What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Groundhog Day – February 2
Valentine’s Day – February 14
Shop & Dine Local

RETAIL

Craft Table – Wonderful selection of wreaths and seasonal decor items, all locally handmade. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12-5. The hiding place of your creative spirit. www.craft-table.com Phone: 240.642.8828

Craft Table 11 South Liberty Street in historic downtown Cumberland.

Beckman’s Greene Street Pharmacy – You can find all your Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day decor and goodies at Beckman’s.

Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – It’s our most popular weekly sale – the $5 Bag Sale. Fill a Barkin’ Basement bag with as many clothing items and/or shoes and get the whole bag for only Five Bucks. The sale runs from Thursday, January 20, to Monday, January 24. Our regular open days are Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 45 Baltimore Street.

Western Maryland Music Center – Check out our fantastic new inventory! 115 Baltimore Street. http://www.westernmarylandmusic.com/

Cumberland Music Center – Have you registered for the upcoming semester?? Music lessons started on the first week of January, and we will continue to accept new students for the coming weeks. We have piano, percussion, guitar, voice, flute, violin, and more lessons. Masks are recommended and encouraged due to the size of the lesson rooms, and high touched areas are sanitized between every student. Give us a call to reserve your spot! 301-724-1234!\.

Glittery Pineapple – Trendy, affordable women’s clothing boutique & accessories located @ 441 N Centre St. Simply Southern tees in stock starting at $17.99 and new winter apparel. Shop online at glitterypineapple.com!

The lobby of PharmaCare West is currently closed. The drive-thru window is open for most transactions – except accepting packages for the U.S. Post Office. While we can sell stamps through the drive-thru, we cannot accept packages to ship. We offer the post office location at PharmaCare Bedford Road for all your domestic shipping needs. The decision to close the lobbies of our pharmacies with drive-thru windows is due to the current COVID-19 situation our communities are experiencing while keeping our staff and customers safe. PharmaCare West – 64 Greene Street, Cumberland – open Mon – Fri 9 am to 6 pm and Sat 9 am to 1 pm.

PharmaCare Infusion Services offers COVID-19 vaccinations and testing by appointment only. Sorry no walk-ins. We offer Pfizer (adult and pediatric vaccines) and Moderna (adult only) at this time. Our tests are PCR, not rapid tests. Please call 301.723.2440 to schedule your vaccine or test.

Cartridges Galore – 68 Pershing Street. Cartridges Galore buys, sells, and trades all things video games. Cartridges Galore specializes in video games, from the original Nintendo to the latest Xbox One and PS5.

Winter registration for dancing: children, adults, ballroom, and belly dance. Lepley’s Dance Studio, 301-777-5315

Mid-Centre Antiques – 127 N. Centre Street. The newly opened shop specializes in antiques and curiosities.

Love to go antiquing and thriftingWant to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops, including Fort Cumberland Emporium (Thursday – Monday), Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday – Monday), Queen City Flea Market (Friday – Sunday), Windsor Castle Antiques & Flea Market (Sundays only) – all filled with antiques, collectibles, handmade items. Please stop in and discover it for yourself.

Great Gift Idea! DCBA (Downtown Cumberland Gift Certificates) are available at The Book Center. The gift certificates are spendable at any DCBA member’s business. You may find out who is a DCBA member online at www.visitcumberland.org.

 

WINING & DINING

Queen City Creamery – Eat Your Heart Out frozen custard pies will be one of our Valentine’s offerings. Cake batter custard with Little Debbie Heart cakes and sprinkles! Place your order (301) 777-0011.

Mezzos – dine-in, take out, or delivery – 301-777-7750.

  • • Monday is Mexican Monday! $1.50 Tacos, lots of good drinks, and Monday Night Football.
  • • Tuesday is Open Mic Night!! The mic is open for anyone and everyone to show their talents!
  • • Wednesday is Working Woman’s Wednesday, with four chances on the wheel to win $594! Grab the girls and get there early! The pre-Party starts at 5 pm.
  • • Fun for friends and Family! Thursday is Trivia Night with Host Randy Means!! No Cover!
  • • Saturday 50% Off our Pizzas all day long!
  • • Sunday is Wing Day at MEZZOS. Get BOGO Wings, Sliders, Fries, and Nachos all day long while watching EVERY NFL Game!

