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From the Editor

Daria’s Music Contest – Our Families Make Music

In the Summertime ... here is a song recorded by Mungo Jerry from “back in the day” that I always think of when summer rolls around. It is a happy song with a lot of “da, da, da” and “da, doo, dee” ... my favorite verse was the one that goes “When the weather’s fine, We go fishing or go swimming in the sea, We’re always happy, Long’s we’re living in this sound philosophy.” When I researched the lyrics, I found the song is available as a ringtone. One of the 180 Boredom Busters points that are part of our Summer Fun Guide is: “Have your child teach you how to text or use an iPod if you don’t know how.” For me that would be to have my son teach me how to download a ringtone – then I can listen to it all summer long! Our Summer Fun Guide is loaded with ideas to keep the whole family happy this summer. Along with the boredom busters, there are a dozen fun activities for any budget and tips on traveling with kids. Plus we’ve incorporated the Summer Fun Guide theme into our Readers Giveaways with certificates for admission to the movies or a baseball game. While you are waiting to find out if you are a winner, check out the free matinees, which are a summer tradition at local theaters. On the serious side, we bring you Modern Manners 101’s look at cell phone etiquette and TechTalk’s statistics on sexting. They are alarming – unless you don’t follow the news, you’re aware that sexting is apparently a problem for adults as well. I’ll refrain from climbing up on that pulpit! So take the time to talk to your kids about both matters. In the course of putting together each issue of Child Guide, I have the privilege of getting to know some pretty impressive people. Many I only talk to on the phone or via email, but others I meet in person. I come away from these meetings with a sense of pride in our community and quite often with tidbits of valuable knowledge. One of the ladies I met recently was Millie Lowman, Executive Director of the Parent-Child Center here in Hagerstown. The center offers families in Washington County (mostly single mothers) aid and education on parenting issues. They also have a clothing closet and other items for the home. With a small staff and a group of rotating volunteers, the Parent-Child Center helps keep children in our community safe by improving parenting skills. Millie shared with me a resource, 2-1-1, which has been added to our Helpful Resources list on page 35. In almost every state, you can dial this number to get information on essential human services, from food pantries and housing to health providers and prevention programs. Sometimes I meet people through advertising – like our new back cover for this issue, X*M*D Allstarz. This non-profit, run by Linda McCauley, offers very affordable extracurricular activities and I could see by Linda’s enthusiasm that she and her coaches care about kids! Another advertiser, Jen Belluomo (ad at left), has helped me improve my efforts to “be green” with products for the home and family. I’ve been disappointed with many “natural” cleaning sprays bought at the grocery store, but have come to love quite a few of these. So check out this issue from cover to cover and perhaps you’ll learn a thing or two, too. If not, I can guarantee you’ll find something to do in our Summer Fun Guide or our Heads Up Calendar, which includes state and county fairs. Thanks for reading Child Guide! Cecilia “Cis” Rhyne, Editor

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Summer Fun for any Budget BY KERRIE MCL OUGHLIN

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Get wet. Take a swim at your local pool or beach. You could also go jump in a lake (with life jackets), set up a cheap backyard pool or hook up a sprinkler to a hose.

Plant a garden and your family will see the fruits (or vegetables!) of your labors by the end of summer. If you don’t have a backyard or much space, many vegetables can be grown in pots on a deck railing or even inside. Head to www.KidsGardening.org to get started.

Read all about it when you join a summer reading program, like one your local library system might offer (check Child Guide’s Annual Family Resource Guide online for libraries in our region or go to www.publiclibraries.com). Other organizations that offer rewards for reading over the summer are Chuck E. Cheese’s (www.ChuckECheese.com), Scholastic (www.Scholastic.com) and Barnes and Noble (www.BarnesandNoble.com).

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Do the drive-in. Head to www.Drive-Ins.com to find your nearest drive-in movie theatre, then pack up some chairs and a cooler of drinks, wrap some hot dogs in foil and pop some popcorn before you go.

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Go to a park you haven’t been to before. Wait for the perfect windy day, then head to a wide open space with a park for some kite-flying fun. Parks are also great for their playgrounds, for hide-and-seek and for an evening game of flashlight tag.

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Pick some fruit. Blueberries, strawberries, peaches, apples, or whatever you can find in your town make for a fun day. We like to go at dusk when it’s cooler and fewer people are around.

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Act like a monkey. No kid is ever to old to enjoy a trip to the zoo! Don’t overlook small zoos that may be a bit of a longer drive from your home. Usually they are cheaper and have a lot of cool animals. Check out www.AmericanZoos.com.

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Camp out. Camping doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. In fact, it can be as simple as setting up a tent in your own backyard (or Grandma’s or someone else’s if you live in an apartment). Don’t forget the flashlights, snacks, sleeping bags and scary stories!

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healthy, try out one of the new flavored frozen yogurt places where you can add your own toppings. Another option would be to borrow or buy an electric ice cream machine and make your own ice cream in any flavor you like!

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Catch a fish. Buy (or borrow) a rod, reel and bait and head to any small or large lake to fish off the bank. Keep the fish for dinner or throw them back. (You may need a fishing license, so check first with your state.) Fishing provides a great opportunity to just hang out and talk with your kids.

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Hit a carnival or fair. If a carnival never comes to your town, consider making a weekend trip to a fair. Every kid will forever remember the games, the attractions, the greasy food and the fast rides.

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Tee off. An evening game of miniature golf is a great way to top off the summer. Make the game competitive and keep score, or just play for fun.

Kerrie McLoughlin (TheKerrieShow.com), her husband and five kids attempt all 12 summer traditions listed above every year. Email her your favorites at mommykerrie@yahoo.com.

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180 Summer Boredom Busters BY KARA FERRARO

“You’ll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea.” – EARL NIGHTINGALE

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list of 180 budget friendly games to play, places to go and things to do and make that will help kiss the summer doldrums good-bye!

Places to go: • Go to the beach or a nearby lake. • Go to the park or a playground. • Go for a walk. • Go fishing. • Go swimming. • Go on a picnic – even if it is on the living room floor! • Go fly a kite. • Go play miniature golf. • Go to a museum. • Go to a botanical garden. • Go berry picking. • Go for a boat ride. • Go bowling.

• Go for a hike. • Go to an ice skating rink. • Go to a skate park—even if it’s just to watch. • Go on a scavenger hunt. • Go out for ice cream or frozen yogurt. • Go to a local gymnasium or community center. • Go play in a fountain. • Go to the local library. • Go horseback riding. • Go to a zoo or wildlife center. • Go to a local farmers market or roadside produce stand. • Go to a baseball game. • Go to a marine or environmental learning center. • Go consignment shopping and stock up on school clothes. • Go on a camping trip—the

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backyard will do! • Go to a waterpark. • Go to a movie.

Games to play: • Catch up on your favorite video games or learn some new ones. • Play Charades. • Play some ball—any ball— kick ball, soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, etc. • Play patty cakes. • Play dress up. • Play in the rain—jump in some puddles. • Play the Freeze dance game. • Play Simon Says. • Play school—go ahead, break out the dry erase board. • Play with Barbies, dolls, trucks, trains, Legos or any of the games they want to play. • Play hide and seek. • Play cards. • Play hopscotch. • Play any board game. • Play eye spy. • Play tag or freeze tag. • Learn how to play jacks. • Play pick-up sticks. • Play checkers or chess. • Play Tic-Tac-Toe. • Play in a sprinkler. • Play jump rope. • Play Frisbee. • Thumb wrestle. 1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a thumb war! • Have a staring contest. • Find some age appropriate website with learning games. • Have a limbo contest. • Make up your own game.

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• Create a family tree and spend time researching it together. • Start a scrap book. • Make homemade potato chips or fries. • Make some instruments— rice in a cup with tape, the good ol’ sandpaper and blocks will do or spoons. • Learn to make a beaded bracelet or necklace. (Macaroni works great!) • Learn Macramé. • Make homemade pizza. • Learn how to make compost. • Make homemade paper. • Make a collage of all the things you would like to do…or all the things you have done. • Freeze some orange juice or bananas for yummy cool treats. • Make a movie! Pull out the video recorder collecting dust. • Learn Origami. • Make some beautiful art with sidewalk chalk. • Paint a piece of furniture. • Make fresh squeezed orange juice. • Make a bird feeder. • Make homemade ice cream. • Make some smoothies or a milkshake. • Make paper airplanes and have races. • Make some Jello. It’s just as much fun as it was when you were a kid. • Learn how to knit or croquet. • Press some flowers and create your own cards. • Paint some jeans or a Tshirt. • Tie dye something. • Make a pretend camp and make s’mores. • Write a book—it could become a bestseller. • Start a journal. • Write a play or a musical. • Create a lemonade stand. • Start making holiday gifts or ornaments—it’s never too early! • Build a sandcastle. • Break out the old rug hook project you never finished in the 70s. • Put together a first aid kit for your home and automobile.

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• C&O Canal exhibit • Exact 19' replica of the Titanic • How a weather station works • Vision exhibit • Treasure Gift Shoppe • And much more!

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180 Boredom Busters, continued from page 12 • Make birthday and holiday cards for the upcoming year. • Make puppets out of paper lunch bags. • Make some mud pies. • Invent something.

Things to Do: • Read a book. • Watch a movie. • Teach the kids to bob for apples. • Sing songs together—introduce them to your favorite music! • Sing songs together—learn their favorite music! • Teach your child to weed, mow a lawn or garden. • Dance together—go ahead, get funky. Teach them the Electric Slide. • Lie down on the ground and watch the clouds together. • Read the Sunday comics together. • Plant something! A few seeds in a planter will do—kids love getting dirty, so get out there and create a garden. • Wash the car. • Give the dog or family pet a bath.

