Pulse briefs

May 20, 2008

Filmmaking workshop set for Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A teen filmmakers workshop will offer two sessions. The workshop is suitable for students of all skill levels who are entering grade seven through the freshman year of college. Session one will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 23 through July 18, with a break July 4 week; session two will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 21, to Aug. 8. The workshop will be at Mountain State University, 141 S. Viking Way, Interstate 81 King Street exit.

Tuition includes classroom materials and instruction, use of film equipment, on-location activities, DVD copy of student films, workshop completion certificate, Ryan Film Institute T-shirt, and ticket to West Virginia Student Short Film Fest on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Moose Lodge 120 in Martinsburg.

To register, call Katherine Walsh Ryan at 304-283-8878; send e-mail to; or mail student's name, age, address, phone number, e-mail address, grade in school, and session one or two preference, with check payable to Ryan Film Institute to Ryan Film Institute, P.O. Box 1734, Martinsburg, WV 25402.


Skateboard tournament set for June in Pa.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Memorial Park skateboarding tournament will be held on Saturday, June 28, at Memorial Park. The tournament begins at 3 p.m. for ages 10 and younger. Skateboarders 11 and older will compete immediately following.

Contest categories include longest ollie, highest ollie, old-school high jump, best trick, and game of Skate. Prizes will be awarded to the top two winners in each category.

Helmets are required and knee/elbow pads are strongly recommended.

The cost is $5 in advance, or $10 if registering onsite. For information, call Chambersburg Recreation Department at 717-261-3275.

W.Va. theater hosts camp for 'West Side Story'

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Apollo Civic Theatre's 26th annual Youth Summer Theatre Workshop will present "West Side Story." The workshop begins Monday, June 16, and is for ages 9 to 19.

For information, call co-producers Debra Tokach at 540-664-1083, Sharyn Leiter at 304-264-8701, or e-mail student producer Gabrielle Tokach at

A registration form is available online at

Pa. theater holds camp on acting, set design, more

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Totem Pole Playhouse has announced its 2008 Children's Theatre Camp for ages 8 to 15.

The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from Monday, June 16, to Friday, June 27. Campers will rehearse a play, design and build the set and create costumes. The play will be performed for family and friends on the final day of the camp.

Creative drama games will also be incorporated into the two-week camp. The camp is for beginning and experienced child actors.

In addition to the camp, the students will also be treated to a backstage tour, have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the theater professionals and attend a professional play at the theater. Jenny Kreyl Shoeman will direct the camp.

No prior theatrical experience is necessary to enroll in the camp. Due to limited enrollment, early registration is encouraged.

For information or to receive a brochure, call 717-352-2164 or e-mail a request to Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis.

Training camps offered for boys and girls sports

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission will host sports camps this summer.

Camps include: girls all-star softball, junior wrestling, sports skills builders, girls basketball, cross country conditioning, baseball, sports express, slam'n jam'n basketball camp with Shepherd Rams, all-star basketball clinic, kickin' it soccer, volleyball, beach volleyball, girls fitness, and track and field.

For information about programs pick up a summer brochure at Jefferson County Community Center or go to For information or to register a child for a camp, call 304-728-3207 or e-mail

Skateboard clinics scheduled at Pa. park

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Skateboarding clinics will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, June 2 to 19 and Aug. 4 to 21, at Memorial Park beside Municipal Pool. The clinics are open to ages 5 and older.

Clinics will teach basic skills, improve current abilities, and teach how to properly use the skate park obstacles. Requirements are a skateboard, helmet, knee and elbow pads. The last class will be held at Cluggy's Skate Park facility.

The cost is $35; $25 for borough residents. Can register at For information, call Chambersburg Recreation Department at 717-261-3275.

Scholarship available for military personnel kids

DULLES, Va. - The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund announced the application period has opened for the 2008-09 academic year. The fund has awarded more than $1.7 million to children of U.S. service members who have been killed or permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident.

In order to be eligible an applicant must be the dependent son or daughter of a U.S. soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Guardsman who has been killed or permanently disabled as a result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA).

Applicants must also be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as a full-time undergraduate student and younger than 26.

To learn more about the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund or to apply go to or call 800-475-6620.

The application deadline for the 2008-09 academic year is July 18, 2008.

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