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Have a Baby? Have a Book! BY

SARA JONES

First Books for Babies in Jefferson County, WV et a book into a child’s hands. That’s the important thing.” Charlotte Porter, retired children’s librarian and mother of three girls, was the driving force behind First Books for Babies in Jefferson County, WV. Launched in 2007, the program operates out of Jefferson Medical Center. Its mission is to send each newborn and parent home with a highquality book. “Babies may not be able to read, but they respond quickly to their mothers’ voices,” Porter says. Current director of the program, Monica Grabowska, agrees that a parent and child can bond over books. “It’s our hope that through this program we are fostering a love of reading.” FBFB is based on a Washington County, MD program called Books for Babies. Now in its 15th year, the Washington County program has given away 22,284 books. Inspired by their success, Porter convinced the Shepherdstown Library, the Jefferson County Reading Council, and the auxiliary at the hospital to sponsor a similar project. “The county commissioners started us with seed money, and individuals donated. It was kind of hard at first. Now we’re doing a push to get new donors.”

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Operating under the auspices of the local public library, FBFB does not have a regular major funding source. Grabowska, a fourth-grade teacher at Shepherdstown Elementary School, explains, “Finding the money to keep the project going is always a concern.” A wide variety of organizations have supported FBFB. A Vacation Bible School walk-a-thon in Bolivar, WV raised funds, and the Theater Department at Jefferson High School dedicated a portion of its box office proceeds to the program. In 2012, Shepherdstown Elementary held a week-long read-a-thon and raised more than $1,800—enough to buy FBFB books for an entire year. (The top four readers were rewarded with a trip to the hospital to see the newborn babies.) “We treasure all efforts, large and small, to help keep this project going,” says Grabowska. Donations to the program are tax-deductible. The program itself is a community effort. The FBFB committee orders the books. Local Kiwanis Kids and 4H groups help with the packaging, as a way to earn community service credit. Nurses at Jefferson Medical Center estimate how many babies will be born that month, and distribute the packets to each new parent. An average of 15 to 20 books are given away each month. The books are chosen based on recommendations of the American Library Association, the Shepherdstown children’s librarian, and the FBFB members’ own experience. The nurses’ feedback is very important as well. Kathy Blue is on the FBFB committee, and in 2011 had the pleasure of knowing that her own grandson with was presented with a packet. It included a board book, bookmark, a brochure from First Books For Babies, and brochure from the American Library Association with tips on what and how to read to your child. “I believe his book was Goodnight Moon,” Blue says. Both Porter and Grabowska have fond memories of stories, poetry, and reading throughout their lives. Porter’s mother “would recite poetry, sing songs, and tell stories while we worked in garden.” Porter herself helped many

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children discover the joy of reading. When a child complained he didn’t like to read, Porter replied that he just hadn’t found Pictured are Kevin Sturm the right and his little twin sisters, book. She Amanda (in the print pjs) gave him and Isabella My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, and he was hooked. Grabowska’s family also has their favorites. Jack Perlutsky’s Ride a Purple Pelican is a collection of poems about different cities and states. Maurice Sendak’s Chicken Soup with Rice; Baby-O by Nancy White Carlstrom; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault are all about rhythm and words. “But we also loved the Carl board books, which have almost no words at all.” Grabowksa’s two daughters, now in college, still love the books of their childhood. “They were especially concerned when I started teaching, because they didn’t want their treasures carted off to my classroom library!” This spring, FBFB will present a book to its 2000th baby, and is planning a celebration at the hospital to mark the milestone. Grabowska believes strongly in the blessing of books. “We hope… it will be part of the bonds that tie a family together, one of those things that you revisit over the years and always get that same strong sense of love and security.” The FBFB committee also includes Libby Sturm, Sue Lane, and Teresa McCabe. For more information, contact the Shepherdstown Public Library or Monica Grabowska at daileygrabowska@comcast.net. Sara Roberts Jones lives in Stephens City, VA, with her husband and four kids. They’ve worn out several copies of Green Eggs and Ham, Goodnight Moon, and Pajama Time. www.childguidemagazine.com


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Compassionate Kids BY

ANGELA ROYSE PELLEMAN • PHOTOS COURTESY SARAH THOMPSON

Meet Avery Mae Thompson!

Avery with a young Haitian baby. The mother of the infant has five or six children. compassionate 10th grader, Avery Thompson, has fallen in love with Haiti and its people. She’s a 15-year-old missionary, gifted with wisdom, grace, and maturity. The Haitian people have taught her lessons about love and life. She believes these are worth even more anything she has been able to give. Avery’s first impression of Haiti, came before the plane landed. “The biggest shock… I looked out the window… houses… so populated…” It was not houses. Avery explains her disbelief, “…It was TENTS!” Avery’s bird’s eye view was of Tent City, built after the 2010 earthquake. Softly, she says, “That’s when it hit me the hardest.” Avery arrived ready to serve. She smiles, “I guess my favorite thing is going to the schools.” She loves giving out gifts: coloring books, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toys, and supplies. Her family also purchases Creole/English dictionaries from the Baptist Mission. It has been standing since the 1920’s. But in 2012, Hurricane Sandy stole the roof from the school. The children write around a huge hole on the damaged chalkboard. A helpful Creole interpreter is available, but Avery says the language barrier isn’t really an issue. “Thank you so much! This means so much to me!” The Haitian children express appreciation over and over. Avery exclaims, “It meant so much to me!” Their gratitude gives her joy. She says Haitian children appreciate school, but many students must first work to support their families. “Ten-year-olds can be found in Kindergarten,” Avery says, seriously. Students must pay for school, which costs approximately $50 a year. Those able to find work receive a wage of about a

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$1 a day. “The kids love soccer, but the balls get deflated quickly!” Avery laughs. Her family gives away Frisbees, which last longer. Avery remembers two thirsty boys walking up to her, last December, in 90-degree heat. They pointed at her water bottle, and then rejoiced as Avery poured water into their upside-down Frisbee. Avery was deeply touched. The water bottle, so easily taken for granted, was so needed and appreciated in Haiti. “Sometimes people ask me if I’m angry at the people here for being selfish,” says Avery, thoughtfully. She tells them, no. “I’m not angry, because they don’t understand. It definitely impacts you, but you have to be there for it to completely change your life.” Avery’s family last stayed in a guesthouse in Source Philippe. It’s a ten-minute boat ride, to the village church and school, in Port Heur. At 5 a.m., Avery loves to hear the Haitians singing at church, in the darkness. “It didn’t matter that I couldn’t understand what they were saying,” remarks Avery, “because the fact that they’re worshiping The Lord is just the best! They have amazing voices!” Smiling, she admits, “It’s intimidating!”

Avery teaches the village children English. In return, they are teaching her Creole. The Haitians borrow desks from the school, using them as church pews. The men wear long pants, and women wear long skirts and closed-toes shoes. “They take pride in what they wear,” says Avery. They immediately change out of their best clothes after church. Though poor, Haitians have pride. Avery remarks, “They don’t say, ‘How do you get through this?’ ’’ Instead, they are positive and appreciative. She continues, “They say, ‘I’m doing my best in this world, but I’ll get my reward when I get to Heaven.’ ” “In the Bible, it says that material possessions separate us from God,” Avery explains. “They don’t have material possessions. They are closer to God.” She

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After her family gave food to this elderly Haitian woman, Avery gave the woman a cross necklace as a gift. adds, “They thank God, not people for their gifts.” Avery’s hobbies are ideal for children’s missions. “I’m very artsy. I like to make crafts. I like to read. I like to take pictures, too… I just like to help people!” Her favorite class, at Clarke County High School, is Photography. She has beautiful subjects to snap…the smiling faces of the Haitian people! For teens interested in missions, Avery’s suggests, “Definitely talk to your parents first. It’s very dangerous.” She advises, “Find, and go with, an experienced adult.” Avery flies to Haiti annually, with her parents, who are also missionaries. Their island is safe, but she recommends going with a church group, until one learns about the country. She recommends www.umvim.org, a website where people can reach out to churches. When Avery returns home from Haiti, she feels like giving everything away. She sums it up, saying, “Everyone needs everything.” She knows the giving isn’t that simple, stating, “There would be rioting if you gave everything away.” Mentioning the corrupt government, she urges people to give money to missionaries instead. “Give money to missions, or…” she grins, “…go down yourself!” Avery has a heart of gold. “Give,” she says. “But being there makes me happiest. They give me so much more!” Compassionate Kids features kids of all ages, who have compassionate hearts along with a desire to serve and help others. These kids use their unique gifts and talents in order to benefit others. Compassionate Kids columnist, Angela Royse Pelleman, seeks to encourage kids to be compassionate, using their own unique talents and gifts to contribute to a charity that speaks to their hearts. If you know a Compassionate Kid, contact Angela at angelaslittleattic@yahoo.com or Child Guide’s editor at cis@childguidemagazine.com.