• Send a post card to an old friend or make one with a photo/drawing. • Learn CPR. • Hunt for 4-leaf clovers or bugs. • Learn yoga together. • Teach your child to sew on a button. • Teach your child to set a table. • Have a water balloon fight. • Learn some sign language or a foreign language. • Have a backwards day. Have dinner for breakfast, dessert before dinner and so on. • Learn how to surf – you can even learn on the living room floor with a towel! • Collect all the change in the house and cash it in. • Teach your child to write in cursive. • Learn calligraphy. • Teach your child how to handwrite a letter and send it off via snail mail. • Start a recycling plan/system in your home. • Adopt a Street. Contact your local Keep America Beautiful office. www.gogreenfl.org. • Donate your time at a local food bank or back-to-school supply drive. • Talk about ways you can do things together—like go green, save energy, grocery shop—anything! • Start an exercise program with the kids and try to stick to it. • Spend time learning about the nonprofit organizations in our area and choose at least one to devote some time for volunteering together.

• Talk about yourself—tell them stories about what it was like when you were their age… old pictures and yearbooks work great! (They don’t care that you had “big” hair!) • Take silly pictures • Take some photos and enter them in Child Guide’s Cover Kids Contest. Email photos with first names, ages, city of residence and permission to coverkids@childguidemagazine.com. • Teach your child to take, edit and upload photos. • Teach your child to sew, braid, tie shoes or make a knot, use the dishwasher, dryer, change a tire or any other life-long skill worth learning. (Age appropriate of course!) • Do a puzzle—go ahead, get a huge 1000-piece puzzle and put it on your dining room table or in a place that you can keep it for a while until it gets completed. • Have a mini-makeover session, mud mask, bath, makeup, style hair or paint nails. If you can get them to rub your back—even better! • Invite over a few friends for a sleepover—why not!? • Have a pillow fight. • Take a cooking class. • Clean out the closets and donate stuff to a favorite charity or cash in on consignment. • Try to learn to juggle. • Teach your child how to look for the expiration dates on foods or how to read the labels.

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’Tis the season to travel! BY JENNIFER GUENTHER

Enjoy Tons of Family Fun this Summer in the City of Hagerstown ~~

Come Play and Discover the Past! ~~

Potterfield Pool 730 Frederick Street 301-733-2599 Open June 7 - August 21 Public Swim: Tues-Sun 12:30 -5:30 pm

Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run 2 S. Cleveland Avenue 301-733-8630 info@hagerstowngreensat hamiltonrun.com Open Year Round as weather permits 6:30 am to dusk

9 holes for just $9!

Jonathan Hager House and Museum 110 Key Street www.hagerhouse.org 301-739-8393 Open April-December Thurs - Sat 10am - 4 pm. 272-year-old home of town founder Jonathan Hager complete with authentic 18th century furnishings in each room!

Hagerstown Railroad Museum at City Park 525 Highland Way 301-739-8393 May - Sept: Tues - Sat 10 am 4 pm, Sun 1-5 pm Home of Steam Locomotive 202 the oldest Western Maryland Steam Locomotive in existence.

hether it’s day trips to amusement parks or the lake or a week of sightseeing on the way to grandma’s house, we’re all going to do it. And most of us are trying to figure out how to go about it. Traveling with kids can be difficult. They don’t want to sit still, they can’t travel more than a few miles without needing a potty break or a snack, and they need a lot of stuff. I mean, really, just a trip to the store can require 20 minutes of packing, so a week-long trip will take some planning.

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will be double checking as well when you get there. Now that you know where you’re going, choose what to take and how to pack. First don’t think you have to bring everything you have at home. Many items can do double or triple duty for a few days. Like a baby walker: folds flat for easy travel and can be used as a walker up and down the hotel hallway, a seat for baby in the room while you’re taking a shower, and a highchair for a quick inroom snack. Pack solid colored separates so you can mix and match, and you won’t have to change the whole outfit for a spilled juice box or diaper blowout since everything can match with anything else. Bring a small bottle of detergent in case you need to do a quick wash in the hotel

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• Blow some bubbles. • Collect some rocks. • Sing karaoke. • Teach your child to row or sail a boat. • Plan a road trip and map out the course—even if it is across town! • Crank up some tunes and create an air band. • Teach your child to do something you love doing. • Plan and host a party—come as you are, potluck or anything! • Practice fire safety and create an escape plan. • Have a tea party. (Hot cocoa will do, too!) • Prepare for a hurricane, tornado or disaster—check batteries in flashlights and organize a list of what you will need. • Bang on the pots and pans. • Plan a week’s menu and go grocery shopping—stick to the list. • Cook a week’s worth of dinners and freeze them. Kids love to help. • Host a hula hoop contest. • Collect pinecones. • Collect shells. • Hold a watermelon seed spitting contest. • Plan the next week’s worth of outfits. • Schedule all your child’s doctor and dentist appointments. • Read the paper together and talk about the news. • Redecorate a room. • Teach your child to skip rocks. • Have your child teach you how to text or use an iPod if you don’t know how. • Come up with a business plan for babysitting, lawn mowing, lemonade stand or anything your child has interest in. • Put together a bag of things for your kids to do when you have to run errands or wait in a waiting room. • Talk to them about what they want to be when they grow up and research what they need to do to accomplish that goal. • Wash a bike, scooter or skateboard. • Drive your car downtown and just walk around and window shop. • Change your voicemail greeting together. • Write down a list of all the things you can do when you have nothing to do!

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sink or to use in the guest laundry rooms. That way you can pack light and save room in the car for the souvenirs on the way home. Now make sure everyone’s car seat is buckled correctly and that you have space in the car for the kids to all have a small bag of toys, treats, and entertainment or comfort items with them. Pack favorite, easy-to-eat snacks in individual small containers or baggies and bring spill proof lids to screw onto bottles of juice or water. Are you traveling with kids that tell you at the last minute they’ve got to go “NOW!”? Consider bringing a potty seat on long car rides. You can line the bowl with a small plastic bag and put a disposable diaper or handful of paper towels into the bag for absorption. That way you can easily pull off the road for an emergency pit stop and then simply tie shut the bag and dispose of it when you get back to civilization. While driving, encourage older kids to play games like travel bingo or look for license plates from all 50 states. Have them draw pictures of things they see or keep a travel journal of their own favorite memories. For younger kids, stories and favorite songs on cd can keep everyone singing along.

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Many cars have built-in dvd players or the kids have handheld video games, which can provide some entertainment. I would encourage you to save them for the really long rainy day or the three-hour traffic jam. Instead, enjoy your family time – use it to talk to your kids, play their silly games, and just enjoy each other’s company. That’s what vacations are for!

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Summer Camps and Programs 15th Anniversary

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Basic Camp, Advanced Skills Camp, and Goal Keeper Camp

July 18-22, 2011

Western Heights Middle School Marshall Street, Hagerstown Call Carlos Reyes 240-472-1164 or email carreysoccer@aol.com

MARYLAND CAR-REY THE PRO SOCCER ACADEMY Western Heights Middle School, Marshall St., Hagerstown. July 18-22 for ages 6 & up. Soccer camps for all levels. Soccer Camp, for beginners to advanced players; Advanced Skills Camp, designed for players, 12 & up, who would like to compete at the Select/Club, ODP or High School level; Goal Keepers Clinic, for goalkeepers to be trained separately. Email carreysoccer@aol.com or call 240/472-1164. www.car-reysoccer.com. See ad at left.

EDUCARE “KIDS IN MOTION” SUMMER PROGRAM 2011

WEST VIRGINIA DANCE DIMENSIONS OF HEDGESVILLE, L.L.C. 2448 Hedgesville Rd., Martinsburg. July 11 to 15 for ages 3-9. Dance camps are geared to meet the specific needs of each age group. Snacks and craft supplies are included. Register by June 13 and take $5 off your dance camp. Mini Dance Camp, 9-10:30 a.m., for ages 3-4 and Dance Camp I, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 5-6. Cowgirls and cowboys saddle up for a week of fun at dance camp! $80/person. Dance Camp II, 2-4 p.m., for beginners and experienced students, ages 7-9. Explore various ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and Irish. $95/person. 304/671-3688. www.dancewv.com. See ad on page 6.

THE LITTLE GYM’S ANYTIME SUMMERTIME KIDS CAMPS

KID’S WORLD SUMMER CAMPS

ST. JOHN REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL 2011 SUMMER CAMP 8414 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. July 5-29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with before and after care available. Weekly themes include: Can You Dig It?, It’s All Geek to Me, Earth Trek, and There’s No Place Like Home. 301/662-6722, ext. 2204. www.sjrcs.org. See ad on page 40.

VIRGINIA COMPETITIVE EDGE GYMNASTICS SUMMER CAMP 483 Fort Collier Road, Winchester. July 11-15 for ages 3 & up. Full- and half-day options, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Varied levels of structured workouts for recreational gymnasts and teams. Swimming on Wed. for full-day camp ends at 3:30. 540/6622682. www.cegymnastics.com. See ad on page 19.

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Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church, 4699 Valley Pike, Stephens City. July 10-14 from 6:15 to 8:30 pm for ages 4-11. Full- and half-day options, 9 am-5 pm. Get ready for fun around every corner. As kids explore the big city, they’ll learn how to step out in faith and connect with Jesus. 540/868-4020. www.sbvcfamily.com. See ad at left.

2538 Jefferson Pike (directly off Rt. 340), Jefferson. Cont. through Aug. 25, for school age children through 5th grade. Part time and full time available. Activities will include fitness-forfun outdoor experiences, innovative obstacle courses, discovery walks on our extensive nature trails, nutrition and cooking activities, and on-site moon bounce days. Our 22-acre, wooded campus contains four nature-enriched playgrounds, and nature trails leading to Catoctin Creek and Broad Run Creek. 301/834-9007. educare@ educatewithcare.com. www.educatewithcare.com. See ad at left.

1535 Potomac Ave., Longmeadow Shopping Center, Hagerstown. Cont. through Aug. 18. Mon. to Thurs., 9 a.m. to 12 noon for ages 3 to 10. Our Anytime, Summertime Camps offer hours of fun and activity. Specially developed camp curriculum is designed around themes and combines physical fitness, gymnastics and play with arts and crafts and special events. Choose the days and times that fit your schedule. Member and non-member pricing available. 301/739-7300. www.tlghagerstownmdus.com. See ad on page 3.

