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Washington County Habitat, Lowe's offers building classes

October 16, 2007

For women who want to build a village but don't know where to start, Habitat For Humanity of Washington County's Women Build Program and Lowe's have the answer.

As the 2007 national underwriter for Habitat for Humanity International Women Build Program, Lowe's is hosting how-to clinics beginning Oct. 17 at its Hagerstown store on Wesel Boulevard to help prepare women volunteers to build their third area house next spring.

The clinics are open to nonvolunteers as well.

The free clinics not only teach women home construction basics, they provide extensive hands-on opportunities to practice these new skills.

Each of the six clinics will help educate women on basic construction and tool safety techniques, enabling them to be confident and effective in their volunteer efforts with Habitat for Humanity and/or their own homes.

Among other things, women will have the opportunity to practice using power tools, framing walls and installing drywall.

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The following clinics will take place at Lowe's, 1500 Wesel Blvd.:

· How to Safely Use Hand & Power Tools, today

· How to Frame Walls & Roofs, Oct. 31

· How to Install Exterior Siding, Nov. 14

· How to Install Roofing Shingles, Nov. 28

· How to Install Insulation & Drywall, Dec. 12

· How to Finish Interior with Paint & Trim, Dec. 26

To sign up for the clinics or to learn more about Habitat for Humanity's Woman Build Program, contact the local Habitat office at 301-791-9009.

Registered participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a ready-to-learn attitude.

Lowe's of Hagerstown has donated money to provide materials for the clinic to build a playhouse. The playhouse will be included in the 2008 Dinner Auction fundraiser on April 12, 2008.

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