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Around Jonathan Street

February 26, 2009|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Black history dress day



In commemoration of Black History Month, Ebenezer Church's parishioners and guests were asked to dress in traditional African attire Sunday.

Women's retreat



The Women of Ebenezer are sponsoring a women's retreat Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14. The retreat will include breakfast and a soup and sandwich lunch Saturday. The retreat costs $20.

The retreat will be conducted by Elder Dr. Bertha M. Greene of Sacred Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church of Baltimore.

The retreat will begin Friday at 6 p.m. with registration. A worship service will follow at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, activities will begin with a praise walk at 7 a.m. The retreat will continue with a workshop, program, lunch and the closing. After the closing, the women will meet at Golden Corral near Valley Mall for dinner and fellowship. The dinner at Golden Corral is not included in the price of the retreat.

For more information, call Torrance Petties at 240-818-8195 or Denise Chandler at 240-338-3224.

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Luncheon set



The Zion Baptist Church's Women's Day will host a prayer luncheon Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church at 61 Bethel St. Tickets cost $8.

Dinner planned



The Women of Ebenezer will hold a chicken dinner fundraiser Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer, 40 Bethel St. The menu includes fried chicken, parsley potatoes, green beans, iced tea and a roll. The dinner costs $8. Desserts will also be available for purchase.

Free tax help



Having trouble figuring out your taxes this year? Let the Washington County Commission on Aging, 140 W. Franklin St., 4th floor, assist you with completing the form.

There is no age restriction; however, you must make an appointment to receive assistance.

Please note that no returns will be prepared that involve the following: income from a farm; income from a business, owned and operated by the client; rental property depreciation schedules; or any other items for which counselors are not certified. Also, this service is being provided to those individuals who are not in a high-income bracket who could otherwise pay for professional service.

New to the client list this year includes any homeowner who files the short form, that is, who does not itemize, may claim the amount paid in 2008 state and local property taxes in order to receive a $500 or $1,000 tax credit.

All counselors are trained and certified by the IRS. All returns, both federal and state, will be prepared and filed electronically using IRS software and equipment.

This is a free service, but donations are accepted.

Counselors are available to go to the home of medically homebound clients.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Hannah Cramer at 301-790-0275, ext. 209.

Summer help



The Memorial Recreation Center is getting ready to gear up for its summer programs and is looking for people who are interested in becoming a summer camp counselor or a lifeguard.

To apply for the position or for more information on the qualifications and when the programs begin, call Memorial Rec at 301-790-0203.

Movie night



Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., will feature the movie, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

The doors will open at 6:40 p.m. Please use the back parking lot entrance.

Free popcorn will be available.

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

Black history facts



1. John Love invented the pencil sharpener in 1897.

2. C.B. Brooks invented the street sweeper in 1896. It was a truck equipped with brooms.

3. L.P. Ray invented the dustpan in 1897.

4. Henry Brown created what is now known as a strongbox, a metal container to store money and important papers that could be locked with a key in 1886.

5. Joseph Lee invented a bread-making machine that mixed the ingredients and kneaded the dough in 1895.

6. David Crosthwait Jr. holds 39 U.S. patents and 80 international patents pertaining to heating, refrigeration and temperature regulating systems. Crosthwait created the heating system for New York City's Radio City Music Hall.

7. The banjo originated in Africa and up until the 1800s was considered an instrument only played by blacks.

8. Isaac Murphy, a thoroughbred horse racing jockey, was the first to win three derbies and the only jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks and the Clark Handicap within the same year.

9. Thomas Andrew Dorsey was considered the Father of Gospel Music for combining sacred words with secular rhythms. His most famous composition, "Take My Hand Precious Lord" was recorded by Elvis Presley, Mahalia Jackson and others.

10. Nancy Green was employed in 1893 to promote the Aunt Jemima brand by demonstrating the pancake mix at expositions and fairs. She was a popular attraction because of her friendly personality, great story-telling and warmth. Green signed a lifetime contract with the pancake company and her image was used for packaging and billboards.

11. Bessie Coleman was the first licensed African-American pilot in the world. She received aviation instruction in France.

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