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Arts Organizations MARYLAND Authentic Community Theatre, Inc., 10226 Governor Lane Blvd., Suite 4011, Williamsport. Authentic Community Theatre (ACT) offers students of all ages a wide variety of creative programs including community theater, summer arts programs, storytelling, and homeschool arts programs. 301/491-7228. www.actforall.org. Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery, Inc., 4 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Since 2004, the Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery, Inc. (CSAGI) has been promoting the arts in Hagerstown and Washington County through after-school, summer, and weekend Children’s programs. CSAGI also supports local arts by providing a venue for receptions, exhibits and shows. A sister location is at 10 East Main St., Waynesboro. Hagerstown location open Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 301/791-6191. www.csagi.org. Creation Station, 28 S. Potomac St., Studio 301, Hagerstown. Art studio opened in 2013. Artists Andy and Jaz Iverson provide quality art classes to students of all ages who love art. In addition to art classes the Creation Station offers Toddler Art, Art Camps, Art Parties, and Family Art. 240/818-5299. www.creationstation.co. Cultural Arts Center of Frederick County, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Housed in the former McCrory’s five and dime store and acquired by the Frederick Arts Council in 1998, this 14,000 square foot community arts center offers a venue where artists of every discipline can exhibit, rehearse, perform and teach. Open Tues. through Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with frequent evening and weekend activities. 301/662-4190. www.frederickartscouncil.org. The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. The center offers classes in a variety of artistic media, free workshops, summer camps and exhibits. Classes for adults and children. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 301/698-0656. www.delaplaine.org. Frederick Arts Council, 22 S. Market St., Suite 3, Frederick. The umbrella arts organization for Frederick County, the arts council promotes, supports, and advocates the arts through grants to community groups and schools, workshops, marketing, and other capacity building initiatives. Office hours by appointment. 301/662-4190. www.frederickartscouncil.org. Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College, Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. Founded in 1997, the orchestra is composed of professional and amateur musicians from in and around central Maryland. The orchestra performs a series of concerts each year that include classical masterworks, music by contemporary composers and pops, and also provides educational programs. 301/685-3585. www.fredericksymphony.org. Hagerstown Choral Arts, 15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown. An auditioned, community volunteer chorus dedicated to the highest level of choral music. Performs sacred and secular music from a variety of musical periods, styles and cultures. Conducted by Gregory P. Shook, the group is entering its 22nd season and continues to grow in size, skill and variety. 301/665-9424. www.hagerstownchoralarts.org. Hub Opera Ensemble, 547 N. Mulberry St., Hagerstown. Founded in 2010, the Hub Opera Ensemble is devoted to bringing quality professional opera to the community. Hub Opera Ensemble is in a partnership with Hagerstown Community College and is able to perform quality operatic productions in the Kepler Theatre. 240/347-3001. www.HubOperaEnsemble.org. Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Begun in 1997, MET is dedicated to creating and producing theater with professional resident artists and visionaries in the art of theater. Its family theatre branch, The Fun Company, produces an annual Family Theatre series, FunCamp, a two-week theater experience for ages 7 to 16, as well as its In-School Production program that brings the experience of putting on a full-length musical to area school children. 301/694-4744. www.marylandensemble.org.

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Maryland Symphony Orchestra, 30 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Western Maryland’s only professional orchestra was founded in 1982. Under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze, the MSO provides a variety of programs, including family, Salute to Independence, Pops, holiday, youth, Kinder Konzerts and MasterWorks concerts. 301/797-4000. www.marylandsymphony.org. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Built in 1915, damaged by fire in 1974, and reopened in 1978, the theater offers performances by musicians, comedians, orchestra concerts, recitals, stage shows, children’s shows, and more. 2015 is 100th anniversary year and the theatre is getting a makeover with new seats, new lighting, new carpeting, new hearing loop system and more. Serves as the home of The Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Ticket office open Tues. – Fri., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and one hour prior to performances. 301/790-2000 or 301/790-3500. www.mdtheatre.org. Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center, 5901 Enterprise Court, Frederick and 12 West Main Street, New Market. Founded in 1989 and welcomes students of all ages and abilities to experience the arts in a safe and enriching environment. The Frederick location is a 7,000 square-foot professional training facility with three studios and state-of-the-art flooring, a large lobby and waiting area with restrooms, locker rooms, a homework room, and ample parking. The New Market studio is set in the historic district, with private changing areas, indoor and outdoor waiting areas, and ample parking. Frederick studio, 301/694-5105. New Market studio, 301/865-1212. www.mmpac.com. Potomac Playmakers, Hagerstown. Created in 1926, Potomac Playmakers is one of America’s oldest theater groups. The Potomac Playmakers blend a unique group of talented entertainers into an evolving series of fun shows. 240/3827269. www.potomacplaymakers.org. Thurmont Thespians, 15 North Church, Thurmont. Founded in 1998 by Beth Royer Watson, the group annually presents a summer music theater workshop, for children and teens, which culminates in a weekend of performances. All who audition and attend rehearsals get an onstage role. Actors learn about a local charity, and all of the profits from the performances are donated to that charity. The group is supported by St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, which provides artistic space. 301/416-0864. www.thurmontthespians.org. Valley Art Association, The Mansion House Art Center, 501 Highland Way, City Park, Hagerstown. An association of painters, sculptors, woodcarvers, photographers and other artists. Offers classes and workshops. Open business meeting with art demonstration and refreshments on fourth Wed. of every month at 7 p.m. 301/797-2867. www.valleyartassoc.com. Washington County Arts Council, 34 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Enriching the cultural, social and economic life of the community through nurturing the arts since 1968. Serves residents of all ages, and provides programming, technical assistance, funding opportunities and encouragement to arts organizations and individual artists. Art gallery open Tues. to Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and by appt. 301/791-3132. www.washingtoncountyarts.com. Washington County Playhouse, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Dinner theater has entertained audiences since 1985. Open for performances Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and occasional Sundays. Children’s Theatre performances will also be held on select Saturday matinees. Now under new management. 301/739-7469. www.wcpdt.com. Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and Children’s Theatre, 5 Willowdale Drive, Frederick. A unique entertainment venue combining fine dining with live Broadway-style stage shows in western Maryland. The theatre produces five Mainstage productions and four children’s shows each year. 301/662-6600. www.wayoffbroadway.com. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. A showcase for performing arts, the center provides dramatic, musical, artistic and educational programs. Box office open Tues. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and one hour before each show. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org.

PENNSYLVANIA Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro, Waynesboro. Established in fall of 2012, the organization’s goal is to bring together area artists, musicians, arts organizations, businesses, government, and arts lovers. http://artsalliancegw.org. Caledonia Theatre Company, 9555 Golf Course Rd., Fayetteville. Summer stock theater that performs at Totem Pole Playhouse in Caledonia State Park. 2015 Season opening May 29. 888/805-7056 or 717/352-2164. The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. Center includes the historic 852-seat Capitol Theatre with expanded restrooms, large concession area and coatroom, more visible box office, gift shop and elevator and a second level with the Wood Center State Theater. The theater presents many of its own Capitol Theatre performances and concerts each year, as well as being the home for productions by the resident theatrical company, the Chambersburg continued on page 12

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“Kids gain amazing advantages in the arts” BY KIM SEIDEL

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begin for toddlers. Ready or not? Each child is different. Even if kids don’t want to participate firsthand in the arts, they should be exposed as an avid spectator, such as attending art galleries, concerts, plays, and other events. Best advice: Allow your children to try an instrument or join a singing group or addition for a play. Encourage them to take a class or attend an artistic event. Support them in their efforts even if you have no interest or ability yourself. You may be unlocking a door for that child that’s rich with future possibilities. A child may not want to pursue a career in the arts, but he/she needs artistic nourishment to thrive as a well-rounded human being.

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Music Lessons Source: Mary J. Tollefson, 22 years as a professional music teacher and 38 years of involvement in piano. At a university, she teaches piano, group piano, piano pedagogy, and music appreciation. Major benefits: Creativity and enjoyment of the arts; develops fine motor and listening skills; fosters discipline and brain development. Music is an aural art; it helps students learn to listen in ways that other arts do not require to appreciate. Music is a collaborative; students learn to work together in a very creative way to create something bigger than their individual contributions. Ideal ages to begin: Ages vary. Kindermusik is one example of a program that begins for 2 year olds and up. For piano, the Suzuki method recommends starting ages 3 to 4. Most traditional piano methods recommend 5 to 6 years old; take into consideration your child’s ability to sit for at least a half hour lesson. Some piano teachers require students to know the alphabet and/or

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read. For violin and other string instruments, kids can start as early as 4, but smaller versions are used. Most children begin band instruments in fifth grade because of the instrument’s size and the child’s breathing capacity. Best advice: Enjoy the art of music with them. Sit down and listen to them play the piano or whatever instrument they’re enjoying. Give them your full attention when they’re performing music. Ask them questions about their music and praise them when they do practice. Take them to concerts and recitals. Other tips: Communicate with the teacher. The same assignment given to three students may be overwhelming for one child, while another needs more challenges. Sometimes a little feedback to the teacher is helpful. If a child seems reluctant to practice, start with a very short period of time. This depends on the student’s level and amount of assigned music. Ask them to practice more often rather than all at one time during the day. For example, ask them to practice while the pizza finishes baking. Younger students can understand that isn’t too long. Find a teacher who has definite expectations and goals, but clearly enjoys sharing music.

Dance Classes Source: Mary Beth Maynard, owner/director of Dance Quest International; studied dance since she was a young child; worked as a dance instructor for more than 17 years; danced in several special performances at DisneyWorld. Major benefits: Correct body posture, muscle discipline, balance, coordination, flexibility, grace, and showmanship. It’s a great physical activity as an aerobic workout. Many dance programs encourage a proper diet to support this activity. Beyond the physical, dance instruction develops discipline, love, and self-worth, while enhancing children’s personalities, character, and social and spiritual growth. Ideal ages to begin: Success can happen at most ages: Whether it’s a 2 year old exploring dance for the first time, or a teenager giving dance a test, most discover within the first six months if dance is her or his thing. A 5- or 6-year-old (around this age range) may have the greatest chance of really developing a love for dance, because this is the age when you see technique truly developed. Best advice for parents: Stay involved by watching classes and performances and having weekly open discussions about classes. Stay away from being the critic. Let the child’s teacher do that. Just be their biggest support and cheerleader. Share in their excitement for what takes place in their growth and accomplishments. Keep your child in ballet as the foundational discipline of dance for as long as possible. Other studies of dance will be easier to attain with a strong background in ballet. Other tips: Be diligent in teaching your child to commit to attending dance class – or any arts class – for a season or set amount of time before quitting. “Unfortunately, this is a growing issue for children today in our society. The downside to giving in to your child’s request to quitting is they’ve lost the experience and lesson of commitment - and possibly an opportunity to truly fall in love with dance and discover their gift in dance,” Maynard says. That goes for any experience (in arts and sports) – stay strong in maintaining that your children keep their commitment for the season or school year. In the end, after they get over the rough spots, they may thank you at the end and eagerly sign up for next session. It’s a vital life lesson: Don’t quit. Kim Seidel is an award-winning, professional writer and editor and the mother of two daughters, both of whom are involved in the arts in various ways, including dance, drama, music, jewelry making and photography. Visit her website at www.seidelink.com. Page 10

