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February 26, 2008

Volunteer dog walkers training class

Orientation for potential volunteer dog walkers will be held Wednesday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Humane Society of Washington County, 10311 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown. The event is free, and anyone interested in helping at the shelter is encouraged to attend. Interested individuals between the ages of 12 and 15 must be accompanied by a qualified adult; ages 16 and older may volunteer independently.

Dog walkers are needed at the shelter during daylight hours beginning at 9 a.m.

Those interested in the orientation are encouraged to reserve a seat by calling Margaret Becker at 301-733-2060 ext. 212, or by e-mailing her at mbecker@hswcmd.org.

Washington County chess tournament

BOONSBORO -- The Maryland Chess Association's W. Paul Engle Jr. Open will be held Saturday, April 5, at Boonsboro Middle School.

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Five sections will be offered:

· Two nonrated sections for players who aren't U.S. Chess Federation members: Open Nonrated (for adults and teens) and Scholastic Nonrated (for players in kindergarten through 12th grade)

· Three rated sections for young players with USCF membership: Open (for players in kindergarten through 12th grade); Reserve (for young players rated at 1,000 or less); and Novice (for young players rated at 600 or less)

The entrance fee for players is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Spectators are admitted free.

For more information, call Mike DiLeo at 301-834-6810.

Family Health Forum: Tough Talk

Thursday, May 8, 4:30 to 8 p.m., Robinwood Medical Center, Suite 142, Hagerstown. This conference is for teens and adults to learn about sex, healthy relationships, preventing teen pregnancy, understanding the teenage years, and more.

Activities include a car show, sports clinic, pottery making, "Ask a Doc," and an Internet quiz on teen pregnancy. A teen marketplace will include information on money management, nutrition, stress management, sexually transmitted infections and the new HPV vaccine, makeup and skin care, and information on gangs, unhealthy relationships, smoking, alcohol, drug use and tanning.

Dinner and dessert is included in the program; after dinner, Dr. Dave Solberg will discuss teen pregnancy and Authentic Community Theatre will present "Let's Flesh It Out!" on teen relationship issues.

Space is limited. Cost is $10 per person. Make check payable to Washington County Hospital. For more information, call 888-803-1518.

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