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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

  • - The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present the exhibit "Storied Figures" at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Art, 104 Washington Street, from April 7 - 30. This new exhibition features children book author and illustrator, Jamison Odone and sculptor, Andrew Thorne. The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work at the opening reception on April 8, 5 - 7 p.m. The Gilchrist is open 1 - 4 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.for more information, visit- facebook.com/gilchristgallery, or call 301-724-5800 or email gilchristgalleryandmuseum@gmail.com
    C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts
    104 Washington St Cumberland MD 21502
    lita havens 240.362.7079 lita_havens@yahoo.com
  • | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Schools and Education
    - Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development is offering a course, Advanced Beginner Crocheting, at the main campus in Mchenry. The course is scheduled to be held Wednesdays, April 5 to 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Do you know how to chain, single crochet, half double crochet & double crochet but don’t know what to do with that knowledge? Learn to put these stitches together to make a baby hat, simple team scarf & granny squares. Bring to class those crochet hooks (size G, H & I) and yarn you have laying around from those projects that remain unfinished and learn to put it all to good use. Bring worsted weight (medium 4) yarn preferably in 100% acrylic – or whatever you have and learn to create simple masterpieces. Expect a supportive, relaxed atmosphere. You'll be in stitches with instructor Katherine Lee who has been hooking for over 30 years.

    For additional information or to register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.


     
           
  • | 7:15pm - 8:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Swing Dance, Ballroom, Dance,
    - Learn Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing and/or Salsa. Fun and social. All levels welcome. We'd love to see some new faces and new feet:) Singles and couples welcome!
    Industrial Ballroom
    506 W Industrial Blvd Cumberland MD 21502
    Pate' Golden 301.349.6996 Ballroomsweetie@gmail.com
  • | Promotional, Advertise, Calendar, Town Planner, email newsletter, website, community,
    - Full Color Direct Mail. Local events and money saving offers and coupons assure that not only is the Town Planner hung up, but it is used and sponsor’s message’s are seen. And, ads are in full view for 30 straight days in a media that is not only useful, but appreciated by your community (and consider the goodwill value of being a sponsor...priceless!)

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    respondents were hanging up and using their Town Planner Calendar, ALL YEAR LONG!

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    ● Mobile Friendly. With over half of all people accessing the internet through a mobile device, we upgraded our website and
    e-newsletter to be mobile friendly. And we have a new mobile app to make frequent return visits easy!

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  • - Imagine Your Photo Hanging in Everyone’s Home in Your Community!

    5 Lucky Photographers Will Each Win a $50 Gift card at their favorite
    Restaurant!
    Selected photos will be featured in one or more of the 9 local area editions of the Town Planner calendar mailed to
    90,000 local households this December!

    Your photos can be a part of the region’s favorite resource for events and money saving offers; The Town Planner! This December we will be mailing to over 90,000 homes in Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland, Mineral, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, and Harrison counties in West Virginia and Bedford County Pennsylvania! (Somerset , PA is a contest held in conjunction Laurel Highlands Photography Club, and photos for the Somerset Town planner must be submitted through them as a member of their club.

    We’re looking for captivating photographs showcasing the region’s scenery, history, activity. landmarks, or anything spectacular that has caught your eye! Categories for the calendar should reflect the months, holidays, and/or four seasons of the year. Final printed size of the photos is 7.25” wide x 5.327 tall for inside the calendar, and 11.75” wide by 11” tall for the cover.

    Selected photos will be featured in one or more of the nine* local area editions of the 2018 Town Planner calendar, which will be distributed to over 90,000 residences this coming December. Selected photos may also be featured on the Town Planner web site.
    Photographers whose photos are selected will receive recognition for their photos in the calendar including name, city, email
    and/or website if applicable.

    Where to submit entries? Entries can be emailed to Town Planner: nelson@townplanner.com. If submitting multiple photos where emailing may be problematic, let us know and we can send you a link where you can download your photos.
    All entries must be received by July 15, 2017

    Guidelines:
    1. Submission is open to amateur and professional area photographers, By submitting your photos, you are affirming that the photos are your own, taken by you, and you have full rights to the photos.
    2. No entry fee is required.
    Entries must be received by July 15, 2017, with final judging completed by August 30, 2017
    3. All photographs must be high resolution of at least 300 dpi at 100%. (minimum 2200 px wide, but the larger the better) Most digital cameras and mobile devices are set to reproduce at high resolutions. If you are unsure of the resolution of your photo, email it to us and we can tell you if resolution is acceptable.
    4. Clearly label within the body of your email , your name, address, phone number and specific location of each photo. Any other helpful information about the photo(s) is also appreciated. Please label subject line of your email, photo submission. You will receive an acknowledgement email from us of having received.
    We reserve the right to reproduce, with credit to the photographer, all submissions.
    Submissions of photos permits sd nelson MARKETING SOLUTIONS, publisher of the Town Planner to use your photographs in the calendar, website, e-newsletter and other company marketing materials and projects with credits to photographer.
    5. Selected photos featuring distinguishable human subjects will also require a signed photo release by the subject, before publication. Photos with minor children must have parents or guardian signed permission. Email us and we can send you required forms.
    6. Submission of photographs is not a guarantee of acceptance for publication for the 2018 Town Planner calendars.
    7. All photographers, whose photos are selected, will receive 3-4 copies of the Town Planner calendar.
    Questions? Email us at nelson@townplanner.com or phone 301.729.2940
    There is no limit as to the number of photos that you may submit, but drawings for the $50 dining gift cards will be limited to those whose photos are selected to appear in the 2018 print editions of the calendar. Individuals whose photos are selected to appear in the 2018print editions will receive one chance to win for every photo that is selected to appear.
    Already sent us a photo for possible inclusion in the 2018 calendar? It/they will automatically be entered into the contest!