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11507 Winchester Avenue, Bunker Hill. June 13 through Aug. 4. Weekly sessions for ages 3 to 5. $100 per session. Fairy Tale Lane, July 11-14. Stroll down Fairy Tale Lane and meet Goldilocks, The Three Little Pigs, and other friends in this fantasy adventure. Going Camping, July 18-21. Let’s gather around the campfire, sing songs, eat smores, and meet our woodland friends. Under the Big Top, July 25-28. Come one; come all to the main event. Meet exciting animals and silly clowns in this adventure. Down by the Seashore, August 1-4. Put on your sunscreen and pack your swimsuit! We are going to explore life down by the seashore. Contact Dawn Voysey, 304/596-0006. www.kidsworldwv.com. See ad on page 13.

SHEPHERDSTOWN SCHOOL OF DANCE 8530 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown. July 11-15, evening dance classes Mon.-Fri., 5-6:30 p.m. for ages 8-10. $175/person and July 11-22, Mon.-Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m. for ages 1018. $250/person for two weeks; $175/person for one week. July 25-Aug. 5, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 8-18. Intensive pre-professional level study. Schedule will include Rommet Floor-Barre®, Ballet Technique, Modern or Jazz, Ballet Technique and Choreography and Variations. $500/person for two weeks; $325/person for one week. www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com. 304/876-8277. See ad on Inside Front Cover.

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TechTalk BY KATHERINE COBB

Sexting surveys provide disturbing findings disturbing offshoot of the electronic age is teen “sexting” — the slang term for sending text messages of a sexual nature or using a cell phone to distribute pictures or video of sexually explicit images. The statistics from two recent surveys are alarming. One conducted among U.S. teens aged 13 to 18 reported that one in five teens have engaged in sexting, over a third know of a friend who has sent or received a sext message, and one in 10 sexters has sent these messages to people he or she didn’t know. Almost all teens surveyed thought it was dangerous to sext, including those who engaged in it but half also thought adults “overreacted” about sexting. Another survey about sexting among teens aged 13 to 19 showed 71 percent of teen girls have sent or posted sexy content to a boyfriend or girlfriend. Over half of teen girls said they do it because of pressure from a guy. Sixty-six percent of teen girls and 60 percent of teen boys sent sext messages to be “fun or flirtatious.” Forty-four percent of both sexes say they did it in response to content they received. And 44 percent of teen girls added it was common for these images to be shared with people not intended to see them. Thirty-eight percent said exchanging sexually suggestive content makes dating or hooking up with others “more likely” while 29 percent said exchanging explicit content makes them feel “expected” to date or hook up. Sexual pressure has been a part of our society for centuries, and typically it’s usually the boys pressuring the girls. This dynamic is already tough enough to navigate enough without adding in an electronic element that fosters it. Remember when e-mail was all the rage, and soon people began reporting how they were having ugly interactions through it? E-mail provided an electronic barrier of sorts, and people found they could confront someone through an e-mail in a way they never would be able to face-to-face. I call it electronic courage, because it removes the threat or stress of how someone will respond in person. My hunch about sexting is it’s the same reason both boys and girls are being bold in their messaging: electronic courage feels less risky, and I doubt the girls realize the set-up until it’s too late. As the girls plainly reported, they feel pressured from guys to participate in sexting and moreover, it’s working — 38 percent said it made “hooking up” more likely. Girls are more likely to succumb to this newest form of sexual pressure for fear of being rejected, or seen as uncool. But it’s not harmless “fun”; it’s leading to sexual experiences they aren’t ready for, and wouldn’t necessarily be having without electronic foreplay or promises. Talk to your teens about sex, sexual pressure, and sexting. Be sure they have a solid understanding of all three, and their roles in it.

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Modern Manners 101 Relevant Etiquette Training for Today’s World

12 Tips for Cell Phone Etiquette BY WENDY C. KEDZIERSKI ixteen hours on a cell phone? Really? Were you just as amazed and amused as I was to hear news reports of the arrest of a 39-year-old woman who annoyed fellow train passengers with her loud one-way conversations for hours on end? The train was traveling from Oakland, Ca., to Portland, Or., but stopped in Salem, Or., so that officers could arrest the woman who had refused to halt the obnoxious banter despite pleas from fellow passengers and train employees. While this is an extreme scenario, we’ve all witnessed cell phone misconduct. My husband told me recently that he overheard a public restroom stall cell phone conversation which included – yuck – a flush. Hear are 12 tips for polite cell phone use. I’m sure there are more, but these are good reminders for ourselves and for our children. Put a ring on it, but be careful. A ring tone can speak volumes about our personalities. We’ve all heard some pretty interesting

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versions that cause us to wonder why they were picked. We need to choose ours carefully. Face-to-face first. A face-to-face conversation should take precedence over a cell phone call or text – except in emergencies. If we must take a call, we should first ask permission of the person with whom we are conversing face to face. We should keep the call brief and then apologize after hanging up. Even clerks in a store or servers in a restaurant deserve our respect and attention. No bathroom talk. We should never use a cell phone in a public restroom. Enough said. Bad service? Call later. If we know we’re in an area that doesn’t have good cell phone service, we should avoid making the call. Weak and interrupted service is annoying to the other party. Tone it down. Cell phone microphones are designed to pick up our voices and filter out ambient noise, so there’s no need to yell at the person we’re calling. And if we’re in an area with lots of loud background noise, we shouldn’t make a call. The person that we’re

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calling will probably be able to hear our voices through the sensitive microphone, but we may not be able to hear them. It’s frustrating for them to take a call from us when we have to keep asking them to repeat themselves. T.M.I. We should avoid overly personal or inappropriate conversations when taking calls in public. Nobody wants to hear it, yet it’s hard for others to tune out. Exit, stage right. Sometimes calls must be taken during a public event. Remember to set your phone on vibrate, and if it’s absolutely necessary to take a call, it’s better to just leave the room. As much as we may try to be discreet and brief when taking a call, we’re still a distraction to others. Mind our manners. If we’re on a phone in a public place, we should still mind our manners when it comes to those around us. Cell phone use should not make us peripherally oblivious. We should still hold doors open and thank people for kindness offered to us. Define “no phone” zones. For example, a no phone zone would include church or a theater. A no phone time would include during class and dinnertime. No texting in a darkened movie theater. And of course, no phone when driving. Improper send-offs. Just this morning I received a call from someone who didn’t realize she was calling me. In fact she didn’t realize she was making a call at all. I could hear her talking to someone else in the background, completely unaware that she had just called me. There’s a name for these inadvertent calls, but I won’t use it here. Let’s just say sometimes a button gets pushed while the phone is in a back pocket. Oops! Improper send-offs, part 2. We also should be careful that our texts don’t get sent to someone else. It’s an easy and potentially embarrassing mistake. Failed auto correct. It’s seems so handy and intuitive, doesn’t it? Texting shortcuts where our phones finish our words as we type, saving us time and effort. But there are web sites dedicated to auto correct gone bad. Sometimes very bad. We should try to remember to proofread our texts. (Although faulty auto correct is sometimes pretty funny!)

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As parents, we all need help from time to time, whether we’re trying to get a nutritious dinner on the table or rock the baby to sleep. Thankfully, moms and dads can turn to the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) for Parenting Resources, which this year include 20 Gold Award-winning products, media, gear and resources hand-picked by our prestigious team of expert judges and parent testers.

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Cloth Diapers Trend Lab LLC; $12.95; www.trend-lab.com. Parents often abandon cloth diapers once their babies become toddlers, but this savethe-planet version is fully adjustable and designed to grow with your child. “This diaper is useful for the entire diapering life of the child (and other children),” says Carolina Jamison, parent tester and mom to a 2-1/2-yearold, “and is the most absorbent diaper I have tried.” The cloth diaper features three rows of snaps and a gender-specific liner that easily snaps in.

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For Baby City Select Baby Jogger; $499; www.babyjogger.com. Strollers have come a long way, Baby, especially this innovative model that is both functional and fashionable. Strolling can easily move from Mom’s height to Dad’s with a simple adjustment, and the shock-absorbent tires make for a smooth ride. This buggy can also go from a single to a double (extra accessories required), and its compact design means you’ll have a better chance fitting through the door or store aisle. “The design is beautifully slick,” says Elizabeth Hiatt, parent tester and mom to 1- and 2-year-old boys. “It appeals to the modern mom who wants to push her children around, but still look sharp doing it.”

mamaRoo Infant Seat 4moms; $199.99; www.4moms.com. What do you get when you cross a robot with a bouncy seat? You get the innovative mamaRoo. Designers used motion-tracking devices to collect data on how moms rock and comfort their babies. The result is a seat on a “coordinated motion robotic platform” that’s durable, quiet and comfy. Babies can gaze at and play with the gizmos on the toy bar (featuring art by classical artists) or chill to some white noise or nature sounds – or you can hook up your own mp3 player. The washable fabric cover comes in six subtle color combinations and is detachable and washable.

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Levana Safe N’See Digital Video Baby Monitor SVAT Electronics; $199.99; www.mylevana.com. Peek in on the baby without having to tiptoe into the nursery with this multifunction gadget. The video function lets you see what’s going on in the crib, and you can listen to the babbling, too. There’s even a “Talk-to-Baby Intercom” to offer soothing words or to let Baby know you’re on the way. And the temperature feature helps you make sure room conditions are optimal for snoozing. www.childguidemagazine.com

Britax USA; $279.99; www.britaxusa.com. This car seat is loaded with safety, comfort and convenience features, including deep side walls lined with energy-absorbing EPP foam, rear- and forward-facing recline options for car sleepers, an easyto-remove cover and a quick-adjust harness system for easy height adjustments that don’t require rethreading. The seat – rated for 5-40 lbs. rearfacing and up to 70 lbs. forward-facing – features “SafeCells” designed to compress and lower the center of gravity in the event of a crash, lessening the forward propulsion of the seat during impact. “With the improved harness height adjuster and the deeper sides,” says Nicole Perlman, parent tester and mom to twin 11month-old boys, “they took what was one of the safest/best car seats on the market and made it better.”

