Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

November 12, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Smithsburg Middle

Several parents have said they need some guidance in finding books for students for the 25-book challenge and other reading projects.

There are some resources on the Internet that might help. The first link is the American Library Association; it has a list that is separated by theme. Display text cannot span more than one line.

The second link is to the international Reading Association where there are books recommended by teachers and students. Go to Lastly, your child took an SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) at the beginning of the school year. This test enables the school to help assist the students in finding the appropriate level of reading material to use in classes and outside reading.

The teacher can provide parents with that SRI score and you can use the following link to find books by topic that fall into their range:


Cascade Elementary

Friday - Movie Night with dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Craft show

The 25th annual Kris Kringle Craft and Gift Show will be Nov. 22 and 23 at Hagerstown Community College in the AARC.

Admission is free, parking is free and there will be a golf cart shuttle available.

Nonperishable foods and new toy items will be collected for Christmas baskets to be given to needy families. The baskets will be donated to Trinity Lutheran Church.

The organizers also are looking for volunteers, clubs, etc., who would like to help at the free gift wrap station or door prize table.

Any high school student willing to volunteer will earn service hours.

Volunteers are needed for many duties starting on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To learn more or sign up to volunteer, contact Linda Williams at 201-582-1233 or 301-331-1233.

TOPS 462

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 462 in Smithsburg had a net loss of 14.5 pounds at its last meeting.

John, the group leader, updated the chapter on the many awards that were presented at the fall rally in Ridge, Md. All of the chapter officers were honored, including Ola who was named the chapter angel.

Lots of activities are going on in the chapter:

The members are bringing in food for the St. Paul's United Methodist food bank.

The group is also collecting money to pay for a meal from for a family in need at Thanksgiving.

The group meets at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Smithsburg Thursday night. Weigh-in starts at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is from 6 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call Ola at 301-824-7650.

HCC to host barbershop chorus

Hagerstown Community College will host the Mason-Dixon Barbershop Chorus Saturday at 7 p.m. at Kepler Theater.

The chorus has been in the Hagerstown area for the last 58 years and consists of more than 25 male singers who perform a cappella-style singing in a four-part barbershop harmony.

The chorus will perform a show titled, "Grandpa's Attic," and will feature the Freedom Valley Chorus and their quartet, an all-female barbershop chorus from Chambersburg, Pa., as well as several other men's quartets.

The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $12 for adults; $10 for students ages 13 to 18; $10 for seniors 60 and older; $8 for children 3 to 8; and free for children two and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information, call Tracey Cline, the vice-president of music and performance, at 240-217-0417.


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