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Community Events






November 9-30, 2019

Art and Craft of the Puppet with Dr. Geral Snelson

After spending decades crafting and building puppets, Dr. Gerald Snelson, will explain what's most important to him, sharing his creativity, through his work with students at FSU and with traveling shows in our region and far beyond it. Come explore the art and craft of the puppet, from the mechanical to the magical, during Art and Craft of the Puppet, Saturday, November 9th-30th, at the Allegany Arts Council, 9 N Centre St. A public opening will be held from 6:00PM-8:00PM Saturday, November 9th.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dimensions of Diversity

The Cumberland Human Relations Commission will host a public mini-seminar on cultural diversity, to be presented by the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR). "Dimensions of Diversity" will be held 1:00PM Thursday, November 14th at the South Cumberland Library. The three-hour program, which is free to the public, will be led by Keith Merkey, an Education and Outreach Associate with the MCCR. Registration is required. An interactive training workshop, "Dimensions of Diversity" will provide participants the opportunity to examine and understand the concepts of culture and cultural information, and how they impact the workplace. Workshop content includes: Key Diversity Definitions, the Cycle of Information/Misinformation, Examining of Cultural Roots, and Multi-Cultural Communication Awarness. To register for the workshop, contact Lee Borror, Senior Community Develpoment Specialist of the City of Cumberland, at

2019 All-County Choral Festival

The 2019 All-County Choral Festival will be held on Thursday, November 14th, at 7:00PM at Fort Hill High School. The event will feature nominated middle and high school students from every secondary choral program in Allegany County. The middle school guest conductor will be Sheryl Berlin, retired Montgomery County Choral Educator, and Kyle Weary, a Pennsylvania music educator formerly from the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Washington County. The concert is free and open to the public, approximately one hour in length, and will cotain a rich and diverse collection of choral music.

Friday, November 15 & Saturday, November 16, 2019

Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale

Park Place United Methodist Church of 80 National Highway in LaVale, will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale on Friday, November, 15th and Saturday, November 16th from 9:00AM til 1:00PM. New items and crafts will be on sale. These have been made by women and men of the church. All proceeds will go to local charities. Please come and support our community.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Ivan Parker Concert

Come out to the LaVale Baptist Church and see Ivan Parker in Concert, Friday, November 15th, at 7:00PM, 1115 National Highway. This is a ticketed event and tickets are on sale for $15.00. Call the church for tickets 301-729-2364.

Free Community Shred Event

Allegany County Recycling & Cumberland Curbside Recycling will be hosting a Free Community Shred Event to celebrate America Recycles Day on Friday, November 15th from 11:00am until 3:00PM at the Allegany County Recycling Center on Kelly Road in Cumberl;and. Residents can bring up to two boxes to shred, shredding accepted until shred truck reaches capacity. Ask questions and learn more about your local recycling programs. Hot drinks and snacks will be for sale by Three Season Delights. Brings your own mug and get a $1.00 off hot coca. For more information call 301-777-5933 ext. 210 or email

Saturday, November 16, 2019

5th Annual Holida Shopapalooza

Start your holiday shopping early and support local folks! Ellerslie United Methodist church is holding its 5th Annual Holiday Shopapalooza vendor fair on Saturday, November 16th, from 10:00AM-2:00PM at the Ellerslie Fellowship Hall on Veteran's Row in Ellerslie (red church). Food will also be available for donations. All proceeds will be donated to CASA of Allegany County. For more information, call the church 301-724-4929.

Runways & Rescues

A special fashion fundraising event for the Allegany County Animal Shelter will be held Saturday, November 16th, at 6:00PM at the Cumberland County Club. Admission is $10.00 or more. Join Mix 112, Madison Paige, She's So Pretty, Buttercup Boutique, and Lennox East, the areas premier clothing boutiques for a preview of new winter holiday fashions. Music will be provided by Music Express.  Donations includes complimentary drink & appetizers. Vendors incudes: Sarah Cocoa Exchange, Faith Hope Jewelry and Dora & Barbara Decor. For additional information please contact 301-777-5930r 240-362-8029.

Saturday, November 16 & Sunday, November 17, 2019

Saturday, November 23 & Sunday, November 24, 2019

Community Trust Foundation Free Admission to "Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook"

A grant from the Community Trust Foundation (CTF) will provide children, under the age of 12 years old, free admission to a local theater production of "Junie B. is Not a Crook". Funding to the Embassy Theatre was made possible by the Iris & Peter Halmos Community Fund and the Developing Vibrant Community Fund. Based on the beloved children's book character, Junie B. Jones, this play is sure to delight  young and old alike. The show will run Saturday, November 16th at 7:00PM & 2:00PM, Sunday, November 17th at 2:00PM, Saturday, November 23rd at 2:00PM & 7:00PM and Sunday, November 24th at 2:00PM. Admission is free with reservations for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Adults with children (max 2 per party) are $5 each, all other adults are $16, and seniors & students over the age of 12 are $14. Seating is limited and reservations are reqired. Make your reservations by calling 240-362-7183. The Embassy Theatre is located at 49 Baltimore Stree in Cumberland. Community Trust Foundation (CTF) is the cummunity foundation serving Allegany, Garrett and Mineral Counties. CTF connects philanthropy with community good to support local organizations working to build a strong region in the areas of Arts & Historical Preservation, Health & Wellness, VIbrant Communities & Thriving Environment, and Education & Youth Leadership. For more information or to learn how you can support your community through the foundation, please contact CTF at 301-876-9172 or

