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Community Events for 3/25-3/31

PSA for March 25th through March 31st



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 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 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.



St. Peter the Apostle in Libertytown will hold their Friday Lenten dinner from 5pm till 7pm on March 21st, March 28th, April 4th and April 11th.  The menu will include fried fish, fries or mac and cheese, coleslaw, salad, vegetable, drinks and ice cream.  The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 5-11, children under 5 are free.  Carryouts will be available and proceeds benefit the Appalachian Mission Trip.  For more information please call 301.898.5111



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



April is National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month.  There are thousands of greyhounds in need of permanent homes due to the economy and closing tracks.  The Greyhound Project was established to promote the welfare and adoption of greyhounds by providing support and information to adoption organizations, adopters and the public.  It is a volunteer, non-profit organization.  Please visit for more information.



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



March 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast comes to Francis Scott Key High School at 7pm each night, and a special matinee at 1pm on the 22nd.  Tickets are $6 for seniors and students, $8 for adults, children under 5 are $3.  Payment will only be accepted at the door.



Wednesday, March 26th

Habitat for Humanity is seeking applicants from the general public for their new Affordable Housing Land Trust.  The trust is a new partnership between Habitat for Humanity and the Frederick County Commissioners.  Habitat’s Land Trust program purchases homes in the county that are either in foreclosure, in need of repairs or abandoned.  The homes are then repaired or refurbished and then put up for sale.  When a property in this program is sold, the buyer purchases the home minus the costs of the land.  The affordable housing opportunity ready to go on sale is located in Myersville.  Prospective buyers are invited to attend an open informational session for this home at 6:30pm at the Myersville Municipal Center.  RSVPs should be made by calling 301.698.2449, ext. 19.  Qualified buyers may make no less than 30% but no more than 80% of the HUD AMI for Frederick County.



Thursday, March 27th

Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve will host a presentation of Iceman’s Last Hours at the Adams County Ag Center in Gettysburg from 7pm till 8:30pm.  Guy Neal will interpret the distribution and placement of artifacts lost during the Iceman’s final hours.  Mr. Neal has spent many years studying and replicating the Iceman’s artifacts, and has developed new theories that explain why the Iceman chose to go so high up in the Italian Alps and why he died there.  Pre-registration is preferred and the cost is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.


Hospice of Frederick County will hold a discussion on Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy.  Join them as they discuss how your energy levels can affect your mood and vice versa.  Learn how simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can positively impact how you feel both energetically and emotionally.  It will be from 3pm till 4pm at Hospice offices located at 516 Trail Avenue in Frederick, Suite C.  The service is offered at no charge, for more information please call 240.566.3038 or visit


There will be a first time homebuyer seminar with the Frederick County Homebuyer Assistance Program at the Urbana Library.  It will be at held at 6pm and for more information, or to register, please call 301.520.1840



Thursday, March 27th thru Saturday, March 29th

Boonsboro High School will present performances of “The Taming of the Shrews”, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”.  The story has been updated to appeal to a modern audience.  Performances will be at 7:30pm on all three days and the cost is $5.  For more information please call 301.766.8022 or email



Thursday, March 27th thru Sunday, March 30th

Destination Arts activities will continue in Waynesboro with live music every weekend and events and artist demonstrations scheduled at Gallery 50 and 42 West ARTS Co-op.  Visit for more information and a complete list of events.



Friday, March 28th

The Carroll Manor Fire Company Auxiliary will be holding their Super 7 Bingo with doors open at 5:30pm and games starting at 7pm.  Tickets are $20 per person and food will be available.  For more information please call 301.748.7277 or 301.810.5366



Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th

Graceham Moravian Church will hold their turkey and oyster supper from 3pm till 7pm on Friday and from 1pm till 6pm on Saturday.  The cost is $16 for adults, $8 for children ages 5-10, and children under 5 are free.


