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Around North Hagerstown

March 28, 2006|by JANE SCHMIDT

Has spring'sprung' yet?

I don't know about you, but I am very much longing for an abundance of warm breezes and sunshine now that it is officially the spring season.

I think the robins meandering their way around my Potomac Manor neighborhood are a bit befuddled these past few weeks and are wondering why on earth they came back to our lovely town when they did!

However, the slate-colored juncos, which are usually gone by now in search of cooler weather, are still happily hanging about the Schmidt family backyard birdfeeder and are in no great hurry to high-tail it to their next stop amidst cooler climates. Here's hoping that spring - and all its pleasantries - will actually "spring forth" in our lovely town very soon!

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Hospice volunteers to get training

Hospice of Washington Coounty Inc. has announced a spring training program for volunteers who want to work directly with patients and their families. For more information, call Mary Foor at the Hospice office at 301-791-6360. Please note that all volunteers must sign up for the training sessions by Tuesday, March 28.

Container gardening program to be held

Just in time for spring - Extension Agent Lori Young will present a program on container gardening at Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown on Thursday, April 6, from noon to 2 p.m. Young will demonstrate how to create a container garden and provide suggestions for creating your own garden. Join us for this fun-filled program and take home some new ideas for your early spring planting.

The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform them of special needs two weeks prior to the program. Please call 301-739-3250, ext. 136 to place your reservation.

Pork and sauerkraut family dinner set

On Saturday April 1, Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., will host a pork and sauerkraut dinner from 4 to 7 p.m.

This event is being sponsored by the adult choir of Washington Square UMC. The all-you-can-eat dinner includes mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, applesauce, rolls, drink and dessert. Cost is $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 3 to 12 years; children age 2 and younger eat free. Advance tickets and reservations are available from choir members or by calling the church at 301-739-2653 between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. There is a 50 cent discount on tickets purchased in advance. Tickets will be available at the door, but reservations are recommended. The meal is available for eat-in or carry-out. The church fellowship hall is handicapped accessible.

Unit 42 Auxiliary birthday dinner set

The Morris Frock Unit 42 American Legion Auxiliary will hold its birthday dinner on Tuesday, April 4. All members and guests are invited to attend. Appetizers will be served at 6 p.m. with the dinner served at 7 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Special guests this year are our essay contest winners and their parents. We will also be honoring all those who have been a member of the unit for 40 years or more. Tickets are available at the bar, or you may call 301-432-4376 to reserve tickets. Please make your reservation by Tuesday, March 28.

'A Murder is Announced'

On Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, the Goretti Players and Thespian Troupe will present Agatha Christie's "A Murder is Announced," directed by the award-winning Bonnie Pratt.

Tickets are available at the box office on play nights or at school for $7 per person. The performances begin each night at 7:30 at HCC's Kepler Theater. Come out and see who did it! For additional information, contact Bonnie Pratt at 301-739-4266, ext. 138.

Morris Frock Legion Post 42

American Legion Post 42 is hosting many activities for members and their guests in the upcoming weeks. The following activities are scheduled for the month of April:

A buffet breakfast for members and their guests will be held on Saturday, April 1; a Crazy Eight Bonanza will be held Saturday, April 8; on Thursday, April 13, a post meeting will be held at 8 p.m.; an Easter egg hunt for the kids will be held on Saturday, April 15; and on Easter Sunday, April 16, the post will serve its traditional Easter Sunday buffet.

Post activities for May include a post meeting on Thursday, May 11, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 13, is Post Cleanup Day - lots of help is still needed for this event; the Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit the post on Tuesday, May 16; and a pig roast and motorcycle ride for the troops will be held Saturday, May 20. Some proceeds from the May 20 event, which coincides with Armed Forces Day, will be used to purchase phone cards for front-line troops.

The post restaurant has many wonderfully delicious specials on weeknights, including all-you-can-eat spaghetti served Mondays; ribs served on Tuesdays; all-you-can-eat chicken served on Wednesdays; all-you-can-eat taco and salad bar served on Thursdays; and seafood special and steak served on Fridays.

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