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Around Jonathan Street

February 12, 2009|By MADGE MILES

Funns to celebrate 50th anniversary



Charles B. Funn and Bishop Bette E. Funn, Ph.D., of Accokeek, Md., will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, March 7, at 4 p.m. with their anniversary and renewal of vows ceremony at Greater Campher Temple, 125 W. Bethel St., Hagerstown.

A host of relatives and friends from as far away as New York and Florida are planning to come to witness the occasion.

Charles Funn, a native of Alexandria, Va., is a veteran of the U.S. Navy as well as a retiree of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Bishop Funn, a native of Hagerstown, is the founder and senior pastor of Mobile Church Ministries of Alexandria. She is a retiree of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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The Funns are the parents of three daughters, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

They plan to travel to Hawaii to celebrate their anniversary.

Black History program



The Black Achievers will hold a black history program Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Hagerstown YMCA, 1100 Eastern Blvd.

The keynote speaker will be Pastor G. Nathan Bell, who has been the pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Chambersburg, Pa., for 16 years. He is married to Minister Imogene C. Bell and they have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Pastor Darin Mency, Greater Campher Temple, will perform the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Other guests include vocalists Natalie Brown, Mount Moriah Baptist Church; Mellisa Miller, Churches in Missions; KiYana Bynum, Black Achievers; and Pastor Peter Guadalupe, Hagerstown Christian Church.

Also participating will be students from North Hagerstown High, Greater Campher Temple and the YMCA Black Achievers.

The public is invited free of charge.

Summer program



It's almost time to start thinking about summer programs for children. The Washington County Recreation Department will provide summer camp information in the coming weeks. Camp registration will begin in April.

Book club cancels meeting



Due to conflicts in scheduling, the Feb. 22 Sisters in Sprit Book Club has been canceled. This will give you plenty of time to catch up on some old reading until the next meeting. I'll keep you posted.

Movie night



Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., will show the movie "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" today at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6:40 p.m.

Please use the back parking lot entrance.

Free refreshments will be served to participants.

For additional information, call 301-739-3250, ext. 132.

Basket bingo



The Western Heights Middle School PTSA invites the public to a basket bingo on Sunday, March 22, at Western Enterprise Fire Hall. The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and bingo will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $20. You must be 18 years old or older to play bingo or tip jars. The event will include 22 bingo games, special raffles, door prizes and tip jars.

Winning baskets will be filled with prizes.

Food will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Becky Sottile at 301-491-3713.

Black History



A lot of us know about Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Alvin Ailey, Gregory Hines, Queen Latifah and Will Smith, but how many remember Judith Jamison, dancer choreographer, Morton Jelly Roll, American jazz composer, or Ma Rainey, pioneer blues vocalist?

How many of you know Robert Weaver, housing administrator, who served as a member of President Franklin Roosevelt's information black cabinet from 1933 to 1942?

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