Community Notes

Howard County Notes

BUSBOYSONLIVE ONLINE OPEN MIC AND POETRY SLAM In an unfortunate time of social distancing and quarantine, we aim to provide an artistic virtual experience and conversation for the community by the community. Though we focus on Poetry, we invite Musicians, Visual Artists, Comedians, Readers & listeners from all walks of life. Find us @busboysandpoets on Instagram, 8pm-10pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

MARYLAND LAUNCHES WELLNESS CALLS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS Maryland is the first state with a program that offers daily wellness checks by phone for older residents. Since most people say they want to "age in place" in their own homes, Senior Call Check provides a phone call to Marylanders age 65 and older each day at a designated time. If seniors don't answer the phone after three attempts, a designated contact person or local law enforcement will go to the home. Click here to read more about this program. More information is available at 1-866-50-CHECK or online at

COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS: SPONSOR HOWARD COUNTY EVENTS HC DrugFree depends upon the generosity of individuals, PTSAs/PTAs, organizations, and businesses in the community to support our free services to the Howard County community. Any size gift is welcome. Contact us to sponsor an event or to make a one-time or monthly donation. Thank you for your support. HC DrugFree is a 501(c)(3). Donate online at or mail checks to HC DrugFree.

Carroll County Notes

STONE CHAPEL UMC PRESENTS 'FIRST' SATURDAY NIGHT MUSIC Oct 3, 'Canaan's Land Bluegrass Band', Stone Chapel UMC, 1448 Stone Chapel Rd, New Windsor, MD, shows start at 7pm, doors open at 5pm. Free admission. Refreshments available. Free will offering will be taken during each event.

STONE CHAPEL UMC PRESENTS 'FIRST' SATURDAY NIGHT MUSIC Nov 7, 'Mark Templeton with a special tribute to Our Veterans, Stone Chapel UMC, 1448 Stone Chapel Rd, New Windsor, MD, shows start at 7pm, doors open at 5pm. Free admission. Refreshments available. Free will offering will be taken during each event.

CHURCH TO HOLD FOOD PANTRY Ebenezer United Methodist Church will hold the "Rock of Help" Food Pantry for anyone in the community in need of food from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month at the new food pantry building, behind the church and its new addition, 4901 Woodbine Road, near Winfield. Non-perishable foods, assorted frozen foods, plus a non-food household item, and children's shoes, are available. Those coming to the food pantry are asked to fill out a short information sheet, then the church gives them a list of available foods. The food pantry will be held May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19, 2020. The church is one-half mile south of Liberty Road on Woodbine Road. Information: Church office at 410-795-6136 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; e-mail; or go to

Frederick County Notes

TO OUR FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church hopes you stay well during this crisis period. Our chapel and thrift shop are required to be closed, but we look forward to better days for all with the help of our Savior and God. We ask that you refrain from donation drops at this time at our shop as we cannot process them. We do look forward to seeing everyone again soon. You may call 240-344-8718 for further information.

SURVIVOR SATURDAY NIGHT Saturdays thru June 27, 2020, 8pm-midnight, Shadowland Laser Adventures, 5500 Buckeytown Pike, Frederick, MD. $8.50 per adventure. Call 301-696-5555 for more information.

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE CLASS AND PARTY! Fridays, starting June thru July, 7-8:30pm, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5103 Pegasus Ct, Suite A, Frederick, MD. $10. Call 240-232-2329.

OPEN MUSEUM DAYS Sundays thru Sept 6, 2020, 12:30pm-3:30pm, Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, 12607 Catoctin Furnace Rd, Thurmont, MD. Free. Call 443-463-6437.

CARILLON RECITALS IN BAKER PARK thru Oct 18, 12:30pm-1pm, recurring monthly on the 3rd Sun, Baker Park Carillon, Baker Park, Frederick, MD. 301-788-2806.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER 9/26/2020, 10/24/2020, 6-9pm, Dutch's Daughter Restaurant, 581 Himes Ave., Frederick, MD. 410-549-2722. $75/person.