City Lights: An American Bar and Grill – Wine and Cheese Wednesday. Get two glasses of house wine and a three-cheese board for $20 or order any cheese board and get 25% off a bottle of wine from —4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 301-722-9800.

Lost Mountain BBQ – Lost Mountain BBQ is open Friday – Sunday, 49 N. Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland.

Jin’s Asian Cuisine – Chinese, Thai, & Japanese Restaurant. Take-Out & Delivery. 36 Queen City Drive, 301-777-5555.

Crabby Pig Valentine’s Day Special – Monday, February 14 – Dine In or Take Out, Call for Reservations (301) 724-7472

  • • Steamed Spiced Shrimp – $13.99
  • • 10 oz. Strip Steak Angus Reserve – $26.99
  • • Black & Blue It – $3.00 or Crab Top It – $7.00
  • • Crab Stuffed Grouper – $23.99
  • • Crab Stuffed Salmon – $26.99
  • • Sides – Asparagus, Long Grain & Wild Rice
  • • Dessert – Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake – $5.99

 

YOUR HEALTH

Community Acupuncture – Initial visit & treatment is currently $80, but this one-time offer of $50 is good from now until the morning of February 15, 2022. Mention NEXTDOOR when making your appointment. Check out the Community Acupuncture page on Facebook, or search Community Acupuncture Cumberland on GOOGLE. *Must make an appointment – call/text or email blythebMSOM@gmail.com. Feel free to contact Blythe to discuss any questions about Acupuncture and your issues.

PharmaCare Infusion Services offers COVID-19 vaccinations and testing by appointment only. Sorry no walk-ins. We offer Pfizer (adult and pediatric vaccines) and Moderna (adult only) at this time. Our tests are PCR, not rapid tests. Please call 301.723.2440 to schedule your vaccine or test.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Loft 129 announces a performance opportunity for young/ new/aspiring acts to play on stage at our wonderful new venue. We are proud to introduce the Loft 129 “Aspirant Series” – to be held on Thursday nights.

If you or your group would like the opportunity to perform at the best concert venue in the area – message us or email us at theloft129@gmail.com or call Larry at 301-268-3971 or Jim at 301-268-8619

Fore Axes – Love & Axes, Sunday, February 13, $55.00 (For 2), $27.50 (Single). Spice up your Valentine’s Day with drinks and axe throwing. There’s nothing more exciting than a first date, a first kiss, or throwing your first bullseye together! $55 gets you an hour of axe throwing for two and a glass of bubbly wine each to keep you hydrated (BYO beer and wine after that).

Come on out and socialize with other singles as we enjoy an evening of Axe Throwing, socializing, and sipping. You’ll be sharing a lane with up to 6 other axe throwing romantics, so you’ll have time in between throwing to enjoy the drinks.

The stage at Loft129 is proud to present a Valentine’s weekend tribute to the Great American Songbook with pianist and vocalist Barry Gurley backed by featured saxophone soloist Jared Sims and Jim Roderick on bass Mark Gauthier on drums. This outstanding group will celebrate the music of composers Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, George Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Jerome Kern, and many others. Tickets are $11 in advance $12 at the door. Get your tickets at loft129.org.

What a wonderful way to end a romantic evening with your significant other!! We expect this to sell out quickly!

Fore Axes

Hours – Wednesday & Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday 4:00pm-Late, Saturday 1:00pm – Late, and Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Book your online today to reserve your discounted experience!

Love & Axes 2/13

  • • $55.00 (For 2)
  • • Spice up your Valentine’s Day with drinks and axe throwing. There’s nothing more exciting than a first date, a first kiss, or throwing your first bullseye together! $55 gets you an hour of axe throwing for two and a glass of bubbly wine each to • keep you hydrated (BYO beer and wine after that).
  • • $27.50 (Single)

Come on out and socialize with other singles as we enjoy an evening of Axe Throwing, socializing, and sipping. You’ll be sharing a lane with up to 6 other axe throwing romantics, so you’ll have time in between throwing to enjoy the drinks.

