Baby-sitter training course

March 23, 2012|Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1131 Conrad Court, will offer a baby-sitter training course Thursday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to provide those 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 help participants develop skills in leadership and professionalism, basic care, safety and safe play, and first aid.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Financial aid is available.

For more information, call 301-739-0717.

Free open gym planned

The Jonathan Street Planning Committee will offer a free open gym Friday, March 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. community building gymnasium, 131 W. North Ave. in Hagerstown.

The gym is open for those ages 11 to 15.

Activities will include videos for healthy teens, a demonstration by Nutrition and Activity Partnership, a hip hop hustle and a hot hula demonstration by Deanna Shleigh. Toothbrushes will be available from Kool Smiles. 

Youths will be able to make their own T-shirt and jewelry, and will also have an open gym with basketball (free play and organized time) organized by the Police Athletic League.

In addition, dinner will be served.  

For more information, call Darnell or Kim at 240-217-9474.

Noon Lenten services planned at John Wesley

Noon Day Lenten Services will be held Monday, April 2, through Thursday, April 5, at  John Wesley United Methodist Church, 129 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

The speaker will be the Rev. Helen Woodard. 

A soup, sandwich, beverage and dessert luncheon will be available in the fellowship hall following the service. The luncheon costs $6.

For more information, call 301-733-0391.

Child Abuse Prevention Month celebration set

On Sunday, April 1, at noon, at University Plaza, the families of Baby Justice and Baby Bella, and the Friends of Safe Place will hold a ceremony marking the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II will be on hand to welcome everyone and proclaim the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Hagerstown.

After the ceremony, attendees can help place blue ribbons on the parking meters and trees in the downtown area to symbolize Hagerstown as a “Blue Ribbon Community,” supporting community activities to promote safe children and healthy families. 

The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, call 240-420-4300.

Dinner available Saturday at church

Second Christian Church, at 65 W. North Ave., will offer a meal Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The meal includes fried chicken, fried fish, barbecue ribs, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, roll, cake or pie and soda.

The meal costs $8.

It will be eat in or take out. 

For more information, call Agnes at 301-797-0407.

SIS Book Club to meet Sunday

The Sisters-In-Spirit Book Club will meet Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., with author Theresa Glenn at 3 p.m.

Glenn will answer questions and sign her book, “My Goodness.” She will also have books to purchase.

Lenten services continue Wednesday

The next Haven Lutheran Church Lenten service will be Wednesday, March 28, at 5:15 p.m. with a guest speaker talking about bowel disorders. The public is invited.

Call 301-733-5056 if you plan to attend so that there is adequate food available.

Book fair

Western Heights Middle School PTSA will hold its Spring into Book Fair March 23 to   29. Students will have order forms as well as be able to shop in the book fair during school hours. 

The PTSA will begin its Hadley Farms cinnamon roll fundraiser that will run through April 17. If interested in ordering, call Lori 301-745-6433 or send an email to

The PTSA is also collecting Box Tops for Education. If you have box tops and need them to be picked up, contact Lori 301-745-6433 or email

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