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 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.
June 10th St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will be open for Bountiful Blessings on Thursday, June 10th, 4-5 pm. Please bring a photo ID. Bags will be pre-packaged with core items only.
June 11th Allegany County Chamber of Commerce’s Lucky Ladies Night Out – Friday, June 11th at Ali Ghan Shrine Club Picnic Grounds – seating starts at 5:30 pm. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. A lively evening of fun, laughter and good times. Tickets – $35.00 per person if purchased by Friday, May 28th; after that $40.00 per person. Reserve a Lucky Table of 7 for $225.00. Ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres, beer/wine/seltzers/soft drinks and one free raffle ticket for grand prize drawing. Themed gift basket drawings will be raffled off throughout the evening; tickets available for purchase. For tickets or more information contact Allegany County Chamber of Commerce 301-722-2820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by Bella LLC, Divine Reflections, Homespire Mortgage and Kristi Otto Allstate Agency.
June 12th The Friends of the Fort Ashby Public Library will be having a book sale at the Fort Ashby Library starting Saturday, June 12, at 9 am and running through Thursday, June 17 at 5 pm. Prices are $1 for hardback and trade paperback books, and 25 cents for mass market paperbacks. Or fill a plastic grocery bag for $5. DVDs are priced as marked. All proceeds go to benefit the Fort Ashby Public Library.
June 12th The Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Ashby will host a baked steak dinner Saturday June 12th drive thru only available 4-5pm at the church on Dan’s Run Road. The dinner includes steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cole slaw, roll and pie. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children. For tickets call Scott at 304-298-3226.
June 12th Cumberland Valley Township Volunteer Fire Department will be holding the 15th annual Cruise-In Saturday June 12th from 2-8pm. The event will include homemade ice cream, burn out contest, hamburger, hot dogs and chicken BBQ. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 75 vehicles.
June 13th Mineral County Parks & Recreation & West Virginia Gold Star Mothers will be hosting a living memorial dedication ceremony at Larenim Park. Fifty-five apple trees have been planted to honor and remember the West Virginians who have died due to military services. The ceremony will be held this Sunday, June 13th, at Larenim Park. The ceremony begins at 2pm at the Arboretum.
June 13th On Sunday June 13th the Frostburg Elks Lodge #470 will hold a Flag Day Ceremony at 1:30pm in honor of National Flag Day to celebrate the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. Weather permitting, the ceremony is being held in the parking lot. The ceremony will be conducted by Elks officers and will include music performed by the Frostburg Arion Band; a history of the different flags used throughout American History assisted by members of Boy Scouts and Webelos from Troop and Pack 24; Frostburg American Legion color guard and members of Frostburg City Police. The ceremony is open to the public.
Flag day got its start when the National Elks organization prompted President Woodrow Wilson to recognize the Order’s observance of Flag Day which led to a Proclamation on May 30th of 1916. But it was not until 1949 when President Harry Truman, himself a member of the Elks, signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day as a day of national observance for the symbol of our country.
