Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

February 24, 2009|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Ravens Nest No. 12

Tri-State Ravens Nest No. 12 will meet Thursday, March 12, at Burhans Station at 7 p.m.

Tom Davis, a Baltimore-area TV sports announcer, will be the guest speaker. The group meets the second Thursday of the month at Burhans Station. Guests and new members are welcome. For more information, call Gary Shindledecker at 301-790-0717 or Mike Vaughn at 717-597-9740.

Food drive continues

Allegany Dental Care has decided to extend its annual food drive through the end of the month.

Cascade Elementary

Cascade Elementary is planning its 11th annual PTA auction Friday, April 3. Donations for the event are being accepted. Any usable item, excluding clothes and stuffed animals, will be accepted. Drop off items any school day between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

If there are any large items to be picked up, call the school at 301-766-8066. As of this date, no volunteer has come forward to make a quilt for the auction. At this time, there will not be a quilt auction unless someone offers to undertake the project.


Tristate Astronomers

The Smithsburg branch of the Washington County Free Library will welcome the Tristate Astronomers as it presents a program focused on the sun Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Smithsburg Library Community Room.

Weather-permitting, there will also be a chance to get a safe look at the sun through a state-of-the-art solar telescope. Seating is limited for the presentation at 10:30 a.m., but the public is invited to the outdoor viewing at 12:30 p.m. Call 301-824-7722 to reserve a seat for the presentation or for further details. The event is free and open to all ages.

Smithsburg Middle

The Smithsburg Middle School student art show and PTSA spaghetti dinner will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

More than 300 pieces of student artwork will be on display. The cost for the dinner is $6 for adults, $4 for students and free for those 4 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door for the dinner. The art show is free.

Landlord courses

This spring, Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering four courses specially geared toward landlords.

The first class, "Landlord Crash Course," will be held Tuesday, March 10, and Tuesday, March 17, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The course is intended for Washington County landlords and discussion topics include leases, lead paint laws, resources available to landlords, fair housing laws, tenant evictions and Hagerstown City Code Enforcement.

The course is co-sponsored by Hagerstown Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to housing issues in Washington County. Each student receives a comprehensive packet of information, forms and resource information. Cost is $45.

The second class, "Green Issues for Landlords and Small Business," will discuss the growing consumer demand for "green" buildings and building practices. Discussion topics include energy and water efficiency, green construction principles, environmentally sound buildings, and marketing to "green" tenants and consumers.

The course will be held Thursday, April 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $25.

The third class, "Landlord Laws for Washington County," will focus on legal questions faced by Washington County landlords. Discussion topics include lease agreements, security deposits, evictions, collecting back rent and lead paint registration laws. A portion of the class will also be spent answering specific student questions. This course is offered Wednesday, April 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $49.

The fourth class, "The Business of Being a Landlord," is offered on Wednesday, April 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., and will discuss how rental properties and businesses can be made profitable. Taught by Joe Mullenax of Allegany Business Consulting, discussion topics include tax advantages of rental properties, implications of new tax laws for landlords, incorporation and record keeping tips. Cost is $30.

All courses are held at HCC's Valley Mall Center. For more information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236, or go to

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