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May 06, 2009|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

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SHS plans suicide prevention event

Two high school students have helped plan a suicide prevention event at Smithsburg High School Auditorium on May 11 at 4 p.m. This event was made possible by a grant received from YOUTH M.O.V.E. Washington County.

T-shirts will be given to the first 250 students who attend. The shirts were designed by a Smithsburg High School senior in memory of Jacob "Jake" R. Linthicum, who took his life this past October. Suicide Hotline and Washington County Public Schools representatives will speak.

For further information, contact Lisa Linthicum at 301-751-9414.

18th annual Kids Alive Fest
at Children's Village

Children's Village will host the 18th annual Kids Alive Fest, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 16, at 1546 Mt Aetna Road in Hagerstown. The event will be held rain or shine. Admission is free.


There will be mini car rides, a Ronald McDonald safety show, a K-9 demonstration, an automobile extrication demonstration, child identification, seat belt convincer, a fire hose spraying challenge, bike rodeo, food, and a radar gun contest. For more information, call 301-733-4443.

Washington County Chapter AARP #623

The Washington County Chapter AARP #623 will meet at 1 p.m. May 12 at the Girls Club/Senior Citizen Center on Washington Avenue. Maj. Robert Lyle from the Salvation Army will present the program.

The June meeting will be a spring luncheon at a location to be announced at a later date.

Cascade Elementary

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Wolfgang Candy fundraiser. The school earned approximately $1,380 as a result.

Kindergarten registration is in process. Contact the school for details.

Smithsburg Middle School

Thanks for all the community support that enabled the school to reward students who read 25 books or more. Without your support, this program would not be possible. Thanks also to the Smithsburg Market which will be providing goodies for a celebration in June.

Congratulations to the following students who received a superior rating at the Washington County Solo & Ensemble Festival: Joshua Thomas, Lexle Poffenberger, Cayla Scheer, Sami Partlow, Sara Stone, Johnna Stoup, and Kelly Winders.

These students are eligible to participate in the State Solo & Ensemble Festival, Saturday, May 16, at Towson University. Best of Luck!

Homemakers club

The May meeting of the Brightwood Homemakers Club will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Elks Club. A social get-together begins at 9:15 am. The Health, Food, and Nutrition Committee will present a program on "Healthy Crock-Pot Cooking."

Club members will assist with The Washington County Homemakers Annual Scholarship Specialty Auctions Friday, May 22, at the Elks Club. Doors open at 12:15 and admission is free.

A silent auction begins at 12:30, followed by a Live Auction at 1 p.m. Two raffle drawings will take place after the auctions. Prospective members are welcome to join the Homemakers. Please call 301-797-7890 for information.

Zumba classes at HCC

Hagerstown Community College is offering summer Zumba Classes.

A 60-minute Zumba Fitness cardio workout will be held for 15 weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning June 9 and June 11. Registration is open. Contact or call 301-790-2800, ext. 565 to register.

Ditch the "same old same old" workout and join the Zumba fitness party at HCC.

Microsoft Office online class

A new online, instructor-facilitated course, "What's New in Microsoft Office 2007," has been launched by the Center for Continuing Education at Hagerstown Community College.

Participants in this course will learn how to use Microsoft Office 2007's exciting new features and dramatically changed user interface. Through easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, they'll get comfortable creating Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and an Access database.

"What's New in Microsoft Office 2007" is part of Hagerstown Community College's growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And, they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of the "What's New in Microsoft Office 2007" course run every month. The sessions last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

To learn more, call Samantha Willard at 301-790-2800, ext 413, or visit the Center for Continuing Education's online classroom at

Dance party

A Jim Powers Ballroom Dance Party will be held at the Maugansville Ruritan Building, Maugans Avenue, Maugansville, this Friday, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $4 per person. For more information, call 301-791-1551.

Smithsburg Senior Site calendar

Smithsburg Senior Site Calendar for this week:

Today - Living Well with Lisa McCoy, 10 a.m.

Thursday - Bingo, 10 a.m.

Friday - Dominoes, 10 a.m.

Monday, May 11 - "How to Avoid Identity Threft" with Jackie Willison, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 12 - "Arthritis Meds & Treatments" with Ita Kavanuagh, 10 a.m.

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