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Authentic Community Theatre, Inc., 10226 Governor Lane Blvd., Suite 4011, Williamsport. Authentic Community Theatre (ACT) offers students of all ages a wide variety of creative programs including community theater, summer arts programs, storytelling, and homeschool arts programs. 301/491-7228. www.actforall.org. Cultural Arts Center of Frederick County, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Housed in the former McCrory’s five and dime store and acquired by the Frederick Arts Council in 1998, this 14,000 square foot community arts center offers a venue where artists of every discipline can exhibit, rehearse, perform and teach. Frequent evening and weekend activities. Call for times. 301/6624190. www.frederickartscouncil.org. The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. The center offers classes in a variety of artistic media, free workshops, summer camps and exhibits. Classes for adults and children. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 301/698-0656. www.delaplaine.org. Frederick Arts Council, 11 W. Patrick St., Frederick. The umbrella arts organization for Frederick County, the arts council promotes, supports, and advocates the arts through grants to community groups and schools, workshops, marketing, and other capacity building initiatives. Office hours by appointment. 301/662-4190. www.frederickartscouncil.org. Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College, Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. Founded in 1997, the orchestra is composed of professional and amateur musicians from in and around central Maryland. The orchestra performs a series of concerts each year that include classical masterworks, music by contemporary composers and pops, and also provides educational programs. 301/685-3585. www.fredericksymphony.org. Hagerstown Choral Arts, 15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown. An auditioned, community-based volunteer chorus dedicated to the highest level of choral music. Performs sacred and secular music from a variety of musical periods, styles and cultures. Conducted by Gregory P. Shook, the group is entering its 25th season and continues to grow in size, skill and variety. 301/665-9424. www.hagerstownchoralarts.org. Hub Opera Ensemble, 547 N. Mulberry St., Hagerstown. Founded in 2010, the Hub Opera Ensemble is devoted to bringing quality professional opera to the community. Hub Opera Ensemble is in a partnership with Hagerstown Community College and is able to perform quality operatic productions in the Kepler Theatre. 240/347-3001. www.HubOperaEnsemble.org. Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Begun in 1997, MET is dedicated to creating and producing theater with professional resident artists and visionaries in the art of theater. Its family theatre branch, The Fun Company, produces an annual Family Theatre series, FunCamp, a two-week theater experience for ages 7 to 16, as well as its In-School Production program that brings the experience of putting on a full-length musical to area school children. 301/694-4744. www.marylandensemble.org. Maryland Symphony Orchestra, 30 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Western Maryland’s only professional orchestra was founded in 1982. Under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze, the MSO provides a variety of programs, including family, Salute to Independence, Pops, holiday, youth, Kinder Konzerts and MasterWorks concerts. Maryland Symphony Orchestra offices are open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 301/797-4000. www.marylandsymphony.org. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Built in 1915, damaged by fire in 1974, and reopened in 1978, the theater offers performances by musicians, comedians, orchestra concerts, recitals, stage shows, children’s shows, and more. In 2015, the theatre received a makeover, including new seats, lighting, carpeting, and a hearing loop system. Now there are plans for a 2019 expansion project. The Maryland Theatre also serves as the home of The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, City Ballet School, and the Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant. Ticket office is open

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Tues. through Fri., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance. 301/790-2000 or 301/790-3500. www.mdtheatre.org. Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center, 5901 Enterprise Court, Frederick and 12 West Main Street, New Market. Founded in 1989, this school welcomes students of all ages and abilities to experience the arts in a safe and enriching environment. The Frederick location is a 7,000 square-foot professional training facility with three studios and state-of-the-art flooring, a large lobby and waiting area with restrooms, locker rooms, a homework room, and ample parking. The New Market studio is set in the historic district, with private changing areas, indoor and outdoor waiting areas, and ample parking. Frederick studio, 301/694-5105. New Market studio, 301/865-1212. www.mmpac.com. Potomac Playmakers, Hagerstown. Created in 1926, Potomac Playmakers is one of America’s longest active community theater organizations. The Potomac Playmakers blend a unique group of talented entertainers into an evolving series of fun shows. Potomac Playmakers have recently purchased the old Cedar Lawn Missionary Church, 17303 W. Washington St., in Hagerstown, and plans are being made to open the new theatre with the start of the 2018-2019 season. 240/382-7269. www.potomacplaymakers.org. Valley Art Association, The Mansion House Art Center, 501 Highland Way, City Park, Hagerstown. The Valley Art Association (VAA) has two parts, Valley Art Association Membership and The Mansion House Art Gallery. An association of painters, sculptors, woodcarvers, photographers and other people interested in art. Offers classes and workshops. Open business meeting with art demo and refreshments on fourth Wed. of every month at 7 p.m. Gallery hours are Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., 1-5 p.m. 301/797-2867. www.valleyartassoc.com. Washington County Arts Council, 34 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Enriching the cultural, social and economic life of the community through nurturing the arts since 1968. The council serves residents of all ages, and provides programming, technical assistance, funding opportunities and encouragement to arts organizations and individual artists. Art gallery open Tues. to Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and by appointment. 301/791-3132. www.washingtoncountyarts.com. Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theatre and Children’s Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Open for performances Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and occasional Sundays at 1 p.m. Children’s Theatre matinee performances will also be held on select Saturdays. 301/739-7469. www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com. Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and Children’s Theatre, 5 Willowdale Drive, Frederick. A unique entertainment venue combining fine dining with live Broadway-style stage shows. The theatre produces five Mainstage productions, four children’s shows, and a number of special events throughout each year. 301/662-6600. www.wayoffbroadway.com. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. A showcase for performing arts, the center provides dramatic, musical, artistic and educational programs. Box office open Tues. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and one hour before each show. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org.

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Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, Waynesboro. Established in fall of 2012, the organization’s goal is to bring together area artists, musicians, arts organizations, businesses, government, and arts lovers. http://artsalliancegw.org. Caledonia Theatre Company, 9555 Golf Course Rd., Fayetteville. Summer stock theater that performs at Totem Pole Playhouse in Caledonia State Park. 2018 Season opening May 25. 888/805-7056 or 717/352-2164. The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. Center includes the historic nearly 800-seat Capitol Theatre with expanded restrooms, large concession area and coatroom, more visible box office, gift shop and elevator and a second level with the Wood Center State Theater. The theater presents many of its own Capitol Theatre performances and concerts each year, as well as being the home for productions by the resident theatrical company, the Chambersburg Community Theatre. Theater may also be rented for fundraiser events. 717/263-0202. www.thecapitoltheatre.org. Chambersburg Community Theater, Inc., 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. Established in 1954, it is one of the oldest continually operating community theatre groups in PA. Resident stage is the historic Capitol Theatre. 717/2633900. www.cctonline.org. Council for the Arts of Chambersburg, 81 N. Main St., Chambersburg. Nonprofit charitable organization that promotes arts and cultural events and provides services to the arts or cultural organizations. For information on art classes for all ages, call the Council for the Arts at 717/264-6883. www.councilforthearts.net. Cumberland Valley School of Music, Thomson Hall, Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg. Founded in 1990, CVSM is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Teaching all orchestral and band instruments, voice, piano, guitar, drama and theatrical techniques, Suzuki piano and numerous classes, including Music Together and Musikgarden, for all ages. CVSM sponsors the Cumberbunds (children’s chorus), the CVSM Community Symphonic Band, the CVSM Community String Orchestra, the CVSM

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Concert Jazz Band, the CVSM New Horizon’s Band and string orchestra (adults 50 and older), New Horizon’s Chorus, extensive performance & recital opportunities, and numerous workshops. Additional studios in Mercersburg, Waynesboro, and Hagerstown. 717/261-1220. www.cvsmusic.org. Franklin County Art Alliance, Chambersburg. Non-profit organization serving the visual arts community in Franklin County and the surrounding area. Strives to foster an appreciation of art in our area, and provide opportunities for member artists to network and to display their work. Meetings are free and open to the public and are held the 2nd Wed. of Sept. through Nov. and Jan. through May, at 7 p.m. at the Grove Family Library, 101 Ragged Edge Rd., Chambersburg. Activities include demonstrations and critiques by professional artists and educators, workshops, museum trips and an annual membership exhibition that is well known as the largest visual art event in the area. www.franklincountyartalliance.org. Freedom Valley Chorus: Sweet Adelines International, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave., Chambersburg. Chorus is comprised of women of all ages and backgrounds, with varying degrees of musical education and experiences. This women’s a cappella chorus rehearses every Mon. at 6:30 p.m. 717/709-0179. freedomvalleychorus@yahoo.com. www.freedomvalleychorus.org. Joyful Arts Studio, 21 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle. Art Studio with a mission to provide art education and allow people to explore their own creativity. Summer camps for ages 8-12. Hours are Wed. to Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 717/658-2177. www.joyfulartstudio.com. H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Dr., Shippensburg. Luhrs Performing Arts Center provides opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway performances, large musical groups such as symphonies, dance troupes, kid/family shows, and internationallyknown speakers. 717/477-7469. www.luhrscenter.com. Mercersburg Area Community Band, 10655 Church Hill Rd., Mercersburg. Volunteer organization of musicians originally organized as the Eagle

Cornet Band to serve the various ceremonial needs of the Mercersburg community. Also performs summer concerts. www.mercersburgband.org. Mercersburg Area Community Chorus, 122 S. Main St., Mercersburg. Founded in 1975, the chorus is made up of members from throughout the tri-state area, who perform 2 series of concerts each year. Weekly rehearsals begin 10 weeks before each concert and are held on Tues. evenings at 7 p.m. in the music area of the James Buchanan Middle School, 5191 Fort Loudon Rd., Mercersburg. Concerts are held in Mercersburg Academy Chapel, 300 E. Seminary St. 717/375-4456. SHAPE Gallery, 19 E. King St., Shippensburg. A non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to bringing the arts, art classes and workshops, and cultural events to the Shippensburg community. SHAPE Gallery hosts exhibits throughout the year. Open Wed. to Fri., 5 to 8 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 717/532-2559. www.shapeart.org. Shippensburg Band performs throughout the year, and rehearses year-round on Tues., 8 p.m. in the Shippensburg Area Senior High School band room. All interested musicians welcome. www.shipband.org. Star Theatre/The Pennsylvania Opry, 23 W. Seminary Street, Mercersburg. 292-seat Star Theatre was built as an opera house in 1911 and renovated in Art Deco style in the 1930s. Provides great entertainment for the whole family. 717/3285959. www.paopry.com. Totem Pole Playhouse, Caledonia State Park, 9555 Golf Course Rd., Fayetteville. The Caledonia Theatre Company performs at Totem Pole Playhouse, a summer stock theater. Arts education opportunities for area residents, theater camps for students, and Theatre Family Fun Fest. 888/8057056 and 717/352-2164. www.totempoleplayhouse.org. Voilà! Children’s Art and Creativity Center, 156 E. Queen Street, Chambersburg. Offers Mixed media classes, Open Art and Play, birthday parties, and bimonthly Kid’s Nights. Classes experiment with painting, drawing, clay, play dough, printmaking, jewelry, crafts and more. Group reservations available Friday mornings. 717/660-2389. The Wayne Band, Waynesboro. Organized in 1899, the band is one of the oldest community

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Berkeley County Strings Program. The Berkeley County Orchestra Program is open to all 4th through 12th graders, as well as private school and home schooled students. The program offers classes in violin, viola, cello and bass in all intermediate, middle and high schools. At the intermediate schools, string classes are before or after school or during lunch/recess shifts. String classes at the middle schools are completely integrated into the daily schedule and there are daily string classes at all high schools. Every middle school has its own student orchestra. Middle school string students (6th to 8th grade) are invited to audition for the AllCounty Middle School Chamber Orchestra. Rehearsals are Thurs., 6-7:30 p.m. in the band room of Martinsburg South Middle School. There is an All County High School Symphony Orchestra. Rehearsals are Tues., 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the band room of Mountain Ridge Middle School in Gerrardstown. This is for all high school-age string, wind, brass and percussion musicians with at least three years of playing experience, and high-performing eighth-graders. There are no fees for Berkeley County students to participate in the string classes or orchestras. Out-of-county students pay a yearly fee of $200 to participate in all Berkeley County orchestra events. Send applications to participate in the orchestra program to delgalloviolin@gmail.com. For more info, call Eva DelGallo at 304/268-2195. www.bcstrings.weebly.com. Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra. For students in upper elementary grades through high school who have played their instruments for a minimum of one year. Groups rehearse during the school year and perform concerts each season. Auditions required. Advanced full orchestra, intermediate full orchestra, jazz ensemble, and beginning wind and string ensembles are offered. Master classes, sectional coaching and chamber ensembles are part of program. Rehearsals are at West Frederick Middle School, 515 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD.

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bands in PA. Active year-round, the band plays at least 3 public concerts and provides entertainment at nursing/retirement homes and patriotic events. Band rehearses 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Town Hall, Council Chamber in Waynesboro, PA. New members always welcome. 717/762-3849. Wilson College Performing Arts Series, Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg. Series brings jazz and Big Band ensembles, national companies and other highly acclaimed entertainers to Wilson College and the Chambersburg community. Tickets required. 717/262-2003. www.wilson.edu/events.

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The Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. A community center for Performing, Visual and Literary Arts. This cultural center for the Shenandoah Valley is housed in two early 20th century dairy barns that were fully restored in 2011. Live music performed nearly every weekend ranging from Blues to Bluegrass. Barns of Rose Hill Art Galleries open Tues.-Sat., 12 noon-3 p.m. during events, and by appointment. 540/955-2004. www.barnsofrosehill.org. Shenandoah Arts Council, 811 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Fosters awareness and appreciation of the community’s cultural heritage, showcases local artists and art organizations, strengthens arts education in the community, and celebrates and develops the region as a center of artistic exploration, exchange and education. 540/6675166. www.shenarts.org. Shenandoah Conservatory, 1460 University Drive, Shenandoah University, Winchester. The oldest of the university’s five schools. Produces over 400 plays, dances, concerts and recitals a year. Children’s theater during the academic year. Summer programs include Shenandoah Summer Music Theater, Shenandoah Performs festival and a two-week performing arts camp. 540/665-4600. www.conservatory.su.edu. Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, John Kerr Building, 203 S. Cameron St., Winchester. An extension of Shenandoah University. Non-profit organization offering classes and private instruction in music, dance, theatre, and more for all ages. 540/665-4602. www.scartsacademy.org.

FRYO will also host a Summer Music Day Camp open to young musicians in the tri-state region. 240/347-3796. www.fryo.org. Shepherd University Community String Orchestra. Under the direction of Dr. Jeannine Sturm and Camilo Perez-Mejia, the Shepherd Community Orchestra is made up of students from surrounding counties in WV, MD & VA. The Senior Orchestra is for students in grades nine through twelve, as well as middle school students who play at an advanced level. Auditions required. The Junior String Ensemble, under the direction of Renee Shaw, is open to elementary and middle school students with at least 1-½ years experience who play at an advanced-beginner or intermediate level. Each group presents two concerts during the school year. There is a $125 fee per semester to participate. Thanks to a generous donation from Younis Orthodontics in Martinsburg, the Shepherd University Music Department offers financial aid for Ensembles and Camp participation. We also have Early Childhood Music classes, Private Music Lessons and the Preparatory Children’s Chorus. There is a summer music camp, Jazz Camp and String Orchestra Camp from June 18-22. For more info, call Sherry Sykes, Preparatory Music Coordinator, at 304/876-5248. Email ssykes@shepherd.edu. www.shepherd.edu/music/community-program. Shenandoah Valley Youth Orchestra. An extension of Shenandoah University in Winchester, the Shenandoah Valley Youth Orchestra provides musical training for string students, ages 8 to 17, from Winchester and the surrounding counties in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. The Chamber Orchestra and Youth Orchestra rehearse weekly during the school year and perform three concerts at Shenandoah University. For info about fees or to audition, call 540/665-4602 or www.scartsacademy.org.

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Winchester Little Theatre, 315 W. Boscawen St., Winchester. Organized in 1929, the theater troupe produces professional quality plays on a thrust stage. WLT for Kids offers year-round workshops, and a summer children’s workshop for middle and high school students that teaches theater experience, building sets, acting skills, etc., and culminates in two productions. 540/662-3331. www.wltonline.org.

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Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. Built in 1913, the theatre troupe, formed in 1936, moved into the theatre in 1973 and later purchased the building. The troupe produces six main-stage shows each year, including musicals, dramas, comedies, mysteries, and a summer youth workshop and production. 304/2636766. www.apollo-theatre.org. The BE-Hive, 205 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. Free, family inspiration place for events, such as music and dance presentations, magic and puppet shows, arts and crafts demos and more. A great place for parents and their young children, ages 0-13, to take part in activities focused on one or more positive life principles. 301/813-3646. www.be-hive.org. The Berkeley County Arts Council, Martinsburg. An independent organization that supports an organized, active, and broadly cooperative arts community. 304/620-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org. The Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. In 2013, the Berkeley County Arts Council opened this community based arts facility that supports a variety of art exhibits, an artist

cooperative, small special events, and a range of arts-related instruction. 304/620-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org. Ellsworth Music‘s new Music Studio has space specifically designed for our Note-able Minds™ classes. Note-able Minds Part One™ offers 45 minutes of interactive, imaginative musical fun, introducing the basic elements of music for ages before birth to 4. Note-able Minds Part Deux™, for ages 5-7, allows children to try any instrument they choose, then after 4 weeks, the teacher recommends the next steps. Private lessons on all instruments for every age also available. 304-7287060. www.EllsworthMusicSupply.com. Inwood Performing Arts, 2297 Henshaw Rd., Inwood. A unique arts facility allowing students to study both dance and music (piano, voice and guitar) with a professional teaching staff. 304/2293209. www.inwoodperformingarts.com. Jefferson Arts Council, Charles Town. Jefferson Arts Council (JAC) promotes the arts and humanities by creating cultural partnerships that enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County, WV. JAC also supports projects and awards grants for children in and outside the school environment. www.jeffersonartscouncil.org. Let There Be Rock School Panhandle, 1017 S. Queen St., Martinsburg. Professional music lesson facility and rock n' roll afterschool community center. Classes in guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboard for ages 5-17 & adults - instruments supplied. Youths perform live in bands quarterly. Students learn teamwork, technical skills, & musicianship. Rock music camps offered spring amd winter breaks. Special summer camps. 301/418.0715. Letthereberockwv.com Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs. Established in 1977, the council has produced

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more than 1,000 programs with 2,500 artists. Presentations offered since 1996 in the Ice House, a former apple storage facility downtown, include concerts, arts workshops, pageants, craft studio tours, professional art shows, storytellers, theater and video festivals. MAC also offers youth art classes and summer camps. 304/258-2300. www.macicehouse.org. New Hopewell Center for the Arts, 1354 Hite Rd., Kearneysville. Dedicated to providing quality instruction in the performing arts. Classes offered in dance, music and theater. 304/839-2503. Old Opera House Theatre Company, 204 N. George Street, Charles Town. The oldest operating theater in the state of West Virginia. Built in 1910 and operated by the OOH Theatre Company since the early 1970s, this facility has a rich tradition of bringing Broadway-style musicals, dramas and comedies to the Eastern Panhandle and surrounding community. Offers a full dance studio, acting studio, summer camp, art gallery and classes for children throughout the year. 304/725-4420. www.oldoperahouse.org. Opera House Live, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown. One of the area’s finest music and film venues since 1910. The Opera House can also be rented for weddings, birthdays, field trips, private film screenings and more. 304/876-3704. www.operahouselive.com. Shepherd Preparatory Chorus is comprised of youth who are currently in grades 3-8. Dr. David Gonzol, Assistant Professor and Director of Music Education at Shepherd, conducts the chorus. Meets at Frank Arts Center on Wed. from 6:10-7:25 p.m. throughout the school year. Tuition will be $125/semester and includes two free family member admissions to each concert. For additional information or to register for the chorus and schedule an audition, email prep@shepherd.edu. www.shepherd.edu/music/preparatory-chorus/ Shepherd University Dept. of Contemporary Art and Theater, Shepherdstown. Housed in the Center for Contemporary Arts and the Frank Center for Performing and Visual Arts, the department presents exhibitions, theatrical performances, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and workshops and lectures on a variety of related subjects. www.Shepherd.edu or www.catf.org. Shepherd University Department of Music, 260 University Drive, Shepherdstown. Housed in the Frank Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, the department presents concerts, musical theater and recitals. 800/344-5231, x5555, or 304/876-5555. www.shepherd.edu/music. Shepherdstown Music & Dance, Shepherdstown. Building community through music and dance, the organization offers monthly concerts, contra dances, Morris dances and a May Day dance. 304/263-2531. www.smad.us.

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24/7 Dance Studio, 482-A Prospect Ave., Frederick. 24/7 Dance Studio offers creative movement, dance intro, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary/lyrical, acting, musical theater, voice, choreo/improv, and gymnastics. 301/846-4247. www.24-7dancestudio.com.   Ballet and All That Jazz, 18703 Crestwood Dr., Hagerstown. Celebrating 30 years of teaching young people to dance, starting with children as young as age 3. Ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, modern, and hip hop. All skill levels welcome. 301/797-2100. www.balletandallthatjazz.com.  Bettie Jane’s Center of Dance Art (BJCDA), 6408 Mt. Phillip Rd., Frederick. Established in 1960 by Mrs. Bettie Jane Bryant, Owner and

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Director. Tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, lyrical, musical theatre, and Irish dancing. Students are accepted from age 4 through adult, beginner to professional. 301/473-5354. www.bjcda.com. The City Ballet School, 63 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Comprehensive program in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern dance. There is a program and dance class for everyone ages three through adult. 301/7335833. www.cityballetschool.com.   Dance Unlimited, 244 S Jefferson St, Frederick. Quality instruction in all dance styles, tots to adults, all levels. Acting, voice, and musical theatre workshops. Award winning competition teams ages 7-18. Tot observation lounge, Café, homework room, four dance studios, and 100-seat theatre. 301/662-3722. www.DanceUnlimitedFrederick.com. Dancin’ Time Studios, 927 S. Potomac St., in the Baker Insurance Building, Hagerstown. Dancin’ Time Studios offers classes in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, ballet & pointe. 301/797-5696. http://DancinTimeStudios.webs.com. The Dee Buchanan Studio of Dance, 207-G S. Church St., Middletown. In our 26th year of business, the studio offers professional dance training for ages 2 through adult. Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, musical theatre, pointe, acrobatics, and college performance topics. 301/3714228. www.dbdance.com.  Elite Feet Dance Studio, 253 East Fourth St., Frederick. Provides opportunities for both the experienced and recreational dancer. Ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, acrobatics, and hip hop. 301/620-9099. www.elitefeetstudio.com. Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center, 5901 Enterprise Court, Frederick and 12 West Main St., New Market. Founded in 1989, this school for dance and musical theater welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Frederick location is 7,000 sq. ft. professional training facility with 3 studios and state-of-the-art flooring. 301/694-5105. New Market studio is in the historic district, with private changing areas. 301/865-1212. www.mmpac.com.  Mount Airy Performing Arts Center, 5 West Ridgeville Blvd., Mount Airy. Dedicated to nurturing students of all ages. Offers classes in dance, tumbling, theater and music. 301/829-4244. My Dance Studio, 22018 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg. Director Lezlee Sabo opened this studio in 2002. Ballet, tap, acro, jazz, and pre-school creative movement. 301/824-3444. www.mydancestudio1.com. On Stage Performance Studio of Dance and Gymnastics, 10226 Governor Lane Blvd., Ste 4012, Williamsport. Ballet, jazz, pop jazz, acrobatics, cheer tumble, lyrical, flexibility class, and more. 240/329-7496. http://onstageperformance.com/ To The Pointe Dance Studio, 1595 Bowis Drive, Suite C, Point of Rocks. Creative Movement, Tumbling, Preschool Dance, Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Contemporary/Improv and more. 240/315-4356. www.tothepointestudioofdance.com. Urbana Dance and Performing Arts Studio, 3317 Worthington Blvd., Ijamsville. For beginner through advanced students, ages 2-1/2 and up. College and pre-professional students may continue training toward mastering technique. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe, tumbling, contemporary, modern, pom technique, and more. 301/874-4367. www.urbanadance.com.  

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Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School (CBT), 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. Located in the Capitol Theatre, the school offers 14 levels of study in classical ballet and related disciplines for ages 3 & up, beginning to preprofessional. Choose from dance classes, summer camps, adult classes, intensives and more. 717/709-1800. www.innernet.net/cbts. Clarissa’s School of Performing Arts, 91 Pine Dr., Greencastle. Fundamental movement, kinder-dance, kinder-gymnastics, ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, modern, lyrical, acrobatic tumbling, and hip hop. Also birthday parties, summer classes and camps, dance supplies & merchandise, & competitive dance and acrobatic teams. 717/597-2420. www.cspagreencastle.com. Dance Academy XIV, LLC, 16 W. King St., Suite 103 & 201, Shippensburg. Affordable and professional dance classes for all ages taught by highly trained instructors. Ballet, tap, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, acro and more. 717/404-6754. www.danceacademyxiv.net. Mar-le-Nie’ Dance Studio, Inc., 140 N. Third St., Chambersburg. Mar-LeNie’ Dance Studios is a non-profit 501c(3) public charity organization whose goal is to give children the opportunity to learn the art of tap, jazz, and ballet dancing. 717/263-1486. www.marlenie.weebly.com.

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The Blue Ridge Studio for the Performing Arts, 5 E. Main St., Berryville. Providing professional instruction in creative dance, ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance for children and adults. Teaching technique is main objective, but educates students in a wide variety of dance forms and styles, providing individual, personal attention. 540/955-2919. www.blueridgestudio.org. The Centre for Dance, 2342 Jones Rd., Winchester. Founded in 1989, the school’s mission is to provide quality dance training in a loving and fostering environment. Ballet, pointe, creative movement, modern, jazz, and hip hop. For ages 3 thru adult. 540/336-0766. www.thecentrefordance.net.

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Italia Performing Arts, 3031 Valley Ave., Suite 108, Winchester. Classical ballet, hip hop, ballet/Pilates combo, tap, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, and Irish dance. For ages 3 thru adult. A few classes offered in Edinburg, 215 Piccadilly St., and Hillsboro, The Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike. 540/504-7263. www.italiapa.com. Rhythm Studio & Dance Wear, 54 South Loudoun St., Winchester. Preballet, ballet, creative movement, contemporary, dance conditioning, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, modern, musical theater, and more. 540/722-2999. www.rhythmstudio.net.   Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, John Kerr Building, 203 S. Cameron St., Winchester. An extension of Shenandoah University. Non-profit organization offering classes and private instruction in music, dance, theatre, and more for all ages. 540/665-4602. www.scartsacademy.org.  Social Graces Ballroom Dance Studios, 639 E. Main St., Berryville. A full service social studio offering lessons in Ballroom, Latin and Swing. Group lessons and private dance lessons for children thru adults. 540/409-7136. www.berryvilleballroom.com.  

