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Running to the Aid of Talbot County’s Youth

100 Local Marathoners Raise Money for YMCA Facility

Local Runners Celebrate!Local Runners Celebrate!

Easton, Maryland — To create positive change in their communities, some people run for political office; others run charitable organizations.

And some people, like those volunteering with Marathon ROCKS, run 26.2 miles.

Beginning May 9, approximately 100 local residents will train to run at least one marathon or half marathon in the fall. Their goal (aside from crossing the finish line) will be to raise money for the new youth development facility (scheduled to open in 2010) at the YMCA in Easton.

Under the coaching support of Amy Eutsey and Lea Ann Robinson, co-founders of Marathon ROCKS, Mid-Shore runners will train for the Virginia Beach Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon (September 6) or the Marine Corps Marathon (October 25). Some will even run both. To participate in the 18- or 26-week training programs—which welcome everyone from non-runners to hard-core athletes—participants agree to raise at least $1,000 in donations for the YMCA youth facility.

Artworks Announces New Clay Studio Classes

Artworks in ChestertownArtworks in Chestertown
Artworks community craft and art center, headquartered in Chestertown, has issued a preview of Winter/Spring clay workshops and classes at its studio now open at the Arts at Still Pond Station on Still Pond Creek in Worton, MD. A variety of classes and an opportunity for independent work are available. New equipment, made possible by a generous donation, gives Artworks a first-class clay studio including a computerized kiln, slab roller, pug mill and six pottery wheels.

Space at the former U.S. Coast Guard Station in Worton, now The Arts at Still Pond Station, lends itself well to the craft of pottery. With help from the Kent County Parks and Recreation Department, the facility has been transformed into an arts center with rented art studios as well as public space for functions and exhibits. Artworks now has the only public clay facility on the Upper Eastern Shore.

“Beginning Potters Wheel” with Joan Reed is an eight week class meeting on Thursdays from 9:30 to Noon. The winter session is January 29 to March 19; The spring session is April 9 to May 28.

Finding Calm Amidst Chaos

Focus on the PositiveFocus on the Positive

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

It's THAT time of year again. The calendar is taking on a life of it's own - and our to-do lists and obligations threaten to overwhelm us. We feel burdened at what should be a time of celebration, family and friends.

I want to focus on what's important: laughter, love, friendship and community. To do so, I need to banish the demon of perfectionism that hovers behind my ear, continually whispering that I'm falling behind, that I'm not good enough, that I'll never get things right. What does that demon know, anyway? (read more)

Knitting? Kno Problem!

Ok, here's the thing. It takes awhile for my talent to catch up with my imagination. (think...millennium) I can visualize something quite clearly - producing it...well, that's another story.

Case in point: I have been actively attempting to knit a baby hat and kimono for my nephew's new son. I've been working for over a month, the baby arrived yesterday. There's a small caveat - I don't knit. Well, I've made lumpy scarves - but that's it.

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My Winter Garden

The Winter Garden: Strawberry, asparagus and tomato patchThe Winter Garden: Strawberry, asparagus and tomato patch

by Polly Irons

I visited my garden today, the first time in over a week. I was not looking forward to seeing the perennial grasses popping up all over the vegetable and flower beds. To my surprise the grass, I believe it to be Kentucky blue grass, is throughout all the beds and is forming a nice turf in all the wrong places. I shrugged my shoulders and said, "Oh, well, it will wait until spring."

The weeks prior I had spent endless hours pulling and hoeing the grass. With the cool damp weather upon us, hoeing would not kill it. It resprouted everywhere I hoed it to. With the grass barely one quarter inch high, pulling was like plucking your eyebrows with your fingers.

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Explore Your Creative Side in Cambridge!

Artist at workArtist at work
Learn something new! Painting, drawing, pottery, and more!

Dorchester Center for the Arts, Inc., formed in 1970, is dedicated to enriching Maryland's Eastern Shore community through high quality, engaging programming in the visual, literary, musical and performing arts. A non-profit organization, the Center for the Arts is situated on Historic High Street in Cambridge where it offers gallery shows, arts classes and an artisans' gift shop.

The Center for the Arts is home for artists in all media -- drawing; painting, including watercolor, pastels, and oils; basketry; pottery; quilting; photography....

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