Around Jonathan Street

July 30, 2008|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Etiquette school graduation today

The Blossom School of Etiquette invites the community to attend its second graduation today at 6:30 p.m. Some of the girls from the first class will give speeches about their experiences. The graduation will be at Memorial Recreation Center, 109 E. North St.

Some great things have happened since the first class graduated. For instance, the group has attended events at the Baltimore Aquarium and The Maryland Theatre. The group also held a successful yard sale.

On a special note, the first Miss Blossom, Nicole Downing, was inducted into the National Honor Society for middle schools.

Light refreshments will be served after the event.

For more information, call 240-520-5676

Health fair

The annual Walnut Street Community Health Fair will be Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.


The event will include free health screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, PSA for men older than 50, osteoporosis, breast exams, vascular testing and skin testing.

Included at the event will be health information with agency giveaways as well as door prizes.

Bring your children and take them on a fire truck tour or have their faces painted. Balloons, popcorn and drinks will be provided.

National Night Out

Don't forget that National Night Out will be Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Fairgrounds Park from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be lots of entertainment, free food and safety displays.

Children who get their safety cards completed will swim free at Memorial Recreation Center from 8:15 to 10 p.m

For more information, contact Carolyn Brooks at 301-739-3290 or e-mail

Also, if anyone is interested in a vendor table, please call or e-mail Brooks.

Dog wash

On Saturday, Aug. 16, the staff and volunteers at the Humane Society of Washington County will get sudsy and soapy washing people's dogs for a donation at their annual Dog Wash and "Flealess Market"/Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

County residents will also have the opportunity to have their dogs, cats and ferrets inoculated against rabies. You can also get a microchip for your pets at a discounted price. Washington County dog licenses will be sold at the event as well.

Shoppers are sure to find some good bargains at the "Flealess Market"/Yard Sale. Anyone interested in obtaining a table/tent space to sell items, may contact Debbie Porterfield at 301-733-2060, ext. 213.

The shelter is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. For more information, go to on the Web for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

Library reminder

Catch the Reading Bug doesn't end until Aug. 31, and there is still time for club participants (children ages birth to 10 years) to earn a prize. Also, for all club participants who finish the club by Friday, Aug. 22, they will receive tickets to that evening's Library Night at the Hagerstown Suns baseball game.

And for the middle and high school age students enrolled in the Summer Library Crew, themed "Metamorphosis at your library," there is still time for you to win special prizes and programming geared for you. This program also ends on Aug. 31.

For more information, contact the library at 301-739-3250, ext. 132.

Family picnic

The Interfaith Coalition of Washington County (friends of REACH) invites the community to attend the seventh annual Interfaith Family Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maugansville Ruritan Club at 18007 Maugans Ave.

This year, enjoy an air-conditioned indoor facility and outdoor games for the kids.

While the burgers, hot dogs and drinks will be free, the organizers are asking those who attend to bring a hot or cold dish to share.

Everyone is welcome to come, but please RSVP so the group will have enough food for everyone,

Call Bunny Fontrier at 301-992-0077 or Paula Myers at 301-824-3081 to RSVP, for additional information or for directions. When you call to RSVP, please leave your name, number and total of adults and children who will attend. Parking will be available at the Ruritan Club.

The event is sponsored by the Interfaith Coalition of Washington County.

Pastor's birthday

Ebenezer AME Church is excited about celebrating one more birthday, this one is for their own illustrious Pastor the Rev. Leroy Jackson.  Although he often shares his birthday celebration with Mrs. Grace Snively, this year was too monumental for her and they did not want to detour her well wishes for being blessed with becoming 95 years young!

So this Sunday, Aug. 3, the church will have a double blessing for him as they will host an Appreciation/Birthday Celebration for Rev. Jackson.  Come out celebrate this festive occasion as well as congratulate him for his many years of service to the church and the community. It will be a blessing like no other! 

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