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Inwood Performing Arts Company, 2297 Henshaw Rd., Inwood. A unique arts facility allowing students to study both dance and music with a professional teaching staff under the guidance of Director Denna Smith, a registered member of the Royal Academy of Dancing. 304/229-3209. www.inwoodperformingarts.com. Dance Dimensions of Hedgesville, LLC, 3790 Hedgesville Rd., Hedgesville. Provides a quality dance education in a positive, encouraging, disciplined environment for ages 2 thru adult. Ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, modern and more. 304/671-3688. www.dancewv.com.   Joyful Center for the Arts! 1514 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg. An array of art programs offered in a family-friendly studio for children to come and learn dance, Tae Kwon Do, art, voice/musical theater, and sign language. 304/268-7373. www.jcfta.com. Rhythm ’n Motion Dance Studio, 85 Lynnhaven Drive, Suite B, Martinsburg. Ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, hip-hop, acro, creative dance, and more. 304/274-3311. www.rnmdancestudio.com.  Shepherdstown School of Dance, 400 South Princess St., Shepherdstown. Ballet, tap, modern, and jazz. For toddler thru adult. 304/886-8398. www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com.  Turning Pointe Centre for Dance, Lambert Park, 273 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg. Ballet, tap, creative movement, jazz, ballroom, hip hop, and more, for ages 3 thru adult. 304/264-4842, x15. www.mbcparks-rec.org.

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Baby Love! How Birth Order Affects How We Parent BY LAURA LYLES REAGAN

challenges,” she explains. By being the firstborn with inexperienced, new parents, the parenting approach might be a mixture of instinct and trial-and-error. Perhaps this will cause the parents to consult parenting books, be extremely attentive and rigid about how they enforce “the rules.” This approach might cause the child to be perfectionistic and become a people pleaser. In contrast, if the couple decides to have a second child, they might raise their second-born with less rigidity due their experiences raising their firstborn. They might also be less attentive to the second-born since there’s another child competing for attention. This might cause the second-born to be less perfectionistic, more relaxed but more likely to compete negatively for attention. It is not so much that the child came out of his mother’s womb first that caused him to be a leader. Rather, it’s the fact that his parents treated him as their firstborn child that shaped his attitude and behavior.

The Sociology of Birth Order

The Achiever, The Peacemaker, and The Life of The Party How should the data affect our parenting?

Parenting expert, Dr. Gail Gross summarizes the existing roles and research on birth order by naming the first born as the achiever, the middle child as the peacemaker and the youngest child as the life of the party. While the eldest child is programmed for excellence and achievement, the middle child is raised to be understanding and conciliatory and the baby seeks attention. Only children relate to the personality traits of the achiever and the life of the party. Personality traits may be clustered in the following ways as a result of birth order.

Firstborns: Achievers ◆ Reliable ◆ Conscientious ◆ Structured ◆ Cautious ◆ Controlling

Middle Children: Peacemakers ◆ People-pleasers ◆ Somewhat rebellious ◆ Thrives on friendships ◆ Has large social circle

The Last Child: The Life of the Party

◆ Fun-loving ◆ Uncomplicated ◆ Manipulative ◆ Outgoing ◆ Attention-seeker Some researchers state that birth order can be as powerful a variable in personality development as gender. It returns us to the old nurture vs. nature argument. Ultimately, we are different parents to different children in part due to their birth order.

Birth Order + Parenting = Behavior

Meri Wallace, author of Birth Order Blues (Owl Books) states, “Birth order has to do with the way the parent relates to the child in his spot, and some of it actually happens because of the spot itself. Each spot has unique

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While we might be tempted to think similarities or differences among siblings are the result of inborn personality traits or birth order, Dalton Conley’s book The Pecking Order reminds us that families are affected by social forces. These forces in turn shape children’s identities and opportunities. In other words, even though we grow up in the same families, events like economic changes, illness, and death affect us differently based on our age and gender. Conley used census data, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the General Social Survey as well as indepth interviews with siblings to arrive at his findings on birth order. Generally, the wealthier a family, the better able they are to protect children during difficult times. All children struggle when a parent dies, becomes ill or loses a job, but those with larger financial savings have more resources to cope. Children might attend therapy, or those that develop behavioral problems can be sent to special schools. Lower income families might need children to pitch in with household chores or jobs instead of pursuing extracurricular interests or higher education. A child in pain who acts out might find themselves in trouble with the law instead of in therapy. Remarriage after the death or divorce might benefit children in some circumstances. This might not be surprising, but some other findings are. Social psychology research and popular wisdom tell us that middle children are long suffering but Conley’s research findings teach us that this is usually only the case in large families with fewer resources to go around. Birth order theories are more complicated than assumed at first glance because they are affected by forces outside the family as well as forces within the family. The real issue is, how do these forces affect how we parent? Being conscious of our own behavior as parents and how it affects our parenting, will help us honor the individual journeys, personalities and choices of each of our children. Isn’t that the very purpose of parenting? Laura Lyles Reagan, MS is a family sociologist, parenting coach and author of How to Raise Respectful Parents. She can be reached for coaching services or parenting workshops through her website, www.LauraLReagan.com.

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Breast-feeding & Birthing Resources MARYLAND

Blue Ridge Breastfeeding, Megan O’Reilly, IBCLC, and Marah Sollenberger, IBCLC. Blue Ridge Breastfeeding offers private, in-home lactation consultation in MD, PA, and WV. General and topic-specific breastfeeding classes are available in private or group settings. Drop-in support clinic offered monthly in Frederick, MD and Waynesboro, PA. Call 301/744-9566 to schedule a consultation. www.blueridgebreastfeeding.com. The Family Birthing Center at Meritus Medical Center is at 11116 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown. This facility opened in December, 2010 and features single-room maternity care. A Level II B Special Care Nursery is located next to the Family Birthing Center. 301/790-8421. Meritus Medical Center and Robinwood Professional Center (11110 Medical Campus Rd., Hagerstown) offer a variety of classes and groups: Breastfeeding class is held the first Saturday of every other month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 122B. If you’re thinking about breastfeeding, this class will help you prepare. $10. Online registration. 301/790-8214. Newborn Care class is offered the third Friday of every other month from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 122B. This class includes baby care and infant CPR. Cost is $65 per couple. Online registration. 301/790-8907. Family Birthing Center offers free tours every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Tour begins in the Women and Children’s Welcome Center. No registration required. 301/790-8421.

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Breastfeeding Support Group meets bimonthly from 1-2:30 p.m. at Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 122B. Free. Online registration. 301/790-8530. Understanding Childbirth E-Learning Class is an on-line course offered for expectant mothers and a support person in their last two months of pregnancy. $20. Online registration. 301/790-8214. Frederick Memorial Healthcare System offers a variety of classes at Frederick Memorial Hospital: Childbirth education classes are offered in a variety of formats and times. Our instructors explain the physical and emotional journey from pregnancy, labor and delivery to postpartum recovery. The cost is $155 per couple. Preregistration required. 240/566-4367. BabyCare 101 is highly recommended for first time parents and grandparents. The cost is $100 per couple. Preregistration required. 240/566-4367.

Small Wonder is a class for ages 3 to 7, and is designed to help them prepare for the arrival of a new sister or brother. Held monthly on a Saturday morning. $40. Preregistration required. 240/566-4367. Baby BEST (Breastfeeding Education and Support Together) is a program offered by Frederick Memorial Hospital BirthPlace to support nursing mothers. $45 per couple. 240/566-3880. FMH Birthplace Tours are scheduled at a variety of times. Hospital policy requires children must be at least 12 years of age to accompany parents on tour. Special fee-based programs available to siblings to be. Preregistration required. 240/566-4367. Riverside Midwifery LLC, 3620 Buckeystown Pike, PO Box 69, Buckeystown, MD. Provides homebirth and well woman care to the WV/VA/MD area within approximately 40 miles1 hour of Frederick, MD. Midwives Nannette Jenkins CNM, Chris Bontrager CNM, and Shawna DeWitt CPM are nationally certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and licensed by the Boards of Nursing in MD, WV and VA. Members of the American College of Nurse Midwives, the Association of Independent Midwives in MD, the Midwives Alliance of WV, and the Midwives Alliance of North America. riversidemidwifery@gmail.com. www.riversidemidwifery.com. 240/341-4974.

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PENNYSLVANIA

Chambersburg Hospital is located at 112 North Seventh Street, Chambersburg and offers various newborn care classes, new parenting classes and groups: Breastfeeding Class at 112 North Seventh Street, classroom 3, is taught by a lactation nurse and designed to explain the benefits of breastfeeding, the basics of what to expect and how to deal with any concerns or problems that may be encountered. Class meets in the Lecture Center on the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9:30 p.m. $17 per couple. Call to register. 717/267-6370 or 717/860-0177. Breastfeeding Support Group is designed for those who are breastfeeding in conjunction with our Chambersburg Hospital Breastfeeding classes. Class meets in the King Street Conference Room (OP & E Classroom Sept. 25) on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 12 noon-1 p.m. Upcoming class dates: March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 27 & Dec. 189 (3rd Tues.) Free. 717/267-6370 or 717/860-0177. Keystone Women’s Care is located at 830 Fifth Ave., Suite 202, Chambersburg and specializes in obstetrical and gynecological health care. Childbirth classes are generally being held the 1st Monday and 1st Saturday of the month. Saturday classes are from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Class concludes with hospital tour. $60. Classes free for Keystone Health patients. There is also a Keystone Breastfeeding Center committed to helping you reach your infant feeding goals. 717/709-7990. www.keystonewomenscare.org. Waynesboro Hospital is located at 501 East Main Street, Waynesboro. Tours are available by appointment. The hospital offers many new parenting classes and groups: 1-Day Birthing Education Class is a one-day birthing class that helps you prepare for your special birthing experience. Held on one Saturday every other month from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Upcoming class dates: March 10, May 19, July 21, September 22 and November 3. $50 per couple. Call to register. 717/765-3417. Breastfeeding Class is taught by a lactation nurse and designed to explain the benefits of breastfeeding, the basics of what to expect and how to deal with any concerns or problems that may be encountered. Held the fourth Wednesday every other month from 7-9 p.m. Upcoming class dates: March 28, May 23, July 25, September 26 and November 14. $10 per couple. Call to register. 717/765-3417.

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AbbaCare, Inc. in Winchester is a limited medical clinic providing pregnancy tests, pregnancy verification ultrasounds, peer counseling, pregnancy & parenting education, and support for those who find themselves in an unexpected pregnancy. 540/665-9660. www.abbacare.org. JustBirth Winchester, working to create a compassionate, holistic birth care community, offers free monthly meetings on a variety of birth related topics. Meetings are held the second Tues. of each month at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church on Boscawen St., in Old Town Winchester from 6:30-8 p.m. www.justbirth.weebly.com. Doran Richards, Certified Professional Midwife, located in Strasburg, serves women in Frederick and Clark Counties of VA, all the way up Interstate 81 to the Maryland border. Licensed with the state of Virginia, she offers full prenatal, labor, delivery and postpartum care. 540/295-2186. www.blessingGodsway.com. Ten Moons Midwifery offers homebirth midwifery care to families throughout Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. For more information about giving birth at home call Aimee or Desiree at 540/3645077. www.ten-moons.com. The Winchester Medical Center, located at 1840 Amherst Street in Winchester, offers classes in childbirth education, newborn care, breastfeeding, and infant CPR. For more information or to register call 540/5368768. www.valleyhealthlink.com.

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Birthroot Midwifery, 217 South Duke St., #100, PO Box 1493, Shepherdstown. Owner and co-founder, Shanna Mastrangelo, is a certified professional midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives and is licensed to practice midwifery by the Virginia Board of Medicine and the Maryland Board of Nursing. birthrootmidwives@gmail.com. 301/991-7414. www.birthrootwv.com. Community Birth Circle in Shepherdstown, WV meets at Mellow Moods Café, 119 W. German Street every third Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. Open to parents, grandparents, family members, friends, nursing/medical/midwifery students, doulas, lactation consultants, and anyone else with an interest in birth and raising healthy families. Join “Community Birth Circle” on Facebook for more information. The Birthing Center at Berkeley Medical Center (formerly City Hospital), 2500 Hospital Drive, Martinsburg. Part of University Healthcare in Martinsburg. Provides private birthing rooms, whirlpools, sibling visitation, prenatal classes and family programs. The Mother and Baby Couplet Care Program keeps mother and baby together from the moment of delivery until they go home. Following a routine birth, all infant care is conducted in the mother’s private room. One nurse, assigned to mother and newborn, guides the family unit through the how-tos of caring for the infant. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 304/264-1270. Berkeley Medical Center also offers several classes: Prenatal classes are held Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. for a series of five weeks. Classes cover breathing and relaxation techniques, pain management, medical procedures, Caesarean delivery and infant care. Preregistration is required. $15 per class or $75 for entire series. Call 304/264-1297. A free breast-feeding class taught by a certified lactation consultant covering the basics and benefits of breast-feeding. Breastfeeding class offered the second Tuesday of every month (with a few exceptions) from 6:30-8 p.m. Registration is required. Call 304/264-1270, Mon. through Fri., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jefferson Medical Center (formerly Jefferson Memorial) Obstetrics Department, 300 S. Preston St., Ranson, is part of University Healthcare in Ranson. Childbirth Education is offered every other month as a 4-week series. Classes held from 7-9 p.m. $60 per couple. Preregistration required. Call 304/728-1713. Positive Birth Experience in Shenandoah Junction, WV provides care for birthing and postpartum families. Kathleen Nora Dawe is a certified childbirth educator, doula, doula trainer, lactation consultant, hypno-birth coach, and workshop presenter. www.breastfeedingrescue.com. www.positivebirthexperiences.com. Sarah Scolaro, Doula, Breastfeeding Specialist and Birth Assistant (homebirth midwife’s assistant). Works for two local midwifery practices: Riverside Midwifery based in Frederick, MD, and Birthroot Midwifery in Shepherdstown, WV. Also teaches body literacy and group childbirth classes. Doula.scolaro@gmail.com. 304/616-2129. Shenandoah Community Health Center in Martinsburg offers prenatal services including midwives, medical attention and education. If offers a childbirth education series covering anatomy, nutrition, breathing techniques, relaxation, drugs used in labor, hospital tour, and vaginal and caesarean birth. Call 304/263-8964. www.svms.net. Women’s Health and Family Medicine, 203 East Fourth St., Ranson, offers expert obstetrical care and the full range of primary healthcare, for infants, adolescents, men and women. 304/725-6343. www.wvu-uhp.com/primary-care/womens-health/default.aspx.

La Leche League

La Leche League groups for breast-feeding mothers, affiliated with La Leche International. For more information, go to www.llli.org. La Leche League of Frederick, MD. Provides breastfeeding support and education. Morning meetings are 1st Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m. at

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Urbana Library (9020 Amelung St.) in the upper level conference room. Afternoon meetings are 4th Wednesday of the month, 12:30 p.m. at Superfoods on Main (106 S. Main St., Mt. Airy) in the meeting room located in the back of the café. Evening meetings are 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Trinity Chapel of Evangelical Reform United Church of Christ (15 W. Church St.). Do not park behind Church. Check website for most current meeting information. www.lllofmd-de-dc.org. La Leche League of Greencastle/Waynesboro, PA. Meets second Monday, 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. at Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church, 9244 Five Forks Rd., Waynesboro. http://lllofgreencastlewaynesboro.weebly.co m. La Leche League of Hagerstown, MD. Meets the first Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Boonsboro Community Center at Shafter Park in Boonsboro; and on the third Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, 17906 Garden Lane, Hagerstown. E-mail lllofhagerstown@gmail.com or call Erin at 301/606-5369, Megan at 301/6659226, or Sarah at 301/473-2022. La Leche League of Jefferson County, WV. Offers mother-to-mother support and up-to-date breast-feeding information. Meets second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St., Shepherdstown. Call Kristin at 304/671-8430; Mendy at 304/2600456; Sheila at 240-818-3034. La Leche League of Northern Shenandoah Valley. Offers mother-to-mother support and breastfeeding information. Meets first Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. at Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City; second Monday of the month, 10 a.m. Steamy’s Café, 38 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester; and on the fourth Monday of the month, 6 p.m. at Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St. Call Natasha: 212/203-9394, Aimee: 540/660-2459, and Alice: 540/6362785.

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MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups, affiliated with MOPS International. For more information, go to www.mops.org. Second Monday of most months, 9:30 a.m. at Mountain View Community Church, 8330 Fingerboard Rd., Frederick, MD. Mountain View MOPS is for moms who are pregnant or have a child newborn thru kindergarten. Pre-registration is required. Contact

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mountainviewccmops@gmail.com. www.mvccfrederick.com. First and third Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. at Frederick Church of Brethren, Fellowship Hall, The Landing, 201 Fairview Ave., Frederick, MD. FCOP MOPS is a ministry of Frederick Church of the Brethren. This group provides support and fellowship to moms with children from birth to kindergarten. www.fcob.net. First and third Wednesdays from September through May, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, MD. Meet and discuss concerns about parenting,

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Our family-friendly calendar of events provides dozens of events you’ll want to take your family to .. from Easter egg hunts and visits with the “Bunny” to Open Houses at local preschools and private schools to plan for your child’s education. See pages 32-27 this issue and visit online for even more at www.childguidemagazine.com/events

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motherhood, and family dynamics. Every meeting includes biblical insight and creative and fun activities/crafts. We want to be prepared to greet you and your child/children, so please call before you attend. Registration fee. Contact Cindy Reeder at 301/733-0144 or email her at cindyreeder@fcchagerstown.org. First and third Wednesdays from September through May, 2-3 p.m. at Washington County Family Center, 221 McRand Court, Hagerstown, MD. This is a group for teenage moms. Program conducted by Otterbein United Methodist Church. Call Cindy Brown at 301/739-9386.

MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support), part of International Moms Club. For more information, go to www.momsclub.org. MOMS Club® Chambersburg East is a support group for mothers who have made the choice to stay home with the children. We offer moral support, fun and educational activities, play groups, MOMS night out, and more. E-mail chambersburgmomsclubeast@gmail.com. www.momsclubce.org. MOMS Club® Chambersburg West is a support group for the at-home mother and her children who reside in the cities of Chambersburg, St. Thomas and Greencastle, PA. We enjoy numerous monthly activities, including play groups, park days and craft days. We also have a monthly MOMS Night Out and at least one yearly service project to help needy children in the community. E-mail momschbgwest@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MOMSClubChambersburgWest MOMS Club of Charles Town Area, WV is a support group for mothers who choose to stay at home and raise their children. There are fun, public play dates and at least one service project yearly helping needy children. http://momsclubofcharlestown.org. Find us on Facebook.

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MOMS Club® of Frederick County – North is a non-profit organization providing a network of support to stay-at-home mothers. There are regular get-togethers that focus on play, arts, crafts, exploration of local child friendly venues, etc. Chapter boundaries include the elementary school districts of Lewistown, Monocacy, Waverley, Whittier, and Yellow Springs. Annual membership fee. www.momsclubfredericknorth.com. MOMS Club® of Frederick County – SE is a support group for stay-at-home mothers living within the New Market, Twin Ridge, Kemptown, and Green Valley elementary school area. Find us on Facebook. www.momsclubfredcose. wixsite.com/momsclubfredcose MOMS Club® of Hagerstown is a support group for at-home moms in the Hagerstown area. Full group meets the first Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m., from September to May, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Smaller weekly play groups, based on children’s ages are available. There are also field trips and a monthly Moms’ Night Out. A $25 annual membership fee covers a monthly newsletter of activities, crafts, refreshments and possible charity donation. Find us on Facebook at MOMS Club of Hagerstown, MD. MOMS Club® of Martinsburg. A non-profit support group just for the at-home mother. Monthly meetings and activities. We offer play dates, monthly mom’s night out, community giving opportunities, and more. Open to all moms who reside in Berkeley County, WV. Find us on Facebook. www.momsclubofmartinsburg.org. MOMS Club® of Shippensburg, PA, Chapter of MOMS Club International meets in Shippensburg, PA. Support group offers play groups, MOMS Night Out, park outings, book club and more. Find us on Facebook. www.shipmomsclub.org. E-mail shipmomsclub@gmail.com. MOMS Club® of Southern Franklin County is a support group for all Stay At Home Moms who reside in Greencastle-Antrim School District, Tuscarora School District and McConnellsburg. We offer moral support, fun and educational

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activities, play groups, MOMS night out, park days, tours, lunch bunch, crafts, seasonal parties, and more. E-mail sfcmomsclub@outlook.com. Find us on Facebook. MOMS Club® of Winchester is a support group for stay-at-home moms and their children in Winchester, Stephens City, Middletown and Berryville. Monthly playgroups, weekly activities & events, park days, storytime, community service projects and more. Find us on Facebook. http://momsclubwinchestereastva.webs.com

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Middletown Moms at Home Club is a non-profit support and social group for at-home and working parents and their children. We offer playgroups, parties, field trips, and mom’s night out activities every month. www.middletownmomsathome.org. PA Playgroup meets for activities once or twice mid-week and two Saturdays per month at community locations in Greencastle, PA and the surrounding areas. Moms, dads, and caregivers can support each other while their children play. We welcome special needs children and teens! We have infants through age 18 yrs. old participating. Enjoy year-round fun activities such as pizza parties, game days, Mr. Potato Head parties, Science Play Days, Lego and Block Parties, holiday parties, music & movement, and crafts at family-friendly locations and local community events. No registration or membership fees to participate. Most events are free. Pay your own way at others. We plan one month ahead and make every effort to plan inexpensive activities for the whole family. Contact Erin Betts: ebetts@pa.net, 717/597-7572. Find us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/groups/ 168641103198620/ Winchester Playgroup. A support group for moms and children, providing local activities, play groups, field trips and more. www.meetup.com/winchester-playgroup/

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his classroom is nut free, thank you for keeping our classroom safe.” So reads an increasing amount of signs on classroom doors across America. The incidence of peanut and tree nut allergies among children in this country has tripled since 1997 according to research released by doctors at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York who have been following the trend over several decades. The growing numbers mean parents are being told not to bring in outside treats for fear of exposing a child with a food allergy. Students with allergies are now separated at lunch so they do not accidentally sit near a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. A food allergy occurs when the body’s immune system releases antibodies and mistakenly attacks a harmless food. The next time the person who had the allergic reaction eat that specific food, the immune system releases even bigger amounts of histamines, which trigger multiple allergic symptoms. Symptoms include swelling, hives, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, itching around the mouth, a runny nose, trouble breathing, fainting and a rapid heartbeat, all important signs that indicate an immediate need for medical care. Peanut and tree nut allergies are the most common food allergies in children in the U.S. and often come with the most severe reaction called anaphylaxis, which includes swelling of the mouth and throat, dangerously low blood pressure and trouble breathing. An anaphylactic reaction needs to be treated immediately with epinephrine, which is injected from an EpiPen, a device that quickly shoots epinephrine into anyone who has been exposed to an allergen. While some children grow out of food allergies to egg, soy or milk, it is rare for anyone to outgrow a peanut or tree nut allergy. Tree nuts include walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, chestnuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts and cashews. Peanuts grow underground and while not a “true nut”, cause some of the most severe allergic reactions in children. While there is no scientific explanation for the increase, new research does have some good news. Studies are showing that women who eat nuts during pregnancy may stop the development of those same allergies in their children. In fact, researchers found the more peanuts and tree nuts a non-allergic mother eats, the lower the risk of her child developing an allergy. And surprisingly, “emerging data suggests that peanut allergy in children can be prevented by the early introduction of peanut-containing foods,” according to Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. Fauci, who announced the release of new guidelines about nut allergies said the clinical trials showed that eating peanuts in infancy until 5 years of age led to an 81 percent reduction in development of peanut allergy in infants considered high risk for those allergies. Parents interested in learning more can find the 2017 Guidelines from the Learning Early About Peanut Allergy study from the NIAID by following this link: www.niaid.nih.gov/sites/default/files/addendum-peanut-allergyprevention-guidelines.pdf

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2018 Family Resource Guide Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 301/600-7200 Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. Story times: Baby Storytime, ages birth to 24 mos. with an adult, Tues. and Thurs. at 10:15 a.m.; Toddler Storytime, age 2 with an adult, Tues. and Thurs. at 11 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Wed. at 10:30 a.m.; Musical Storytime, ages 0 & up with caregiver, Thurs. at 1:30 p.m. Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 301/600-7000 Hours: Sun., 1 to 5 p.m.; Mon. thru Thurs., 10 am to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Toddler Storytime, for 2-year-olds with an adult, Tues. & Fri., 10:05 a.m.; Musical Storytime, ages 0 & up with caregiver, Thurs. & Sat., 10:30 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Tues. at 1:30 p.m. & Wed., 10:05 a.m.; Baby Storytime, ages 0-24 mos., Mon., 10:05 a.m.; School Skills for Preschoolers, ages 3-5, Tues., 2:15 p.m. Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. 301/845-8880 Hours: Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Baby Storytime, ages 24 mos. and younger with an adult, Mon., 10:05 a.m.; Infant Storytime, ages 0-12 mos. with an adult, Mon., 11 a.m.; Toddler Storytime, age 2 with an adult, Tues., 10:05; Musical Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Wed., 10:05 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Thurs., 10:05 a.m.; School Skills for Preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, Thurs., 10:45 a.m.; Family Storytime, ages 0 & up, Fri., 10:05 a.m.

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FREDERICK COUNTY, MD

Frederick County Public Libraries: www.fcpl.org. Brunswick Branch Library, 915 North Maple Ave., Brunswick. 301/600-7250 Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Toddler Storytime, for 2 year olds with caregiver, Mon., 10:30 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Wed., 10:30 a.m.; School Skills for Preschoolers, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Wed., 11:15 a.m.; Bilingual Baby Storytime: ASL/English, ages 0-24 months with a caregiver, Tues., 10:05 a.m. & 11 a.m.; Musical Storytime, ages 0 & up with caregiver, Thurs., 10:30 a.m.; Preschool STEM Lab, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Mon., 11:30 a.m. C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 301/600-1630 Hours: Sun., 1 to 5 p.m.; Mon. thru Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with caregiver, Mon., 1:30 p.m. & Wed., 11:15 a.m.; Baby Storytime, ages 0 to 24 mos. with caregiver, Tues. & Thurs., 11:15 a.m.; Toddler Storytime, designed for 2 year olds with caregiver, Mon. & Fri., 10:15 a.m.; Musical Storytime, ages 0 & up with caregiver, Tues.-Thurs., 10:15 a.m.; New Parent Pop-In Storytime, ages 0 to 6 mos., Mon., 11:15 a.m.; School Skills for Preschoolers, ages 3-5, Mon., 2 p.m.; Family Storytime, ages 0 & up with caregiver, Mon., 6:30 p.m. Edward F. Fry Memorial Library at Point of Rocks, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks. 301/874-4560 Hours: Mon. and Wed., 3 to 8 p.m.; Tues. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story times: Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5, Tues., 11 a.m.; Musical Storytime, ages 0 & up with caregiver, 1st & 3rd Tues., 2 p.m.; School Skills for Preschoolers, ages 3-5, 2nd Tues., 11:30 a.m. Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. 301/6006329 Hours: Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Musical Storytime, ages 0 & up with caregiver, Mon., 10:30 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, for ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Wed., 10:30 a.m. Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. 301/600-7560 Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Baby Storytime, ages 0 to 24 mos., Tues., 10:05 a.m.; Toddler Storytime, 2-year-olds with an adult, Mon. at 10:05 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Thurs., 10:30 a.m.; Musical Storytime, ages 0 & up with caregiver, Fri. & select Wed., 10:05 a.m.