June 15th-19th The 11th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Competition & Exhibition will take place June 15-19, 2021. This exciting event will bring 27 premiere plein air painters to Western Maryland from across the United States for a week of outdoor painting. Artists will scout out places to paint, rain or shine. After four days of painting, the artists will unveil their completed work. The format is fast, requires tremendous discipline and artistry, and separates the casual artist from those who can dream, paint and complete works in a brief period. The Plein Air Competition is not just for artists, however. The events and activities surrounding the event are also perfect for those interested in observing and collecting the work of these talented painters. Be on the lookout for artists with their easels beginning Tuesday, June 15. Then join us for opportunities later in the week to watch artists work up-close and to purchase paintings. A limited Preview Exhibition will take place June 16-19, featuring previous works of the Class of 2021 Mountain Maryland Plein Air artists. Each artist will contribute two works to the exhibit, which will be available in our gallery at 9 N. Centre Street, as well as online. The gallery will be open daily through the exhibition period from 11:00AM-5:00PM. Friday, June 18, will feature a “Quick Draw” competition on the Downtown Cumberland mall from 10:00AM until 12:00PM (registration begins at 9AM). This timed, two-hour painting event is free and open to the juried Plein Air artists as well as anyone from the community with a desire to paint the views of Downtown Cumberland. Judging will begin at 12:15PM and completed Quick Draw paintings will be for sale. On Friday afternoon, from 2:00PM-4:00PM, 2021 Mountain Maryland Plein Air Juror Nancie King Mertz will present a painting demonstration. During this free, interactive event, Mertz will demonstrate a start-to-finish painting and will answer your questions. To register for the demonstration, please call the Arts Council at 301-268-7407. The week’s events will culminate with a Plein Air Reveal and Collector’s Reception, Saturday, June 19, from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at the Cumberland Country Club. The reveal event is one of the most exciting parts of Plein Air week, when our invited artists unveil and sell the work they have created. The evening will feature food, drink, and musical entertainment, and will be a fantastic indoor/outdoor evening to celebrate the arts in our community. Tickets for the event are available at https://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/pleinair/schedule-of-events/
June 19th Juneteenth Celebration – Saturday, June 19, 11 am, sponsored by the Allegany County NAACP Branch 7007. Organizers are pleased to announce that we will be having a Juneteenth Celebration Saturday June 19th! We will be starting the day with virtual yoga. After yoga, we will be marching from Emmanuel Episcopal Church all the way to Canal Place for the full festival. Come join us for a whole day of food trucks, vendors, and music!
June 19th The North River Ruritan Club will be hosting a Community Picnic from 1-5pm at Central Hampshire Park. There will be raffles and door prizes and games for all ages including a bounce house. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.
June 19th The Allegany County Sheriff’s Summer Splash Community Free Swim will be held at the Frostburg Pool from noon until 6pm.
June 25th The Allegany County Sheriff’s Summer Splash Community Free Swim will be held at Rocky Gap State Park from noon until 6pm
July 9th The Allegany Arts Council, Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University, Allegany County NAACP Branch 7007, and the Community Resilience Council are pleased to announce a call to artists on the theme of “Creative Community Creating Unity.” The purpose of the exhibition is to invite artists of all skill levels to explore issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, affirmation, justice, and access, focusing attention on the ways in which art addresses these important issues impacting our world. The exhibition will not be juried and no prizes will be awarded. There is no fee to enter. The deadline to enter is Friday, July 9, 2021. Works may include visual arts, poetry or prose, installation, video/film/original music, dance or theater performance. The gallery will work with artists to ensure any artist wishing to participate may do so. The exhibition will take place in the Allegany Arts Council’s Schwab Gallery from July 31-August 28, 2021. For more information, or to download an entry form, please visit https://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/upcoming-events/creative-community-creating-unity/.
July 13th The Potomac District which serves local scouts in the Tri state area invites local youth, families, and community members to participate in their first annual bike/hike fundraiser and “Scout Skills Show” event to be held Saturday July 31 at Canal Place in Cumberland. 100% of the funds raised at the Potomac District Bike/Hike fundraiser will benefit local area scouts in Allegany, Garrett, Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy and Grant counties. Registration for the Bike/Hike Fundraiser portion of the event is $10 and open to all scouts, youth, adults, families, and community members. All participants will receive a boxed lunch, event t-shirt and an event patch. Prizes will also be awarded for additional funds raised. Participants can register online at https://tinyurl.com/potobikehike or by phoning the Potomac District office at 301-729-1300. The Bike Hike fundraiser will start at 9 am with participant check-in beginning at 8:30 am. Registration is online and the check-in station is at Canal Place. Cycling participants will have the option to bike on the C&O Canal towpath trail to North Branch Lockhouse 57 and return to Canal Place, or on the Great Allegheny Passage to Woodcock Hollow and return to Canal Place. Both options are approximately ten miles each way. Or participants can choose to do a 4-mile hike on either trail and return to Canal Place. Prizes will be awarded for pledges raised. The Scouts Skills Show portion of Saturday’s event will begin at noon and is free and open to the public. The show will be based upon the popular Scout Mall show with local Scouting units showcasing their skills with interactive displays and demonstrations with an emphasis on scouting experiences, camping, and adventure sports. Sponsorship opportunities will be available. For more information, to register, or to donate, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/potobikehike or contact Michelle Brenneman at the Potomac District Scout office; 301-729-1300.