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 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 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 Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant. For a complete schedule of events, visit 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

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 ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.

February February 2Will Murray the Groundhog see his shadow? Join us on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 7:00 am as we welcome our furry prognosticator, Murray, so he can tell us if we will have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. The Mayor and City Council will lead the celebration as Murray emerges from his cozy tree stump to predict whether we are heading into an early spring or if winter is sticking around. The event will also be live-streamed. Masks are required if attending in person.

February 2 – The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will host “Four Hundred Souls – A Conversation with Ibram Kendi and Keisha N. Blain” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on February 2. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Blain, author of Set the World on Fire,  assembled 90 writers to document the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. The moderated discussion will focus on historic eras such as Slavery, Reconstruction, and Segregation, and their sustained impact on the United States. More information, including event registration, is available at

February 6 – The Smithsonian Anacostia Museum will host “Men of Change: Taking it into the Streets” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on February 6. The virtual panel discussion, moderated by CNN Correspondent Omar Jimenez, will kick off the Museum’s installation of the Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets exhibit which shares the vibrant stories of more than two dozen African American male leaders, including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Kendrick Lamar, among others. More information and event registration is available at

February 10 – The Enoch Pratt Free Library in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will host a Brown Lecture Series event “Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, James Dale, and Dr. Freeman Hrabowski on the Life and Legacy of Elijah Cummings” from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on February 10. The event will focus on We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy, a memoir and call to action by Elijah Cummings with James Dale. Registration is available at

February 23 – The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will host “Historically Speaking: COVID-19 and The Economy” from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on February 23. This online panel explores the impact of COVID -19 on the housing, jobs, education and entrepreneurial sectors by exploring the question: What aid could all levels of government bring to the American people? More information, including event registration, is available online at

ACM’s College Library is home to the Appalachian Collection and the Genealogical Society of Allegany County, Maryland. Volunteer genealogists and researchers are available to help ancestors of enslaved people research their family histories. Knowing the difficulty in this process, the college recommends an event focused on this topic. Through the National Museum of African American History and Culture, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson will host “Courthouse Research: Using Probate Records To Research Enslaved Ancestors” from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on February 6. More information and registration is available online at