Now – Help Seniors sustain their independence by providing
free services like transportation to medical appointments or the grocery store, running errands, making telephone reassurance calls, or friendly visits, and more. Whether they have two hours a weeks or two hours a month to offer, volunteers have the opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of others every time they participate. Join RSVP today by contacting Shirley Vanmeter at 304-257-1221 or 1-800-296-1221.
Now – Washington Street Library: A full listing of programs and events can be found on the Library website at http://www.alleganycountylibrary.info
Now – Want to make a difference in the life of a child? The Foster Grandparent Program needs senior volunteers ages 55 and older to help children in schools and child care settings. Your life experience is very valuable to children who need a special person. You can be that special person while earning a non-taxable stipend, mileage reimbursement and other benefits by working as little as 15 hours per week. Foster Grandparents make strong connections with children and receive great satisfaction from making a difference in their lives. We need your help in making sure that every child has the extra help needed. We need You! For more information call: Myra Vance 304-257-1221 or 1-800-296-1221
Now – Let’s Beautify Cumberland! is gearing up for another season of cleaning up, planting and generally maintaining our public spaces. Would you like to be a part of our beautification Cumberland efforts? Adopt a parklet? As a group, family, or individual? As a one-day effort or a seasonal project? All helping hands are welcome and needed. Let us know. If you would like more information about LBC! projects or to volunteer, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number so someone from LBC! can contact you. The spring season is just at its beginning. Let’s make it another successful one!
Now – Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.
Now – Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Even if you don’t have a business in Downtown Cumberland, you can join as a Friend of DCBA. Membership forms are available at www.visitcumberland.org. Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.visitcumberland.org. If you and/or your business have any Downtown Cumberland special events, sales, etc. you would like to include in this weekly email, please send the information to email@example.com
The Downtown Cumberland Farmers’ Market is a place where the community meets each week to enjoy fresh produce, locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the work of local artists and craftspeople. The market sets up every Thursday from 9:30 am – 2 pm on Baltimore Street in Historic City Center from May to October.
Hounds Around Town – Looking for a day filled with furry friends and fun???Then look no further than the Allegany County Animal Shelter’s “Hounds Around Town” program, which allows individuals to sign a shelter dog out for the day. Being situated in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland presents a great opportunity for our shelter dogs to experience the joy of a long walk, hike or run in many of the area’s scenic locations. Looking for something more low-key? No problem, we have many pups that would enjoy an afternoon lounging on a couch, a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood or maybe a trip for ice cream. The most important thing is you are giving an adoptable shelter dog a much-needed break from the kennels and providing enrichment and socialization. For more information on the Hounds Around Town program, contact the shelter at 301-777-5930.
Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.
Story Time in the Park – Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am. Grow your child’s early literacy skills with a fun-filled time of book reading, singing, rhyming, moving, and creating with one of our amazing Program Specialists! Story Time in the Park will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 AM in alternating parks throughout the county. Story Time in the Park is open to children of all ages. View the full schedule at https://www.alleganycountylibrary.info/outdoorstorytimes/. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy Story Times while observing social distancing guidelines. Listen to several books designed to have fun, strengthen literacy skills, and promote health outdoor adventures. Every child will receive free books and crafts to take home and enjoy all summer long. Story Times in the Park schedule is subject to change and are weather permitting. Masks are strongly encouraged. Families are asked to observe a distance of 6 feet from other families, children must stay with their families. Please visit the CDC’s guide for visiting parks and recreational facilities before attending.
EAA Chapter 426 Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast, Greater Cumberland Regional Airport, 8 am – 12:30 pm. Sundays – August 30, September 27, October 29. All you can eat hotcakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee – $6 per person. Carry-outs are available as well!
Aug-Sept The City of Frostburg in partnership with Allegany College of Maryland’s Community Resilience Collaborative are pleased to introduce Wellness Wednesdays to be held at Hoffman Park in the Grove. The series will begin on Wednesday, August 19 and we warmly welcome all community members. This is a moment of unprecedented stress and uncertainty and it’s taking a toll on all of us. Join us as we gather at the Grove to tap into the healing power of nature and practice simple techniques to help relieve stress and cope with challenges many of us face. Individuals trained through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and others with specific expertise will share simple self-care ideas you can use to increase your resilience during this highly stressful time. The Grove at Hoffman Park provides a beautiful space that will allow us to physically distance while we come together as a community.Participate in the entire series or just come to the session(s) of interest to you. Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket and a mask. Masks are to be worn when entering, leaving, and in any instance in which social distancing cannot be maintained; they are not required once seated in a socially distant manner. Inclement Weather Policy: Check the City’s website (www.frostburgcity.org) or Facebook Page – (www.facebook.com/frostburgcity) for cancellations.
