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.
May 1st-29th The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to welcome the Western Maryland Watercolor Society for its 33rd spring exhibition, Color Harmony. The exhibition will run in the Schwab Gallery from May 1-29, 2021, Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00AM-5:00PM. In addition, a complete digital gallery will be available at https://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/schwab-exhibition/, beginning May 1 at 11:00AM. The public is invited to attend a free, Live Virtual Awards Presentation which will take place via Zoom on Saturday, May 1, 2021, beginning at 5:00PM. The link for the Zoom event can be found at https://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/upcoming-events/color-harmony-western-maryland-watercolor-society/. International artist Hilmar Gottesthal will serve as juror for the competition. Now residing in Flintstone, MD, Gottesthal was born in Austria where he graduated from the University of Vienna and the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, winning the two highest art awards. He has exhibited around the world in London, Istanbul, Athens, Hamburg, and at a Paris exhibition where Salvador Dali admired his work. He has artwork in several major museums.
May 8th The Frostburg Summer Kick Off Vendor Fair and Family Fun Day will be held from 10am until 4pm at City Place and The Armstrong Insurance Building at 14 South Water Street.
May 10th The Cumberland Valley Township Volunteer Fire Department chicken bbq dinner carry out hold pre-order required will be held from 11am-2pm at the Cumberland Valley Township Volunteer Fire Department. The cost is $10 and dinner includes 1/2 chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans, roll and dessert. Pre-order by calling 814-356-3544 and leaving a message. Orders must be received by May 10th, 2021. No orders after this date will be accepted.
May 11th A Community Walk-In Covid 19 Vaccination Clinic will be held at Our Lady of the Mountains Parish Office Center located at 300 East Oldtown Road on Tuesday, May 11th at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. You do not need an appointment to get the vaccine. The vaccines will be given by qualified staff of PharmaCare Pharmacy.
May 13th The Fort Hill Scholarship Fund committee is hosting a “friendraiser” on Thursday, May 13th, from 5 to 8pm at Patrick’s Pub on the deck. Organizers want to share information about the scholarship fund, and tell you how they are supporting graduates of Fort Hill with scholarships for college and trade schools. If you are a Fort Hill alum, your family has gone to Fort Hill, or you are someone who has been touched by Fort Hill in some way, you are invited to stop by enjoy some food and the friendship that is part of Fort Hill’s tradition. For more information go to log on to the facebook page – Fort Hill Scholarship Fund, or go to www.forthillscholarshipfund.org.
May 15th The District 16 VFD will be holding a chicken bbq May 15th 2021 from noon until sold out
May 15th The Bel Air Community Yard Sale will be held
May 19th The Potomac Valley Hospital Board of Directors Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m. via WebEx. This meeting is open to the public. For more information, please call 304-597-3510.
May 21stCUW Day of Caring and Sharing – The 24th annual United Way Day of Caring and Sharing is scheduled for Friday, May 21, 2021. The Day of Caring and Sharing is a partnership between United Way of Allegany County, Let’s Beautify Cumberland! and the City of Cumberland. Major sponsors of the event are Columbia Gas of Maryland and CSX Transportation; the event brings together people from throughout the community to work on projects across the City. Hundreds of flowers will be planted, countless loads of mulch will be spread, and large quantities of trash will be removed. Thirty-four projects have been identified for this year’s event. Nearly 200 volunteers are needed, and sign-up is underway. Projects are located throughout the City and at many nonprofits. Volunteers will report to their work sites at 8 am and receive a brief welcome via the County United Way’s Facebook page. Work will then begin and last until approximately noon. After working, volunteers are invited to pick up lunch at the big pavilion located in Constitution Park. If you are interested in helping with the Day of Caring and Sharing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-722-2700.
May 22nd The Mineral County Family Resource Network and Burlington United Family Services Parent’s As Teachers will hold the 3rd Child and Family Expo May 22, 2021 opening to the public at 11:00 am. The Expo will be held in the parking lots of Keyser Primary and Middle Schools. However, this year to ensure health and safety this will be a “rollin” expo. Families will remain in their cars, mask will be worn by all and information will be handed out using contactless strategies.
May 29th The 20th Super Cruise will be held Memorial Day weekend from 5-9pm along Route 51 Industrial Blvd, South Cumberland with four locations, free registration and cash door prized.
June 4,5,6 18th Annual Historic National Road Yard Sale – June
4, 5, 6 in Downtown Cumberland. Downtown Cumberland is excited to be part of the Historic National Road Yard Sale. Find treasures and enjoy a day or two in historic Cumberland where the National Road began.Vendors welcome. No fee to set up. Contact Becky McClarran at email@example.com or
Melinda Kelleher at Melinda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/2333461243377648
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.
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.