If you want to knit or crochet sweaters, contact Covenant Presbyterian Church at 301-790-2758 for a pattern. The church is at 11833 Greenbelt Road off Jefferson between Robinwood Drive and Eastern Boulevard.
Yarn can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday or put it in the outside box labeled "Knit for Kids."
Smithsburg Middle School was honored to have several veterans visit the school on Veterans Day. The veterans represented several branches of the armed forces who had served in Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan.
The veterans visited classes and spoke to students about patriotism and freedom. They also talked about the sacrifices they made while serving in the military. Several were dressed in uniform and brought items and PowerPoint presentations relating to the different places they served.
The visiting veterans were Warren Suker, George Knight, Jerome Martin, Carlo Belella, Aaron Taylor, Eldon Warrenfeltz, Nathan Steelman and Daniel Myers. Among the veterans were several SMS staff members, including Michael Kuhaneck, principal; Jesse Smith, eighth-grade social studies teacher; Michelle Benda, band director; and Christina McDermott, para-professional.
Thanks to the following people for their part in the event: Kathy Edgel, coordinator, Stacy Maginnis, Linda Nairn, Dawn Reed, Vicki Reed and the PTSA. A special thanks to Phil and Jerry's Deli for donating lunch for the guests.
On Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., a holiday activity night will be held for middle school students at Smithsburg Middle. The event will include open gym, game room, karaoke, board games, crafts, refreshments, pride wear sale and Wolfgang fundraiser pick-up. There is no admission. For more information, call 301-824-7835.
The Smithsburg High School FFA will meet Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Fruit and nut orders will arrive the week of Dec. 7. Poinsettias will be on sale in the front lobby for $7.
Many thanks to the high school students for helping with the bulb planting.
The Brightwood Acres Homemakers Club will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 11:30 a.m., at the Plaza's Fireside Restaurant near Valley Mall. This is a change from the club's regular meeting place and time. A brief business meeting will be conducted. Club members may participate in the Christmas ornament exchange. The ornament should be wrapped. Also, members can make a personal donation to the Community Free Clinic at the meeting.
The club meets the second Tuesday of the month. For information, call Helen Clark at 301-797-7890.
The Smithsburg Library will hold an event for youths to make jewelry out of spices on Monday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room.
Cloves, allspice, cardamom, nutmeg smell great and look great when you thread these exotic spices together to make necklaces, bracelets and other unconventional decorations. The event is for boys and girls ages 12 to 17. Registration is required. Call 301-824-7722 for more details.
Breakfast with Santa
An all-you-can-eat breakfast with Santa will be Saturday, Dec. 12, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co., 22 N. Main St. in Smithsburg. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $6 for those ages 7 to 11 and $3 for those ages 3 to 6. It will cost $6 for those 56 and older. Bring your own cameras.
Bethel United Methodist Church, at 21006 Twin Springs Drive in Smithsburg, is planning two holiday events.
o On Sunday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., "Only Love" will be presented by the Bethel Choir.
o On Sunday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., "Christmas Joy, an evening of Christmas Music" will be held. The public is invited to both events.
On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Smithsburg Community Activities Commission will host the annual Smithsburg Children's Christmas party at the Smithsburg Fire Hall. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with Santa's arrival at 5 p.m.
This year's event will feature crafts, games, music, food, door prizes and an opportunity to get a free photo with Santa.
Robinwood Players to perform 'Fruitcakes!'
Hagerstown Community College's Robinwood Players will perform the holiday comedy "Fruitcakes!" Thursday through Saturday at HCC's Kepler Theater.
Written by Julian Wiles, "Fruitcakes!" is a comedy that combines a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster in a play full of holiday cheer.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the HCC bookstore and will also be available at the door before to each show. General admission costs $7. HCC students and employees will be admitted for free.
For advance tickets, call 301-790-2800, ext. 271.