Vacation Bible school planned at area church

June 13, 2013|Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway

A community vacation Bible school will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, at 17630 Virginia Ave., beginning Sunday, July 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., and continuing Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The theme is “SonQuest Rainforest” and will include crafts, Bible study, snacks, games as well as opportunities for children to learn the Bible verse  — “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” — John, 3:16.

The program is open to those ages 4 through eighth grade.

The cost is $5 per camper, and everyone is welcome.

For more information, call 301-797-9445.

Veterans memorial event planned at Valley Mall

Members of Korean War Veterans Antietam Chapter 312 will be in the Valley Mall Food Court by Kings Jewelers beginning Friday, providing information and accepting donations for the dedication of the new Korean War Veterans Memorial.


The chapter members will be at the mall through Saturday.

The new Korean War Veterans Memorial is off Potomac Avenue at Mealey Parkway in Hagerstown.

The memorial will feature the names of veterans killed during the Korean War.

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Retired educational group makes donation

At their May membership meeting and luncheon, members of the Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association collected money for the local Korean War Veterans Memorial Fund.

Presenting a donation of $300 to Les Bishop, commander of Korean War Veterans Antietam Chapter 312, were Tena Lane and Ann Marie Downey, co-presidents of the retired educational personnel group. 

A dedication ceremony for the memorial is scheduled for Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m.

Civil War games planned at museum

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will host children’s games from the Civil War era in the museum’s Kaylor Atrium Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event is free.

The program is geared for those ages 5 to 12.

Activities will include table top nine pins, dominoes, marbles, graces (hoops), ball and cup, Jacobs ladder, cards, dice, tops and yo-yos.

The event takes a step back in time, before video games, and offers the fun that is possible with active, nonelectronic pursuits.

Gospel event to be held at City Park

A gospel music event is planned Wednesday, June 19, at Hagerstown City Park beginning at 7 p.m.

A concert will be performed by Faith Ministries and Kenny Johnson and Co. at the park’s band shell.

Art in the Park to take place June 22

Art in the Park, a gospel concert, picnic and fundraiser to benefit Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery Inc. will be held Saturday, June 22, from 4 p.m. to dusk in the art pavilion at Doub’s Woods Park. 

The event will feature music by Charles W. Washington Jr., Matthew Murray, New Chapter, Renewed 7 and the YMCA Achievers.

For more information, call 301-791-6191.

Downsville carnival to get under way Thursday

The carnival sponsored by the Downsville Ruritan Club returns to Byron Memorial Park Thursday through Saturday, June 22. The event will feature food, bingo and amusement rides.
The entertainment includes:

  • Thursday, karaoke, signup at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, The Cruisers, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, The Shades, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Kevin Booth Ministers Show, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Mighty Midget Men, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Ernie Bradley and The Grassy Ridge Band, 7 and 9 p.m.;
  • Wednesday, June 19, Back To Back, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 20, Karaoke, signup at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, June 21, Headliners Band, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 22, Taylor Brown Elvis Tribute Artist, 7 and 9 p.m.

 Armbands will cost $16 each at the gate.

Happy Father’s Day

I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks for all of the hard work, love, strength, support and guidance that my husband, Nick, shows to our boys. We are so very blessed to have you and wish you a very happy Father’s Day. And to my dad, Paul Taylor, thanks for guiding me gently as a young girl, for always picking me up and dusting me off, giving good advice and sending back on my way, whatever path I may choose as a young child and now as a young woman. I am a lucky girl to have you. Happy Father’s Day, Dad, I love you.

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