Military retiree muster The Fort Detrick All Service Retiree Council is holding a Military Retiree Muster at the AMVETS, Post 2, 702 E. South St., Frederick, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. All service’s military retirees, surviving spouses and family members are invited to attend the muster. Speakers will give a briefing on tax changes — federal and state income and local property taxes. Food and drink are available for purchase. For additional information or to be added to the All Service Retiree Council email contact list, email the Council at

South Mountain Crocheters to meetThe South Mountain Crocheters, a chapter of CGOA, meets the second and last Tuesday of the mont from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1305 N. Market St., Frederick; enter from the alley into the back parking area. For Tuesday’s meeting, bring your WIPS to work on and completed projects to share. For more information, visit the Facebook page: South Mountain Crocheters. All are welcome.

Knitting group meetingKnitters’ Night Out, Chix with Stix will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Common Market, 5728 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. For more information, call 301-694-2328.

Archaeology finds topic of MAS meetingStephen Israel, retired professional archaeologist from Baltimore, will speak on the project he initiated, Maryland Archaeology Past Portraits Project, which is a survey of avocational and professional archaeologists throughout the state. Israel will emphasize those surprising finds from Frederick County. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room at the C. Burr Artz Library, 110 E. Patrick St, Frederick. The meeting is free and open to the public. If Frederick County Public Schools are closed or close early because of inclement weather, the presentation will be rescheduled. For more information, visit the Monocacy Archeological Society’s web page at

Genealogy lectureThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 199 North Place, Frederick, will host a free genealogy lecture titled “Did Your Ancestors Marry at a Gretna Green?” at 7 p.m. Thursday. Roslyn Torella will discuss the history of Gretna Green, common Gretna Greens in the U.S. and how to find marriage records. The event is sponsored by the Frederick Maryland Family History Center. For more information, call 240-818-1937.

RSVP to attend NARFE 409 meeting Feb. 21The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Frederick Chapter 409 will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 21 at the American Legion, 1450 Taney Ave., Frederick. Doors open at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon and program at 1 p.m. The program will be Frederick County Recycling presented by Rebecca Culler. Reservations are required by Friday. Send a check for $16 per person to NARFE Chapter 409, P.O. Box 1716, Frederick, MD 21702. Call 301-694-8003 for membership. For luncheon information call 301-831-6285.

Vegetable gardening seminarThe University of Maryland Extension Frederick County Master Gardeners will present a free seminar, “Basic Vegetable Gardening and Seed Saving,” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the UME Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick. This overview covers how to plan, locate, plant and maintain a vegetable garden. Find out which plants are best started from seed and when. See firsthand how to start and plant seeds. Register online:, or call Erin Kline at 301-600-1595. Doors open 30 minutes prior to start times. Walk-ins are welcome if there is room.

MHS Class of 1982 Valentine’s Day danceThe Middletown High School Class of 1982 reunion committee will host a Valentine’s dance 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Middletown Amvets Post #9, 408 W. Green St., Middletown. The cost is $10 per person and proceeds will benefit the class reunion fund. DJ Jerry will be playing tunes. For tickets, call Rick at 301-371-5115.

Garden plot applications now availableRenewal registration for community garden plots at Willow Brook for 2020 is open and applications are due by Feb. 28. Any resulting vacancies will be advertised and opened to the general public. Plots are available only to city residents. The City of Frederick Parks and Recreation Department maintains two areas that residents can apply to use as a community garden space. These areas are the Hargett/West Side Regional Park, which has 55 plots, and Willow Brook Park, which has 17 plots. Each plot requires an application and costs $60. More information regarding these plots and availability can be found at Questions may be directed to Sarah Stamper, office manager, Parks and Recreation, at 301-600-1173.

Free tax prep dayNational Tax Day is Feb. 22 and Frederick County AARP Tax-Aide Foundation will hold a one-day free tax prep service for anyone at Crestwood Village Clubhouse, 6902 Crabapple Drive, Frederick. The service includes e-file for both federal and state returns. Appointments are required. Call 301-830-5288 make an appointment.

FBPW scholarship applications due Feb. 28The Frederick Business & Professional Women’s Club Inc. is seeking female residents of Frederick County who have completed at least one year of college, have academic goals and professional promise and also demonstrate financial need to apply for a scholarship. Graduating high school seniors and those who have already earned at least a bachelor’s degree are not eligible. The process includes three letters of reference — two professional and one personal and all not related to the applicant — dated after the applicant receives the application and mailed by the references directly to the scholarship chair; and a copy of the most recent college or post-high school transcript. All are to be mailed to: Scholarship, Frederick Business & Professional Women’s Club Inc., P.O. Box 1045, Frederick MD 21702-1045. Applications and all details can be found at or email

Burkittsville Ruritan scholarships availableThe Burkittsville Ruritan Club and Ladies Auxiliary will provide at least three scholarships in 2020. The Ruritan Club will award at least one scholarship for $1,000 to a student at Brunswick High School and at least one $1,000 scholarship to a student at Middletown High School. The Ladies Auxiliary will award one scholarship for $1,000. To qualify, applicants must be graduating from Brunswick or Middletown in 2020 and planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university or a certified trade or business school. Applications are available at the guidance counselor office at each school, and must be complete and returned by April 30. Scholarships will be selected based on a combination of academic achievement, essay, school and community activities, character and financial need.

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