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HCC presents Collegefest 2000

April 26, 2000

Hagerstown Community College's Collegefest 2000 celebration is set for Sunday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is to celebrate the grand opening and open house for the new Learning Resource Center and Amphitheater.

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Rain or shine, the free event will feature many activities and booths. Local school choruses and bands will perform, and area firefighters will demonstrate safety techniques for the home. The U.S. National Park Service will take part and the SPCA will sponsor a petting area.

Michael Shwedick will present his live Reptile World at noon and 2 p.m. in the new Alumni Association Amphitheater. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Shwedick will feature a variety of unique reptiles, including a prehistoric turtle found near the Mississippi River 26 years ago. He also will showcase a tropical lizard from Brazil, an American alligator, a 3-year-old African crocodile, a 2-year-old Anaconda, a Mexican milk snake, an Indian cobra and an Albino Rock Python. The performances are for all ages.

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Clowns and jugglers will stroll around campus creating balloon animals for children.

Youngsters may participate in face painting, a children's craft area, moon bounce and may see Ronald McDonald perform.

Children will have plenty of entertainment to keep them busy while parents tour the campus and become informed about HCC programs and classes, pottery techniques and sales, history lessons from Civil War encampment demonstrations and learn about opportunities available for children as they tour the Children's Learning Center, HCC's day-care center.

Singer and songwriter Ryan Miller will perform, members of Frostburg State University Round-About Theater will present "Jack and the Beanstalk" at 1 p.m. in Kepler Theater, and HCC cheerleaders will perform throughout the day. John DuRant's "Old World Troubadour" and the Rob Caruthers and Cloggers Rock and Candy group also will perform throughout the day. The North Hagerstown High School drama club will perform "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at 11 a.m.

The Hawk - HCC's mascot - and other costumed characters will walk around campus.

The celebration features a Big Rig Truck Review, and The Classic Car Group for Children Inc.'s antique and classic cars. There will be giveaways and a variety of door prizes available.

The community also is invited to tour HCC's new Alumni Association Amphitheater. Several tours will be provided throughout the day as well as tours of the new $9 million Learning Resource Center.

Food vendors will be on hand. There will be a live radio remote broadcast. There also will be displays and demonstrations in the Learning Resource Center that will highlight many of the courses of study at the college. Prospective and current students may register for fall 2000 courses and summer school classes at the festivities.

For information on Collegefest 2000, call 301-766-4HCC.

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