Kris Kringle Craft Show

November 11, 2012|Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown

The 29th annual Kris Kringle Craft Show will be Saturday and Sunday at Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

The show will feature more than 260 crafters, more than 100 new vendors, wider aisles, larger booth spaces and larger floor spaces.

The show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission costs $1, with all proceeds going to the Easter Seals Adult Day Services of Hagerstown.

Parking is free. There will be a golf cart shuttle available for free. There will also be a free gift- wrap station, package- holding area and free vendor door prizes.

Attendees are asked to bring donations of nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the Parent Child Center of Hagerstown.

The show will include a children’s shopping village in the main lobby with gifts for children to buy from 50 cents to $6.

The organizers are looking for any volunteers, clubs or organizations who would like to volunteer to work the gift-wrap station, door- prize table or package- holding area.

Also, any Washington County student needing student service-learning hours can sign up for hours to volunteer.

For more information, call Linda Williams at 301-582-1233 or 301-331-1233 (cell).

TOPS  0077  

Losses for the two-week period were 50 3/4 pounds for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 0077.

The best TOPS losers were Mike Reed and Linda Baker. 

The best KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) losers were Dianne Keely and Bonnie Barnhart. 

Shirley Knode won the ha-ha prize. The no-no snack for the week is ice cream. 

In the weekly team weight-loss challenge, team No. 3 achieved a 10-pound loss.

Pat Sikes won the monthly get-r-done prize for KOPS and Kathy Freeze won for TOPS.

Cindy Ryder presented the program on “What Really Works for Weight Loss.”

She said brown-bagging vs. eating out can result in a 5-pound weight loss over a 12- month period.  She said keeping a food journal can result in an additional 6-pound loss and eating regular meals rather than skipping meals can make an 8-pound difference.

The Food for the Hungry drive ended today with a total of 253 pounds of food and $42 collected. Christmas cards and small gift items for the troops are due by today.  The hats and gloves collection will end Dec. 3.

The group meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown. For more information, call Patsy P. at 301-582-2292 or Patsy M. at 301-842-3615.

TOPS  0446

Hagerstown TOPS Chapter 0446 held its weekly meeting Nov. 7. 

The chapter welcomed its newest members and shared news of members who are out for illness. 

Roll call showed more losses than gains recorded, but totals gave the group a net gain for the week.  

The thinner winner of the week was Carole K. with 3.4 pounds lost and second was Thelma L. with 2 pounds lost.

The ha-ha prize went unclaimed for the ninth week in a row and will be $10 for the next meeting. To qualify, members must be present and record a loss.

The group discussed alternative ways to cope with stress other than eating. Several good ideas were shared.

Next week will be the monthly awards program, along with the announcement of a new team contest for the holidays titled “Save the Turkey.” The contest begins Nov. 21 and will end Dec. 19.

The program will be on healthy eating for healthy living, and the chapter will start a series of programs on meal planning.

Meetings are held weekly at Shiloh United Methodist Church on Shiloh Church Road in Hagerstown. Weigh-in is from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. and the meetings are from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call Mary at 301-797-2547 or Judy at 301-739-9279 or go to

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