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Community Events for 4/22-4/28

PSA for April 22nd through April 28th



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     April 26th – The Pry House Field Hospital Museum will hold Civil War Scholars Saturday from 9:45am till 3pm.  There will be a light lunch served at noon, and the program will take place outdoors under a large tent on the grounds.  Though not required, attendees are strongly encouraged to pre-register online in order to assist organizers in planning.  To register, please visit  A donation of $10 is suggested in order to help fund future programs.

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     April 1st, 8th, 15th, and 29th – Mother Seton School Take a Tour Tuesday will be held from 10am till 1pm and from 7pm till 8pm.  Come see why children thrive academically and spiritually at the school.  We offer community service opportunities, an award-winning music and arts program, and student clubs and activities.  A private tour can also be arranged.

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.



Monocacy National Battlefield will be holding the following upcoming events:

v     April 20th thru 28th – National Park Week will be held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  Learn interesting facts about people, places and events of 1864 that have a National Park connection through special exhibits.  On April 26th children of all ages can participate in a special Battle of Monocacy 150th scavenger hunt on Junior Ranger Day.


For more information about events taking place, please call 301.662.3515 or visit



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.



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



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.



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 6:30pm till 8:45pm.  There will be lobby exhibits and the Sheriff’s drug collection starting at 6:30pm, and the formal presentation will start at 7pm. 

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 (this event will begin at 6:30pm)



Marvin Chapel’s Thrift Shop now offers weekly specials.  Stop by the Shop on Fridays and Saturdays between 10am and 2pm to check out these special offerings.  The Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church Thrift Shop is located at 5101 Woodville Road, north of Rt. 144 between New Market and Mt. Airy (at Plane #4).  For further info call 301.829.1656



Frederick County Public Schools needs grant writers.  The school system is working to move forward with a project to provide the county’s public school students and teachers with modern learning technology.  The initiative, called Technology Now, aims to equip local students and teachers with updated devices and software.  While the Board of Education is working with Frederick County to fund the initiative, FCPS is also seeking outside funding to ensure that the program is sustainable over the long term.  FCPS  seeks community expertise to write the most effective proposals possible.  School administrators hope to work with 5-10 community members who have a strong writing ability to help FCPS staff in the effort to prepare funding proposals and develop grant applications.  The project to secure sustainable funding is slated to begin May 1st.  The proposal writing team will have great flexibility in determining how to go about their work.  FCPS will provide resources to help facilitate the work, and community members interested in serving should contact Ms. Tonya Street at



Frederick County public Rock Creek School students and dedicated staff are fond of a very special volunteer.  Despite disabilities that keep him wheelchair bound, Chris Routzahn has unending enthusiasm for helping children with special needs.  The school’s goal during National Disability Awareness Month is to encourage the public to help Chris win a fully modified conversion van.  From now until May 9th, cast your vote for Mr. Routzahn by singing up and voting at



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



Saturday, April 12th thru Sunday, April 27th

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate the outstanding art education in Washington County Public Schools in this annual exhibition.  Works of art by kindergarten through fifth grade students will be on view in the museum’s Groh Gallery.  Students and their families are invited to attend an Exhibition Reception on the 27th from 2pm till 4pm.  For more information please call 301.739.5727 or visit



Monday, April 14th and April 28th

Hospice of Frederick County’s Bereavement Program is offering an on-going self-help group from 5pm till 6:30pm.  This group provides a safe place where participants can share their stories and express their grief.  This program is offered at no charge at the Hospice of Frederick County office, located at 516 Trail Avenue, Suite A.  For more information please call 240.566.3030 or email or



Sunday, April 20th thru Monday, April 28th

Monocacy National Battlefield will hold National Park Week.  Find out why National Parks are our National Treasure.  There will be a special exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and on the 26th, children of all ages can participate in a special Battle of Monocacy 150th scavenger hunt on Junior Ranger Day.  For more information please call 301.662.3515 or visit



Thursday, April 24th

The Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve is hosting a program about Primitive Skills:  How to Make Cordage from 6:30pm till 8:30pm.  In modern times cordage (aka string or rope) is abundant and cheap.  In prehistoric times the ability to make strong, reliable cordage often made the difference between just surviving and thriving.  It was used for bow strings, fishing line, nets, shelters, traps or snares, the fire-bow, clothing , grass mats, etc.  In this class you will be instructed on how to make strong, reliable cordage, completely from nature.  You will study the types of plants, trees, and animal fibers that make the best cordage as well as learn several manufacturing techniques.  Pre-registration is required and the cost is $40 for members and $50 for non-members.  For more information please call 717.642.5840 or visit


The Department of Juvenile Services is currently seeking individuals and families that are interested in learning more about becoming foster parents to children between the ages of 12 and 18.  If you are interesting please visit the C Burr Artz Library from 4pm-7pm and for more information please call Melissa Rice at 301.791.7072


Emmanuel United Methodist Church will hold their community meal at 6:30pm.  All are welcomed to this free dinner, come to be fed and blessed with others in our community seeking to join together for a meal and companionship.  No obligations, no fees, just an opportunity to eat and enjoy one another’s company.  For more information please call 301.733.4720.



