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Around Halfway

August 12, 2009|By JAMIE SHEKELS / 301-331-4885

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Back to school



It's hard to believe that summer break is coming to an end. Where did the lazy days of summer go?

We have selected new bookbags and school supplies and are geared up and ready to head back to school. Although, I am not so sure the middle-schooler in our house has reached quite the level of enthusiasm as our kindergartner, who cannot wait to hop up on the bus and ride to his new school and new classroom. But the countdown has officially begun, whether they like it or not. Only five more days of summer freedom.

Preschool program



Registration remains open for fall classes at the Mother's Day Out preschool program at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, at 802 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown. Classes meet Tuesdays from Sept. 8 to May 25. Children are divided by age groups from ages six months to 5. The cost is $50 per month. For more information, call 301-733-4720.

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Orientation



A ninth-grade orientation night will be held at South Hagerstown High School Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. Meet the teacher night is planned Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. The PTA will have a signup table to enroll new and past members.

The first PTA meeting for the 2009-10 school year will be today in the school media center at 6 p.m.

Blood drive



A blood drive will be held at the Williamsport American Legion Monday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 7 p.m. Those interested in participating must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

Group to meet



The Young at Heart group will meet today at 5:30 p.m. at Next Dimensions Restaurant in Hagerstown. All members and those interested in becoming a member are invited to attend. For more information, call Corena Anderson at 301-582-2045.

Music by the Lake



The Music by the Lake series continues Saturday at the Peter Buys band shell at Hagerstown City Park with a performance at 7:30 p.m. by Tori Anderson and Possum Holler. The event is free. It is sponsored by the Washington County Arts Council.

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