Black History program

February 17, 2011|Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street

The Hagerstown YMCA Achievers Program for Minority Students will hold a community Black History program Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St., to commemorate Black History Month.

The guest speaker will be John Wetzel, former warden at Franklin County (Pa.) Jail, who has been nominated to become secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

The event will celebrate African-American heritage and achievements.

There will be performances from local church choirs, soloists, HCC steppers and Teen Achievers. They will also honor two Adult Achievers, Chad Smith and Randy Tisdale, during the program.

This event is open to the public and is free,  although donations will be accepted.

If more information, call Deborah Phillips, director, at 301-739-3990, ext. 4239.

Dance planned

And if you haven't done so already, pick up your tickets for the "Old School Dance" on Saturday, Feb. 26, and enjoy the smooth sounds of Out of the Blue Bank who will play 1970s, '80s and '90s R&B.

The event is sponsored by the Achievers program in celebration of Black History Month and will also benefit For Our Kids Sake through food sales at the event.  

The dance will be held at the MLK Center gymnasium, 131 W. North Ave., from 8 p.m. to noon.

Tickets are available at the front desk of the YMCA or can be purchased from Darnel Shaffer at 240-217-9473 or Deborah Phillips, director/YMCA Achievers, at 301-739-3990, ext. 4239.

Tickets cost $12 per person ($15 at the door) or $20 per couple ($24 at the door), or five tickets for $50.

Chicken wings dinner

Greater Campher Temple will host a fried chicken wings dinner Saturday from 11 a.m. until sold out.

The dinner includes four chicken wings, french fries, cole slaw and soda. The dinner costs $6. It will be eat in or carry out.

For delivery, call 240-217-9581.

The dinner is sponsored by the church's Nurses Unit.

The dinner will be at Bethel Gardens on Henry Avenue in Hagerstown.

Workshop update

The registration fee for the Easter Workshop at Second Christian Church, 65 W. North Ave., is $10, which is for materials.  

If you are interested in participating, call Wayne Buckner at 304-274-2259, Pastor Dixon at 304-262-066, Irma Branch at 301-733-4118 or Agnes Jackson at 301-797-5208.

Dinner is Saturday

The women of Ebenezer AME Church will host a dinner Saturday at the church, at 40 W. Bethel St., starting at 11 a.m.

The menu includes chitterlings or chicken with greens, potato salad and cornbread.  

The chitterlings dinner costs $10 and the chicken dinner costs $8.

The dinner is eat in or take out or call 301-797-6123 for delivery.

Sweet 16

Just Lookin' art gallery will celebrate 16 years at its downtown Hagerstown location, at 40 Summit Ave., on Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday from noon to 4 p.m.

Artwork will be on display and refreshments will be available.

For more information, call 800-717-4278.

Dinner planned

On Saturday Feb. 26, Asbury United Methodist Church will host "Asbury's Soul Food Dinner" from 11 a.m. until sold out.

The dinner will include pigs feet, chitterlings, ribs and fried chicken.

The dinner costs $10 for adults and $5 for those ages 12 and younger.  

Basket bingo

Antietam Fire Co. will host a basket bingo Sunday, April 10, at Western Enterprise Fire Hall, 526 Washington Ave.  

Tickets cost $20. To reserve tickets, call Annette in advance at 301-992-6151.  

There will be filled baskets as well as raffles and tip jars. Food will be available.  

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 1:30 p.m.  

Movie night

 This movie "Invictus" will be shown Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. Free popcorn and free drinks will be available.

The movie will be shown on a large projection screen.

CPR Made Simple

The American Red Cross on Conrad Court is offering a CPR Made Simple course on Saturday, March 5, beginning  at 10 a.m. and one at Valley Mall on Friday, March 11, at 2 p.m.   

The course provides individuals with a one-hour overview of the skills needed to save a life. In this course, lecture is kept to a minimum so participants can focus on hands-on skills. The class is free.

March is Red Cross Month and the local chapter is asking people to join it in helping those in need by donating blood, time or money, or taking a class.  

For more information, call 301-739-0717, ext. 213.

Black History trivia

So how well have you been doing?  I hope you have done well — let's see how well you are with this week's trivia as we continue to celebrate Black History Month:

1.) What event sparked the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People?

2.) Who was the West Point grad who became the first African-American to command the 82nd Airborne Division and was also the first African-American in the U.S. Army to achieve the rank of Four Star General?

3.) Born in 1885, who was the black entrepreneur who owned the Baltimore Homestead Grays, Edgewater Beach and numerous other businesses prior to World War II?

4.) What African-American male developed the theory of the talent tenth?

5.) When was the importation of slaves outlawed in the U.S.?

6.) Who was the first black astronaut to walk in space?

And the last one is

7.) When was the first "Negro History Week"?


1.) A race riot in Springfield Massachusetts

2.) Major General Roscoe Robinson (U.S. Army). General Daniel "Chappie" James was the first African-American to attain the rank of Four Star General. He served with the U.S. Air Force.

3.) Dr. Joseph H. Thomas

4.) W.E.B DuBois

5.) 1808

6.) Bernard Harris Jr.

7.) 1926

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