Community briefs

October 02, 2009

Nominations sought for People's Choice Awards

Nomination forms are being accepted for the 10th Annual People's Choice Awards, sponsored by The Community Foundation of Washington County Inc. This is an opportunity to nominate someone who gives generously and unselfishly of their time, talents and abilities to improve the quality of life in Washington County. Three nominees will be honored at the 10th Annual People's Choice Awards Banquet on Nov. 12. Tickets cost $100. In addition to being honored at the dinner, a $5,000 endowment fund will be established on behalf of each winner to benefit the nonprofit organization of their choice.

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling 301-745-5210. Nomination deadline is Friday, Oct. 16.

Business advice for artists

Artists are invited to attend a three-evening series designed to help establish and grow your art business at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20, at Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Sessions will be led by SCORE advisor. Admission is free, seating is limited.


Topics include: Getting your small business "together"; finding and minding the money; and sales and marketing for success.

Registration is required, call Catherine Gonzalez at 301-791-3132 or e-mail

Farm tour bus trip

A farm tour bus trip will be Saturday, Oct. 17. Discover the inner workings of three farms: a dairy operation, a beef operation and a goat operation. Participants may try cow milking, and will see how milk gets from the cow to your home; learn about crop and field rotation; beef variations and cuts; nutrient management and how it effects the Chesapeake Bay and more. A 5-course gourmet meal that will feature many of the products produced at the farms will be served at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

The bus will depart from the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown, at 11 a.m. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. Cost is $40 per person; $75 per couple; $25 for students age 16 and younger; and $10 for children ages 10 and younger. Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, call 301-791-1504, ext. 21.

Fall yard sale

The City Farmer's Market will be hold a fall yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in the City Farmer's Market Lot, 25 W. Church St. Vendor spaces are available at $10 a space with no tables or chairs provided. To reserve a space, call 301-739-8577, ext. 190, or e-mail by Friday, Oct. 9.

New theater troupe forming

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Creative Community Consciousness, an arts organization initiated by Laura First Oehser, is bringing Playback Theatre to Shepherdstown and seeks those interested in joining an improvisational and community-centered theater troupe. Teens and adults, regardless of past theater experience, are invited to participate in the core training from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at The Station at Shepherdstown. Training will be offered free of charge, although donations to offset the cost of space rental are welcome.

Playback Theater's focus is to offer individuals and communities an opportunity to view a scene from the lives of the audience as performed by the troupe.

For information, call Laura First Oehser at 301-676-0195, or to get started, just show up at the train station any Thursday evening in October.

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