Toofeze Oh, That Baby! Ltd.; $20; www.toofeze.com. Little ones can sink their gums into this teething toy that doubles as a keepsake. Just dunk Toofeze into a cup of ice or the refrigerator, and the stainlesssteel teething surface cools quickly to provide fast relief from teething pain. The easy-togrip silicone handle is a good fit for a baby’s tiny grasp, too. Once all the teeth are in, the stainless-steel disk can be engraved, and you tuck the Toofeze into the drawstring bag and place it with your baby’s keepsakes.

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For Toddlers & Preschoolers Scooter & Me DVD Series Move With Me Action Adventures; $108.95; www.move-with-me.com. Kids can follow the adventures of The Boy and his shiny red Scooter – while getting some exercise – with this entertaining, nine-story DVD series. While kids of all abilities watch The Boy make friends and pick up new skills, they learn focus, flexibility, balance and coordination. The lessons, self-confidence and strength that kids gain by watching this series are easily applied to real life.

Johnson’s® Natural® Johnson & Johnson; $4.59 each; www.johnsonsbaby.com/naturals. The Johnson’s brand is a standard when it comes to kids’ cleanup time, but parents are on the lookout these days for natural products that are easy to use, eco-friendly and get the job done. Both parent and kid testers especially liked Johnson’s Kids 2-in-1 Hand & Face Foaming Wash from the natural line, which is free of parabens, dyes, animal by-products, phthalates and essential oils (meaning it’s fragrance-free).

Little Looster Little Looster, LLC; $39.99; www.littlelooster.com. This simple, horseshoe-shaped stool makes it easy for little potty trainers to step onto the toilet – without help – and sit in comfort. And the toilet-compatible design keeps it from getting kicked around the bathroom when adults and older kids have to go. “I tried this out with my 4-year-old, and he loved it. He was able to sit on the toilet all by himself,” says NAPPA safety judge Mandi Summers.

For Big Kids MeMoves ThinkingMoves; $59.95; www.thinkingmoves.com. This innovative, multimedia product includes a DVD, a music CD, textured puzzle cards and a User’s Guide, all designed to simultaneously engage a child’s visual, auditory and motor planning skills and help calm the mind and improve mood and focus. The idea originated with a mom (product cocreator Roberta Scherf) seeking ways to help her child, who had been diagnosed with sensory integration disorder. MeMoves is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and can be a valuable tool both at home or in the classroom. But it’s particularly helpful for children with autism, ADD/ADHD and depression and anxiety disorders.

“I love that there are so many different bodies represented in this watch-and-do DVD. I think a family will love doing this together and then letting a kid use it alone to calm the mind and body and get ready.”

Success with Uppercase Letters: Grades K-1 Sylvan Learning/Random House; $12.99; www.sylvanlearningbookstore.com. Kids get a leg up on their writing skills with this colorful and creative workbook, designed to help develop visual memory and, ultimately, handwriting that their teachers can read. Kids practice and learn through the Name Game, Write Around the Wheel, Sign Sightings and other fun letter and word play. The emphasis on just uppercase letters, one parent tester notes, is a good way to help a child focus and not get overwhelmed by too many lessons. “As an educator, I liked the fun, innovative way the workbook presented itself,” says NAPPA education judge Michelle Davis Seyller. “The illustrations on each page made the child want to continue working with it.”

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The Budding Gardener By Mary B. Rein; Gryphon House, 2011; $9.95; www.gryphonhouse.com. This little book (only 70 well-illustrated pages) is jam-packed with everything you need to introduce your child to gardening, whether your thumb is green or not. You can start small with a mini indoor greenhouse or terrarium, go wild with a butterfly garden or try to grow enough flowers to sell on the street corner instead of lemonade. The Budding Gardener is one of those rare books that appeals to children of a wide variety of ages – and their parents.

For Tweens & Teens World Without Fish By Mark Kurlansky, illustrated by Frank Stockton; Workman Publishing, 2011; $16.95; www.workman.com. This book has been called the Silent Spring for a new generation, and that’s not an exaggeration. Unlike most ecological books for young readers, it’s neither preachy nor condescending, but uses straightforward, powerful writing to pull the reader into caring about the perilous state of our oceans and sea life. The nontraditional format, including sections in graphic-novel form, keeps this fact-filled book lively. And Kurlansky brings you right into the worlds he’s writing about, whether under-sea with the fish or above with the fisherman.

TeenLife Media TeenLife Media; Free; www.teenlife.com. A unique, much-needed publication, affiliated with an infopacked website, Teen Life provides teenagers and their parents with resources for recreation, education and community service. The Guide to Gap Year Programs, for example, is an excellent blend of essays, listings and resources about the growing trend among young adults to participate in a service or adventure year after high school. The website section on summer jobs and internships, like all the writing in Teen Life, is geared to a teen audience without trying too hard to be hip.

Diet Drama: Feed Your Body! Move Your Body! Love Your Body! By Nancy Redd; Gotham Books, 2010; $22.50; www.penguin.com. This New York Times bestselling author brings a light touch to the serious topic of diets and body image for young women in this approachable food and exercise book. The result, says nutritionist and NAPPA judge Sheila Globus, is a book that’s right on the money and “shows them that getting a handle on their health is doable, no matter who they are or what they weigh.”

“This is a fun, encouraging and informative book for girls that provides proof that girls come in many shapes and sizes, and there’s no sense striving for a model thin figure.” – Susan, parent tester and mom of two girls

There’s More Online Check out all of the 2011 NAPPA Parenting Resources Gold and Honors winners for more great gifts and sanity-saving resources! Head online to www.NAPPAawards.com.

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For Mom & Dad Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share By Ken Denmead; Gotham Books, 2010; $17; www.penguingroup.com. Let your geek flag fly! Ken Denmead has turned his GeekDad blog for Wired.com into a book packed with cool activities. Whether you think of yourself as a geek or not, you’ll be saying “gee whiz” to many of these ideas. Denmead proudly takes on the mantle of geeky dad, which to him means having a big imagination, loving science and how things work, and never fully growing up. Projects are broken down by cost, difficulty and duration, so it’s easy to decide whether to take on the cyborg jack-o-lanterns, homemade fireflies, nighttime kite flying or light-up wallet made from duct tape.

Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves By Naomi Aldort; Book Publishers Network; $18; www.authenticparent.com. Naomi Aldort is an eloquent proponent of the simple idea that children need love and validation, rather than control and behavior modification. The result is the disappearance of power struggles and the emergence of closeness and cooperation. Aldort teaches parents how to listen effectively when children express strong feelings, and how to recover their ability to love, validate and offer comfort to their children when they, themselves, are upset.

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NAPPA salutes the team of specialty judges, family testers and veteran parenting editors who, under lead judge Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., named the winners of the 2011 NAPPA Parenting Resources competition. Cohen, a former NAPPA winner himself (for his bestselling book Playful Parenting), is a licensed psychologist, author and nationally recognized speaker who specializes in children’s play and play therapy. This is his sixth year with NAPPA. Fifteen specialty judges and staff from leading institutions across North America joined NAPPA this year, including: • Mandi Summers and Magda Rodriguez (Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts); • At Tufts Medical Center, Patricia Lupien, KPTI Program Specialist; Paul Lizzul, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, MPH. Asst. Professor, Associate Director of Clinical Research, Dermatology; • Certified Pedriatric & Family Chiropractor Patricia Giuliano, D.C. (Westwood Family Chiropractic); • Tech Consultant John Malouf of Norwood, MA; • Nutritionist Sheila Globus of Canada; • Special needs and early intervention specialist Denise GalfordKoeppel, M.S.; • Montessori teacher Michelle Seyller and her colleagues at Thatcher Montessori School in Milton, MA; • At Isis Parenting, Joanna Silverman, M.Ed, CHHC; Lisa Gatto, CLS, B.S. Human Development; Nancy Holtzman, RN, BSN, IBCLC; Teresa Marie Stewart, MS, MPH; Chris Just, MSN, CNM, Cert. Yoga Instr.; Johanna McChesney. Finally, dozens of family testers also played a key role in choosing this year’s Gold and Honors winners. We thank all of our judges and testers!

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By Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC, and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, RD, CHHC; Real Food Moms, 2009; $19.99; www.RealFoodMoms.com. Getting meals on the table can be one of a parent’s most daunting daily tasks – which is why parent testers and judges gave this 256-page, nicely illustrated book the thumbs up. “A food book with good visuals is a big plus for me,” says NAPPA judge and nutritionist Sheila Globus. Nutrition educators Jeannette Bessinger and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, aka “the Real Food Moms,” offer practical recipes and bring a healthy, holistic approach to the art of feeding the family. The authors explore everything from how to reverse common cravings to a tantalizing array of simple, nutritious meals.

By Carole Kramer Arsenault, RN, IBCLC; The Experiment, LLC, 2011; $15.95; http://theexperimentpublishing.com. The next-best thing to having your mom or a live-in nurse is this practical and comprehensive tome, designed to answer a new parent’s burning questions about pregnancy, babies and postpartum issues. Arsenault, a longtime labor and delivery nurse at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, compiled this book, which parenting judge Johanna Myers McChesney gives top marks for its Q&A format and solid advice.

The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries By Michele Borba, Ed.D.; Jossey-Bass, an Imprint of John Wiley & Sons, 2009; $19.95; www.josseybass.com. Despite its size (almost 700 pages), this big book is easy to navigate, thanks to its complete index and logical organization. Borba earns her status as a celebrity parent educator as she tackles everyday issues like emotional oversensitivity and manners, as well as extreme situations like substance use and learning disabilities. The introduction sets the stage by explaining how people change, and the focus throughout the book is on a powerful concept that Borba calls “the change to parent for.”

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Through July 2 Smithsburg Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival, 22 N. Main St., Smithsburg, MD. 6-11 p.m. Rides, food, games and live entertainment. 301/824-2889.

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Through July 7 City Center Jazz Nights, University Plaza, 32 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Thurs., 5-7 p.m. Free. 301/739-8577, x116. www.hagerstown md.org/citycenterjazznights.html.

Through July 10 Green Meadows petting farm, 10102 Fingerboard Rd., Ijamsville, MD. Closed Mon. and Tues. and July 4. More than 200 animals and an animal show. $12, ages 2 and older; free, ages 1 and under. 800/799-1166. www.greenmeadowsevents.com.

