Around Jonathan Street

February 11, 2008|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Painting with acrylics to be offered at art gallery downtown

On Saturday, Feb. 16, Lisa Bartell and Kathy Seburn will teach "Painting with Acrylics" at the Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc. at 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown.

The theme of the painting class will be "Funky Retro Vase with Flowers."

This class is suitable for children in grades three through eight. The class will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This is a fun class for beginners and is free, but you do need to register in advance at the gallery.

Call 301-791-6191 or send an e-mail to

American Little League signups

Take me out to the ball game; take me out to the ... well, I guess we have to get through registration first.


American Little League will hold registration Feb. 14 through 16 for those ages 5 to 13. The cost is $20.

And Coach Eric Stubbs and Reggie Young would also like for the parents to get involved and donate some time volunteering for the concession stand. All of the other details, like the game schedule, team, etc., will be given out after registration.

'A Raisin in the Sun' to be shown

Mark your calendars! There is something fun and worthwhile for you to attend that is happening soon!

The Black United Fund of Greater Maryland and the Sisters in Spirit Book Club, along with other organizations, will host the screening of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," featuring the Broadway cast.

The screening will occur at the historic Senator Theatre in Baltimore on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m.

The price of admission is a $12 donation for a ticket, so get your tickets now!

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sisters-In-Spirit Book Club to help fund its book festival scheduled for September.

All other funds will go to the Black United Fund of Greater Maryland, which is an organization that promotes advocacy and supports black businesses and families throughout the state.

For more information or to make arrangements to purchase tickets, call 301-992-8277.

This promises to be a great night with lots of local who's who in attendance, but most importantly a great and inexpensive way to show your support to the book festival.

"A Raisin in the Sun" is a play by Hansberry that debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway, in 1959. The play was the first Broadway production to be written by a black woman and also marked the first Broadway play in 50 years to be directed by a black director. The film virsion was released in 1961.

The Senator Theatre is at 5904 York Road in Baltimore.

Hagerstown native to be at book club

The Sisters-in-Spirit Book Club will gather on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Ave.

The book club will welcome Trenessa Karen, author of the book "How Deep Is Your Hate?" She is a native of Hagerstown.

While the book club is normally "for women only," the club president is opening this session to the community.

Mark your calendar so we can show this author much support and discuss her book. You will also have the opportunity to get your book personally signed by Trenessa.

The books are available for purchase at Borders (at The Centre at Hagerstown, the Wal-Mart shopping center).

Contact Ladetra Robinson or call 301-992-2204

Refreshments will be served.

The Pham advances in singing contest

Do what? Congratulations go out to The Pham, who moved to Round Two of the 50 Mics competition. I was told the judges were very impressed with its performance.

Keep on doing what you are doing! We wish you continued success!

Ebenezer Women's Day set for Feb. 16

Plan to join Ebenezer AME Church for its Women's Day fundraiser on Saturday.

Get ready to enjoy a scrumptious chili dinner starting at 11 a.m.

The co-chairs of the event, Wanda Vernon and Priscilla Smith, would appreciate it if you would support this event.

The church is at 40 W. Bethel St. in Hagerstown.

Black History event to be held at YMCA

The Black Achievers program will host a Black History program at the Hagerstown YMCA on Monday, Feb. 18, at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to the guest speaker, Dr. James Smith of Baltimore, there will be other participants, including solo performances by local artists, an aspiring pianist from the Black Achievers program, dance performances by students from South Hagerstown High School, as well as members of Kings Apostle Holy Church.

And not to be missed, Pastor Darin Mency will give his rendition of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s stirring "I Have a Dream" speech.

Refreshments will be served following the program.

This program is open and free to the public. For more information, call Deborah Phillips, 301-739-3990, ext. 4239.

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ere's wishing everyone a truckload of flowers and candy, and hope you have a happy Valentine's Day on Thursday.

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