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Washington County Free Library System: www.washcolibrary.org Boonsboro Free Library, 401 Potomac St., Boonsboro. 301/432-5723 Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Story times: Toddler Time, for ages 18 mos. to 3 years, Tues., 11 a.m.; Lap Sit, for ages 18 mos. and younger, Fri., 11 a.m.; Family Storytime, for all ages, Sat., 11 a.m.; Pre-school Story Time, ages 3 & up, Wed., 3:30 p.m. Clear Spring Leonard P. Snyder Library, 12624 Broadfording Rd., Clear Spring. 301/842-2730 Hours: Tues. thru Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sun., 1:15 to 5 p.m. Story times: Friday Storytime, for ages 2-5 with an adult, Fri., 11:30 a.m. Hagerstown Central Library, the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 301/739-3250 Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Story times: Infant Storytime, ages 6 to 18 mos., Wed., 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., preregistration required; Preschool Story Time, ages 3 to 5, Fri., 11:30 a.m.; Stories by Starlight, children of all ages, Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Toddler Time, ages 18 to 36 mos., Mon., 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., preregistration required. Hancock War Memorial Library, 220 Park Road, Hancock. A new library is currently being built. 301/678-5300 Hours: Tues. and Wed., 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thurs., 3:15 to 7 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story time: Toddler/Preschool Story Time, geared toward ages 2-5, but all ages welcome, Wed., 1 p.m. Keedysville Library, 22 Taylor Drive, Keedysville. 301/432-6641 Hours: Tues., 3:15 to 7 p.m.; Wed., 1:15-5 p.m.; Sat., 9:15 a.m. to 12 noon Creative Kids Corner offered for children in grades 1 to 5, 1st Sat. each month, 9:15 a.m. Sharpsburg Public Library, 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg. 301/432-8825 Hours: Tues. thru Thurs., 2:30 to 8 p.m.; Sat., 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story times: Story Time, for PreK and grades 1-5, Thurs., 3:30 p.m.; Books with Baby, for infants and toddlers, 2nd Thurs., 2:30 p.m. Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St, Smithsburg. 301/824-7722 Hours: Mon., Wed. and Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tues, 12:30 to 9 p.m.; Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Story times: Preschool Story Time, for ages 3 to 5, Fri., 11 a.m.; Toddler Story Time, for ages 18 to 36 mos., Thurs., 11 a.m., pre-registration required; Saturday Story Time, for all ages, Sat., 11:30 a.m.; Infant Story Time, for infants 6 to 18 months, 2nd and 4th Wed., 11 a.m. Williamsport Memorial Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport. 301/223-7027 Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story times: Tiny Tots Story Time, for ages 3 and younger, second Tues., 10:30 a.m.; Children’s Storytime with a Craft, for ages 18 mos. to age 5, Wed., 11:30 a.m.

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Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St., Chambersburg. 717/263-1054 www.fclspa.org Hours: Mon. thru Fri., 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Storytime, ages birth to 5, Thurs. at 10 a.m. & Fri. at 10:30 a.m. Grove Family Library, 101 Ragged Edge Road, S., Chambersburg. 717/264-9663 www.fclspa.org Hours: Mon. and Tues., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story times: Preschool Storytime, ages 3-5, Tues. at 1:30 p.m. and Fri. at 9:30 a.m.; Infant/Toddler Laptime, Wed., 9:30 a.m. & Thurs., 1:30 p.m. Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library, 305 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle. 717/597-7920. www.fclspa.org Hours: Mon., 1 to 8 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story times: Preschool Storytime, for ages 3 to 5, Tues. & Wed. at 10 a.m.; Toddler Storytime, Mother Goose on the Loose, for ages birth to 3 years, Fri. at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please check with the library for times of additional children’s programs. Fort Loudon Community Library, 210 Mullen Street, Fort Loudon. 717/369-4704. www.fclspa.org Hours: Tues. thru Thurs., 3 to 7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story time: Sat., 10 a.m. St. Thomas Library, 30 School House Rd., St. Thomas. 717/369-4716. www.fclspa.org Hours: Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues., Thurs. and Fri., 2 to 6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Story time: Call for times. Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, 45 E. Main St., Waynesboro. 717/762-3335. Email staff@ahmfl.org. www.ahmfl.org Hours: Mon.- Thurs., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the summer. Story times: Preschool Story Time, ages 3 to 6, Wed., 10:10 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Toddler Time, Fri., 10 a.m.; Infant Storytime, Fri., 11 a.m. Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Lane, Blue Ridge Summit. 717/794-2240. www.fclspa.org Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 3 to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Story time: Saturday Story and Craft Hour, Sat., 11 a.m.

WINCHESTER, VA AREA

Handley Regional Library System: www.handleyregional.org Mary Jane and James L. Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Drive, Stephens City. 540/869-9000. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Toddler Time, ages 3 & under, Mon., 11 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, Wed., 11 a.m.; Baby Time, ages birth to 15 mos., Thurs., 11 a.m.; Family Storytime, Sat., 11 a.m. Clarke County Library, 101 Chalmers Ct., Suite C, Berryville. 540/955-5144 Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story Time: Preschool Story Time, ages 3 & up, Tues., 10:30 a.m. Handley Regional Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 540/662-9041 Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Toddler Story Time, ages 3 & under, Thurs., 10:30 a.m.; Preschool Story Time, ages 3 & up, Mon., 10:30 a.m.; Baby Time, ages birth to 15 mos., Tues., 10:30 a.m.; Family Storytime, Sat., 10:30 a.m.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story time: Preschool storytime and craft, Thurs., 10:30 a.m. Call for other story times.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, WV

Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library, 151 Polk St., Harpers Ferry. 304/535-2301. www.bolivarharpersferrylibrary.com Hours: Mon., Tues., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wed. and Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Story times (from Sept. thru May): Infant Storytime, ages birth to 18 mos., Wed, 11 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 1-4, Thurs., 10:30 a.m.; Todder Storytime, ages 18 mos. to age 3, Fri., 10:30 a.m. Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St., Charles Town. 304/725-2208. www.ctlibrary.org Hours: Mon., Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story time: Storytime, Mon., 10:30 a.m. & Thurs., 4 p.m.; Saturday Storytime and Crafts, 10 a.m. on 2nd Sat. every month. Shepherdstown Public Library, 100 E. German Street, Shepherdstown. 304/876-2783. www.lib.shepherdstown.wv.us Hours: Mon. through Thurs., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story times: Lap Babies, age birth to 18 mos., Tues., 10:15 a.m.; Time for Twos, Tues., 11:15 a.m.; 3-5 year old Storytime, Wed., 11:15 a.m. Call to confirm times and dates. South Jefferson Public Library, 49 Church St., Summit Point. 304/725-6227. www.sojeffersonlibrary.com Hours: Mon. through Thurs., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. Story times: Preschool Story Hour, Tues., 11 a.m. and Wed., 1 p.m.

MORGAN COUNTY, WV

Morgan County Public Library, 105 Congress St., Berkeley Springs. 304/258-3350. www.mocolibrary.com Hours: Mon., Tues., and Fri., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story time: For all ages with an adult, Mon., 11 a.m. Paw Paw Public Library, 250 Moser Ave., Paw Paw. 304/947-7013. www.pawpawpubliclibrary.com Hours: Mon., Tues, & Fri., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 2 to 6 p.m.; Wed., 8 a.m. to 12 noon & 1 to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 3 to 7 p.m. Story time: Children’s book-read and craft, Fri., 10:30 a.m.

BERKELEY COUNTY, WV

Hedgesville Public Library, 207 North Mary St., Hedgesville. 304/754-3949 Hours: Mon., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wed. & Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Story time: Fri., 10:30 a.m. Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library, 101 W. King St., Martinsburg. Main library: 304/267-8933. www.mbcpl.org. Hours: Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wed., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Wee Ones, ages 0 to 24 mos., Fri., 10:30 a.m., from Labor Day through May; Preschool Story Time, ages 3-5, Wed., 10:30 a.m., from Labor Day through May. Musselman-South Berkeley Community Library, Musselman High School, Rte 11, 126 Exellence Way, Inwood. 304/229-2220. www.mbcpl.org. Hours: Tue., Wed. & Thurs., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. Parking for library patrons is in the lot at the north side of the school. Story times: Preschool storytime and craft, Tues. & Wed., 10:30 a.m., registration required. Call to find out about additional special programs. North Berkeley Public Library, 1255 T.J. Jackson Drive at Spring Mills, Falling Waters. 304/274-3443. www.mbcpl.org. Hours: Mon. & Tues., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat.,

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Beaver Creek School Museum, 9702 Beaver Creek Church Road, Hagerstown. Operated as a museum by the Washington County Historical Society, this 1904 two-room schoolhouse features a replica classroom and a rural-life museum reflecting life in Washington County. Admission. Open for tours by appt. only. 301797-8782. www.washcomdhistoricalsociety.org. Beatty-Cramer House, 9010 Liberty Rd. (Md. 26), Frederick. Named for John Beatty, an Irish immigrant with possible royal Scottish connections, and Jeremiah Henry Cramer, who made many architectural changes, the site is home to three historic structures: a combination of the Beatty portion of the house (circa 1732), the Cramer addition (circa 1855), and later renovations. The two outbuildings are an 18thcentury springhouse and a 19th-century smokehouse. Currently not available for tours. 301/668-2086. Boonsboro Trolley Museum, intersection of North Main Street and Shafer Park Drive, Boonsboro. The original building has been restored and was the Boonsboro Trolley Stations from 1902 to 1938. It is the last remaining trolley station in Washington County. Museum houses trolley artifacts and photographs. Open to the public on the 4th Sun. of the month, May through Oct., 2 to 5 p.m., or by appointment. 301/432-7030. Boonsborough Museum of History, 113 N. Main St., Boonsboro. Collection of historical objects of local and national significance, plus Civil War relics, the evolution of firearms and American Indian artifacts. Open by appointment. 301/432-6969. www.town.boonsboro.md.us. Bowman House and Boonsboro Historical Society, 323 N. Main St., Boonsboro. The Bowman House, built by Jacob Powles, is typical of log houses built in Western Maryland during the first half of the 19th century. In 1868, John Bowman purchased the log house and established the Boonsboro Pottery. Period demonstrations might include open-hearth cooking, redware pottery and an heirloom garden. Open May through Oct. on the fourth Sun. of the month, 2 to 5 p.m. 301/432-5889. www.town.boonsboro.md.us. www.boonsborohistoricalsociety.org/bowman-house/ Brown’s Meeting House, 11 South Mill Street, Clear Spring. The Clear Spring District Historical Association owns this 1825 site. The two-story log structure is used for historical exhibits and lectures. Open by appointment. 301/842-2342. Brunswick Heritage Museum, 40 W. Potomac St., Brunswick. Features 2,000 square feet of interactive HO-scale model railroad, railroad equipment, exhibits, gift shop, photographs, Victorian costumes, furnishings, toy, baseball and medical history. C&O Canal Visitor Center is

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on the first floor of the museum. Open Fri., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Admission. 301/834-7100. www.brunswickmuseum.org. The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. Museum specializes in 19th-century life, and offers historic tours, festivals, and programs designed for elementary school-aged children and visitors of all ages. Open April through Sept., Mon. through Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Weekends in Oct. and Nov. Also open for seasonal events & activities Dec.-Mar. Group reservations welcome March though Nov. Admission. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. This hands-on museum provides life-long learning experiences to thousands of children and families each year. All exhibits and programs focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) principles. Visit the STEAM Machine Art Room, Sustainability Exhibit, Builder’s Nook, LEGO Robotics Education Exhibit, Dinosaur Exhibit, Civil War Trains Exhibit, Hagerstown Aviation Exhibit, Titanic Exhibit, NASA/APL Space Exhibit, and more. Visit the Treasures Gift Shoppe for gifts for all ages. Same hours as the museum. Museum open Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sun. & Mon. Adults, $7; ages 4-17, $6; active military families and children up to age 3 are complimentary. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Doleman Black Heritage Museum, 540 N. Locust Street, Hagerstown. This nationally known, family-owned and operated museum is focused on preserving and displaying the legacy of Charles & Marguerite Doleman’s vision of a state of the art cultural & historical museum depicting the lives of African-Americans in Washington County. Contains books, artifacts, and pictures of Black History in Washington County. Open by appointment only. Find us on Facebook. 301/797-5019. www.dolemanblackheritagemuseum.org. Frederick County Archives & Research Center, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. Formerly the Historical Society of Frederick County’s Library, the Frederick County Archives & Research Center has letters, diaries, Civil War records, maps, family histories, photographs and books available for use by historians and genealogists. Open Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun., 1-4 p.m. The Museum and Research Center will be closed to the public through May 1, 2018, but staff will be accessible by phone and email. Admission. 301/663-1188. www.frederickhistory.org Geiser Mason Farm Museum, 22 Newman Lane, behind Smithsburg Town Hall (21 W. Water St.), Smithsburg. Contains a 1901 wooden threshing machine built by Geiser Manufacturing, other farm related artifacts, antique toy display, and other articles related to the history of Smithsburg. Open by appointment only, and during special events. 301/824-7154. The Hager House Museum, 110 Key St., City Park, Hagerstown. Built in 1739 by Jonathan Hager, the city founder, the house was situated on a 200-acre tract called Hager’s Fancy. Its 22inch thick walls were erected over two springs, making it an impregnable fortress against Indian attack. There will be a variety of special events focusing on eighteenth and nineteenth century life held throughout the year. Open Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from April- Oct., and other days by appointment. Call for hours. Admission. 301/739-8393. www.hagerhouse.org. Hagerstown Aviation Museum, 14235 Oak Springs Road, Hagerstown. Preserves and

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and Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. tree lighting with music and light refreshments. 301/797-2867. www.valleyartassoc.com. The Miller House, 135 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The Miller House was built for William Price around 1825. Now a museum, it features exhibits such as a large collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century dolls and toys, Bell pottery collection, the kinship Family Heritage Research Center, and papers and historic items from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. It is the headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society. Special exhibits, lectures, and programs offered year-round. Tours available year-round, closed holidays. Open Wed. through Fri., 1 to 4 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $5, adults; free, WCHS members and children 12 & under. 301/797-8782.  www.washcomdhistoricalsociety.org. Museum of Frederick County History, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. Guided tours, special exhibitions, and the decorative and fine arts in the museum tell the story of Frederick County. There is a heritage garden and a research library. Family-friendly programs all year long. Open Wed. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun., 1 – 4 p.m. The Museum and Research Center will be closed to the public through May 1, 2018, but staff will be accessible by phone and email. 301/663-1188. Admission. www.frederickhistory.org. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Explores the medical story of the Civil War through exhibits, educational tours, special events, an annual conference and museum store. Open Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults, $9.50; seniors and military, $8:50; students, $7; those younger than 9, free. 301/695-1864. www.civilwarmed.org. National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Religious shrine honoring the first American-born canonized saint. Shrine sites include a visitor center with museum and gift shop. Stone House (1750), White House (1810), mortuary chapel (1846) and a basilica (1965). Open Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-4:30 p.m. Guided tours offered. 301/447-6606. www.setonshrine.org. Plumb Grove Mansion, 12654 Broadfording Rd., Clear Spring. Build by Jonathan Nesbitt in 1831, the restored farmhouse museum holds furniture made in Clear Spring and Maryland-made furniture. Tour specializes in local folklore and superstitions. Gardens are heritage plantings of old roses from the 19th century, a heritage vegetable garden and flower beds. Plumb Grove is owned and operated by the members of the Clear Spring District Historical Association. Open by appointment. 301/842-2342. Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville. In 1862, the Pry House was used as Gen. McClellan’s headquarters at the Battle of Antietam and medical headquarters for Dr. Jonathan Letterman. During the battle, Letterman implemented plans reorganizing the medical system of the army, which later became adopted worldwide. Closed until Spring, 2018. Opening date announced soon. Call to confirm hours. $5 suggested donation. 301/416-2395. www.civilwarmed.org. Roger Brooke Taney House, 121 S. Bentz St., Frederick. This historic site interprets the early 19th century lifestyle of Frederick’s “middling class”. The site, including the c.1790 house, detached kitchen, root cellar, smokehouse, and slave’s quarters, are restored to reflect the time period of one of the home’s owners, U.S. Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who spent his early legal career in Frederick. Taney, the nations fifth and longest serving Chief Justice, remembered today for the court’s Dred Scott decision, which helped ignite the Civil War. The Roger Brooke Taney House is not open to the public. The exterior can be viewed from the street, but visitors will not be able to enter the house. Groups may contact Heritage Frederick for tours by appointment. 301/663-1188. www.frederickhistory.org. Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. Designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. An example of German colonial architecture. Built around 1758, this stone farm house and Heritage Garden are available for weekend tours. Museum hours are Sat. & Sun., April through mid-Dec, 1-4 p.m., and by appointment. $5 suggested donation. 301/663-3885. www.fredericklandmarks.org. Smithsburg Historical Society Museum, 20 E. Water Street, Smithsburg. Maintains local artifacts related to Smithsburg and the surrounding areas. Collection includes works from local artists, antique toys, and an extensive schoolroom display. Open Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. 301/824-7154. The Train Room, 360 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. Features a collection of nationally renowned Lionel train items. Open Mon. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues. through Thurs. & Sat, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Call for hours. Summer and winter hours vary. Adults, $5; children ages 3 to 12, $1. 301/745-6681. www.the-train-room.com. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Features a permanent collection, exhibitions, musical concerts, lectures, art classes, and special events for children and adults throughout the year. Open Tues. through Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org.

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Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. Displays antique farm equipment, and also features an authentic turn-of-the-century country store, model rooms of a typical 19th century farmhouse and a gift shop. Open year-round Sat. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Group and school tours by appointment. Check the website for closings. 240/420-1714. www.ruralheritagemuseum.org. Williamsport Town Museum (in the lower level of the Springfield Farm Barn), 12 Springfield Lane, Williamsport. Open Sundays, Apr.-Oct. 1-4 p.m. The large, restored barn of the Springfield Farm houses artifacts from early Williamsport and the C&O Canal. Old-time stories, 1800s furniture and a display of Fairchild Industries’ “Rosie the Riveter.” The Easter Sunrise Service is held there at 6:30 a.m. The Barn also has approximately 5,000 sq. ft. rentable space. For details and reservations, contact Joan Knode at 301/223-7229. www.williamsportmd.gov.

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Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle. Home for artifacts, treasures, and history of Greencastle-Antrim. Has been designated as an official site on the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails of History. Open Tues. to Fri., 12 noon to 4 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; other times by appointment. Free admission. 717/597-9010. www.greencastlemuseum.org. Brown’s Mill School, Brown’s Mill Rd. and Angle Rd., Greencastle. A primary school in use from 1836 thru 1921. Brown’s Mill School was restored and preserved by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission and later the Franklin County Historical Society – Kittochtinny. It serves as a memorial to the one-room schools of the country. Open Sat. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. during July and August. Admission. 717/264-1667. Chambersburg Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg. Housed in the 1915 Frank Furness marble bank building. Displays in the center showcase Franklin County’s history, including the frontier, Civil War, Underground Railroad, architecture and transportation. Exhibit areas, original art, gift shop and children’s activity room. Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday (May-Oct.), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 717/264-7101. Conococheague Institute, 12995 Bain Rd., Mercersburg. Located at Rock Hill Farm, the Institute represents the frontier lifestyle of the Welsh, Scots Irish, Native Americans, English and Pennsylvania Germans and serves as a regional center for the purpose of developing and fostering an awareness and understanding of the cultural and natural history of the continued on page 20

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continued from page 19 Conococheague. Reference library has about 8000 books covering a wide range of subjects, including diaries, travel logs, general histories, ethnic histories, religion, foods, clothing, early farming, gardens, Native Americans and more. We also offer access to a database of digitized primary sources from around the country. Museum and reference library open year-round, Mon. to Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Contact us to arrange for group tours or private events. 717/328-3467. www.cimlg.org. The Old Jail Museum, The Old Jail, 175 East King St., Chambersburg. The Franklin County Historical Society’s offices are located at the museum site which is an old jail built in 1818. The old jail is also home to the museum and genealogical library. The Museum is about the history of early America and Franklin County, and has many fascinating exhibits. Open Thurs. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Nov.-Apr.), and Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (May-Oct.). Special group tours arranged by appointment. Call for library hours. 717/264-1667. www.franklinhistorical.org. The John Brown House, 225 E. King St., Chambersburg. It was here, under the alias of Isaac Smith, that the famous abolitionist boarded during the summer of 1859, formulating his plan and securing weapons for his attack on the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Open for tours Thurs. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Nov.-Apr.), and Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (May-Oct.). 717/264-1667. www.franklinhistorical.org. John McFadden Model Railroad Museum, Mercersburg Academy campus, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg. Museum houses a large collection of O and O-27 model trains from AMT, American Flyer, Atlas, K-Line, KMT, Lionel, Marx, Plasticville and more. Collection includes operating layouts on display from 1920s to present day. There is also an operating collection of HO and S gauge trains on display. Open Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. during school year and by appointment. 717/328-6154. www.johnmcfadden.org. Renfrew Institute for Cultural & Environmental Studies, 1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro. Headquartered at Renfrew Park, Renfrew Institute provides hands-on, experiential programs in cultural history and environmental education for school children throughout the Cumberland Valley region. Summer Institute offers a variety of programs for children during the summer, ranging from nature exploration to heritage crafts and more. The Institute also reaches out to the general public and local community, providing adult/teen educational programs all year long—free lectures, workshops, bird walks, and off-site field trips. Past and current offerings include topics such as owls, geology, astronomy, fly-fishing, energy, 1800s architecture and farm life, gardening, watersheds and wetlands. In addition, the Institute sponsors several free community events, like the annual Earth Day/Art Fest Celebration, Jazz Festival, Youth Festival, Kite Fly, Halloween Stories and more. 717-762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro. Restored farmstead with historic and decorative arts collections. Discover how the agriculture and domestic life of nearly 200 years ago worked together. Special features: recently redone Wagon Shed with an historic tool display, the largest public collection of John Bell Family pottery in the U.S., and the only permanent public display of artifacts from the Snow Hill Cloister, a 19th century monastical society located in nearby Quincy, PA. Open midApril to mid-Oct., Tues. through Sat., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Group tours and special programs are by advance appointment. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $4, children; free for children under 7. Group rates available. Park is open from dawn to dusk year round, free of charge. 717/762-4723. www.renfrewmuseum.org. Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 W. King St., Shippensburg. Historical Society maintains a permanent collection and special exhibits including a large Native American artifact collection. Also maintains a genealogical and history library. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., 1 to 4 p.m., or by appointment. 717/532-6727. www.shippensburghistory.org. Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, lower level of Harley Hall, Shippensburg. A unique educational laboratory and museum. Primary function of the Archives is to preserve and exhibit its collection of clothing and accessories and to make those materials available for teaching and research purposes. Admission. Open Mon. to Thurs., 12 noon to 4 p.m.; other times by appointment. 717/477-1239. www.fashionarchives.org. Waynesboro Area Industrial Heritage Trust, 235 Philadelphia Avenue, Waynesboro. Museum has a collection of artifacts, photographs, drawings, and documents pertaining to the area’s industrial history. Museum open for special events and by appointment. 717/762-4460. www.industrialmuseum.weebly.com. Waynesboro Historical Society, headquartered in the Historic Oller House, 138 W. Main St., Waynesboro. Society offers a lot of research information in its library and archives, and includes a computer database and microfilm library. Events are offered throughout the month. Open Wed. & Thurs., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or by appointment. 717/762-1747. www.waynesborohistory.com.

