Thursday, September 23, 2021

Guest Post: MetroWashington Ear invites you to a play!

A post from our partners:

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Dear MWE Listener,

Here is an opportunity to attend a play about baseball in a real ballpark. Arena Stage has arranged a unique showing of the play Toni Stone that is currently playing at their theater. As the play is presented live onstage at Arena, it will also be simulcast at the Nationals Park on the Jumbotron on Sunday evening, September 26th at 7:30 pm. The event at Nats Park is free. Our veteran audio describer Rita Tehan will be at Nats Park to provide live audio description for the simulcast for any blind individual who may wish to attend. Arena Stage expects 4,000 people to attend at Nats Park., including active military, veterans, and first responders. You can attend this very unique event free of charge! However, I must mention that parking is not free; the cost is $25.00. The event can also be reached by Metro. The event will go on rain or shine! The ballpark and food/drink vendors will open two hours prior to the event. 

Below is a summary of the play from the Arena Stage website:  

“Considered a trailblazer, Toni Stone is the first woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, also making her the first woman to play professionally in a men’s league. Against all odds, Stone shattered expectations and created her own set of rules in the male-dominated sports world. Award-winning playwright Lydia R. Diamond tells the dynamic story of Stone’s journey of perseverance and resilience to do what she loved the most — play baseball.

*Rated PG13. Contains coarse and mature language that may not be appropriate for younger audiences.”

Reservations are not needed. Walk-ups on the day of the event are welcome! There is no baseball game scheduled for that night, but it promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining evening in a truly unique setting for theater.

With all good wishes,


Neely Oplinger

Executive Director

Metropolitan Washington Ear Inc

12061 Tech Road

Silver Spring, MD 20904


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was chosen by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as

"one of the best small charities in the Washington, DC, region.”

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Marylandia Collection Update


Marylandia Collection Update

Contributed by Jordan Farinelli, Collection Development Librarian

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September 2021

Shiver me timbers! Did you know that pirates roamed the Chesapeake Bay for hundreds of years? Maryland has a rich storied past, full of looting and treasure hunts. Check out this title, newly available on BARD, to learn more.

U.S. History

DBC 12542 – Pirates of Maryland : Plunder and High Adventure in the Chesapeake Bay, by Mark P. Donnelly and Daniel Diehl, narrated by Barbara Anderson

For nearly 200 years, pirates and privateers were major players in Chesapeake Bay history. Yet even though they victimized colonial ships, pirates were often tolerated by governors, merchants and citizens of the colonies in their growing desire to be independent from England. Most pirates, though, led hard lives and died early. Despite the brutal life onboard and the likelihood of injury or death, the slim possibility of financial reward was still a strong incentive. Full of high adventure, dastardly deeds, and newly uncovered lore, Pirates of Maryland features such famous characters as Joseph Wheland, Capt. William Kidd, Capt. Richard Ingle, and William Claiborne and recounts stories of the Patuxent and Potomac blockades, the Chesapeake Bay Flotilla, and the Battle of Bladensburg.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Technology User Group Meeting

Contributed by Jerry Price, Assistive Technology Specialist

On Saturday, October 2, the Technology User Group will take a close look at health resources, apps and gadgets.  There are thousands of health resources available, but if they lack accessibility, they will be of little use to you.  We will be looking at many aspects of health and showcasing some of the best resources.  Please note that for this event and the event in November, we are meeting on the first Saturday of the month.

All Technology User Group meetings are virtual and may be joined by calling 319-527-4994.  You do not need to RSVP for this event.  The presentation will begin at 10 AM and last about an hour.

We look forward to meeting with you virtually on Saturday, October 2, and hope that you will join us for other exciting events we have planned for 2021.

If you would like to listen to previous TUG recordings, please click here:

Upcoming TUG Programs:

  • Saturday, November 6, 10 AM, Assistive Technology Gifts for the Holidays.
  • Saturday, December 11, 10 AM, Changes Coming to Assistive Technology in 2022.

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For more information about the Technology User Group, please contact Jerry Price at (410) 230-2446 or via email at