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    Steve Nelson 301.729.2940 nelson@townplanner.com
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    - National Volunteer Week has become the official time to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state and national levels.
     
           
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Thursday, April 27th, 2017

  • - The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present the exhibit "Storied Figures" at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Art, 104 Washington Street, from April 7 - 30. This new exhibition features children book author and illustrator, Jamison Odone and sculptor, Andrew Thorne. The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work at the opening reception on April 8, 5 - 7 p.m. The Gilchrist is open 1 - 4 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.for more information, visit- facebook.com/gilchristgallery, or call 301-724-5800 or email gilchristgalleryandmuseum@gmail.com
    C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts
    104 Washington St Cumberland MD 21502
    lita havens 240.362.7079 lita_havens@yahoo.com
  • - Garrett College in coordination with the University of Maryland Extension is sponsoring a one-session course, Designing and Building a Moon Garden, at the College’s Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. The class will be held on Thursday April 27, 1-3 p.m.

    Moon Gardens are well known for their use of white and light colored flower blossoms. This class will go over some popular plants for use and design tips and tricks for creating a beautiful and relaxing moon garden.

    The course is being instructed by Ashley Bodkins who received her B.S. degree in Agronomy from WVU and an A.A. degree in Horticulture from Potomac State College. She works for the University of Maryland Extension where she answers home horticulture questions and coordinates the Maryland Master Gardener Program for Garrett County. The University of Maryland Extension programs are open to any person and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Anyone with a disability that requires special assistance for participation in the program should contact the extension office at 301-334-6960.

    For more information on this course persons may contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for the course, contact Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.
     
           
  • | 3:00pm - 6:00pm | Local Events
    - 26th Annual Garrett County Job Fair

    The job fair is open to the entire Garrett County Community, and residents residing in the surrounding region. Job candidates of any age -- college and high school students, entry-level, and experienced -- are welcomed. The jobs that may be available include full-time, seasonal, part-time, immediate, summer, and future hires.

    The Garrett County Job Fair -- a partnership of Garrett College, the Allegany County One-Stop Job Center, the Western Maryland Consortium, 104.5 KHJ, 92Q, & 1050 AM WMSG, and All Ad Media -- is designed to connect EMPLOYERS with JOB SEEKERS.

    Garrett College CARC Gymnasium
    687 Mosser Road McHenry MD 21541
    Garrett College AASC 301.387.3716 AASC@garrettcollege.edu
  • - Continuing Education and Workforce Development of Garrett College will be offering a history course, Railroads of Garrett County: A Brief Overview, beginning on April 27 and ending on May 18, from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The class will be held at the B & O Railroad Museum in Oakland.

    I hear the train a comin’, it’s rolling round the bend…. But what do we really know about the railroads and the impact on history? In this class, historian, author, and educator, Dr. Neal Brooks will describe their development and decline, main purposes, and longevity. We’ll discuss one company that is still present, the Baltimore and Ohio which is now CSX, and the remnants of the Western Maryland railroad.

    Participants will learn about several that have disappeared but that had significant impact including the Confluence and Oakland, Preston Railroad, and the Jennings Brothers Railroad. This class is intended for a general audience interested in Garrett County, and in transportation history, not just rail fans.

    A native of Silver Spring, Dr. Brooks received an undergraduate degree from Towson University where he majored in history. He then continued to study history at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and earned his Ph.D. He enjoyed an academic career of more than 40 years at the Community College of Baltimore County where his courses included both American history and Western Civilization. He divided his time between the classroom, chairing the History Department, and scholarship as coauthor of two histories of Baltimore County in addition to other published materials.

    For additional information or to register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

     
           
  • | 7:15pm - 8:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Swing Dance, Ballroom, Dance,
    - Learn Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango. Fun and social. All levels welcome. We'd love to see some new faces and new feet:) Singles and couples welcome!
    Industrial Ballroom
    506 W Industrial Blvd Cumberland MD 21502
    Pate' Golden 301.349.6996 Ballroomsweetie@gmail.com
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    - Do something good today for someone and expect nothing in return!
     
           
  • - The staff of Fort Frederick State Park and the Friends of Fort Frederick are pleased to announce that we will host the annual 18th Century Market Fair April 27 - 30, 2017.

    The fair represents eastern North America from 1730 through 1790. The Fair is open to sutlers, traders, street vendors and entertainers as well as individuals, groups, military units and American Indians portraying the appropriate time period and geographic area.