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Abram’s Delight Museum, 1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester. The oldest home in Winchester built in 1754 by Isaac, youngest son of Abraham Hollingsworth, one of the first white settlers in the area. Restored and furnished with period pieces. Open April through Oct., Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Admission. 540/662-6519. http://winchesterhistory.org/museums/ Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Rd., U.S. 11 south of Middletown. The 18th-century grain and livestock farm encompassed (in 1815) 7,500 acres. The unique limestone house was built 1794-1797 by Maj. Isaac Hite for his wife, Nelly, sister of James Madison, future U.S. president. The house was used as headquarters of Gen. Philip Sheridan during the Civil War. Extensive gift shop. Belle Grove is closed for the winter but will reopen March 17. Hours are Mon. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 5 p.m.; Nov. and Dec., open select hours. Open for winter group tours by appointment. 540/869-2028. www.bellegrove.org. Burwell-Morgan Mill Museum, 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood. A merchant gristmill built in 1785 by Col. Nathaniel Burwell of Carter’s Grove and Gen. Daniel Morgan. It has been restored with wooden gears. Open Fri., 12 noon to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sun., 12 noon to 5 p.m.; from May to Nov. Grinding on Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art shows in the spring and fall. 540/837-1799. www.burwellmorganmill.org. Clarke County Historical Association Museum & Archives, 32 E. Main St., Berryville. “Our Land Is Our Legacy” is a multi-media exhibit telling 300 years of Clarke County History using films, photographs, murals, maps, and artifacts. The CCHA research library has many documents and books pertaining to Clarke County history, including genealogies, cemetery records, architectural structures and land surveys. Open Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. by appointment only. 540/955-2600. www.clarkehistory.org. George Washington’s Office Museum, 32 W. Cork and Braddock streets, Winchester. Washington used part of the old log and stone building from 1755-1756 as a military office when he was colonel of the Virginia Regiment protecting the 300-mile frontier to the west. Open April through Oct., Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission. 540/662-4412. http://winchesterhistory.org/museums/ Glen Burnie Historic House, Gardens and Museum, Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. The historic house was built by Robert Wood, son of Winchester’s founder, Col. James Wood, in 1794. House reopened in 2014 following an extensive two-year renovation. It has six acres of gardens. House and gardens are open seasonally Apr.-Dec. 540/662-1473. www.themsv.org/visit/the-house. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. Interprets the art, history and culture of the Shenandoah Valley. This regional museum complex includes a historic house dating to the 18th century, six acres of gardens and a museum designed by internationally recognized architect Michael Graves. Open year-round, house and gardens open April to Dec. Museum is open Tues. through Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. to Mar.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Apr. to Dec. Closed Mon. and major holidays. Extended Wed. summer hours. Admission. Museum gallery open free of charge every Wed. Check the hours. 540/662-1473. www.themsv.org. Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. Visitors of all ages can explore and discover 3 indoor floors of interactive exhibits in Paleontology Park, Health Works, Watershed, Science Kitchen, Roller Coaster Alley, Apple Packing Shed, and interact with artisans in the Discovery Studio. Soar to the Sky Level outdoor rooftop Gardens, Shade Pavilion, and Observation Deck. Open Tues. to Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 5 p.m.; Free First Friday of each month, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Check calendar for details. $9 per person; those younger than 2 admitted free. 540/7222020. www.discoverymuseum.net. (took sentence out) Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, 415 N. Braddock St., Winchester. Jackson spent much of the winter of 1861-1862 here. Headquarter displays Jackson memorabilia and Civil War relics. Open April through Oct., Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Admission. 540/667-5505. http://winchesterhistory.org/museums/ Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 1340 S. Pleasant Valley Rd., Winchester. The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society maintains five museums (Abram’s Delight, George Washington’s Office, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, 18th Century Valley Cabin, and the Hollingsworth Mill) and jointly operates the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives with the Handley Regional Library. 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Belle Boyd House, 126 E. Race St., Martinsburg. The Berkeley County Museum is located in Belle Boyd House. Eleven Rooms of Berkeley County History featuring the Civil War, Railroads, Industry, WW II, Belle Boyd, Toys, Clothing and Archaeology. Special displays in museum throughout the year. Open Sun.Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except holidays. Also home of Martinsburg-Berkeley Co. Visitors Bureau. Group tours by appt. by calling 304-267-4713. www.bchs.org. The Berkeley County Historical Society, Archives and Research, 136 E. Race St., Martinsburg. Dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of history in Berkeley County. Archives are open Thurs. and Fri. Call ahead by at least two weeks to schedule appointment. 304/267-4713. www.bchs.org. (took out a sentence) Cool Spring Farm, 2956 Runnymeade Road, Gerrardstown. 105-acre farm featuring Stone Farm House and related buildings of Zacquil Morgan, cofounder of Morgantown. Displays of archaeology, geology, hydrology, historic preservation and naturewalking trail. Call for group tours. 304/267-4713. For the Kids, by George Children’s Museum, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. Housed inside the Caperton Train Station in historic downtown Martinsburg, the museum is a hands-on fun way to learn about local history. Travel through immersion galleries, take a bike ride along the Washington Heritage Trail, learn about young George Washington and our area’s railroad history. Open Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 2nd Thurs., 9 a.m.-12 noon for Grandparents and Senior mornings; and most school holidays. Wed. admission hours will resume during summer break. Ages 2 & older, $6. $75 for one year family membership and $50 for one year grandparent membership. 304/264-9977. www.forthekidsbygeorge.org. Gen. Adam Stephen House and Triple Brick Museum, 309-313 E. John St., Martinsburg. Stone home of the founder of the Martinsburg Revolutionary War Gen. Adam Stephen, furnished in the 1750-1820 period. Artifacts and local history items: quilts, military uniforms and pieces reflecting the area’s railroading history. Open May 1 to Oct. 31, Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., 12 noon to 5 p.m. 304/267-4434. www.orgsites.com/wv/adam-stephen/ Historic Shepherdstown Museum, 129 E. German St., Shepherdstown. Established in 1983, the museum includes the Old Entler Hotel, and furnishings, artifacts and documents of historical interest. Open April to Oct., Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. Also open the 2 weeks of Christmas in Historic Shepherdstown. Admission. Museum archives open by appt. only, please call 304/876-0910. www.historicshepherdstown.com. Jefferson County Museum, 200 E. Washington St., Charles Town. A private museum that houses artifacts from the early Native Americans up to the early 21st century. Collection includes Civil War relics and uniforms, fine silver and china, photographs, antique dolls and toys, and engravings. Open mid-March to mid-Dec., Tues.-Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3, researchers and ages 18 and older. Patrons of the Charles Town Library, children under age 18, & students with ID admitted free. 304/725-8628. www.jeffcomuseumwv.org. John Brown Wax Museum, 168 High St., Harpers Ferry. Tells the story of John Brown, leader of the insurrection at Harpers Ferry, from childhood to his death on the gallows. Open 7 days a week from midMar. to mid-Dec., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in spring and fall; occasionally 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the summer. Museum only open on weekends in March and Dec. Adults, $7; seniors, $6; ages 6 to 12, $5; those younger than 6, free. 304/535-6342. www.johnbrownwaxmuseum.com. Morgan Cabin, Runnymeade Road, Bunker Hill. Log Cabin Home of the 1st Settler of West Virginia. Furnished in early 18th Century life. Call for group tour appointments. Open on Sundays, 2-4 p.m. in June. 304/229-8707. www.washingtonheritagetrail.org/bc_25.html.

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Claude M. Potterfield Swimming Pool, 730 Frederick St. Hagerstown. Olympic-sized pool with 118-foot-long water slide, diving boards, double tube slide, shade canopies, separate wading pool, swimming lessons, and concessions. Handicapped-accessible. Opens Memorial Day weekend. 301/733-2599. www.hagerstownmd.org. Edward P. Thomas, Jr. Memorial Swimming Pool, 500 Fleming Avenue in Baker Park, Frederick. Lap pool, wading pool for kids, concession stand and an area for tiny tots. Opens Memorial Day weekend. 301/663-5666. Hancock Municipal Swimming Pool, 220 Park Rd., Hancock. A new pool will be built in the Widmeyer Memorial Park. 301/678-6197. L. Beard Miller Memorial Pool, 11 Park Rd., Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport. In-ground pool, wading pool with an overhead fountain, and concession stand. Open 12 noon to 6 p.m. during the summer. 301/223-5983. www.williamsportmd.gov/ Martin “Marty” L. Snook Swimming Pool, 17901 Halfway Boulevard, Hagerstown. Pool with diving board and separate kiddie pool. Swimming lessons available. Open 12 noon6 p.m. daily, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. For a fee, the pool can be reserved for private parties from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call for daily and seasonal rates. Call 240/313-2710. William R. Diggs Memorial Swimming Pool, 125 W. All Saints Street, Mullinix Park along Carroll Creek, Frederick. Slide, pool basketball and volleyball, kiddie pool and concession stand. Open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Call for times. Discounted family nights and seasonal passes available. Call for rates. 301/600-6364.

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Chambersburg Aquatic Center and Water Park, 1 Memorial Drive, off of Stouffer Avenue, Chambersburg. Aquatic Center and Water Park is under construction and anticipated to open for Memorial Day 2018. This is a new $7.5 million facility, which will include four separate bodies of water (a Sprayground, an Activities Pool, a Lazy River and a Tot Pool.) Amenities span over 11,559 square feet. Facility is located in Memorial Park and replaces the original Municipal Pool. 717/261-3275. Shippensburg Memorial Park Pool, Veterans Memorial Park, Park Place, Shippensburg. 60

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x120 foot swimming pool with a four foot handicapped accessible ramp. Water slide, baby pool with dewdrop fountain, and concession stand. Opens Memorial Day weekend. 717/532-7144. www.shippensburgparkandrec.org. Northside Park Pool, 138 Brown St., Waynesboro. Lap swimming, water slides, sprinkler, diving area, lights, concession stand, and picnic tables. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. 717/762-7928. www.waynesboropa.org/northside-pool/

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Clarke County Swimming Pool, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. Lifeguard on duty at all times. Diving boards, locker rooms, concessions, basketball area, and separate children’s pool. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call 540/955-5158 for hours and rates. Clearbrook Park Pool, 112 Clearbrook Dr., Clear Brook. Lifeguards on duty at all times. Separate baby pool; two diving boards; handicapped accessible. Open weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend and daily during the summer (call for dates and rates). 540/665-6361. Jim Barnett Pool, 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester. Lifeguards on duty at all times. Fifty-meter competition pool, slide, diving boards, infant leisure pool with water toys. Open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks. Sherando Pool, Splash Avenue, Stephens City. Lifeguards on duty at all times. Separate baby pool; handicapped accessible pool. Call for rates and times. 540/665-5678. www.co.frederick.va.us/departments/ o-z/parks-recreation/pools.

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Jefferson Memorial Park Pool, 801 S. Mildred St., Charles Town. Separate baby pool. Open daily throughout the summer. 304/725-8313. www.jmpark.org/pool.html. Lambert Pool, 283 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg. Lifeguard on duty at all times. Water slide and separate baby pool. Opens Memorial Day weekend. Call for rates and times. 304/263-1614. War Memorial Park Pool, 500 N. Tennessee Avenue, Martinsburg. Two side-by-side pools, one heated with graduated depth up to 5 feet with sprinkler and other water toys. Second pool designed for lap swimmer. Open weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend, then daily after school ends. Call for rates and times. 304/267-4466.

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Hagerstown city parks. 301/739-8577. www.hagerstownmd.org Bloom Park, North Potomac Street at North Avenue, Hagerstown. Home of the historical Spanish-American War cannon. City Park, 501 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown. The park’s centerpiece is a 50-acre lake, home to more than 250 waterfowl. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Mansion House Art Center, the Hager House/Museum, a railroad museum, pavilions, concession stand, band shell, play equipment, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, softball fields, and fitness trails. 301/739-8577, x169. Cultural Trail, Hagerstown. The trail connects two of Hagerstown’s most popular destinations – the downtown Arts & Entertainment District with City Park and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Public art experiences, gathering spaces and other amenities. 301/739-8577, x125. www.hagerstownculturaltrail.com. Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. Pavilion, play equipment, softball fields, soccer fields, in-line skating rink, BMX track for bicycle motocross events, new dog park, Little League field and walking club. Funkhouser Park, 570 Jefferson St., Hagerstown. Play equipment and basketball court. Greenawalt Park, 101 East Ave., Hagerstown. Play area. Hager Park, 340 Frederick Street at Memorial Boulevard, Hagerstown. Pavilion (not handicapped-accessible) and horseshoe pits. Hamilton Playground, Fairview Road behind WJEJ radio station, Hagerstown. Play equipment, a volleyball court and a basketball court. Hellane Park, Park Avenue, next to West End Reservoir, Hagerstown. Pavilion, play equipment and basketball courts. Kiwanis Park, along Antietam Creek, off Eastern Boulevard, Hagerstown. 4-acre park will be a refuge for monarch butterflies, with paths and a pavilion. Memorial Park, 561 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Paths and remembrance plaza. Mills Park, Belview Avenue, Hagerstown. Pavilion and play equipment. Oswald Park, between Forest Drive and Oak Hill Avenue, Hagerstown. Picnic tables and landscaped traffic islands. Pangborn Park, 530 Pangborn Blvd., Hagerstown. Fishing pond (for those younger than 16 and older than 65), tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, softball field, picnic pavilions, play equipment and formal gardens. Reed Park, 430 Wood Street, off Jefferson Street, Hagerstown. Pavilion, play equipment, softball field and basketball court. Part of Fairgrounds Park. Ridge Avenue Playground, Ridge Avenue, Hagerstown. Pavilion, play equipment, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. Rotary Club of Long Meadows Park, Northern Avenue and The Terrace, Hagerstown. Picnic benches and a flower garden. Skate Park at Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. Skate Park with hours on Wed., Sat. and Sun.; fees and waivers required. 301/393-3765. Staley Park, 728 Frederick St., behind Potterfield Pool, Hagerstown. Pavilion and play equipment. Terrapin Park, 18257 Hurricane Court, Hagerstown. Basketball court & playground. University Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Walking/biking paths. Wheaton Park, Sumans Avenue, Hagerstown. Pavilion, play equipment, tennis court, horseshoe pits, basketball courts and a softball field.

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Washington County parks. 240/313-2700. www.washco-md.net. Byron Memorial Park, Park Rd., Williamsport. Public park is home of Conococheague Little League, the Williamsport Pool, Williamsport Community Center, the local Boy Scout Troop and Williamsport Memorial Library. Camp Harding County Park, between Clear Spring and Hancock on Pecktonville Rd. Named after President Warren G. Harding, who, along with notables such as Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, camped there in the 1920s. Picnic pavilions, playground, restrooms, grills, softball field, volleyball/basketball courts, horseshoe pits, parking, boat ramp, trout fishing and canoeing. A pet friendly park. Chestnut Grove Park, outside Keedysville, 3106 Chestnut Grove Road. Baseball and softball fields, picnic pavilions, restrooms, concessions, play equipment, volleyball and horseshoe pits. A pet friendly park. Clear Spring County Park/Recreation Area, 12424 Big Spring Rd., Clear Spring. Softball, baseball, football/soccer fields, concession stand, tennis and basketball courts, a picnic pavilion, restrooms, parking and a play area. Devil’s Backbone Park, on MD 68, near Lappans Crossroads, Boonsboro. Scenic park along Antietam Creek, featuring a waterfall, picnic pavilion, fishing, playground, restrooms, grills, and walking trails. A pet friendly park. Doub’s Woods Park, 1307 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Heavily wooded park with performing arts pavilion, picnic areas, picnic pavilion, swings, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, pet-friendly path, and an outdoor chapel. Has a pet friendly area. Funkstown Community Park, Funkstown. Features 4 pavilions, 2 tennis courts, a basketball court, Little League field, Legion ball field, and playground equipment. 301/791-7477. Kemps Mill Park, 11114 Kemps Mill Rd., Williamsport. Home of the Washington County Girls Softball League, 12-acre park features girls fast pitch fields with dugouts, modular playground, bleachers, and concession stand. Lions Community Park, 12835 Bikle Road, Smithsburg. 13-acre park features 2 pavilions, playground, multi-purpose field, baseball field, basketball court, pond and restrooms. 301/824-7234. Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park, Halfway. This park is the site of Halfway Park Days in May. This pet-friendly park features picnic pavilions, horseshoe pits, fitness trail, tennis courts, playing fields, bike path, restrooms, playgrounds, lighted ball fields and a swimming pool. Has a pet friendly area. Mt. Briar Wetland Preserve, Millbrook Road off Md. 67. This environmental site is a nontidal wetland area. Floating boardwalk allows for walking through the park. Mount Tammany Park, Tammany Manor Rd., Williamsport. 4-acre park with pavilion, picnic tables, basketball court, and handicapped-accessible playground equipment. A pet friendly park. Pen Mar Park, 14600 Pen Mar High Rock Rd. in Cascade. This redeveloped 42-acre park provides a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley. Picnic tables, concession stand, a playground, restrooms, and pavilions for dances, concerts and other entertainment. Pinesburg Softball Complex, 15323 Clear Spring Rd., Williamsport. Four slow pitch softball fields, modular playground, bleachers and concession stand. Piper Lane Neighborhood Park, off Halfway Boulevard along Piper Lane and York Road, Hagerstown. Modular playground equipment, horseshoe pits and picnic tables. A pet friendly park.

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Pleasant Valley Community Park, 3199 Gapland Road off Md. 67, Rohrersville. Pavilion, playground, horseshoe pits, football/soccer field and tennis courts. A pet friendly park. River Bottom Park, E. Salisbury St., Williamsport. Park is adjacent to the C&O Canal National Park. Park is a great place to camp, stop, or picnic along the banks of the Potomac River. Boat ramp. Shafer Park, Park Rd., Boonsboro. Pavilions, athletic fields, gazebo, community center, restrooms and playground. Reopens for the season April 9, 2018. 301/432-5141. Taylor Park, Keedysville. Features basketball court, playground, pavilion, and restroom. 301/432-5795. Veterans Park, 64 West Water Street, Smithsburg. Memorial garden, walking/fitness trails, two pavilions, two multi-purpose fields, basketball court, and playground. 301/824-7234. Washington County Regional Park – Black Rock Park, 20025 Mt. Aetna Road, Hagerstown. Pet-friendly park features two pavilions, two playground areas, beach volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, softball field, restrooms and basketball courts. Has a pet friendly area. Wilson Bridge Neighborhood Park, Route 40, west of Route 63. 1-acre park with picnic tables and grills. Woodland Way County Park, 108 Belview Ave., Hagerstown. Picnic tables, tennis courts, grills, play equipment and ball fields. A pet friendly park. Woodland Way County Park, 108 Belview Ave., Hagerstown. Picnic tables, tennis courts, grills, play equipment and ball fields. A pet friendly park.

Frederick city parks. www.cityoffrederick.com. Key: P: Passive facility – mostly scenic with walking or biking paths, historical theme N: Neighborhood facility – sports facilities (basketball, baseball, tennis, etc.), playground, small pavilions; smaller acreage than community facility C: Community facility – sports facilities (basketball, baseball, tennis, etc.), playground equipment, large and small pavilions R: Regional RC: Recreation center – many services available to community Amber Meadows Park, corner of Opossumtown Pike and Amber Drive (C) Apple Avenue Park, Apple Avenue (P) Baker Park, room 1 between North Bentz Street and College Avenue (C) Baker Park, room 2 on Fleming Avenue (N) Baker Park, room 3 on West Second Street past Fairview (P) Baker Park, room 4, between Fairview Avenue and Schifferstadt Museum (P) Baughman’s Babee Park, Madison and Burke Streets (N) Bentz Street Graveyard Memorial Grounds, West Second and North Bentz streets (P) Bentztown Spring Park, North and South Bentz streets (P) Bonita Mass Park, 7 West 2nd Street (P) Carroll Creek Urban Park, Court Street over Market and just beyond Carroll Street (P) Carrollton Park, Center Street and Prospect Boulevard (N) Catoctin Park, Catoctin Avenue (N) City Hall Park, North Court Street (P) Clerestory Park, Monocacy Boulevard (N) Cobblestone Park, Cobblestone Court (N) College Estates Park, Wilson Place and Taney Avenue (N) David Lane Park, David Lane and McCain Drive (N) Dog Park, 212 Carroll Parkway (P) East Third Street Park, East Third & East streets (N)

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Emerald Farms Park, Swallowtail Drive (N – soccer fields only) Fountain Park, West Seventh Street at North Market Street (P) Fredericktowne Village Park, Schifferstadt Boulevard (N) Golfview Park, Hunting Horn Lane, off Hillcrest (N) Greenleaf Park, 1950 East Greenleaf Dr. (C) Grove Park, Hamilton Avenue (C) Harmon Field/Park, Winchester Street (N) Hill Street Park, Hill Street (R – includes Hill Street skate park) Hillcrest Park, McCain Drive at Butterfly Lane (N) Hospital Park, Frederick Memorial Hospital (P) Jimmy McGee Memorial Park, Old Farm Drive (N) Jug Bridge Park, East Patrick Street (P) Laboring Sons Memorial Grounds, Chapel Alley (P) Lake Coventry Park, 1321 Schaffer Dr. (N) Linden Hills Park, Linden Avenue & Poplar Street (N) Linear Greenway Park, off Baughmans Lane (P) Loats Park, New Design Road (R – baseball complex only) Lucas Village Park, S. Wisner Street (C) Maryvale Park, Mary Street (N) Max Kehne Park, West Seventh Street (C) McCurdy Field, South Jefferson Street at Scholls lane (C- no playground) Memorial Grounds, West Second and North Bentz streets (P) Monarch Ridge Park, Swallowtail Drive (N) Monocacy Village Park, end of Pontiac Avenue (C) Mullinix Park, South Bentz Street (N) North Crossing Park, Christopher’s Crossing (N) Old Camp Park, Old Camp Road (R – T-ball complex only) Overlook Park, Coralberry Court (N) Rivercrest Park, Pontiac Ave. (P) Rivermist Park, Monocacy Boulevard. Walking and biking paths. (N) Riverside Center Park, Monocacy Boulevard – only boat ramp to Monocacy Creek within city limits Riverwalk Park at Fredericktowne Village, Schifferstadt Boulevard (C) Rosedale Park, Schley Avenue (N) Sagner Skatepark, off Wisner Street (N) Schley Park, North and South College Avenue (P) South End Park, Scholl’s Lane (N) Staley Park, West 10th Street and Motter Avenue (C) Stonegate Park, Andover Lane (N) Taskers Chance Park, Key Parkway (C – baseball complex only) Thomas Johnson Middle School Recreation Center, Schifferstadt Boulevard (RC) Valley Street Park, Valley Street (N) Walnut Ridge Park, Rocky Springs Road (C) Waterford Park, Baughman’s Lane (P) Wetherburne Park, Wetherburne Way (N) Whittier Baseball Park, Independence Street, baseball complex Whittier Elementary School Recreation Center, Independence Street (RC) Whittier Lake Park, Whittier Drive (P) William R. Talley Recreation Center, North Bentz Street (RC) Willow Brook Park, McClellan Drive (N) Willowdale Park, Willowdale Drive (N) Frederick County parks. www.co.frederick.md.us/parks. Ballenger Creek Park, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. Ball fields, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic tables and shelters, play equipment, soccer fields, trails, volleyball courts, and dog park. Buckeystown Park, 7221 Michaels Mill Road, Buckeystown. Fishing, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic tables and shelters, and play equipment. Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown. Trails, grills and picnic tables. Catoctin Recreation Center, 408 E. Main St., Thurmont. Ball fields, indoor and outdoor basketball

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courts, soccer fields, indoor volleyball courts, indoor recreation center and gymnasium. Centerville Recreation Center, 3601 Carriage Hill Drive, Frederick. Ball fields, basketball courts, play equipment, soccer fields, volleyball nets, indoor recreation room and gymnasium. Creagerstown Park, 12014 Penterra Manor Lane, Thurmont. Boat ramp, fishing, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic tables and play equipment. Deer Crossing Recreation Center, 10601 Finn Drive, New Market. Ball fields, basketball courts, play equipment, soccer fields, indoor recreation room, gymnasium and indoor volleyball court. Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville. Nature center, quarry, boardwalk, limekiln, fishing, grills, picnic shelter, picnic tables, play equipment and nature trails. Reservations: 301/600-1646. Nature center: 301/898-1460. Fountaindale Park, 7213 Beechtree Drive, Middletown. Reservations only: 301/600-2353. Practice soccer field. Green Hill Park, 2810 DeCatur Drive, Adamstown. Basketball court, soccer field, playground and picnic tables. Kemptown Park, 3456-B Kemptown Church Road, Monrovia. Ball fields, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters and tables, fire ring, play equipment, tennis courts, temporary volleyball courts, amphitheater and a nature trail. Libertytown Park, 12201 Liberty Road, Libertytown. Ball fields, grills, basketball courts, picnic shelter and tables, soccer fields, tennis courts, football field, trails and play equipment. Loy’s Station Park, 3600 Old Frederick Road, Thurmont. Fishing, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters and tables, play equipment and a covered bridge. Middletown Park, 7628 Coblentz Road, Middletown. Ball fields, lighted basketball courts, fishing, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters and tables, play equipment, soccer fields, trails, volleyball courts, radio-controlled race car track, marble rings, disc golf course, football field and bandstand. Middletown Recreation Center, 403 Franklin St., Middletown. Indoor recreation room, gymnasium, ball fields, basketball courts, play equipment, soccer fields and volleyball courts. Oakdale Recreation Center, 9850 Old National Pike, Ijamsville. Ball fields, basketball courts, play equipment, soccer fields, indoor volleyball courts, indoor recreation room, and gymnasium. Old National Pike District Park, 12406 Old National Pike (Md. 144), Mount Airy. Grills, horseshoe pits, four multipurpose fields, baseball field, mister posts, walking paths, picnic tables and play equipment. Pinecliff Park, 8350 Pinecliff Park Road, Frederick. Lighted ball fields, basketball courts, boat ramp, fishing, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters and tables, play equipment, sled run, volleyball courts, ice skating and a nature trail. Point of Rocks Park, 1637 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks. Ball fields, lighted basketball courts, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters and tables, play equipment, lighted tennis courts, trails, volleyball courts and community center with meeting rooms. Rocky Ridge Landing, south side of Md. 77 at river, 10611 Rocky Ridge Road. Northern Monocacy River access. Open by special request form only. Roddy Road Park, 14760 Roddy Road, Thurmont. Fishing, grills, covered bridge, picnic tables and hiking. Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St, Frederick. Picnic tables, trails, museums, manor house, gardens, gift shop, a log cabin, carriage exhibits and farm exhibits. Thurmont Recreation Center, 408 E. Main St., Thurmont. Ball fields, basketball courts, gymnasium, indoor rec room, soccer fields, and volleyball court. Tuscarora Recreation Center, 6321 Lambert Drive, Frederick. Ball fields, basketball courts, play equipment, soccer fields, volleyball courts, indoor recreation room and gymnasium.

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Urbana Community Park, 3636 Urbana Pike, Frederick. Ball fields, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic shelter and tables, play equipment, soccer fields, lighted tennis courts and volleyball courts. Urbana District Park, East side of MD 355, north of the Villages of Urbana, Frederick. Soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, picnic shelters, playgrounds and trails. Utica District Park, 10200-B Old Frederick Road, Frederick. Playground, shelter, grills, walking trail, special-events field, youth baseball fields, sand volleyball courts, softball field, multipurpose fields, horseshoe pit and picnic tables. Walkersville Recreation Center, 83 Frederick St., Walkersville. Basketball court, gymnasium, indoor rec room, outdoor field, playground, and indoor volleyball court.

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Franklin County parks Antrim Township Community Park, 12315 Grant Shook Rd., Greencastle. Trails, soccer fields, all-purpose field, large pavilion, gazebos, playground and restrooms. 717/597-3818. Benders Park, Park Rd., Orrstown. Chambersburg Memorial Park, Chambersburg. Large playground for children 5 and older, younger play area for tots, 3 softball fields, a basketball court, 4 tennis courts, a bandshell, a picnic area with grills, a large pavilion and open field areas. Dykeman Park, 1 Dykeman Rd., Shippensburg. 50 acre area surrounding historic Dykeman Springs, a national Historic Register landmark. Wetlands nature trail, picnic facilities, walking trail and baseball/softball field. 717/532-2147. Enoch Brown Memorial Park, Enoch Brown Rd., Greencastle. This 3-acre park is on the site of the Enoch Brown School massacre of July 26, 1764. A common grave and monument marks the site. Park features a pavilion, walking trails and play equipment. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Closed Nov. to March. Fort Chambers Park, off Orchard Drive, Chambersburg. One-acre site features a small play structure and open grass area for games. During the summer, concerts and movies are held in the park. Martin’s Mill Bridge Park, Greencastle. Pavilion, grill area, picnic tables, and primitive restroom facilities. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Memorial Park, 220 Memorial Park Dr., Waynesboro. The Memorial Wall and Park are dedicated to all Waynesboro area residents who fought to keep our country free. Features 4 tennis courts, 1 basketball court, 1 volleyball court, 3 ball fields, 1 small pavilion, play areas, walking trail, restrooms, and drinking fountains. Mike Waters Memorial Park, on S. 2nd St. between the blocks of McKinley and Catherine St., Chambersburg. 2 full-size basketball courts, a new pavilion, playground, picnic areas and softball field. A Splash Pad is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Norlo Park, 3050 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville. Walking trails, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, playground, gazebos, restrooms, soccer fields and softball fields. 717/352-7349. Northside Park, 138 Brown St., Waynesboro. Picnic tables and Northside Park Pool. Red Run Park, 12143 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro. 22-acre park features a man-made lake for fishing and ice-skating, picnic area, playground equipment, public restrooms, concession stand and miniature train. Train runs Sat. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. in the summer. Ride is free, donations accepted. Free entertainment in bandstand on Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. in the summer. 717/762-3128. Renfrew Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro. Picnic pavilion, picnic tables, small playground, scenic hiking trails, and museum on the grounds. 717/762-4723. www.renfrewmuseum.org. Rotary Park at Wayne Gardens, Fairview Ave., Waynesboro. Walking trail with fitness stations, a pavilion, playground equipment, restrooms, basketball court and Rotary memorial.

