Around North Hagerstown

November 23, 2009|By ELLEN ROWLAND

Holiday concert

Haven Lutheran Church, at 1035 Haven Road, will present its annual holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m.

Music will be provided by the Appalachian Wind Quintet and the Haven Senior Choir.

The concert is free and open to the public. The event is being held in conjunction with the glowing candles display at Rest Haven Cemetery.

TOPS 0077

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 0077 had a net loss at its Nov. 16 meeting.

Terri Hendricks led the program by giving some tips on enjoying the holiday while still eating healthfully. She said to take the time to enjoy friends and family, and not concentrate on eating. She also shared some low-fat recipes to use for Thanksgiving. It was suggested that each member bring in a favorite low-fat recipe to exchange.

The chapter voted to collect Christmas cards for the troops rather than exchange gifts with members this year. The group collected 945 cards to be sent this year.


Jim Doyle won the "Get-R-Done" contest this week with a 9-pound loss.

The group will be collecting shoe boxes on Dec. 7 for the children at Meadow Bridge in West Virginia to be distributed for Christmas.

Pat Horning will lead the program this week.

The chapter meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown. Weigh-in is from 7 to 9:20 a.m. and the meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Donna at 301-223-8143 or Patsy at 301-582-2292.

TOPS 446

The TOPS 446 Chapter's "thinner winner" was Barinda, who boosted the net loss for the week.

The chapter thanks Teresa for volunteering to produce a monthly newsletter and bringing in the first issue.

Joanne, Judy H. and Darlene have prepared a five-week "Fiber Contest" to give assistance in resistance to weight gain during the holidays.

The KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) members were honored with a presentation by Mary. All members were challenged to succeed in their weight-loss journey.

Jason Barr, a physical education teacher, will talk about the health benefits of exercise at Wednesday's meeting.

The chapter meets Wednesday at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road in Hagerstown. Weigh-in is at 8:45 a.m. and the meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Mary or Tom at 301-797-2547, or Judy at 301-739-9279.

Goretti news

After all of the turkey and trimmings are gone, come out and watch some great hoops action at the Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament, showcasing the best in boys basketball.

The games will be played Friday and Saturday at 6:30 and 8 p.m. in the Gael Center Gymnasium at St. Maria Goretti High School.

Mark your calendars for the SMGHS Performing Arts Concert on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Beaver Creek Country Club. Several Goretti students will join other students of the Cumberland Valley School of Music to present holiday entertainment.

The high school placement test will be given Saturday, Dec. 12, to all eighth-graders interested in applying for admission to SMGHS. The test is required for all incoming freshmen. For more information, call the admissions office at 301-739-4266, ext. 132.

Auxiliary hosts open house at thrift shop

Washington County Hospital Auxiliary's thrift shop will hold a Christmas open house Dec. 4 and 5 at the Crestwood Drive location (behind Dunkin Donuts) off Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.

Store hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will go to the auxiliary, which raises funds for patient care and equipment for the new medical center soon to open off Robinwood Drive. For more information, call 301-665-2993 during regular store hours or leave a message and it will be returned the following day.

Stocking stuffers

Looking for a stocking stuffer? A gift for a co-worker? How about that Secret Santa? The Humane Society of Washington County might have just what you are looking for.

The shelter is selling the Rotary International 2010 Value Book, which contains coupons valued at over $500 for only $20. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the Value Book will be donated to the shelter. The Value book contains coupons for a variety of local businesses like golf courses, restaurants, historic sites, entertainment, and family recreation sites. There are a variety of restaurants included in the 2 for 1 Offers, along with many other establishments.

The Value Book is available at the shelter's front counter during normal business hours. That includes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Value Book can also be purchased online at by clicking on the Rotary Coupon Book link under the "Help the Animals" tab.

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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