    The Fair is open to the public Thursday April 27 – Sunday April 30. Public hours are:
    9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday through Saturday
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday

    Public admission charge: Adults $5.00, Ages 6 to 12 $2.00 and ages 5 and under are free. Four day passes are available – contact the Park Visitor Center at 301-842-2155 for information.

    For more information including fair schedule click for details
     
           
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - National Volunteer Week has become the official time to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state and national levels.
     
           
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - A public education campaign sponsored by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation in which children aged 8-18 to work with adult hosts-parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
     
           

Friday, April 28th, 2017

  • - ‘Creating and Growing Local Opportunities’ is the theme of this year’s annual Power of Possibilities Spring Entrepreneurship Summit on April 28, 2017 at Garrett College beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the McHenry campus. Dorothy Andreas Walters, President and Founder of The Sewickley Spa, Inc. and Operating Partner of The Greene Turtle in Deep Creek Lake, will present, ‘Realizing Dreams and Making it Happen!’. She is one of several keynote speakers that are scheduled to present at the event.

    At the age of 19, Walters left college, sold her car, and used the funds to open a hair salon, the first of many businesses. She developed a successful business model and expanded to a second, then third location in 1986, offering spa services. At that time, most people in the region did not know what the term ‘day spa' meant. She educated the public, while developing a superior staff, hand training employees in both the technical and customer service aspects of her enterprise. The success of her businesses is built on outstanding service, loyal clients, and a staff who helped convey her gracious attitude toward giving back to the community as their successes grew.

    Along with growing her company, and raising two young sons as a single mother, she knew she needed to give something back to her profession. She started "Yes, There is Enough Time" workshop, and "The Possibilities for Success"™ seminars. Andreas has been an advisory board member to beauty schools; guest teacher, lecturer, writer and mentor for over thirty-six years.

    Committed to superior products for her clients, she previously founded the North East Distribution Company, NEDCO, to import professional products, which were new to the United States. She also served as the international director of education for the company, based in Parma, Italy. In 2004 she founded SpaEdge Inc, which allowed business to sell gift cards directly from their websites. In 2005, she founded Egift Technologies, a general business gift card selling process. The Sewickley Spa, winner of over 60 Best Day Spa awards, and four-time winner of the "Fastest Growing Businesses" award by the Pittsburgh Business Times, is recognized nationally for outstanding business practices.

    Walters has received numerous awards and recognitions for her successes and accomplishments over the years, which include: the 2017 Finkle Award from the Garrett Regional Medical Center Foundation, 2016 Outstanding Partner in Health Award, Garrett County, Md.; 2012 ‘Most Influential Women’ Award, Pittsburgh Region, Pittsburgh Business Times; 2006 Winners Circle, ‘Entrepreneurial Excellence Award’, Westmoreland County, Pa.’ 2003, Cover, Spa Management International Magazine; 1997 Founders Award, Art & Fashion Group International, Served as International President (first female); and 1995 Master of the Craft, Art & Fashion Group International Award.

    Individually, she has raised over $2 million for the charities she serves. She is a current member of the Women’s Presidents Organization (Pittsburgh Chapter), Garrett County Steps to Better Health Member, Garrett County Memorial Hospital Foundation (Vice Chair), and Garrett Regional Medical Center, Cancer Care Capital Campaign Chair. In 2016, along with her husband, they raised an additional $1.9 million to build a Cancer Treatment Center at Garrett Regional Medical Center in western Maryland.

    Registration is currently open for the spring entrepreneurship summit. The price of registration ($69 until April 7; $79 through April 28) includes breakfast, lunch, access to all sessions and additional material including business books.

    Individuals can learn more and register online at click for details or by calling the Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development registration desk at 301-387-3069 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu.

     
           
  • - Customer Appreciations Days at Pleasant Valley Greenhouse, Oakland
    Sales - Door Prizes - And more!
    Visit click for details for more information.

    For Pleasant valley greenhouse coupons visit: click for details
    Pleasant Valley Greenhouse
    2224 Pleasant Valley Road Oakland MD 21550
  • - The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present the exhibit "Storied Figures" at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Art, 104 Washington Street, from April 7 - 30. This new exhibition features children book author and illustrator, Jamison Odone and sculptor, Andrew Thorne. The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work at the opening reception on April 8, 5 - 7 p.m. The Gilchrist is open 1 - 4 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.for more information, visit- facebook.com/gilchristgallery, or call 301-724-5800 or email gilchristgalleryandmuseum@gmail.com
    C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts
    104 Washington St Cumberland MD 21502
    lita havens 240.362.7079 lita_havens@yahoo.com
  • | 10:00am - 11:00am | Sports and Recreation, Line dance, Country, Dance
    - Free line dance at HRDC. No age restrictions.
    HRDC
    125 Virginia Ave Cumberland MD 21502
    Pate' Golden 301.349.6996 Ballroomsweetie@gmail.com
  • - The staff of Fort Frederick State Park and the Friends of Fort Frederick are pleased to announce that we will host the annual 18th Century Market Fair April 27 - 30, 2017.

    The fair represents eastern North America from 1730 through 1790. The Fair is open to sutlers, traders, street vendors and entertainers as well as individuals, groups, military units and American Indians portraying the appropriate time period and geographic area.