Embassy Theatre – CELEBRATE AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE: MAJOR MARTIN DELANY, portrayed by Tim Hodges, February 19, 2 – 4 pm. Lite refreshments and an open bar will be available. Adults $15; Students $10 (K-5 FREE) This event is sponsored by the African American Historical Association of Western Maryland, co-sponsor Councilman Eugene Frazier.

Mezzos – Sunday, April 3, 7 pm. Richie Ramone, Public Nuisance and the Downstrokes. Richie Ramone, the drummer for the legendary Ramones, comes to Western Maryland with Public Nuisance and the Downstrokes. Hear classic Ramones songs and Richie’s originals for a rare punk rock treat. Tickets · $12

www.eventbrite.com/e/richie-ramone-public-nature-the-downstrokes-tickets-162357530745

 

ART

The Artistry of Travis Childers, Holly Trout and Annie Farrar – Allegany Arts Council. A group exhibition featuring the work of Washington, DC, and Baltimore-based artists Travis Childers, Holly Trout, and Annie Farrar will be on display from January 8-29. The show will include a variety of mediums, including sculpture, collage, and drawing.

Life Drawing: A Studio Experience at the Allegany Arts Council – The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to be resuming in-person, monthly Life Drawing Sessions beginning Tuesday, January 11, 2022. The sessions will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. The life drawing sessions will be uninstructed, and each will feature a single, nude male or female model. The first hour of each session will focus on short poses, followed by two 30-minute poses in the second hour. Easels will be provided, but artists must bring their own materials. The sessions are free for Allegany Arts Council members; $15 for non-members. Each session will be limited to 10 participants, and pre-registration is required. To register, email art@alleganyarts.org or call 301-777-2787.

The Allegany Arts Council and its Schwab Gallery will partner with Allegany County Tourism, the Mountain Side of Maryland, for its 4th Annual Mountain Maryland Photo Contest. The contest invites the community and visitors to share images that tell Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland’s story of place, culture, lifestyle, and recreation. Winning entries will be displayed in an exhibition on February 5-26, 2022. This is the first time in the contest’s history that winning photographs will be displayed for the public to view. A Public Opening will occur on Saturday, February 5, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm and coordinate with the Saville Gallery exhibit, Reflections in Glass.

Entries are now being accepted into the 8th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE)! The Allegany National Photo Show, which began in 2015, has grown from the mountains of Western Maryland into a national powerhouse, attracting nearly 1000 entries annually. With more than $5000 in prizes, the competition invites photographers to submit work in three categories, traditional black and white, color, and the exciting photography as sculpture, which challenges photographers to think beyond the 2D image to incorporate innovatively and out of the box thinking. All entries are submitted through our online platform, and the deadline to enter is February 11, 2022, so dust off those cameras and get going! https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=9735

 

HISTORY/MUSEUMS/ALLEGANY COUNTY TOURISM/LIBRARY/WMSR

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – The scenery through Allegany County between Cumberland and Frostburg is spectacular! Our Winter Weekend Service, Frostburg Flyer, offers unparalleled views in the snow, multi-trip options, and dining service. Our departures are 9 am & 1 pm on Saturdays, and 10 am on Sundays. Return trips to Cumberland are at 10:30 am and 4:00 pm on Saturday & at 1:30 pm on Sunday. Passengers may return aboard any weekend departure from Frostburg. Enjoy a quick 3-hour trip, or stay and enjoy all that Main Street has to offer. Your Saturday or Sunday getaway can be reserved at www.wmsr.com.

Groundhog Day – Wednesday, February 2, Cumberland’s furry prognosticator, Murray, will be honored with the introduction of a new mascot who will help answer the question, “Will it be an early Spring or six more weeks of Winter?”. On hand to interpret the mascot’s prediction will be Mayor Raymond Morriss, City Council members, and special guest Bob Candy of the Tri-State Zoological Park.

