Smorefest Sweet Success
More than 150 participated in the first annual Green Valley YMCA Smorefest. Urbana High’s Interact Club gave more than 25 tours of the Kooky Spooky Trail Walk. Participants also enjoyed glow-in-the-dark games, crafts, a bounce house and face painting. According to Jennifer Coppit, Green Valley YMCA executive director, Smorefest will return next year along with a Trunk or Treat.
No Stomach for Cancer Walk Coming to VOU
The fourth annual TEAM TERRI—No Stomach for Cancer Walk in the Villages of Urbana, 9023 Harris St., is planned for Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m. There is no registration fee. In addition to the walk, you can enjoy free coffee and donuts, DJ music and bidding on raffle items.
An evening “Under the Sea” party is planned for Nov. 17, 7 to 11 p.m. at the Harris Street Community Center, to raise awareness and funds for research on the CDH1 gene and stomach cancer. For a $35 donation, you’ll enjoy unlimited food, wine, beer, music and dancing. Visit go.rallyup.com/teamterri to send in your donation and reserve your space.
Stomach cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, and funds raised from this event will support gastric cancer research.
First Annual UHS Mini-THON Turkey Trot Planned
The next big UHS Mini-THON fundraiser is the First Annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 17. This is a 5K run and walk perfect for the whole family. Register the day of the event at 9 a.m. for $25. Proceeds support the fight against pediatric cancer. The Turkey Trot begins at 10 a.m. at Urbana High School. For more information, visit www.uhsmini-thon.com.
Farmers’ Market Announces Fall Extension
The Urbana Library Farmers’ Market will be continuing Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., through the fall. Dates next month are Nov. 4, 11 and 18. There will be no market on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. A special Christmas market is planned for Dec. 2,
4 to 7 p.m.
UHS Community Outreach Club Collects for Food Bank
Clarissa Bazan and members of the UHS Community Outreach Club collected food for the Greater Urbana Area Food Bank recently. For four hours, they spoke to shoppers outside the Urbana Giant Food, shared a list of items needed by the 231 families assisted by the food bank, and gave “Go Hawks” bracelets to all who donated to the food bank.
The Greater Urbana Area Food Bank serves families in the southeastern part of Frederick County, including Urbana, Buckeystown, Adamstown, New Market, Monrovia, Green Valley, Kemptown and portions of Mt. Airy. Please “Like” the Food Bank on Facebook to see when there are needs right here in your own community.
Food Bank Prepares for Thanksgiving
The Greater Urbana Area Food Bank will be coordinating Thanksgiving dinner for 140 families this year. Jo Ostby, food bank executive director, said they would appreciate donations of frozen turkeys, gravy (packets, jars or cans), fresh onions, carrots and potatoes, aluminum pans to cook the turkeys in, aluminum foil, and Thanksgiving paper goods.
Blessings in a Backpack Planning for Winter Break
Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that supplies food for Frederick County students, is planning for winter break and needs help. Their goal is to collect 1,600 jars of peanut butter. Please donate 16- to 18-ounce jars only. Larger jars are too heavy for students to carry home.
Please bring donations to Blessings in a Backpack, 1016 North Market St. For more information, visit biabfrederickmd.org.
Mark Your Calendar for the Live Nativity
Returning for a 19th year, the Wesley Chapel UMC Live Nativity will be performed Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. at the Urbana Fire Hall, 3602 Urbana Pike. The free shows feature a live camel that accompanies the Wise Men to a stable where the Holy Family sits with a donkey. Real sheep fill the “hills” while shepherds hear the host of angels. An innkeeper, King Herod and his court round out the cast. An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be provided for all three shows.
Remember to dress warmly as shows are held outdoors on the rear parking lot. Guests will enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate. In case of inclement weather, please call the Wesley United Methodist Church office at 301.663.4956.