    The Fair is open to the public Thursday April 27 – Sunday April 30. Public hours are:
    9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday through Saturday
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday

    Public admission charge: Adults $5.00, Ages 6 to 12 $2.00 and ages 5 and under are free. Four day passes are available – contact the Park Visitor Center at 301-842-2155 for information.

    For more information including fair schedule click for details
     
           
  • - Join us for Brewski Festival, April 28 and 29, 2017! At this spectacular event, guests will enjoy the finest specialty beers from a unique selection of breweries. Look forward to tastings from breweries such as New Belgium, Du Claw, Elysian and Blue Point!
    Seven Springs Mountain Resort
    777 Waterwheel Dr Seven Springs PA 15562
    814.352.7777
  • - The team at the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is putting the final touches on the Spring Power of Possibilities (POP) summit scheduled for April 28, 2017 at the College’s main campus in McHenry. The theme of the summit is “Creating and Growing Local Opportunities” and, as in past years, there will be a variety of speakers providing insight, information and action relative to growing and sustaining a successful business, attaining individual and collective career- and life- potential and building our rural community through small business formation, growth and employment.

    The summit is part of the Power of Possibilities series of events and initiatives that have engaged over 1,200 local individuals since the fall of 2014. Individuals ranging from entrepreneurs, want-to-be entrepreneurs, business leaders and those that support business formation and success in the region will find a variety of content designed to drive success, build practical, actionable knowledge and provide “food-for-thought” as they consider the possibilities for individual and community success. “This conference is perfect for those individuals looking to enhance their knowledge, competencies, role and engagement relative to small business formation, success, enablement, and support in our community’s success,” stated Sarah Myers, co-director of POP.

    Planned presenters include a member of [Under Armour brand founder] Kevin Plank’s leadership team at Sagamore Ventures in Baltimore, as well as experts in product innovation and effective website design and management. Sessions will also provide insight into the importance of and best practices relative to small business formation and enablement in communities such as ours. Local presenters Dorothy Walters and Kendall Ludwig will also be sharing their “stories” and expertise with the audience.

    The day is very much a community celebration of small business, entrepreneurship, and the power of individuals to influence and optimize their own lives. The day will also feature the third annual POP Business Plan Competition awards luncheon. The luncheon will highlight the ideas and plans of local entrepreneurs that have participated in the business plan competition, with this year’s winners being announced and celebrated. “With dozens of competitors to-date, the competition has helped numerous individuals realize their dreams and start a business. We estimate that over a dozen new businesses have been formed by POP competitors, with a few already going international and a number hiring local individuals,” stated Mike Tumbarello, co-director of POP and Director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

    One new addition to this year’s summit will be an action-oriented, “virtual development” session where summit attendees will self-select, break into groups and consider and build a start-up plan for one of a few local business opportunities. Each group will be led by a facilitator, with the goal of generating interest in and action towards a potential new business in the county.

    Registration is currently open for the summit. The price of registration ($69 until April 7; $79 through April 28) includes breakfast, lunch, access to all sessions and additional material including business books.

    Individuals can learn more and register online at click for details or by calling the Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development registration desk at 301-387-3069. Those seeking more information can reach out to Tumbarello at
    301-387-3167 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu or Myers at 301-387-3771 or sarah.myers01@garrettcollege.edu.

     
           
  • - New Germany State Park is proud to announce the return of good old-fashioned toe-tappin’ fun, with the eighth season of Old Time Jams set to begin in May. The jams will be acoustic-only this year (no amplifiers), and will take place on the following Fridays from 6:30 - 9 p.m.:
    • May 5 & 19
    • June 2 & 16
    • July 7 & 21
    • Aug. 4 & 18
    • Sept. 1
    These informal gatherings provide an opportunity for musicians and listeners of all ages to share and enjoy traditional “old-timey” Appalachian music. The jams will take place at the Lake House, 403 McAndrews Hill Road, Grantsville. There is no charge for admission. Snacks and gifts will be available for purchase.
    For more information, please call 301-895-5453.
    New Germany State Park
    349 Headquarters Lane Grantsville MD 21536
  • | Schools and Education
    - Continuing Education and Workforce Development of Garrett College in cooperation with the Garrett County Board of Education will be offering school bus training at the Garrett College Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute in Grantsville. Applications are currently being accepted for the program.

    The course is designed for students to earn a Class B Commercial Vehicle License with passenger and school bus endorsements. For those who are interested in earning a Class B license, with the above endorsement, can automatically drive a commercial bus or straight truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of over 26,000 pounds. Examples are school buses, charter buses, large vans, dump trucks, cement mixers and tow trucks.

    Topics covered include the following: pre-trip inspection, various skills in the yard, and over-the-road instruction. At the completion of training, the student will be taken to demonstrate at their local Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain their license. Financial assistance may be available to qualifying individuals. Along with the previous mentioned option, Garrett College is still offering the 30 day, Class A, CDL training weekdays and weekends.

    For more information or to register for this course, please contact Terry Beachy, at 301-895-4700 or terrry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu.

    PHOTO: Pictured are Nicholas Haynes (left) and Dennis Rodeheaver (right), instructors at the Garrett College Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute located in Grantsville.
     