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2015 Family Resource Guide Dance MARYLAND 24/7 Dance Studio, 482-A Prospect Ave., Frederick. A leader in dance education for over 11 years. Creative movement, dance intro, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary/lyrical, acting, musical theater, gymnastics, music and acro dance. 301/846-4247. www.24-7dancestudio.com. Ballet and All That Jazz, 18703 Crestwood Dr., Hagerstown. Celebrating 25 years of teaching young people to dance, starting with children as young as age 3. Ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop. All skill levels welcome. 301/797-2100. www.balletandallthatjazz.com. Bettie Jane’s Center of Dance Art (BJCDA), 6408 Mt. Phillip Rd., Frederick. Established in 1960 by Mrs. Bettie Jane Bryant, Owner and Director. Tap, ballet, jazz, point, lyrical, musical theatre, and Irish dancing. Students are accepted from age 4 through adult, beginner to professional. 301/473-5354. www.bjcda.com. The City Ballet School, 14 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Comprehensive program in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance, with specialized curriculum in dance education for ages 3-21. 301/733-5833. www.cityballetschool.com. Dance Unlimited, 244 B South Jefferson St., Frederick. Quality instruction for the past 25 years in all dance styles, age 2 thru adult. 70+ classes are offered, plus recreational and competitive teams, acting and voice classes, musical theatre workshops, and main stage productions. 301/662-3722. www.danceunlimitedfrederick.com. The Dee Buchanan Studio of Dance, 207-G S. Church St., Middletown. Celebrating 22 years, the studio offers professional dance training for ages 2 through adult. Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, musical theatre, pointe, acrobatics, and college performance topics. 301/371-4228. www.dbdance.com. Elite Feet Dance Studio, 253 East Fourth St., Frederick. Provides opportunities for both the experienced and recreational dancer. Ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, acrobatics, and hip-hop. 301/620-9099. www.elitefeetstudio.com. Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center, 5901 Enterprise Court, Frederick and 12 West Main Street, New Market. Founded in 1989, this school for dance and musical theater welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Frederick location is a 7,000 sq. ft. professional training facility with three studios and state-of-the-art flooring. 301/694-5105. New Market studio is set in the historic district, with private changing areas. 301/865-1212. www.mmpac.com. My Dance Studio, 22018 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg. Director Lezlee Sabo opened this studio in 2002. Ballet, tap, acro, jazz, and creative movement. 301/824-3444. Urbana Dance and Performing Arts Studio, 3317 Worthington Blvd., Ijamsville. For beginner through advanced students, ages 2-1/2 and up. College and pre-professional students may continue training toward mastering technique. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, tumbling, contemporary, modern, and more. 301/874-4367. www.urbanadance.com.

PENNSYLVANIA Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School (CBT), 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. Located in the Capitol Theatre, the school offers 14 levels of study in classical

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ballet and related disciplines for ages 4 through over 60, beginning to preprofessional. Choose from dance classes, summer camps, adult classes, intensives and more. 717/709-1800. www.innernet.net/cbts. Clarissa’s School of Performing Arts, 91 Pine Dr., Greencastle. Fundamental movement, kinder-dance, kinder-gymnastics, ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, modern, lyrical, acrobatic tumbling, and hip hop. Also offers birthday parties, summer classes and camps, dance supplies and merchandise, and competitive dance and acrobatic teams. 717/597- 2420. www.cspagreencastle.com Mar-le-Nie’ Dance Studio, Inc., 140 N. Third St., Chambersburg. Mar-Le-Nie’ Dance Studios is a non-profit 501c(3) public charity organization whose goal is to give children the opportunity to learn the art of tap, jazz, and ballet dancing. 717/263-1486. www.marlenie.com. Shippensburg Dance Academy, 16 W. King St., Suite 201, Shippensburg. Affordable and professional dance classes for all ages taught by highly trained instructors. Ballet, tap, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, acro and more. 717/404-6754. danceacademyxiv.net Step By Step Dance Studio, LLC, 8 Findlay Drive, Mercersburg and 201 Sunset Blvd., Chambersburg. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theatre, modern, point, acrobatics, dance team, and more. Age appropriate dance classes are taught in a fun-loving, non-prejudicial, non-competitive environment. 717/414-7392. www.dancechambersburg.com.

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VIRGINIA The Blue Ridge Studio for the Performing Arts, 5 E. Main St., Berryville. Providing professional instruction in creative dance, ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance for children and adults. Teaching technique is main objective, but educates students in a wide variety of dance forms and styles, providing individual, personal attention. 540/955-2919. www.blueridgestudio.org. The Centre for Dance, 2342 Jones Rd., Winchester. Founded in 1989, the school’s mission is to provide quality dance training in a loving and fostering environment. Ballet, pointe, creative movement, modern, jazz, and hip-hop. For ages 3 thru adult. 540/336-0766. www.thecentrefordance.net. Italia Performing Arts, 3031 Valley Ave., Suite 108, Winchester. Classical ballet, tap, hip-hop, ballet/Pilates combo and Irish dance. For ages 3 thru adult. 540/504-7263. www.italiapa.com. Rhythm Studio & Dance Wear, 54 South Loudoun St., Winchester. Pre-ballet, ballet, contemporary, dance conditioning, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, modern, musical theater, and more. 540/722-2999 or 540/533-8310. www.rhythmstudio.net. Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, John Kerr Building, 203 S. Cameron St., Winchester. An extension of Shenandoah University. Non-profit organization offering classes and private instruction in music, dance, theatre, and more for all ages. 540/665-4602. www.scartsacademy.org. Social Graces Ballroom Dance Studios, 850 West Main St., Berryville. A full service social studio offering lessons in Ballroom, Latin and Swing. Group lessons and private dance lessons for children thru adults. 540/409-7136. www.berryvilleballroom.com.

WEST VIRGINIA Allegro School of Dance, 71 Edmond Rd., Kearneysville. A family-friendly dance studio founded in 1991. Classes offered include ballet, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, modern, liturgical pointe, tap, and competition troupe. For children ages 3 thru adult. 304/724-5424. www.allegroschoolofdancewv.com. Inwood Performing Arts Company, 2297 Henshaw Rd., Inwood. A unique arts facility allowing students to study both dance and music with a professional teaching staff under the guidance of Director Denna Smith, a registered member of the Royal Academy of Dancing. 304/229-3209. www.inwoodperformingarts.com.

Two weeks – July 6 - 10 and July 13 - 17 (Mon-Fri from 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.) Register for one week or both For students 10-18 with at least two years of focused dance training. Maximize progress through study of technique, alignment, artistry, and expression, resulting in greater joy, confidence and improved performance.

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www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com Dance Dimensions of Hedgesville, LLC, 3790 Hedgesville Rd., Hedgesville. Provides a quality dance education in a positive, encouraging, disciplined environment for ages 2 thru adult. Ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, modern and more. 304/671-3688. www.dancewv.com. Joyful Center for the Arts! 1948 Rock Cliff Dr. Martinsburg WV. An array of art programs offered in a family-friendly studio for children to come and learn dance and art. 304/707-6946. www.joyfulcenterforthearts.com. Rhythm ’n Motion Dance Studio, 85 Lynnhaven Drive, Suite B, Martinsburg. Ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, hip-hop, acro, creative dance, and more. 304/274-3311. rnmdancestudio.com. Shepherdstown School of Dance, 400 South Princess St., Shepherdstown.Committed to keeping the art and discipline of classical dance alive in our community. Ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz. For toddler thru adult. 304/886-8398. www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com. Turning Pointe Centre for Dance, Lambert Park, 273 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg. Ballet, tap, creative movement, ballroom, and hip-hop, for ages 3 thru adult. 304/264-4842, x15. www.mbcparks-rec.org/

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2015 Family Resource Guide Arts Organizations, continued from page 8 Community Theatre. Theater may also be rented for fundraiser events. 717/2630202. www.thecapitoltheatre.org. Chambersburg Community Theater, Inc., 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. Established in 1954, it is one of the oldest continually operating community theatre groups in PA. Resident stage is the Capitol Theatre. 717/263-3900. Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery, Inc., 10 E. Main St., Waynesboro. The Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery, Inc. (CSAGI) has been promoting the arts through after-school, summer, and weekend art programs. A sister location is at 82 W. Washington St., Suite 611, Hagerstown. Waynesboro location is open Mon. through Thurs., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 12 noon to 6 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. 717/387-5201, 304/261-4516 (cell). www.csagi.org. Council for the Arts of Chambersburg, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. Nonprofit charitable organization that promotes arts and cultural events and provides services to the arts or cultural organizations. For information on art classes for all ages, contact Education Coordinator Laurie McKelvie at 717/4772132. 717/264-6883. www.councilforthearts.net. Cumberland Valley School of Music, Thomson Hall, Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg. Founded in 1990, CVSM is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Teaches all orchestral and band instruments, voice, piano, guitar, drama and theatrical techniques, Suzuki piano and numerous classes, including Music Together and Musikgarden, for all ages. Sponsors Cumberbunds (children’s chorus), CVSM Community Symphonic Band, CVSM Community String Orchestra, CVSM Concert Jazz Band, CVSM New Horizon’s Band and string orchestra (adults 50 and older), extensive performance & recital opportunities, and numerous workshops. Studios in Mercersburg, Waynesboro, and Hagerstown. 717/261-1220. www.cvsmusic.org. Franklin County Art Alliance, Chambersburg. A non-profit organization serving the visual arts community in Franklin County and the surrounding area, strives to foster an appreciation of art and provide opportunities for member artists to network and to display their work. Free meetings are open to the public. The group meets on the 2nd Wed. of the months Sept. through Nov. and Jan. through May, at 7 p.m. at the Grove Family Library, 101 Ragged Edge Rd., Chambersburg. Activities include demonstrations and critiques by professional artists and educators, workshops, museum trips and an annual membership exhibition. www.franklincountyartalliance.org. Greencastle Area Arts Council, 408 N. Allison St., Greencastle. GAAC promotes the arts (visual, musical and theatrical) in the Greencastle area by bringing professional individuals and groups to present programs or experiences not available within the Greencastle area. GAAC also helps support existing arts programs in the area. 717/597-3284. www.greencastleareaartscouncil.org. Joyful Arts Studio, 21 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle. Art Studio with a mission to provide art education and allow people to explore their own creativity. Hours are Tues., 12 noon-9 p.m.; Wed. to Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 717/658-2177. www.joyfulartstudio.com. H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Dr., Shippensburg. Luhrs Performing Arts Center provides opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway performances, large musical groups such as symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. 717/477-7469. www.luhrscenter.com. Mercersburg Area Community Band, 10655 Church Hill Rd., Mercersburg. A volunteer organization of musicians originally organized as the Eagle cornet

