smaller number of Washington Dinner tickets to dine in the Gordon Roberts ball room. Ticketed guests will listen in on Washington’s conversations with his officers and friends. The reenacted dinner will include General Daniel Morgan, hero of the Battle of Cowpens. Morgan was also among the Virginia militia men who served here in the French and Indian War and would have known Washington for nearly 40 years when they gathered here for the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. Sunday will continue Street Festival and History Faire activities and offer live music in the afternoon. Groups represented on the expanded Heritage Days Committee include the Allegany County Historical Society acting as the umbrella event non-profit sponsor, Allegany Museum, Allegany County Library System, Woman’s Civic Club of Cumberland, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Downtown Cumberland Business Association, City of Cumberland and the Downtown Development Commission. Private sponsors for programming elements are currently being recruited. Detailed event schedule announcements and vendor applications can be found on-line at www.heritagedaysfestival.com or by messaging the Heritage Days page on Facebook.
June 27th and 28th The 21st Annual Oldtown Summerfest this Saturday, 27th and Sunday, 28th. Donations and sponsors needed. If interested in donating or becoming a sponsor for this year’s festival, send a message for further information. Mail to PO Box 13, Oldtown, MD 21555.
July 19th – 25th Natural Resources careers camp at Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County, MD from Sunday, July 19th to Saturday, July 25th. This event is for Maryland and Mid-Atlantic high school students interested in pursuing studies or a career in forestry and natural resources. It is a hands-on, week-long camp, with lodging and meals included. Students will learn about working in the field of natural resources, educational requirements, employment and career opportunities in forestry, water resources, and other related disciplines from teams of natural resource professionals. Submit your application online at www.marylandforestryboards.org.
Aug 28th The 2ndAnnual Fundraising Feast: Crab for a Cause. The event will be held on Saturday, August 29th at the Cumberland Outdoor Club Pavilion (31st Thomas St., Cumberland, MD 21502) from 1-5PM. The feast will include crabs, beer, corn, hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, live bands, and more. It will be $50 per person with limited number of tickets available. Watch for Early-Bird deals. Tickets will be available online or in-person. All the money raised will used for Allegany County Seniors to help them remain their homes and improve their quality of life! Call for more information at 301-784-7100 or visit www.crabsforacause.wordpress.com.
Aug 29th Tri-State Concert Association 2020: Lords of 52nd Street: Legends of the Billy Joel Band. It will feature Liberty Devitto, Richie Cannata, and Russell Javors; the original members of the Billy Joel Band. This single night show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29th at 8:00pm. Tickets will be priced at $40, $38, and $34. For new ticket information, contact: 301-876-4880, mail: PO Box 101, Cumberland MD 21501, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.tri-stateconcerts.com.
Sept 19th Tri-State Concert Association 2020: John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party, featuring music of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and Big Bopper. All shows will be held at the Allegany HS auditorium, 900 Seton Dr. Cumberland, MD at 7:30pm. Series Tickets: Box Seats & Floor – $190 and Upper Section – $170. Same reserved seats for all 5 shows. For new ticket information, contact: 301-876-4880, mail: PO Box 101, Cumberland MD 21501, or email: email@example.com. Visit www.tri-stateconcerts.com.
Oct 17th Tri-State Concert Association 2020: The Coasters & Johnny Tillotson. All shows will be held at the Allegany HS auditorium, 900 Seton Dr. Cumberland, MD at 7:30pm. Series Tickets: Box Seats & Floor – $190 and Upper Section – $170. Same reserved seats for all 5 shows. For new ticket information, contact: 301-876-4880, mail: PO Box 101, Cumberland MD 21501, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.tri-stateconcerts.com.
Nov 14th Tri-State Concert Association 2020: Sandra Waller & CO (50’s – 70’s dance). All shows will be held at the Allegany HS auditorium, 900 Seton Dr. Cumberland, MD at 7:30pm. Series Tickets: Box Seats & Floor – $190 and Upper Section – $170. Same reserved seats for all 5 shows. For new ticket information, contact: 301-876-4880, mail: PO Box 101, Cumberland MD 21501, or email: email@example.com. Visit www.tri-stateconcerts.com.