September 1- September 30 Allegany County Goes Purple 2020 an initiative of Healing Allegany It takes all of us – the entire community – to fight the battle against opioid and other drug misuse, and bring about awareness, education, and CHANGE! September is National Recovery Month. We will kick-off “Allegany County Goes Purple” on September 1 and will continue efforts through the end of the month. Consider joining us! Here are some ideas on how YOU can get involved: · Write a THANK YOU letter to first responders to include, but not limited to, the following: Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Public Health/Social Workers, Emergency Services, Addiction Counselors…purple envelopes available while supplies last! Contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org · Throughout the month, encourage staff to wear purple on Wednesdays. · Elected officials may declare proclamation for this event. · Consider making the city’s logo, and other department’s Facebook page, staff signature lines, and other outlets temporarily changed to purple. · Illuminate your establishment with purple lighting. · When sharing on social media use #alleganycountygoespurple2020 · Have resource tables in the lobbies (or at your front desks) of facilities – literature/educational materials on addiction and where to get help. · Decorate your facility with purple ribbons/streamers/balloons! · Display purple in your yard or home; purple lightbulb on porch. · Electronic message boards/digital signage can have a purple background for the month or black background with purple letters. · Create a purple product for your business. · Organize a virtual lunch and learn or coffee break focusing on substance misuse education and awareness. · Be a leader and encourage your place of work, organization, school etc. to become involved in this initiative. · Share your photos on social media using #alleganycountygoespurple2020 · Become a “Purple Champion” and help us spread the word! Email Jen Thomas if interested: email@example.com Get updates at the HEALING ALLEGANY Facebook page – like and follow! Share your photographs using #alleganycountygoespurple2020 #showusyourpurple Comments, questions or ideas? Contact Jen Thomas @ AHEC West: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept- Oct The Allegany County Library System is offering a series of book discussions to continue engaging our community in conversations about race in America. As a follow-up to Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s live discussion on How to Be Antiracist, we invite you to join us for a number of conversations centered around themes from Dr. Kendi’s other award winning book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Beginning on September 1, discussions will be held every other week from 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. through the end of October, totaling five events. Two hosts from the library staff will be joined by a co-host from the Allegany County Chapter of the NAACP to facilitate discussion around the week’s chosen theme. Stamped from the Beginning uses the stories of five American intellectuals to depict the history of racism in America. Kendi offers readers the opportunity to recognize and expose discriminatory policies and the nation’s racial disparities while inspiring hope for an antiracist future. Many Choose Civility: Allegany County partner organizations have joined the library to promote and participate in these events, as they contribute to the mission of Choose Civility, to encourage civil conversations and kindness toward others. Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi is available to request from the Allegany County Library System and as an eBook and audiobook through the library’s digital collections. It will also be available for purchase at The Book Center in Cumberland and Main Street Books in Frostburg. It is important that we develop opportunities to have open dialogue to discuss race within the community to inspire understanding and community healing. Courtney, Service Specialist at the South Cumberland Library, is very excited to be one of the hosts for this discussion series, she says “Stamped is a big book full of bigger ideas, and it is one of the most important books you’ll read.” The Allegany County Library System is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about the book discussions and register, please visit www.alleganycountylibrary.info/stampedbookdiscussion or call 301-777-1200.
Sept 23rd The Potomac Valley Hospital Board of Directors Meeting will be held Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. via WebEx. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, please call 304-597-3510.
Sept 24th St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will open for Bountiful Blessings on Thursday, September 24th, 4-6 pm, drive through only. Bags will be pre-packaged with core items only.
Sept 25th-26th Wamba 89 will be having a sausage sandwich sale Friday and Saturday September 25th and 26th. (Drive Thru pick up only). This event will be at the lower LaVale Fire Hall parking lot on National Hwy. Friday will be from 10 am to 6pm and Saturday will be from 11 am to 5pm. Face masks and hat required for all workers.
Oct 2nd Award-winning author Indran Amirthanayagam will be opening the 14th Annual Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival with a free virtual reading on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. The festival, which is being held by FSU’s Center for Literary Arts, will be held virtually this year. The reading will be live at this link, https://youtu.be/sH-jCq7bjZM, which can also be found on the Center for Literary Art’s Instagram page (@fsuliteraryarts) and Facebook group (Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts). Amirthanayagam was born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). He was raised in Sri Lanka, London and Honolulu. Amirthanayagam has authored numerous poetry collections, including “The Elephants of Reckoning” (1993), “Ceylon, R.I.P.” (2001), “The Splintered Face” (2008), “Uncivil War” (2013) and “Coconuts on Mars” (2019). He writes, translates and publishes poetry and essays in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. Amirthanayagam’s poems have won a Paterson Poetry Prize and a Juegos Florales. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Kenyon Review, the New England Review, BOMB, Siempre, La Gaceta and other magazines. A U.S. diplomat, Amirthanayagam has lived in several countries, including Haiti, Belgium, Argentina and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. This reading is sponsored by the FSU Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of English and Foreign Languages and Literature, the Allegany Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council and the City of Frostburg.