The Carroll County Ag Center will host the 44th Annual Indoor/Outdoor Antique Auto Swap Meet will be held starting at 8am each day.  Admission and parking are free and for more information please call Robert Clubb at 301.829.2000 or email


The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will hold the 12th Annual Art in Bloom by the Hagerstown Garden Club.  On display will be the creativity of interpreting paintings, sculptures and decorative arts using floral arrangements.  There will be a preview event on Friday from 5:30pm till 7:30pm with a cost of $50 per person.  The display will continue on Saturday from 9am till 4pm with a cost of $5 for non-museum members and free for museum members.  On Sunday the 30th it will be open from 1pm till 5pm with free admission all day.  For more information please visit or call 301.739.5727



Saturday, March 29th

The 24/7 Student Repertory Company will hold a 5K fun run called Hero for the Arts.  The entry fee is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1 mile fun run.  There will be trophies, medals and raffles, as well as prizes for the best costumes.  Dress as your favorite Super Hero/Character and run for a cause to support the arts.  For more information please visit


There will be a Diamond and Pearl Extravaganza at Heritage Hall in Inwood, VA.  Doors open at 4pm, dinner is at 5:30pm and drawings will be from 7:15pm till 8:35pm.  Tickets are $35 and include buffet dinner and cash bar.  There will be 30 chances to win cash and fine jewelry.  There will be Chinese, silent and live auctions along with other chances to win.  Tickets are available at Bechdel Jewelers-Inwood, CNB Springs Mill and Hedgesville locations, City National Bank-King Street and Summit Community Bank in Martinsburg.  This even is sponsored by the Friends of Norwalk Foundation and proceeds will benefit the purchase of the 1914 Norwalk Underslung Six to keep a piece of history in Martinsburg.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 304.754.8845 or 304.261.4110


There will be a spaghetti dinner to benefit Morgan Ward at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg from 4pm till 8pm.  The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and children 5 or under are free or you can still give a donation.  Take out will also be available.  Please call the church for delivery at 301.824.2799 and if you have any questions please call Rich Sneckenberger at 301.824.3359.  The proceeds of this event are to benefit Morgan Ward and her family to help offset the cost of travel, food, etc as she undergoes treatment for leukemia.  She is a 4th grader at Smithsburg Elementary School.


Jefferson United Church of Christ is sponsoring a cash bonanza bingo at the Jefferson Ruritan Community Center.  Doors open at 10:30am, light lunch served at 11:30am, games start at 1pm.  Ticket price is $30 and it is reserved seats only.  Your ticket number becomes your seat number.  No one under 18 years of age allowed.  For tickets please call Tracey at 301.834.3028 and all tickets are non-refundable.


The FSK Post 11 Legion will hold a shrimp and oyster feed to benefit their baseball program.  Doors open at 1pm and food will be served from 2pm till 5pm.  The menus includes fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried chicken and sides.  Tickets are $25 per person and you can pay by check and date it for the 29th.  Checks will not be cashed until the day of the event.  To get tickets please email


Wolfsville Volunteer Fire Company will hold a country breakfast from 7am till 10am.  The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $3.50 for children ages 6-12 and children under 6 are free.  For more information please call 301.293.4374


The Kiwanis Club of Mount Airy is having a pancake breakfast from 6am till 12pm in the Good Shepherd Hall of Calvary United Methodist Church.  The breakfast is all you can eat and includes regular, chocolate chip, and blueberry pancakes, eggs cooked to order, Wagner Meats sausage, juice, coffee, tea and milk.  The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free.  Please bring a canned or boxed food item to donate to the Mount Airy Net Food Pantry.  The Easter Bunny will also be present from 8am till 11am so bring your camera!



Sunday, March 30th

Calvary United Methodist Church’s Community Concert Series presents the National Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet at 3pm.  This event is free and open to the public.


A 5K For Dillon Papier will be held in Ijamsville.  There will be a 5K hybrid run at 9am, a 1k family walk at 10am, and a celebratory picnic and children’s baseball game at 11:30am.  It will take place at 3338-B Prices Distillery Road and the cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.  The day of the event the cost is $30.  Rain date will be April 6th.



Tuesday, April 1st

There will be a dinner and dance to benefit Disabled American Veterans Chapter #5 at the Guardian Hose Co. Activities Building in Thurmont on April 12th.  Dinner is at 6pm and the dance will be from 7pm till 11pm.  Music will be by Josh and the Good Old Stuff and dinner includes fried chicken, ham and all the trimmings, dessert and snacks during the dance.  There will be door prizes and 50-50 drawings.  The cost is $25 per person and it is BYOB.  Tickets must be purchased by April 1st by calling 301.271.4002 or 443.686.1817.  Tickets can also be purchased at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant and Gary the Barber in Thurmont, or Zurgable's Hardware and Jubilee in Emmitsburg.


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