Around Jonathan Street

April 08, 2008|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Blossom School

Although the first class of the Blossom School of Etiquette has graduated, the crafts and cooking classes will resume today. Be sure to check with Memorial Recreation Center for a schedule of classes.

Plans are also under way for the next etiquette and creative writing classes, which are scheduled to resume in May.

Poetry exposed

Washington County Free Library celebrates National Poetry Month with Poet Olu Butterfly Woods, who will present "The Rhyme Beast /Not the Cat in the Hat" Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

Learn how to use rhyme in your poetry without sacrificing the poem's flow or using a rhyme scheme that is too basic. Workshop participants will explore different types of rhyme. Woods will provide teens with instruction laced with rhyme games, hip-hop examples, and rhyme dictionaries.


Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, to reserve a free ticket.

Spring Fling

On Saturday, April 19, the Sisters In Spirit Book Club will sponsor a spring fling at the VFW from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for couples and $10 for singles. To purchase your tickets or for more information, send an e-mail to

Youth club rally

Join the No Smoking Youth Club Rally on Saturday, April 26, at noon at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (North Street School building).

Come out and test your knowledge from past year's rallies. Better yet, study for this year and play in the "Win Mr. Andy's Money!" tobacco quiz contest. Everyone wins a prize.

While having fun with family and friends, you can learn more about becoming smoke free as well as the Don't Smoke with Kids in the Car campaign.

There will be free food and free stuff that will be given away (while supplies last).

This is also an opportunity for health coalition members and health vendors to join in the event.

For more information, contact Mollie Smith or Michael Campher at 301-393-9290.

April book club

The time is finally here! Yes, author Trenessa Karen will be in town for the Sisters In Spirit Book Club on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m.

The SIS Book Club is joining with Washington County Free Library to present Ms. Karen as she discusses her book, "How Deep is Your Hate?" The event will be at the library on South Potomac Street.

In case you missed the last article about the author, Trenessa Karen lives in Fayetteville, N.C., but was raised in Hagerstown and graduated from North Hagerstown High School. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology, a Master of Arts degree in journalism and is working on her doctoral degree in strategic leadership.

It would be great to have the community support this local author and join this month's book discussion as well as get Ms. Karen to personally sign your book.

Please be sure to RSVP Ladetra Robinson at a href="mailto:">

Light refreshments will be served.


It's that time again! It's time to mark your calendars to help C-SAFE at its annual Neighborhood Beautification Cleanup. This year's cleanup day is set for Saturday, May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. As in the past, this is a rain or shine event, unless there is an electrical storm. And they always appreciate adult participants to help monitor and mentor the youth teams.

They will meet at the Head Start parking lot for a light breakfast. Lunch will also be provided after the event.

For more information, call 301-739-3290 or e-mail

Wing dinner thanks

Deacon Worthy, chairman of the Second Christian Church Men's Day, said the wing dinner was really, really good! That's right - the wing dinner was a huge success! In fact, more people than expected came out to support this event. The community really showed up so much so that the committee, at one point, realized they had to go out and get more supplies to feed everyone.

"It means so much to have people come out and support us and we appreciate it," said Deacon Worthy. He was really grateful and wanted to thank the community for its support.

The committee is in the process of planning the next fundraiser, a fish fry. Keep your eyes on this column for more details.

Women's Day

If you didn't make it to Joy Night on Saturday at Zion Baptist Church where the musical talents of several local groups were highlighted, then make plans to join the church at its Women's Day on Sunday, April 27.

During the morning worship service a 11, Elder Jackie Waldo, Christ Cornerstone Church, Glenarden, Md., will bring forth the Word using the theme, "Seasoned Women In Christ." Musical selections will be performed by the Zion Baptist Church Women's Day Choir.

Then at 3:30 p.m., they have planned a "Hat-A-Tude" afternoon service where they are asking the ladies to participate by wearing a hat as they tell the story of why black women wear hats to church.

The program will consist of three segments, the Promenade, Crowns and then the "Hat-A-Tude."

This is going to be a very festive program and it will be fantastic to see all of the ladies in their hats. But don't let that stop you - if you don't have a hat - still come out and support them.

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Keep me informed with all of the news, events and celebrations in and Around Jonathan Street. Leave a message for me at 301-791-7647 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.; mail the information to: Madge Miles, c/o The Herald-Mail, 100 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740; or send an e-mail to

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