Through August 4 Concerts in War Memorial Park, 500 N. Tennessee Ave., Martinsburg. Thurs., 7 p.m. 304/264-4842. www.mbcparks-rec.org.

Through August 11 Summerfest Family Theatre, Baker Park band shell, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. Thurs., 10:30 a.m. Children’s entertainment, including theatre, dance and magic. Features local, regional and national acts. Free. Canned food donations collected to benefit Frederick Food Bank. 301/6002844. www.celebratefrederick.com.

Through mid-August “Join The Army!” Gettysburg National Military Park, Museum and Visitor Center, Gettysburg. 11 a.m. Children enlist in the army and learn something about what it meant to be a soldier in the Civil War. One-hour program for ages 7-12. 717/334-1124, x8023.

Through August 18 Outdoor Movie Series, Old Town Mall lawn in front of the 1840 courthouse, Winchester. Thurs. at dusk (approx. 8:45 p.m.) Free family movies. Bring a blanket or chairs. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks.

Through August 28 “Cinderella’s Soc Hop,” Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. Sat. and Sun., 12 noon and 2 p.m. $4.50; younger than 2 admitted free. 304/258-4074. www.wondermentpuppets.com. Summer Concert Series, Baker Park band shell, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. Sun., 7 p.m. Outdoor musical performances. 301/600-2841. www.celebratefrederick.com. Summer Band Concert Series, Hagerstown Municipal Band, Peter Buys Band Shell, Hagerstown City Park, 501 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Free. www.hagerstownband.org.

Through September 3 Campfire programs, Catoctin Mountain Park, Owens Creek Campground, 15882 FoxvilleDeerfield Rd., Sabillasville, MD. Sat., 6-7 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Programs are ranger’s choice and can cover themes of history, nature, or just plain fun. Early programs at 6 p.m. are appropriate for younger children. Free. 301/663-9388. www.nps.gov/cato.

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Through September 17 Campfire programs, Cunningham Falls State Park, Houck Area, Catoctin Hollow Rd., Thurmont, MD. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Topics will range from campfire cooking, natural history, environmental conservation and live animal presentations. Service charge for entry into the campground. 301/271-7574. www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/Cunning hamFalls.html.

Through October 2 Summer Music Series at Pen Mar Park, 11400 Pen Mar-High Rock Rd., Cascade, MD. Sun., 2 to 5 p.m. Big band music for listening and dancing. Free. 240/313-2700. www.washco-md.net.

Through October 7 1st Friday Concert Series, N. Charles Street, between Washington and Liberty, downtown Charles Town, WV or behind the Ranson Visitor’s Center on Mildred St. 7-9 p.m. Check website for each Fri. location. Free. www.ransonwv.us.

Through December 1 South Mountain Creamery Tours, 8305 Bolivar Rd., Middletown, MD. Tours Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., weather permitting. Children under 3 are free, but do not count in the 10 person minimum. $7.50/person, includes tour, goodie bag and a single scoop ice cream cone. 240/ 347-1076. www.southmountaincreamery. com

July First Friday Fun, The Children’s Museum at 1Frederick. Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., 9:30-10:30 a.m. Patriotic Party. Celebrate our country’s birthday complete with cake. Story, craft and program. For ages 3 and up. Preregistration recommended. $4. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Independence Day celebration, Shafer Park, 37 Park Drive, Boonsboro, MD. 5 p.m. Rohrersville

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July continued from page 29 Boys, Jason Teach & Lucy and more. 301/223-7229. www.williamsportmd.gov. , 9 and 16 Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick, tours begin in front of Brewer’s Alley Restaurant, 124 N. Market St., Frederick. 8:30 p.m. Tour highlights numerous epicenters of paranormal activity located in historic downtown Frederick. Tour covers 1.2 miles and lasts 90 minutes. Private tours available by reservation. 240/6260963. to 17 Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Frederick, 24 E. Church St., Frederick, MD. Sat., 11 a.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m. Guided walking tour. Learn the fascinating stories of the people, events and buildings that make up historic Frederick. 301/663-1188. Clear Spring Independence Day Celebration, Plumb Grove Mansion, Clear Spring, MD. Patriotic celebration with several live bands, children’s games, house tour, food, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 301/8422252. A Step Back in Time, Sky Meadows State Park, Mount Bleak Historic Area, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 1-2:30 p.m. Walk in the footsteps of the people who cultivated the farm from 1843 through the mid 20th century. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. The Great Frederick Float, Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick. 5-8 p.m. Children’s activities, music, dancing, and the annual Boat Parade and Contest. 301/698-8118. www.downtownfrederick.org. Winchester Community Fireworks, Jim Barnett Park, 1001 Cork St., Winchester. 6 to 9 p.m.; fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Pool party, activities and food vendors. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks. 2011 Summer Concert Series, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7-9 p.m. Reunion Gospel Trio. Southern Gospel. 717/261-3275. and 17 Art in the Park, Berkeley Springs State Park, Rt. 522, Berkeley Springs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Juried monthly outdoor art fair for local and regional artists to show and sell their work. 304/258-6419. and August 7 Carillon concert, Baker Park, Carillon Tower, Frederick. 12 noon. Free. 301/600-2888 or 800/999-3613. www.fredericktourism.org.

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Mile Long Plus Annual Yard 4 Sale, many communities adjacent to Long Meadow Road north of Hagerstown. Community yard sale. 301/797-5504. Free Fishing Days, Anyone can fish in Maryland’s freshwaters without a fishing license today. http://dnr. maryland.gov/fisheries/freefishing.ht ml. 14th Annual Liberty 5K and Kids Run, Jim Barnett Park, 1001 Cork St., Kiwanis II Shelter, Winchester. 8 a.m. USATF-certified 5K course and kids’ race. Prizes and awards for top runners. $17, 5K SVR member; $18, non-member; $10, kids run. Registration fee higher on race day. 540/667-0252. Picnic in the Park 4th of July Celebration, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 12-4 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch and listen to a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence and learn about the history of the 4th of July. Old fashioned toys & games, patriotic kids’ craft, Mount Bleak House guided tour and the Kids Fishing Derby. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks. gov. Frederick’s 4th - An Independence Day Celebration, Baker Park, Frederick. 12 noon-dusk. Children’s activities, volleyball tournament, chili cook-off, best patriotic dressed competition, musical entertainment, food & fireworks. 301/228-CITY. www.celebratefrederick.com. 4th on the Farm, Crumland Farms, 7612 Willow Rd., Frederick, MD. 12 noon-9 p.m. Family friendly music festival with live music, moon bounces, face painting, vendors, food, drink and fun. 240/566-5653. Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. 6-10 p.m. Entertainment & fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 301/739-8577, x116. www.hagerstownmd.org. Williamsport Independence Day Celebration, Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport, MD. 7:30 p.m. Concert by Williamsport Community Band, followed by fireworks. www.williamsportmd.gov. Patriotic Service, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7:30 p.m. Mercersburg Community Band. 717/2613275. Red, White & Blue Concert Series, Hagerstown Community College Alumni Amphitheater, Robinwood Dr., Hagerstown. 6:30 p.m. The 257 Army Band. Free concert. 301/790-2800, x262. “hiStory Hour,” Museum of Frederick Co. History, 24 E. Church

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St., Frederick. 1 p.m. A book with a historical theme, historical games and crafts. The selection for this date will be “The Star Spangled Banner.” Ages 3 to 5. Registration recommended. 301/663-1188, x105. www.hsfcinfo.org. , 7, 12 and 14 Little Explorers, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 10 a.m.-12 noon. For ages 4-6. Helps caregivers introduce children to nature and the outdoors through entertaining, educational activities that promote personal exploration. Attend any or all of the 8 summer programs. Complete 4 programs to receive a patch and certificate at a Summer Camp Cookout & Awards Ceremony. $15, individual program; $45, 4 programs; $60, 6 programs; $75, 8 programs. Advance registration is required. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. Teddy Bear Picnic, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your teddy bear and your lunch for an afternoon of fun on the train and in the park. Reservations recommended. 301/898-0899. “Your Nitrogen Footprint,” Blandy Experimental Farm, State Arboretum of VA, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 6-7 p.m. Come learn about and calculate your “nitrogen footprint.” $8, FOSA members; $10, nonmembers. 540/837-1758. www.virginia.edu/ blandy. City Center Jazz Night, University Plaza, W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 5-7 p.m. Free music series featuring a variety of regional jazz performers. 301/739-8577, x116. www.hagerstownmd.org. Red, White & Blue Concert Series, Hagerstown Community College Alumni Amphitheater, Robinwood Dr., Hagerstown. 6:30 p.m. The 78 Army Band. Free concert. 301/790-2800, x262. The Aces, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7:30 p.m. Blues and Roots, original and some classic covers. 717/261-3275. Festival 2011 Celebration Series Concert I, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA. 8 p.m. Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot and the Festival Chamber Orchestra. 717/477-1123, x3297. to 10 Hagerstown Suns Home Games, Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown. Thurs.-Sat., 7:05 p.m.; Sun., 4:05 p.m. West Virginia Power. Admission. Post game fireworks Fri.