HERITAGE FREDERICK'S GENEALOGY WEEKEND PACKAGE thru Dec 6, 10am-4pm, recurring weekly on Saturday, Sunday, Heritage Frederick, 24 E. Church St., Frederick, MD, 301-663-1188 X105. $20 per person

General Notes

COVID-19 ECONOMIC RELIEF PACKAGE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES Governor Hogan announced more than $175 million to assist small businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information and resources about these programs is available at The Maryland Department of Commerce will offer up to $125 million in loans and grants to small businesses and nonprofits through the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. A $75 million loan fund and a $50 million grant fund, with $1 million in grants dedicated to non-profits, will provide working capital to be used for payroll, rent, fixed-debt payments and other mission critical cash operating costs. Businesses and nonprofits with under 50 full-and part-time employees will be eligible, and loans will range up to $50,000 and grants up to $10,000. For more economic relief information, please visit

MARYLAND ELECTION PROCESS CHANGED To slow the spread of COVID-19, we are changing how we will vote in the upcoming elections. The special general election for the 7th Congressional District will be conducted by mail. All voters in the 7th Congressional District will receive a ballot for this election. To be counted, ballots for this election must be postmarked on or before April 28, 2020. Based on actions taken at the March 25, 2020, meeting of the State Board of Elections, there will be no in person voting for this election. For more information about this election,

THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES will conduct limited trout stocking throughout Maryland this week in an effort to create capacity and alleviate overcrowding at state fish hatcheries, and also provide opportunity for recreational anglers. Following Gov. Larry Hogan's executive orders to limit spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, state employees last week were required to suspend all field activities, including trout stocking. Without the scheduled stocking, state hatcheries lack room needed to continue production for future seasons. Also, as the trout in these facilities continue to grow, they could suffer from reduced water quality and higher mortality. Removing fish and stocking them into public waters became an urgent matter.To date, the department has stocked 82,700 brown, golden, and rainbow trout across the state. Annual production at the state's hatcheries exceeds 300,000 trout. The department is not yet resuming regularly scheduled spring stocking, and in the interest of public and employee health, stocking locations will not be disclosed. Crews will practice enhanced safety protocols, and anglers who see department trucks are asked to maintain a distance and use proper precautions for the safety of themselves and others. The department encourages anglers to take advantage of the incredible fishing opportunities Maryland has to offer, provided all practice social distancing, avoid crowded areas, and minimize social interaction.

COVID-19 DIRECTIVE Governor Larry Hogan has issued an executive order on March 30, 2020, which institutes a Stay at Home directive and says that no Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes. While the order does allow for outdoor exercise recreation, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reaffirming the need for members of the public who engage in outdoor recreation to follow all rules and guidelines in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Hogan has stressed that safely practiced outdoor recreation time is essential to health and well-being. Most Maryland state parks and other public lands remain open, and residents may engage in safe, isolated activities.

GRACE PERIOD EXTENDED TO ALL LICENSE HOLDERS Following Governor Hogan's executive order, The Maryland Department of Natural Resourse are extending a grace period related to licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations that may be expiring or up for renewal during the state of emergency. The executive order grants a grace period of 30 days after the date of termination of the state of emergency.

CLASSES AND MEETINGS CANCELED, ONLINE ALTERNATIVE AVAILABLE The Maryland Natural Resources Police are suspending in-person safety classes, referring all who are required to attend to take online classes instead. Hunter education students are encouraged to take the online course, which combined with a field day workshop will satisfy the hunter education requirement. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a voucher, that is good for one year, to take a field day workshop to satisfy the hunter education requirement. Boater education students are encouraged to take the online course, which is offered through three private vendors: Boat Ed, Boater Exam, or Boat US Foundation. Successful completion of any one of these courses will satisfy Maryland's boating safety education requirement. All in-person council meetings, workgroups, advisory boards, or other official public gatherings are also suspended indefinitely.

