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September 30, 2005

Knitting class



FREDERICK, Md. - The Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center of Maryland will host a knitting class during November. All levels are welcome.

Bring your own supplies.

Space is limited. Call 1-301-694-5800 or send e-mail to aocm@

adelphia.net for information.




YMCA classes



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

  • Annual Fun Day - Sunday, Oct. 2, 1 to 4 p.m. Come enjoy free door prizes, games, activities, inflatables, free refreshments, clowns, tours and more. Everyone is welcome.

  • School's Out Club - Schools are closed Monday, Oct. 10. The club will offer swimming, field trips, crafts and more. The YMCA offers an all-day (6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) program for children in the first through sixth grades.

  • City Basketball League - For students in ninth grade and older. Pick-up style adult basketball league uses the draft system to select players for teams. Registration continues through Saturday, Oct. 15.

  • Tae Kwon Do - For ages 5 and older, runs continuously through the year.

  • Swim team rookie camp - Monday, Oct. 3, through Thursday, Oct. 6, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A free chance to try competitive swimming.

  • Preschool registration - The 2005-06 season is still open. The YMCA offers two-day preschool for 3-year-olds; three-day preschool for 4-year-olds and five-day afternoon preschol for 4-year-olds.


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

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Dental hygiene talk



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A family caregiver support group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the first floor conference room at 218 N. Second St.

The topic will be dental hygiene, which will cover oral health and how it affects your overall health, what causes sensitive teeth, and the connection between gum disease and heart attacks.

The support group is sponsored by Franklin County Area Agency on Aging. For information, call 1-717-263-2153.




Grandparents support



"Kids and Grands," a support group for grandparents as caregivers, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11833 Greenhill Drive in Hagerstown.

The topic of the group will be health insurance and the kinship care program. There will be speakers from Washington County Health Department and Washington County Department of Social Services. The meeting will begin with a light supper. Child care with a craft activity will be provided. The group will meet on the first Tuesday of the month until May.

For information, call Elizabeth Cunningham at 240-420-2297.




Special education workshop



FREDERICK, Md. - Understanding Special Education" will be presented Saturday, Oct. 8, at Frederick County Health Department, Entrance C, 350 Montevue Ave. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is free. The program is limited to 25 participants.

The program is co-sponsored by Families Plus! and Frederick County Public Schools' Partners for Success Program. Child Care Choices continued training credit may be available for childcare providers and foster parents.

For information, call Families Plus! at 1-301-694-9002, send a fax to 1-301-694-3374, send e-mail to families_plus@att.net, or go to www.familiesplus.org.




The public is invited to join Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Saturday, Oct. 15, for a field trip to a 350-acre property in Morgan County, W.Va.

The property, called Eidolon, is a forest habitat west of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., that has been willed to The Nature Conservancy but the Conservancy has not yet taken ownership.

The field trip group will meet at 10 a.m. at the viewpoint on W.Va. 9 across from the Panorama Steak House, 3 and 1/3 miles west of Berkeley Springs, measured from the intersection of W.Va. 9 with U.S. 522 in Berkeley Springs.

Participants should dress appropriately, wear good hiking shoes and bring binoculars.

For information, call Ken or Patsy Hunter at 1-304-725-3936 or send e-mail to phunter@npca.org.




The 14th annual Berkeley County Schools Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, at Musselman High School. Students in all Berkeley County schools in grades kindergarten through 12th grade may participate.

The scholarship pageant will choose a Tiny Miss (kindergarten through second grade); Little Miss (third through fifth grade); Junior Miss (sixth through eighth grade); and Miss Berkeley County Schools (ninth through 12th grade).

The Miss division will award $1,000 in college scholarships. The queen will receive a $500 scholarship; best interview $250; and Shining Star $250.

Information and entry forms are available in the main office of all county schools.

The Junior Miss Pageant will be at 5 p.m. and the Miss at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Tiny Miss will be at 2 p.m. and the Little Miss at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.

This activity benefits the R.S. Dispanet Memorial Scholarship established by the Berkeley County Council PTA in 1972. The $2,400 scholarship is awarded annually to a senior from Hedgesville, Musselman or Martinsburg High School.

Judging will be done by judges from outside of the area. Academic achievement, school activities, community service, and leadership are included in the judging criteria for the Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss categories. A judge's interview is added for the Junior Miss and Miss.

The winners will receive a tiara, banner, trophy, flowers, and a $50 savings bond.

Contestants must be a Berkeley County Schools student. A dress suitable for church is the required apparel. A $30 registration fee can be paid by the entrant or a sponsor. Talent performance is not required.

Admission is $5, adults; $3, students; free for preschool students. Sandwiches, drinks and dessert will be sold.

For information, call Sherry Smith, pageant director at 1-304-229-8502. The deadline for submission of entry forms is Thursday, Oct. 13.

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