Kiddie Academy Grand Opening, Fall Festival Planned
It is official! The new Kiddie Academy at Landon Crossing opened Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. To celebrate its Grand Opening, the new child care center will host a Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will feature a moon bounce, snow cones, popcorn, games, prizes, crafts and a tour of the facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 11 a.m.
“We would love for all community residents to attend this fun, family event! This will be a great opportunity to learn first-hand what we are all about and see the amazing programs we have to offer,” said owner Jessica Peay. “The Kiddie Academy of Urbana team is so excited to be part of such great community, and we can’t wait to share our child care center with everyone!”
The Urbana Kiddie Academy is located at 3401-D Urbana Pike in Landon Crossing at the intersection of Urbana Pike and Fingerboard Road. Visit kiddieacademy.com for more information.
Churchill Auto Care Partners With Urbana Food Bank
In celebration of their four-year anniversary, Churchill Auto Care is partnering with the Greater Urbana Area Food Bank. From now until Oct. 31, if you bring in any one non-perishable food item, or any one item from Urbana Food Bank’s most-wanted list below, you will receive a $5 discount from your current Churchill Auto Care bill. Bring up to four donation items to receive up to a $20 total discount. The Food Bank’s most-wanted items are toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, shampoo and conditioner, laundry detergent, cereal, and quick meal kits like Hamburger Helper, pasta and pasta sauce or hearty soups.
Churchill Auto Care is located on Route 85 next to Checkers at 5733-B Buckeystown Pike. Visit Churchillautocare.com for more information. The Greater Urbana Area Food Bank, greaterurbanaareafoodbank.org, has been serving the Urbana area for more than 30 years.
New Goodwill Bin at Urbana High
Goodwill recently located one of their freestanding donation bins at Urbana High School on Campus Drive. After donating your smaller items like clothing, books or housewares that can fit inside the bin, scan the QR code located on the outside of the bin in order to get a receipt from Goodwill’s receipt portal on their website. You can also request a receipt by going directly to gimv.org. You can request a paper or electronic receipt, whichever you prefer.
Frederick Children’s Chorus in Urbana
The Frederick Children’s Chorus, which has been active in Frederick County since 1985, is now offering classes for the first time in the Urbana area. Classes, which started this month, are held on Thursdays at the Shafer’s Mill Community Center in the Villages of Urbana. Classes are for preschoolers aged 3-5 years (Wrens) from 5-5:30 p.m. and school-aged children 5-8 years (Mockingbirds) from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Wrens classes are a weekly drop-in parent-participatory format. Mockingbirds are a 12-week, semester-based format and parent participation is not required. Both sections feature a free trial class. Students
receive instruction in singing, rhythm patterns, and ear training from Kodaly-certified professional vocal educators. Program activities reinforce collaboration, cooperation, respect for others and responsibility. To find more information about their programs and to enroll for their classes, go to their website at www.Fredcc.org or contact Lee Fuhr at 301.712.5680 or
Urbana Goddard School Milestones
For a new community like the Villages of Urbana, it’s fun to celebrate milestones. Ten students from the Goddard School in Urbana’s first graduating class (June 2009) became high school freshman, starting this school year. Owners John and Jill Pelicano said, “Join us in congratulating them in their educational successes throughout the years here in Urbana and beyond. Having a strong foundation in family, friendship, community and education will guide these students towards their bright futures ahead. These freshmen will become productive members of our society as teachers, doctors, lawyers and community leaders.”
The Goddard School in Urbana will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in January 2019.
Local Businesses Support Festival of India
Hundreds attended the Festival of India 2018, held Sept. 22 at the William R. Talley Rec. Center in Frederick. The event featured 20 song and dance performances that celebrated the diversity of India.
The free, public event was hosted by the Indian Association of Frederick. Urbana resident Seema Sharma, president, and New Market resident Darshana Desai, vice president, organized the event. Grace of India served vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, and Kumon Math and Reading Center of Urbana and the Chinmaya Mission were vendors.
The Chinmaya Mission, Frederick Chapter now offers classes at Urbana Middle School. Visit cmwrc.chinmayadc.org/frederick-chapter for more information.
LGA Appoints Mark Holweger to Lead Insurance Division
Legal & General America (LGA), located in the Urbana Corporate Center at 3275 Bennett Creek Ave., recently appointed Mark Holweger as president and CEO of its insurance division, which includes operating companies Banner Life Insurance Company and William Penn Life Insurance Company of New York. Holweger previously served as executive vice president, Distribution and Marketing for LGA, which he joined earlier this year after transitioning from Legal & General Insurance in the UK.
The announcement of Holweger’s new role comes shortly after LGA launched its consumer-facing blog covering timely life insurance, family, money, lifestyle and technology topics. The blog serves the specific needs of the U.S. insurance customer base, educating them on ways to succeed along their path toward financial fitness. Visit the blog at blog.lgamerica.com.