Around Smithsburg/Robinwood

July 02, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Ballroom dancing

The Jim Powers Ballroom Dance Party will be Friday at the Maugansville Ruritan Building on Maugans Avenue from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $4. Powers will be playing the Yamaha organ.

Senior site

Smithsburg Senior Site calendar:

Today -- Senior Information and Assistance with Tom Day, 10 a.m.

Thursday -- Bingo. 10 a.m.

Friday -- Closed for Independence Day.

Monday -- Trivial Pursuit, 10 a.m.

Tuesday -- Van stop at shopping center, 9:30 a.m.; "Osteoporosis," with Ita Kavanagh, 10 a.m.

Pen Mar Park


The Pen Mar Park summer concert series Sunday will feature Back to Back.

The trio has been featured at Pen Mar Park for several years. The group plays a variety of big band-era ballroom dance tunes and also plays requests.

The group, from Chambersburg, Pa., is under the direction of Denny Hoke, an area music instructor.

The group will play from 2 to 5 p.m. The concerts are free, but donations are appreciated.

Youth sports

Smithsburg Youth Athletics will hold registration for its fall sports program at the Smithsburg Fire Hall on the following dates: today, from 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m.; and Wednesday, July 9, from 7 to 9 p.m.

For the fall sports season, the organization will be taking registrations for soccer, flag football, cheerleading and volleyball. Go to on the Web for more information or call 301-824-7707.

VBS planned

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 12156 Edgemont Road, Smithsburg, will host a Vacation Bible School titled "Beach Party - Surfin'" from July 14 to 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night.

Children will learn new songs, make crafts, play games, and of course, "Surf" through the scriptures to discover the wonders of the Beatitudes during class time. For more information, call Mary Taylor at 301-665-1384.

Smithsburg Middle School

Smithsburg Middle names Rising STARS:

Grade 6 - Jesalynn Jorgenson, language arts; Tristan Carbaugh, social studies; William Wiles, science; Mark Swope, math; Zach Schaeffer, physical education; Austin Walters, general music; Sarah Thompson, instrumental music; Genessee Burroughs, related arts; Yevgenlya Tokareva, overall.

Grade 7 - Jennifer Daniels, language arts; Fatimah Smith, social studies; Danial Murray, science; Kalia Adkinson, math; Samantha Gladhill, physical education; Sebastian Almeida, general music; Sarah Garver, instrumental music; Khalil Loudin, related arts; Stacy Staples, overall.

Grade 8 - Kayla Kreger, language arts; Deanna Deley, social studies; Samantha Teays, science; Jordan Leveque, math; Krystal Holl, physical education; Aicha Dahbi, instrumental music; Alex Oquendo, related arts; Arlene Grimm, overall.

Pharmacy tech program at HCC

Hagerstown Community College has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer a pharmacy technician certificate program, beginning this fall.

The 26-credit program is designed to prepare students to work as pharmacy technicians in retail and institutional health-care settings. It includes hands-on laboratory experience in counting, labeling, compounding of medications, sterile technique and IV preparations, infection control, best practices of dispensing medications, and the safe handling of medications. Completion of the program will prepare students to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

According to Maryland Occupational Projections for 2000-2010, employment for pharmacy technicians is projected to increase by 41 percent. For the Tri-State area, 83 percent of pharmacies surveyed expect to have employment opportunities for students trained in this program.

Pharmacy technician classes offered at HCC for the fall 2008 semester include Intro to Pharmacy Technology (PHR-101), which is offered on Mondays and Wednesday from 6 to 7:45 p.m., Pharmaceutical Calculation (PHR-102), which is offered on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:45 p.m. and Pharmacy Lab I (PHR-103), which is offered on Tuesdays from 8 to 8:45 p.m. Each class runs from Aug. 25 through Dec.. 10.

For more information on the pharmacy technician program, contact Judith Peisen at or Elaine Ashby at, or call 301-790-2800, ext. 268.

"Pharmacy technicians play an important role helping to provide medications to patients and can find work in retail pharmacies, hospitals and manufacturing. Recent changes in Maryland law have made this an opportune time to become a certified pharmacy technician," said Ashby, associate professor of biology and chemistry at HCC.


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