Go, Do, Learn

September 26, 2008

Teen band fest

Washington County Free Library will hold its Teen Band Fest 2008 from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the library parking lot.

Everyone is welcome. Bring a chair and listen as local bands take the stage. Parking will be available at St. John's Lutheran Church. Food will be sold.

YMCA team challenge

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg YMCA will hold its sixth annual Michaux Team Challenge on Sunday, Oct. 26, at Caledonia State Park. The race is composed of teams of four racers ninth grade and older with one team member required to be 19 and older as captain. For registration information, call Michele Sheppard at or go to


'A Christmas Carol' auditions

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Full Circle Theater Company announces auditions for "A Christmas Carol" directed by Laura Richards Bakin and featuring the "Bakin Bits." Auditions will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Trinity Episcopal Church's chapel, corner of Church and German streets.

Parts are available for seven males ages 10 to 45, and three females ages 10 to 35.

Performances are Thursday, Dec. 4 to 7, and Thursday, Dec. 11 to 14 in Shepherdstown.

For information, call 304-268-6157.

Home school connection at Camp Joy El

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Camp Joy El, 3741 Joy El Drive, will hold its annual fall home school connection on Thursday, Oct. 9, and Friday, Oct. 10.

This overnight event is for home-schooled students in grades one through eight and gives home schooling families and students the opportunities to network with one another in a camp setting. Activities also will include basketball, volleyball, go-carts, mini-golf, hiking, campfires, group games and more.

Chapel sessions will be presented by Animal Alley Ministries, which uses live animals to introduce, demonstrate and reaffirm Christian character traits. Campers can expect to interact with animals such as a hedgehog, a chinchilla, a gecko, a gopher tortoise and a prairie dog, along with a variety of other small animals.

The registration fee is $42.35 for the first child and $29.50 for each additional child from the same family. Register by Thursday, Oct. 2, to receive discounted prices of $40.75 for the first child and $28.35 for additional children.

Parents may choose to serve as overnight chaperones in the cabins with the campers and can do so at no cost to the parent. Younger, preschool siblings may stay with parents for a nominal meal fee.

To register or for information, call Camp Joy El at 717-369-4539 or go to

Marriage in America discussion

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Shippensburg University will participate in the first statewide "Deliberative Poll on the Issue of Marriage in America" from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. The poll is presented by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Program for Deliberative Democracy. Shippensburg, Carnegie Mellon University, Slippery Rock University and the Community College of Philadelphia will take part in the poll.

On Saturday, participants will gather in small, moderated groups to discuss and deliberate the topic among themselves and with experts, and then respond to a survey. The post-survey results will be tabulated by that evening.

To attend as an observer, call 717-477-1202 or e-mail

Mother/daughter book club

BOONSBORO - The mother/daughter book club will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the community room of Boonsboro Free Library.

The group will discuss "P.S. Longer Letter Later" by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin. The group is for girls ages 10 to 13 and their mothers or other significant female figure.

Call the library at 301-432-5723 to register and to pick up a copy of the book.

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