Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Rotary Club members help give arts center a facelift

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At least 25 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek along with family members and friends spent an entire Saturday painting hallways and general areas at the Cultural Arts Center.

Located in the heart of downtown Frederick in a converted McCrory’s five and dime store location, the Cultural Arts Center is an arts venue where actors, dancers, musicians and artists of every discipline can affordably work, rehearse, perform, teach classes and conduct workshops.

Ruritans scholarshipavailable

The Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club will offer two $1,500-scholarships to deserving students — one to a 2008 high school graduate and one to a current college student. To qualify, the student needs to have been accepted in a college program or a trade school, a community college, or any qualifying post-high school program of study.

The award is limited to individuals who live in the Linganore and Walkersville High School districts. Applications are available in the guidance offices at both schools. Applications are due by April 21.

The winners will be announced in May. For more information, call 301-898-7951.

Habitat opens ReStore

Habitat for Humanity of Frederick officially opened its ReStore on Jan. 19. Federal, state, county and local elected officials, past and present Habitat Board members, volunteers and the public attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the East Patrick Street site near the Fairgrounds.

ReStore represents an increased emphasis on environmental responsibility in the Frederick community, according to a press release.

ReStore will sell to the public at a fraction of retail prices overstocked, discontinued or used but still usable building materials, furniture, and miscellaneous household items.

As a result these still useful materials will not end up in the local landfill. Habitat hopes to generate income from sales to build additional affordable homes in Frederick County.

ReStore occupies the premises of the former ReUse Center at 1109 E. Patrick St., Frederick, near the Fairgrounds. Habitat recently took over the Center and doubled its size with the lease of another building.

The program included proclamations by Juliana Albowicz, Senator Barbara Mikulski’s Western Maryland representative, Frederick County Commissioner Kai Hagan and Ric Adams of the Frederick Chamber of Commerce.Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and Habitat officials offered brief remarks. The program concluded with ReStore and Habitat officials cutting the ribbon. The Frederick ReStore is one of over 400 similar stores across the United States successfully operated by Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

Some affiliates with populations similar to that of Frederick post high and growing revenues, enough to build new homes on a regular basis. Frederick Habitat hopes to be able to do the same.

For more information, call 301-662-2988. For a complete list of acceptable items to donate, visit www.frederickhabitat.org.

Is your nonprofit group doing something to make a difference in the community? Send news for Service Notes to Katie Champion by calling 301-846-2128, e-mail kchampion@gazette.net or fax items to 301-846-2124.