Fairs and festivals
Saturday, July 27
Festival for Better Living
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The festival focuses on increasing quality of life and will feature a variety of local exhibitors, food vendors and children's activities. Entertainment includes MIX 95.1 and Big Marge. Wilson College, Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave. Free. Call 1-717-262-4754 for information.
Friday, July 26
Trains for Kids to Run
Featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, a construction train, circus train, and a McDonald's train on a toy train railroad designed for children to operate. Also, indoor riding train for small children. Continues Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. $3 adults; 50 cents ages 12 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.
ARTS Express! program
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Babette Wenerd will present "Rhythm of Life," a hands-on activity for children looking at a variety of music from different cultures, from the United States to Africa. For grades 2 to 5. Ragged Edge Library, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required. Call Ragged Edge Library, 1-717-264-9963.
Saturday, July 27
Mime and moral lessons
FREDERICK, Md. - Part of the 2002 Summerfest Family Theatre program, the Jokesters present a nonverbal show, mixing mime with audience participation to make the kids the stars of the show. Later, big costumes and props are utilized to teach moral lessons through laughter. Michelle Orey, Miss Frederick, will open the show with a dance number. Baker Park, North Bentz Street. 7 p.m. Free.
Meet at all trail heads and get a litter bag and help pick up litter as you ride along the Western Maryland Rail Trail or the C&O Canal. All day. Call 301-842-2155.
Regular show, 25-lap late model, 20-lap HTMA late model sportsman, 15-lap Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stock. Hagerstown Speedway, Alt. U.S. 40. 6:30 p.m. $9, ages 11 and younger admitted free; pit insurance $16. Call 301-582-0640.
Monday, July 29
"Cats and Bats"
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Adams County Traveling Children's Theater presentation featuring 12 local children ages 8 to 15. Appearances include Monday, July 29, 3 and 7 p.m. at Gettysburg Recreation Park Amphitheater; Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 p.m. at Amelia Givens Library, Mount Holly Springs, Pa.; Wednesday, July 31, 7 p.m. at Oakside Community Park, Biglerville, Pa.; Thursday, Aug. 1, 3:30 p.m. at YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County, and at 7 p.m. at Hickory Bridge Farm, Orrtanna, Pa.; and Friday, Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. at Drummer Boy Camping Resort, Gettysburg.
Hooked On Fishing
Summer clinic program at Greenbrier State Park (afternoons only), 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro. Next classes are Monday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug. 9. Ages 7 to 10, 8 to 11 a.m.; ages 11 to 16, noon to 3 p.m. Early registration is required. Call 1-877-620-8DNR, ext. 8746 or 8721.
Tuesday, July 30
Bead art for children
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - "Indian Lore and Bead Craft" for grades two through five. The instructor is Barb Peshkin. ARTS Express! is a free summer fine arts program. Tuesday, July 30, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Coyle Free Library; and Friday, Aug. 2, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ragged Edge Library. To register, call Coyle Free Library at 1-717-263-1054 or Ragged Edge at 1-717-264-9663.
Stories for special needs kids
MIDDLETOWN, Md. - As part of Families Plus!'s ongoing "Exploring the Arts" program for children, storyteller Martha Harrison will share stories and related activites in an interactive morning of fun for children with special needs, their siblings and friends. The program is geared to elementary school children and registration is required. Christ Church Children's Center, 12 S. Church St., Middletown. Space is limited. Call 1-301-694-9002 to register.
Thursday, Aug. 1
Giant panda birthday party