Around Jonathan Street

July 02, 2009|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Happy Fourth of July

Be safe this weekend.

Youth rally

More than 60 people gathered and about 40 young people from the Memorial Recreation Center summer day camp program participated at this year's annual No Smoking Youth Rally hosted by Brothers Who Care with funding through the African American Tobacco Control Initiative (Maryland Department of Mental Hygiene) at Hagerstown's Wheaton Park.

The participants were given a smoking prevention presentation by Andy Smith, President of Brothers Who Care. Following the presentation, participants were given a chance to test their knowledge in the "Win Mr. Andy's Money" contest. Contestants received money or a treat based on the correct number of responses they gave to questions about the dangers of smoking.

Representatives from the Washington County Health Department and the Board of Education Health Outreach Program set up display exhibits and gave away promotional items.


The event concluded with a martial arts demonstration by Premier Martial Arts.

Brothers Who Care also offered each person in attendance an event bag filled with healthy treats, a youth rally T-shirt and health promotional items. A $20 gift card was awarded to Anika Moore.

Smoking cessation program

Don't forget the Washington County Health Department's Stop Smoking for Life Program will begin Monday July 6.

These free classes meet twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays, for eight sessions. The morning sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, and the evening sessions run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Classes are held at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., second floor auditorium.

Also, free cessation aids are available to eligible Washington County residents while supplies last.

Free movies

The Central Library will host two movies for its "Friday Night at the Library" this month.

The first one, "Hotel for Dogs," rated PG, will be July 10, and on July 24, come out and see "Tale of Despereaux," rated G.

And because its summertime, both movies will start at dusk (8:30 to 8:45 p.m.) and will be shown in the side parking lot.

Free popcorn and refreshments are available while supplies last. Don't forget to bring lawn chairs. For more information, call 301-739-3250, ext. 132. There is no rain date.

Master Gardeners clinic

With all of the rain, plants need to be nurtured, groomed, etc., so join the Master Gardeners plant clinic at the Central Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 11, and find out what you need to do to keep your plants growing.

The clinic will be held on the front patio of the Central Library, 100 S. Potomac St.

Save the date

The 6th Annual Walnut Street Community Health Center Health Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at the health center.

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