Around Jonathan Street

March 13, 2009|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Blossom School

The Blossom School of Etiquette will resume classes Saturday, March 21, at the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, 20 S. Prospect St., at 11 a.m.

Since the site has changed, there might be girls who are interested in attending the classes. Ladetra Robinson, director, has opened registration to allow more girls to attend.

The school is open to those ages 6 to 18 who would like to learn more about creative writing (poetry, etc.), cooking and healthy eating, sewing and other arts/crafts.

Also, the girls who are a part of the Blossom Alumni Club will meet Saturday, March 28.

For more information, call Robinson at 240-520-5676.

Children's Day

The Second Christian Church will hold Children's Day Sunday, March 29, at 10 a.m. The Sunday school children will lead the service as well as provide the singing.


Pledge to quit

Pledge to quit smoking on Wednesday, March 25, and promote a healthy and smoke-free lifestyle. The event is sponsored by the Washington County Teens Rejecting Abusive Smoking Habits (TRASH) Coalition. For more information, call Jane Barvir at 888-263-8834, Girl Scouts of Shawnee Council Inc.


The YMCA Black Achiever's annual Gala will be at Fountain Head Country Club Saturday, March 28. Tickets can be purchased at the Hagerstown YMCA.

Each year, the Black Achievers honor adults who are positive role models in the community. Those to be honored this year include Dr. Laura Henderson, Helen Mency, M. Darnell Shaffer and Noel Williams. They will also be honoring teen achievers.

This semi-formal event begins with a Social Hour at 6 p.m. followed by the program and dinner. Tickets cost $35 for adults, including those 12 and older, and $16 for those ages 4 to 11.

Edible books contest

Do you enjoy turning food into works of art? If so, Washington County Free Library has a contest planned to celebrate National Library Week.

Put your culinary skills to work and create a literary inspired work of edible art.

All "edible" books must be "bookish" through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, simply by form.

Stop in any branch of the library to pick up an entry form. Participants are invited to bring their creation to the Central Library at 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Wednesday, April 1, between 5 and 7 pm. where a photograph of their edible work of art will be taken.

A poster of entry photos will be posted in each branch of the library system. The public is invited to visit any branch of the library and vote for their favorite creation between April 13 and 16 (entries will be identified by number only on the poster). First-, second-, and third-prize winners will be announced and notified Friday, April 17.

Though 'books' may not be eaten, all parts should be edible. All entries must include name, address and phone number as well as a complete list of ingredients. All entries submitted must be approved for inclusion by library staff. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, or go to on the Web for additional information and to see pictures of the prizes.

National Library Week will be observed April 12 to 18.

Great composers

Washington County Free Library, in partnership with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, will present lecture No. 2 in a four-part Great Composers Lecture Series Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

The lecture will be at the library's Central Branch at 100 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. The remaining lectures will be April 29 and May 27 at 7 p.m. Information about each lecture is available at the library's Web site at The series is free, but reservations are requested. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, to reserve a seat.

Lecture No.2, "Cosmic Destiny: Star Wars and the Planets" will be presented by David Gonzol, an assistant professor and director of music education at Shepherd University, where he also serves as a Kodaly certification instructor.

Hagerstown Bridge Club

The Hagerstown Bridge Club meets Wednesdays at the South End Fire Hall at 12:30 p.m.

If anyone would like to learn how to play, stop by the fire hall.

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