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April 29, 2010|By JAMIE SHEKELS / 301-331-4885

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Children's author to visit at Reading Day event



Washington County Reading Day will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Valley Mall.

Children's author Kevin O'Malley will be on hand.

Magic is also planned with a performance by Michael T at 10:30 a.m. near the Bon Ton entrance.

A costume parade is planned at 11 a.m. Children are asked to dress as their favorite storybook character and join the parade.

More than 20 authors will be on hand, along with special performances and storytellers. A free book for each child will be given away (while supplies last).

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Tea tasting event to be held at museum



A Japanese tea tasting is planned Saturday at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park.

To celebrate the exhibition, Konnichiwa, Japanese Culture & Ukiyo-e, will host a Japanese Culture Festival with tea tasting from 1 to 2 p.m.

Those who attend will have the opportunity to learn about the types of Japanese green teas, history, cultivation, processing the proper way to brew and serve tea. The teas come directly from the gardens in Japan and range from typical, everyday teas to high-grade, specialty teas reserved for special occasions.

Parents are invited to bring their children. There will also be guided tours of the museum.

Master calligrapher Satomi Pirrone and some of her students will demonstrate traditional Japanese calligraphy.

For more information, call 301-302-8019.

Classic cars to be at mall



Classic Car Group for Children Inc. will hold cruise-ins in the lower mall parking lot every other Saturday through Oct. 10. More than 200 cars participate in the events. A $2 donation is accepted for local charities.

Library event planned in Williamsport



On Wednesday, May 5, a meeting of Friends of the Washington County Free Library will take place at the Williamsport Memorial Library, 104 E. Potomac St. in Williamsport. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Sue Ann Sullivan Auditorium on the lower level. Members can park in Bryon Memorial Park behind Pavilion 1 and walk to the auditorium.

Susan Schnebly, Williamsport branch manager, will talk about the programs and activities that take place at the library and answer questions.

Joe Thompson, associate director of the Western Maryland Regional Library, will present an update of new programs and activities. The Western Maryland Regional Library serves Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties.

For more information, call 301-739-4179 or 301-582-4519.

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