Suggested items: card games, paints, Silly Putty, calculators, Silly String, gel pens, Yo-yo, craft kits, brain teasers, books, art supplies, travel size games, word search puzzles, small toys, Nerf balls. Plain white T-shirt and puffy pants are also welcome! Due to allergies, we cannot accept any items containing latex or glitter.
Chocolate is king at church event
It's sounds similar to Shrove Tuesday with chocolate instead of pancakes. Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 N. Main St. in Smithsburg, will have a Chocolate Festival on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be everything "Chocolate" - a chocolate fountain, chocolate cookies, homemade candy, desserts, chocolate games and activities for the children, a delicious meal at lunch time, a silent auction with some really special prizes, and a chocolate chip cookie baking contest. Each contestant will supply a dozen chocolate chip cookies to be judged by a "Distinguished Panel of Judges." There will also be a chocolate movie. This event is family friendly. Call the church at 301-824-7460 for more information.
The origin of the name Shrove lies in the archaic English verb "to shrive," which means to absolve people of their sins. It was common in the Middle Ages for "shriveners" (priests) to hear people's confessions at this time, to prepare them for Lent.
In the Christian calendar, Shrove Tuesday is the English name for the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which in turn marks the beginning of Lent. The date can vary from as early as Feb. 3 to as late as March 9. Like Lent, the date is dependent on that of Easter. This year's date is Feb. 28.
A Swing Into Love Swing Dance is planned for Feb. 12, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Funkstown Moose. Please contact Ken Welch at 301-733-9156. Admission is $9 per person.
TV Center plans reunion Sept. 23
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of educational television in Washington County schools, former employees have a reunion planned for Sept. 23.
All former employees of the TV Center are invited. Please contact Downs Hewitt at 301-582-2837 for more information.
Little League to hold bonanza
The Maugansville Little League is having a bonanza on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Fairplay Fire Hall.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
A drawing will be held at 8 p.m. and the dance begins at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $35 per couple. For tickets, call Carol at 301-733-8843.
North High bonanza set for Feb. 18
The Williamsport Fire Hall will host the annual North High Band Boosters' Bonanza on Feb. 18. Doors will open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m., the bonanza starts at 8 p.m. and then dance the night away with DJ music from 9 p.m. to midnight! This event is for adults and tickets will be sold in advance only.
Tickets are $30 and they cover two adults and their dinner. The final ticket wins $1,000! Please call Pam at 301-791-5998 to purchase your tickets.
Church plans soup and sandwich sale
Saint Matthew's United Methodist Church, on the corner of High and Franklin streets, will be holding a soup and sandwich luncheon on Feb. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. Both country and city ham sandwiches, Beef vegetable soup, ham and bean soup, drinks, desserts and more. Eat in or carry-out available. Also, delivery can be arranged for those in need. Call 301-739-7729 for more details.
Golden Agers Club to gather
Longmeadow Church of the Brethren's Golden Agers Club will host its first program of the new year on Monday, Feb. 12.
The featured speaker will be Rev. Janet Naill, who will speak about her Christian Mission work in Frederick, Md. The program will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a light lunch.
There will be a freewill offering to help defray the cost of the luncheon.
Anyone interested in attending or needing direction to the church may call 301-733-3250. The church is at 19642 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown.