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Community Events for 3/11-3/17

PSA for March 11th through March 17th



The National Museum of Civil War Medicine has the following upcoming events:

v     March 1st – The 2014 Civil War Talks Educational Lecture Series kicks off with “Women Soldiers in the Civil War”.  This discussion will cover the experiences of the over 400 women who disguised themselves as men to serve heroically in Union and Confederate armies during the war.  This will include not only individual stories, but also gender roles and military culture during the Civil War.  This lecture series will be held in conjunction with Downtown Frederick Partnership’s First Saturday events from February thru August.  They will take place in the Museum’s Delaplaine-Randall Room and will begin at 2pm.  Admission to the talks is included in the purchase of a ticket to the Museum, free for members and volunteers.

v     March 18th – Individuals interested in becoming Certified Tourism Ambassadors can take a class being offered here from 8:30am till 12:30pm.  This designation is for anyone that interacts with visitors on a daily basis, including attractions, hotels, restaurants, shops and more.  This class is being offered by the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership.  You can register to attend at

v     April 5th – Bell and History Day will be observed to kick off the 2014 museum season.  Members of the Blue and Gray Hospital Association will display and interpret an expansive collection of Civil War era medical accoutrements, both original and reproduction, while in period dress.  It will be held from 11am till 4pm and admission is free.

v     May 3rd – The second in the Lecture Series will be “Dentistry and Maxillofacial Injuries in the Civil War”.  This will be a discussion of the practice of dentistry during the American Civil War, going into detail about advancements made during this time and innovative doctors on both sides of the war making remarkable strides in repairing facial trauma.

v     June 7th – The third in the Lecture Series will be “The Civil War Soldier and his Quilt”.  This discussion will talk about the importance of this item to the soldiers in the field and the hard work that went into making them.

v     July 5th and 6th – There will be a special program at Monocacy National Battlefield in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Monocacy.  Dr. John Rathgeb will be at the Battlefield on both days to give a presentation on orthopedic injuries at the Battle of Monocacy.  Times to be determined and admission is free.

v     August 2nd – The final installment of the Lecture Series be “Naval Surgeons in the Civil War”.  This will be an account of the experiences of shipboard doctors who worked for the health and welfare of the fighting men at sea.  Naval operations during the war are generally overshadowed by the campaigns of armies on land, but maritime activities were no less important to the conduct and outcome of the war.


The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is located at 48 East Patrick Street in downtown Frederick.  For more information about their events please call 301.695.1864 or visit

The Pry House Field Hospital Museum is located at 18906 Shepherdstown Pike on the Antietam National Battlefield in Keedysville, MD



Mother Seton School will be hosting the following events:

v     March 4th, 18th, and 25th - Take a Tour Tuesday will be held from 10am till 1pm and from 7pm till 8pm.  Some see the school, become familiar with the curriculum, and discuss all aspects of enrollment.  Private tours are also available, please call to set up.

v     March 10th thru 13th – The Mother Seton School Science Fair will take place and the public is invited to see the projects that will be on display.

v     March 29th – A Vera Bradley and Coach bingo will be held with doors open at 5:30pm with games beginning at 7pm.  The fun will include raffles, door prizes, specialty games, concessions and more.  The cost is $20 for 20 games in advance and $25 at the door.  For more information please call Lena at 301.717.8860

This school is located at 100 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg, MD, and for more information about these or other school events please call 301.447.3161 or visit



The Frederick County Humane Society is offering the following activities:


The Frederick County Humane Society is the county’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to helping pets and their families.  They are located at 217 West Patrick Street in downtown Frederick.



The American Red Cross will be holding the following local blood drives:


For more information, or to make an appointment please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit online at



Hospice of Frederick County will hold a Family Caregiver Support Group on the second and fourth Fridays of each month.  This is an informal discussion and compassionate support for those individuals dealing with caregiving issues.  This is a self-help support group where you can share your joys, hardships, blessings and coping skills with others who are going through similar experiences.  It will be held from 10am till 11:30am at their offices, 516 Trail Avenue in Frederick, Suite A.  No registration is required, there is no cost, and for more information please call 240.566.3030.



Frederick County Public Schools is holding online college exam preparation.  The Frederick County Virtual School provides access to a comprehensive College Exam Preparation website for currently enrolled FCPS high school students.  For one $30 registration fee, students have 24/7 access to preparation for ACT, SAT, AP and SAT 2 subject exams until June 30, 2014.  The CEP is self-paced and self-monitored, with diagnostic performance feedback.  The fall registration deadline is Wednesday, October 30th.  For more information, please visit



The Woodsboro Vol Fire Company is hosting all you can eat breakfasts on the first Sunday of every month.  Serving will be from 7:30am till noon.  There will also be a bingo on the first Monday of every month.  Doors open at 5pm and games start at 7pm.  These events are to help raise money for a new fire engine.  If you would like more information, please visit



It is time for Frederick County Public Schools juniors and seniors to apply for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation summer program offered at Tuscarora High.  This will enable them (and students starting college in the fall) to participate in a renowned college-level program that offers the potential to earn three college credits while exploring cutting-edge educational and career options.  Students will also earn one FCPS elective credit.  The EI Program runs from June 30th thru July 25th, Mondays thru Fridays, from 9am till 3pm.  Applications are online at and FCPS recommends that students apply now, as enrollment for the local course is limited.  Students interesting in the program should contact their school counselor or Kim Day, FCPS STEM coordinator, 301.644.5126, for more information.



Maryland Convoy of Hope is in need of warehouse space 120’ x 60’ or similar for 1 week.  The preferred dates are March 17th thru the 23rd, March 24th thru the 30th, or April 21st thru the 28th.  Charitable donation of space is preferred for this special project with the MD Food Bank.  The space is for sorting the trailers of food.  If you would like to help by donating the use of your space, please call 301.401.2456



The Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County has launched a new website to provide richer content and improved functionality for anyone using their site.  The web address is and it is live now.  The new site includes the following enhancements:

An improved donation page

Direct links to fundraising events

Online volunteer and employment applications

A mobile component that will make the site compatible with most smartphones

For more information, or for help, please call 410.857.0900



Calvary United Methodist Church invites you to enjoy a mid-day break each Thursday at noon during the Lenten season.  Organ recitals will be given by local and regional organists and will be 30 minutes in length.  This is free and open to the public.



Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Hall in Thurmont will hold their Lenten Fish Bakes on Fridays from 5pm till 7:30pm.  They will be held on March 14th, 21st and 28th, and April 4th and 11th.  There will be a variety of fish including haddock, tilapia and salmon cakes, plus a variety of vegetables, desserts and beverage.  The cost will be $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-11, ages 3 and under are free.  Stations of the cross will be prayed every Friday at 7pm in the Church.


The Frederick County Public Schools Earth and Space Science Lab’s Ausherman Planetarium will hold the following programs:

Tuesdays, March 11th and 25th and Thursday, March 20th – A Planet for Goldilocks, the search for a world that’s “just right.  In 1995, astronomers detected 51 Pegasi, the first exoplanet-a planter orbiting a star other than our sun.  Experience humankind’s search for a planet with conditions that could be “just right”.  Show times are 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30pm with doors opening at 5pm.  Seating is limited and you may purchase tickets online at or by calling 240.236.2694



REACH of Washington County is holding their Second Annual REACH the Finish Line Family Run at 2pm, Sunday, April 6th.  There is a 1 mile fun run, a 5K, 10K, and a half marathon hosted by Family Recreation Park.  Register now because the price increases on March 1st.  For more information please call 301.733.2371



Now thru Friday, April 11th, Frederick County Public Schools is accepting nominations for the Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teaching Award.  This award recognizes an FCPS teacher who has had a significant impact on young people.  Guidelines are online at



Sunday, October 20th thru March 30th 2014

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Kerstein Gallery will be filled with the intricate and whimsical toys that entertained American children in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  It opens at 2:30pm and is on view thru March of next year.



February 19th, March 19th and April 23rd

Frederick County public leaders have launched a collaborative effort to educate the public about drug abuse and resources available to combat illegal drug use.  All FCPS parents and guardians are invited to attend any or all of the following Wednesday meetings from 6pm till 8:45pm.

2/19 – Gov. Thomas Johnson High  (this event will begin at 6:30pm)

3/19 – Brunswick High (this event will begin at 6:30pm)

4/23 – Oakdale High



Saturday, February 22nd thru Sunday, April 27th

Members of the Valley Art Association will present an exhibition of small works in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Baer Gallery.  Members were challenged to create works of art not exceeding approximately 16 x 16 inches.  The opening reception will take place on the 22nd from 2:30pm till 4pm.  For more information please visit or call 301.739.5727



Tuesdays, March 4th and 18th

Hospice of Frederick County’s Bereavement Program is offering an on-going self-help group from 2pm till 3:30pm.  This group is designed to provide support to individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one.  This no-cost program is held at their offices located at 516 Trail Avenue, Suite A.  For more information please call 240.566.3030 or email or



Thursday, March 13th

Diakon Senior Living in Hagerstown to host a wine-related “happy hour” event from 3pm till 5pm.  There will be light refreshments and the event is designed to introduce new accommodations on the Robinwood campus of the senior living community.  For more information please call 240.420.4119



Friday, March 14th

This is the deadline for student registration for the 33rd Annual Elementary Science and Engineering Fair at Walkersville High, and the second portion for grades 6-12 at Walkersville Middle.  But also the 1st Annual Elementary Social Studies Fair at Walkersville Elementary.  All of these events will be held on Saturday, March 22nd and are free and open to the public.  For more information please visit


The Women’s Business Network of Frederick will hold “Work Appropriate Spring Trends 2014” at Dutch’s Daughter from 11:30am till 1pm.  The cost is $25 for members and $35 for guests.


North Carroll High School will hold a basket bingo to benefit the class of 2015.  Doors open at 5:30pm and games begin at 6:45pm.  There will be food and refreshments will be available for sale, tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  For more information please call Sharon Groft at or call the school at 410.751.3450



Friday, March 14th and Saturday, March 15th

The Seton Center Thrift Shop in Emmitsburg will be holding a $5 bag sale.  They provide the bag, you fill it for $5.  The hours are from 10am till 4pm on Friday, and from 10am till 3pm on Saturday. This does not include items in specialty cases and for the safety of our customers there are no strollers allowed.  For more information please call 301.447.6102 or visit



Friday, March 14th thru Sunday, March 16th

The Clear Springs Lions Club proudly presents its 63rd Annual Minstrel/Variety Show “Viva Las Vegas” at the Clear Spring High School Auditorium.  Pre-show entertainment will be provided by the Tri-State Big Band and will begin one hour prior to show time.  The curtain goes up at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, on Sunday there will be a special afternoon showing at 2pm.  Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children and students, and pre-school children are free.  Advance tickets can be purchased at Clear Spring Hardware Store and at the door.  For more information please call Lion Dan Fleming at 301.842.2216.  And in addition to a spectacular show, you may support the Clear Spring Band Boosters by attending their spaghetti dinner from 5pm till 7pm on Friday, March 14th.  If you choose to come on Saturday, the Clear Spring High School Athletic Dept. will be serving soup and sandwiches from 5pm till 7pm.  On  Sunday the Clear Spring High School Athletic Dept. will also sell soup and sandwiches on Sunday beginning at 11:30am.  Dinners are not included in the ticket price for the show and are paid separately.


Find all the information and resources to start your home buying or home improvement project at the Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association’s 19th Annual Home Show.  It will take place at the Martinsburg Mall just off Interstate 81.  There will be over 200 exhibitors will all types of products and services related to the home.  From banks to builders to flooring to heating and air conditioning to windows to spas.  Admission is free and for more information please visit or call 304.267.4710



Saturday, March 15th

The Jefferson United Church of Christ will be having an all you can eat turkey, country ham and fried oyster dinner, served family style, from noon till 5pm.  It will be at the Jefferson Community Center, and the cost is $16 for adults, $7 for ages 5-10.  There will also be baked goods and a craft table.  Sorry, but no carryouts will be available.


The Rohrersville Ruritan Club will hold their ham, oyster, and turkey dinner from 1:30pm till 5pm.  The meal includes mashed potatoes, green beans, sauerkraut, dessert and more.  The cost is $16 for adults, $8 for children 6-12, children 5 and under are free.  For more information, please call 240.818.1038 or on the day of supper call 301.432.5541


St. Benjamin Lutheran Church’s AUCE will hold a pancake breakfast from 7am till 10am.  It will include regular and buckwheat pancakes, scrapple, sausage and eggs, biscuits and gravy, applesauce and a drink.  The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children.  For more information please call 410.848.3311 or visit


Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve is hosting a fly casting clinic from 10am till 3pm at the Preserve.  George Hammond, licensed Pennsylvania Fishing Guide, will help participants get to know the fly rod, entomology, fly selection, and casting techniques in the morning.  After a brown bag lunch, everyone will head up to the pond for a chance to try out their new skills at catching some fish.  The cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members.  To register please visit or call 717.642.5840


The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies at Penn State Mont Alto and the Mont Alto/Waynesboro Pottery Guild will host the 9th Annual Cumberland Valley Pottery Festival from 10am till 4pm at the Ceramic Arts Center of Waynesboro.  The festival is a clay-only celebration of the ceramic arts and will feature 17 regional potters displaying and selling their works and day-long pottery making workshops and Raku pottery demonstrations.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information please email


Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church in Boonsboro will be hosting a free Community Meal from 5pm till 7pm.  To help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the menu will include pork and sauerkraut, potatoes, green beans, fruit and desserts.  It will be held in their Family Life Center, and for more information please call Rob and Toni Wetzel at 301.432.5763 or the church office at 301.432.8741


The Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a Community Dinner from 3:30pm till 7:30pm.  The menu will include country ham, fried chicken, assorted vegetables and more.  The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 5-8, age 4 and under are free.  For more information please call 301.829.0344


See the Varsity Ballenger Creek Lady Bulldogs challenge the Varsity Ballenger Creek Bulldogs to benefit The Autism Society of America!  This basketball showdown will take place at Tuscarora High School at 5:30pm and the cost is $3 for adults, $2 for students.  Come root them on and support a very worthwhile charity at the same time!



Saturday, March 15th and Sunday, March 16th

The Frederick County Fairgrounds will host the Home Show and Builder Olympics from 9am till 5pm on Saturday, and from 10am till 4pm on Sunday.  Admission is free and parking is a $4 donation.  This event will be fun for all ages!  For the elementary students there are scavenger hunts, a play house, and kids can practice building with legos.  Middle and high school students can watch students compete in carpentry, masonry and environmental landscaping on Saturday.  On Sunday there will be a competition in HVAC and plumbing.  For all ages there will be booths with information about the construction industry and educational opportunities for high school and college students.  Take a first hand look at equipment and participate in screw gun and nailing contests.



Sunday, March 16th

Join Horton the Elephant, JoJo, the Cat in the Hat, Mayzie, Gertrude and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters as they take a bite out of hunger in the benefit performance of Seussical, Jr. at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.  100% of this performance’s proceeds will go to benefit the Frederick Community Action Agency’s food bank program.  The show is at 2pm and the cost is $7 for students and seniors, $10 for adults, plus a canned or boxed food item.  For more information please call 301.600.2828.



Monday, March 17th

The Frederick County 4-H Shooting Sports Club hosts guest speaker Bam-Bam Adam Benson from the tv show Top Shot.  Everyone is welcome.  The Club Members meeting starts at 7pm with the pledge.  For more information please email


Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve invites the public to attend a Full Moon Owl Prowl from 7pm till 8:30pm.  You will quietly explore the Preserve on a winter’s evening listening carefully for the sounds of owls.  We will also learn a bit about these mysterious feathered friends and just why they’re calling at this time of year.  The cost is $5 for members, $8 for non-members.  For more information please call 717.642.5840 or visit



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