Around Jonathan Street

June 11, 2009|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Exhibit on display at art gallery in city

Doris Helen Graham Shirk's paintings and other creations will be on exhibit at the Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery this month.

For a time, Doris lived at Fahrney-Keedy Home in Boonsboro.

Upon her mother's death in April, Doris' daughter, Malinda Shaver, retrieved many of the paintings that had been in storage. The show Malinda calls "A Retrospective and Remembrance" will be filling the walls at the gallery. Doris' recollection of a scene from her childhood, a frequent inspiration for paintings, depicts residents of her southwest Missouri community picking strawberries.

The exhibit continues through Sunday, June 28.

The gallery is at 4 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown.

The hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, go to or call 301-791-6191.

Stop-smoking classes

The Washington County Health Department's Stop Smoking for Life Program will begin in July with classes on Mondays July 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Thursdays July 9, 16, 23 and 30.


The free classes meet twice a week for eight sessions.

Choose the morning or evening class. The morning session will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and the evening session is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All classes will be held at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave. in the second floor auditorium.

Free cessation aids are available to eligible county residents while supplies last.

For more information, call 240-420-1796.

Junior football league continues registration

The Washington County Junior Football League is continuing its registration for the fall season.

Registration dates were added due to the large number of interested players and cheerleaders that did not get the chance to register at Valley Mall because there was not enough time to handle the large number of interested youth.

Registration will be today at the Nike outlet at Prime Outlets from 6 to 8 p.m.

All paperwork and payment is due at the time of signup. Bring two proofs of residence (bills showing address), the most recent report card and an original birth certificate.

The league fee is $75 for football players and $45 for cheerleaders, which includes the league fundraiser. There are discounts for siblings. For more information, contact Becky Payne at 301-573-9985.

Volunteers sought to help in schools

Even though schools have closed for the summer, the Washington County Commission on Aging is recruiting residents to serve as volunteers in local elementary schools this fall.

The agency's volunteer program, known as RSVP, is recruiting those 55 and older who are willing to help a child improve in basic arithmetic and reading.

Volunteers choose the school, time of day and day of the week that they would like to serve.

Initially, new volunteers are accompanied by an RSVP staff member who paves the way to eventually assisting a child in the classroom.

During the past school year, RSVP volunteers included men and women from different backgrounds who gave a little personal time to school children. Without exception, they all said that the experience left them feeling uplifted and useful; they all want to continue in the fall.

There are rewards for joining the program. Volunteers qualify for insurance coverage and reimbursement for travel and meals while gaining recognition as a valuable member of their community.

To register, call Charlotte R. Levens, intergenerational program coordinator, at 240-313-9139 or e-mail, or Hannah Cramer, deputy director, at 301-790-0275.

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