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Around Jonathan Street

June 20, 2008|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

C-SAFE program summer wrap-up

If you were wondering what C-SAFE has been up to this year well, the program was busy during the 2007-08 grant year as it continued to engage the community to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods.

Some highlights of the year included the continuance of after-school sites where students received assistance with homework assignments, went on field trips and participated in a variety of enrichment activities. C-SAFE received a grant to purchase laptop computers for use at the after-school programs.

Master Gardeners Janet and Gordon Bartels planted gardens at each after-school site and also planted a community garden at Memorial Recreation Center.

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C-SAFE hosted the National Night Out event at Fairgrounds Park where approximately 500 people attended in spite of the heat.

The Jonathan Street Community Mobilization group participated in the annual cleanup and beautification.

C-SAFE was awarded a federal anti-gang grant and hosted gang prevention workshops at various locations where an emphasis on character building and anti bullying were the messages supported through the Character Counts! Strategy and Anti-Gang sessions.

The C-SAFE Neighborhood Safety Team, a group of community members, continued to meet monthly to network, discuss neighborhood concerns and share efforts to improve the quality of life.

So keep your eyes on the AJS column and in the paper for ways you can help to support this formidable program.

Early worship reminder

June 15 was the first Sunday for Ebenezer's summer worship schedule. The morning services will begin at 10 a.m. now through Sunday, Sept. 7.

Save the date

The stewards of Ebenezer will hold their Family and Friends Day on Sunday, July 13, at 10 a.m. There will be a light luncheon served after the morning worship service. Be sure to save the date so you can join them.

On July 13, Second Christian Baptist will have an installation service for their new pastor, Jacquelyn Dixon. There will be two services, 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Loni Grubbs, regional pastor of the Disciples of Christ Church, will preside at the 10 a.m. service and the Rev. Dr. Rose Ann Duckett (retired pastor of Second Christian) will preside at 3:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 1:30 p.m

Recycle

The technology coordinator at Fountindale Elementary is still accepting inkjet and laser cartridges as well as game systems year round.

Items may be dropped off at Fountaindale Monday through Thursday during summer break or any weekday during the school term.

Continue to help the recycling program. The students and staff of Fountaindale will be glad you did.

Reading fun

Summer Reading Club: Not just for kids anymore!

Adults can "Catch the Reading Bug" this summer at Washington County Free Library.

Sign up for the 2008 Adult Summer Reading Club now at the Central Library and all branches.

Adults can enjoy a summer of reading. The library invites individuals 18 and older to join its Adult Summer Reading Club again this year. Pick up a registration form and book review forms at any library branch. Read or listen to any fiction and/or nonfiction books.

Complete a short review form for each book and drop it in the contest box at the library between now and Aug. 16. Reviews received each week will be entered in that week's special prize drawing.

Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, for additional information.

If you are a youth, you can "Catch the Reading Bug" this summer at the library.

Sign up for the 2008 Summer Reading Club now at the Central Library and all branches. Club programs throughout the summer include a partnership program with the county 4-H Youth Development titled "Literature in the Garden," monthly afternoon movies, midpoint celebrations at each branch library and other bug-related events and story times.

Club participants can earn up to four prizes throughout the summer by reading books, attending library programs, responding to weekly Web questions, and giving book reviews. The club is open to children ages birth to 10 and runs until Aug. 31. All participants who finish the club by Friday, Aug. 22, will receive tickets to that evening's Library Night at the Hagerstown Suns baseball game.

In addition, the Summer Library Crew, themed "Metamorphosis @ your library," open to middle and high school age students, will also run until Aug. 31 with special prizes and programming for the teen set. A kickoff party for the SLC, featuring free live local music, pizza, temporary tattoos, and raffled prizes, will take place at the Central Library today from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call the Central Library at 301-739-3250, ext. 132.

Literature in the Garden

Then discover "Literature in the Garden." "Literature in the Garden" is a Junior Master Gardener program presented through a partnership by the Washington County 4-H and Washington County Free Library in connection with the 2008 Summer Reading Club's "Catch the Reading Bug."

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