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301/791-6266. www.hagerstownsuns.com. Simple Camp Cooking, Sky Meadows State Park, Mount Bleak fire ring, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 2-4 p.m. Sample our camp food and learn basic techniques for cooking over an open campfire at this demonstration program. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. Star-Spangled Fireworks Special, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD. 8 p.m. Visit the Walkersville Fireman’s Carnival in town, have dinner at the fire hall, then board the train for a ride and a spectacular front-row view of the fireworks. Bring a flashlight and a blanket to sit on. 301/898-0899. “Rango,” Academic Quad at Mount Saint Mary’s University, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. 9 p.m. Free movie for the family. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. 301/4478329. www.msmary.edu/ summermovies. and 9 Greencastle-Antrim Sidewalk Days, downtown Greencastle, PA. Fri., 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Local merchants and vendors sell arts, crafts, housewares, home décor and summertime fare. 717/597-4610. to 10 Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration, Springfield Farm, Cushwa Basin and River Bottom Park, Williamsport, MD. Reenactors, campsites, skirmishes, authors, speakers, period music, movies, museum, guided tours, Civil War stories and music around a bon fire. 301/233-7229. www.williamsportmd.gov. to 31 Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown,

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12. $5. Advance registration is recommended. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. “Storm Probe Space Radiation Belt,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Neil Bachtel. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Tractor Pull, Washington Co. Agricultural Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 6 p.m. East Coast Pullers. 301/730-9523. www.washington countytractorpullers.com. Special Evening Camp and Dance Program, The Children’s Museum at Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 7-9 p.m. Join our reenactors for an evening of fun for all ages. Special concert and dance. $3. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Antietam Battlefield – C.W. Soldier Campfire Program, near Dunker Church, Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD. 8:30 p.m. An evening of Civil War Era fiddle music and a presentation on the life of a civil war soldier. Free. Bring something to sit on and a flashlight. www.nps.gov/anti. and 10 7th Annual Civil War Encampment, The Children’s Museum at Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Living history encampments demonstrations, artillery, sutlers, children’s tent area, hands-on activities, manor tours, and concerts by the 2nd S. Carolina String Band. 2 p.m. battle both days; 10:30 a.m. church service Sun. $3. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Fort Frederick Garrison, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. 10 a.m.4 p.m. Members of the recreated Joshua Beall’s Company will garrison the fort, perform living history demonstrations and explain the life of soldiers during the French and Indian War. 301/842-2155. www.friendsoffort frederick.info. and August 13 Sloppy Saturdays, Jefferson Co. Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park, Job Corps Rd., Shenandoah Junction, WV. 1-2:30 p.m. for ages 36 and parents. Crafts, science, and sloppy things to do. $12. 304/7283207. www.jcprc.org.

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July continued from page 31 appropriateness. 888/805-7056. www.TotemPolePlayhouse.org. Appalachian Trail Hike, Clarke Co. Park departure, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 9 a.m.2 p.m. Event includes transportation, professional guides and lunch. For ages 12 and up. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. Clarke Co. partnering with River Riders. Registration handled directly with River Riders. $35. 540/955-5140. Summer Scavenger Hunt, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1-2:30 p.m. Scavenger hunt with prizes awarded. For ages 6-10. $12. 301/ 600-2936. www.recreater.com. Master’s Four Quartet, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Southern Gospel. 717/261-3275.

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child. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. “Great Northern Forests and Global Climate,” Blandy Experimental Farm, State Arboretum of VA, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 6-7 p.m. Learn how the forests have changed and the potential of these changes to affect global climate. $8, FOSA members; $10, nonmembers. 540/837-1758. www.virginia.edu/ blandy. Hagerstown’s Historic Homes and Buildings, Jonathan Hager House & Museum, 110 Key St., Hagerstown City Park. 7 p.m. Learn about some of the history behind some of Hagerstown’s still standing historic structures. Lecture and slideshow. Free. 301/739-8393. www.hagerhouse.org. Launies, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Irish with a difference. 717/261-3275. Festival 2011 Celebration Series Concert II, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA. 8 p.m. Guitarist Virginia Luque and the Festival Chamber Orchestra. 717/477-1123, x3297. to 18 150 PA Civil War Roadshow, housed in a 53-ft. tractor trailer next to 175 E. King St., Chambersburg. Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-8 p.m. The story of Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War is told through letters, diaries, photographs, animated storytelling and interactive displays. Free. http://pafch.tripod.com. and August 19 Toddler Time, The Children’s Museum at Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30 a.m.10:30 p.m. Interactive program. “My Five Senses” on 7/15 and “Birthdays, Birthdays” on 8/19. Preregistration recommended. $8, adult and child pair; $4, for each additional child. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Dog Days of Summer, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a day in the park with your canine companion. Information booths and demonstrations, dog obedience classes, pet games and toys, and more. Bring a can of dog food and get a free raffle ticket. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. Old Market Day, Chambersburg, PA. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 200 craft and food vendors line Main Street and Lincoln Way. Part of ChambersFest. Entertainment at 3 sites, and skilled craftspeople demonstrate their skills. 717/261-0072. www.chambersburg.biz.

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“How’s Your John Hancock,” Manor House, Rose Hill Manor Park, Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. for ages 814. Learn the art of calligraphy, make your own ink and use your new skills to write your own family history. $10. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Wetlands Splash, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Discover the wildlife living in the creek. For ages 6-9. $12. 301/6002936. www.recreater.com. Go!Art, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 54 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Explore the creativity of art through varying media and express your creative side with projects such as origami, foil painting and paper making. 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. Thomas The Tank Engine Day, Railroad Museum at City Park, 525 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thomas themed activities and giveaways. Free. 301/739-8393. www.hagerstownmd.org/ parks_rec/trainMuseum.asp. Kiwanis Klassic, Beaver Creek Country Club, 9535 Mapleville Rd., Hagerstown. 3 p.m. Father/MotherSon/Daughter Scramble Golf Tournament. 301/733-5138. Bike Nite, Town Center, Williamsport, MD. 5-10 p.m. Cycles of all kinds on display, cycle gear, rock bands, refreshments and prizes. 301/2237711. Parent’s Night Out, Clarke Co. Parks & Rec., 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 5:30-9:30 p.m. for ages 3-12. Children enjoy fun, popcorn and games while the parents have a night out. Emergency forms must be completed for all participants prior to enrollment. $15, child; $10 per child when 2 or more children from the same family attend. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Saturday Stroll-Sip and Stroll, streets of Thurmont, MD. 12 noon-4 p.m. Stroll the street and enjoy the history, food, shopping, local artisans, live music, activities and prizes. Seafood and special treats will be available that are “Made in Thurmont.” 301/271-7313.

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Moderate 1.5 mile hike. 540/5923556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. and August 20 Flutter By, Butterfly, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Look for butterflies with Volunteer Naturalists Mary Alexander and Steve Malone. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. and 17 Battle of Funkstown Reenactment, Funkstown Community Park, Funkstown, MD. 10 a.m. until dark. 1 street and 2 field battles, civil war encampment, fireworks, food and craft vendors, settlers, kids events, and music. 301/739-4212. Ice Cream Social & Book Sale, Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, Blue Ridge Summit, PA. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Taste delicious treats, browse books, fine art, live bands, and massages offered by Synergy. 717/794-2240. www.brsfl.org. Hike and Zip Line, Clarke Co. Park departure, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Event includes transportation, professional guides and lunch. For ages 12 and up. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. Clarke Co. partnering with River Riders. Registration handled directly with River Riders. $99. 540/955-5140. Play Dough Play Date, Jefferson Co. Community Center, preschool room, Sam Michael’s Park, Job Corps Rd., Shenandoah Junction, WV. 1:30-2:30 p.m. For ages 3-5 and parents. Make play dough from scratch and take some home. $5. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Antietam Battlefield-Book Signing and Presentation, Antietam Battlefield, Visitor Center Theater, Sharpsburg, MD. 2 p.m. “Meet Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln’s Bodyguard.” Bob O’Connor signing his book, “The Life of Abraham Lincoln as President.” Presentation about Abraham Lincoln’s bodyguard, War Hill Lamon, who was with Lincoln when he visited Sharpsburg in October 1862. www.nps.gov/anti. Dragonfly Day, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 2-3:30 p.m. Search for dragonflies and damselflies. For ages 6-12. $12. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Leslie McKee, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Contemporary/Inspirational Christian. 717/2613275.

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Church St., Frederick. 1 p.m. Book with a historical theme, historical games and crafts. The selection for this date will be “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” Ages 3 to 5. Registration recommended. 301/663-1188, x105. www.hsfcinfo.org. to 23 Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival, along 522, just north of Berkeley Springs, WV. Rides, games, food and live entertainment nightly. 304/258-3449. Pajama Storytime, Handley Regional Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 6:30 p.m. Put on your PJs and join us for some bedtime stories. Free and open to the public. 540/662-9041, x16. www.handleyregional.org. to 23 Hagerstown Suns Home Games, Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown. 7:05 p.m. Augusta Green Jackets. Admission. Post game fireworks Fri. 301/791-6266. www.hagerstownsuns.com. to 31 “Oliver,” Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, Shenandoah University, OhrstromBryant Theatre, 1460 University Drive, Winchester. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.

and August 21 17 Naturalist Stroll, Sky 19 Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Take a casual walk through the park with Volunteer Naturalists. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. to 21 Junior Rangers Session II, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 9 a.m.-12 noon. Program is designed to introduce children ages 7-12 to the natural, historical, and cultural stories, and the conservation and preservation goals of VA State Parks. Children may attend one or both of the sessions. $45 per child per session, includes parking, materials and snacks. Advance registration is required. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. “hiStory Hour,” Museum of Frederick Co. History, 24 E.

