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Around North Hagerstown

May 02, 2006

Good afternoon!

What a splendid spring we are lucky to be experiencing this year! The bright colors of the tulips, daffodils, pansies, irises and primroses, not to mention the lovely flowers on the dogwoods, magnolias, Bradford pears and cherry trees, are a real treat for the eyes to behold. I hope that you and your family are taking the time to experience the ever-so-fleeting beauty of the season!

Greenhouse open

The entrepreneurship classes at Washington County Technical High School have announced the opening of the school greenhouse. The greenhouse will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

You'll find a beautiful abundance of colorful plants of many varieties for all your spring gardening projects available for purchase - whether you wish to create whimsical container gardens, a stylized or formal garden, or fill any sized flower bed with bursts of spring color!

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For more information, log on to www.scoresup.com or by contact the school at 301-766-8050.

Lioness Club

The Hagerstown Lioness Club will meet Thursday, May 4, in the Grand Venice Hotel Ballroom, 431 Dual Highway. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The evening's guest speaker will be Jonna Mendez, a retired CIA intelligence officer. She will speak to the group on "Espionage - A CIA Career."

All guest reservations and all cancellations must be made no later than this evening, May 1, by calling the attendance chair at 301-790-0913. Guests are welcome.

Kids' Stuff Yard Sale

Looking to buy maternity clothes and slightly used children's items? You don't want to miss the Spring Kids' Stuff Yard Sale to be held Saturday, May 6, from 7 a.m. to noon at Robinwood Medical Center, silver entrance parking lot, rain or shine. The proceeds of the sale benefit the Washington County Hospital Perinatal Bereavement Program and The Learning Center.

Spring craft show

A spring craft-flower-garden and gift show will be held Saturday, May 6, at the new Venice Hotel Grand Ballroom and parking lot, 431 Dual Highway, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The show will feature more than 50 vendors of hand-crafted items, including flowers, hanging baskets, flower pot arrangements, jewelry, primitives, pottery, purses and much more, all in time for Mother's Day gift-giving!

Admission is free and donations will be accepted for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life program. A huge floral arrangement also will be raffled off with raffle proceeds to benefit Relay for Life.

The craft show is in need of high school students who wish to earn community service hours helping vendors unload, carrying packages to cars, passing out fliers and working the raffle table. Students may choose to work any time or any portion of the day. Those students interested in earning community service hours should call Linda Williams at 301-582-1233 or 301-331-1233.

Inspiration Walk

The annual Inspiration Walk 2006 for Washington County Special Olympics will be held on Saturday, May 6, at Fairgrounds Park. Registration takes place at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m.

The funds raised will go toward providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports to children and adults with mental and physical disabilities, thus giving these athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. For contribution forms, please call Toni Nelson at 301-739-7331.

Museum Ramble

The Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites (WCAMHS) is sponsoring the county's third annual Museum Ramble on Saturday May 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, May 7, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The ramble is a great way to sample of some of the more than 30 local museums in the county. The event will again be a self-guided tour. Most of the participating museums have opened their doors free of charge. Maps and directions to all the sites, as well as complimentary light refreshments, can be obtained at the Visitor Welcome Center at 16 Public Square in downtown Hagerstown. Not only are visitors invited to view museum collections and learn about the various unique features of this extraordinary county, but most of the organizations also have planned surprises.

Stop in at the Visitor Welcome Center for more information and take the weekend to explore the vast riches our county museums have to offer.

Goretti News

The school year is winding down, but there's still a lot happening at Goretti High. On Wednesday, May 3, the gallant Gaels will play at Municipal Stadium - come out and cheer the Gaels on as they take on Mercersburg beginning at 7 p.m.

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