Around Jonathan Street

December 18, 2008|By MADGE MILES

Youth ministry

On Nov. 30, the Youth Ministry at Asbury United Methodist Church helped the church leaders by providing the worship songs, helping to collect the offerings and giving a presentation of a miniature scale model of a "Biblical" village, which was made from a cardboard box with houses, characters and foliage. Lay Minister Earnest Nivens preached the morning service.

Financial workshop

A Financial Peace University workshop will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown.

The classes will be Monday evenings and run from Jan. 12 to April 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall.

There is off-street parking available in the lot behind the church. Free child care will be provided for those attending the class.


Here are some of the topics the workshop will cover: budgeting, saving for emergencies, relationship and money issues, buying big bargains, getting out of debt, understanding investments, understanding insurance, retirement and college planning.

A free preview, which is open to the public, will be Monday, Jan. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call Keith or Jena Staley at 301-797-0526 or e-mail

Art donation

Artist Dan Cumpata and Ron Lytle, founder of Contemporary School for the Arts and Gallery Inc., are donating an original Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas, "A Sign from God," to Asbury United Methodist Church. This artwork comes with a certificate of authenticity and is hand-signed by the master artist.

The date and time for this event will be announced later.


If you want to be a part of history and attend the presidential inauguration Jan. 20, a bus will be going from Hagerstown to Washington, D.C., for the event.

Seats are available for $35 per passenger.

For more information, call Andy Smith at 301-393-9290.

Benefit concert

The Last Waltz Ensemble will be held at The Maryland Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m., featuring the music of The Band and Bob Dylan.

The benefit concert is to support the lacrosse program in Washington County. Tickets cost $23 for lower level reserved seating and $30 for balcony seats.

Tickets are on sale at The Maryland Theatre. For more information, call 301-790-3500 or go to

Rec news

Programs at Memorial Recreation Center are in full swing:

Afternoon programs are available Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6 p.m., for elementary and high school students.

There is a Homework Club for kindergarten through second-grade students.

There is a "Kid Café" for children with a "little more" than a snack (nutritious meal) every afternoon.

The center is offering additional classes such as character development, nutrition, financial literacy, computer programs, life skills, and the center is the home to the Blossom School of Etiquette

In addition, the center is starting a newsletter which will be written by youths in the community.

And of course, Memorial Rec is always looking for volunteers and mentors for the children and are searching for a Cub Scout leader for the Cub Scout troop.

For more information, call Ladetra Robinson, program director, at 301-790-0203.

Stop smoking classes

The Washington County Health Department's Stop Smoking for Life program will be offered in January.

The following is the class schedule: Jan. 12, Jan. 15 (no class Jan. 19 in observance of the MLK Holiday), Jan. 22, Jan. 26 and Jan. 29. The morning session is from 11 a.m. to noon and the evening session is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Classes will be held at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., second floor auditorium.

Free cessation aids are available to eligible Washington County residents while supplies last.

For more information, call 240-420-1796.

Polar Bears

Do you like the cold? Have you ever seen those people who take the plunge into that "cold" water and think - what in the world? All the time thinking - I can do that.

Well, here's your chance as the members of the Williamsport Polar Bear Club and the board of directors and staff at the Humane Society of Washington County invite everyone to become official Williamsport Polar Bears by taking the chilly plunge into the Potomac River on Jan. 1 at noon.

This event takes place at the Williamsport boat ramp and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society.

Prizes for the two people who obtain the greatest amount of pledges are being donated by The Alpaca Shop LLC, Spirit of the Lotus Tea Co., Toppings Pizza Co., Kuddle Kennels, Simply pAwesome Dog Treats, BJ's Custom Creations, Regal Cinemas Valley Mall Stadium 16, and The Lenox Distribution Group Inc.

Hot coffee is being donated by Sheetz on National Pike and Sander's Cookie Jar Bakery is donating baked goods for the event.

Ellsworth Electric, BJ's Custom Creations and The Alpaca Shop LLC are event sponsors.

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

Share your news

To submit information for this column, call 301-791-7647 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.; mail to Madge Miles, c/o The Herald-Mail Co., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown MD 21741; or e-mail

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