Go, Do, Learn

March 11, 2005

Course on blending families

FREDERICK, Md. - "Parent-Power: Preparing for and Blending Second Families" a seven-week course, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 15 and 22, April 5, 12, 19, and 26, and May 3, at Families Plus!, 35 E. Church St.

The course will cover topics that include preparing to marry into a family with children, dropping the baggage attached to first marriages, presenting a united front to the children, dealing with birth parents, establishing relationships with stepchildren, managing family stress and anger, and creating healthy boundaries. This free program is co-sponsored by the Mental Health Association and Families Plus!

To register, call Families Plus! at 1-301-694-9002, send a fax to 1-301-694-3374 or send e-mail to

YMCA programs offered

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro YMCA will offering the following programs:

· March Madness 3 on 3 Tournament -Sunday, March 20, boys, girls, co-ed double elimination. Two age groups: grades seven through nine, and grades 10 through 12. Register by Monday, March 14.


· Before and After School Care - Kindergarten through sixth grade. Before school from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., and after school from 3:20 to 6 p.m. Limited space is available.

· Spring Lifeguard Class - Friday through Sunday, May 7 to May 15. Registration will begin Monday, April 4.

· Lifeguard/Professional Rescuer CPR Recertification Challenge - Sunday, May 22, challenge only. No review. Certification will be valid before opening weekend. Registration begins Monday, April 18.

· Ballroom Dancing - All ages are invited to learn dances such as the waltz, foxtrot, tango and more. Class meets at 7:39 p.m. Tuesdays and the second Friday of every month.

For information, call 1-717-762-6012.

Advance planning for Hospice

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Hospice of the Panhandle will offer "Advance Care Planning is for Everyone," at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court.

Kathie Campbell from Hospice of the Panhandle will present a program on advance directives.

The program is free; advance registration is required. For information or to register, call 1-304-264-0406.

Mediation training orientation

Washington County Community Mediation Center will hold a 50-hour mediation training course for potential volunteers in early April.

Mediation is a process used to peacefully resolve conflict. WCCMC can mediate conflicts between participants in a variety of areas - family member conflicts, divorce, neighbor-to-neighbor, consumer-business, employee-employer, co-workers, roommates, small claims, landlord-tenant, troubled relationships, school conflicts, land use issues and court referrals.

The course is free to any adult or teen resident of Washington County who qualifies to participate.

An orientation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, to address those interested and qualified to participate in the basic 50-hour mediation course. The orientation class also will address any questions about the training course and what WCCMC expects from each participant.

The basic 50-hour mediation training course dates and times are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Sunday, April 3, Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10; and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 4, Tuesday, April 5, Thursday, April 7, and Monday, April 11.

For information, call 301-665-9262 or send e-mail to

Karate clinic

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Grandmaster Leo Fong will conduct a three-hour Wei Kune Do karate clinic from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Otterbein United Methodist Church, 549 N. Queen St. The cost is $25 per person, payable at the door, with a $10 charge for ages 12 and younger. The clinic is sponsored by the South Central Tae Kwon Do Association of Martinsburg and is designed for students regardless of style or experience.

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