The program will begin at 7 am with Mayor Morriss reading the Proclamation, and our new mascot will be making an appearance at sunrise, 7:22 am. The event is open to all revelers who wish to view the prognostication from City Hall Plaza. Attendees can partake in coffee and hot chocolate from Café Mark and special Groundhog-shaped cookies from M&M Bake Shop.

A coloring contest is underway for youngsters, with a Groundhog-themed prize pack for the most unique entry in each grade level (Pre-K through Grade 5). Coloring sheets are available: Download from the website: https://www.cumberlandmd.gov/…/3558/Coloring-Sheet-2022

All entries are due back no later than noon on Friday, January 31, and can be dropped off at the Community Development office, placed in the DropBox in the lobby of City Hall, or emailed to: melinda.kelleher@cumberlandmd.gov.

The Allegany County Library will join the fun by offering a landing page on their website and will feature a Groundhog Day Story Time and a virtual bookshelf of Groundhog Day children’s books with links to check them out from the library.

Visit: www.alleganycountylibrary.info/groundhogday.

Saturday, February 5, 4 – 7 pm – The Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Cumberland and Allegany County. Learn about the unknown history of the visits of Frederick Douglass to Cumberland and Allegany County following the Civil War. Free Event at the Allegany County Circuit Court.

Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass may have self-identified as an Eastern Shoreman, but he visited and spoke in the mountains of Western Maryland’s 6th Congressional District on several occasions.

Join local history enthusiasts and community leaders for a presentation detailing a previously unknown high-profile visit Dr. Douglass made to Cumberland, Maryland, arriving by train, escorted through town by a large procession and speaking at the old fairgrounds in the company of local AME pastors, politicians and community leaders.

Author and community historian John Muller will detail the visits of Frederick Douglass to Cumberland and Frostburg and share insights into his relationship with Cumberland-based Governor Lloyd Lowndes and other political and community leaders in Allegany County.

Following the presentation will be a Q&A.

Presenter – John Muller is the author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C: The Lion of Anacostia (2012) and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent (2013) and is currently at work on Lost History: Frederick (Bailey) Douglass on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

In the past two years, Muller has presented a series of lost history lectures in Cambridge, Maryland at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center, Hagerstown at the Washington County Central Library and Ebenezer AME Church, Denton at the Caroline County Public Library, Baltimore City at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, Frostburg at Frostburg State University and elsewhere throughout Maryland. https://www.facebook.com/events/allegany-county-circuit-court/the-lost-history-of-frederick-douglass-in-cumberland-allegany-county/621598135136010/

Romance on the Rails – Treat your Valentine to a romance-themed train excursion on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. This dinner and interactive experience is a 3-hour round trip excursion from Cumberland, MD, to Frostburg and back. Guests will enjoy a 3-course meal as well as a selection of wine and beer.

This excursion is available on the following dates at 7 pm:

  • • Friday, February 11
  • • Saturday, February 12
  • • Sunday, February 13
  • • Monday, February 14

Visit www.wmsr.com for entrée options and special instructions.

Come back to the past! The Gordon-Roberts House is open for private tours. The Allegany County Historical Society makes three sites available for private event bookings. The Gordon-Roberts House, Union Grove Schoolhouse, and The Brooke-Whiting House can be rented for your small group gathering. Call or message for details – 301-777-8678, info@alleganycountyhistory.org.

 

DOWNTOWN LIVING & WORKING

Live in Downtown Cumberland – The apartments at 9 North Centre have one apartment available. Apartment 302 http://9northcentre.com/302.html is a nice-sized two-bedroom and two-bath unit. Please contact bhs@9northcentre.com for more information.

AMAZING SPACE – There are new office leasing possibilities in the WCBC building- first-floor one-room office, freshly carpeted second-floor executive offices with windows on the Mall and newly renovated expansive workspace on third for a reasonable rate. Call John at 443-510-5724.

 

HIRING

Pharmacare – We currently have the following openings:

Pharmacists (full-time retail/institutional) Requires RPh or PharmD graduate of an accredited school of pharmacy with a valid license to practice in Maryland (prefer West Virginia as well); Current CPR certification; the flexibility to work days, evenings, weekends on an as-needed basis. Must be able to travel to our seven retail locations.

