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Community Events


 

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Resources for Independence

Resources for Independence is excited to announce an additional program that Western Maryland community members with disabilities can now benefit from. Through the current pandemic, the staff at RFI are dedicated to making resources available for individuals with disabilities during emergencies, or when their consumer's normal routines are disrupted. With this mission in mind, they have collaborated with local food banks and other agencies to create and dispense emergency preparedness kits to help families feel more secure when facing the unknown. Kits provided by the Emergency Preparedness Program from Resources for Independence include: First aid-basic antiseptic, bandages, gloves, and masks, Water, Non-perishable food, Manual can opener, Flashlight batteries, Soap, toilet paper, toothpaste & toothbrush. These kits filled with home essentials can be delivered directly to individuals with disabilities and their families upon request. If you would like to inquire about the Emergency Preparedness Program and would like to sign your family up to receive a kit, please reach out to Resources for Independence by calling 301-784-1774, or by filling out the contact page at http://www.rficil.org/. Resources for Independence (RFI) is a Center for Independent Living (CIL). Centers for Independent Living are grassroots, advocacy driven organizations run by and for people with disabilities. They focus on civil rights, the indenpendent living philosophy, and inclusion. If you would like to learn more about the services RFI provides to the community, and how you can get involved, visit hhtp://www.rficil.org/, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin.

Downtown Cumberland Farmers' Market

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 9:30AM to 2:00PM on Baltimore Street in Historic City Center now until 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 of 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

Highland Arts Unlimited

Highland Arts Unlimited (HAU). established in 1973, is saddened to announce that due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the fall schedule of performances at the Church-McKee Arts Center at WVU Potomac State College must be postponed. West Virginia University and the Mineral County Health Department have determined that indoor performances of music must be curtailed to protect the health of the performers and the audience. There are also restrictions on audience size for outdoor musical performaces from the West Virginia Governor's Office. How long the curtailment lasts depends on the spread of the virus. HAU is hopeful that the regular schedule of performaces can resume in the spring, but this is not certain."Highland Arts has worked with the performers and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History to get three of our scheduled programs postponed until next year. These include WVU Symphony Orchestra, Chi-Town Transit Authority (celebrating the music of Chicago), and the Hank Williams Tribute show" said Presidnet Dr. Charles Whitehill. "We still have plans to have Pan Jammin' Steel Drum Band as an outdoor concert, and Bayfield Brass at the Keyser Presbyterian Church in December, 2020, if circumstances allow. We hope to resume our regular schedule in March with Story Teller Mike Lockett, and with Seldom Scene Bluegrass in April, 2021," he added. Highland Arts members will be imformed of further program changes via email or letter. Others can get information by checking Facebook or by calling 304-788-3066 or 304-788-9465. HAU members and others will not be receiving the annual brochure due to the virus. HAU will continue keeping the arts alive in the Keyser area, but with a delay in the schedule. This delay will not affect the ongoing murals program, which is headed into its sixth project. Those with written comments, questions, or who would like to make a donation can mail them to HAU, PO Box 63, Keyser, WV 26726.

Visit Cumberland – Now Hiring Page

Looking for employment? Check out the Now Hiring Page at http://wwwvisitcumberland.org/now-hiring/. They will continue to update the list so keep checking back. If you are an employer and looking for employees, please message your information to the Visit Cumberland Maryland Facebook page.


 

SEPTEMBER

 


Allegany County Goes Purple

Allegany County Goes Purple is a moth-long awareness event that will empower all members of our community to "Go Purple" as a sign of taking a stand against opiods and other substance misuse through awareness, education, community support, and advocacy. It takes all of us, the entire community, to fight the battle against opiod and other drug misuse, and bring about awareness, education and change throughout  Spetember, National Recovery Month The entire community is encouraged to display purple decorations, purple lights, wear the color purple and promote on social media, to show support. Sponsored by Healing Allegany and AHEC and for more information, please contact event organizer Jen Thomas, jthomas@ahecwest.org or visit the "Healing Allegany" Facebook page. #alleganycountygoes purple 2020

Library Card Sign-up Month

September is national Library Card Sign-up month and Allegany County Library System is celebrating all month long with special giveaways on Facebook! Sign up for a Library card and start using online resources and sidewalk services today. For more information about library services, please visit their website at www.alleganycountylibrary.info or call 301-777-1200

First Congregational Church of Frostburg

Beginning September 2020 the Fall worship hours for First Congregtional Church of Frostburg will resume at 10:45AM

Story Time in the Park

For those looking to get some fresh air, the Allegany County Library System's program specialists are offering Story Time in the Park every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00AM and Wednesdays at 2:00PM starting the week of September 14th, running until Thanksgiving week (weather pending), at alternating parks across the area. The first Story Time will be held Tuesday, September 15th at the Constitution Park Amphitheater. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy Story TIme while observing social distancing. Listen to several books designed to have fun, strengthen literacy skills and promote healthy outdoor adventures. Every child will receive free books and crafts to take home. Masks are required for those picking up books and crafts from library staff. Please visit www.alleganycountylibrary.info/outdoorstorytimes for a list of locations.

