Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

October 28, 2009|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

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All Saint's Eve event set for Friday at church

Covenant Presbyterian Church, at 11833 Greenhill Drive off Jefferson Boulevard, will offer treats and cider for all neighborhood children Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

On that evening, the church remembers those who have brought meaning into our lives and gives thanks for their guidance and advice.

Author to speak at Smithsburg Library

Local author Warren Gray will present new information and evidence regarding the historical mysteries of "Custer's Last Stand."


The event will be at the Smithsburg Library Thursday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room. Recent archeological exploration of the battlefield and analysis of Native American testimonies have shed new light on the famous battle.

Gray is an experienced historical researcher, author and retired Air Force intelligence officer who earned four college degrees and 20 military medals during his career, and made five trips to the Little Bighorn Battlefield.

Seating is limited. To register, call 301-824-7722 to register for this event.


Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville will hold its trunk-n-treat event at the church Sunday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The community is invited. There will be a covered dish dinner with hot dogs and drinks provided. The event will include games, a pumpkin decorating contest, cake walk and costume judging, along with the annual trunk-n-treat in the parking lot. The church is at 21006 Twin Springs Drive.

For more information, call Joyce Belella, church secretary, at 301-733-8387 or go to

Smithsburg Middle School

The Smithsburg Middle School PTSA would like to extend appreciation and thank you to the bus staff that serves Smithsburg Middle School in honor of National Bus Safety Week.

Veteran quilters to give demonstration

Veteran quilters Sari Kilheffer and Nancy Brown will be at the Smithsburg Library Thursdays Nov. 5 and 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. as they quilt in front of the fireplace.

They are inviting adults and children to help them with their quilts that they will have set up and will work on in the library. This will be an opportunity to "learn by doing." The public is invited to watch the quilters at work.

No registration is required.

For more information, call 301-824-7722.

TOPS 462

Smithsburg TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 462 had another successful weigh-in this past week. Each of the members came in with a weight loss.

The group also welcomed back Jim, who had been away for a few months.

Ola recorded another loss, making it 25 weeks without a gain.

Ola also led the program for the week, talking about different food groups and how they help you lose weight.

The chapter meets Thursdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 51 S. Main St., Smithsburg. Weigh-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call Ola at 301-824-7650 or John at 717 749 3023, or go to or at

Show Choir

The Smithsburg High School Sonix Honors Show Choir is available to perform at community celebrations and programs.

The choir can perform singing and dancing routines and a short skit performance.

The choir has performed in downtown Disney and participated in the Disney Performing Arts Workshop.

They sing songs from the three "High School Musical" movies (a big hit with youths) and have a singing quartet.

Also, Smithsburg High School will present "High School Musical 2" on stage Nov. 13 to 15.

For more information, call Demi Jacques at 301-824-7258 (home) or 301-991-2830 (cell).

Ballroom dancing party to be held Friday

Jim Powers will hold his ballroom dancing party Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Maugansville Ruritan Building.

The event will feature an anniversary party. Admission costs $4 per person.

Senior site

Smithsburg senior site calendar:

Today - "Pneumonia: How to Avoid It" and exercise with Helen House, 10:15 a.m.

Thursday - Birthday luncheon, 11:30 a.m.

Friday - Dominoes, 10 a.m.

Baby-sitting training

The American Red Cross will offer baby-sitting training Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Washington County Red Cross, 1131 Conrad Court in Hagerstown.

The course is designed to provide individuals ages 11 to 15 with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or adult guardians. The training will include basic care and first aid.

Financial aid is available for this course.

For more information, call 301-739-0717.

Travelogue series

The Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown presents its second program of the Travelogue Series, Barbados, Island In the Sun, hosted by Steve Gonser, today in the South Hagerstown High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

The series is a community-service project of the Kiwanis Club. Season tickets for remaining programs are $25 for adults, and $10 for students.

Single admission tickets are sold at the door on show nights. The cost for adults is $10 and $5 for students. Proceeds help the Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown raise funds to support the activities of charities in Washington County. For information, call 301-739-1981.

Centenarian luncheon

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Washington County Commission on Aging will host its annual centenarian luncheon in honor of all individuals in the county who are or will be 100 or older this year.

If you know someone who has or will reach this milestone by the end of the year, call Hannah Cramer, COA deputy director at 301-790-0275, ext. 209. Anyone reaching this landmark, whether living independently, with family or who are in assisted or long-term care facilities are sought to receive this recognition. Even if the individual would be unable to attend the luncheon, the agency would still like to honor his or her achievement.

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