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July continued from page 33 slides, crafts, movies, snacks and more. Feed your child dinner before they are dropped off at the center. For ages 3-12. $15. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. and August 5 “Kids Night Out on the Ranch,” Full Moon Ranch, Berryville, VA. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Children ages 5 to 13 spend an exciting night on the ranch. Pony rides, farm tours, petting zoo and children’s activities included. Clarke Co. Parks and Recreation has teamed up with Pony to Go/Full Moon Ranch. $30 per child or $25 per child for 2+ kids. 540/955-5140. www.ponytogo.com or www.clarkecounty.gov. 8th Annual 5K Run/Walk, Cacapon Resort State Park, 818 Cacapon Lodge Dr., Berkeley Springs, WV. 8 a.m. 5K course among the hills of West Virginia and children’s fun run. Awards, door prizes and t-shirts. Fee. 304/258-1022. Wood-Fired Cooking, Rose Hill Manor Hearth, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for ages 14 and up. Prep a meal on the Rose Hill Manor Hearth. $40. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Babes in the Woods, Fountain Rock Park, Frederick. 10-10:45 a.m. for ages 0-3 years. With baby in a backpack or “pouch,” the park naturalist will take parents on a leisurely walk in the park to help baby discover nature. $12. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Children’s Day at the Taney House, Roger B. Taney House, 121 S. Bentz St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The whole family is invited to explore the life of the middling class family during the 19th century through guided tours and activities geared towards young visitors. Tours, activities, crafts and historic games are ongoing throughout the day. Free and open to the public. 301/663-7880. www.hsfcinfo.org. to 30 Washington Co. Ag Expo, Washington Co. Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. “Co. Fair” livestock shows, rodeo, tractor pulls, food and fun for the whole family. 301/791-1404. www.agexpoandfair.org. Biking and Flat Water Tubing, Clarke Co. Park departure, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Event includes transportation, professional guides and lunch. For ages 12 and up. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. Clarke Co. partnering with River Riders. Registration handled directly with River Riders. $79. $5 discount if you bring your own bike. 540/955-5140. Group Fossil Tour, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 54 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn how to identify and start your own collection of invertebrates. Call Bennett, the Museum’s paleontologist to reserve your spot. 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. Meet the Beekeepers, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 1-3 p.m. Learn about the art of Apiculture (beekeeping). 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. Antietam Battlefield-Book Signing and Presentation, Antietam Battlefield, Visitor Center Theater, Sharpsburg, MD. 2 p.m. “Frederick: The Crossroads of the Civil War.” Author and local historican John Schildt will sign and discuss his

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Potomac St., Hagerstown. Fri. and Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. on Aug. 14. Check with the theater for age appropriateness. 301/739-SHOW. www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com. Tole Painting, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 14 and up. Discover the beauties of this 18th century form of decorative painting and paint a small item to take home. $25. 301/6002936. www.recreater.com. Caterpillar Quest, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn all about caterpillars and go on a caterpillar hunt. For ages 6-12. $12. 301/6002936. www.recreater.com. Shenandoah Moonlight Ball, First Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Loudoun St., Winchester, VA. 6-10 p.m. Free family event. Learn Civil War period dances taught by the Victorian Dance Ensemble and enjoy live music by the Susquehanna Travelers. No dance experience needed. Free family-friendly event. 540/662-4946. Swing in the Garden, Heritage Garden, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. 7-9:30 p.m. The Historical Society’s annual music in the garden event. Hot jazz and scrumptious food. 301/663-7880. www.hsfcinfo.org. to 31 Artillery Program, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. Firing demonstrations of an 18th century 6-pound cannon are featured. 301/842-2155. www.friendsoffortfrederick.info. and August 20 Astronomy Night, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 8-11 p.m. Meet behind the historic Mount Bleak House. Multi-media presentation on the latest in U.S. space research and a night sky tour. Look at deep space objects through large telescopes. Junior Astronomer program for children ages 5-12 begins half-hour before evening program. $5, parking per vehicle. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. Kings Ambassadors, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Traditional Hymns. 717/2613275. and August 13 Olde Tyme Toys and Games, Sky Meadows State Park, Mount Bleak House, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. July 31, 1-3 p.m.; Aug. 13, 2-4 p.m. Play with 19th century toys. For all ages. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov.

latest book, “Frederick and the Civil War.” www.nps.gov/anti. Sensory Stroll, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 2-3 p.m. Take a walk to test your senses. For ages 4-8. $12. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. The Country Christians, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Southern Gospel/Blue Grass. 717/261-3275. to 26 Hagerstown Suns Home Games, Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown. Sun., 4:05 p.m.; Mon., 7:05 p.m.; Tues., 11:05 a.m. Greenville Drive. Admission. 301/791-6266. www.hagerstownsuns.com. “The Weather Sky,” Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1011:13 a.m. Walk through the stream in search of wildlife. For ages 6-10. $12. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. to August 7 “Honus and Me,” Totem Pole Playhouse, Caledonia State Park, 9555 Golf Course Rd., Fayetteville, PA. Family comedy. Special promotion: we’re offering $5 tickets to everyone 5-21 years old. Call the box office and give the code: Little League to purchase your tickets. 888/805-7056. www.TotemPolePlayhouse.org. Tori Anderson & Possum Holler, Chet Hobert Park Stage, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 6-9 p.m. Free concert in the park. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Christopher Dean, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Blues/Soul. 717/261-3275. and 29 Grandparents University, Mount Saint Mary’s University, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. For grandparents and their grandchildren ages 8-14. Two-day program is a great way for children and their grandparents to come together, sharing stories, creating memories, and taking classes together. $165, adult; $105/child. Meals and lodging packages also available. $10 discount if MSM graduate or employee. www.msmary.edu/grandparents. “Bats are Back!” Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 7:459 p.m. Meet at Turner Pond off Route 17. Enjoy learning fascinating bat facts and a play a bat trivia game before the emergence of the night mammals. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. to August 20 “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Washington Co. Playhouse Dinner Theater, 44 N.

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inspired chalk paintings for all to enjoy on Sun. The Children’s Tree House and CraftWorks at Cool Spring. www.ShepherdstownChalk ArtFestival.org. Bird Walk, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 9-11 a.m. Take a walk with a Volunteer Naturalist and learn about bird identification. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. Butterfly Bonanza, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 2-3:30 p.m. Take a short walk in search of many different butterflies. For all ages. $12. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Mercy’s Vessel, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Southern Gospel. 717/261-3275. and 21 Art in the Park, Berkeley Springs State Park, Rt. 522, Berkeley Springs. 10 a.m.4 p.m. Juried monthly outdoor art fair for local and regional artists to show and sell their work. 304/258-6419. and 22 Playtime Mondays, The Children’s Museum at Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to explore the museum and learn through creative, hands-on play. $3, child; adults must be accompanied by child. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Home School History Days, Manor House, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 1-2:30 p.m. for ages 5-12. Allow experienced staff to enrich your child’s studies with a multi-disciplinary, hands-on approach to history. The Family Tree. Pre-registration required. $5. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. to 21 “Southern Crossroads,” Totem Pole Playhouse, Caledonia State Park, 9555 Golf Course Rd., Fayetteville, PA. Uplifting musical. Check with theater for age appropriateness. 888/805-7056. www.TotemPolePlayhouse.org. Community Fair, Elgin Station, Hagerstown. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Provides resource information and events to the families of the public housing. 301/733-6911, x125. “Railroading in Maryland During the Civil War,” Railroad Museum at City Park, 525 Highland Way, Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Historical presentation and slide show by Dan Toomey, currently the Guest Curator at Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum for their five year project The War Came by Train commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Free. 301/739-8393. www.hagerstownmd.org/parks_rec/trainMuseum.a sp. KJ Wagner, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Eclectic Original Folk. 717/261-3275. Pizza Party, Jefferson Co. Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park, Job Corps Rd., Shenandoah Junction, WV. 1-4 p.m. Children roll their sleeves up and create their own pizza. Ages 36. $15. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Sock Hop, Jefferson Co. Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park, Job Corps Rd., Shenandoah Junction, WV. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Put on your crazy, silly, mixed up socks and be prepared to dance to our favorite kid’s music. For ages 3-6. $5. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org.

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August continued from page 35 Full Moon Hike at Blandy, Blandy Experimental Farm, State Arboretum of VA, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 8-9:30 p.m. Explore the Arboretum under the full moon. Search for owls, bats, cicadas, fireflies and other nighttime creatures. $8, FOSA members; $10, nonmembers; $20, families. 540/837-1758. www.virginia.edu/blandy. “Organs and Oreos,” National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. Children ages 6-10 accompanied by an adult will be shown the ins and outs of the pipe organ by Dr. Elizabeth Krouse. Free. RSVP to office@setonshrine.org. 301/447-6606. www.setonshrine.org. Community Yard Sale, Stables at Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. 7 a.m. Annual yard sale. Browse for your next great find. 301/739-8577, x180. Teddy Bear Tea, Manor House, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. for ages 45. Bring your favorite teddy bear for morning tea. $10. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Touching Critters, Fountain Rock Park, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD. 10-11:30 a.m. Introduce yourself to our nature center animals. For ages 6-12. $12. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. “Stream Search,” Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1-2:30 p.m. Walk through the stream in search of

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Colonial Family Fun Day – August 19 at the Jonathan Hager House in City Park, Hagerstown Colonial Family Fun Day, Jonathan Hager House and Museum in City Park, 110 Key St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about the pastimes of families on the frontier and compete against other families in a fun filled field day. Registration required. Call by Aug. 19 to confirm your space. $5 per family (1-2 adults plus children). Fee includes tour and activities. 301/739-8393. www.hagerhouse.org. “Successful Corneal Surgery,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Yogi Martin. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. A Step Back in Time, Sky Meadows State Park, Mount Bleak Historic Area, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 2-3:30 p.m. Tour of the Mount Bleak Historical Area. Walk in the footsteps of the people who cultivated this farm from 1843 through the mid 20th century. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. and 21 Clear Spring Days Festival, carnival grounds, Clear Spring, MD. Handmade crafts, live music, food and more. 301/223-1567. Rose Hill Day Festival and Antique Car Show, The Children’s Museum at Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate Frederick’s transportation history with Rose Hill and the Francis Scott Key Car Club. Antique car show is free; Manor House tours are $3 per person. 301/600-1648. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Wildlife Exploration Walk, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 4-5:30 p.m. For all ages. $12. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Prodigal, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell,

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Heads Up August continued from page 37 a.m.-12 noon. Learn to use the GPS to engage in geo-caching that’s fun for the whole family. Program includes a ranger-led hike to find caches in the park. $3, person; $8, family. Fee includes use of park GPS units. 540/5923556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. Ninth Annual Spud Fest, Washington Co. Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 11 a.m. Homemade potato chips demonstration, growing and harvesting tips from master gardeners, children’s activities, antique tractor show, barrel rides, hay rides and more. Free, donations appreciated. 240/420-1714. www.ruralheritagemuseum.org. Full Moon Campfire, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 7:30-9 p.m. Learn about the park’s nocturnal residents, play fun games and roast marshmallows. $4, person; free for children under age 3. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Salsafest, downtown Winchester. 5-10 p.m. Best salsa tasting contest, dance instruction, “Salsa with the Stars” dance competition, food, and music. 540/662-4946. and 28 French and Indian War Muster, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 18th century French, British and American Indian reenactors assemble for a weekend of living history demonstrations and reenactments. Period crafts and vendors. 301/842-2155. www.friendsoffortfrederick.info. Williamsport Days Crafts in the Park, Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport, MD. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Crafts, food, entertainment and music. 301/223-7711. Augustoberfest, downtown Hagerstown, MD. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Festival highlighting Hagerstown’s German heritage. Features Bavarian entertainment and food. 301/739-8577, x116. 237th Birthday Event, National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. The birthday anniversary of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton will be celebrated in the Basilica beginning with Mass at 1:30 p.m. Special honors paid to those named Elizabeth Ann or Elizabeth. Following Mass, refreshments, face painting, 19th century games, and a Civil War era Magic Show. Free. 301/447-6606. www.setonshrine.org. Cool Bugs, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 12 noon-2 p.m. Explore the world of insects, observe a variety of bugs and create your own critter in a cool craft project. 540/592-3556. www.virginiastateparks.gov. Guilford Station, Chambersburg Memorial Park Kiwanis Band Shell, Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Blue Grass. 717/261-3275. Red, White & Blue Concert Series, Hagerstown Community College Alumni Amphitheater, Robinwood Dr., Hagerstown. 6:30 p.m. The United States Army TRADOC, “James River Ramblers” will perform. Dixieland Band. Free concert. 301/790-2800, x262.

