Community briefs

February 01, 2008

Children's school to hold open house

Hagerstown Children's School hold an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4. The snow date will be the following day. Parents are welcome to come and visit the school and classrooms and register children for fall 2008.

The school is a private preschool and full-day kindergarten.

Hagerstown Children's School is at St. John's Lutheran Church's educational building, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. For information, call 301-739-6886 or go to

Affordable housing seminar

CARLISLE, Pa. -Interfaith Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania will be holding an affordable housing seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. This free information session will be held at Carlisle Community Center, 415 Franklin St., Carlisle.


The Self Help Home Ownership program offers new homes at cost, interest rates as low as 1 percent and no money down at settlement. Home owners must contribute hours each week toward the home's construction.

The seminar will cover the self help housing program offered through Interfaith Housing Alliance. Interfaith Housing Alliance has two new home developments in Cumberland County, Pa., one in Shippensburg, Pa., and the other outside of Newville, Pa. The intent of the seminar is to educate participants and to obtain qualified applicants to participate in the Self Help Building groups in Cumberland County.

The seminar is free to the public and advance registration is requested.

To register or for information contact Brian Kump, community development manager at 717-532-2475 or 717-756-3357 or e-mail Interfaith Housing's local office is at 55 Middle Spring Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257. If you are interested in participating in the program but are unable to attend the meeting, call the office so that arrangements can be made to make your family part of this program.

Speak Out for the Arts in Maryland

Speak out for the arts in Maryland during the 10th Maryland Arts Day Thursday, Feb. 7. The event is for anyone who supports the arts in our community and in our state.

The Western Maryland contingent of arts advocates will share a bus departing from Prime Outlets on Feb. 7. The Western Maryland contingent will be joined by colleagues from Garrett, Allegany, Frederick and Carroll counties. Those attending are asked to do what they can to help offset the $50-per-person registration fee. That fee includes a continental breakfast, box lunch, morning and afternoon panels, and a dessert reception.

For reservations, call 301-791-3132 or e-mail

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