Band to serve the various ceremonial needs of the Mercersburg community. Also performs summer concerts. 717/328-5338. Mercersburg Area Community Chorus, 122 S. Main St., Mercersburg. Founded in 1975, the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus is made up of members from throughout the tri-state area. Members perform 2 series of concerts each year. Weekly rehearsals begin 10 weeks before each concert and are held on Tues. evenings at 7 p.m. in the music area of the James Buchanan Middle School, 5191 Fort Loudon Rd., Mercersburg. Concerts are held in Mercersburg Academy Chapel, 300 E. Seminary St. 717/328-2324. SHAPE Gallery, 20 W. King St., Shippensburg. A non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to bringing the arts, art classes and workshops, and cultural events to the Shippensburg community and surrounding area. SHAPE Gallery hosts exhibits throughout the year. Open Wed. to Fri., 4 to 7 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 717/532-2559. www.shapeart.org Shippensburg Band, Shippensburg. Performs throughout the year. Band rehearses year-round on Tues., 8 p.m. in the Shippensburg Area Senior High School band room. All interested musicians welcome. www.shipband.org. Star Theatre/The Pennsylvania Opry, 23 W. Seminary Street, Mercersburg. 292-seat Star Theatre was built as an opera house in 1911 and renovated in Art Deco style in the 1930s. Provides great entertainment for the whole family. 717/328-5959. www.newstartheatre.com. Totem Pole Playhouse, Caledonia State Park, 9555 Golf Course Rd., Fayetteville. The Caledonia Theatre Company performs at Totem Pole Playhouse, a summer stock theater. Providing arts education opportunities for area residents. Theater camps for students and Theatre Family Fun Fest are popular programs. 888/805-7056 or 717/352-2164. www.totempoleplayhouse.org. Voilà! Children's Art and Creativity Center, 21 A North Main Street in downtown Chambersburg. Mixed media classes, Open Art and Play, birthday parties, and bimonthly Kid's Nights. Classes experiment with painting, drawing, clay, play dough, printmaking, jewelry, crafts and more. Group reservations available Friday mornings. 717/261-1304. The Wayne Band, Waynesboro. Organized in 1899, the band is one of the oldest community bands in PA. Active year-round, playing at least three public concerts and providing entertainment at nursing/retirement homes and patriotic events. Band rehearses from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on the first, third, fourth and fifth Mon. in the Council Chambers at the Town Hall, East Main St., Waynesboro. On the second Mon. they meet at an announced location. 717/762-3849. Wilson College Performing Arts Series, Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg. Series brings jazz and Big Band ensembles, national companies and other highly acclaimed entertainers to Wilson College and the Chambersburg community. Tickets required. 717/262-2003. www.wilson.edu/events.

VIRGINIA Opus Oaks Art School, Berryville. Non-profit art studio provides fine art classes and summer art camps for beginning to advanced students, preschool through adult. Key areas of study are in drawing, painting, sculpture, fused and stained glass, jewelry, printmaking and photography. Studio East is at 109 First Street in Berryville and Studio West is at 2330 Crums Church Road in Berryville. 540/955-4226. www.opusoaks.org, www.youtube/opusoaks. Shenandoah Arts Council, 811 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Fosters awareness and appreciation of the community’s cultural heritage, showcases local artists and art organizations, strengthens arts education in the community, and

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the string classes or orchestras. Out-of-county students pay a yearly fee of $180 to participate in all Berkeley Berkeley County Strings Program. Orchestra County orchestra events. Send applications to Program open to all 3rd to 12th graders, as well as participate to delgalloviolin@gmail.com. Call Eva private school and home schooled students. Program DelGallo at 304/263-2916. www.bc-strings.org. offers classes in violin, viola, cello and bass in all Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra. For students in intermediate, middle and high schools. Intermediate elementary through high school who have played their schools string classes are before or after school or instruments for about one year. Groups rehearse during during lunch/recess shifts. String classes at the middle the school year and perform concerts each season. schools are completely integrated into the daily schedule Auditions required. and there are daily string classes at all high Advanced full orchestra, intermediate full orchestra, and schools. Every middle school has its own student beginning wind and string ensembles are offered. orchestra. Master classes, sectional coaching and chamber There is one High School Orchestra/School Community ensembles are part of program. Rehearsals are Mon. Orchestra. Rehearsals are Tues., 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the nights during the school year at West Frederick Middle band room of South Middle School. For all high schoolSchool, 515 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD. age string, wind, brass and percussion musicians with at Concerts are scheduled for March 28 and May 17 at least three years of playing experience, high-performing Frederick Community College, The Kussmaul Theatre. 8th graders, and adults who are staff or service FRYO will also host a Summer Music Day Camp open to personnel of area schools. Strings by audition only. young musicians in the tri-state region. 301/695-1187. No fees for Berkeley County students to participate in www.fryo.org.

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Shepherd University Preparatory Orchestra. Celebrating its 17th season at Shepherd Univ. in Shepherdstown, WV. Made up of students from surrounding counties and states. Junior String Orchestra: Elementary and middle school students with at least 1-1/2 years experience who play at an advanced-beginner or intermediate level. Senior Orchestra: Students grades 9–12, as well as middle school students who play at an advanced level. Auditions required. Each group presents two concerts during the school year. There is a $125 fee per semester to participate. Call Kari Edge at 304/876-5555. www.shepherd.edu/musicweb, click on “preparatory.” Shenandoah Valley Youth Orchestra. An extension of Shenandoah Univ. in Winchester. Provides musical training for string students, ages 8–17, from Winchester and surrounding counties in VA, WV & MD. The Chamber Orchestra and Youth Orchestra rehearse weekly during the school year and perform 3 concerts at Shenandoah Univ. 540/665-4602. www.scartsacademy.org.

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celebrates and develops the region as a center of artistic exploration, exchange and education. 540/667-5166. www.shenarts.org. Shenandoah Conservatory, 1460 University Drive, Shenandoah University, Winchester. The oldest of the university’s five schools. Produces 300 plays, dances, concerts and recitals a year. Children’s theater during the academic year. Summer programs include Shenandoah Summer Music Theater, Shenandoah Performs festival and a two-week performing arts camp. 540/665-4600. www.conservatory.su.edu. Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, John Kerr Building, 203 S. Cameron St., Winchester. An extension of Shenandoah University. Non-profit organization offering classes and private instruction in music, dance, theatre, and more for all ages. 540/665-4602. www.scartsacademy.org. Winchester Little Theatre, 315 W. Boscawen St., Winchester. Organized in 1929, the theater troupe produces professional quality plays on a thrust stage. WLT for Kids offers year-round workshops and a summer children’s workshop for middle and high school students, teaches theater experience, building sets, acting skills, etc., and culminates in two productions. 540/662-3331. www.wltonline.org.

dance presentations, magic and puppet shows, arts and crafts demonstrations and more. A great place for parents and their young children, ages 0-13, to take part in activities focused on one or more positive life principles. 301/704-0324. http://Be-Hive.org. The Berkeley County Arts Council, Martinsburg. An independent organization that supports an organized, active, and broadly cooperative arts community. 304/620-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org. The Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. In 2013, the Berkeley County Arts Council opened this community based arts facility that supports a variety of art exhibits, an artist cooperative, small special events, and a range of arts-related instruction. 304/620-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org. Jefferson Arts Council, Charles Town. Jefferson Arts Council (JAC) promotes the arts and humanities by creating cultural partnerships that enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County, WV. JAC also supports projects and awards grants for children in and outside the school environment. www.ahajc.org. Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs. Established in 1977, the council has produced more than 1,000 programs with 2,500 artists. Presentations offered since 1996 in the Ice House, include concerts, arts workshops, pageants, craft studio tours, professional WEST VIRGINIA art shows, storytellers, theater and video festivals. MAC launched a new project, “Engage Berkeley Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., MartinsSprings” where the public co-creates public works of burg. Built in 1913, the theatre troupe, formed in art under the guidance of professional artists. MAC 1936, moved into the theatre in 1973 and later purchased the building. The troupe produces six main- also offers youth art classes and summer camps. 304/258-2300. www.macicehouse.org. stage shows each year, including musicals, dramas, New Hopewell Center for the Arts, 1354 Hite Rd., comedies, mysteries, and a summer youth workshop Kearneysville. Dedicated to providing quality and production. Facilities, which includes a 500-seat theatre and ballroom are available to rent. 304/263- instruction in the performing arts. Classes offered in dance, music and theater. 304/839-2503. 6766. www.apollo-theatre.org. Old Opera House Theatre Company, 204 N. The Arts Centre, 300 W. King St., Martinsburg. The George Street, Charles Town. The oldest operating center provides educational opportunities in the arts theater in the state of West Virginia. Built in 1910 and and a variety of events, including exhibits, a Holiday Show & Sale, Feast for the Arts, and the Annual Wine operated by the OOH Theatre Company since the early & Arts Festival. 304/263-0224. www.theartcentre.org. 1970s, this facility has a rich tradition of bringing The BE-Hive, 205 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. A free, Broadway-style musicals, dramas and comedies to the Eastern Panhandle and surrounding community. family inspiration place. Events, such as music and

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Offers a full dance studio, acting studio, summer camp, art gallery and classes for children throughout the year. 304/725-4420. www.oldoperahouse.org. Opera House Live, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown. One of the area’s finest music and film venues since 1910. The Opera House can also be rented for weddings, birthdays, fieldtrips, private film screenings and more. 304/876-3704. www.operahouselive.com. Shepherd Preparatory Chorus is comprised of youth who are currently in grades 3-8. Dr. David Gonzol, Asst. Professor and Director of Music Education at Shepherd, conducts the chorus. Meets at Frank Arts Center on Wed. from 6:10-7:25 p.m. throughout the school year. Tuition $125/semester includes two free family member admissions to each concert. Contact Kari Edge at 304/876-5555. www.shepherd.edu/musicweb/preparatory.html. Shepherd University Department of Contemporary Art and Theater, Shepherdstown. Housed in the Center for Contemporary Art and the Frank Center for Performing and Visual Arts, the department presents exhibitions, theatrical performances, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and workshops and lectures on a variety of related subjects. www.Shepherd.edu or www.catf.org. Shepherd University Department of Music, 260 University Drive, Shepherdstown. Housed in the Frank Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, the department presents concerts, musical theater and recitals. 800/344-5231, x5555, or 304/876-5555. www.shepherd.edu/musicweb. Shepherdstown Music & Dance, Shepherdstown. Building community through music and dance, the organization offers monthly concerts, contra dances, Morris dances and a May Day dance. 304/263-2531 (concerts) or 304/263-8323 (dances). www.smad.us. Urban Easel Art School, 8354 Martinsburg Pike, Shepherdstown. Offers daily, hands-on fine art classes in drawing/painting, birthday paint parties, corks & canvas nights, & camp. With 13 exciting studio programs available, there is something for everyone from preschool to seniors. Open and continuous enrollment. 301-706-8247. www.urban-easel.com.

