Tri State Events

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 – 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 [email protected] 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 protected]

Now – 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.

Now – 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.

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 –Are you looking for a place to have a party, gathering, or other function? Frostburg Elks is accepting reservations to use the back room at the lodge. You do not have to be a member to rent it. Call 240-362-8029 for information.

Now – Holiday Cheer Christmas Basket Fundraiser! $40 gets a basket of holiday cheer delivered to WMHS Cancer Treatment to a local cancer patient. We are looking for businesses or individuals to sponsor these baskets. Each sponsor will be represented with gift tags. Donations can also be in memory or honor of someone. Sponsor more than one basket to fill the hearts of all! Baskets will be delivered the week of December 20th by Santa’s elves. We are accepting cash or business checks payable to either Mandy Wharton or Patty Stutzman. Send PayPal payments to either [email protected] or [email protected] For more information, contact Mandy Wharton, [email protected]

Now – Mondays 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Chair Yoga C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts

Chair Yoga is for all fitness levels. There is no cost for attending.
On-site classes are limited to ten participants. Registration is required.
SIGN-UP BY EMAIL AT [email protected]
OR BY PHONE AT 410-967-9112.
Now – TUESDAYs AT 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Preschool Story Time
Hyndman-Londonderry Public Library
Join us for story time each Tuesday at 10:30 AM for preschoolers and homeschoolers ages 2-6. Story time is available in person and on Facebook.
Now – Living with Chronic Pain? UPMC Western Maryland is offering a free 6-week workshop. Discover strategies and skills to help manage your pain. The program explores: mind-body connection, connection between food and chronic pain, benefits of physical activity, and ways to communicate with your doctor and family. Sessions run from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, each Wednesday through March 24th. The program is virtual, and a zoom link will be sent once registration is complete. For more information or to register, call UPMC Western Maryland Community Health at 240-964-8424.
Now – Building Better Caregivers. UPMC Western Maryland is offering a 7-week workshop for family caregivers of loved ones chronic diseases affecting memory (dementia, PTSD, TBI, etc.). The workshop covers topics including:
  • Caregiver stress and emotions
  • Care partner difficult behaviors
  • Asking for help
  • Making decisions about treatment, housing, etc.
  • Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
  • legal issues related to caregiving
  • Action planning and problem-solving

The program starts on February 17th,  from 10:00 am-12:30 pm, and continue each Thursday for 7 weeks. The program is virtual, and a zoom link will be sent once registration is complete. For more information or to register, call UPMC Western Maryland Community Health at 240-964-8424.

 

January

Jan 22nd THRIVE Youth Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at Gateway West Church in South Cumberland, Md. You can eat in, carry out, or deliver, call: 443-255-9152. Meals are $8 fosr Adults and $6 for Kids.
Jan 22nd Veterinary Community Outreach Low Cost Vaccines. The event will be held at 1-3p at Old Capon Bridge Middle School (195 Capon Bridge, WV) from 1pm-3pm. Mask are required to enter the building. Vaccines include:
  • Rabies $10
  • Bordetella $18
  • Canine Distemper DAPP $15
  • Feline Distemper FVRCP $15
  • Microchipping $20
Jan 23rd The 1st Annual Hitting Clinic Allegany College of Maryland.

