Loop briefs

January 04, 2007

Church schedules antiques show in Feb.

INWOOD, W.Va. - Collectibles and antiques vendors are invited to participate in a show Saturday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 25. All proceeds will go to St. Leo Catholic Church building fund.

For information or an application, call Connie at 304-229-5885.

Teen pageant slated

The Miss Teen Western Maryland competition will take place Saturday, Feb. 17, at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

In order to be a contestant in the pagfeant, girls must be 13 to 17 years old and not yet be a high school senior. Also, contestants must live in Garrett, Allegany, Washington or Frederick counties.

The four phases of competition are interview, talent, physical fitness in sportswear, and poise in evening wear. There is an entrance fee.


The teen winner will receive a $125 scholarship, a crown, flowers and the opportunity to compete in the state teen competition.

For information and an application, call Barbara Carson at 301-733-6340. Applications must be returned by Friday, Jan. 5. A limited number of contestants will be accepted on a first-come basis. An orientation will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, at Plaza Hotel.

Parents are welcome to attend the orientation.

Poetry contest set

The Washington County Free Library will sponsor its ninth annual Washington County Poetry Contest beginning in January. Poems may be submitted to the library from Monday, Jan. 15, through Thursday, March 15.

There will be two winning entries and an honorable mention for each of five age divisions in the contest. The age divisions are as follows: Children in grades two and three, grades four and five, grades six through eight, grades nine through 12, and adult. To enter a poem in the contest, you must live in Washington County; only one submission per person is allowed.

Poems must be original work and may be on any topic. Poems may be in any style and must be no longer than one page in length. The poem must be either typed or legibly printed with the author's name, age division, address and telephone number attached.

Poets may bring entries to the Washington County Free Library's Children's Department or submit them to the library by mail. Send entries to: Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, attention: Poetry Contest.

For information, call Jeff Ridgeway at 301-739-3250, ext. 132.

W.Va. DNR seeks art for wildlife calendar

Local artists' work portraying a wildlife subject will be part of the 2008 West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife calendar. The Wildlife Resources Section of DNR is requesting original wildlife art and related outdoor scenes for the 2008 edition of the West Virginia DNR wildlife calendar.

The deadline for submission of artwork is Feb. 16. A 35 mm color slide or a high-resolution, electronic image of each entry must be submitted.

Artists may send in more than one entry.

Artists are encouraged to submit paintings of a wide variety of wildlife topics. These may depict hunting, fishing, landscapes, or feature the state's diverse array of wildlife and plants. Paintings depicting lesser-known animals such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, bats, songbirds, herons, insects, weasels, small mammals (including mice, shrews and moles) as well as nongame fish are all encouraged.

Artists are reminded that the calendar format is horizontal.

To obtain entry rules, contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Calendar Art, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241; phone 304-637-0245 or e-mail

New juried arts show established in W.Va.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Evans Run Art Association has voted to donate its financial assets to The Arts Centre, which is creating a regional exhibition in the name of the association's founder.

The Nancy Rodig/Evans Run Art Show will be a juried exhibition, open to artists from around the region. Guidelines for the show will be made available during the first part of 2007, with the application deadline likely falling in June. Artists will be required to submit slides or digital images of their work, according to Arts Centre Program Director Shelley Aikens.

For information, call 304-263-0224 or go to www.the

Record label hosts open auditions

Lil Wayne, president of Cash Money Records is bringing his Internet reality show talent search to Martinsburg at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Holiday Inn, 301 Foxcroft Ave.

The show is "Making the Next Hit" and the search is for the next musical/entertainment superstar. Rappers, singers, models, producers, comedians and DJs may audition free of charge. Final winners will receive $5,000, a spot on the new reality show series, a music video, and a chance to land a deal with Cash Money Records.

The show will be aired at beginning Friday, June 1.

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