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Libraries FREDERICK COUNTY, MD Frederick County Public Libraries: http://fcpl.org Brunswick Branch Library, 915 North Maple Ave., Brunswick. 301/600-7250 Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Babies with Books, ages 24 mos. and younger with an adult, Tues., 10:05 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Time for Twos, 2-year-olds with an adult, Mon., 10:30 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Wed., 10:30 a.m. only beginning in March; Thurs. Morning Playgroup, for preschool age, Thurs., 10:30 a.m.; Starlight Family Storytime, all ages with adult, Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; BINGO night, all ages, first Thurs. monthly, 6:30 p.m. C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 301/600-1630 Hours: Sun., 1 to 5 p.m.; Mon. thru Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Babies with Books, ages 12 mos. and younger with adult, Tues., 10:15 a.m., ages 0 to 12 mos. with an adult, 11 & 11:45 a.m., and ages 24 mos. and younger with an adult, Thurs., 2:30 p.m.; Time for Twos, 2-year-olds with an adult, Mon., 10:15 and 11 a.m., registration required; Preschool Story Time, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Thurs., 10:15 a.m.; Wiggle Giggle Storytime! ages 2 to 5 with an adult, Wed., 10:15 & 11 a.m.; Starlight Family Story Time, all ages Tues., 6:30 p.m.; Storyland: A Sensory Storytime, ages 24 mos. and younger with an adult, 1st Fri. each month, 10:15 a.m., registration required. Edward F. Fry at Point of Rocks Library, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks. 301/874-4560 Hours: Mon. and Wed., 3 to 8 p.m.; Tues. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story times: Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5, Tues., 11 a.m.; Starlight Family Storytime, all ages, Mon., 6:30 p.m. Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. 301/600-6329 Hours: Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Story times: Play Date, for ages 0-5 with an adult, Mon., 10:30 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, for ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Thurs., 10:30 a.m. Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown. 301/371-7560 Hours: Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Babies with Books, ages 24 mos. and younger, Tues., 10:05 a.m.; Time for Twos, 2-yearolds with an adult, Mon. at 10:05 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Thurs., 10:30 a.m.; Transition to Twos, ages 18 to 30 mos., with an adult, Wed., 10:05 a.m. & 11 a.m.; Starlight Family Programming, all ages with an adult, Tues., 6 p.m. Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont. 301/600-7200 Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. Story times: Babies with Books, ages birth to 24 mos. with an adult, Tues. and Thurs. at 10:15 a.m.; Time for Twos, age 2 with an adult, Tues. and Thurs. at 11 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Wed. at 10:30 a.m.; Storyland: A Sensory Storytime, 24 mos. and younger with an adult, monthly on 2nd Fri. at 10:15 a.m. (registration required); Starlight Family Storytime, all ages with an adult, Tues. at 6:30 p.m. Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 301/600-7000 Hours: Sun., 1 to 5 p.m.; Mon. thru Thurs., 10 am to 8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Babies with Books, ages 24 mos. and younger with an adult, Mon., 10:30 & 11:15 a.m.; Monday Playgroup, ages 0-3, Mon., 3 p.m.; Time for Twos, for 2-year-olds with an adult, Tues. at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and Thurs. at 10:30; Transition to Twos, ages 12 to 24 mos. with an adult, Fri. at 10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Tues., 1:30 p.m. and Wed., 10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.; Starlight Family Story Time, all ages with an adult, Tues., 6:30 p.m. Walkersville Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville. 301/845-8880 Hours: Mon. & Wed., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Babies with Books, ages 24 mos. and younger with an adult, Mon., 10:05 a.m.; Time for Twos, age 2 with an adult, Tues., 10:05; Transition to Twos, ages 12 to 24 mos. & age 2 with an adult, Mon., 10:45 a.m.; Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, Wed. & Thurs., 10:15 a.m.; StarReader at the Library, preschool and school age children with an adult, Tues., 6:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON CO., MD Washington County Free Library System: www.washcolibrary.org Boonsboro Free Library, 401 Potomac St., Boonsboro. 301/432-5723 Hours: Mon. thru Fri., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Story times: Toddler Time, for ages 18 mos. to 3 years, Tues., 11 a.m.; Lap Sit, for ages 18 mos. and younger, Fri., 11 a.m.; Storytime, for all ages, Sat., 11 a.m.; Pre-school Story Time, ages 3 & up, Wed., 3:30 p.m. Clear Spring Leonard P. Snyder Library, 12624 Broadfording Rd., Clear Spring. 301/842-2730

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Hours: Tues., Wed. and Fri., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. Story times: Friday Storytime, for ages 2-5, Fri., 11:30 a.m. Hagerstown Central Library, the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 301/739-3250 Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Story times: Infant Storytime, ages 6 to 18 mos., Wed., 10 and 11 a.m., preregistration required; Preschool Story Time, ages 3 to 5, Fri., 11:30 a.m.; Stories by Starlight, children of all ages, Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Toddler Time, ages 18 to 36 mos., Mon., 10 and 11 a.m., preregistration required. Hancock War Memorial Library, 220 Park Road, Hancock. 301/678-5300 Hours: Tues., Wed. and Fri., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thurs., 4 to 8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story time: Preschool Story Time, ages 3-5, Wed., 1 p.m. Keedysville Library, 22 Taylor Drive, Keedysville. 301/432-6641 Hours: Tues. and Wed., 3 to 7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 12 noon Story time: Family Story Time, Wed., 6 p.m. Sharpsburg Public Library, 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg. 301/432-8825 Hours: Tues. thru Thurs., 2 to 8 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story times: Preschool Story Time, for ages 3 to 5, Thurs., 3:30 p.m.; Books with Baby, for infants and toddlers, 2nd Thurs., 2:30 p.m. Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St, Smithsburg. 301/824-7722 Hours: Mon., Wed. thru Fri., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tues, 12 noon to 9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Story times: Preschool Story Time, for ages 3 to 5, Fri., 11 a.m.; Toddler Story Time, for ages 18 to 36 mos., Thurs., 11 a.m., pre-registration required; Saturday Story Time, for all ages, Sat., 11:30 a.m.; Infant Story Time, for infants 6 to 18 months, 2nd and 4th Wed., 11 a.m. Williamsport Memorial Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport. 301/223-7027 Hours: Mon. thru Fri., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story times: Lap Sit, for ages 3 and younger, second Tues., 10:30 a.m.; Children’s Storytime, Wed., 11:30 a.m.; Evening Storytime, Tues., 5 p.m. Pre-registration required.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, PA Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St., Chambersburg. 717/263-1054 www.fclspa.org Hours: Mon. thru Fri., 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story times: Infant/toddler Laptime and Preschool Storytime. Registration required. Call for times. Grove Family Library, 101 Ragged Edge Road, S., Chambersburg. 717/264-9663 www.fclspa.org Hours: Mon. and Tues., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story times: Preschool Storytime offered Sept. through April, Wed. at 1 p.m. and Fri. at 10 a.m.; Infant/Toddler Laptime offered Sept. through April, Tues., 10 to 10:30 a.m. & 11 to 11:30 a.m. Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library, 305 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle. 717/597-7920. www.fclspa.org

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Hours: Mon., 1 to 8 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Story times: Preschool Storytime, for ages 3 to 5, Mon. at 1:30 p.m. and Tues. at 10 a.m.; Toddler Storytime, for ages birth to 3 years, Fri. at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please check with the library for times for additional children’s programs such as chess club, American Girls Club, and monthly family activity nights. Fort Loudon Community Library, 210 Mullen Street, Fort Loudon. 717/369-4704. www.fclspa.org Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 3 to 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Story time: Once Upon A Time Story Hour, Every other Sat., 10 a.m. Call to check. Saint Thomas Library, 30 School House Rd., St. Thomas. 717/369-4716. www.fclspa.org Hours: Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tues., Thurs. and Fri., 2 to 6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Story time: Call for times. Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, 45 E. Main St., Waynesboro. 717/762-3335. www.ahmfl.org Hours: Mon. & Thurs., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tues., Wed. & Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Story times: Preschool Story Time, Wed., 10 a.m.; Mostly Mother Goose, Fri., 10 a.m. Call for information and registration. Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, 13676 Monterey Lane, Blue Ridge Summit. 717/7942240. www.fclspa.org Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 3 to 8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Story time: Call for times.

WINCHESTER, VA AREA Handley Regional Library System: www.handleyregional.org Mary Jane and James L. Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Drive, Stephens City. 540/869-9000, x215. Hours: Mon. and Tues., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story times: Preschool Story Time, Wed. & Sat., 11 a.m.; Infant Story Time, Mon., 11 a.m. Clarke County Library, 101 Chalmers Ct., Suite C, Berryville. 540/955-5144 Hours: Mon. and Tues., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story Time: Preschool Story Time, Tues., 10:30 a.m. Handley Regional Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 540/662-9041 Hours: Mon. and Wed., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tues., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story times: Toddler Story Time, Mon. and Thurs., 10:15 a.m.; Preschool Story Time, Mon., 1 p.m.; Infant Story Time, Tues., 10:30 a.m.

