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Around North Hagerstown

May 16, 2006

BATJ Dance Recitals

More than 350 dance students under direction of Ranelle W. Flurie will perform in two shows at The Maryland Theatre on Saturday, May 20.

The 2 p.m. show features younger dance students ages 3 through 10 years starting with those adorable "baby ballerinas" or "Tiny Treasures."

The ballet section continues with the next age group, or "Precious Jewels," and culminates with the children's ballet "Little Gemstones."

Jazz is in the form of "Retro" with music from the '70s and '80s and tap dancers perform to the program "Urban Beats." Beginning the show is a modern piece titled "Oblique." The show's finale features the dance studio's 14 seniors who personally choreographed their own performances.

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The 7 p.m. performance includes the studio's intermediate and advanced dance students. The program begins with a modern piece, followed by jazz, tap and hip-hop specialties. Exciting and always original, the pointe ballet segment of this year's performance features props and music from various Circe de Soleils. Following the pointe ballet are the advanced jazz performances and the 14 senior performances.

For the first time, tickets are required to attend these two shows. Cost per ticket is $5 - you may purchase tickets at The Maryland Theatre box office or by calling the theater at 301-790-2000. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Ballet and All That Jazz dance program, which is part of the C-SAFE initiative. This group of young dancers will also perform during the matinee.

For further information, call Ballet and All That Jazz at 301-797-2100 or at www.balletandallthatjazz.com.

Best wishes to all the BATJ dancers, including my daughter, Tori, on your upcoming performances this Saturday!

Mayfest Garden Tour

St. John's Episcopal Church is sponsoring a Mayfest Garden Tour on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring six gardens in and around the North End. Proceeds of the garden tour are designated to benefit REACH Caregivers of Washington County and the Historic Preservation of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at St. John's Episcopal Church Office, 101 S. Prospect St.; by calling 301-733-2560; or at each of the tour's featured gardens on the day of the tour.

Kids Alive Fest

The 15th annual Kids Alive Fest will be held Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Children's Village of Washington County, 1546 Mt. Aetna Road.

The free event, which is also an open house and fundraiser for Children's Village, will be held rain or shine. Highlights of the event include a magic show and K-9 and auto extrication demonstrations. The Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. will host the auto extrication scheduled for 11:30 a.m. The Maryland Correctional Institution will host the K-9 demonstration scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. The magic show begins at 1:30 p.m.

Also planned are car seat safety checks in the nearby Brethren Mutual Insurance parking lot; child identification events courtesy of Gaye McGovern Insurance Agency, State Farm Insurance; family safety stations; a kids' Junior Firefighters Combat Challenge; tours of the "Power of Fire" house; bike raffles; an appearance by Sparky the fire dog; and weather permitting, mini-car rides, a radar gun contest, and an appearance of the Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter. There will be refreshments available.

The event is sponsored by Sovereign and Susquehanna banks.

Cub Scout Spring Fling

The fourth annual Washington County District Cub Scout Spring Fling will be held Saturday, May 20, at the Washington County Ag Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is for all registered Cub Scouts in Washington County and boys who are interested in joining Scouting. Refreshments will be available and meals for Cub Scouts are included in the $5 admission charge. Sibling tickets may be purchased for $4 per child. Admission includes special activities, games, crafts and more. Participants must pre-register for this event - please call 301-739-1211 to register or for more details.

NHHS SpringGarden Tour

Enjoy an unhurried Sunday afternoon of spring splendor in and around Hagerstown on Sunday, May 21, from noon to 5 p.m. as the NHHS sophomore class-sponsored "A Community in Bloom" Spring Garden Tour commences.

Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased the day of the tour at all tour locations. The tour is self-paced, so start the tour wherever you like, and as you journey between Chewsville and Hagerstown, please remember to stop by HCC for refreshments.

In the event of heavy rainfall, the tour will be canceled. For additional information, contact Brooke Allen at allenbro@wcboe.k.12.md.us or Teresa Schoeck at 301-797-2066.

Lioness Club

The Hagerstown Lioness Club will meet Thursday, June 1, in the Grand Venice Hotel Ballroom, 431 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. District 22-W Past District Gov. J. Franklin Shank will install the club's officers for the 2006-2007 year.

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