           
  • - The Power of Possibilities series at Garrett College began in 2014 and has engaged over 1,200 entrepreneurs, want-to-be entrepreneurs, business owners/managers and those in the region that support and enable small business formation and growth. Although the upcoming spring summit on April 28, 2017 is a learning, sharing and networking event for all those in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Garrett County and the region, the event is also a celebration of entrepreneurship and new entrepreneurs, and is anchored by the annual Power of Possibilities Business Plan and Innovation Competition. Winners receive cash awards and are recognized with the Daniel E. Offutt III Innovation Medal and certificate of recognition.

    Participants that entered this year’s competition are in the process of finalizing their business plan proposals in preparation for the April 28th event. Alice Blayne-Allard, winner of the previous year’s business plan competition, shared how being involved in the Power of Possibilities experience has impacted her life. “I had an idea I am working on turning into a reality. It’s been a continuous learning experience, and it’s exciting to see it all take shape. I’m honored to be a part of a program that promotes innovation and opportunity in Garrett County.”

    Her winning business plan turned into a reality. The Power of Possibilities launched Free State Cooperage, serving the craft distillery, wine, and brewery industries with custom-crafted white oak barrels of the highest quality. Free State Cooperage is located in the Deep Creek Lake, Md. area. “The strongest component of the Power of Possibilities business plan competition is pairing participants with mentors. These individuals are a valuable resource, providing moral support, constructive feedback, and seeing the forest through the trees.”

    In addition to mentors, she also attributes rigorous due diligence in conducting market analysis and preparing financials as factors that helped contribute to her success in building a solid business plan from the ground up. Regularly, scheduled meet-ups took place between competitors and mentors throughout the process, from start to finish. “Initially, I had my idea and decided to enter to see if my idea was feasible. Through the meet-ups, working with my mentors, and diving into the specifics I was able to see how my idea was not only feasible, but could be viable. “

    Her advice to others who may be thinking of starting a business, or have a new idea? “Don’t give up. If you believe in your idea and it’s viable, you’ll figure out ways to get around road blocks and over the hurdles that arise. Enter the next Power of Possibilities competition.”

    Halley Gillespie, second-place winner, to last year’s event, also provided a glimpse of her experience and where she is today. “After the competition, I have continued to put my ideas into action. There have also been things I realized I wanted to change as time went on. I think any entrepreneur has to be willing to embrace change and be sure that their plan of action aligns with your goals as those evolve and become clearer. I held a retreat earlier this year and have several more planned in the warmer months.”

    Upon entering the competition, Gillespie already had an idea for her business, Refresh Holistic Health & Fitness Retreat, to offer wellness vacations, including nutrition coaching, personal training, yoga, cooking classes and organic gardening. “I had come up with my business name, logo and even conducted a couple of small-scale retreats. Mike Tumbarello knew of my idea and had given me some advice previously, so it was he who encouraged me to join the competition,” she stated.

    Like Blayne-Allard, Gillespie also credits being paired up with a mentor as one of the factors that led to not only success in the competition, but their business plan. “I am neither a seasoned businessperson nor an analytical number cruncher, so I made a point to really focus on what I consider to be my strengths – writing style, and an ability to synthesize large volumes of information from multiple resources. I spent a great deal of time just gathering as much data and analysis as possible before I even started writing; Kim Durst from Garrett County Economic Development was very helpful. My mentor, Daniel Porter, gave me some great advice which was to tell the story behind my business and what led me to create the concept; that’s what would help set me apart from fellow competitors.”

    “Doing well in the Power of Possibilities gave me a great deal of confidence and sense of accomplishment. I was introduced to so many people who are committed to help businesses succeed in Garrett County and even made new friend in Alice. Having affirmation from the business community has made me feel far less isolated, which I think is something any entrepreneur can feel when starting out. Through the process of being a competitor, I was able to take a step back and find greater perspective for my business vision.”

    Registration is currently open for the upcoming Power of Possibilities spring entrepreneurship summit on April 28, 2017. Individuals can learn more and register online at click for details or contact the front desk at Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069 or email Mike Tumbarello at mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu.

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    Alice Blayne Allard – Power of Possibilities 2.0 Business Plan and Innovation Competition Award Winner and Owner of Free State Cooperage.

    Haley Gillespie – Power of Possibilities 2.0, Owner of Refresh Holistic Health & Fitness Retreat located in Deep Creek Lake, and second place award recipient in Power of Possibilities 2.0 Business Plan and Innovation Competition.
     
           
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    - National Volunteer Week has become the official time to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state and national levels.
     
           

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

  • | 8:30am - 5:00pm | Schools and Education
    - Garrett College is offering a Maryland Boater Safety course at the College’s McHenry campus. The session will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8:30 am to 5 p.m.

    The Maryland Basic Boating Course is packed full of the basic information one will need to boat safely and enjoy your time on the water. What are the ‘rules of the road’ when there’s no road? Find out the latest laws regarding personal floatation devices, required safety equipment, operating personal watercraft and towing procedures. Practice some chart reading and review the channel marker system in coastal waters. Individuals born after June 1, 1972 are required to have an approved Boater’s Safety card in their possession when operating a power boat in Maryland. Successful completion of this course will provide that card. The course is open to those 12 years of age and over and we welcome parents and grandparents to take the course as a great refresher. Boater Safety is family safety! You will receive your class book at the time of registration and students must bring their text to class with completed pre-test and quizzes.