BERKELEY COUNTY, WV Hedgesville Public Library, 207 North Mary St., Hedgesville. 304/754-3949 Hours: Mon., Tues. and Thurs, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wed., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Story time: Fri., 10:30 a.m. Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library, 101 W. King St., Martinsburg. Main library: 304/267-8933 Children’s Department: 304/267-8288 http://martinsburg.lib.wv.us/

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

JEFFERSON COUNTY, WV Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library, 151 Polk St., Harpers Ferry. 304/535-2301. www.boliverharpersferrylibrary.com Hours: Mon., Tues., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wed. and Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Story times: Lap Babies, ages birth to 3, Thurs. & Fri., 10:10 a.m. Preschool storytime, ages 3 to 5, Thurs., 11 a.m. Registration required. Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St., Charles Town. 304/725-2208. www.ctlibrary.org Hours: Mon., Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story time: Mon., 10:30 a.m. Shepherdstown Public Library, 100 E. German Street, Shepherdstown. 304/876-2783. www.lib.shepherdstown.wv.us Hours: Mon. through Thurs., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Story times: Lap Babies, Tues., 10:15 to 11 a.m.; Toddlers Storytime, Tues., 11:15 to 12 noon; after-school program for ages 5 through 12, Wed., 4 to 4:45 p.m.; 3-5 year old Storytime, Thurs., 11:15 a.m. to 12 noon; Registration required. Call to confirm times and dates. South Jefferson Public Library, 49 Church St., Summit Point. 304/725-6227. www.sojeffersonlibrary.com Hours: Mon. thru Thurs., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 to 5 p.m. Story times: Preschool Story Hour, Tues., 11 a.m. and Wed., 1 p.m.

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MARYLAND Beaver Creek School Museum, 9702 Beaver Creek Church Road, Hagerstown. Operated as a museum by the Washington County Historical Society, this 1904 two-room schoolhouse features a replica classroom and a rural-life museum reflecting rural life in Washington County. Open for tours by appointment only. 301-797-8782. Beatty-Cramer House, 9010 Liberty Rd. (Md. 26), Frederick. Named for John Beatty, an Irish immigrant with possible royal Scottish connections, and Jeremiah Henry Cramer, who made many architectural changes, the site is home to three historic structures: a combination of the Beatty portion of the house (circa 1732), the Cramer addition (circa 1855), and later renovations. The two outbuildings are an 18thcentury springhouse and a 19th-century smokehouse. Tours, lectures and demonstrations offered. 301/668-2086. Boonsboro Trolley Museum, intersection of North Main Street and Shafer Park Drive, Boonsboro. The original building has been restored and was the Boonsboro Trolley Stations from 1902 to 1938. It is the last remaining trolley station in Washington County. Museum houses trolley artifacts and photographs. Open to the public on the 4th Sun. of the month, May through Oct., 2–5 p.m., or by appointment. 301/432-7030. Boonsborough Museum of History, 113 N. Main St., Boonsboro. Collection of historical objects of local and national significance, plus Civil War relics, the evolution of firearms and American Indian artifacts. Open May through Sept., Sun., 1–5 p.m. or by appointment. 301/432-6969. www.boonsboromuseum.com. Bowman House and Boonsboro Historical Society, 323 N. Main St., Boonsboro. The Bowman House, built by Jacob Powles, is typical of log houses built in Western Maryland during the first half of the 19th century. In 1868, John Bowman purchased the log house and established the Boonsboro Pottery. Period demonstrations might include open-hearth cooking, redware pottery and an heirloom garden. Open May through Oct. on the fourth Sun. of the month, 1–4 p.m. 301/432-8410. www.boonsboromd.govoffice2.com. Brown’s Meeting House, 11 South Mill Street, Clear Spring. The Clear Spring District Historical Association owns this 1825 site. The two-story log structure is used for historical exhibits and lectures. Open by appointment. 301/842-2553.

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Brunswick Heritage Museum, 40 W. Potomac St., Brunswick. Features 2,000 square feet of interactive HO-scale model railroad, railroad equipment, exhibits, gift shop, photographs, Victorian costumes, furnishings, toy, baseball and medical history. C&O Canal Visitor Center is on the first floor of the museum. Open Fri., 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., 1–4 p.m. Admission. 301/834-7100. www.brunswickmuseum.org. The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. Museum specializes in 19th-century life, and offers historic tours, festivals, and programs designed for elementary school-aged children and visitors of all ages. Open April through Sept., Mon. through Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., 1–4 p.m. Weekends in Oct. and Nov. Also open for seasonal events & activities Dec.-Mar. Group reservations welcome March though Nov. Admission. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. This hands-on, science learning museum includes two floors of exhibits that promote science, technology and history through displays and programs that are educational and entertaining. Visit the Triceratops Exhibit, Japanese Cultural Exhibit, Civil War Trains Exhibit, C&O Canal Exhibit, NIH/NEI VISION Exhibit, Titanic Exhibit, Volvo-Mack Exhibit, Moller Historic Organ Exhibit, NASA/APL Space Exhibit, Baseball Exhibit, Wesel Sister City Exhibit, and more. Open Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., 2–5 p.m. Adults, $7; ages 4-17, $6; seniors ages 55 & older, $5; active military families and children up to age 3 are complimentary. Field trips and scout and family groups of 10 or more are $3 for youth and $5 for adults. 301/790-0076 or 877/7900076. www.discoverystation.org. Doleman Black Heritage Museum, 540 N. Locust Street, Hagerstown. This nationally known, family-owned and operated museum is focused on preserving and displaying the legacy of Charles & Marguerite Doleman’s vision of a state of the art cultural & historical museum depicting the lives of African-Americans in Washington County. Contains books, artifacts, and pictures of Black History in Washington County. Open by appointment only. 301/797-5019. www.dolemanblackheritagemuseum.org. Frederick County Archives & Research Center, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. Formerly the Historical Society of Frederick County’s Library, the Frederick County Archives & Research Center has letters, diaries, Civil War records, maps, family histories, photographs and books available for use by historians and genealogists. Open Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Research fee of $6/person per day, and $3/ages 12-18 per day. 301/663-1188. www.hsfcinfo.org. Geiser Mason Farm Museum, 22 Newman Lane, behind Smithsburg Town Hall (21 W. Water St.), Smithsburg. Contains a 1901 wooden threshing machine built by Geiser Manufacturing, other farm related artifacts, antique toy display, and other articles related to the history of Smithsburg. Open by appointment only, and during special events. 301/824-7154. The Hager House Museum, 110 Key St., City Park, Hagerstown. Built in 1739 by Jonathan Hager, the city founder, the house was situated on a 200-acre tract called Hager’s Fancy. Its 22inch thick walls were erected over two springs, making it an impregnable fortress against Indian attack. There will be a variety of special events focusing on eighteenth and nineteenth century life held throughout the year. Tours by appointment. Call for hours. Admission. 301/739-8577, x170. www.hagerhouse.org.

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Hagerstown Aviation Museum, 14235 Oak Springs Road, Hagerstown. Preserves and promotes the region’s more than 90 years of aviation history. The museum currently owns a restored 1928 Kreider-Reisner KR-31, three WWII Fairchild PT-19 trainer aircraft, a Fairchild C-82 packet cargo plane, a C-119 Flying Boxcar cargo plane and more. Tours of the aircraft are available for all ages during the museum’s Open Airplane Afternoon events. 301-733-8717. www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org. Hagerstown Railroad Museum, City Park, located at Highland Way, opposite the Mansion House Art Center, Hagerstown. The newly restored Western Maryland RR Locomotive 202 is a steam engine built in 1912 to haul passengers, mail and baggage between Baltimore and Hagerstown. Retired in 1953, the train was moved to City Park. Over the years, several renovations and expansions have occurred, producing the current museum with memorabilia collected by John Long, museum supporter. Of special interest are an 1885 Pump Car and an 1875 Velocipede. Admission. Open by appointment from May through Oct. Call for hours. 301/739-8577, x180. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd. (U.S. 11), Hagerstown. Collection of historical equipment includes the No. 132 DieselElectric Locomotive built in 1944, two 1930s Western Maryland cabooses, and Hagerstown & Frederick trolley No. 168 built in 1918. Artifacts, photos, railroad art, model railroads, a library, a roster of Western Maryland employees, a gift shop and trains for kids to run. Special events include the Trains of Christmas and Railroad Heritage Days. Open Fri. through Sun., 1–5 p.m. Adults, $5; children age 4-12, $.50; and ages 3 and under, free. 301/739-4665. www.roundhouse.org. Hancock Visitor’s Center and Museum, 42 W. Main St., Hancock. The Sideling Hill Exhibit, once residing in the now defunct Sideling Hill Visitor Center, is now located here. Location is staffed by volunteers so operating hours vary. 301/6786236. www.HancockMuseum.org. www.HancockMD.com. Hancock Toll House, Route 144 West, Hancock. Toll House is located on Western Pike, ¼ mile past Hancock High School. One of the last remaining toll houses that was associated with the National Road. It was operated between Hancock and Cumberland during the early 1800s. The Toll House is operated by the Hancock Historical Society and can be viewed free of charge by scheduling an appointment with the Museum. Museum is closed for renovations but should reopen summer 2015. 301/6786236. www.HancockMuseum.org. www.HancockMD.com. Hancock Town Museum, 126 W. High St., Hancock. The museum contains a library of yearbooks and thousands of pieces of genealogy fully catalogued and referenced. Also features many items pertaining to Hancock, antiques, the apple industry, and transportation via the C&O Canal, National Pike and Western MD Railroad. Open 2nd & 4th Sun., April – Oct., 2-4 p.m. 301/678-6308. www.HancockMuseum.org. www.HancockMD.com. The Mansion House, 501 Highland Way, City Park, Hagerstown. Built in 1846 by John Heyser, the bricks of the massive Georgian house were made from the mud of the estate lake. Classes and a meeting place for the Valley Art Association. Works of many artists are on display in the mansion. Open Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sun., 1–5 p.m. Dec. tree lighting with music and light refreshments. 301/797-6813. www.valleyartassoc.com.