Come learn from the ACM coaching staff and team! For a total of $50.00 , you can better your hitting as a whole! Just fill out the registration at the link below! Camp is offered to children ages 8-11 and 12-14. Camp will take place on Sunday, January 23rd with ages 8-11 running from 10:00am-12:00pm and ages 12-14 running from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Camp will take place at Bob Kirk Arena (12401 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland, MD 21502). You can pay using check or PayPal. All campers must pre-register.**T-shirts will be available at the registration table for $20**
  • Check: Mail to 12401 Willowbrook RD, Cumberland, MD 21502. In the memo write “ACM Softball Skills Camp” post check number to this google form.
  • PayPal: www.paypal.me/acmathletics OR @acmathletics. Please note the payment is for “ACM Softball Skills Camp” and your child’s name.
Jan 24th C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts Chair Yoga is for all fitness levels. The classes will be held from 2:30 pm-3:15 pm. There is no cost for attending. On-site classes are limited to ten participants. Registration is required. Sign-up by email: [email protected] or call: 410-967-9112.
Jan 26th Building Wealth and Budgeting with Jesse Ketterman, hosted by the Allegany County Library System at the South Cumberland Library. Get the guidance and basic knowledge to develop a plan to budget, save, invest, and grow your wealth. Reserve your seat today!
Jan 27th “Pantry on the Go” has been canceled for this date due to the impending forecast, and has been rescheduled for Feb 24th at the Flintstone United Methodist Church at 9:00 am.
Jan 29th Hampshire County Little League Spring Registration – IN PERSON from 9AM – 12 PM. It will be held at the
Augusta Volunteer Fire Company(15690 Northwestern Turnpike Augusta, WV). Registration is open to both boys and girls (ages 4-14). It is $70 per child, $60 each for 2 siblings, and $50 each for 3 siblings+. You can also register online from Jan 10th – Feb 5th at Hampshirelittleleague.com Late Registration: extra fee of $10 per child will be applied after February 5th. Resources are available to help cover Registration Fees for those in need. We want to see EVERY CHILD play ball! Parents must bring the participant’s birth certificate and three documents verifying residency, OR one document supporting school enrollment. Please consider volunteering…it is our volunteers that make our program successful! Have any gently used equipment that is no longer being used? We will gladly accept donations at either of the in person registration dates. We will make sure they go to kids in our community that could use them!
Jan 31st C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts Chair Yoga is for all fitness levels. The classes will be held from 2:30 pm-3:15 pm. There is no cost for attending. On-site classes are limited to ten participants. Registration is required. Sign-up by email: [email protected] or call: 410-967-9112.
February 
Feb 2nd Groundhog Day Celebration in the City of Cumberland on Wednesday, February 2nd. Cumberland’s furry prognosticator, Murray will be honored with the introduction of a new mascot who will help answer the question, “Will it be an early Spring or six more weeks of Winter?” On hand to interpret the mascot’s prediction will be Mayor Raymond Morriss, City Council members, and special guest, Bob Candy of the Tri-State Zoological Park. The program will begin at 7 a.m. with Mayor Morriss reading the Proclamatio. Our new mascot will be making an appearance at sunrise, 7:22 a.m. The event is open to all revelers who wish to view the prognostication from City Hall Plaza. Attendees can partake in coffee and hot chocolate from Café Mark as well as special Groundhog shaped cookies from M&M Bake Shop. A coloring contest is underway for youngsters, with a Groundhog themed prize pack for the most unique entry in each grade level (Pre-K through Grade 5). Coloring sheets are available in a number of ways:
• Download from the website: https://www.cumberlandmd.gov/…/3558/Coloring-Sheet-2022
• Download from the Facebook page
• Pick up in-person from the Office of Community Development in the lower level of City Hall.
All entries are due back no later than noon on Friday, January 31st and can be dropped off to the Community Development office. They can be placed in the Drop Box in the City Hall lobby, or emailed to: [email protected]
The Allegany County Library will join the fun by offering a landing page on their website, and will feature a Groundhog Day Story Time and a virtual bookshelf of Groundhog Day children’s books with links to check them out from the library.
Visit: www.alleganycountylibrary.info/groundhogday.
Feb 3rd  Children’s Clothes Closet 6-7:30p Free Kids Clothes Giveaway at Mountain City Church in Frostburg, Md NEVER BUY CLOTHES FOR YOUR CHILDREN AGAIN! Free kids’ clothes giveaway! We have a large variety of gently used children’s clothes sized from infant to high school. Come get what you need and bring a friend.
Feb 5th  4-7p at the Allegany County Circuit Court, this is a free event! Learn about the unknown history of the visits of Frederick Douglass to Cumberland and Allegany County following the Civil War.

Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass may have self-identified as an Eastern Shoreman but on several occasions he visited and spoke in the mountains of Western Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.
Join local history enthusiasts and community leaders for a presentation detailing a previously unknown high-profile visit Dr. Douglass made to Cumberland, Maryland, arriving by train, escorted through town by a large procession and speaking at the old fairgrounds in company of local AME pastors, politicians and community leaders.
Author and community historian John Muller will detail the visits of Frederick Douglass to Cumberland and Frostburg, as well as share insights into his relationship with Cumberland-based Governor Lloyd Lowndes, as well as other political and community leaders in Allegany County.
Following the presentation will be a Q&A.
** PRESENTER **
John Muller is the author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C: The Lion of Anacostia (2012) and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent (2013) and is currently at work on Lost History: Frederick (Bailey) Douglass on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Muller has presented at the Library of Congress, American Library of Paris, Politics and Prose, Newseum and other venues. He has been featured on C-SPAN, WAMU, WYPR, WDVM and other local and national media outlets. In the past two years Muller has presented a series of lost history lectures in Cambridge, Maryland at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center, Hagerstown at the Washington County Central Library and Ebenezer AME Church, Denton at the Caroline County Public Library, Baltimore City at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, Frostburg at Frostburg State University and elsewhere throughout Maryland.
Feb 5th Mountain Maryland 4th Annual Photo Contest with The Allegany Arts Council The Allegany Arts Council will partner with Allegany County Tourism, the Mountain Side of Maryland, for its 4th Annual Mountain Maryland Photo Contest. Winning entries will be displayed in an exhibition which will take place February 5-26, 2022 in the Arts Council’s Schwab Gallery, with a Public Opening to occur on Saturday, February 5, 2021, from 6:00PM-8:00PM. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. This is the first time in the contest’s history that winning photographs will be on display for the public to view
Feb 8th AT 5 PM – 7 PM Adopt-A-Stuffed Pet Take Home Kit Chick-fil-A Queen City Centre Stop in for our favorite Kids Night Take Home Kit of the year! We have partnered with the Allegany County Animal Shelter for the Adopt-A-Stuffed-Pet Kit Night! This month’s kit will include your own stuffed Dog to adopt. The kit will come with a custom adoption certificate and name tag craft. Bring a donation for the shelter (ex: treats, blankets, food, litter) or make a monetary donation and receive a FREE Dessert offer for a return visit at #queencitycfa! We are sharing the love for our furry friends this February at Chick-fil-A Queen City Centre. Limited Take Home Kits are available. Limit one per child
Feb 19th  6:30 pm at the LOH Thrive is a marriage enrichment opportunity for all people! Whether you have the marriage you want – or are on any step along the path of working on it – THRIVE is a short-term, mentor-led group experience that will explore the foundational principles to not only have a successful marriage, but a marriage of your dreams.
Feb 24th Pantry on the Go at the Flintstone United Methodist Church at 9:00 am.