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Shady Grove Community Center Park, 2100 Buchanan Trail East. Maintained by Shady Grove Ruritan Club. Basketball court, tennis court, sand volleyball court, ball fields and soccer nets. www.shadygrovepa.com. Shippensburg Township Park, 304 Britton Rd., Shippensburg. Playground, soccer fields, picnic pavilion, amphitheater stage, and trailhead for the Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail. Veterans Memorial Park, 100 Park Place, Shippensburg. Largest public park in Shippensburg. Football stadium, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds, picnic pavilions and swimming pool. Park includes memorials to over 5000 Americans from the area that served in WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. 717/532-7144.

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Frederick County parks. www.co.frederick.va.us/ departments/o-z/parks-recreation Frederick County Parks and Recreation provides playground equipment throughout the county. There are five neighborhood parks maintained through cooperative agreements with civic organizations. Neighborhood parks are in Reynolds Store, North Mountain, Round Hill, Gainesboro, Frederick Heights and on Senseny Road. Clearbrook Park, five miles north of Winchester on U.S. 11. Lake, lighted ball fields, picnic shelters and tables, paved walking paths, paddleboats, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, an outdoor pool, volleyball court and a vintage red caboose. Sherando Park, 1.8 miles east of Interstate 81 on Va. 277 in Stephens City. Fishing lake, lighted ball fields, picnic shelters and tables, hiking trails, an outdoor pool, paddleboats, an 18-hole disc golf course, soccer fields and a volleyball court. Jim Barnett Park, 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester. Jogging and bike trails, pavilions, softball fields, tennis courts, a fitness room, racquetball courts, fishing, a miniature golf course, adventure playground, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. 540/662-4946. Clarke County parks, www.clarkecounty.gov/parks-and-recreation.html Clarke County Park, Chet Hobert Park, west of Berryville, off Old Business Va. 7 at 225 Al Smith Circle. 102-acre park houses an outdoor swimming pool, lighted outdoor tennis courts, six ball fields, numerous soccer fields, a recreation center, four picnic shelters, two playgrounds, and a fitness trail. 540/955-5140. Rose Hill Park, downtown Berryville, VA. Playground, basketball court, picnic tables and gazebo. 540/955-1099. The State Arboretum of Virginia, U.S. 50, Boyce. Educational programs for students, picnic area with tables and water fountain, and wheelchair-accessible restrooms. 540/837-1758. www.virginia.edu/blandy/home.html.

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Martinsburg city parks: 304/264-4842. City/county parks in the Martinsburg area: 304/264-2125. www.mbcparks-rec.org. Booklets on Berkeley County parks may be picked up at the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center, 273 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg. Berkeley County parks Ambrose Park, Rocky Lane and Porter Avenue, Martinsburg. Neighborhood park has a large pavilion, restroom facilities, a playground area, picnic tables, grills, practice soccer field, t-ball practice area, dog park and children’s garden. Charlotte Prather Park, Sycamore and Ryneal streets, Martinsburg. Adjacent to P.O. Faulkner Park. Girls’ softball complex. Four tennis courts. Dupont Park and Soccer Complex, U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg. Four regulation-size soccer fields, 5-acre parking area, concessions.

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Gerrardstown Athletic Field, one mile south of Gerrardstown on Virginia Line Road. Practice site for baseball, softball and soccer. Hedgesville Park, adjacent to the town line of Hedgesville between Hedgesville Middle and Elementary schools. One lighted regulation-size baseball field (used for high school and Senior Little League games), one lighted Farm League baseball field, one lighted Little League Field, one pavilion and a fitness trail. Home of Hedgesville Little League. Inwood-Bunker Hill Lions Park, south side of Musselman Middle School. One large pavilion, fitness trail with exercise stations, sand volleyball court, playground area, practice soccer field, recreational baseball/softball field. West side of U.S. 11, two outdoor basketball courts. Lambert Park, adjacent to Martinsburg North Middle School on Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg. Outdoor pool (bathhouse, concession stand, baby pool, wading pool, water slide and two shelters), one baseball/softball field, paved parking, four soccer fields, one medium-sized pavilion, one small pavilion and Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center. Leeland Park, West Martin Street between Race and Samuel streets, Martinsburg. Basketball courts, small pavilion and a large playground. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, West Martin Street between Samuel and Charles streets, Martinsburg. One paved basketball court and 12-station fitness center. Oak Street Park, Oak Street between Cedar and Leonard streets, Martinsburg. Lighted regulation horseshoe pits, combined pavilion/restrooms/ concession building, one paved basketball court, playground area, sand volleyball court and parking. Oatesdale Park, Baltimore and Williams Streets, Martinsburg. Two in-line hockey skating rinks, trout stream, four Little League fields and parking. Home of Martinsburg Little League. Pikeside Park, off U.S. 11, behind Pikeside Bowl, Martinsburg. Two softball fields used for church league and 35-and-older softball league. P.O. Faulkner Park, Sycamore and Ryneal streets, Martinsburg. One high school baseball field (dugouts, bleachers, press box, lights, concession stand), four tennis courts, playground area, pavilion and parking. Home field of Martinsburg High School and Berkeley County American Legion baseball. Poor House Farm Park, Poor House Road, 3.5 miles west of Interstate 81, Martinsburg. One large pavilion, one medium-sized pavilion, stocked trout stream, five miles of jogging/hiking trails, playground area, historic barn, stocked five-acre lake, youth football field, practice soccer field, recreation ball field, 18-hole disc golf course, public restrooms, sand volleyball court, and home to the Henry Equestrian Arena. Rooney Park, in Tomahawk off W.Va. 7. One Little League baseball field, and one regulation baseball or adult softball field. Roush Field, West Stephen St. between S. Georgia and S. Alabama avenues, Martinsburg. Practice ball field (can be used for baseball/softball/ soccer). War Memorial Park, North Tennessee Avenue between Park Avenue and Tuscarora Creek, Martinsburg. Outdoor pool facility that includes competition pool, heated leisure pool and bathhouse, concession stand, 18-hole lighted miniature golf course, maintenance garage, six pavilions, covered concert stage and bleachers, four playground areas, handicapped playground area, brick memorial honoring war veterans, two sand volleyball courts, three public restroom facilities, picnic tables, two newly renovated regulation outdoor tennis courts and parking areas. Jefferson County parks. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Bolivar Nature Park, 294 Jefferson St., Harpers Ferry. Picnic gazebo, picnic tables and a walking/hiking trail.

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Charles Town Skate Park, corner of West and North Streets, Charles Town. Features a half-pipe, quarter pipe, grind rail, bank rail, stairs, benches and picnic table. Crane’s Lane Park, Ranson. Community garden and football/soccer fields. Evitt’s Run Park, corner of North Water and Liberty streets, Charles Town. Playground, picnic pavilion, grill, basketball courts, tennis court and a restroom facility. Fishing permitted. Flowing Springs Park, Ranson. A natural park with walking path. James Hite Park, 1425 Hite Rd., Kearneysville. Walking trail open. Athletic fields and playgrounds still under construction. Jefferson Memorial Park, 400 Forest Avenue, Charles Street. Playgrounds, swimming pool and picnic area with pavilion, walking trail, tennis and basketball courts. Lance-Slusher Park, Mildred St., Ranson. Pavilion, picnic tables, grills, 2 playgrounds, basketball courts and tennis courts. Leetown Park, 56 Jefferson Orchard Road. Playground, lighted softball and baseball fields, picnic pavilion, horseshoe pits, restrooms, concession stand, basketball court and tennis court. Morgan’s Grove Park, 4198 Kearneysville Pike, Shepherdstown. Picnic pavilion with kitchen and restroom facility, athletic fields, walking trail, playground, horseshoe pit, and sand volleyball. Moulton Park, 716 Bloomery Rd., along the Shenandoah River, just north of the Bloomery Bridge on WV 27 (Bloomery Road), Charles Town. One-half mile of river frontage provides a boat ramp, portable restrooms during peak season (May to Sept.), public fishing access and camping (by permit only). Mount Mission Park, 4210 Mission Road, Harpers Ferry. Picnic pavilion with kitchen and restroom facility, renovated church building (not available for rent), sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, basketball court, a grassy softball field and a playground. Rumsey Park, Mill Street in Shepherdstown. Erected in 1915, the granite columnar monument to James Rumsey overlooks the spot where he demonstrated the first working model of the steamboat in 1787, 20 years before Robert Fulton. Hiking trails, playground and exercise equipment. Sam Michael’s Park, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction. Entrance on Job Corps Rd. Picnic pavilion, kitchen, restrooms, playground, Little League fields, walking trail, a sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits. Site of the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festivals every spring and fall. South Jefferson Park, 4095 Leetown Rd., Summit Point. Picnic pavilion and concession stand, restrooms, Little League fields, a playground, volleyball court, basketball court and tennis courts. West End Park, West 3rd Ave., Ranson. Basketball court, playground, picnic tables, bleachers, and Wi-Fi. Willingham Knolls Park, Old Cave Rd., Charles Town. Walking trail, benches, and footbridges over Evitt’s Run. Morgan County parks. www.morgancountywv.gov. Biser Street Park, off Route 9, Berkeley Springs. Tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Open daily until dark. 304/258-1102. David Henry Memorial Park, Biser Street, Berkeley Springs. Basketball and tennis courts. Morgan County Recreation Area, eight miles south of Berkeley Springs on U.S. 522. Hiking trails, five ball fields and a picnic area. Open daily. 304/258-8540. Paw Paw Park, Winchester Street, Paw Paw. Picnic tables, a softball field, playground and a stage for concerts. The county also operates roadside parks with picnic tables, including Sleepy Creek. Spruce Pine Hollow Park, between Berkeley Springs and Martinsburg on WV 9. Pavilions & archaeological remains of a sawmill that operated during George Washington’s time.

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www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands Cunningham Falls State Park, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd., Thurmont. Park is known for its history, as well as its 78-foot cascading waterfall. Offers Catoctin Iron Furnace historical site, the Scales and Tales Aviary, swimming, boating, playground, hiking, hunting, fishing, picnicking and camping. Campsites and camper cabins available for rental from April through October. A concession stand and beach store are open during the summer. Educational children’s programs available. 301/271-7574. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool. The site of Maryland’s frontier defense during the French and Indian War, the Fort’s stone wall and two barracks have been restored to their 1758 appearance. Historic displays are in the Fort, barracks and visitor center. The park annually holds military re-enactments and other special events. Parklands adjoin the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal passes through park acreage. Offers boating, cross-country skiing, campfire programs, camping, fishing, flat-water canoeing, hiking, picnicking and a playground. Open 8 a.m. to sunset, April to Oct., and 10 a.m. to sunset, Nov. to March. 301/842-2155. Gambrill State Park, 8602 Gambrill Park Rd., Frederick. Three native stone overlooks offer views of the surrounding area. Offers picnicking, playground, hiking and nature trails, interpretive programs, fishing, camping, horseback riding and mountain biking. Open 8 a.m. to sunset, April to Oct., and 10 a.m. to sunset, Nov. to March. 301/271-7574. Gathland State Park, 900 Arnoldstown Rd., Jefferson. The park, located in both Washington and Frederick Counties, once was the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. It features a collection of buildings and structures that he designed and constructed, some of which have been restored and turned into a museum. There is a large, stone monument dedicated to war correspondents in the park. The park is located in Crampton’s gap, which was the southernmost gap fought over during the battle of South Mountain. Fought Sept. 14, 1862, it was the first major battle of the Civil War fought in Maryland. There are interpretive programs throughout the summer featuring Civil War re-enactors. The annual “Living History” weekend occurs the first weekend after Labor Day and portrays various aspects of soldiers’ lives, including infantry, cavalry and artillery demonstrations. The Appalachian Trail traverses the park and passes the monument base. Offers cross-country skiing, historical sites, hiking and picnicking. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. 301/791-4767. Greenbrier State Park, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro. Greenbrier is multi-use park with a man-made lake and beach, flat-water canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing, interpretive programs, nature studies, camping, a boat launch, boat rental, camp store, playground, mountain biking and hunting. The Appalachian Trail passes nearby. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Maryland residents pay $3 per person on weekdays and $5 per person on weekends and holidays; Labor Day to Memorial Day charges are $3 per vehicle. Admission on May and Sept. weekends cost $3 per person. Out-of-state residents add $2 to all day-use service charges. 301/791-4767. Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area, 14038 Blairs Valley Rd., Clear Spring, is a state run area set aside for wildlife management. It encompasses more than 6,300 acres of steep, hardwood-covered slopes interspersed with lush valleys created by spring-fed streams. Plenty of self-guided nature trails to explore. Hunting and fishing. 301/842-2702. Sideling Hill State Park, in eastern Allegany and western Washington County, is a 3,100-acre tract of land of mixed oak forest and scattered Virginia Pine. It provides forest wildlife habitat and protection for water quality in Sideling Hill Creek. It has hiking, mountain biking, and camping trails. 301/842-2702. South Mountain State Park, Boonsboro. This historic park has more than 10,000 acres for year-round hiking along the Appalachian Trail. It is a 40-mile long multi-use state park along the South Mountain ridge from the Pennsylvania line to the Potomac River. South Mountain, a ridge composed largely of resistant quartzite, posed a formidable obstacle to the early settlers until 1755 when Gen. Edward Braddock and a young surveyor, George Washington, constructed a road over one of its passes. Greenbrier, Washington Monument and Gathland are neighboring state parks along South Mountain. Most of the park is only accessible by foot. Historic park offers year-round hiking along the Appalachian Trail. Also offers a few campsites. 301/791-4767. Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Rd., Middletown or from Monument Road, four miles east of Boonsboro. Named for the first monument in the country erected to George Washington. The Appalachian Trail winds through the park and passes the base of the monument. Offers historical sites, museum, picnicking, playground, hiking and cross-country skiing. Park is open 8 a.m. to sunset from April to October, and 10 a.m. to sunset from November to March. 301/791-4767. Western MD Rail Trail is a 22.5-mile long, flat, paved trail surface from Fort Frederick to Pearre Station. Winding along the Potomac River, the trail is a wonderful place for people to be outside hiking, biking, running, and enjoying nature. www.westernmarylandrailtrail.org.

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www.dcnr.state.pa.us Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park, on PA Route 16, between McConnellsburg and Mercersburg. 18.5-acre park, nestled in a gap of the Tuscarora Mountain, is

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dedicated in honor of the 15th president of the United States. A stone pyramid monument stands on the site of the original cabin where Buchanan was born. Park offers picnic pavilions, picnic tables, comfort stations, water fountains, trout fishing and The Tuscarora Trail. 717/485-3948. Caldedonia State Park, 101 Pine Grove Rd., and midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg along the Lincoln Highway, US 30. This 1,125-acre park offers camping, tent and trailer sites, two campgrounds; picnicking, picnic pavilions and 450 tables; fishing; hiking, 10 miles of trails; swimming pool, ADA accessible, fee charged; golf, 18-hole, par 68; hunting during season; summer theater by Totem Pole Playhouse, and environmental programs. 717/352-2161. Cowans Gap State Park, 6235 Aughwick Rd., Fort Loudon. Features 42-acre Cowans Gap Lake which has trout, bass, perch and pan fish, with an accessible fishing pier; 500-foot sand beach; and food/refreshment concession open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. 717/485-3948. Mont Alto State Park, one mile from Mont Alto. It can be reached from Caledonia State Park on U.S. 30. This 23-acre park is the oldest state park in Pennsylvania. Offers fishing, hiking, picnicking, and snowmobiling. 717/352-2161.

VIRGINIA

www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. Less than two miles south of Paris, VA, just off U.S. 17, this 1,864-acre park offers scenic vistas, access to the Appalachian Trail and a primitive hike-in campground, picnicking, hiking and horseback riding trails, fishing, interpretive programs, an 1860s farm, and a visitor center. Nature and history programs offered year-round. Open 8 a.m. to dusk. 540/592-3556.

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www.wvstateparks.com Berkeley Springs State Park, U.S. 522, Berkeley Springs. Berkeley Springs State Park is located in the center of Berkeley Springs. Bathhouse first opened in 1930. 304/258-2711 or 800/CALLWVA. www.berkeleyspringssp.com. Cacapon Resort State Park, 818 Cacapon Lodge Drive, Berkeley Springs. Hiking, nature and recreation programs, swimming, boating, games, fishing, golf and horseback riding. 304/258-1022 or 800/CALLWVA. www.cacaponresort.com.

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www.nps.gov Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD. Historical sites, auto touring, biking, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing and hiking. An audiovisual program, “Antietam Visit,” is shown on the hour and half-hour, except from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Every day at noon, a one-hour documentary about the battle of Antietam is shown in the visitor center theater. The battlefield offers a Junior Ranger Program for ages 6 to 12, through which children can complete a free activity booklet while visiting, and earn a badge and a certificate. Pry House Field Hospital Museum is also located on the Battlefield. Visitor Center open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and park grounds are open daylight hours. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. 301/432-5124. Appalachian National Scenic Trail. A 2,175-mile-long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia; traverses through Washington County, MD, and Jefferson County, WV. Camping available with permit. www.appalachiantrail.org. Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont, MD. Bird-watching, camping, climbing, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, horse trails, interpretive programs, educational programs, snowshoeing, Junior Ranger program, and wildlife viewing. Campgrounds open from May through November. 301/663-9388. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The C&O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, MD. Offers backpacking, biking, bird-watching, boating, camping, climbing, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, interpretive programs, kayaking, wildlife viewing and nature walks. C&O Canal NHP Headquarters, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown. 301/739-4200. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, off U.S. 340 in Harpers Ferry, WV. Museums and exhibits, guided programs, hiking, fishing, bird-watching and wildlife viewing, nature walks, white-water rafting, rock climbing and rappelling. Park is open year round with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 304/535-6029. Monocacy National Battlefield Park, Frederick County, MD. Auto touring, bird-watching, hiking, interpretive programs, nature walks and cross-country skiing. Junior Ranger Program is available for children and their families all year at the Visitor Center. 301/662-3515. Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. A partnership between private and governmental agencies to develop and maintain a network of locally managed trails for recreation, education, transportation and health. The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is an evolving, 830-mile network of locally managed trails and routes embracing both sides of the Potomac from the mouth of the river at the Chesapeake Bay to the Allegheny Highlands in the upper Ohio River basin. Trails in the Maryland/D.C./Pennsylvania segments of the trail corridor make it possible to hike 375 miles from Washington, D.C., to Seward, Pa., all on trails and sidewalks. South of Washington, D.C., there are many places that offer hiking. www.nps.gov/pohe.

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2018 Family Resource Guide Home-Schooling Resources

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Home Educators Resource Directory is a website filled with information, supplies, services and support for the homeschool community. www.homeeddirectory.com. Home School Legal Defense Assn. is a national nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. It provides members with professional legal representation to protect their right to homeschool. 540/338-5600. www.hslda.org. Classical Conversations is a once-a-week, supplemental, academic program in a Christian community that offers structure and support, along with fellowship for students. Includes Foundations (K4 to sixth grade), Essentials (third to sixth) and Challenge (seventh to twelfth). E-mail Info@ClassicalConversations.com. www.classicalconversations.com.

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VIRGINIA

Frederick County Public Schools 191 South East Street Frederick, MD 21701 301/644-5000 www.fcps.org

Frederick County Public Schools 1415 Amherst Street Winchester, VA 22601 540/662-3888 www.frederick.k12.va.us

Washington County Public Schools 10435 Downsville Pike Hagerstown, MD 21740 301/766-2800 www.wcpsmd.com

PENNSYLVANIA Chambersburg Area School District 435 Stanley Avenue Chambersburg, PA 17201 717/263-9281 www.chambersburg.k12.pa.us

Fannett Metal School District 14823 Path Valley Road Willow Hill, PA 17271 717/349-7172 www.fmtigers.org

Greencastle-Antrim School District 500 East Leitersburg Street Greencastle, PA 17225 717/597-3226 www.greencastle.k12.pa.us Shippensburg Area School District 317 North Morris Street Shippensburg, PA 17257 717/530-2700 www.shipk12.org Tuscarora School District 100 W. Seminary Street Mercersburg, PA 17236 717/328-3127 www.tus.k12.pa.us

Waynesboro Area School District 210 Clayton Avenue Waynesboro, PA 17268 717/762-1191 www.wasd.k12.pa.us

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Winchester Public Schools 12 N. Washington Street Winchester, VA 22601 540/667-4253 www.wps.k12.va.us

Clarke County Public Schools 317 West Main Street, Suite A Berryville, VA 22611 540/955-6100 www.clarke.k12.va.us

WEST VIRGINIA Berkeley County Schools 401 South Queen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 304/267-3500 www.berkeleycountyschools.org Jefferson County Schools 110 Mordington Avenue Charles Town, WV 25414 304/725-9741 https://boe.jeff.k12.wv.us Morgan County Schools 247 Harrison Avenue Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 304/258-2430 www.morganschools.net

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Appalachian Regional Cooperative is a group of home-schoolers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia open to all home-schooling philosophies, including self-directed and unschooling. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/archomeschool. The Arena Indoor Sports Complex, 2902 Back Acre Circle, Suite #5, Mount Airy, is an indoor sports complex featuring Homeschool PE for grades K-5, along with pint size playtime, soccer and dodgeball leagues. 301/534-6889. www.TheArena21771.com. Flips Gymnastics, 82 Wormans Mill Ct., Frederick. Mission is to teach children self-empowerment through gymnastics and sports. Now offering Homeschool Gymnastics for ages 6-12. www.flipsfun.com. Frederick Homeschool Community is a friendly homeschool support group for families and children of all ages from all over Maryland. Members sponsor co-op classes, family events, playgroups, community service projects, enrichment activities, art education tours, music appreciation concerts, field trips and more. www.homeschool-life.com/md/fhc/ Frederick Homeschool Soccer is a soccer program for home-schooling children ages 5 to 18 (and their non-homeschooling siblings) who live in Frederick and surrounding areas. This is a family participation program in which parents volunteer for everything from coaching to goal setup to cleaning up the field. The purpose of the program is to learn soccer skills, build self-esteem and build friendships among home-schooling families. frederickmdhomeschoolsoccer@yahoogroups.com. Kids Swim First, Frederick at FSK Mall, 5500 Buckeystown Pike, offers swim lessons for homeschoolers during school hours. Contact for information, classes and times. 301/682-7946. www.kidsfirstswimschools.com/locations/frederick/ Maryland Home Education Association serves and supports families of all religious, philosophical and ethnic persuasions. www.mhea.com. Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) provides information on home-education regulations in Maryland and a list of support groups. 301/607-4284. E-mail info@machemd.org. www.machemd.org. PALS-FC is a secular, inclusive homeschooling support group in the southern portion of Frederick County, MD. To subscribe, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PALS-FC. Progressive Hagerstown Learning Circle is a secular, all-inclusive support circle for homeschooling families in Hagerstown, MD, and surrounding areas. Our cooperative learning community welcomes families of all beliefs and experiences. We encourage all families to get involved and organize playgroups, workshops, field trips, and other activities to broaden the opportunities for homeschooling activities in Washington County, and surrounding areas. Visit us on Facebook. www.phlic.org. Skate Frederick, at 1288 Riverbend Way, is the area’s premiere skating facility, featuring two NHL regulation ice rinks. Ice skating classes for homeschoolers are offered during school hours. 301/662-7362. www.skatefrederick.com Walkersville Christian Family Schools (WCFS) is a worldwide and local homeschool oversight program, based in MD. WCFS offers an individualized K-12 homeschool program, and a variety of programs open to all Christian homeschooling families. 301/241-2072. www.wcfs.edu.

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Pennsylvania Homeschooling is a one-stop source for homeschooling in PA. Find PA homeschool laws, PA support groups and organizations, and online and community info. http://homeschooling.about.com/od/usapa/ Pennsylvania_Homeschooling.htm. The Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) has been supporting home-schooling families and local support groups for over 30 years. CHAP serves homeschooling families throughout Pennsylvania by providing information and resources in print as well as online, and hosts one of the largest non-profit homeschool conventions in the country. This year’s convention will be held June 1-2 at the Lancaster Convention Center. 717/838-0980. www.chaponline.com. Franklin Learning and Activity Group is open to all homeschool families in Franklin County who value education and want to share homeschooling

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Homeschooling Basics

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KERRIE MCLOUGHLIN

ongratulations! You’ve decided to homeschool! As you prepare for your educational journey, keep in mind that there is no perfect way to homeschool. Every family has to do what’s right for their educational needs and schedule. Whether you start with a kindergartner or a middle schooler, there are common mistakes many new homeschoolers make – read on to learn how to avoid them.

1. Don’t try to make home like school. No need to try to recreate every nuance of a public or private school, complete with desks, Smartboard, uniforms and a never-changing schedule. There may be temptation to do things as they were done when you were growing up, when the teacher is a parent, things are very different and require more flexibility.

2. Ditch the desks. It’s not necessary to spend countless hours doing schoolwork at a desk. Everyone learns differently. Consider shorter chunks of teaching/learning time for each child. Take an occasional day off to visit the zoo, go on a nature walk, hit the library, watch a documentary or snuggle up and read. I include the kids in real-world things like errands, cooking, chores and finances. For older kids, a part-time job and volunteering also provide a real-world education.

3. Don’t try to keep up with everyone else. Don’t try to keep up with other homeschoolers or other kids in school. I started each of my kids a year “late” for school and they haven’t suffered. I always wondered what the rush was for kids to grow up -- I knew one year wouldn’t make a difference. To me, that was one more year to let them be kids -- play and explore on their own – without the “job” of school.

4. Don’t pay an arm and a leg for curriculum. With so many free resources like ABCMouse.com, Khan Academy and the public library, there’s no reason for curriculum to be expensive (especially at the elementary school level). Check into virtual school options as well. 5. Follow your child’s lead. It was so sad when I was in a homeschool store and heard a kid ask his mom if they could learn about a certain topic and she said, “No, these are the books that we are working on this year.” People are interested in different things. Help foster

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curiosity by exploring topics that interest your kids.

6. Discontinue what doesn’t work. Switching curriculum halfway through the year is not uncommon. If a certain workbook makes you want to throw it across the room, don’t power through it until the end of the school year! Find something else that works. That’s the beauty of freedom of homeschooling.

7. Don’t do everything for your child. Encourage independence and independent thinking.

8. Avoid comparing your family to others. It’s funny how I beat myself up because my kids don’t know how to do something my neighbor’s kids can do; and she beats herself up because she doesn’t take as many educational outings as I do. It’s great to have a homeschool tribe of people to discuss ideas with, but comparing and competition aren’t helpful to anyone, especially the kids! 9. Don’t try to be perfect. The longer I homeschool, the more I enjoy telling newbies about mistakes I’ve made along the way. Making mistakes is normal, so go easy on yourself and have fun on this shorter-than-you-think journey with your kids.

Kerrie McLoughlin has been homeschooling her five kids since 2006 and you can read more about their fun at TheKerrieShow.com.

