Sign language course offered

September 13, 2011|Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood

Have you ever wanted to learn sign language skills?  

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m., participants can take a free beginner’s class at the Smithsburg Library.

Experienced signer Mary Jo Palmer will teach participants basic American Sign Language skills, such as finger spelling, numbers, holidays and other items. The class is for all ages — no experience required.  
Registration is required. To register, call 301-824-7722.  


Pen Mar Park

Variety will perform Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. as the summer concert series continues at Pen Mar Park.   

Ice cream social

An old-fashioned ice cream social will be held Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11833 Greenhill Drive in Hagerstown (off Jefferson Boulevard between Robinwood Drive and Eastern Boulevard).     

Women’s ministry

The Women’s Ministry at Ringgold Church of Christ invites the community to Walk by Faith, a potluck luncheon, Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


There will be displays and information about the women’s ministry. The event will include lunch, a guest speaker, games and other activities.

The church is at 14420 Barkdoll Road in Hagerstown.

For more information, call 301-824-2772.

Senior site

Smithsburg Senior Site calendar:

  • Wednesday — Bingo, 10 a.m.
  • Friday —Dominoes, 10 a.m.; fall prevention program, 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 19 — Hang man and spelling bee, 10 a.m.

Movie night

Hagerstown Community College’s Student Government Association will host a family movie night Saturday, beginning at 8:30 p.m. in the HCC Alumni Amphitheater. The movie night will feature the animated children’s film, “Kung Fu Panda 2,” starring the vocal talents of comedian Jack Black.  

The event is free and open to the public.

The theater will open at 8 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-served. No advance tickets are required.
Concessions will be available for purchase during the show.  For more information, contact Student Activities Coordinator Heather Barnhart at       

Cascade Elementary

From the principal’s desk:

“Once again, this school year is off to a great start! It was delightful to see so many at back-to-school night and kindergarten meet the teacher. We are pleased that Cascade made Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) by meeting Maryland State Assessment objectives during the 2010-11 school year.  We are excited to celebrate our students’ accomplishments. This year we are continuing our focus on motivating students to work to their maximum potential. You may want to view a short video clip titled ‘The Push, Unleashing the Power of Encouragement’ at

— Karen Palmer, principal

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