    To register, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

     
           
  • - Customer Appreciations Days at Pleasant Valley Greenhouse, Oakland
    Sales - Door Prizes - And more!
    Visit click for details for more information.

    For Pleasant valley greenhouse coupons visit: click for details
    Pleasant Valley Greenhouse
    2224 Pleasant Valley Road Oakland MD 21550
  • - The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present the exhibit "Storied Figures" at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Art, 104 Washington Street, from April 7 - 30. This new exhibition features children book author and illustrator, Jamison Odone and sculptor, Andrew Thorne. The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work at the opening reception on April 8, 5 - 7 p.m. The Gilchrist is open 1 - 4 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.for more information, visit- facebook.com/gilchristgallery, or call 301-724-5800 or email gilchristgalleryandmuseum@gmail.com
    C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts
    104 Washington St Cumberland MD 21502
    lita havens 240.362.7079 lita_havens@yahoo.com
  • | 12:00pm - | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs
    Garrett College
    687 Mosser Rd McHenry MD 21541
  • | 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Charity, Fundraiser
    - April marks the anniversary of the opening of our Adoption Wing and to celebrate, HART will be hosting our first dog show, featuring competitions in several categories for all dogs, including our own adoptables! If you've adopted a dog from HART - or not, get them ready to strut their stuff! Garrett College Gym.
     
           
  • | 2:00pm - 7:00pm | Local Events, Live Music, Music, Local Music
    - Tunes on the Terrace is our Kick Off for Summer. It is Our Grand Opening of our Outside Dining. We start the afternoon with the live acoustic sounds of Tyler Eversole & Greg Kerr followed by Perry & Sean Kamp. We have Great Beer Specials and some pretty awesome giveaways. Cold Beer and Great Music...Be there or Be square!
    Puccini Restaurant
    12901 Ali Ghan Road Cumberland MD 21502
    Lindsay 301.777.7822 puccini@atlanticbbn.net
  • | 3:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events
    - Meet local artists, catch live performances and demonstrations, attend specialty workshops, and make your own creations at the Frostburg Arts Walk 2017! This year’s Arts Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, from 3 – 8 PM, in Downtown Frostburg. Designed to be a walking arts tour, attendees can expect a jam-packed evening with a wide array of entertainment for the whole family!

    This year’s participating artists include painters, photographers, metalworkers, jewelers, potters, seamstresses, glassblowers, soap makers, and more! Over 45 artists and craftspeople will be selling their wares in 28 participating businesses and locations in downtown. There will also be a full line-up of musical and theatrical performances throughout the day at several outdoor stages around town and inside local businesses..

    There is lots of fun to be had for the kids, too! Children can create unique crafts at City Place using recycled materials, hosted by Evergreen Heritage Center, or board the Arts Bus for more colorful fun with Kids Craft with Clare. Other children’s activities and demonstrations include a free pasta necklace station, a homemade play dough workshop, and a tie-dye workshop.

    Having earned a designation as Maryland’s eighteenth Arts and Entertainment District in 2009, Arts Walk is held annually to showcase the talents of a wide variety of local artists, craftsmen, and performers. Bethany Doyle, Main Street Assistant, says, “It’s so important to shop at independent businesses and to support local artists, and Arts Walk is the perfect opportunity to do both. It’s really exciting to see the many avenues of expression that can be taken.”


    This event is sponsored by FrostburgFirst, Maryland State Arts Council, and the Allegany Arts Council. Most special events and activities are free, and many Frostburg businesses will offer Arts Walk discounts, specials, and raffle opportunities. To view the full Arts Walk lineup and schedule, visit click for details
     
           
  • | 6:00pm - 10:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, auction, wine, band, school, Jazz, twenties, event,
    - A Roaring Twenties Auction Gala
    to benefit the students of Bishop Walsh School

    Gala Date: Saturday April 29, 2017
    Time: 6-10 PM
    Place: Bishop Walsh School
    700 Bishop Walsh Road, Cumberland, Maryland

    Music by the Craig Satchell Jazz Ensemble and food by Good Carma Catering.
    There will be guest bartenders AND gaming.

    Enjoy an evening of hors’d’oeuvres, drinks and dancing.
    Take part in our silent, wine, and raffle auctions!

    Menu Sampling
    Prime Rib
    Chicken Kabobs with BBQ Spice
    Crab Salad in Phyllo Cups
    Cucumber Cups with Hummus
    Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Roll-ups
    Bruschetta
    Assorted Cheeses and Fruits
    Assorted Desserts

    Come as a flapper or come as you are, dress as a gangster or silent screen star.
    It’s going to be fun no matter the dress, just bring yourself and we’ll do the rest!
    Tickets at the door or at click for details
    Bishop Walsh School
    700 Bishop Walsh Road Cumberland MD 21502
    Wendy Herker 3017245360X107 wherker@bishopwalsh.org
  • - Dan's Mountain State Park (Allegany County)
    The annual Youth Fishing Rodeo at Dan's Mountain State
    Park will be held on Saturday, April 29.  All children ages 15 and under are welcome to participate, and the event is free.  Competitive prizes and door prizes will be awarded. Call 301-895-5453 .
     