Pharmacy Technicians (full-time) Requires: HS diploma or GED; must be a skilled, experienced pharmacy technician registered (or able to register) with the Maryland Board of Pharmacy. Wage depends on experience.

Retail Clerks (part-time or full-time) Minimum qualifications: Excellent customer service skills; cash register experience preferred; basic computer knowledge a must. Rate of pay: $12.50/hour

Administrative Assistants (full-time) Requires: excellent oral and written communications are a must; Must have good customer services skills; and computer skills including Microsoft Office applications. Wage depends on experience.

Apply online via mail or email to:

Jodi Chamberlain, HR Director

The PharmaCare Network

3 Commerce Drive

Cumberland, MD 21502

jchamberlain@3ipc.com

EOE

The Allegany Arts Council seeks candidates for a part-time weekend gallery assistant in early 2022. The role is perfect for someone who has a retail background and enjoys interacting with the public in a service-oriented setting. The candidate should be comfortable answering questions about exhibits and programs, using computer software to retrieve and input data, and managing sales transactions. The Gallery Assistant may also be assigned projects to support the weekday staff while on duty. The position will be on Saturdays only during the winter and can expand to both Saturdays and Sundays in early summer. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to Julie Westendorff, Executive Director, at jwestendorff@alleganyarts.org.

The Cumberland Fire Department is currently accepting applications for pre-employment testing for the position of Firefighter/Medic to be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022, in the Cumberland Police Department Training Room, Third Floor, 20 Bedford Street, Cumberland, Maryland. Candidates must arrive at the testing center prior to 8:45 am on the day of testing. Candidates must also wear a face mask to enter the Public Safety Building.

Candidates interested in participating in the testing process must submit an employment application by 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Applications along with detailed information about the pre-employment testing procedures can be obtained at City Hall, 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, Maryland 21502 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Minimum requirements for the position: Individual must be 18 years of age when the application is made; possess a high school diploma or equivalent of such, vision must be 20/40 or corrected to 20/20 and possess a valid driver’s license.

Candidates must have a valid State of Maryland Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic License or CRT License or be in the process of obtaining said license within two years of employment. Once hired, the employee must maintain said license throughout their career with the Cumberland Fire Department.

The City is offering a $5,000 signing bonus for Maryland-licensed Paramedics. Accepting the bonus is optional, and its payment is subject to terms, including its full-payment being conditioned upon the employee’s successful completion of on-the-job firefighting training and their completion of a minimum of five (5) years’ employment with the City of Cumberland Fire Department.

Starting Firefighter/Medic Salary: $36,524 to $41,704 depending on license.

The City of Cumberland offers a liberal benefits package which includes State of Maryland retirement, deferred compensation program available, choice of hospitalization plans, prescription card, vision program, dental plan available, sick leave, paid vacation/holidays, and life insurance. The work schedule is a Kelly Day Schedule, 24 hours on/48 hours off following a 6-8 week recruit training period upon which time a crew assignment will be made.

The City of Cumberland is a full-service community of 20,500 citizens situated adjacent to Interstate 68 in beautiful Western Maryland. EEO/ADA.

Apply Online https://www.cumberlandmd.gov/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=108&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=FirefighterMedic-66&fbclid=IwAR1C_60yviMxTP988-ASkzwT3Br69r_bNoLWZiuYffOijIXrUUa091w5VcU

Coney Pizza, 50 Main Street, Lonaconing, 301-463-2227. Now hiring in-store and delivery persons. Apply a store. Must have proof of insurance and valid driver’s license, must be able to work weekends and be flexible with hours.

Flagship Rehabilitation is hiring Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, PTAs, COTAs, email balkire@careventures.net.

Do you love real estate? Join one of the fastest-growing companies in the tri-state region. Carter & Roque offers a very competitive compensation package, top-notch support and a great marketing team to help you reach your goals. We are looking for highly motivated, licensed agents in your area. Please send all inquiries to info@carterandroque.com.