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McMahon’s Mill Civil War Military & American Heritage Museum, 7900 Avis Mill Road, Williamsport. A time capsule of the 1800s and 1900s, including memorabilia reflecting the history, wars, art, technology, antiques, coins and other items of interest. Open by appointment. Admission fee. 301/223-8778. www.mcmahonsmill.com. The Miller House, 135 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The Miller House was built for William Price around 1825. Now a museum, it features exhibits such as a large collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century dolls and toys, Bell pottery collection, a genealogical library, an extensive clock collection, and papers and historic items from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. It is the headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society. Open April–Nov., Wed. through Fri., 1–4 p.m. Call for Dec. schedule. 301/797-8782. www.washcomdhistoricalsociety.org. Museum of Frederick County History, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. Tells the history of Frederick County through feature exhibit “Local Voices, National Stories: A History of Frederick County,” period rooms, and changing special exhibits. Family-friendly programs all year long. Open Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; open late–8 p.m. on Thurs.; Sun., 1–4 p.m. 301/6631188. Admission. www.frederickhistory.org. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Explores the medical story of the Civil War through exhibits, educational tours, special events, an annual conference and museum store. Open Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Adults, $9.50; seniors and military, $8:50; students, $7; those younger than 9, free. 301/695-1864. www.civilwarmed.org. National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. Religious shrine honoring the first American-born canonized saint. Shrine sites include a visitor center with museum and gift shop. Stone House (1750), White House (1810), mortuary chapel (1846) and a basilica (1965). Open Mon. through Sun., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Guided tours offered. 301/447-6606. www.setonshrine.org. Plumb Grove Mansion, 12654 Broadfording Rd., Clear Spring. Build by Jonathan Nesbitt in 1831, the restored farmhouse museum holds furniture made in Clear Spring and Maryland-made furniture. Tour specializes in local folklore and superstitions. Gardens are heritage plantings of old roses from the 19th century, a heritage vegetable garden and flower beds. Open by appointment. 301/842-1393. Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville. In 1862, the Pry House was used as Gen. McClellan’s headquarters at the Battle of Antietam and medical headquarters for Dr. Jonathan Letterman. During the battle, Letterman implemented plans reorganizing the medical system of the army, which later became adopted worldwide. Open year round with limited openings during the winter and early spring. Open daily Memorial Day thru September, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; and weekends only during Apr., May, Oct. and Nov., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Also open first Sat. in December for Antietam Illumination. Call to confirm hours. $5 suggested donation. 301/416-2395, 301/6951864 or 800/564-1864. www.civilwarmed.org. Roger Brooke Taney House, 121 S. Bentz St., Frederick. This historic site interprets the early 19th century lifestyle of Frederick’s “middling class”. The site, including the c.1790 house, detached kitchen, root cellar, smokehouse, and slave’s quarters, are restored to reflect the time period of one of the home’s owners, U.S. Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who spent his early legal career in Frederick. Taney, the nations fifth and longest serving Chief Justice, remembered today for the court’s Dred Scott decision, which helped ignite the Civil War. Open April – mid-Dec., Sat.,

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10 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sun., 1–4 p.m. Admission. 301/663-1188. www.frederickhistory.org. Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. An example of German colonial architecture. Built in 1758, this stone manor house and gardens are available for weekend tours. Museum hours are Sat. & Sun., April-mid-Dec, 1-3 p.m., and by appointment. $5 suggested donation. 301/668-6088. Smithsburg Historical Society Museum, 20 E. Water Street, Smithsburg. Maintains local artifacts related to Smithsburg and the surrounding areas. Collection includes works from local artists, antique toys, and an extensive schoolroom display. Open Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and by appointment. 301/824-7154. The Train Room, 360 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. Features a collection of nationally renowned Lionel train items. Open Mon. and Fri., 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; Tues. through Thurs., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sun., noon–5 p.m. Adults, $4.50; children ages 3–12, $.50. E-mail trainroom@verizon.net. 301/745-6681. www.thetrain-room.com. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Features a permanent collection, exhibitions, musical concerts, lectures, art classes, and special events for children and adults throughout the year. Open Tues. through Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sun., 1–5 p.m. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. Displays antique farm equipment, and also features an authentic turn-of-the-century country store, model rooms of a typical 19th century farmhouse and a gift shop. Open year-round Sat. and Sun., 1–4 p.m. Group and school tours by appointment. Check the website for closings. 240/420-1714. www.ruralheritagemuseum.org. Williamsport Town Museum (in the lower level of the Springfield Farm Barn), 14 Springfield Lane, Williamsport. Open Sundays, Apr.-Oct. 1-4 p.m. The large, restored barn of the Springfield Farm houses artifacts from early Williamsport and the C&O Canal. Old-time stories, 1800s furniture and a display of Fairchild Industries’ “Rosie the Riveter.” The Easter Sunrise Service is held there at 6:30 a.m. The Barn also has approximately 5,000 sq. ft. rentable space. For details and reservations, contact Joan Knode at 301/2237229. www.williamsportmd.gov.

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PENNSYLVANIA Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle. Home for artifacts, treasures, and history of Greencastle-Antrim. Has been designated as an official site on the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails of History. Open Monday–Friday, 12 noon–4 p.m.; other times by appointment. Free admission. 717/597-9010. www.greencastlemuseum.org. Brown’s Mill School, Brown’s Mill Rd. and Angle Rd., Greencastle. A primary school in use from 1836 to 1922. Brown’s Mill School was restored and preserved by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission and later the Franklin County Historical Society – Kittochtinny. It serves as a memorial to the one-room schools of the country. Open Sat. and Sun., 1–4 p.m. during July and August. Admission. 717/264-1667. Chambersburg Heritage Center, 100 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg. Housed in the 1915 Frank Furness marble bank building. Displays in the center showcase Franklin County’s history, including the frontier, Civil War, Underground Railroad, architecture and transportation. Open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday (MayOct.), 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 717/264-7101. Conococheague Institute, 12995 Bain Rd., Mercersburg. Located at Rock Hill Farm, the Institute represents the frontier lifestyle of the Welsh, Scots Irish, Native Americans, English and Pennsylvania Germans and serves as a regional

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continued from page 17 center for the purpose of developing and fostering an awareness and understanding of the cultural and natural history of the Conococheague. Reference library has about 8000 books covering a wide range of subjects, including diaries, travel logs, general histories, ethnic histories, religion, foods, clothing, early farming, gardens, Native Americans and more. We also offer access to a database of digitized primary sources from around the country. Museum and reference library open year-round, Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Contact us to arrange for group tours or private events. 717/328-3467. http://cimlg.org. The Old Jail Museum, The Old Jail, 175 East King St., Chambersburg. The Franklin County Historical Society’s offices are located at the museum site which is an old jail built in 1818. The old jail is also home to the museum and genealogical library. The Museum is about the history of early America and Franklin County, and has many fascinating exhibits. Open Thurs. through Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Nov.-Apr.), and Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (May-Oct.). Special group tours arranged by appointment. Call for library hours. 717/264-1667. www.franklinhistorical.org. The John Brown House, 225 E. King St., Chambersburg. It was here, under the alias of Isaac Smith, that the famous abolitionist boarded during the summer of 1859, formulating his plan and securing weapons for his attack on the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Open for tours Thurs. through Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Nov.-Apr.), and Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (May-Oct.). 717/264-1667. www.franklinhistorical.org. John McFadden Model Railroad Museum, Mercersburg Academy campus, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg. Museum houses a large collection of O and O-27 model trains from AMT, American Flyer, Atlas, K-Line, KMT, Lionel, Marx, Plasticville and more. Collection includes operating layouts on display from 1920s to present day. There is also an operating collection of HO and S gauge trains on display. Open Sun., 1–4 p.m. during school year and by appointment. 717/328-6154. www.johnmcfadden.org. Renfrew Institute for Cultural & Environmental Studies, 1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro. Headquartered at Renfrew Park, Renfrew provides hands-on, experiential programs in cultural history and environmental education for school children. Summer Institute offers a variety of programs for children during the summer, ranging from nature exploration to heritage crafts and more. Also provides adult/teen educational programs all year long—free lectures, workshops, bird walks, and offsite field trips. Topics such as owls, geology, astronomy, fly-fishing, energy, 1800s architecture

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and farm life, gardening, watersheds and wetlands. Renfrew sponsors several free community events, like annual Earth Day/Art Fest Celebration, Jazz Festival, Youth Festival, Kite Fly, Halloween Stories and more. 717-762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro. Restored farmstead with historic and decorative arts collections. Discover how the agriculture and domestic life of nearly 200 years ago worked together. Special features: recently redone Wagon Shed with an historic tool display, the largest public collection of John Bell Family pottery in the U.S., and the only permanent public display of artifacts from the Snow Hill Cloister, a 19th century monastical society located in nearby Quincy, PA. Open mid-April–mid-Oct., Tues. through Fri., 12 noon–4 p.m. and Sat. and Sun., 1–4 p.m. Group tours and special programs are by advance appointment. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $4, children; free for children under 7. Group rates available. Park is open from dawn to dusk year round, free of charge. 717/762-4723. www.renfrewmuseum.org. Shippensburg Historical Society, 52 W. King St., Shippensburg. Historical Society maintains a permanent collection and special exhibits including a large Native American artifact collection. Also maintains a genealogical and history library. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., 1–4 p.m., or by appointment. 717/532-6727. www.shippensburghistory.org. Shippensburg University Fashion Archives and Museum, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, lower level of Harley Hall, Shippensburg. A unique educational laboratory and museum. Primary function of the Archives is to preserve and exhibit its collection of clothing and accessories and to make those materials available for teaching and research purposes. Free admission. Open Mon.–Thurs., 12–4 p.m.; other times by appt. 717/477-1239. www.ship.edu/fashion_archives/ Waynesboro Area Industrial Heritage Trust, 235 Philadelphia Avenue, Waynesboro. Museum has a collection of artifacts, photographs, drawings, and documents pertaining to the area’s industrial history. Museum open for special events and by appointment. 717/762-4460. www.waynesboroindustrialtrust.org. Waynesboro Historical Society, headquartered in the Historic Oller House, 138 W. Main St., Waynesboro. Society offers a lot of research information in its library and archives, and includes a computer database and microfilm library. Events are offered throughout the month. Visit website or Facebook page for information. Open Thurs., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 717/762-1747. www.waynesborohistory.com.

