Go, Do, Learn

March 19, 2004

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Adams County Arts Council's annual Recyclable Art Contest is underway. The show will be held Saturday, April 24, at Gettysburg Agricultural Center on Old Harrisburg Road. Public viewing of entries will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Winners will be announced at noon, and an artists' reception will follow.

The contest has expanded to include all Adams County schools, home-schoolers, Scout troops and other student organizations with members in eighth grade and lower. Cash prizes will be awarded for each age level of competition. All participants will receive a certificate of achievement.

Teachers and parents can encourage the children to create art of trash and possibly turn it into a little cash.

The criteria for judging is:

  • Integration and transformation - how the recycled items are incorporated into the project to transform the items into a piece of art.

  • Creativity and individuality - how does the work reflect the ideas of using recycled materials to produce a work that stands out.

  • Presentation - how the child pulls his/her materials together to create a neat, clearly formed piece of art.

Entry dropoff will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, and Thursday, April 22, at the agricultural center. Contributors should make arrangements to retrieve the entries during or immediately following the reception.


For information, call the arts council office at 1-717-334-5006 or send e-mail to

Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys, ages 11 to 13, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, and Friday, April 9, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Registration for the two-day program is open until Friday, March 26. The class is sponsored by Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate program that teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. The cost is $35. To register, call 1-304-728-1693.

Safe Sitter participants also receive tips to make them more confident caregivers. They can learn safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They also receive information on child development and age-appropriate activities. Participants also can learn about the business aspects of baby-sitting.

To successfully complete the program, students must pass a practical and written test.

To register, call Val Penick at Jefferson Memorial Hospital at 1-304-728-1693.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - War Memorial Park's preschool will hold an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15. Parents are invited, without their children, to visit the classroom, meet teachers and learn about the facility and program.

The preschool is in the bath house at War Memorial Park. Class size is limited, and registration for the 2004-05 school will be accepted at the open house.

For information, call Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation at 1-304-264-4842.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation is holding registration for the spring session of Flip Over Gymnastics. Two four-week sessions are being offered. All applications must be accompanied with the registration fee. Class registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information, call Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation at 1-304-264-4842 or visit the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center, 273 Woodbury Ave.

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