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June 16, 2009|By PAULA GREEN SHUPP / 301-302-3878

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Martial arts classes to begin Monday

A new martial arts program begins Monday.

The Town of Williamsport has teamed up with the Hebb Institute of Martial Arts to offer area residents the Magda Institute Association's martial arts program.

The program is unique in its design and in the arts that it teaches.

The program is comprised of a phase curriculum and a cultural curriculum. The phase curriculum is a blend of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali, Muay Thai and Indonesian Pentjak Silat. The cultural curriculum not only provides in-depth instruction in Filipino Kali and Indonesian Pentjak Silat, it also delves into culture, history and language.

The classes, which will be held in the Community Building in Byron Memorial Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:45 to 8 p.m., will be taught by Ron Hebb, a Magda Institute-affiliated teacher.


High school students and adults are encouraged to call or e-mail to register for three free classes. The next step is to apply and interview for a slot in the program.

While regular monthly tuition will be $80, law enforcement, military and student discounts are available. For more information and to register for the three free classes, call Ron Hebb at 301-223-7719 or e-mail

Pulled pork dinner to be held Saturday

Revive Outreach Ministries will hold a pulled pork dinner Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Calvary Temple. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, homemade french fries, dessert and drinks.

The meal costs $7 for adults and $3.50 for ages 5 to 10. The church is at 147 S. Conococheague St. For more information, call Todd at 301-331-4717.

Red Men yard sale benefits CAC

The Washington County Community Action Council, Inc. will be the recipient of funds raised this year at the annual Williamsport Red Men Tribe 84 yard sale.

The yard sale will be held Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 16129 Lappans Road. Tables under the pavilion cost $15 each. Bring your own table(s) and set up around the pavilion for $10 per table. Setup will start at 5 a.m.

A concession stand and bake sale table will be available with all proceeds to benefit the Community Action Council. Register by calling Kimberly Buchanan at 301-797-4161, ext. 137.

Child-care center plans quarter auction

Kinder Haven Child Care Center will hold its benefit quarter auction Saturday at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Admission is $5.

At the quarter auction, you bid quarters for an opportunity to win an item. A drawing between the bidders then determines who wins the item. You may bid on as many items as you like. Bring your own quarters or make change at the event.

More than 80 new items will be auctioned, including many brand names. They range in value from $10 to $100. The most you will pay for an item will be four quarters.

Vendors will also have display tables for shopping. The church is at 35 W. Potomac St.

For more information, contact Robin Mohn at or call 717-217-9411. The auction benefits the children's learning environment at Kinder Haven Child Care Center.

Bike tour races through town Sunday

Bicycles will be racing through the streets of Williamsport Sunday as the 2009 Bike Tour of Washington County starts at noon.

The race goes from the middle of West Salisbury Street to South Conococheague Street to West Frederick Street to South Commerce Street and back to West Salisbury Street.

Events include: Senior IV at noon, 20 miles, prize, $150; Senior III at 1 p.m., 20 miles, prize, $150; Master 40+/50+, 2 p.m., 20 miles, prizes, $150/$150; Women's Open, 3 p.m., 20 miles, prize $250; Senior I, II, III, 4 p.m., 30 miles, prize, $250.

Summer concert series kicks off in Byron park

The summer concert series in Byron Memorial Park begins Sunday. Dogfoot performs from 3 to 4 p.m. Dalton & Ron are featured from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Ron is the Maryland state champion mandolinist.

More concerts are planned and will be announced throughout the summer.

Bike Night 2009 seeking vendors

Bike Night 2009 will be roaring into town Saturday, July 18. Last year, more than 1,000 motorcyclists participated in the festivities. Coordinators say this year's event is shaping up to be even bigger, with live music, food, street vendors and a live radio broadcast.

Vendors are invited to apply for street spaces. Call Bruce at 240-329-4286 for details and to apply. Spaces are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vacation Bible school is set to begin

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rehoboth United Methodist Church, and Williamsport United Methodist Church are jointly sponsoring Vacation Bible school. The program will run from June 22 to 26, from 6 to 8:15 p.m. It will be held at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St.

The program theme is "Studio Go! Game Show." Preschoolers through high school youths are invited to register. For more information, call 301-223-7260.

Fundraiser for Josh and Katie

Barefoot Bernie's Bar and Grill and the Williamsport Blue Band Boosters invite everyone to help raise money for Josh Forsythe and Katie Stains.

Come to Barefoot Bernie's between June 22 and 25 for lunch, dinner or a snack. Mention that you are there for the Josh and Katie fundraiser and Barefoot Bernie's will donate 10 percent of your food bill (minus taxes and alcohol). Barefoot Bernie's is at 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown.

Josh and Katie are students at Williamsport High School and are battling cancer. Josh is a member of the Blue Band. All money raised will be split equally between Josh and Katie and will be used to cover their mounting medical expenses.

For more details, call Missy at 301-667-9660 or e-mail

Have news to share?

If you have news of events, activities, or announcements for Williamsport and the surrounding area, contact Paula Green Shupp at 301-302-3878 or e-mail

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