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The Banner School, through its Learning Triangle and its diverse community of learners, provides a nurturing yet challenging environment that motivates students to become responsible citizens who lead by example. Rolling admissions allow qualified mid-year transfers for preschool through 8thgrade. Preschool students may start as soon as they turn 3 and are potty trained. Learn more by calling 301-695-9320 ext. 12 or www.bannerschool.org. See ads pages 11 & 38. The Children’s Tree House in Shepherdstown, WV runs a nature based STEAM summer camp for ages 5-12. The W.O.W. (Wild Outdoor Wonders) Adventure Camp is located on the 500+ acre campus of The National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown. Campers spend 90% of their day outdoors hiking, investigating, creating, and connecting with nature. www.childrenstreehouse.org. See ad page 40. Educare Learning Center, an educational childcare program, located on 22 natureenriched acres in Jefferson, MD, is a place to “grow” happy, healthy children 8 weeks-school age. A strong family involvement component includes exciting quarterly family events. We don’t only enroll the child, we enroll the entire family! 301-834-9007. www.educatewithcare.com. See ad on page 11.

Kid’s World, Inc. in Bunker Hill, WV, offers educational programs in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for children to explore and discover learning through a variety of ways. Preschool programs (3-day and 2-day), Berkeley County Pre-K, and before and after school care. 304-596-0006. www.kidsworldwv.com. See ad page 12. The Light of the Child Montessori School in Shepherdstown accepts 2-1/2- to 5-year-olds. Diversified curriculum: mathematics, language arts, practical life, sensorial, geography, Spanish, sign language, art and music lessons. 304-268-7075. www.thelightofthechildmontessorischool.com. See ad page 11. Rocky Knoll School in Martinsburg, WV is a private Christian school accepting Preschool through 8th grade students with small class sizes, and before and after school care. Individual attention and small class size are benefits offered to the elementary child in our close-knit, school community. 304-263-9894. www.go2rks.com. See ad on page 13. St. John Regional Catholic School, in Frederick, MD, 2017 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, has an outstanding academic program with a Christ Centered atmosphere. From our Little Treasures 3- and 4-year-old preschool program to our cutting-edge classroom technology in grades K through 8th, we are a Catholic School for the

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techniques, philosophies, methods and lifestyles. On Facebook. Email franklinlearningactivitygroup@gmail.com. Home School Arts Classes, Council for the Arts of Chambersburg, 81 N. Main Street. Call 717/264-6883 or register on www.councilforthearts.net. Mason Dixon Homeschoolers Association serves homeschooling families in Franklin Co., PA; Washington Co., MD, and surrounding area. Offers co-op classes, support groups, field trips, a high school diploma program and more. 717/7495767. www.mdhsa-pa.org. On Facebook. Pennsylvania Home Education Network exists to promote freedom and simplicity in home education, to serve all families who educate their children at home. www.phen.org. Pennsylvania Home Educators Association (PHEA) is an inclusive statewide coalition of home educators whose primary purpose is to provide accurate information and advocate for PA home educators. www.phea.net. Pennsylvania Homeschoolers has statewide information on activities, conferences, support groups, field trips, and athletics for homeschoolers in PA. www.pahomeschoolers.com.

Frederick and Clarke counties, VA

Classical Cottage School in Winchester, is a non-denominational Christian consortium for home-schooling families offering classical curriculum for ages 4 through high school. Meets 32 weeks from mid-September through the end of May, www.classicalcottageschool.org. Home Educators Association of Virginia is a member-supported, statewide, nonprofit homeschooling association that operates from a biblical worldview. Since 1983, HEAV has worked to promote and protect homeschool interests in Virginia through information, legislation and resources. Email office@heav.org. Weekly email newsletter, call 804/278-9200 or sign up at www.heav.org. H.E.L.L.O. (Home Educators Local Learning Organization) is for those living in Clarke, Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah and western Loudoun counties in Virginia, as well as Jefferson County, WV. For families to connect and share information with other home-schooling families in the area, irrespective of educational methods, belief systems or political affiliation. Email HELLO-VA-HSowner@yahoogroups.com. To subscribe, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HELLO-VA-HS/ Home School Sports Net. Information on homeschool sports programs. 540/631-5683. www.hspn.net

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21st Century. 301-662-6722. www.sjrcs.org See ad on page 3. Trinity Learning Center in Smithsburg, MD provides Christian programs for the social, academic, and spiritual development of your child. We offer classes for ages 3 and 4. Stop by our Open House on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m.-12 noon. 301-824-6567 or visit www.tlcsmithsburg.org/learning. See ad page 11.

Health Care & Family Services

Family Healthcare of Hagerstown has created a medical home that allows patients to receive primary care, mental health services, dental care, case management, lab and pharmacy services all in one place. Our Healthy Smiles mobile dental RVs provide dental care to Washington County students on-site at their home schools. 301/745-3777. www.familyhch.org. See ad on inside back cover. Frederick Pediatric Dentistry Frederick Pediatric Dentistry stands for quality dentistry for the young patient in a relaxed, child friendly environment. Our team customizes a comprehensive treatment plan and an approach exclusively designed for your child’s individual needs including orthodontics! Special emphasis on preventive dental care and education with the latest advances in technology combined with warmth and compassion. Frederick, 301-682-

NovaUnschoolers is a list for homeschoolers in the northern Virginia area to chat, find support and meet others, and offers information about homeschooling. This list is made up of unschoolers, eclectic and relaxed homeschoolers. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/novaunschoolers. The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers is a volunteer-driven and member-directed state homeschooling association. Protects and promotes homeschooling through legislative work, assisting homeschoolers on an individual level, and providing info, speakers, events and resources. Email info@vahomeschoolers.org. 866/513-6173. www.vahomeschoolers.org. SHARENET is a network for Northern VA homeschooling families. Provides free, twice-monthly email newsletter of ideas, activities and info. Email SHARENET@att.net. Shenandoah Christian Home Educators (SCHE) is a homeschool support group in the Winchester area upholding biblical principles and traditional Christian values. SCHE is for families choosing parent-directed home education as an alternative to public or private schools. Find us on Facebook. Email leader@scheonline.org. VA Homeschool Chat is a general chat group for Virginia homeschoolers. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschool-va-chat. Warren County Homeschoolers has an e-mail list for those living in Warren, Rappahannock, Clarke and Frederick counties. Encourages local support assists in planning home-school outings/gatherings and learning opportunities, as well as to form friendships with fellow homeschoolers. http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/warrencountyhschooling/info.

Jefferson, Berkeley & Morgan counties, WV

Christian Home Educators of West Virginia has been a force behind every homeschool law in WV. Website is full of articles, news, and information to help every home educator. www.chewv.org. Faith Christian Academy, Martinsburg. Home school program is for grades K through 12. Courses are taught from the perspective of a biblical world view. Visit www.faithchristianacademy.net to get admission information, school tuition information and other forms. 304/263-0011. St. James Homeschoolers is a support group for Catholic families who provide their children’s primary education at home. Meetings are held monthly at St. James Church in Charles Town, WV. Email homeschool@stjameswv.org. www.stjameswv.org/ministries/education/st-james-homeschoolers. The West Virginia Home Educators Association was founded in 1986 to assist homeschooling families. WVHEA is open to everyone, regardless of religion, personal beliefs or educational philosophy. It is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers – homeschooling parents who fit their work for WHEA around the needs of their families. www.wvhea.org.

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3887 and Hagerstown, 240-513-6161. www.fpdentistry.com. See ad on back cover. Muscular Skeletal Therapies, Inc. in Martinsburg is the practice of Peter Juergensen, NCLMT, CKTP, a professional clinical orthopedic massage therapist. Services include Orthopedic, Infant, and Geriatric, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, and Sports Massages, Active Isolated Stretching, CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage and Cold Laser Therapy. Full staff of massage therapists available. www.muscularskeletaltherapys.com. 304-901-4265. See ad page 3. The Pediatric Center of Frederick is your comprehensive center for well child care, immunizations, consultations, emergency services, and care for acute and chronic illnesses! Six offices cover Frederick, Myersville, Mt. Airy & Urbana. 301-662-0133. www.thepedcenter.com See ad page 13. Toothman Orthodontics has been creating beautiful healthy smiles for over 40 years. The father-son team, Drs. Ron and Jeff, take pride in treating all their patients like family. They operate with the latest technology that is fully digital and have two locations for convenience. Call and schedule a complimentary consultation in our Frederick office on 301-662-3366, or our Hagerstown office at 301-791-1770. Visit their website at www.toothmanorthodontics.com See ad on page 1. WIC, the Women, Infants and Children’s Program of Frederick and Washington County in MD is a health and nutrition program serving pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women, infants and children younger than 5. WIC provides health screening, nutrition counseling, breast-feeding support and checks to buy nutritious food. Frederick County, 301-600-2507; Washington County, 240-313-3335 or www.mdwic.org. See ad on inside front cover.

Music, Dance and the Arts

Authentic Community Theatre offers several creative programs for students of all ages throughout the year. Summer programs in Hagerstown include Art in the Woods (Grades K8) and Performing Arts Academy (Grades 1-12). Storytelling in the Parks & Libraries offers free 30-minute performances (featuring music and costumes) geared toward children of all ages! Visit www.actforall.org. See ad page 39. Dance Unlimited, 244 S Jefferson St, Frederick, MD. Quality instruction for the past 30 years in all dance styles, tots to adults, all levels. Dance, acting, voice, and musical theatre workshops. Award winning competition team ages 4-18. Tot observation lounge, Café, homework room, four dance studios, and 115 seat theatre. 301-6623722. www.DanceUnlimitedFrederick.com. See ad page 39. Ellsworth Music has exciting news!!! New Music Studio next to main store, with space specifically designed for our Note-able Minds™ classes. Note-able Minds Part One™ is an Early Childhood

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Music Program exclusively offered through Ellsworth Music offering 45 minutes of interactive, imaginative musical fun, introducing the basic elements of music through silliness and improvisation for ages BEFORE birth to 4. Another new program, Note-able Minds Part Deux™, for ages 5-7, when ready for private music lessons but unsure where to begin. For 4 weeks, they try ANY instrument they choose, then at the end, the teacher provides recommendations for the next steps in your child's musical education. Private lessons on all instruments for every age are available in BOTH locations! 304728-7060 www.EllsworthMusicSupply.com. See ad page 6. Joyful Arts Studio in Greencastle, PA, offers 4 weeks of summer programs for ages 8-12. Art camp will concentrate on drawing, painting in acrylics and waters; exploring the art of collage, composition and color theory. Drawing exercises will concentrate on the power of observing what is really there, not what we think we know. The emotional connection to art will be discussed daily. 717.658.2177. www.joyfulartstudio.com. See ad page 40. Let There Be Rock School Panhandle, 1017 S. Queen St., Martinsburg. Professional music lesson facility and rock n' roll afterschool community center. Classes in guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboard for ages 5-17 & adults - instruments supplied. Youths perform live in bands quarterly.  Students learn teamwork, technical skills, & musicianship. Rock music camps offered spring amd winter breaks. Special summer camps. www.Letthereberockwv.com. 301/418.0715.  See ad on page 6. Shepherdstown School of Dance is committed to keeping the art and discipline of classical dance alive in our community. Offering ballet, tap, jazz, and modern, toddler through adults – all ages welcome. Call for info about the Rommett Floor-Barre® Technique for all fitness levels. Three summer sessions in July. 304-8868398. www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com. See ad on page 7. Shepherd University Music Preparatory Division offers String Orchestra Camp, Junior Strings Camp and Summer Jazz Camp from June 18-22 in Shepherdstown, WV. Spend a week studying with some of the region’s top musicians. 304876-5248. www.shepherd.edu/music/community. See ad on page 40.

Recreation & Entertainment

Cluggy’s Family Amusement Center, in Chambersburg, PA, is your place for indoor and outdoor family fun. Outdoor Laser Tag Park plus activities for all ages with arcade, prizes, batting cages, roller ball, tunnel and jump, mini golf, go carts and snack bar. Specials and discounts for groups and birthday parties. Call or go online to book a party today. 717-267-3772. www.cluggys.com. See ad page 3.

ATTENTION SUMMER

Discovery Station is a hands-on museum that provides life-long learning experiences to thousands of children and families each year. We create an environment that stimulates curiosity for discovery, exploration, and further investigation through exhibits and programs that focus on STEAM principles. Active Military Families are Free. 301-790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. See ad page 17. HCC College for Kids at Hagerstown Community College. Summer enrichment program for grades 2 to 12. Quality hands-on programs designed to provide exciting, challenging, and enjoyable learning experiences. Science, technology, the arts, math, and more. Schedules and costs vary by theme and week. www.hagerstowncc.edu/kids. See ad page 38. KIDS FIRST® Swim Schools are America’s largest provider of year round warm water swimming instruction, with local schools in Frederick, Hagerstown, and Winchester, dedicated to teaching kids to be safe and proficient in the water. A wide variety of programs offered, including Mommy & Me classes, personal instruction and group lessons. www.kidsfirstswimschools.com. See ad page 1. Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum 19 West Cork St., Winchester. Visitors of all ages can explore and discover 3 indoor floors of interactive exhibits and interact with artisans in the Discovery Studio. Sky Level outdoor rooftop gardens, shade pavilion, and observation deck. Open Tues.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 1–5. Free First Friday monthly, 5–7:30pm. $9 admission, under 2 free. 540-722- 2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. See ad on page 19.

Shopping

31 Gifts – Lizzy Fontaine. Independent Senior Director, National Recruiter, Trainer and Mentor. 100% commission donated to all fundraisers. InHome Parties, Facebook Parties and more! 10% off first order with coupon. Start your own business for just $99. Training provided. www.lizzyfontaine.com. lizzy.fontaine@gmail.com. See ad page 3. Kid’s Cycle Seasonal Consignment Sale. Frederick County's NEWEST Consignment Sale Event! April 12th, 13th & 14th. 301 Main St., Myersville, MD. Sign up to sell your gently used kid items and receive 70% of your total sales! Registration is now OPEN at www.kidcycleconsign.com. SELL to MAKE money, SHOP to SAVE money! See ad on page 9. Two Time Around Consignments sale has evolved into Franklin County's premier seasonal children's consignment event offering a wide variety of excellent quality, affordable, new and gently used clothing at a fraction of retail prices for infants to teens. Spring/Summer Sale is March 22-24 at Blue Heron Events, Greencastle, PA. See ad page 9.

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Using a Teacher Voice and Mother’s Heart to Advocate for Important Change An Interview with Christy Judd BY

NICOLE M. SERGENT, MPT

hristy Judd is a local history teacher and mother to C a wonderful 9-year-old boy named Ethan. The moment Ethan was born, she says her entire world

changed. Ethan was born with a rare neuromuscular disease called Congenital Mysenethic Syndrome. Ethan’s life expectancy is typical, but his life is not. He spent the first 8 months of his life in the hospital, he has a tracheostomy to help him breath, and a gastric tube to help him eat. He takes medication because his muscles don’t work like an average child’s. During the day he uses a walker, and at night he’s connected to a ventilator so his muscles can rest.

All of these challenges make life more difficult for Ethan than the average 3rd grader, but he still lives every day to the fullest. Ethan is bright and determined, and he inspires everyone around him, including his mom. In addition to private medical insurance, Christy is also grateful that Ethan has access to Medicaid, because that coverage helps him to do many things he loves. Because Ethan has complex medical needs, the only way he can safely attend school is with a nurse who’s trained in his care and can respond to a medical emergency. Private health insurance does not cover this cost, but Medicaid does. Medicaid also helps Ethan get the therapies, and medical equipment he needs to live a full life in our community, just like his other 3rd grade friends. By helping with Ethan’s care, Christy says Medicaid also allows her to continue working and contributing to our local economy, just like many other parents.

In 2017, Christy became more aware of just how critical Medicaid coverage is for so many children like Ethan. Ethan is just 1 of the 564,000 West Virginians that need Medicaid for health care. He’s also just one out of more than half a million West Virginians who’s access to this life-saving program. Because of her passion for this coverage for children. Christy found herself in a new role. Just as she encourages her high school students to do, she began using her voice to influence political decisions that affect her son and many children. Christy joined with a national group called Little Lobbyists, that empower parents and caretakers to tell their children’s stories, illustrating the personal side of policy making to law makers in Washington. Through visits, writing, and speaking to groups, Christy became a leading voice for the group and was featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, in the Washington Post, and several other local and national news sources.

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what other parents can do to advocate for their children in the current complex political environment. 1. Tell us a little bit about Ethan. What does he love to do? What is he great at? Ethan rides horses with Horses With Hearts. He is in his 2nd year of piano lesson. He loves to sing and enjoys being in front of a crowd. The loves going to the beach and spending time with family and friends. Bible school and camp follow the leader are things he asks about all winter. 2. What parts of Ethan’s diagnoses make daily life a challenge for him and your family? Because Ethan’s muscles don’t work effectively and he is missing some muscles, basic movement can be challenging. He uses a walker and a stroller to ensure he can access both school and his community. I call him my “go go boy” because he never wants to be still he likes to be on the go. When we go we carry all his medical equipment just in case of an emergency. This can make it more challenging to make a Costco or grocery store run as the car is already half full. But he loves to go, so we make it work. 3. What are tips you have for other families in terms of supports and navigating the world while advocating for your child? Connect with a group of families or individuals with a similar diagnosis that do understand your journey. Others mean well, but unless they have walked the journey of parenting a child with a disability they

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Autism Spectrum/Asperger’s

Kaleidoscope Family Solution Inc. – providing services in MD in PA and MD. 600 North Bell Ave., Bldg. 2, Suite 240, Carnegie, PA 15106 • 412506-8030. 10632 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 230, Columbia, MD 21044 • 267-295-2222 Pathfinders for Autism 303 International Circle, Suite 110, Hunt Valley, MD 21030 • 443-3305341 (local helpline) • www.pathfindersforautism.org Providing Relief for Autistic Youth Inc. Washington County, MD • 240675-5038 • Find us on FB • www.facebook.com/PRAY.in.Western.MD Washington County Infants and Toddlers Early Intervention Washington County Public Schools, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-766-2800 • www.wcpsmd.com/special-education/earlyintervention-services Washington County Chapter of the Autism Society of America, 1801 Elizabeth Court, Hagerstown MD • 240-420-3692 • www.autismspeaks.org

Blind/Vision Impaired, Eye Therapy

Tod R. Davis & Amy E. Carlyle, Developmental Optometry & Vision Therapy 3031 Valley Ave., #105A, Winchester, VA 22601 • Additional locations in Manassas, Fredericksburg and Springfield • 703-753-9777 • www.VirginiaVisionTherapyCenter.com WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind 301 East Main Street, Romney, WV 26757 • 304-822-4800 • wvsdb2.state.k12.wv.us Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind 104 VSDB Drive (street), P.O. Box 2069 (mail), Staunton, Virginia 24402 • 540-332-9000 • vsdb.k12.va.us

Child Care

Children’s Services of Virginia (CSV) 311 Airport Rd., P.O. Box 2867, Winchester, VA 22604 • 540-667-0116 • www.childrensservicesofva.com Maryland Family Network: Children With Special Needs 1001 Eastern Avenue, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202-4325 • 410-659-7701 • www.marylandfamilynetwork.org/special-needs-service/

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind 301 East Main Street, Romney, WV 26757 • 304-822-4800 • wvsdb2.state.k12.wv.us Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind 104 VSDB Drive (street), P.O. Box 2069 (mail), Staunton, Virginia 24402 • 540-332-9000 • vsdb.k12.va.us Maryland School for the Deaf P.O. Box 250, 101 Clarke Place, Frederick, MD 21705-0250 • 301-360-2000 • www.msd.edu PennCares 788 Cherry Tree Court, Hanover, PA 17331 • 800-333-3873 • penncares.org The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf 100 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144-3404 • 215-951-4700 • www.psd.org The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf 300 East Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1469 • 800-624-3323 • www.wpsd.org

Developmental Delays & Disabilities/ Special Education Programs

Berkeley County, WV Parent Educator Resource Center 515 W. Martin St., Martinsburg, WV 25401 • 304-263-5717 Broadfording Christian Academy HOPE Program 13535 Broadfording Church Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-797-8886 • www.broadfording.com The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) - Western Maryland Regional Office, 1360 Marshall Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-791-4670 Family Service Foundation, Inc. 6910 Bowers Road, Suite A, Frederick, MD 21702 • 240-490-7101 • www.fsfinc.org

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Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program 350 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702 • 301-600-1611• http://health.frederickcountymd.gov/269/Infants-Toddlers-Program Grafton Berryville (Boys with learning disabilities) P.O. Box 112, Berryville, VA 22611 • 540-955-2400 • www.grafton.org Infant & Toddler Connection of Shenandoah Valley 621 South Royal Avenue, P.O. Box 547, Front Royal, VA 22630 • 540-635-2452 • www.itcshenvalley.org Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia 1-800-234-1448 • www.infantva.org Kennedy Krieger School-Montgomery County (autism and related disorders) 12301 Academy Way, Rockville, MD 20852 • 443-923-4170 • www.kennedykrieger.org RESA VIII WV Birth to Three 109 S. College Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401• 304-267-3595 • 800/367-3728 • www.resa8.org • Serves: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton Washington County Human Development Council, Inc. 433 Brewer Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-791-5421 • www.wchdc.org Washington County Infants and Toddlers Early Intervention Washington County Public Schools, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-766-2800 • www.wcpsmd.com/special-education/early-intervention-services West Virginia Birth to Three 350 Capitol Street, Room 427, Charleston, WV 25301-3714 • 304-558-5388 • www.wvdhhr.org/birth23/

Mental Health/Behavioral Counseling

Brook Lane Health Services 13121 Brook Lane Drive, (P.O. Box 1945), Hagerstown, MD 21742 • 301-733-0330 www.brooklane.org IBMP - Intensive Behavior Management Program The ARC of Washington County, 820 Florida Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 888374-3276 • 240-215-0416 • http://bss4md.com The Mental Health Center of Western MD, Inc. 1180 Professional Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-791-3045 • www.thementalhealthcenter.net

Pediatric and Adolescent Therapy Physical, Occupational & Speech

Amber Hill Physical Therapy 187 Thomas Johnson Dr., Suite 6, Frederick, MD 21702 • Additional locations in Urbana, Damascus, Jefferson, Thurmont and New Market 301-663-1157 • www.amberhillpt.com Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute – Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy in three locations: 86 Thomas Johnson Court, Frederick, MD 21702; 1829 Howell Road, Suite 4, Hagerstown, MD 21740; 3280 Urbana Pike, Suite 105, Urbana, MD 21754 • 304-694-8311 • 800-349-9386 • www.mmidocs.com Muscular Skeletal Therapies, Inc. – Clinical Orthopedic Massage and other massage therapies, 295 Rock Cliff Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25401 • 304-264-6092 • www.muscularskeletaltherapys.com Pediatric Rehabilitation – Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy at Berkeley Medical Center’s Dorothy McCormack Center, 2000 Foundation Way, Martinsburg, WV 25401 • 304-264-1214

Products

1-2-3 Just PLAY With Me. Milestones and Miracles • www.milestonesandmiracles.com • Email milestonesandmiracles@gmail.com

Recreation

Martinsburg-Berkeley Co. Parks & Recreation 273 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg, WV 25404 • 304-264-4842 • www.mbcparks-rec.org Flip Over Gymnastics Open gym for special needs families on Fridays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. $6/child & $4/siblings. Martinsburg-Berkeley Co. Parks & Recreation 273 Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25404 • 304-264-4842 ext. 22 • www.mbcparks-rec.org Monkey Joe’s – Hagerstown, 1113 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-797-7716 • www.monkeyjoes.com/Hagerstown Sky Zone, Sensory Hours provides a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs. Last Monday of the month from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. $9.50 for 1 hour. 12114 Insurance Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-420-5867 • www.skyzone.com/hagerstown

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cannot “know” and they certainly don’t “understand”. Ethan’s condition is rare and so the group that I was able to find the most support and ask questions to is a Facebook group and I feel I have forged the best bond with a Mom who lives halfway across the county and with an adult who has CMS who lives in PA. I can ask them both questions and vent and they get it because they share the same journey. Also we have meet local families with children with different disabilities that while their journey is not the same they can understand the frustration in navigating doctors, medical equipment, and therapy schedules as well . We can also share advice for dealing with the local school system or accessing our local community. 4. Tell us a little about Little Lobbyists. How did you learn about them? What are their goals? What has your experience been working with them? I meet the little little Lobbyist this summer. It’s a group of both moms and dads who are advocating at the national level to ensure continued and increased access for medically complex children. The group Visits with senators, congressmen, and congressional staff to share the stories of our own children but also stories from families across the country who can not travel to DC but what to make sure their legislatures are aware of their concerns and take that into consideration when voting on legislation which will impact our children’s

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Service Facilitation & Case Management Moms in Motion Serving all of Virginia • 844-828-5591 • info@momsinmotion.net • www.MomsInMotion.net

Support Groups

Eastern Panhandle Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group, Call for meeting information. Sponsored by WV Birth to Three. Find on Facebook or call Laura Turman at 304/267-3593. www.wvdhhr.org/birth23/ Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, 2000 Linglestown Rd., Suite 301, Harrisburg, PA 17110 • 717-238-0937 • 1-800-448-4906 • www.pa-fsa.org PA Playgroup meets for activities once or twice mid-week and two Saturdays per month at community locations in Greencastle, PA and surrounding areas. We welcome special needs children and teens! Contact Erin Betts: ebetts@pa.net, 717/597-7572. Find us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/168641103198620/

Therapeutic Riding

Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Marley Grange Farm, 644 Lime Marl Lane, Millwood, VA 22611 • 540/533-2777 • www.brcth.org Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202 • 717-263-0443 • Find us on Facebook. Frederick County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program, Silverado Stables, 11515 Angleberger Road, Thurmont, MD 21788 • 301-898-3587 • www.fc4htrp.org Horses with Hearts, P.O. Box 2186, Files Cross Road, Martinsburg, WV 25402 • 304-283-8071 • www.horseswithhearts.com • Find us on Facebook Saddles and Smiles and Ponies and Promises Therapeutic Riding Programs Held at Shotwell Farm Indoor Arena in Charles Town, WV during winter months and Jefferson County Fairgrounds in warmer months • 304/676-4642 • saddlesandsmiles.com Star Community, Inc., 13757 Broadfording Church Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-791-0011 • www.starcommunityinc.org

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health and our families financial security and mental health. 5. I know you believe each child’s story is important and it puts a face to policy issues. What can other families do to get involved in policy work? Every person matters our stories may be different but the legislation being passed at both the state and national level with impact our families. Make your voice heard. Call and schedule a meeting with your state or national representative. Write a letter to those representative. Share your story with a local parent group. If people don’t know if they haven’t had the situation explained to them they won’t know why you are asking for help or saying no to certain legislation. 6. How have your students responded to the work you are personally doing? As a history teacher I try very hard to be neutral and even a devils advocate in the classroom with a variety of social and economic issues. However while I explain current legislation I will not have a debate in class with this specific issue. My passion is too high. However, several of my former students who are seniors or in college have been very supportive they have read the news articles and watched the videos that Ethan and I have been mentioned in both locally and nationally with our efforts with Little Lobbyists. They know my dedication to them and understand my dedication to Ethan and children and families with medically fragile children is a passion. One thing that I always tell them is they must use their voice to affect change. Our versions of change may be different, but if don’t vote if you don’t speak up when decisions are being made then how can you complain? We are so fortunate to live in a country that encourages the masses to participate in the political process. We are fortunate to have access to an education to make it possible for us to access information to make informed decision. I tell them all news sources will show some bias, so read from a variety of sources but always read the legislation or listen to the speech to make and informed decision. So long as we are able to provide a real defense for our arguments, they are valid even if contributory. That is why compromise is so important. We look at the compromises that lead to the drafting of the constitution and the bill of rights. We look at the compromise made that avoided the Civil War for 40 years. We look at compromises made and discuss the greatest successes and even the failures we have made as a nation, both of which are part of our journey. I want them to walk out understating that they are both fortunate to live here but also responsible to help ensure the future success of our country. It’s up to them to choose their the path to help make that happen. We don’t have to agree but we need to show mutual respect for one another. Nicole M. Sergent, is a local pediatric physical therapist, co-author of 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, and co-owner of Milestones and Miracles (www.milestonesandmiracles.com). She is an occasional contributor to Child Guide and a member of Ethan and Christy Judd’s fan club.

