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Do you love to sing? Do you miss your “old” singing voice? Sarah Howes, formerly from the Taneytown area, will be teaching a Master Class in voice and singing techniques on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Apples United Church of Christ in Thurmont.

Two sessions will be offered: one for older voices that may want to recapture some of their singing ability, and a session for younger voices to help maximize their technique and confidence in singing. Each session will be approximately four hours long.

To sign up, email paulamathis1@comcast.net and view the advertisement on page 14 for more information.

The Frederick Woman’s Civic Club, Inc. will hold its 57th Annual Mardi Gras, “A Toast to Mardi Gras” Semiformal Gala on Saturday, February 10, 2017, at the Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center in Frederick. The event will feature a silent auction, food tastings, the Royal Court presentation, music and dancing, a travel raffle, and much more! For additional information and Mardi Gras advance tickets, visit www.FWCCINC.ORG  and view the advertisement on page 24 for more details.

On the first Thursday of the month, from now until February 23, come out to Harriet Chapel on Catoctin Furnace Road in Thurmont at noon for Peaceful Thursdays. Mark your calendar for January 4, and bring a sandwich (drinks and snacks will be provided) to have a peaceful break and watch a video series by Max Lucado. You will get a coloring book and journal for a relaxing activity as you watch the video. Drinks and snacks will be provided. View the advertisement on page 16 for more information.

Stultz Fitness Training in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, is holding an Open House on January 6, 2018, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. They are located just minutes from Emmitsburg, Gettysburg, Fairfield, and Thurmont. View the advertisement on page 16 for more information.

On January 13, 2018, the Catoctin High School Class of 2018 Safe & Sane is holding a Winter Dance/Silent Auction at the Thurmont American Legion, featuring the band, Sticktime. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. View the advertisement on page 44 for more information and on how to get your tickets today!

The Maryland Express 16U Girls Softball will host a Bingo on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at the Lewistown Fire Hall, located at 11101 Hessong Bridge Road in Thurmont. Doors open at noon and games begins at 2:00 p.m. The bingo package includes a 6-pack of cards for regular games/jackpot, 50/50’s, WTA, and extra cards sold separately. King Tuts and holder jars will also be sold. One hundred forty tickets must be sold or payouts will be reduced. View the advertisement ad on page 15 for more details and to find out how to get your tickets today!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Keysville Grace United Church of Christ’s Valentine’s Dinner, Taste of Romance, on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Serving times are 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Reservations need to be made by February 5; seating is limited. View the advertisement on page 11 for more information and for how to reserve your seats.

Do you want to share your talent? Are you fourteen to eighteen years old? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, you need to come out to Teen Open Mic Night on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Commodore Recording Studio on East Main Street in Thurmont. View the advertisement on page 38 for more information.

Don’t miss Friday Night Bingo, every Friday night, at the Thurmont Event Complex on Strafford Drive. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Also at the Complex, get your tickets now for You’re Lookin’ at Country, featuring Forever Young, on January 13, 2018. Buffet dinner is included in your ticket price, with a cash bar available. View the advertisement on page 15 for more information about these upcoming not-to-miss events.

Check out all of the programs and activities Frederick County Parks & Recreation offers this winter and spring. There’s something for everyone in the family, including an Art Clinic, a Pickle Ball Drop-in, Zumba, and much more. View the advertisement on page 5 for more information and visit www.recreater.com.