Around North Hagerstown

January 12, 2009|By ELLEN ROWLAND / 240-217-5051

Stop Smoking Classes get started today

The Washington County Health Department will hold Stop Smoking classes beginning today. Morning sessions are from 11 a.m. to noon. Evening sessions are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The sessions are free and meet twice a week for four weeks. Free cessation aids are available to Washington County residents while supplies last.

I have been to these sessions. I stopped smoking Nov. 21. I highly recommend attending the sessions as they are there to help you. For more information, call 240-420-1796.

Bingo bonanza to be held Sunday

Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, Auxiliary Unit 42 and SAL Squadron 42 will host a cash bingo bonanza Sunday to benefit the Post Facility Repair Fund.


Doors open at 11 a.m. with early bird games beginning at 12:30 p.m. The event will be held in the ballroom at Post 42.

In addition to 18 regular games and a jackpot, there will be special games, quickies and smoke-break games. Raffles will be held for baskets and bears. Food will be available beginning at 11 a.m.

Tickets cost $25 and are available at Post 42 or at the door the day of the event. Table reservations may be made by calling Linda at 301-790-3566. Advance ticket holders will receive an extra quickie pack.

Attendees, please enter through the side door.

TOPS 446

TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 446 plans to meet Wednesday with each member bringing in five pounds of nonperishable food. The group will use the food to show how much the members have have lost or gained.

The food will then be taken to Holly Place for the residents.

The group meets each Wednesday at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown. Weigh-in begins at 8:45 a.m. and the meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call Tom or Mary at 301-797-2547, or call Judy at 301-739-9279.

Goretti news

The junior ring liturgy and brunch will be Friday at 9 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church, off Oak Hill Avenue in Hagers-town.

Contact St. Maria Goretti High School if you're interested in participating in the March for Life in Washington. D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 22. The cost is $15 per person.

A winter open house will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. during Catholic Schools Week

For more information, go to or call 301-739-4266.

Prom Fashion Show

On Jan. 31, the South Hagerstown High School PTA, along with Potomac Bridals, will hold a prom fashion show at 3 p.m. at South High with gowns and tuxedos on display with show discounts, door prizes and refreshments. Tickets cost $3 for adults and $2 for students.

Izaak Walton League

The Washington County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America on Independence Road is starting its still target shoots this month. Shoots will be held the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 7 p.m. For more information, call 301-582-4118.

Relay for Life

A kickoff event for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Washington County will be held on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m .at the Maugansville Ruritan building on Maugans Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This year marks the 25th year of Relay for Life.

This year's Relay for Life of Washington County will take place beginning on Friday evening, June 19, at Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park.

For more information, go to or call 301-733-8272.

Inauguration dance

Memorial Recreation Center is sponsoring a pre-inauguration celebration dance at the Martin Luther King Center, 131 W. North Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by contacting Memorial Recreation at 301-790-0203. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The organizers would like everyone to come dressed in red and black, but that is optional.

Food sold at this event will benefit the For Our Kids Sake program led by Dot Bell and Clara Broadus.

Money bonanza

BPO Elks Lodge No. 378 at 11063 Robinwood Drive will hold a money bonanza Sunday, Feb. 8.

Tickets cost $25, which admits the ticket holder and one guest. There will be 31 cash prizes and the grand prize will be $3,000. There will be tip jars, King Tuts, Big Daddy, Progressive 300 and a 50/50 raffle. Ticket No. 1 will be raffled off and the winner will be put in the last ten.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and dinner will be served at 1 p.m. There will be a dessert table and drinks will be provided. Use door No. 6.

The proceeds will benefit youth programs and charitable requests.

For more information, call 301-739-0844 or 301-733-8849.

Blood drives

o Jan. 12 - Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

o Jan. 14 - Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.; Sharpsburg Bible Church, 1 to 6:30 p.m.

o Jan. 15 - County employees, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hagerstown Donor Center.

o Jan. 16 - Hancock Assembly of God, 1 to 7 p.m.

o Jan. 19 - Boonsboro American Legion, 1 to 7 p.m.; Hagerstown Elks, 1 to 7 p.m.; Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

o Jan. 21 - Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

o Jan. 26 - Smithsburg Fire Hall, 1 to 7 p.m.; Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

o Jan. 28 - Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

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