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2023 Day of Civility Events

2023 Month of Civility

The Allegany County chapter of Choose Civility will celebrate the county’s first Month of Civility in April 2023, because we couldn’t contain it to one day this year! The Allegany County chapter of Choose Civility was initiated by the Allegany County Library System, the Women’s Action Coalition of Greater Allegany County, and the 2018 class of Leadership Allegany. Choose Civility: Allegany County is a community-wide initiative to position the county as a model of civility by promoting civil conversations and kindness toward others.

The Month of Civility Events:

Mental Health Civility: Navigating Bias and Inclusion

April 6 , 6:00 PM

397 Gira CCIT Building, FSU Campus

A facilitated discussion by the Communication Leadership Lab and students from the CMST 30 Civic Communication class as part of FSU’s #BobcatsAgainstBias week. Questions? Contact Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski at

Choose Civility Days at Allegany College of Maryland

April 12 and 13, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

ACM College Center

Interactive displays and activities in the ACM College Center facilitated by Academic Development, the Teacher Education Program, and the College to Community Partnership Center. Participate in diversity activities that explore acts of prejudice, while offering words of encouragement and support to others.

Women and Girls Health & Wellness Expo

April 19, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Riverside YMCA

Join the Cumberland YMCA, UPMC Western Maryland, and Aetna Better Health of MD for an afternoon of health and wellness information, guest speakers, vendors, and fun games. Activities are free of charge. New this year – man cave!

Photo of author, Theresa Stahl holding a copy of I'm Full.

Eat.Learn.Teach. Discussion and Demonstration

April 26, 10:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Chesapeake Hall Teaching Kitchen, FSU Campus

A snack-based cooking demonstration will be led by Theresa Stahl, local author of I’m Full: Remindful Eating Tips to Feel Great and Make Peace with Your Plate, as the annual leader-in-residence. Co-sponsored by the Leadership Studies program and Wholesome Harvest Co-Op. The discussion will be hosted and facilitated by FSU’s Communication Leadership Lab and students from the CMST 310 Civic Communication class. Questions? Contact Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski at

Food for Fines

April 27, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Allegany County Library System – All Libraries (during operating hours)

On Thursday, April 27th, all branches of the library will accept non-perishable food donations in exchange for library fines. Each donated item will reduce the patron’s library fines by $1.00, up to a maximum of $15.00 per person. Food donations should be within their expiration date, undamaged, and unopened.

Chalk It Up to Civility: A Community Collaboration

April 29, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Frostburg Library

People of all ages are welcome to do some “chalking!” Draw and write inspiring messages, words of encouragement and kindness in the designated areas at the library or take your chalk home to create an inspiring message for your family and neighbors! Take a photo of your chalk drawing and share it with us using the hashtag, #ChalkItUpToCivility.

The goal of Chalk It Up to Civility is to provide an opportunity for a collaborative community conversation in spite of difference, develop consensus in the place of division, and create connectedness in our community.

Participate during Frostburg First’s Spring Arts Walk!