           
  • - The staff of Fort Frederick State Park and the Friends of Fort Frederick are pleased to announce that we will host the annual 18th Century Market Fair April 27 - 30, 2017.

    The fair represents eastern North America from 1730 through 1790. The Fair is open to sutlers, traders, street vendors and entertainers as well as individuals, groups, military units and American Indians portraying the appropriate time period and geographic area.

    The Fair is open to the public Thursday April 27 – Sunday April 30. Public hours are:
    9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday through Saturday
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday

    Public admission charge: Adults $5.00, Ages 6 to 12 $2.00 and ages 5 and under are free. Four day passes are available – contact the Park Visitor Center at 301-842-2155 for information.

    For more information including fair schedule click for details
     
           
  • - Join us for Brewski Festival, April 28 and 29, 2017! At this spectacular event, guests will enjoy the finest specialty beers from a unique selection of breweries. Look forward to tastings from breweries such as New Belgium, Du Claw, Elysian and Blue Point!
    Seven Springs Mountain Resort
    777 Waterwheel Dr Seven Springs PA 15562
    814.352.7777
  • - Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development has scheduled a Commercial Driver’s License Learner’s Permit Prep Course on April 29 and 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College’s Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute in Grantsville.

    This two-day course will prepare students for the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Class A or B Commercial Driver permit exam. The course includes instruction on the following topics: general knowledge, air brakes, combination vehicles, study and test taking skills.

    Entry requirements for the actual commercial driver training program includes the following: one must be at least 18 years of age, be able to obtain a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical, and pass a DOT required drug screen. DOT language enforcement rule: one must be able to read English, converse with the public, understand highway signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports or records.

    This course is taught through a combination of lecture, discussion and hands on activities. It is recommended that students get a CDL Manual at the local MVA office and review prior to start of class. For additional information contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

     
           
  • - Ride the bus from LaVale to D.C. with us on April 29th for the People's Climate March to rally and march for jobs, justice, and our climate! While there, you'll get to meet and interact with thousands of people from multiple states who are working towards the same environmental justice goals, as well as hear speakers and experience music and beautiful art from around the country!

    You can ride a bus from LaVale with us, but please click below to purchase your tickets and metro passes ASAP!! Sales end April 24th!

    Tickets are $15 (plus a small processing fee) and D.C. metro passes are $10 (plus a small processing fee). Metro passes will be needed to get from the bus parking to the location of the march. Discount ticket/metro pass combos are available for $5 (plus processing fee of $1.27) for folks who want to go but need help paying for the ticket. Please reserve fast because discount tickets are limited (unless more wonderful folks donate more tickets)!

    Want to go?! Here’s what you do:

    1. to buy your ticket and metro pass (and to see more information): click for details
    2. to register for the event so we can be sure that you get all of the updates and information: click for details


    Can't join us on the 29th but still want to help? jessica.wise@mdsierra.org
     
           
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - National Volunteer Week has become the official time to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the local, state and national levels.
     
           

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

  • - The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present the exhibit "Storied Figures" at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Art, 104 Washington Street, from April 7 - 30. This new exhibition features children book author and illustrator, Jamison Odone and sculptor, Andrew Thorne. The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work at the opening reception on April 8, 5 - 7 p.m. The Gilchrist is open 1 - 4 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.for more information, visit- facebook.com/gilchristgallery, or call 301-724-5800 or email gilchristgalleryandmuseum@gmail.com
    C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts
    104 Washington St Cumberland MD 21502
    lita havens 240.362.7079 lita_havens@yahoo.com
  • - The staff of Fort Frederick State Park and the Friends of Fort Frederick are pleased to announce that we will host the annual 18th Century Market Fair April 27 - 30, 2017.

    The fair represents eastern North America from 1730 through 1790. The Fair is open to sutlers, traders, street vendors and entertainers as well as individuals, groups, military units and American Indians portraying the appropriate time period and geographic area.

    The Fair is open to the public Thursday April 27 – Sunday April 30. Public hours are:
    9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday through Saturday
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday

    Public admission charge: Adults $5.00, Ages 6 to 12 $2.00 and ages 5 and under are free. Four day passes are available – contact the Park Visitor Center at 301-842-2155 for information.

    For more information including fair schedule click for details
     
           
  • - Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development has scheduled a Commercial Driver’s License Learner’s Permit Prep Course on April 29 and 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College’s Mountaintop Truck Driving Institute in Grantsville.

    This two-day course will prepare students for the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), Class A or B Commercial Driver permit exam. The course includes instruction on the following topics: general knowledge, air brakes, combination vehicles, study and test taking skills.

    Entry requirements for the actual commercial driver training program includes the following: one must be at least 18 years of age, be able to obtain a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical, and pass a DOT required drug screen. DOT language enforcement rule: one must be able to read English, converse with the public, understand highway signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, and make entries on reports or records.