Friday, April 25th

The Wolfsville Volunteer Fire Company will be holding a soup, sandwich and yard sale on May 3rd at the Wolfsville Ruritan Park.  Table space is available for $5, there will be bean or chicken corn soup and country ham sandwiches.  Advanced order will be taken until April 25th.  You can place your order by calling 301.293.1106.  Pickup will be on May 3rd between 10am and 1pm.


St. Ignatius of Loyola in Ijamsville will hold their annual Taste of Haiti Dinner and Raffle from 6pm till 9pm in their Social Hall.  There will be Haitian and American dishes served, music, and more.  The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 10-13, and $5 for children ages 9 and under.



Saturday, April 26th

Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Lovettsville, VA will be holding their Ham and Turkey Dinner from 4pm till the food runs out.  The cost is a free will offering.  The menu will include country ham and turkey, sweet potatoes, gravy, green beans, sauerkraut, dressing, cranberry sauce, jello salads, rolls and desserts.


The Lewistown Fire Hall will host a cash bingo with doors open at 4:30pm and games starting at 6pm.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  There will be food and a bake table with proceeds to benefit Faith UCC.  For tickets or for more information please call 301.788.2427 or 301.271.7573


The 4th Annual Delaplaine and Fancy Gala will be held at the Delaplaine from 6:30pm till 11pm.  There will be live music, fabulous food, a silent auction and more.  For more information, or for tickets, please call 301.698.0656.


Whitesell Pharmacy, in conjunction with the Frederick Police Department, will hold a drug disposal event at Harry Grove Stadium from 10am till 2pm.  Citizens are encouraged to drop off unused and expired medications.  All personal information will be kept confidential.  For more information, or a list of acceptable items, please call Anne Marie at 301.662.4848


New Market Elementary will hold their 10th Annual On The Road Again 5K Run/Walk.  They will use a portion of this year’s proceeds to support literacy in the classroom and another portion to offset medical expenses for a staff member whose wife is battling cancer.  The 5K will begin at 9am, followed by the 1 mile run/walk at 10am, rain or shine.  Registration is $25 per person and to sign up, please visit or print the form out from the school at and mail them in.  For more information please call Principal Cindy Alvarado at 240.236.1300 or you can email


Mountainside Spring Fest’s 1st Annual Battle of the Bakers pie baking contest will be held in Urbana on Roderick Road.  Drop off starts at 10am and judging will be at 1pm.  There will be two age groups, 16 and under, and 17 and older.  There will also be two categories, fruit and cream.  The pies MUST be homemade, even the crust.  And a full list of ingredients must accompany the pie.  To enter your pie, please visit the website at and click on Mountainside Spring Fest.  For more information please call Vanna at 301.948.3172.


Frederick County Public Schools invites families with young children to join with their English Language Learners Department staff to celebrate the 25th Annual Free Children’s Festival.  It will be held in Baker Park from 10am till 3pm and will include hands-on activities, entertainment, and educational resources.  In the event of inclement weather, the Children’s Festival will be held in the William R. Talley Recreation Center.



Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th

The Children’s Museum at Rose Hill Park will hold their Spring Festival from 10am till 4pm on Saturday, and from 12pm till 4pm on Sunday.  There will be children’s games, hands-on crafts, and Kid’s Karnival Korner.  The Blacksmith and carriage museum will also be open.  There will be exhibits, hayrides, animals, food, crafts, music and more.  Parking is a $1 donation, fees food some of the other activities will also apply.  For more information please call 301.600.1650 or visit



Sunday, April 27th and Tuesday, April 29th

Other Voices Theatre will be holding auditions for their production of 42nd Street.  They will be at 4pm on Sunday, and at 7pm on Tuesday and will take place at their South Jefferson Street location.  Please bring 16 bars of music and be prepared to dance (bring tap shoes).  Show dates will be July 18th thru the 27th.  For more information please call 301.662.3722 or visit



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