Monday, November 18, 2019

Get Cooking with the Allegany County Library System

Calling all foodies! The best local Cookbook Group will meet the third Monday of each month at LaVale Library from 6PM-7PM to taste, share and discuss all things food. Monday, November 18th, participants are invited to make and share the dish that has been passed down or most requested by their own family. The Cookbook Group is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. Sharing a dish is encouraged but not required. For more information about the Cookbook Group or other library groups and events, please contact Lindsay Lindsay, Program Specialist at or 301-777-1200.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Spirit Night

Come out to Roy Rogers on Queen City Drive, Wednesday, November 20th, 5:00PM-8:00PM, for a Spirit Night Fundraiser for Centenary UM Church by "Women of Faith". Bring your family and friends, buy your supper and support the bake sale! Remember to tell your cashier inside the restaurant and at the drive thru, you are there to support the Centenary UM Church. All profits will be donated to local charities. Thanks so much for your help!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Springfield Assembly of God Christmas Bazaar

Springfield Assembly of God will be holding it's annual Christmas Bazaar Craft Fair & Vendor show, Saturday, November 23rd from 9:00AM-3:00PM, in the church gymnasium. Local crafters, direct sales vendors, home cooked foods, pies, rolls amd home baked goods. Proceeds to benefit the building fund and missions. Questions contact Steven at 301-724-5166 or email or visit

Monday, November 25, 2019

Allegany HS Drama and the Performing Arts: One Act Plays

The Allegany High School Drama and the Performing Arts present their Once Act plays, Monday, November 25th at 7:00PM, in the school's theater. There is no cost for admission. Presentations include 2 one act plays, "Ten Actors in Search of a Cell Phone" by James Rayfield and "Boxes" by Kendra Thomas.

LaVale Civic Improvement Association

The LaVale Civic Improvement Association in conjunction with the Braddock Run Watershed Association will meet Monday, November 25th at 7:00PM at Christ Luthern Church on Vocke Road in LaVale, for the final meeting of 2019. There will be a full agenda, including a discussion about completed projects and the future of the associations. See or email for contact information.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Spirit Night

John Humbird Elementary will be holding a Spirit Night on Tuesday, November 26th from 5:00PM-8:00PM at Roy Rogers downtown. We hope to see many people come and support our school!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Downtown Cumberland Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

Come down for the Downtown Cumberland Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Friday, November 29th, beginning at 6:30PM. Enjoy entertainment featuring Cumberland Theatre, Mountain City Center for the Arts, Lepley's Dance, 2019 Miss Heritage Days Kayla Steed and 2018 Miss Heritage Days Sara Farmer. Enjoy open houses before and after the tree lighting. Shopkeepers will be staying open late and Santa will be arriving, along with Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and Frosty

Allegany Museum Welcome Holiday Open House

All are invited to the Allegany Museum Welcome Holiday Open House, Friday, November 29th 7:30PM-9:00PM, after the Downtown Cumberland Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy seasonal refreshments, visit Santa, and see the Alllegany Museum's holiday decorations in the grand ballroom on the 2nd floor and tours of holiday displays.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Shop Small Saturday

It's the perfect time to support local small businesses, shop Downtown Cumberland, Saturday, November 30th. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will be at the Book Center, so bring your camera. Louis Paul will be creating special ballooon animals for the kids. stay tune for specail sales and bargains throughout Downtown Cumberland.





Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14, 2019


Please Join Central Assembly of God for their Christmas performace of "Believe" on Friday, December 13th at 7:00PM and Saturday, December 14th at 3:00PM. Central AG is located at 2020 Bedford St. Cumberland. This is a free event. If you have any questions, please call 301-777-3105

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Cumberland Choral Society

A  Cumberland Choral Society Holiday Concert will be held, Saturday, December 14th, at 7:30PM at the Church McKee Arts Center, 101 Fort Ave. Keyser, WV.

Book Signing

Come out to The Book Center, for an exclusive book signing with local author and artist, Charles L. Amos, Saturday, December 14th, from 4:00PM-6:00PM. After retiring from a 30-year railroad career, Charlie spent another 35 years as an artist painting his passion of the railroad, Now 89, Charlie has written an extraordinary memoir, "Iron Horses & Paintbrushes: My Life as a Railroad Man & Artist". For details about purchasing the book or attending the event, please contact Lee Schwartz at The Book Center at 301-722-2284 or at

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Cumberland Choral Society

A Cumberland Choral Society Holiday Concert will be held, Sunday, December 15th, at 3:00PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 11 Washington St. Cumberland, MD.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Get Cooking with the Allegany County Library System

Calling all foodies! The best local Cookbook Group will meet the third Monday of each month at LaVale Library from 6PM-7PM to taste, share and discuss all things food. The Cookbook Group will finish out the year on December 16th with a cultural celebration. Attendees are invited to bring a dish from their own culture or one they enjoy. The Cookbook Group is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. Sharing a dish is encouraged but not required. For more information about the Cookbook Group or other library groups and events, please contact Lindsay Lindsay, Program Specialist at or 301-777-1200.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Presents for Paws

Join the Allegany County Animal Shelter on Saturday, December 21st, 11:00AM-3:00PM for their annual Presents for Paws Celebration. This annual holiday tradition is a day where friends and families come together to bring Christmas to the shelter pets still waiting on their forever homes. This year marks the ninth year friends and supporters have promoted Presents for Paws, a family giving day for the pets at the shelter. The Shelter invites families and organizations to come out with gifts of animal food, toys, pet care items, bedding, cleaning products, etc. A more detailed list may be found on the shelter's website at

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