Oct 2nd Oliver’s Grove United Methodist Church in Oldtown, MD will be having a Spaghetti Dinner on October 2nd from 3pm until 6pm. Carryout only. Price is $6 and includes spaghetti, salad, bread, and dessert.
Oct 3rd Burlington Public Library’s yearly book sale fundraiser will be held Saturday October 3rd beginning at 8am.
Oct 6th National Night Out Cumberland is on! ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ will still bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances by bringing The City of Cumberland Police Department to you. However, this year in being cautious and following local health department guidelines, we are reimagining the event. We are also asking everyone to turn their porch lights on throughout the community on Tuesday, October 6, a throwback to the roots of the National Night Out campaign. It’s an important year to recognize National Night Out which promotes not only Police-Community Relations but crime, drug and violence prevention, safety, and neighborhood unity. First responders – including police officers, firefighters, paramedics and more – are part of the fabric of our community and the best way to build a safer community is to get to know them, your neighbors, and your surroundings. As part of our ongoing support to keep neighborhoods safe and connected, we want to promote a “Porch Lights On” Campaign this year. This was the original component of the National Night Out Campaign that began 37 years ago. We are asking City residents to lock their doors and turn on their porch lights on this one night from dusk until dawn. We hope to see lights on at every house on every street throughout the City. This campaign hopes to: • increase safety to residents and visitors • reduce the opportunity for criminal activity and inappropriate street behavior • enhance the appearance of your neighborhood at night by adding ambient lighting • create a lived-in and welcoming appearance to your home City Police hope to build trust and create community camaraderie in two neighborhoods this year. On Tuesday, October 6, a caravan of Cumberland Police Vehicles, including Cumberland Fire, will travel to: • South Penn school from 5:00-6:15 p.m.; and to • Braddock Middle School from 6:45-8:00 p.m. Parents and their children are encouraged to get to know the officers and ask questions during this visit. All will have the opportunity to see City of Cumberland emergency response vehicles, such as Bike Patrol, Squad Car, K-9 Unit, CERT Vehicle, Ambulance and Fire Truck and other safety equipment while learning about a wide variety of safety topics. The Salvation Army Canteen vehicle will be traveling with the caravan of emergency vehicles to distribute hot dogs and drinks. CDC/Health Dept. guidelines on sanitation will be followed and we ask all to line up with appropriate social distancing of 6 feet apart at these vehicles. Face coverings are required. Several local organizations have already offered to contribute in some way toward this event and we will be sharing more information as we draw closer to the event date. National Project Coordinator, Matt Peskin said, “this is a night for our nation to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of policecommunity partnerships and citizen involvement. When law enforcement and the community work closely together, some amazing things can happen.” Visit natw.org. Watch for online giveaways and other ways to win prizes! We hope to see real-time posts, photos, and videos from the public on this night. Please share photos of the caravan and your lighted neighborhood. Posts can be made to Facebook/NNOCumberland. Spread the word! Help us grow this campaign for a safer, more caring community to live and work! We encourage involvement from neighbors, community groups, organizations and businesses toward this event. Contact the City of Cumberland’s Community Development Dept., email email@example.com, or call 301-759-6517
Oct 7th-11th The 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival, presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, from October 7 – 11, 2020 includes a variety of activities throughout Garrett County including fall foliage driving tours, craft & gift sale, turkey trail, car show, Oakland’s Celebration of Autumn Glory, virtual kick-off event, float contest, virtual photo canvas auction and more. More information about the 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival is available at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s website, visitdeepcreek.com
Oct 13th The Allegany County Health Department is now offering FREE online Virtual Naloxone Training once a month. The next session is Tuesday, October 13th at 5 pm. For registration and information, visitprescribechangeallegany.org or call the Health Department at 301-759-5050.
Oct 17th Tri-State Concert Association 2020: The Coasters & Johnny Tillotson. All shows will be held at the Allegany HS auditorium, 900 Seton Dr. Cumberland, MD at 7:30pm. Series Tickets: Box Seats & Floor – $190 and Upper Section – $170. Same reserved seats for all 5 shows. For new ticket information, contact: 301-876-4880, mail: PO Box 101, Cumberland MD 21501, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.tri-stateconcerts.com.
Oct 21st The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Marketplace Expo will be held Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Rocky Gap Casino Resort, Allegheny Event Center. The event is open to the Public/Free Admission “After Hour” rules apply for Chamber members
Nov 14th Tri-State Concert Association 2020: Sandra Waller & CO (50’s – 70’s dance). All shows will be held at the Allegany HS auditorium, 900 Seton Dr. Cumberland, MD at 7:30pm. Series Tickets: Box Seats & Floor – $190 and Upper Section – $170. Same reserved seats for all 5 shows. For new ticket information, contact: 301-876-4880, mail: PO Box 101, Cumberland MD 21501, or email: email@example.com. Visit www.tri-stateconcerts.com.