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s the “Follow our Adventure” writer, my current bit of advice will sound A opposite of what you might expect, but there are times when it is best to employ the K.I.S.S. principle and “Keep It Simple Super-Parent.” Every day cannot be a big adventure, and sometimes my budget simply doesn’t allow for it. But often I find that my son’s happiest and most memorable times are also the simplest and the least expensive. I first noticed this phenomenon on a day that a friend and I took my son to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire when he was four years old. Another friend had assured me that there were a lot of things a child that age would enjoy and that it was appropriate to take him. When we got there, I found that most of the activities were actually for older children, and the shows generally had too much talking to hold his interest. So as we wandered around the faire, he became grumpier and less obedient. I stopped to watch a band that had bagpipes, drums, and a belly dancer, and my friend took a restless Gabriel to walk around and look at a suit of armor. When I was done watching the show, Gabriel had found a pile of leaves near the armor, and he was joyously jumping with them and throwing them in the air. He wore an expression of extreme delight, and his smiled proclaimed his honest-to-goodness happiness. My friend remarked, “At this age, he really just makes his own fun.” How wise that comment is, and how often I have needed to be reminded of that. We once took a family vacation to visit relatives near Syracuse. My sister very thoughtfully arranged different activities for us to enjoy each day. Every day was a new adventure and trip to somewhere exciting and fun. But Gabriel’s favorite and happiest day was the day we stayed home, and he and his cousins spent the afternoon rolling down the Slip and Slide™ and squirting each other with a hose. They yelped and screamed and shrieked in merriment and never complained nor fought with each other. On another vacation, I took Gabriel to Orlando. I had purchased tickets for several major theme parks and had plans for almost every day of the week. I left two days free and unscheduled in anticipation of potential bad weather. www.childguidemagazine.com

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This proved to be wise when it poured for an entire day of our vacation. Because Gabriel became a little bored in our hotel, we decided to take a drive to Disney Springs and walk, shop, dine, and see a movie and then go to Cirque du Soleil, for which I had purchased tickets. When we arrived at Disney Springs, it seemed the rain had become even heavier. We stood under the tent at the entrance of Cirque du Soleil and waited for the rain to lessen just a little so we could make a run for some of the shops and restaurants. Getting bored, Gabriel grabbed an umbrella and ran out into the rain. He started to soak himself, and honestly, he was so happy, I just let him continue. The umbrella did not always cover him. Sometimes he closed it and twirled it around him as he ran. The rain poured and ran down his cheeks and soaked his hair and clothes. But he smiled, and that smile spoke of the greatest enjoyment. Another time, I had arranged a playdate for Gabriel with some friends. We were going to take the boys bowling, but when we arrived at the bowling alley to meet up, it was unexpectedly closed. We talked about taking the kids to another bowling alley instead, but we were near a park. The kids mentioned that they would rather just go to the park. I looked at their parents, and we all shrugged and said, “Okay, let’s go to the park.” It cost nothing, and the kids enjoyed the evening screaming, running, and wearing themselves out at the park. So while Gabriel and I love adventures, and we love to seek new escapades, sometimes our happiest moments are also the simplest. While he still talks about some of our bigger adventures like going to Legoland in Orlando or visiting Wonderworks at Destiny Center in Syracuse, he seems to live for the times when I just let him play with the hose in the front yard or jump through piles of raked leaves or swing the afternoon away at the park. Wild, simple, uninhibited fun seems to be the very best kind. Jeanne-Marie Williams is an analyst and a single mom who delights in homeschooling her son and taking him on adventures. She has too many hobbies and too little free time. Jeanne-Marie enjoys finding humor in every day life and serving as her family's historian. 2018 Family Resource Guide

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naturalists to enrich your child’s studies. “Clouds are Cool!” Ages 5-7 & 8-12. $9. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. & 3 “The 2018 Oscar-Nominated Shorts,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Fri., 6 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see all of the 2018 Oscarnominated shorts before the Academy Awards. Through March 17 Animated shorts and live action shorts. “Junie B. Jones, The Musical,” The Washington Admission. 301/600-2828. County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s www.weinbergcenter.org. Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Sat., , 9, 16, 23 & 30 Dance Party, Handley 11:30 a.m. Hour long musical, preceded by a Regional Library Auditorium, 100 W. Piccadilly snack lunch. Admission. 301/739-7469. St., Winchester. 10:30 a.m. Toddlers, www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com. preschoolers and their grown-ups are welcome to Through April 13 come dance. 540/662-9041. Early Childhood Music Classes: Musical www.handleyregional.org. Discoveries, Shepherd University, ShepherdDance Champs Elite Royal Dance stown, WV. Fri., 9:15-10 a.m. For ages 18 monthsCompetition, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. 3 years, with parent/caregiver. 304/876-5248. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Open to all dance www.shepherd/edu/music/community. studios. Non-ticketed event open to all dancers Early Childhood Music Classes: Music for and their attendees. For more information or to Preschoolers, Shepherd University, Shepherdcompete in the event contact: dancechamps.net. stown, WV. Fri., 10-10:45 a.m. For ages 3-5, with Info@dancechamps.net. 888/545-9161. parent/caregiver. 304/876-5248. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. www.shepherd/edu/music/community. Spring Thaw 5K and 10K, Sky Meadows State Park, Historic Area, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 9 a.m. Parking at Turner Pond. Registration fee. 540/592-3566. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows La Leche Meeting, Bowman Library, 871 Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day, Museum of Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 10 a.m. the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., 540/869-9000. Winchester. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free event. Family BINGO Night, Brunswick (MD) Branch Information tables hosted by historical societies Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 6:30-7 p.m. BINGO and research organizations. Lectures on Night for the whole family. 301/600-7250. genealogy and research and Library of Virginia www.fcpl.org. Reference Archivist William Bynum held at 10:30 “Cabin Fever Blues Bash,” The Maryland a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Free. www.themsv.org. Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. The legendary “Nighthawks” will kick off the 23rd Family Tunes and Tales: Symphony Storytime Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest. “The South with Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. High Commercial Music Ensemble” will open. 10:05-10:45 a.m. FSO musicians perform Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. music to beloved stories, followed by a to 4 “Of Mice and Men,” Hagerstown (MD) classical musical instrument petting zoo. Ages Birth-5. Community College’s Kepler Theatre, 11400 301/600-7000. www.fcpl.org. Robinwood Dr. Thurs. & Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & Cooking for Kids, Ballenger Creek Teaching 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Presented by the Maryland Entertainment Group. Check with theatre for age Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ages 10-13; 2-4 p.m., appropriateness. $10-$15. 301/302-9784. ages 5-9. $39. 301/600-2936. www.megtheatre.org. www.recreater.com. , 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 & 29 “Rainbow Jar Fun,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Indoor Playground, Jefferson County Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. Hands-on Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Indoor program introduces children to density. Recommended for ages 7 & up. 301/790-0076. play toys are provided and young children have www.discoverystation.org. plenty of room to run and play. Adults are Family Movie, Washington County Free Library, responsible for supervising the children they bring. Any preschools or large groups, please call Community Room, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. “My Litte Pony: The Movie.” in advance. Ages 1-5. $5 for first child, $3 for additional siblings, and $40 for a 10-punch pass. Popcorn and drinks provided. 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Creative Outlet at The Delaplaine Arts Center, to April 3 Goretti Student Art Exhibit, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 3-5 p.m. “Egypt Washington County Arts Council, 34 S. Hieroglyphics.” Family-friendly event that offers Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 drop-in art activities for all ages. $2 per artist. p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Students of David 301/698-0656. www.delaplaine.org. Bottini. Opening reception March 1, 5-7 p.m. 301/791-3132. www.washingtoncountyarts.com. First Saturday in March, Downtown Frederick. 59 p.m. Late-night shopping, live entertainment, First Fridays Celebration of the Arts, Old and a free trolley until 9 p.m. 301/698-8118. Town Winchester. Special gallery events, www.visitfrederick.org. musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and shops open late. www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. Paint Night, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 6-8 p.m. First Friday Fun, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Story with “Smiling Lion.” For ages 18 & up. Children 10 & up can register if they are painting alongside a art exploration, activities, and craft. 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“Princess and the Frog” (3/3) & “Pete’s Dragon” (3/17). 540/869-9000. Family Workshop: Friendship Bracelets, The Miller House Museum, 135 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants will receive the materials and instruction needed to make two friendship bracelets to take home with them. 301/797-8782. www.visithagerstown.com. to April 1 “Peter Rabbit,” Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. $6. Free admission for children under age 2. 304/2584074. www.wondermentpuppets.com. Sunday Afternoon Kids Canvas, Chambersburg (PA) Council for the Arts, 81 N. Main St. 2-4 p.m. “Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.” Complete a “Famous Artist” acrylic on canvas painting. No experience needed. All materials supplied. Ages 8-14. Adults welcome. Fee. 717/264-6883. www.councilforthearts.net. Shepherd University Honors Recital, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 2:30 p.m. Free. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. Family Movie, Edward F. Fry Memorial Library, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD. 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. “Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out.” For all ages. 301/8744560. www.fcpl.org. Sensory Friendly Hangout, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 4:30-5:15 p.m. Crafts, games, and hands-on activities designed for elementary-aged children with sensory integration challenges or autism spectrum disorders, their families, and friends. Grades K-5. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. “Zulu Patrol: Down to Earth,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Intended for Pre-K – Elementary audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card; $10, max. family cost. 301/766-2898. All Ages Straw Photo Frame Class, Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg, MD. 6 p.m. Bring a pair of sharp scissors. Other materials provided. For ages 6 & up. Reservations, 301/824-7722. www.washcolibrary.org. “The Dark Matter Mystery,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 7-8 p.m. Intended for general audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card; $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. , 13, 20 & 27 Dance Party, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 4 p.m. Music & dancing for all ages. 540/8699000. After School Art Explorers: Adventure Around The World, Chambersburg (PA) Council for the Arts, 81 N. Main St. 4:30-5:45 p.m. Children will explore new materials and techniques as they create a variety of projects inspired by subjects around the world. New projects introduced each week. Students work with graphite, paint and pastel. All materials provided. Ages 6-10. Fee. 717/264-6883. www.councilforthearts.net. Banner School Open House, 1730 N. Market St., Frederick. 9-11 a.m. Visit Frederick Co.’s only non-sectarian, independent, co-educational day school for students in Preschool 3 through 8th grade. 301/695-9320. www.bannerschool.org. The LATCH Circle, Handley Library, 2nd floor children’s room, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Presented by WIC Breastfeeding Staff. 540/722-3470.

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Play With a Sheriff, Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 4 p.m. Get to know our local Sheriff’s Office. Children can hear a story and then do an activity. All ages. 540/662-9041. Mother Seton School S.T.E.M Fair, 100 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. 6 p.m. Come see what our emerging scientists and aspiring engineers have to present. Public is invited to stop by and visit fair. Judging is at 6 p.m. 301/447-3161. www.mothersetonschool.org. & 17 Handley Library Behind-The-Scenes Tour, Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. Wed., 6:30 p.m. Meet in the Rotunda for the tour. Learn about the architecture and history of the library. Free. Reservations helpful. 540/662-9041, x11. STEM Night - Oceanography, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn about sea creatures and their habitats while doing some oceanography experiments. Open to children ages 8-12. Registration required. 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. , 14 & 21 Parent & Me Little Artists, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 9:15-9:45 a.m. “Mixing Primary Colors” (3/7), “Rainbow Sky Sensory Bottles” (3/14), and “Bunny Yarn Craft” (3/21). Parents must attend class with child. $7 per child. Additional $5 supply fee for all classes except “Mixing Primary Colors.” Ages 2-5. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Grandparents & Seniors Morning, For the Kids, By George Children’s Musem, Caperton Train Station, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. 9 a.m.-12 noon. Tickets are $4/person. 304/2649977. www.forthekidsbygeorge.org. Family Tunes and Tales: Symphony Storytime with Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 10:30-11 a.m. FSO musicians perform classical music to beloved stories, followed by a musical instrument petting zoo provided by Music and Arts. 301/6007250. www.fcpl.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Emmitsburg (MD) Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 5-6 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-6329. www.fcpl.org. Paws for Reading, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 6 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. Meet certified therapy dogs. 540/662-9041. Dad & Me Pizza Party, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6-8 p.m. Learn the basics to the perfect sauce and scratch-made dough. Finish with the easiest homemade ice cream. Ages 6 & up. $35. $15 for additional sibling. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. “Cirque D’Or,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7:30 p.m. Some of the world’s greatest acrobats, contortionists, aerial artists, jugglers, and entertainers. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. & 10 “Beauty & the Beast, Jr,” Wilson College, Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. Cumberland Valley School of Music. Wilson College Performing Arts Series. Based on the original Broadway Production. Admission. 717/261-1220. www.cvsmusic.org. to 11 “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.,” The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Youth Theatre performance. Admission. 301/263-6766. www.apollocivictheatre.org.

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Waynesboro Hospital Health and Wellness Expo, Waynesboro (PA) Area Senior High School, 550 E. 2nd St. 7:30-11 a.m. Annual community event features health-education activities and information, children’s activities, prizes & giveaways. Also offered are beneficial free screenings. www.summithealth.org. Book Drop-Off, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City and at Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 9 a.m.12 noon. Visitors can drop off books, CDs, and DVDs. Donations are sold during the Spring Used Book Sale, March 20-24. Proceeds aid the three local libraries: Clarke County, Bowman & Handley. 540/662-9041, x31. Telescope Clinic with the Tri-State Astronomers, Renfrew Institute for Cultural & Environmental Studies, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn how to use your telescope. Free. 717/762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. Special Saturday, For the Kids, By George Children’s Musem, Caperton Train Station, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn how to play chess and play a child-sized chess game. Ages 6-17. 304/264-9977. www.forthekidsbygeorge.org. “Slime Sensory Time,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. This sensory program gets kids messing around with different types of slime. Program will be led by North High’s Zach Brooks. Recommended for ages 5 & up. 301/7900076. www.discoverystation.org. Family Movie, Boonsboro (MD) Library, 401 Potomac St. 11:30 a.m. “My Little Pony: The Movie.” 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. St. Paddy’s Celtic Fest, Old Town Winchester. 12 noon-8 p.m. Celebrate the community’s Irish and Scottish heritage. Celtic bands, Irish Step Dancers, and Scottish bagpipers. Free. www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. Meet certified therapy dogs. 540/869-9000. www.handleyregional.org. Map & Compass Class, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1-3 p.m. Learn the basics of how to read a map and use a compass. Ages 8 & up. $10. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. “2018 Teen Idol Reboot: Teens Have Talent,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Highlights the many remarkable skills and talents of teens from Washington and surrounding counties. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. “31st Annual Comedy & Magic Spectacular,” Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 7 p.m.Presented by The Exchange Club of Chambersburg. Admission. 717/263-0202. www.thecapitoltheatre.org. -11 & 17-18 Maple Syrup Festival, Cunningham Falls State Park, William Houck Area, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd., Thurmont, MD. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Traditional maple syrup making and sap collection. Enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast and purchase maple syrup products. Maple Sap Run for all ages on March 17. $3 donation. 301/271-7575. www.visitfrederick.org. , 17, 24 & April 7 Adventures in Drawing Art Class, Chambersburg (PA) Council for the Arts, 81 N. Main St. 10:45 a.m.-12 noon. Learn new techniques to make your drawings look more realistic. All materials provided. Ages 8-14. Fee. 717/264-6883. www.councilforthearts.net.

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through America’s musical favorites of the last 100 years. $25.25$36.25. 301/797-7999. www.antietamrecreation.com. “Into the Woods, Jr.,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 1:30 p.m. Presented by Friends Meeting School and Maryland School for the Deaf. Family-friendly community event. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. Rainier Trio, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 2 p.m. Irish music program. Ticketed event. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. “Music from Around the World,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 6 p.m. Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra winter concert. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. , 18, 25 & April 8 Taking Control of Your Digital Camera, The Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. 1-4 p.m. Taught by professional photographer David Rehore. Covers producing better photographs through creative

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“manual” control of your digital camera. $90 for four weeks. Preregistration required. 304/650-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org. “My Father’s Dragon,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. Enchantment Theatre Company. Recommended for grades K-5. Admission. 301/6002828. www.weinbergcenter.org. American Girl Book Club, Boonsboro (MD) Library, 401 Potomac St. 6 p.m. “Happy Birthday, Addy.” A discussion with activities, games and crafts. Grades 1-5. 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. & April 10 Mother Seton School Take-a-Tour Tuesday, 100 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mother Seton Catholic offers small classes, hands-on learning, extra-curricular activities, and a well-rounded curriculum for Pre-K – Grade 8. Applications for 2018-2019 now being accepted. 301/447-3161. www.mothersetonschool.org. Mother Seton School Little Leprechauns Preschool Program, 100 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. 9:30-11 a.m. Come for storytime and craft, then join us for a treasure hunt to find the leprechauns’ pot of gold. Free. Ages 2-5. RSVP to Laurie Szukalski at admissions@mothersetonschool.org or call 301/447-3165. www.mothersetonschool.org. Homeschool Adventures: Radical Raptors, Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town, WV. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Pre-registration required. $8 per child. Ages 5-7 & 8-10. www.potomacaudubon.org. Home School History: Open House, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Try candle dipping, quilling, and more. Pre-registration recommended. Ages 5 & up. $5. 301/600-1650. www.recreater.com. Homeschool Adventures: Radical Raptors Session 2, Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town, WV. 1-3 p.m. Program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Pre-registration required. $8 per child. Ages 5-7. www.potomacaudubon.org. & 27 Itty Bitty Mornings, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork Street, Winchester. 9-11 a.m. For ages 4 & under, accompanied by their adults. 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. , 20, 27 & April 3 Tuesday Morning Home School Art Class, Chambersburg (PA) Council for the Arts, 81 N. Main St. 10:30-11:45 a.m. Children discover and develop their inner creativity. A new art project and technique explored each week. All materials provided. Ages 6-10. Fee. 717/264-6883. www.councilforthearts.net. Family Movie Night, Sharpsburg Library, 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg, MD. 6 p.m. “Wonder.” 301/432-8825. www.washcolibrary.org. “Artrageous,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. Apple Blossom’s Got Talent, Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. 7 p.m. The first of two preliminary auditions. $5$10. www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. Make-it, Take-it Family Craft Night, Clear Spring Library, 12624 Broadfording Rd. 5-6:45 p.m. Make a seasonal craft with your family. All ages. 301/842-2730. www.washcolibrary.org. , 22, 29 & April 5 Art Student Continuing Improvement Workshops, The Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. 1-4 p.m. Unstructured workshop for art students. $90 for four weeks. Pre-registration required. 304/6507277. www.berkeleyartswv.org//instruction. No School Days, Winchester Parks & Recreation, 1001 E. Cork St.. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Childcare for ages 5-12. Register by the Mon. prior to date needed. Fee. www.winchesterva.gov. Little Hands Cooking, Ballenger Creek Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 2.5-5. $24. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Home School Days, Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1-3 p.m. Allow experienced naturalists to enrich your child’s studies. “Wonders of Water.” Ages 5-7 & 8-12. $9. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Nerf Wars, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 5-7:15 p.m., ages 5-9; 7:30-9:45 p.m., ages 10-14. Battle your friends in Nerf War Combat. Bring your Nerf blasters and darts. Pre-registration encouraged. $10. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. “Special Night for Special Needs,” Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork Street, Winchester. 5:30-8 p.m. Special night of activities and community resources especially geared toward children with special needs. Low lighting, sensory activities, and

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Occupational and Physical Therapy staff will be on hand. 540/7222020. www.discoverymuseum.net. CVSM Performathon, Thomson Alumnae Chapel on the Wilson College Campus or Studio & Music Maker in Waynesboro, PA. Hundreds of Cumberland Valley School of Music students are featured in hours of continuous performances. Free. www.cvsmusic.org. St. Patrick’s Day Run Fest, Hagerstown City Center. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 5K, 8K, ½ marathon or 1 mile walk in downtown Hagerstown. Also a Clover Kids Run. Register online. 301/739-8577, x116. www.imathlete.com. 240/313-2808. www.washcorecfit.com. Hoppin’ Down the Bunny Trail, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 9 a.m.-12 noon. Kids will hop or walk or run down the half mile “Bunny Trail,” stopping to collect eggs and try activities. Bunny Hop Dance, healthy snacks, chance to win family-fun giveaways, music of “Rainbow Rock Band,” and the Easter Bunny. Registration required. All ages. $10/child. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Sweets on the Street, Downtown Hagerstown. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Located in the Maryland Theatre Lobby/Courtyard and on Potomac Street. Fun for all ages. Pie eating contest, hot chocolate bar, cookie decorating, sweets walk, and local baked goods for sale. mainstreethagerstown.org/ event/sweets-on-the-street/ “St. Patrick’s Day Crafts,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Lots of activities for children to do in our STEAM Machine Art Exhibit. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 11 a.m.-12 noon. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-7200. www.fcpl.org. Tots2Tweens Egg Hunt, FSK Mall, 5500 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free, family fun time. First 500 kids will get a treat bucket and the parents will get a Tots2Tweens parent bag. Email info@tots2tweens.com. 866/957-8687. www.tots2tweens.com. Paws for Reading, Clarke County Library, 101 Chalmers Court, Suite C, Berryville, VA. 1 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. Meet certified therapy dogs. 540/955-5144. Art Carnival, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 1-4 p.m. Fun art activities and demonstrations. A creative community event for all ages. Free admission. 301/698-0656. www.delaplaine.org. Magic in March Party, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 2-3 p.m. Drop-in to celebrate many forms of magic with play and crafts for the whole family. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. Manners & More, Centerville Rec Center, in Centerville Elementary, 3601 Carriage Hill Dr., Frederick. 4-6 p.m. “Table Manners.” Children will learn different styles of dining, how to properly set the table, napkin placement, how to correctly pass food, handling utensils and practice eating. Ages 7-12. $38. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Mother Seton School H.S.A. Shamrockin’, The Links of Gettysburg, 601 Mason Dixon Rd., Gettysburg, PA. 5:30-10 p.m. Join us for an evening in support of Catholic education. Cocktail hour, dancing, games, dinner, and live and silent auctions. $50, person; $385, table. Contact Beth at sbw79@comcast.net for tickets and information. www.mothersetonschool.org. Astronomy for Everyone, Sky Meadows State Park, Historic Area, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 7-10 p.m. Evening of space exploration begins with a half-hour “Junior Astronomer” program for ages 5-12. Then join volunteer Ambassadors of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab for a half-hour multimedia presentation on the latest in the United State’s space research. Look at deep space objects through provided telescopes. $5 per vehicle. 540/5923566. & 18 24th Annual HCC Alumni Assoc. Flower & Garden Show, Hagerstown Community College, ARCC, 11400 Robinwood Dr. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 100 exhibitors with show theme of “Save Our Food – Protect the Bees.” Seminars and demos daily, children’s activities, and more. $5. 240/500-2346. http://hagerstowncc.edu/alumni-foundation. Maryland Symphony Orchestra, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. “Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2.” Featuring Michael Brown on the piano. Admission. 301/797-4000. www.marylandsymphony.org. , 24, 31 & April 7 Next Level Watercolor Painting, The Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. 1-4 p.m. For students who have either taken classes in beginning watercolor or have had experience painting on their own and want to further their skills. $90 for four weeks. Pre-registration required. 304/650-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org//instruction. “The Cat in the Hat,” H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg (PA) University. 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. $15. 717/477-7469. www.luhrscenter.com. www.theatreworksusa.org.