Allegany County Public Schools Free Meals

Beginning on Tuesday, September 8th, Allegany County Public Schools will once again provide FREE meals to all children age 18 and younger through December 31, 2020, pending the availability of funding. This is a change to the earlier update provided by ACPS to families lat week and comes as the result of an announcement just released by the federal government (USDA). Breakfast and lunch will still be provided at all 21 school locations Monday-Friday from 12:00PM-1:30PM


Sunday, August 29, 2020-Saturday, September 26, 2020

Will's Creek Exhibition of Fine Art

The 21st Annual Will's Creek Exhibition of Fine Arts will open Saturday, August 29th at the Saville and Schwab Galleries of the Allegany Arts Council. A virtual awards ceremony and juror talk will be held Saturday, September 12th at 7:00PM on Facebook Live. The theme for this year's Wills Creek exhibition is "Shelter", a subject that has become increasingly relevent as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to in-gallery viewing, people will be able to view the works included in this exhibition via an online gallery that will be available via the Allegany Arts Council website at www.alleganyartscouncil.org.


Thursday, September 24, 2020

CAUCO Meeting

CAUCO – Cumberland Area United Church Outreach, would like to invite all area churches and businesses for a meeting on Thursday, Septmeber 24th at 6:00PM at the Friendship Haven Church located at 22 N. Mechanic Street, Cumberland. Guests in attendance for the evening will be Sheriff Craig Robertson and Chief Nick Costello. For those who were unable to attend the initial meeting, a video giving an overview of this new endeavore that's been presented to CAUCO as it realates to uniting together in Christ to serve the needs of our community can be found at https://youtu.ber/uDUyoYVF2gM. For more information or questions, please email Sabryna Washington at CAUCOGROUP@gmail.com.


Friday, Spetmeber 25 – Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Embassy Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher

Would you like to have an unforgettable evening filled with silly music and crazy antics? An evening that will include lords and pirates, mothers and orphans, mermaids and tropical kings? And how's about we throw in a little "starstuff" for good measure? oh Boy! do we have just the adventure for you! On the evening of September 18th, the Embassy Theatre will open its production of "Peter and the Starcatcher". A spell binding play written by Rick Elice and based on the novel of the same name by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson. Best know as the origin story of Peter Pan, this tale follows a trio of Orphans, as they embark on a ship called "The Neverland". "Peter and the Starcatcher" will run two consecutive weekends. Show dates are September 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 27th. Show times are 7:30PM on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00PM on Sundays. The cost of admission is $16 per person, $14 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 240-362-7183 or visit them on line at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peter-and-the-starcatcher-tickets-116130542579. The Embassy Theatre is located at 49 Baltimore Street in downtown Cumberland. This production is made possible through the Allegany Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and City of Cumberland. Please note: in accorance with the guidelines set forth from our state officials and local Health Department, all patrons will be required to wear a mask while inside the theater. Masks need to fit correctly, including covering both the mouth and nose of the wearer. Hand sanitizer will be available for use. Restrooms have been properly sanitized. Families and individuals attending will be seated six feet apart in order to observe proper social distancing guidelines. Refreshments will not be available for purchase at this time.


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-in Drive-in

Come out to the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport for the EAA Chapter 426 Fly-In/Drive-In on Sunday, September 27th, 8:00AM to 12:30PM. Due to current conditions, they will be serving their customers instead of the buffet style at this time. All you can eat eggs, sausages, pancakes, orange juice, and coffee at the reduced rate of $6.00 for eat in or take out. All state laws and guidelines will be followed for your safety which will include mandatory masks entering and exiting the building with limited seating and social distancing. There will also be unregulated seating outdoors, weather permitting. For more information contact Katie Kight at 301-268-2624. Plus you can check them out on Facebook www.facebook.com/eeachapter426.


