Go, Do, Learn

November 06, 2009

YMCA classes for parents, toddlers

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Classes for parents with toddlers from walking age to 2 1/2 years are from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 18, at the Chambersburg YMCA. No class will be held Nov. 28.

Activities include songs, games and gross motor skill activities. One or both parents must attend class with their child. Cost is $30 for nonmembers; $12 for YMCA members.

For more information, contact Jen Gossert at 717-263-8508 or

Adoption awareness open house

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Children and Youth Service will host an Adoption Awareness Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the Franklin County Human Services Building, 425 Franklin Farm Lane.

For more information, contact Diane Heckman at 717-263-1000 or

Friday Night Out at YMCA

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Memorial YMCA invites children ages 6 to 12 to Friday Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. The evening includes pizza, drinks and swimming. After swimming the children can participate in activities in the YMCA's youth room, gyms and youth fitness center. Cost is $17 for nonmembers; $12 for YMCA members. Each additional child in a family receives a $3 discount on admissions. Registration deadline is noon, Friday, Nov. 13. For more information, go to or call Jen Gossert at 717-263-8508.


Education for new parents

Learn the secrets to calming your baby from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Morgan County Starting Points Play Group. Misty Warren, a certified childbirth educator from Shenandoah Community Health Center, will demonstrate techniques. New parents will learn step-by-step how to help babies sleep longer and how best to respond to a fussy baby.

Expectant and new mothers, fathers and couples are encouraged to attend. Bring your children from infants to age 5. Snacks and child-care for infants through children age 5 will be provided.

To register, call 304-258-5600.

Photos with Santa at Valley Mall

HALFWAY - Valley Mall is offering a variety of digital Santa photo packages. Santa's hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Packages cost $14.99 to $34.99. Call ahead to confirm Santa's availability.

Valley Mall is at 17301 Valley Mall Road, near the intersection of Massey Boulevard and Halfway Boulevard. Call 301-582-0700.

Children's holiday reception at museum

The annual Children's Holiday Reception at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Seating is limited. Tickets cost $5 and must be purchased in advance.

The program will feature Reptile World Inc. Professional reptile handler Michael Shwedick will present information on the reptile's general characteristics, habitat, roles in the balance of nature, present status in the world today, conservation and value to man.

The audience will meet live reptiles from around the world.

Following the presentation Santa Claus will visit and museum volunteers will serve refreshments.

For more information, call 301-739-5727.

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