Health and fitness expo set for Saturday, Oct. 6

September 27, 2012|Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street
  • The inaugural Urban Book Festival was held Saturday at Bridge of Life on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown. Ladetra Robinson, back row, hosted the book fair along with her Sister in Spirit Book Club. The authors on hand were, front row, from left, KaNikki Jakarta, Melanie Bonita, Vivi Dumas, C. NaTasha Richburg, Deanna Marsha Saunders and Aliyah Saunders (14-year-old author). Back row, Leroy McKenzie, Robinson, Adrian "Ox" Mendez and DeVaughn Lilly.
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Zion Baptist Church, at 61 Bethel St. in Hagerstown, will hold a free health and fitness expo Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The community is invited.

There will be presentations on healthy eating and exercising. Attendees will hear success stories from those who have lost weight. There will also be demonstrations and health screenings. There will be information on skin care, hair styling and spiritual dancing, as well as karate demonstrations and gospel music. Local businesses will be on hand with information about healthy living.

For more information, call Linda Brooks at 301-797-4310.

Dinner planned

The Men of Ebenezer AME Church will host a spaghetti dinner at Christ Reformed Church, 130 W. Franklin St., Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The menu includes homemade spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad, garlic bread, dessert, iced tea or water.

The meal costs $8 per person.

The program will include a hymn sing.


Gallery event

On Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 6 p.m., Just Lookin’ Gallery, at 40 Summit Ave., will feature Jamaal Sheats, who will demonstrate his craft while creating a new aluminum repoussé work, which he is donating as a door prize.

Refreshments will be served.

Civil War documentary

A showing of the documentary “Divided Valor: Hagerstonians in the Civil War” will be Saturday at the Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

The 60-minute documentary profiles the adventures and accomplishments of six Hagerstown residents — two Union soldiers, two Confederate soldiers and two civilians.

The movie presentation will be the conclusion of a daylong heritage-based street festival around Public Square, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of Hagerstown.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is free. There will be a nominal ticket fee for the documentary.

The video was produced by the City of Hagerstown’s Office of Public Affairs for use on the city’s cable television channel, and copies will be available for sale.

For more information, call Steve Bockmiller at 301-739-8577, ext. 139, or email at

Book festival

Ladetra Robinson wants to thank everyone who was able to attend the inaugural Urban Book Festival hosted by Sisters in Spirit Book Club last Saturday.

She would like to thank all of the authors who were a part of the event.

She also sends a thank you to the Bridge of Life church for allowing the event to be held there; Homewood Suites by Hilton for the lodging of the guests for the night;  Washington County Free Library, which was the biggest supporter; and a special thank you to Mrs. O’Connell for giving an update on the library.

She thanks the Blossom School of Etiquette youths who pitched in and assisted her with the book fair and all of those who supported and donated to the event.

Missionary weekend tea brings women together

The Lucy P. Jones Missionary Society of Ebenezer AME Church, 26 W. Bethel St., celebrated its missionary weekend last week with a holiday tea.

The tables were elegantly decorated in fall colors, with each table having an unique centerpiece and decorations created by Lynn Washington of Pretty Settings. 

Laura Graves provided the music and prepared the guests to play the game, “Name that Tune.” Sandra Lee and Patricia “Tish” Johnson proved they knew the most about the music.

After a demonstration on how to make your home beautiful during the fall and for the holidays, Washington donated gifts won by Lola Mosby, Brenda Washington and Wanda Williams, and the grand prize of a decorated tree won by Lucretia Jefferson.

Once the demonstrations were completed, the guests enjoyed an array of tasty treats from mini-muffins, mini-cheesecake, ginger cookies, and of course, the tea prepared by Missionary President Antoinette Gaines and her grandchildren.

Red Cross offers class

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct a First Aid/CPR/AED instructor class beginning Monday, Oct. 1.

This class is to train instructor candidates to teach basic-level American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED courses.

It is a blended learning course consisting of online content and classroom segments. Online material must be completed prior to attending the classroom activities.

For more information, go to or call 1-800-redcross or 1-800-733-2767, option 3.

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