 

OCTOBER

 


Higson's Farm October Festival

Due to Covid the Higson's Farm has decided not to hold their October Festival this year. Pick your own pumpkins, and pick your own corn stalks are still available. Thank you to everyone that has patronized them this year. Thank you and God bless from the Higson family.


Saturday, October 3 – Saturday, October 31, 2020

Allegany Arts Council – Obscure Oddities: Clay Creations

The Allegany Arts Council will welcome Baltimore ceramics artist Brad Blair, for a solo exhibition, Obscure Oddities: Clay Creations, beginning Saturday, October 3rd through Saturday, October 31st in the Saville Gallery. Mr. Blair is an adjunct professor at Towson University, coordinates gallery operations for Hardford Community College, and teaches ceramics at Baltimore Clayworks and The New Phoenix Pottery. This series explores Mr. Blair's sense of creativity, imagination, and patience as he builds detailed sculpture monstrosities to open the mind into a different otherworld reality.

Craft and Flea Show

Join New Venture Church for their Craft and Flea Show, Saturday, October 3rd, from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, located on Country Club Road. There will be crafts, a bake sale and food. Rain date for this event will be Saturday, October 10th.


Friday, October 9, 2020-Sunday, October 11, 2020

Souls Won 15th Ministry & Pastoral Anniversary

Souls Won would like to invite the community to their 15th Ministry & Pastoral Anniversary Blessings on Blessings, located at 130 Virginia Ave, Cumberland.  Beginning Friday, October 9th at 7:00PM with a virtual concert, presented by multi-stellar award winner Minister Isaiah Thomas and the Elements of Praise. On Saturday, October 10th at 3:00PM,the will be joined by Minister Vincent "Vinny" Brown and the Zion Baptist Church Praise Team. On Sunday, October 11th at 11:00AM guest speaker for the morning service will be Pastor Darin Mency and  Greater Campher Temple. Continuing at 7:30PM, Preach On with Eve Green, Jeanette Harris, Overseer Carlos Reyes, Dr. Byron Harden, Overseer Lamar McIntyre, Pastor Michael Stottlemyer, Jr, Elder Cordetta Cottrell, Deacon Clifford Nash, Jr, Elder Emma Watkins and Apostle R. Darin Allen. All services will be available via live stream. For more informatin or rides please call 301-268-6673 or email kandswatkins@yahoo.com.


Sunday, October 11, 2020

2020 Western Maryland Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Walk to End Alzheimer's is moving forward in 2020. While they may not be gathering in large groups they will join together online on their Walk Day to remember WHY they walk. Then they will walk with family, friends, teams and co-workers on their streets, in their neighborhoods and throughout their communities. Because Walk to End Alzheimer's isn't just an event, it's a movement you can join right now. Register and donate at act.alz.org/westernmdwalk2020. Join their Facebook Group to keep up with the latest Walk news Western Maryland Walk Facebook Group. For more information contact Julie Peatt Cassaday at jpcassaday@alz.org.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Free Naloxone Training

The Allegany County Health Department is now offering FREE online Virtual Naloxone Training once a month. The next session is Tuesday, October 13th at 5:00PM. For registration and information, visit prescribechangeallegany.org or call the health department at 301-759-5050


Sunday, October 29, 2020

Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-in Drive-in

Come out to the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport for the EAA Chapter 426 Fly-In/Drive-In on Sunday, October 29th, 8:00AM to 12:30PM. Due to current conditions, they will be serving their customers instead of the buffet style at this time. All you can eat eggs, sausages, pancakes, orange juice, and coffee at the reduced rate of $6.00 for eat in or take out. All state laws and guidelines will be followed for your safety which will include mandatory masks entering and exiting the building with limited seating and social distancing. There will also be unregulated seating outdoors, weather permitting. For more information contact Katie Kight at 301-268-2624. Plus you can check them out on Facebook www.facebook.com/eeachapter426.


Thursday, October 31, 2020

2020 Moutain Maryland Photo Contest

Allegany County Tourism invites visitors and community members to celebrate our region's story during the 2020 Mountain Maryland Photo Contest. Photos will be collected in four categories that fully capture the spirit of Allegany County: Small Towns, Senic Landscapes, Outdoor Recreation, and Food and Beverage. Qualifying photo submissions will be eligible for $1,700 in cash prizes between the four categories. Submissions will be accepted ongoing from now until the deadline of Thursday, October 31, 2020. For complete details, full contest rules, and to upload photo submissions, please visit mdmountainside.com/photo-contest. For questions regarding the 2020 Mountain Maryland Photo Contest, please email tourism@alleganygov.org.

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