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Kid’s Closet Connection Consignment Sales Now accepting consignors and volunteers! Make 70% on all your sold items!

Jefferson County, WV

Frederick County, MD

Ranson Civic Center

Frederick County Fairgrounds

431 W. 2nd Ave., Ranson, WV Sat., Aug. 13 ~ 10am - 6pm Sun., Aug. 14 ~ 11am -3pm*

797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD Thur., Aug. 25 ~ 9am - 6pm Fri., Aug. 26 ~ 9am - 6pm Sat., Aug. 27 ~ 9am - 6pm*

Washington County, MD

Clarke County, VA

Best Western Grand Venice Hotel

Clarke County Fairgrounds

431 Dual Hwy., Hagerstown, MD Fri., Sept. 16 ~ 10am - 8pm Sat., Sept. 17 ~ 10am - 6pm Sun., Sept. 18 ~ 9am - 3pm*

890 W. Main St., Berryville, VA Sat., Oct. 1 ~ 10am - 6pm Sun., Oct. 2 ~ 10am - 2pm*

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Heads Up State Fair of West Virginia August 12 to 20 West Virginia State Fairgrounds, Lewisburg, WV. Event will feature carnival rides, horse show, barn animals, entertainment, harness racing, fair parade, heritage village, food, WV farm fresh pavilion, and free family attractions. 304/645-1090. www.statefairofwv.com.

Maryland State Fair August 26 to September 5 2200 York Rd., Timonium, MD. Features entertainment, swine racing, horse shows, chainsaw sculptors, agricultural fair tours, U.S. Navy Band, food, rides and more. $8, adults; $6, ages 62 & over; $3, children ages 611; free, children 5 and under. Rides individually priced. 410/252-0290. www.marylandstatefair.com.

State Fair of Virginia September 29 to October 9 The Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell, VA. Event features animals, agriculture, exhibits and shows, fine arts and crafts, music and more. 804/994-2800. www.statefair.com.

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Pennsylvania State Association of Co. Fairs

consists of one-hundred and fourteen agricultural fairs across Pennsylvania. 866/814-6985. www.pafairs.org.

COUNTY FAIRS Washington County Agricultural Expo and Fair – July 23 to 30 Washington Co. Agricultural Education Complex, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. Bull riding, tractor/truck pulls, demolition derby, horse pull, cheese carving and iron chef competitions, chainsaw carving, exhibits, carnival rides, dog & pig races, musical entertainment and more. 301/432-2795. www.agexpoandfair.org. Frederick County (VA) Fair – July 25 to 30 – 155 Fairground Rd., Clear Brook, VA. Events include horse show, pageants, monster trucks, food, flowers, rides, music, truck & tractor pull, FFA exhibits, concessions, demolition derby, market steer show and sale, and much more. $6, adults; $3, ages 6-11; free, under age 5; $3, seniors with ID on Mon.; $25, weekly

No Admission Fee

July through October 2011

State & County Fairs EMAIL: CALENDAR@CHILDGUIDEMAGAZINE.COM pass. 540/667-8739. www.frederickcountyfair.com. Morgan County Fair – July 30 and 31 – Berkeley Springs High School & grounds and fireworks at Widmyer Elementary School grounds, Berkeley Springs, WV. Events include exhibits, animals, 5K, flowers, food, music, crafts, baked goods, kids games and more. 304/258-8400. www.morgan.ext.wvu.edu/ morgan_county _fair. Berkeley County Youth Fair – July 30 to August 7 – 2419 Golf Course Rd., Martinsburg, WV. Events include 4H exhibits, food, entertainment, truck & tractor pull, livestock, horse show, pageants, bull riding, carnival, and more. $5, ages 13 and older; free, ages 12 and younger. 304/263-5869. www.berkeleycountyyouthfair.org Clarke County Fair – August 14 to 20 – 890 W. Main St., Berryville, VA. Features carnival rides, animals, food, livestock exhibits, music, scholarship pageants, exhibits, truck & tractor pull, dairy shows and much more. 540/955-3755. www.clarkecountyfair.org.

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Franklin County Fair – August 21 to 27 – Franklin Co. Fairgrounds, 3725 Warm Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA. Events include truck and tractor pull, chili cook off, karaoke contest, barnyard olympics, agricultural exhibits, rides, food, entertainment, skid steer rodeo, talent contest, pageant and more. 717/597-8178. www.FranklinCo.Fair.org Jefferson County Fair – August 21 to 27 – Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds, 1707 Old Leetown Pike, Kearneystown, WV. Events include pageants, tractor races, entertainment, demolition derby, kiddie tractor pull, carnival, pig scramble, livestock, food, exhibits and more. 304/7241411. www.jeffersoncountyfairwv.org. The Great Frederick Fair – September 16 to 24 – 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD. Events include beef, sheep & swine sale; carnival rides, concessions, motorsports, horse shows, harness racing, horse pull, kids harness racing, agricultural exhibits, food and more. 301/663-5895. www.thegreatfrederickfair.com.

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS A Bouncin’ Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Awana Clubs & VBS – Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church . . . . . . . .18 & 35 The Banner School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Capital Women’s Care/ Frederick OB/GYN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Car-Rey Soccer Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Charles Town Heritage Festival . . . . . .37 City of Hagerstown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Competitive Gymnastics . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Critters and Conservation . . . . . . . . . . .6 Dance Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Discovery Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Educare Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . .18 Essure/James Murray, DO . . . . . . . . . .33 Frederick Pediatric Dentistry . . . . . . . .31 Hagerstown Suns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Kid’s Closet Consignment Sales . . . . .39 Kid’s World, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Lasting Impressions by Liz . . . . . . . . . .40 Leitersburg Cinemas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 The Light of the Child Montessori School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 The Little Gym, Hagerstown . . . . . . . . . .3 Living Green with Jen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Martinsburg/Berkeley Co. CVB . . . . . . .10 Massanutten Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Modern Manners 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Monkey Joe’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Morgan Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Mother Seton School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 On The Spot Speech Therapy . . . . . . . .27

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One Two Kangaroo Toy Store . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Our Little Preschool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Jeffrey Pearlman, D.D.S. & Melanie Newman, D.D.S, Children’s Dentistry . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover The Pediatric Center of Frederick . . . . .17 Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 RS Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Rings of Life Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 St. John Regional Catholic School . . . .40 St. Mary Catholic School . . . . . . . . . . . .28 St. Thomas More Academy . . . . . . . . . . .3 Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Shepherdstown Chalk Art Festival . . . . .9 Shepherdstown School of Dance . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Shepherdstown Montessori Academy, Inc. . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Studio M Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Thirty-One Gifts, Lizzy Fontaine . . . . . . .6 Tricky-Person Productions . . . . . . . . . . .38 Trinity School of Frederick . . . . . . . . . . .13 Weinberg Center for the Arts . . . . . . . .31 West Virginia University Maternity & Women’s Health Center . . . . . . . . . . .28 WIC of Frederick & Washington Counties, MD . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Winchester Family Health Center . . . . . .5

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Frederick & Washington County WIC Breastfeeding ... a gift that lasts a lifetime Income Eligibility Guidelines Tabla de Ingresos para Determinar Elegibilidad Effective April 1, 2011 Efectivo a partir de Abril 1, 2011 185 Percent of 2011 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines El Porcentaje de acuerdo a la Guia Federal de Ingresos de Pobreza es 185

(Pregnant, new & breast-feeding moms)

Family Size

Annual Income

Monthly

Twice Monthly

Bi-Weekly

Weekly

Grupo Familiar

Ingreso Anual

Ingreso Mensual

Dos veces al mes

Ingreso Quincenal

Ingreso Semanal

1

$20,147

$1,678

$839

$774

$387

2

27,214

2,267

1,133

1,046

523

3

34,281

2,856

1,428

1,318

659

4

41,348

3,445

1,722

1,590

795

5

48,415

4,034

2,017

1,862

931

6

55,482

4,623

2,311

2,133

1,066

7

62,549

5,212

2,606

2,405

1,202

8

69,616

5,801

2,900

2,677

1,338

+ $7,067

+ $588

+ $294

+ $271

+ $135

For each additional family member add Para cada miembro dela familia adicione

Women Infants Children

GOOD FOODS: Fresh, Frozen or Canned Fruits & Vegetables; Canned or Dried Beans, Peas or Lentils; Canned Salmon, Tuna, Sardines, Whole Wheat Bread, Tortillas, Milk, Cheese, Eggs, Peanut Butter, Juice, Rice, Cereals; Infant Vegetables, Fruits, Meats, Cereals & Formula.

(younger than 1 year)

(younger than 5)

A Health and Nutrition Program Providing:

Health screening, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, good foods. Frederick County Washington County

301-600-2507 240-313-3335

www.mdwic.org This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


XMD ALLSTARZ a 501c3 non-profit organization

Over 9 years experience in cheerleading, dance, tumbling and majorettes. We hold several national & division championships titles. Offering: Competitive Cheerleading levels 1-6, Tumbling classes, Hip Hop/Step-dance, Majorettes, including Batons, Flags, Rifles, Color Guard and Drum Line. Also offering Non-Competitive cheer.

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