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Around Jonathan Street

March 20, 2009

Block party set for today

A tobacco prevention block party is set for today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, 131 W. North Ave.

In addition to spreading the awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco, there will be games, giveaways and a performance by Sterlen Barr & Crew.

The event is hosted by the Washington County TRASH (Teens Rejecting Abusive Smoking Habits) Coalition.

For more information, call 888-263-8834.

'Color Purple' bus trip planned

A bus trip is planned to see "The Color Purple" with "American Idol" winner Fantasia as Celie in the Broadway musical, which will be performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Friday, July 24.

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Tickets cost $149, which includes motor coach transportation, orchestra seating ticket and taxes.

The bus will depart from Memorial Recreation Center. For reservations, contact Rosemary Doleman-Lucas at 301-797-5884.

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 TRASH (Teens Rejecting Abusive Smoking Habits) Coalition.

Church plans dinner

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., will host its spring ham and turkey dinner Saturday, March 28, from 2 to 7 p.m.

The all-you-can-eat dinner includes ham, turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sauerkraut, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, rolls, beverage and dessert.

Tickets cost $9.50 for adults and $3 for those ages 6 to 10.

The church is handicapped-accessible.

For more information, call 301-733-4720.

Health expo

Washington County Health Department, 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., will celebrate National Public Health Awareness Week with a health expo Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be free activities, health information booths, a blood drive by the American Red Cross, breast cancer screenings, HIV testing, car seat safety checks, blood pressure screening and body mass index screening.

For more information, call 240-313-3235.

Black Achievers gala

The theme for this year's Black Achievers' gala is "Destined for Greatness." The event will be held March 28 at Fountain Head Country Club.

The guest speaker will be former basketball star Cathy Parson, who was born and raised in Hagerstown.

She is the daughter of Minister Yvonne Parson and the late Rev. Tom Parson.

She is best known as a three-time Washington County player of the year at North Hagerstown High School. She was named to the high school All-America squad in both her junior and senior seasons. She went on to star at West Virginia University where she became the career scoring leader as well as the first female player to net 2,000 points for WVU. She was a three-time Mountaineer MVP and the first female player to have her jersey retired. After graduation, she was selected to try out for a spot with the Harlem Globetrotters.

For tickets, call the Hagerstown YMCA at 301-739-3990.

Humane Society

The Humane Society of Washington County is in need of towels for the animals at the shelter. They are asking for donations of face cloths and full-size bath towels.

Kitten season has begun and should be in full swing shortly. With two cats, one with kittens and the other expected to deliver any day, the shelter is preparing for the expected influx of pregnant cats and new litters by month's end.

The increase in the number of pregnant cats and newborn kittens dropped off at the shelter begins to increase around the end of March and the beginning of April. By summer, the shelter may receive as many as 40 a day.

In addition to needing face cloths and towels, the shelter also needs Purina cat and kitten food and Yesterday's News cat litter. Donations may be made Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any county residents interested in becoming a foster parent for a cat and its litters, contact Holly or Tracy at 301-733-2060, ext. 216.

The shelter is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Go to www.hswcmd.org for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

Music

The Great Composers Lecture Series No. 2 will be held at Washington County Free Library Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., in the Western Maryland Room at the library's Central Branch, 100 S. Potomac St.

The event series is free, however reservations are requested so call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, to reserve a seat.

Light refreshments will be served.

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