Community Life

Eastern Shore Bridal Extravaganza

Join us on Sunday, January 15th for the 2012 Eastern Shore Bridal Extravaganza. 

The affair begins at 1pm with designer wedding gowns, tuxedos and formal attire for the rest of your bridal party elegantly presented in the Crystal Room of the Tidewater Inn.  Immediately following, join us in the Gold Ballroom where you will meet the best wedding specialists that the eastern shore has to offer.  We conclude the afternoon with a second fashion show and reception featuring samplings and refreshments from local caterers. 

We will have drawings for prizes throughout the day as well as a grand prize drawing for $1,000.  Tickets are $10 in advance until January 12, 2012, $12 at the door.  Visit www.bridalextravaganza.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Zumba FUNdraiser For Talbot Mentors

Talbot Mentors invites everyone to get fit, have fun and support the organization with a Zumba FUNdraiser on Saturday, January 21, at Commitment Fitness 24-Hour Gym on Marlboro Avenue in Easton. The introductory Zumba class is $12 per person and will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with a snow date of January 28. Participants are welcome to take either one-hour session beginning at 9:30 or 10:30, or may attend the full two-hour class.

Zumba is the Latin-inspired dance fitness program that was developed in the 1990s and has been growing in popularity at gyms and workout studios. A combination of dance rhythms and aerobics with some strength training added, the program accommodates a range of abilities and fitness levels.

Beer Tasting & History

Beer is possibly the oldest fermented drink in history world-wide and rates third in consumption, just behind tea and water. With the increasing popularity of micro brews and international imports, this foamy favorite has gained broad appeal in recent years.

In a first-time offering, Certified Master Brewer Jack Ehmann comes to the Centre for the Arts in Centreville, Maryland for a two-hour journey into the history of beer. A discussion and display of ingredients and a slide presentation is followed by a tasting of fine area brews and light appetizers.

End your work week with this one-day class on Friday, January 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. The registration deadline is January 20. The cost is $25 for members of the Arts Council and $30 for non-members. Part of a series of classes and events in support of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s annual fundraising event “Small Works: Exhibition and Raffle,” proceeds benefit the Council’s operating funds, special programs and events. G & G Distributors, Inc., is sponsoring this class and providing a variety of beers for sampling.

CBMM offers volunteer docent training beginning February 2

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD is offering training for new and existing docent volunteers at the museum beginning on February 2 and continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout February. The training is free and open to the public, with advanced registration needed.

This training is offered once a year, and prepares participants to lead group tours, interpret the museum’s exhibits, and assist at special events. Anyone who enjoys interacting with people, has a curiosity about the Chesapeake Bay, and would like to help promote the Bay’s cultural heritage is encouraged to participate in CBMM’s volunteer docent training.

The new volunteer orientation from 10 - 11am on Thursday, February 2 will provide the basic information for becoming a museum volunteer. The orientation is followed with a 6-part intensive training program led by CBMM’s Director of Education Kate Livie, with topics ranging from learning about the museum’s exhibits and collections to developing tour group management techniques. Sessions are scheduled for 10am-12:30pm in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium on February 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, and 23. All sessions must be attended to qualify as a museum docent.

Learn About Mentoring At Talbot Mentors Open House

Talbot Mentors will celebrate Thank Your Mentor Day by holding an Open House at its offices on Maryland Avenue in Easton on Thursday, January 26, from noon until 2 p.m. The event is an opportunity for adults interested in learning about mentoring to obtain information and meet current volunteers and staff.

January is National Mentoring Month and the students on Talbot Mentors’ waiting list hope that more individuals in the community will make New Year’s resolutions to volunteer. Each mentor makes a commitment to spend an hour or two each week for a year being a friend to a child in need of an additional adult presence in his or her life.

Current mentors have been invited to attend the Open House and will be available to offer insights about their experiences within the program.

Mediation Center Trains New Volunteers

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center (MSCMC) has fourteen new mediators eager to help the organization peacefully resolve conflicts in the Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot County communities it serves. The adult and teen volunteers recently completed an intensive 45-hour basic mediation training program, conducted by professional trainers from Community Mediation Maryland.

“This was an exceptional class for talent, enthusiasm, teamwork and community spirit,” said Peter Taillie, the Mediation Center’s Executive Director. He emphasized that the goal is to maintain the engagement of these new volunteers on an ongoing basis. Initially, that will take the form of an apprenticeship, where the recruits will observe experienced mediators in action.

A Different New Years Resolution: Finding Edwin a Home

The Greaney Family is already working on their 2012 New Years Resolution – to find a forever home for Edwin. Edwin is an 11-year old boy from Bogota, Colombia who is spending three weeks in Easton with the Greaneys as part of Kidsave International’s Winter Miracles Program.

Kidsave International is a global organization that advocates for and supports the adoption of older children in orphanages and foster care. Host families like the Greaneys welcome a Kidsave child into their home and then use their networks, circles of influence, and the local media to introduce children like Edwin to a family that will adopt them.

“We’re essentially Edwin’s PR agents,” explains Betsy Greaney.“Our job is to tell his story and introduce him to as many people as we can in the short time he is here in the hopes that someone will be inspired to welcome him into their family permanently.”

Edwin was initially placed in Colombian foster care with his brother and sister in 2008. He now lives in an orphanage with a social worker and 25 other children approximately the same age.  After their first visit to the United States with Kidsave in Houston, the organization was unable to find a home for all three children and throughout the course of the past year Edwin’s brother and sister have been adopted separately, leaving Edwin still looking for a forever home.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Learn the Symptoms of a Mental Health Problem and How to Respond

             Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training that teaches the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, and provides individuals with tools to respond to a mental health emergency, until professional help arrives. MHFA provides action steps to take to help someone experiencing early signs of a mental health disorder.   

The 12-hour course will be offered January 20 and 27, from 9am to 4pm, at the offices of Talbot County Emergency Management, 605 Port St., Easton.  Training is provided by state-certified instructors, and class sizes are limited to a maximum of 25 participants.  Thanks to a grant from the Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems, the training is being offered for only $30 per person, which covers the cost of materials.

Holiday Cheer For Local Groups From Hill’s Raffle

Talbot Mentors and Ronald McDonald House received some holiday cheer thanks to Hill’s Soda Fountain & Café in Easton and members of the community who supported its benefit raffle. Diana Trams, Executive Director of Talbot Mentors, thanked café owners Jennifer McCrea and Pam Zak for their generosity in sponsoring the double fundraiser. The drawings were held on December 17, with Talbot Mentors student Korzon Kiah, at left with his mentor Rick Reedy, selecting the winning tickets.

Martha Horner won the Talbot Mentors raffle, which raised more than $300 for the mentoring organization. Korey drew George and Kathy Ireland’s ticket in the second raffle, which raised $173 for Ronald McDonald House. The winners each received customized dessert buffets valued at up to $300.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit www.talbotmentors.org.

Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Funds Physical Therapy Equipment for Denton

Shore Rehabilitation at Denton added a highly versatile training machine to its collection of physical therapy tools thanks to a donation from the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

The Keiser® Infinity Trainer is a multi-functional machine that can be used to exercise any part of the body in a variety of ways. With two adjustable arms to accommodate high and low positions and an assortment of attachments, the equipment gives patients the ability to work on range of motion, strength training, building muscle and power training.

The Infinity Trainer uses air-pressurized resistance, which the physical therapist can adjust by one-tenth of a pound within a range from zero to 106 pounds.

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