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Manners & More, Deer Crossing Rec Center, in Deer Crossing Elementary, 10601 Finn Dr., New Market, MD. 4-6 p.m. “Social Etiquette.” Common courtesies, showing respect, and listening skills. Ages 7-12. $38. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. La Leche League Meeting, Handley Library, Children’s Room, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 5:30 p.m. Talk with others and share experiences. No registration necessary. Free. 540/662-9041, x16. Wee Naturalists: Eggs, Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town, WV. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Come learn about animals that hatch from eggs. Program is geared towards 3-5 year olds. 2 year olds are welcome. Preregistration required. $5 per child/adult pair. www.potomacaudubon.org. to 24 Spring Used Book Sale, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. Tues. & Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Books, CDs, and DVDs. Proceeds aid the three local libraries: Clarke County, Bowman & Handley. 540/8699000. Kinder Konzert, Williamsport High School, 5 S. Clifton Dr. 9:45 a.m.; 11 a.m. MSO musicians perform free concerts for preschool children. Percussion Trio. 301/797-4000. www.marylandsymphony.org. Tots2Tweens Egg Hunt, Valley Mall, Hagerstown. 5-8 p.m. Free, family fun time. First 500 kids will get a treat bucket and the parents will get a Tots2Tweens parent bag. 866/957-8687. www.tots2tweens.com. Paws for Reading, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 6 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. Meet certified therapy dogs. 540/662-9041. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/845-8880. www.fcpl.org. to 24 Two Times Around Spring Sale, Blue Heron Events, 407 S. Washington St., Greencastle, PA. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-12 noon. Franklin County’s Children’s & Maternity Consignment Event. Great deals on new and gently used items for infants to teens. www.twotimesaround.net. Kid’s Closet Connection Spring Sale, Chambersburg (PA) Mall, 3055 Black Gap Rd. Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Make money on your maternity & kids’ outgrown gently used clothing, toys and accessories. Free admission. www.kidscloset.biz. Eggcessible, Winchester Parks & Recreation, Jim Barnett Park, 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester. 10 a.m. The area’s only Easter Egg hunt for children with special needs. Easter Bunny will be there to meet and greet the children. Free. www.winchesterva.gov. GAEF Father/Daughter Dance, Green Grove Gardens, 1032 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle, PA. 6-9 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments, photography, DJ, dancing, crafts, balloon artists & more. By Greencastle-Antrim Education Assoc. 717/597-0800. www.greengrovegardens.com. “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Experiental theatre production which takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they meet insects, mammals, and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet

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Egg Splash, Jim Barnett Park, Indoor Pool, 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester. Ages 3-5, 1-1:30 p.m.; Ages 6-8, 1:30-2 p.m.; Ages 9-14, 2-2:30 p.m. Indoor pool will be filled with floating Easter eggs. Collect eggs for prizes. A parent must be in the water with children of all ages. Registration required. $2 per child. www.winchesterva.gov. “Behind the Scenes,” Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, 7 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 2:30-4 p.m. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the construction of an ALL School Musical. $20, adults; $10, students ages 5-18. www.barbaraingramfoundation.org. Manners & More, Deer Crossing Rec Center, in Deer Crossing Elementary, 10601 Finn Dr., New Market, MD. 4-6 p.m. “Table Manners.” Ages 712. $38. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Free Movie Night, Bridge of Life Center, Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Enjoy “Ferdinand.” Popcorn and soda in a safe, family-friendly environment. www.BridgeofLife.org. Taste of Vegas, Fountain Head Country Club, 13316 Fountain Head Rd., Hagerstown. 7-11 p.m. A Discovery Station Benefit Fundraiser. Enjoy light food, casino games with funny money, live music by Staff Infection, dancing, tip jars, 50/50s, and a live auction. Must be 21 or older to attend. $40, in advance; $50, at the door. 301/790-0076. & 25 “Pippin,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Authentic Community Theatre production. Check with theatre for age appropriateness. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. , 25 & 31 Bunny Train, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Visit with the Bunny on the train. Each child receives an Easter gift. Enjoy juice and Uncle Ralph’s cookies in the museum after your ride. $13-$16. Reservations recommended. 301/8980899. Faith Christian Academy Open House, 138 Greensburg Rd., Martinsburg. 9 a.m.6 p.m. Inter-denominational Christian school for students in PreK through 12th grade. 304/2630011. www.FaithChristianAcademy.net. to 30 Spring Break Day Camp, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy a variety of recreational activities. For students in K thru 5th grade. $25 per person per day. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. The Mustard Seed Early Learning Center Open House, 101 W. Main St., Martinsburg. 9:30-11 a.m. Come meet our wonderful certified teachers, and see what our center is all about. Enrolling for summer and fall in our Christian Based Learning Environment. For ages 14 months-PreK. 304/263-9291. Homeschool Adventures: Exploring Insects, Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town, WV. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Program will be sciencebased and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific naturebased theme. Pre-registration required. $8 per child. Ages 5-7 & 8-10. www.potomacaudubon.org. “Moles: What is Out There?,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Intended for Pre-K – Early Elementary audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card; $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Middletown (MD) Library, 101 Prospect St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children

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Nests” (4/11), “Texture Table Rubbings” (4/18), and “Painting Apple Blossoms” (4/25). Parents must attend class with child. $7 per child. Additional $5 supply fee for all classes except “Texture Table Rubbings.” Ages 2-5. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Homeschool Watershed Program Session 2, Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town, WV. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Lesson introduces erosion and makes connection between one component of water cycle and erosion. Geared towards grades 3-5. Pre-registration required. $16/child. www.potomacaudubon.org. La Leche Meeting, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 10 a.m. 540/869-9000. Family BINGO Night, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 6:30-7 p.m. BINGO Night for the whole family. 7-8:30 p.m. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. Renfrew Rocks! The Rock Detective Strikes Again, Renfrew Institute, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 7-8:30 p.m. Geologist Jeri Jones presents a fun and educational program on the geology of the area between Gettysburg and Interstate 81. 717/762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. to 8 Kid’s Closet Connection Spring Sale, Baymont Inn & Suites, 431 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Pre-sale; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Make money on your maternity & kids’ outgrown gently used clothing, toys and accessories. Free admission. www.kidscloset.biz. , 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 Indoor Playground, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Indoor play toys are provided and young children have plenty of room to run and play. Adults are responsible for supervising the children they bring. Any Monocacy Camp, Centerville Rec Center, in Centerville preschools or large groups, please call in advance. Ages 1-5. $5 for Elementary School, 3601 Carriage Dr., Frederick. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. first child, $3 for additional siblings, and $40 for a 10-punch pass. Daily activities that include games, crafts, and sports. Ages 6-12. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. $39. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. to May 1 Art Exhibit, Washington County Arts Council, 34 Schools Out for the Day, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy a variety of a.m.-4 p.m. Opening reception April 5, 5-7 p.m. 301/791-3132. recreational activities. For students in K thru 5th grade. $25 per www.washingtoncountyarts.com. person per day. $16 for After School Participants. 540/955-5140. First Fridays Celebration of the Arts, Old Town Winchester. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and Missoula Children’s Theater Auditions for “Snow White,” cafes, and many shops stay open late. Chambersburg (PA) Council for the Arts, 81 N. Main St. 4:30 p.m. www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. Kids in grades K-12 are welcome to audition. Registration will First Friday Fun, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., follow immediately after the audition and then cast will have first Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. “The Ugly Duckling.” Story with art rehearsal that evening. $75. Two shows will be performed April 7. exploration, activities, and craft. Pre-registration recommended. Call for information. 717/264-6883. www.councilforthearts.net. Ages 3-4. $5. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. -6 Spring Break Sports Express Camp, Jefferson County Little Hands Cooking, Ballenger Creek Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Five days of sports camp fun. Kids will Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 2.5-5. $24. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. play gym-class style games. Ages 5-12. $85. 304/728-3207. Home School Days, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., www.jcprc.org. Middletown, MD. 1-3 p.m. Allow experienced naturalists to enrich Sensory Friendly Hangout, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, your child’s studies. “Web of Life.” Ages 5-7 & 8-12. $9. 301/600915 N. Maple Ave. 4:30-5:15 p.m. Crafts, games, and hands2936. www.recreater.com. on activities designed for elementary-aged children with sensory , 13, 20 & 27 Dance Party, Handley Regional Library integration challenges or autism spectrum disorders, their families, Auditorium, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 10:30 a.m. and friends. Grades K-5. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. Toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups are welcome to come , 10 & 17 Dance Party, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., dance. 540/662-9041. www.handleyregional.org. Stephens City, VA. 4 p.m. Music and dancing for all ages. Summer Camp Open House, Jefferson County Community 540/869-9000. Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. The LATCH Circle, Handley Library, 2nd floor children’s room, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Presented 10 a.m.-12 noon. Get prepared for spring/summer activities. Fun activities, food, vendors and discounts on some programs. All ages. by WIC Breastfeeding Staff. 540/722-3470. Free. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Create With a Sheriff, Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Special Saturday, For the Kids, By George Children’s Musem, Winchester. 4 p.m. Get to know local Sheriff’s Office. Children can come hear a story and then do an activity All ages. 540/662-9041. Caperton Train Station, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wooden Railway in the Bridge Fun Day. Help create Martins “Earth, Moon & Sun,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 burg’s longest wooden railway layout. Bring your favorite 20 track Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Intended for pieces to play on your quilt square to connect with others. elementary-general audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; 304/264-9977. www.forthekidsbygeorge.org. free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card; $10, maximum family Explore & Create, Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum, 1611 N. cost. 301/766-2898. Market St. Frederick. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “My Family Tree.” PreSTEM Night - Meteorology, Washington County Free Library, 100 registration recommended. Ages 3-5. For adult and child pair. $5. S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Weather-themed 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. experiments that will teach the science of Meteorology. Open to Family Movie, Washington County Free Library, Community Room, children ages 8-12. Registration required. 301/739-3250. 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 12 noon. “CoCo.” Popcorn and www.washcolibrary.org. drinks provided. 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. “Two Small Pieces of Glass,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 “Explore Science: Mars Rovers,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 7-8 p.m. Intended for general audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens Washington St., Hagerstown. 12 noon-2 p.m. Hands-on program all with WCPS Gold Card; $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. about Mars rovers. Participants will design their own rovers. For ages 7 & up. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. & 11 Everyday Etiquette for Kids, Green Valley Elementary School, 11501 Fingerboard Rd., Monrovia, MD. 4-5:30 p.m. 2- Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. 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All ages. $25 participant. 540/837-1758, x224. www.blandy.virginia.edu. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Emmitsburg (MD) Learn to Ride, Jefferson County Community Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 5-6 p.m. Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Children read to Reading Education Assistance Junction, WV. 10 a.m.-12 noon. JCPRC staff will Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-6329. www.fcpl.org. be outside with your child to help them learn to STEM – Wooden Motor Boats, Smithsburg ride a bike. Child must have a helmet. Ages 4-10. Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg, MD. 5:30 $18. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. p.m. Create a motor boat out of wood. All Annual Fun Fly 2018, Renfrew Park, meadow supplies included but limited. Call to sign up. behind the museum house, 1010 E. Main St., 301/824-7722. www.washcolibrary.org. Waynesboro, PA. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free kite flying Paws for Reading, Handley Library, 100 E. with expert help from our Kite Masters. Bring your Piccadilly St., Winchester. 6 p.m. Read a favorite own kite or built a kite workshop. 717/762-0373. book to a canine listener. Meet certified therapy www.renfrewinstitute.org. dogs. 540/662-9041. “Military Child Appreciation Day,” Discovery Sky Stage Literature Series, Sky Stage, 59 S. Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 10 Carroll St., Frederick. 7:30-9 p.m. Poetry and a.m.-4 p.m. Give-away bags for participants and prose writers and writers groups for readings information handouts for service members. followed by Open Mic on 2nd Thursdays from Admission fees waived. 301/790-0076. April through September. All ages venue. Free. www.discoverystation.org. Beer/wine available for purchase with I.D. Into the Woods Storytime with Middletown High 301/662-4190. www.visitfrederick.org. School, Middletown (MD) Library, 101 Prospect to 14 KidCycle Seasonal Consignment St. 11 a.m.-12 noon. Sneak peek of the High Sale, Myersville Banquet & Event Center, Schools’ upcoming musical. For all ages. 301 Main St., Myersville, MD. Thurs. & Fri., 9 301/371-7560. www.fcpl.org. a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Everything you “Explore Science: Filtered Light,” Discovery might need from Maternity and Birth thru Teens. Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Save 50-90% off of retail prices. Consignors earn 11:30 a.m. Hands-on STEAM program introduces 70% (or more) of their total sales. Sign up to sell children to how astronomers use filtered light to at: kidcycleconsign.com. make observations about distant objects in the to 15 Hagerstown Suns Home Baseball Universe. Recommended for ages 7 & up. Games, Hagerstown (MD) Municipal 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Stadium, 274 East Memorial Boulevard. Thurs.Schifferstadt Opening Day, Schifferstadt Sat., 6:05 p.m.; Sun., 2:05 p.m. Suns vs. Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. 12 Greensboro Grasshoppers. Admission. 301/791- noon-4 p.m. Tour this rare stone house built by 6266. www.hagerstownsuns.com. early German settlers in 1758 and learn about , 19, 26 & May 3 Beginning Frederick’s colonial history. Free. 301/663-3885. Watercolor Pencil, The Berkeley Art Works, Family Film, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. 1-4 p.m. Class is Stephens City, VA. 1 p.m. “Winnie the Pooh.” appropriate for students who have no watercolor 540/869-9000. painting experience as well as those who currently paint with watercolors, but who want to Cooking for Kids, Ballenger Creek Teaching expand their techniques. $90 for four weeks. Pre- Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 13 p.m., ages 9-12; 4-6 p.m., ages 5-8. $39. registration required. 304/650-7277. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. www.berkeleyartswv.org//instruction. Diversity Festival, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 Let’s Move, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. E. Patrick St., Frederick. 2-4 p.m. Celebrate Market St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. diverse cultures through cuisine, fashion, film and Explore the park, learn about animal friends and the arts. Grades 6-12. 301/600-1630. their favorite foods, and exercise like bouncing www.fcpl.org. bunnies. Ages 2-3. $5. 301/600-2936. Spring Fling, Winchester Parks & Recreation, Jim www.recreater.com. Storyland: A Sensory Storytime for Little Ones, Barnett Park, Gym, 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester. Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 7-9 p.m. Middle School Dance. Attire must meet school dress code. Food available for purchase. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Special storytime in School ID required for admission. partnership with Frederick County Infants and www.winchesterva.gov. Toddlers Program. Ages 0-3. 301/600-7200. Astronomy for Everyone, Sky Meadows State www.fcpl.org. 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Comprehensive study of color and attributes necessary to producing outstanding 2 dimensional art. $90 for 4 weeks. Pre-registration required. 304/650-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org. to June 3 “The 3 Billy Goats Gruff,” Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. $6. Free admission for children under age 2. 304/2584074. www.wondermentpuppets.com. Car, Truck & Motorcycle Super Show, Adventure Park USA, 11113 W. Baldwin Rd., Monrovia, MD. 12 noon-4 p.m. 9th Annual show attracting thousands of car enthusiasts and spectators to the MD amusement park. All-day fun passes will available to purchase online. 301/865-6800. “Catapult,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 3 p.m. Shadows, dance, and storytelling combine. Fun for the whole family. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site: The Musical,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. Recommended for grades PreK-3. The smARTS Series. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. La Leche League Meeting, Handley Library, Children’s Room, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 5:30 p.m. Talk with others and share experiences. No registration necessary. Free. 540/662-9041, x16. to 18 Hagerstown Suns Home Baseball Games, Hagerstown (MD) Municipal Stadium, 274 East Memorial Boulevard. Mon. & Tues., 6:05 p.m.; Wed., 10:35 a.m. Suns vs. Delmarva Shorebirds. Admission. 301/791-6266. www.hagerstownsuns.com. Homeschool Adventures: Edible Plants, Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town, WV. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Program will be science-based and includes exploring, observing, discovering, and reflecting on a specific nature-based theme. Pre-registration required. $8 per child. Ages 5-7. www.potomacaudubon.org. Wee Naturalists: Nature Sounds and Songs, Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town, WV. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Program will focus on all the sounds we hear in nature. This program geared towards 3-5 year olds. 2 year olds welcome. Pre-registration required. $5 per child/adult pair. www.potomacaudubon.org. “Frederick County Public School’s 5th Grade Honors Chorus,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 7 p.m. Concert. Tickets sold at the door. Cash only. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Kinder Konzert, Hagerstown Community College, Kepler Theater, 11400 Robinwood Drive. 9:45 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 12:15 p.m. MSO musicians perform free concerts for preschool children. “Musical Stories.” 301/797-4000. www.marylandsymphony.org. Make-it, Take-it Family Craft Night, Clear Spring Library, 12624 Broadfording Rd. 5-6:45 p.m. Make a seasonal craft with your family. All ages. 301/842-2730. www.washcolibrary.org. Fun with Science, Sharpsburg Library, 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg, MD. 6 p.m. Hands-on science. Ages 8-14. 301/432-8825. www.washcolibrary.org. to 21 AAUW Used Book Sale, ARC of Washington County, 1000 Florida Ave.,

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Carpet Event on Friday. All day films on Saturday. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. www.marylandiff.net. to 29 Hagerstown Suns Home Baseball Games, Hagerstown (MD) Municipal Stadium, 274 East Memorial Boulevard. Fri. & Sat., 6:05 p.m.; Sun., 2:05 p.m. Suns vs. Rome Braves. Admission. 301/791-6266. www.hagerstownsuns.com. to May 6 91st Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester. Enjoy band competitions, dances, parade, 10K race, Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, carnival, golf tournament, tennis tournament, wine fest, contests, dance, celebrities, food, old town midway, and more. www.thebloom.com. Chalk Art on Main Street, 31 W. Main St., Middletown, MD. Family-oriented event. Participate with us as we decorate our sidewalks with colorful chalk drawings, sketches, and games. Free. 301/371-6171. www.visitfrederick.org. Around the Mount Triathlon, Adult and Youth 5K and Youth Fun Run, Mount St. Mary’s University, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. 8 a.m.-12 noon. Race is designed for all levels. Fee. 301/447-5362. Recycle/Reuse Earth Day Yard Sale, Renfrew Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 9 a.m. 717/762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. Superhero Training Day, Walkersville Rec Center, in Walkersville Elementary, 83 Frederick St., Walkersville, MD. 9-10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Young superheroes will test their ability levels at skill stations featuring special talents of popular superheroes. Dressing up is encouraged. Advance registration required. Ages 3-7. $5. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. 29th Annual Children’s Festival in Baker Park, Bandshell area, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free event. Children can enjoy hands-on activities and entertainment while their parents learn more about local early childhood programs and services. 301/662-4549. www.visitfrederick.org. Spring Family Farm Festival, STAR Equestrian Center, 13674 Greencastle Pike, Hagerstown. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Family activities. Wagon rides, craft and product vendors, horse demos, and petting farm. Learn about programs that are offered at STAR Equestrian Center. 301/331-9072. http://starcommunityinc.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. “Explore Science: Pack a Space Telescope,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. Children are invited to build a simple space telescope modeled after the James Webb Telescope in this hands-on STEAM program. Recommended for ages 8 & up. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Earth Celebration Day & Festival of Art 2018, Renfrew Institute, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Environmental exhibits, music, student clothesline display, food stand, and drum circle. At the Festival of Art area artists will display, demonstrate and sell their works. Free admission. www.renfrewinstitute.org. Family Movie, Boonsboro (MD) Library, 401 Potomac St. 11:30 a.m. “CoCo.” 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. Baking for Kids, Ballenger Creek Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 1-3 p.m., ages 9-12; 4-6 p.m., ages 5-8. $34. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Paint Night, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 6-8 p.m. “Fancy Butterfly.” For ages 18 & up. Children 10 & up can register if painting alongside a registered parent. $38. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Free Movie Night, Bridge of Life Center, Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Enjoy “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Popcorn and soda in a safe, familyfriendly environment. www.BridgeofLife.org. & 29 Spring Festival, Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibits, hayrides, animals, food, crafts, children’s hands-on crafts, games, tractor pull Sat., carriage museum & more. Fees for food, hayrides, crafts, games & manor house. 301/600-1650. South Mountain Creamery Spring Fest, 8305 Bolivar Rd., Middletown, MD. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Food, fun and games for the whole family. See the milk process with a tour of the milking parlor and production plant. Enjoy ice cream and music. Free. 301/371-8565. , May 5, 12 & 19 Saturday Art Explorers: Out Of This World, Chambersburg (PA) Council for the Arts, 81 N. Main St. 10:30-11:45 a.m. Class will feature a series of spacethemed art projects that will inspire and challenge explorers through a variety of different techniques and media that will include drawing, painting and sculpting. Ages 6-10. Fee. 717/264-6883. www.councilforthearts.net. Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 1-4 p.m. Hands-on, interactive day exploring the wonder of pinhole photography. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org.

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Authentic Community Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 The Banner School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 & 38

Children’s Tree House WOW Adventure Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Cluggy’s Family Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Dance Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Discovery Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Educare Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Ellsworth Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Family Healthcare of Hagerstown . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover

Frederick Pediatric Dentistry . . . . . . .Back Cover HCC College for Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

Joyful Arts Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Kids Cycle Consignment Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Kids First Swim Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Kid’s World WV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Let There Be Rock School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 The Light of the Child Montessori School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Lizzy Fontaine 31 Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Muscular Skeletal Therapies, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .3 The Pediatric Center of Frederick . . . . . . . . . . .13 ProDesign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Rocky Knoll School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Saint John Regional Catholic School . . . . . . . . .3 Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum . . . . . .19

Shepherdstown School of Dance . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Shepherd University Music Preparatory Division – Summer Programs . . . . . . . . . . . .40

Toothman Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Trinity Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Two Times Around Consignment Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 WIC of Frederick & Washington Counties, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover

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Authentic Community Theatre’s Summer Camps, Hagerstown. Summer Institute for the Arts. Visual and performing arts camps for ages 5-18. Art in the Woods is offered July 9-13 or July 16-20, for students entering grades K-8. This camp is full of hands-on activities and art projects taught by professional and local artists. Artist Showcase at the end of each week. Performing Arts Academy is offered June 25-30, for students entering grades 1-12, plus graduating seniors. Performance at the end of camp. Students prepare scenes, songs, and dance, all while learning vocal technique, stage presence, acting, and choreography. $200 per week. info@actforall.org. 301/491-7228. www.actforall.org. See ad on page 39. The Banner School Summer Camp, 1730 N. Market St., Frederick. Weeklong, themed half- or full-day camp sessions beginning June 11 through August 24. For children ages 6-14. Half day camp (9 am-1 pm or 12 noon-4 pm) or full day camp (9 am-4 pm). Discovery Camp themes include: Storybook Cooking, Art Adventures, Basketball, Black Light Glow Theater, Ceramics, Circus Camp, Junior Scientists, Hike & Swim, Photography, Sports Boot Camp, Culinary Science, Cupcake Wars, Coding, Chess, Sustainable Maryland, Star Wars Space Adventures, Creative Drama, Soolah (hula) Hoop, Kimnastics, and many more. Soccer Camp for ages 3-16. Preschool camp is either morning (8:30 am-12:30 pm) or full day (8:30 am-3 pm). Early childhood themes include: ABCs of Baking, Butterflies & Bullfrogs, In the Orchard, Wiggly Worms & Creepy Crawlies, Flying Machines, and more. Extended care and drop-in extended care offered for a fee. $125-$350 per week. 301/695-9320. www.bannerschool.org. See ad on this page. Dance Unlimited Summer Camps, Dance Unlimited 244 S. Jefferson St., Frederick. Mini dance camps, youth hip hop camp, dance/technique intensives, and musical theatre workshops. Ages 4 & up. 301/6623722. For full camp descriptions, dates & registration, www.danceunlimitedfrederick.com. See ad on page 39.

Educare Learning Center Summer Program,

2538 Jefferson Pike, Jefferson. Endless Nature. Summer sessions complement the school year by encouraging in-depth exploration of the natural world and creative endeavors. Kids move all summer long. Outdoor water play, nature hikes on 16 wooded acres, and family gatherings. 301/834-9007. educare@educatewithcare.com. www.educatewithcare.com. See ad on page 11. HCC College for Kids, Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Dr., Hagerstown. Summer enrichment program for grades 2 to 12 for over 30 years. Offering weekly adventures starting June 18 through August 10. Robotics, Computer Programming, Creative Writing, Music Theater, Science, Cooking, Engineering, and much more. Before and after care available.

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Schedules and costs vary by theme and week. Early registration discount through March 30. 240/500-2236. www.hagerstowncc.edu/kids. See ad on page 38. St. John Regional Catholic School, 8414 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. Weekly camps for students entering Pre-K to 4th grade run June 18-29, from 9 am-12 noon. Different themes each day. Arts & crafts, indoor & outdoor games, water day, Legos and more. $135 per week. Weekly camps for students entering Grades K to 8 run July 9 through Aug. 3, from 9 am-12 noon, 9 am-1 pm, or 9 am-4 pm. Themes include: Blacklight Theatre camp, Let’s Make a Hoolah Hoop, Mad about Science, Art with Yemi, Chess & Coding, and STEM-mer Time Challenges. $155-$199 per week. Challenger Sports Soccer Camp for Grades Pre-3 to 8 is July 9-13. 301/662-6722. www.sjrcs.org. See ad on page 3.

Pennsylvania

Joyful Arts Studio, 21 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle, PA. Weekly camps for students ages 8-12 run June 11-15, June 25-29, July 23-27, and August 6-10, 10 am-12 noon. Drawing and painting in acrylics & watercolors. $100 per week. 717/658-2177. www.joyfulartstudio.com. See ad on page 40.

Virginia

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps, 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. June 4-Aug. 17. Children, from preschool to twelfth grade, can leap into art, science and crafts this summer with hands-on exploration of the amazing world we live in. Themes: art & nature, gourd art, puppets, Jedi training, magic, discovery theatre, storyland art, Hogwarts adventure, chess, mythbusters, mural painting, robotics, filmmaking, and more. Extended hours available. 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. See ad on page 19.

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MINI DANCE CAMPS (ages 5-8) YOUTH HIP HOP CAMP (ages 7-11) MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOPS (ages 5-18) DANCE/TECHNIQUE INTENSIVES (ages 7-18) EVENING CLASSES (ages 4-adult)

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SUMMER CAMP 2018! at

The Children’s Tree House “Where we dig for answers, cultivate learning and harvest new ideas!”

Ages 8-12 years old Now offering four different weeks: 10 am-12 pm June 11-16 July 23-27 June 25-29 August 6-10 Cost $100 Your child’s week of art camp will concentrate on drawing, painting in acrylics and waters; we will explore the art of collage, composition and color theory. Our drawing exercises will concentrate on the power of observing what is really there, not what we think we know. The emotional connection to art will be discussed daily.

W.O.W. (Wild Outdoor Wonders) Adventure Camp

Ages 5-12 years • Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 am-4 pm (w/ wrap-around care options) Our camp is located on the 500+ acre campus of The National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. Professional wildlife, aquatic, and environmental experts coach and challenge campers. We provide all campers with hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), environmental experiences to kindle their interest, enhance their knowledge, life skills, gardening and help them enjoy the benefits of nature-based education. Our campers spend 90% of their day outdoors hiking, investigating, creating, and connecting with nature. W.O.W camp also offers Lower counselor to child ration: W.O.W. Camp runs a 10:1 ration where other camps are 16:1. We are excited to bring many new and exciting weekly themes to your nature loving children this summer.

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Child Guide invites you to submit information for Summer Camps & Programs in May/June issue. Include: • Name of camp • Location, including street address •Dates/times • Ages • Brief description • Cost • Registration/contact. Email to camps@childguidemagazine.com by March 23. Interested in Advertising for additional exposure? Call 301-665-2817 for rates.

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West Virginia

Children’s Tree House Wild Outdoor Wonders (W.O.W.) Adventure Camp, located on 500+ acre campus of The National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown. Mon.-Fri., 9 am-4 pm. Wrap-around care optional. Ages 5-12. Professional wildlife, aquatic, and environmental experts coach and challenge campers. Hands-on STEM and environmental experiences. Campers spend 90% of their day outdoors hiking, investigating, creating, and connecting with nature. For info contact Nickie at nickie@childrenstreehouse.org. www.childrenstreehouse.org. See ad on this page. Shepherd University Music Summer Jazz Camp and String Orchestra Camps, Shepherdstown. June 18-22. Spend a week

studying with some of the region’s top musicians. There will be a Jr. String Orchestra camp for students in grades 4-7 from 9 a.m.-12 noon. Sr. String Orchestra camp is for grades 8-12. Highlights of string orchestra camp include rehearsals, concert, individual and group coaching, chamber music & string quartets, master classes, and faculty performances. Jazz camp highlights include jazz band rehearsals, concerts for both Jr. and Sr. levels, individual and group coaching, combo/improvisation classes, theory classes, master classes and faculty performances. 304/876-5248. www.shepherd.edu/summer-music-programs. See ad on this page. Let There Be Rock School Camp, Let There Be Rock School Panhandle, 1017 S. Queen St., Martinsburg. Special summer rock music camps offered. 301/418-0715. www.letthereberockwv.com. See ad on page 6. Shepherdstown School of Dance, 400 S. Princess St., Shepherdstown. August 6-10 from 5-7 p.m., school year jump-start; July 9-13 and July 16-20 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., one or two week summer intensive; July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3 from 5-7 p.m., one or two week junior intensive. Summer sessions designed to maximize each student’s progress through study of technique, alignment, artistry, and expression. $175-$275 per week. 304/886-8398. www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com. See ad on page 7.

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