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February 10, 2009

Etiquette classes

Blossom School of Etiquette is forming new classes. A registration drive will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the week of Monday, Feb. 16, at Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Ave., Hagerstown. Etiquette classes begin Monday, Feb. 23. Creative expression and cooking classes will start on a date to be announced.

For information, call Ladetra Robinson at 301-790-0203 or e-mail

Teen Idol auditions

Auditions for Washington County Free Library's Teen Idol will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Valley Mall's food court.

Washington County Teen Idol finals will be 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at The Maryland Theatre.

For information on how to register, call Washington County Free Library at 301-739-3250, ext. 0.

Poetry contest

The Washington County Free Library is accepting entries for its 11th annual Washington County Poetry Contest.

Poems may be submitted to the library anytime through Tuesday, March 31. Hand deliver your poem to the children's department or send entries to: Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, attention: poetry contest.


Include on your typed or legibly written poem your name, address, telephone number and age division. The age divisions are: grades two and three; grades four and five; grades nine through 12; and adult.

Open to Washington County residents only.

Poems must be original work and may be in any style and no longer than one page in length.

Poetry contest winners will be announced on Thursday, April 23 , which is the 445th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birthday. Winning poems will be displayed at the library. A reception will be held to honor the poets. They will receive a volume of poetry and get to read their winning poems aloud. At the reception, a book of poetry will be awarded for the first- and second-place winning entries in each division, with honorable mention certificates awarded for third place.

For information, call Jeff Ridgeway at 301-739-3250, ext. 132.

Volunteer opportunity

SHARPSBURG - Antietam National Battlefield will begin planting hardwood seedlings to restore the historic East Woods. Planting will begin Saturday, March 14, and continue through early May, Tuesday through Saturday. The opportunity is for everyone, including school, Scout and other groups or individuals.

For information, call the Natural Resources office at 301-432-2243, ext. 18, or e-mail Groups must be scheduled to plant.

'Kids Who Care'

Kohl's is kicking off its annual scholarship program, Kids Who Care, to recognize and reward youth volunteers nationwide. Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, March 15. To nominate a deserving youth, age 6 to 18, go to The 2009 Kids Who Care program will recognize more than 2,000 kids with $350,000 in scholarships and prizes.

For information, go to

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