FSK Lions to host local authorLori Swerda will speak to the Francis Scott Key Lions Club Tuesday about her book, “Star-Spangled Scandal,” a historical fiction about the Francis Scott Key family. It features local landmarks, Frederick history and prominent historical figures. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Frederick VFW, 5901 Old National Pike, preceded by dinner at Capital Crave at 6 p.m. For reservations, contact Toni Gray, treasurer, at 240-626-6030.

Public forum on charter review in UrbanaThe League of Women Voters of Frederick County will host a public forum on the topic of charter review from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Urbana Regional Library, Natelli Room, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. The Charter Document, as amended on Nov. 6, 2018, establishes a Charter Review Commission to review the provisions of the charter and make recommendations for any changes to the County Council within 12 months of the commission’s creation. Two speakers will provide an update of the Charter Review Commission work to date. Stephen Slater, who is chairman of the Charter Commission, and Walter Olson, a Charter Commission member, will explain the processes they have put in place to guide and manage their work. They will also be prepared to answer any questions from the audience. For more information, visit my.lwv.org/maryland/frederick-county.

Archeologist’s talk to commemorate Jamestown’s 400th anniversaryCourtesy of Heritage Frederick, one of the nation’s leading archeologists will speak at Hood College in Frederick at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dr. William Kelso will be the featured speaker at Heritage Frederick’s 2019 Parsons Newman Lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public. Kelso (Hon.) CBE, FSA is the emeritus director of archeology and research at the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation. In 1607, lured by the promise of gold in Virginia and a western trade route to China, a band of adventurers formed the first enduring English settlement in the New World at Jamestown. Civil unrest, power struggles, Indian wars, drought, starvation, and cannibalism plagued the early years. The site of that first settlement, James Fort, was long thought to have been lost to river erosion. Kelso thought otherwise. Twenty-five years of on-going discoveries by Kelso and his team of archaeologists proved that the lost site survived on dry land. In 2019, the 400th anniversary of two seminal Jamestown events, the meeting of America’s first democratic assembly and the first arrival of Africans, are being commemorated. Kelso is the author of numerous books on historical archaeology including the award-winning “Jamestown, The Buried Truth” (2006) and “Jamestown, The Truth Revealed” (2017). Books will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.For details, visit www.frederickhistory.org or call 301-663-1188, ext. 107.

Sears employee reunionAll former employees and retirees of the Sears store on Patrick Street in Frederick are invited to a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Flaming Grill Restaurant, 1003 W. Patrick St., Frederick. All spouses, guests and current employees are invited. Lunch is on your own. For details, call Odetta at 301-524-0580.

Hallelujah Halloween partyOn Saturday, Emmanuel Trinity Lutheran Church, 4004 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick, will hold a community Hallelujah Halloween party from noon to 2 p.m. There will be a hayride, pumpkins, food, a story and crafts. Halloween costumes are encouraged, but not necessary. Open to all. For more information, contact the church at 301-624-5838.

Fall festival and trunk-or-treatBrook Hill United Methodist Church, 8964 Indian Springs Road, Frederick, will host a fall festival and trunk-or-treat from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church. Admission is free. Indoor and outdoor games with prizes, crafts, costume parade, hay rides, hot dogs with fixings and beverages. The church “chefs” will have a chili cook-off. All events indoors if it rains. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/y238bhsx.

Holiday gift drive underwayThe Frederick County Department of Social Services is sponsoring their annual Holiday Gift Drive. Over the years, many offices, groups, families and individuals have volunteered to help spread holiday joy by participating in this program. Last year, thanks to generous donations from community donors and sponsors, the Frederick DSS was able to support 553 children, families, home-bound senior citizens and vulnerable adults. The need is likely to be even greater this year. Those who volunteer to sponsor are provided an information sheet about the family or person(s) they are helping. Then gifts are purchased, wrapped and brought to the Department on designated delivery dates. Social workers will then distribute the gifts to their clients. For more information, contact Becky Rice at Becky.Rice1@maryland.gov or 301-600-4536.

Application process open for ag grantsStudents in Frederick County public schools benefit each year from generous citizen donations through the Community Foundation of Frederick County. This past school year, more than $8,100 in earnings from donated funds supported student-enrichment projects. FCPS has posted applications online for the 2019-20 Franklin and Bess Gladhill Fund for Agricultural Education and the FCPS Gifts for Education Fund at www.fcps.org (under Timely Topics on the home page). Public school students, families, employees and any public schools, departments and program areas wishing to support student enrichment or enhance student learning through innovative means may apply for grant funding. FCPS encourages collaborations that will combine and maximize resources. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Nov. 14. For more information, call 301-696-6855 or email Doreen.Bass@fcps.org.

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