Community briefs

May 23, 2008

Shelter seeks volunteers to make lunches this winter

REACH Cold Weather Shelter is looking for groups and individuals to prepare bagged lunches from Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, through Monday, April 6, 2009, for the people in the shelter.

Lunches include sandwich, fruit or pudding cup, chips, and a cookie or brownie, etc. No drink. The group also will be responsible for supplying up to 10 extra sandwiches per day in case more lunches are needed.

Each group must have one individual designated as lunch coordinator. The lunch coordinator is responsible for initiating contact with the shelter coordinator prior to the group's scheduled week. The coordinator is responsible for maintaining contact with the shelter coordinator to remain updated on the number of lunches and extra sandwiches that are needed, ensure that daily arrangements are made for the lunches to be dropped off the night before, and have a plan in case of inclement weather.


Call REACH at 301-733-2371 or e-mail as soon as possible to schedule your group's week and discuss the logistics.

School and gallery seeks volunteers and donations

The Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery, 4 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, is looking for volunteers and donations to help provide the school's community programs.

Volunteer opportunities include: Board members, fundraising committee member, art teacher, gallery office assistant, after-school program leader or helper, and grant writer. The board meets at noon on the third Saturday of every month.

The school needs donations such as art supplies, computers and monetary contributions. Donations can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday at Contemporary School of Art & Gallery, 4 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown.

For information, call Ron Lytle at 301-791-6191 or e-mail

Boat reservations accepted

Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education will offer a Great Falls C&O Canal boat ride as part of its lifelong learning program on Saturday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The course begins with a lecture on C&O Canal history by instructor John Frye at HCC's Valley Mall Center. From there, students will board a motor coach and travel to the National Park Service Visitors Center at Great Falls and ride in a newly restored National Park Service C&O Canal boat.

The cost is $60. Course fee includes motor coach transportation and gratuity, historical lecture by Frye, entrance fee and canal boat ride. Students are asked to bring their own lunches.

For information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

Historical society grant will fund John Brown brochure

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Historical Society - Kittochtinny has received a grant of $500 from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. The grant was received in support of the society's John Brown Commemoration and will make it possible for the society to print new brochures for the John Brown House in Chambersburg.

The commemoration will take place through a variety of programs at different venues throughout the year in 2009. 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. The society is currently involved in regional cooperative planning with the Harpers Ferry historical center and county agencies and historical societies representing Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council inspires individuals to enjoy and share a life of learning.

Summer lunch program set for Washington County kids

Children ages 18 and younger can enjoy a free meal and organized activities while school is out as part of the Summer Food Service Program.

The program is sponsored locally by the Washington County Community Action Council in partnership with the City of Hagerstown. It will operate Monday, June 16, through Thursday, Aug. 7.

Lunches will be provided at Wheaton Park (Memorial Recreation Center), Noland Village, Elgin Station, Frederick Manor, the Boys & Girls Club on Pennsylvania Avenue, Pangborn Park, and Hellane Park.

For information, call Community Action Council at 301-797-4161.

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