    This course is taught through a combination of lecture, discussion and hands on activities. It is recommended that students get a CDL Manual at the local MVA office and review prior to start of class. For additional information contact Terry Beachy at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, persons may contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

     
           

Monday, May 1st, 2017

  • | 6:45pm - 7:30am | Sports and Recreation, Swing Dance, Ballroom, Dance,
    - Learn Lindy Hop Swing Dance. Fun and social and energetic. Teens to Adults, and all levels welcome. Chances to perform and demonstrate (if you so choose) around town. We'd love to see some new faces and new feet:) Singles and couples welcome!
    Industrial Ballroom
    506 W Industrial Blvd Cumberland MD 21502
    Pate' Golden 301.349.6996 Ballroomsweetie@gmail.com
  • | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Schools and Education, English
    - A new year of free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes begins on September 12. Classes meet every Monday night at 7 PM. Classes are free; the textbook costs $20 (optional). Classes for beginning and intermediate learners; all are welcome to learn English in a friendly program. Located at Faith Presbyterian Church, 103 Mustaphal Drive in LaVale. New students can begin any Monday night starting September 12.
    Faith Presbyterian Church
    103 Mustaphal Dr LaVale MD 21502
    Faith Presbyterian Church 301.729.0100 fpc@atlanticbbn.net
  • - Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will once again present something for everyone during its 2016-17 season lineup – an adventure tale, a beloved children’s fantasy, a Christmas holiday ghost story, a Civil War drama, an 18th-century British comedy and two student dance concerts with original choreography.
    The season kicks off with “Around the World in 80 Days,” the classic adventure tale by French writer Jules Verne. Grab your passports and climb aboard for a whirlwind trip around the world! It’s 1872 and the eccentric and wealthy Phileas Fogg figures, with mathematical precision, that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. And he wagers half his fortune to prove it. Join Fogg and his loyal, yet unreliable, valet as they hop train, steamship – and elephant – in this fun-filled race against time that takes you around the world and into the heart. Performances will take place in the Drama Theatre of the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15, and Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20 to 22, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Oct. 15.
    The Fall Dance Concert, titled “Double Play,” will showcase the skill of Jamie McGreevy, choreographer and FSU Dance coordinator, as well as the spectacular talent of the FSU Dance Company, on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. “Double Play” features two performances in one evening. Act I, “Weight on Me,” extends an exciting work presented during the spring 2016 dance concert. To the contemporary neo-classical music of composer Ólafur Arnalds, the piece explores various forms of physical, emotional and social weight the human body encounters and endures. During Act II, “Manipulations,” audiences will witness the investigative play between choreographers, dancers and designers as they each contribute to the movement through physical, audible and visual manipulation.
    Next, celebrate the holiday season in a toast to human kindness with an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story, “A Christmas Carol.” After being visited by ghosts from his past, present and future, the notoriously grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge has a true meaning-of-life question on his hands. Should he continue to live as a wretched miser or join the world around him as a decent, caring human being? With an ensemble cast playing such memorable characters as Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the Christmas Spirits, “A Christmas Carol” is the perfect gift for families and friends to enjoy together. Drama Theatre performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 8 to 10, with matinees on Sunday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m.
    In the spring, the Department of Theatre and Dance will present the powerful drama “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3” by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog/Underdog”). In this powerful drama, Hero, a slave, must decide between joining his master on the Confederate battlefield – for what may or may not be a chance to gain his freedom – or staying behind on the plantation with the woman and people he loves. Infused with music and contemporary wit, “Father Comes Home From the Wars” is a high-stakes drama about the mess of war, the cost of freedom and the pain of love. Performances will take place in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, and Thursday through Saturday, March 9 to 11, at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m.
    The fourth and final play of the season is “She Stoops to Conquer,” a delightfully witty and satirical romp that is as promising of laughter today as it was to audiences more than 200 years ago. When city slickers Marlow and Hastings travel to the countryside in search of love, they find themselves in a tangle of pranks and mistaken identities, including the belief that their prominent host (and Marlow’s possible future father-in-law), Mr. Hardcastle, is a mere innkeeper. To top it all, Marlow has a serious problem. In the company of barmaids and servant girls, he is strikingly self-assured, but in the presence of gentlewomen, including Kate Hardcastle, he is a shy and stammering schoolboy. The Hardcastle household becomes uproariously unhinged as Kate takes matters into her own hands, Hastings pursues his love and an outlandish cast of other characters burst their way into the escalating humor. Performances take place in the Drama Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, and Thursday through Saturday, April 20 to 22, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m.
    The season wraps up with the annual Spring Dance Concert, “Legends,” on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre. “Legends” pays homage to many of the great music icons we have lost, such as David Bowie and Michael Jackson. Featuring the FSU Dance Company, this variety concert brings together our favorites tunes – the ones that make us sing and dance in the grocery aisle – with one of the world’s liveliest art forms.
    Season subscriptions are available until Oct. 22. For $45, Main Stage subscribers receive four tickets (one ticket per show for Main Stage productions). In addition, Main Stage subscribers can reserve tickets in advance of the general public and may purchase tickets to the Fall and Spring Dance Concerts at student rates. Individual tickets are $14 for general admission and $7 for students.
    For information, call the Theatre and Dance box office at 301-687-7462 Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.
    Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit click for details or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.
    FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.
     
           

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