ENTER THE 2020 MARYLAND NATURAL RESOURCE PHOTO CONTEST! The 17th Annual Maryland Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest runs now through Aug. 31, 2020. All winners will be featured in the department's 2021 wall calendar and published in the fall 2020 edition of the magazine. All entries must be submitted online. No hard copies of photographs will be accepted. Enter now for your chance to win cash, state parks passports, magazine subscriptions, and other terrific prizes! Visit for more information.

HUNTING EDUCATION CLASSES The Maryland Natural Resources Police are suspending traditional, in-person classroom hunting education courses.until further notice. Potential hunter education students are encouraged to take the online field of study course. UPDATE: Upon completion of the course, students will receive a voucher, that is good for one year, to take a field day workshop to satisfy the hunter education requirement. For all information regarding Maryland Department of Natural Resources activities, customer service functions, and scheduled events, please check our website at

VIRTUAL PROM On May 1st iHeartMedia Los Angeles' 102.7 KIIS FM will be hosting a Virtual Prom for Southern California students live at 6:30 p.m. PST on KIIS FM's YouTube channel. The event will feature DJ sets from Joe Jonas, Dillon Francis and Loud Luxury, a special guest appearance from Lauv and more.

VIRTUAL CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION May 2: Latin music stars Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Luis Fonsi, J Balvin, Diane Guerrero and Ana Brenda Contreras have teamed for Eva Longoria's virtual Cinco de Mayo celebration. The virtual concert will stream live on Facebook Live, Youtube, Twitch, Twitter, iHeartLatino's radio stations and websites, among other social media platforms, on May 5 at 2 p.m. PT. The event is free to watch but viewers will be encouraged to make donations.

THE NEW YORK GUITAR FESTIVAL kicks off its daily shows with live performances and appearances on May 4th at 4:00 p.m. EST each day, streaming on its YouTube channel. The event will begin with Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal on May 4. The festival continues daily, and ends May 15. Donations will benefit MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

320 FESTIVAL May 8-10, a one-of-a-kind festival aimed at changing the way we talk about mental health. May 8-10, fans can tune in for free on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and the KNEKT.TV Network on Roku and Apple TV to join the conversation through educational sessions, musical performances, workshops and more.

NEIGHBOR RIDE BINGO 2020 Sat, May 16, doors open at 6pm, games begin at 7pm, FOP Lodge 69, 2832 Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville, MD. Join Neighbor Ride for its 6th Annual Basket BINGO, featuring bags, totes, and organizers by Thirty-One Gifts filled with an incredible assortment of valuable prizes, including cultural and athletic event tickets, restaurant gift cards, jewelry, bottles of wine, family fun packages, and more. Doors open at 6pm / Games begin at 7pm. Dinner by Tino's Italian Bistro, along with a variety of snacks and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the night. Tickets: $25 (

MARYLAND PRIMARY ELECTION DATE MOVED In response to COVID-19, the Maryland Primary Election has been moved to June 2, 2020, 7am-8pm. Early Voting for the Primary Election - Thursday, May 21, 2020 through Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 10 am until 8 pm.

MOONRISE FESTIVAL 2020 Baltimore's flagship electronic music festival, Moonrise, returns to the historic Pimlico Race Course in Maryland this summer on Friday August 7th - Sunday August 9th! Stay tuned for our massive lineup announcement coming this spring! Aug 7, 2-11pm, Aug 8 & 9, 11am-11pm. For info & tickets visit

ACCORDION/CONCERTINA/FREE REED MUSICIANS The Maryland Accordion Club meets 2-5pm, on the first Saturday of each month, May thru June, in Catonsville United Methodist Church, 6 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, MD. Our current members reside in Anne Arundel Baltimore, Carroll, Calvert, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties, DC, DE, and VA. In 2020, the club begins its 18th year as a MD 501-C3 Non-Profit Organization. Each meeting includes an "open stage" session where accordionists, concertina, harmonium, and players of other free reed, acoustic, and folk instruments perform at every proficiency level in styles ranging from classical to jazz across world-wide traditions. Visitors/Listeners are welcome. For more email or call 443-610-3667.