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October 16, 2009

Volunteers needed to host exchange students



ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for volunteers to serve as area representatives in their local community.

ASSE provides academic year, semester and short-term exchange programs in the United States for high school-aged students from around the world. Students are ages 15 to 18, have passed a series of academic and character requirements, and are awaiting an opportunity to live for a time with an American family.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad, and supervise the visiting exchange students in their community. Area representatives are reimbursed for their expenses and are provided with some travel opportunities.

ASSE's primary goal is to contribute to international understanding through exchange programs enabling students to learn about other languages and cultures through active participation in family, school and community life. ASSE's area representatives are the cornerstone of the organization, making all of this possible.

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For more information, contact Melanie Donelson at 716-731-1442 or call the regional office at 800-677-2773.

Academic preparedness workshop set for Oct. 22



An academic preparedness workshop will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown. The workshop is presented by guidance counselors from the Washington County Board of Education.

A workshop on cyber bullying is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. The presentation will provide information on MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, instant messaging and more. The program is presented by Cathie Deadrick, youth education outreach coordinator for the Mental Health Association of Frederick County.

Baby-sitting is available at both sessions. Registration is required. Forms are available at school offices or by calling Pam O'Connor at 301-791-2154 or the church office at 301-733-5056.

Valley Mall hosts Halloween event



HALFWAY - Regal Valley Mall Stadium 16 movie theater will celebrate Halloween Friday, Oct. 23.

The event will feature Rock 101.5 and the local ghost-hunting group, SIGHT.

Everyone is invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes; however no masks will be permitted in the auditoriums.

The theater will hold "Saw" trivia contests for adults and a coloring contest for the kids. There will be small movie prizes for the winners. Some passes to the haunted attraction "Field of Screams" will be given away, too.

Joy El Ministries holds event for families



GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Joy El Ministries will celebrate more than 70 years of ministering to children and youths in the Tri-State region from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The Joy El Jubilee is open to everyone in the family. Admittance is free and all events are provided at no cost.

This year's event will feature hay rides, clowns, a magic show, miniature golf, face painting, games, climbing tower, canoeing, archery and go-kart rides.

For more information or directions, call Camp Joy El at 717-369-4539 or go to www.joyel.org.

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