Mezzos in Cumberland, MD, is looking for one cook to join our team. We are located at 114 S Centre Street. Our ideal candidate is self-driven, motivated, and reliable. Responsibilities – Set up workstations Cook dishes to business standards Follow health and safety guidelines Prepare ingredients for use during shift Qualifications Proven working experience as a cook Familiarity with kitchen equipment and utensils Strong attention to detail Ability to listen and communicate effectively Pay $11.75 per hour plus Tips. The average night is between $15-$32 Per hour when including tips. We are looking forward to reading your application. Schedule – 20-29 hours per week. Apply online: https://www.facebook.com/job_opening/1012042726227213/?source=share

The Cumberland Police Department is currently accepting applications for entry-level police officers and lateral candidates with police certification in Maryland and other states. Candidates with out-of-state police certification will be evaluated on a case by case basis for eligibility for certification in Maryland.

The application period will begin January 11, 2022, and will end January 25, 2022. New applicants will be required to begin the process by taking a written test on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 4:45 pm at the Cumberland Police Department, Cumberland, MD. Lateral candidates will be notified as to their testing requirements.

The Cumberland Police Department is an accredited law enforcement agency with great pride in its professionalism and work ethic. Besides a patrol force, the department hosts several specialized positions such as detectives, school resource officers, canine officers, bike patrol, motorcycle patrol, tactical team, crisis negotiators, crash reconstructionist, among other assignments. Officers with the Cumberland Police Department enjoy working in a city that offers a variety of law enforcement experiences.

Minimum requirements for the position of police officer are that the candidate must be at least 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma, have a valid driver’s license, be in good physical condition, and be able to pass a police service background investigation.

The starting salary for entry-level police officers is $41,308 annually. Lateral and comparative compliance candidates would receive a higher salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacation, holiday time, paid sick leave, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, Maryland Law Enforcement Officer Pension System, optional supplemental retirement funds program, and a take-home-vehicle program for officers who qualify.

Candidates who are hired and successfully complete the police academy, complete a comparative compliance academy, or are otherwise accepted lateral officers will receive an additional $1,000 signing bonus. In addition, veterans are eligible for an additional $1,000 and those who hold a bachelor’s degree are eligible for an additional $1,000 for a total possible signing bonus of $3,000 upon certification.

Candidates interested in participating in the testing process must pick up an employment application and information packet at City Hall, located at 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, MD. The completed employment application must be returned to City Hall by the close of business on January 25, 2022. For questions, you may also contact Captain James Burt at 301-759-6460, any CPD officer, or email recruiter@cumberlandmd.gov. The Cumberland Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

We’re Hiring! Rocky Gap and Dans Mountain State Parks – 70 positions available. Hiring event on Thursday, January 20, 10 am – 2 pm, American Job Center, 138 Baltimore Street, Suite 102, Cumberland. Lifeguards, cleaners, groundskeepers, naturalists, gate and campground attendants, and concessions jobs are available.

Hiring or Looking for employment? Check out our Now Hiring page at http://www.visitcumberland.org/now-hiring/. We will continue to update the list, so keep checking back. If you are an employer looking for employees, please message your information to the Visit Cumberland Maryland FB messenger page or email the information to becky@mcclarranwilliams.com. We will include your listing.

 

GET INVOLVED/OPPORTUNITIES

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind seeks new members as it starts its local membership drive! Are you blind, visually impaired, or know somebody who is, or maybe you work with the visually impaired? Consider joining the state’s fastest-growing chapter here in Western Maryland. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back. The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. For more information about the Western Maryland chapter and the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, please call 443-426-4110 or email info@nfbmd.org.

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, allowing individuals to sign a shelter dog out for the day. Being situated in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland presents an excellent opportunity for our shelter dogs to experience the joy of a long walk, hike or run in many of the area’s scenic locations. Are you looking for something more low-key? No problem, we have many pups that would enjoy an afternoon lounging on a couch, a stroll through the neighborhood, or maybe a trip for ice cream. The most important thing is 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. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland. Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com.

Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant. 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. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.visitcumberland.org. If you or your company have any Downtown Cumberland special events, sales, etc., you would like to include in this weekly email; please send the information to becky@mcclarranwilliams.com.