VIRGINIA Abram’s Delight Museum, 1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester. The oldest home in Winchester built in 1754 by Isaac, youngest son of Abraham Hollingsworth, one of the first white settlers in the area. Restored and furnished with period pieces. Open April through Oct., Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., noon–4 p.m. Admission. 540/662-6519. www.winchesterhistory.org/ abrams_delight.htm. Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Rd., U.S. 11 south of Middletown. The 18th-century grain and livestock farm encompassed (in 1815) 7,500 acres. The unique limestone house was built 1794-1797 by Maj. Isaac Hite for his wife, Nelly, sister of James Madison, future U.S. president. The house was used as headquarters of Gen. Philip Sheridan during the Civil War. Extensive gift shop. Open March 21–Nov. 1, Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., 1–5 p.m.; Nov. and Dec., open select hours. Open for winter group tours by appointment. 540/869-2028. www.bellegrove.org. Burwell-Morgan Mill Museum, 15 Tannery Lane, Millwood. A merchant gristmill built in 1785 by Col. Nathaniel Burwell of Carter’s Grove and Gen. Daniel Morgan. It has been restored with wooden gears. Open Fri., 12–5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sun., 12–5 p.m.; from May–Nov. Grinding on Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Art shows in the spring and fall. 540/837-1799. www.burwellmorganmill.org. Clarke County Historical Association Museum & Archives, 32 E. Main St., Berryville. “Our Land Is Our Legacy” is a multi-media exhibit telling 300 years of Clarke County History using films, photographs, murals, maps, and artifacts. The CCHA research library has many documents and books pertaining to Clarke County history, including genealogies, cemetery records, architectural structures and land surveys. Open Tues., Thurs. through Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 540/955-2600. www.clarkehistory.org. George Washington’s Office Museum, 32 W. Cork and Braddock streets, Winchester. Washington used part of the old log and stone building from 1755-1756 as a military office when he was colonel of the Virginia Regiment protecting the 300-mile frontier to the west. Open April through Oct., Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., 12–4 p.m. 540/662-4412. www.winchesterhistory.org/george_washington.htm. Glen Burnie Historic House, Gardens and Museum, Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. The historic house was built by Robert Wood, son of Winchester’s founder, Col. James Wood, in 1794. House recently reopened following an extensive two-year renovation. It has six acres of gardens. House and

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For The Kids By George BY NICOLE SERGENT There really is a museum for kids at the train station! A young George Washington surveyed the beautiful landscapes that make up the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Thanks to a unique local museum, area kids get to walk in his footsteps. If you haven’t visited For The Kids By George, make plans to do so soon. This area gem is housed inside the Martinsburg train station and provides historical education disguised as fun for children and families. I first heard about the museum when my daughter visited with some of her classmates. Although I had heard a new museum existed in Martinsburg, I was completely unaware of the opportunities that existed at For The Kids By George or the attention to detail that went into planning the enticing environment. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, The Washington Heritage Trail was created to highlight the stops that George Washington made when surveying through Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties. As the trail neared completion, Jim Castleman, one of the Berkeley County trustees of the Trail, and his team dreamed of a component of the project that would involve children. Using federal funding to create the museum, Castleman and an architectural firm planned each aspect of the museum, which was completed in 2013. Upon entering the museum, visitors receive a passport that includes a picture of a famous West Virginian. The passport and boldly colored dots on the museum’s floors guide children through three colored paths. The yellow trail leads visitors to the Character Corridor, highlighting famous West Virginians. A trail of tunnels connects three rooms allowing participants to climb from a 1600 Native American village to an early colonial home to a general store, each providing hands on experiences for play. This area also houses one of the museums most popular exhibits, The Bike Tour. In this room, visitors can climb upon stationary bikes, place their 3D glasses on, and pedal through a simulated ride through the Washington Heritage Trail that is narrated by local children. The green trail leads to the Railway Heritage and Lego building areas where children can visit booths that allow them to see and feel what was required of different

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employees of the railroad. Here they can create their own train ticket, complete with a stamp of their destination and a mark from the conductor’s punch. This area uniquely blends the stories of early railroad workers of the panhandle. Many visitors have recognized these famous railroad employees as people they know! This area also allows children to build and play with trains. Finally, the red line leans to a stunningly beautiful glass enclosed pedestrian bridge that arches over the railway and allows a peek into the famous Roundhouse. And although the children shriek with excitement if they are lucky enough to stand overhead when a train passes underneath, this bridge is not just for looking! It also houses a large magnetic wall exhibit that allows children to load the freight and the passenger trains with the right products and people. A large conference room that can be accessed for group gatherings and birthday parties and a gift shop housing historical and other unique books and toys complete the museum. Presently, For The Kids By George is open on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. although these hours of operation may change seasonally based on need. For example, the museum is always open on scheduled days off from school and often offers special activities on these days. On one Special Saturday a month, a unique experience is offered. Admission is $6 for anyone 2 years and older and while the most common age of visitors of the museum is 3-12, there is something for every age. Interestingly, although For The Kids By George is officially open only two days a week, it can be booked for groups of 10 or more with advance notice. A minimum of 10 visitors is required for a group booking. Director Bree Myers says For the Kids By George welcomes any group for this opportunity, including 4H, childcare, school, homeschool, continued on page 21

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2015 Family Resource Guide Museums, continued from page 18 gardens are open seasonally Apr.-Oct. 540/662-1473. www.shenandoahmuseum.org/attractions/house. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. Interprets the art, history and culture of the Shenandoah Valley. Includes a historic house dating to the 18th century, six acres of gardens and a museum. Open year-round, house and gardens open spring through fall. Museum is open Tues. – Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Closed Mon. and major holidays. Adults, $10 for museum and gardens; youth, seniors and groups of 10 or more, $8; those younger than 12 & MSV members, free. Museum gallery open free of charge every Wed., 10 a.m.–noon. 540/662-1473. www.shenandoahmuseum.org/attractions. Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. Visitors of all ages can explore and discover 3 indoor floors of interactive exhibits in Paleontology Park, Health Works, Watershed, Science Kitchen, Roller Coaster Alley, Apple Packing Shed, and interact with artisans in the Discovery Studio. Sky Level outdoor rooftop Gardens, Shade Pavilion, and Observation Deck. Open Tues.–Sat., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun., 1–5 p.m.; Free First Friday each month, 5–7:30 p.m. Check calendar for details. $8/person; younger than 2 free. 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, 415 N. Braddock St., Winchester. Jackson spent much of the winter of 1861-1862 here. Headquarter displays Jackson memorabilia and Civil War relics. Open April through Oct., Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., noon–4 p.m. 540/667-3242. www.winchesterhistory.org. Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 1349 S. Pleasant Valley Rd., Winchester. Five museums (Abram’s Delight, George Washington’s Office, Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters, 18th Century Valley Cabin, and the Hollingsworth Mill) and jointly operates the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives with Handley Regional Library. Located in the library, the Archives house an extensive collection of material on the people, places and events of the lower Shenandoah Valley. Collection includes rare maps, book, manuscripts, and more. 540/662-6550. www.winchesterhistory.org.

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Belle Boyd House, 126 E. Race St., Martinsburg, Eleven Rooms of Berkeley County History featuring the Civil War, Railroads, Industry, WW II, Belle Boyd, Toys, Clothing and Archaeology. Special displays in museum throughout the year. Also home of Martinsburg-Berkeley Co. Visitors Bureau. Group tours by appt. by calling 304-267-4713. www.bchs.org. The Berkeley County Historical Society, Archives and Research, 136 E. Race St., Martinsburg. Dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of history in Berkeley County. Archives are open for appointment on Sat. Call ahead by at least two weeks to schedule appointment. Call for hours. 304/267-4713. www.bchs.org. For the Kids by George, 222 E. Martin St. in Martinsburg train station. Provides historical education disguised as fun for children and families. Follow George Washington footsteps through the Eastern Panhandle of WV. 304/264-9977. www.forthekidsbygeorge.org Morgan Cabin, Runnymeade Road, Bunker Hill. Log Cabin Home of the 1st Settler of WV. Furnished in early 18th Century life. Call for group tour appts. Open Sun., 2-4 p.m. in June. 304/229-8707. www.washingtonheritagetrail.org Cool Spring Farm, 2956 Runnymeade Road, Gerrardstown. 105-acre farm featuring Stone Farm House and related buildings of Zacquil Morgan, cofounder of Morgantown. Displays of archaeology, geology, hydrology, historic preservation and nature-walking trail. Call for group tours. 304/267-4713. Gen. Adam Stephen House and Triple Brick Museum, 309-313 E. John St., Martinsburg. Stone home of the founder of the Martinsburg Revolutionary War Gen. Adam Stephen, furnished in the 1750-1820 period. Artifacts and local history items: quilts, military uniforms and pieces reflecting the area’s railroading history. Open May 1–Oct. 31, Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m., & Sun., 12–5 p.m. 304/267-4434. www.orgsites.com/wv/adam-stephen/ Historic Shepherdstown Museum, 129 E. German St., Shepherdstown. Established in 1983, the museum includes the Old Entler Hotel, and furnishings, artifacts and documents of historical interest. Open April–Oct., Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun., 1–4 p.m. Also open 2 weeks of Christmas in Historic Shepherdstown. Museum archives open by appt. only. 304/8760910. www.historicshepherdstown.com/museum.htm. Jefferson County Museum, 200 E. Washington St., Charles Town. A private museum that houses artifacts from the early Native Americans up to the early 21st century. Collection includes Civil War relics and uniforms, fine silver and china, photographs, antique dolls and toys, and engravings. Open mid-March to mid-Dec., Tues.–Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $3, ages 18 & older. Patrons of the Charles Town Library admitted free. 304/725-8628. www.jeffctywvmuseum.org. John Brown Wax Museum, 168 High St., Harpers Ferry. Tells the story of John Brown, leader of the insurrection at Harpers Ferry, from childhood to his death on the gallows. Open 7 days a week mid-March–mid-Dec., 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., in spring and fall; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., summer hours. Museum only open on weekends in March and Dec. Adults, $7; seniors, $6; ages 6 to 12, $5; younger than 6, free. 304/535-6342.

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and scout groups. Private birthday parties are available for $150 for 20 guests and 1 hour of access to the museum; the room can be booked for additional hours at the rate of $50 per hour. Family memberships are also available for 1 full calendar year for $75 and grandparent memberships for $50. For the Kids By George is now a 501-3C non-profit organization, funded largely by the City of Martinsburg and through other resources and private donations. A board of directors and dedicated volunteers assist Myers in her work of running the museum. As the organization grows, so will future exhibits. Planned for 2015 are a timeline tile collage game and an exhibit dedicated to young George Washington. Myers states that most visitors hear of the museum by word of mouth, and that feedback after visits has been extremely positive. She shares, “This museum is a hidden treasure in our community. When visitors come to experience the museum, I can guarantee they are in for a surprise with their expectations met and then some! It is a fabulous place not just for kids, but also for adults because of how we tie in local stories with learning experiences, sharing how the Eastern Panhandle came to be. That is what makes it special.” My personal take? As a pediatric therapist, I love that there are developmental opportunities for a variety of ages and that our local history is taught through purposeful and active play. As a parent, I love that I can answer, “Yes,” when my curious eight year old asks one of her favorite questions, “Are we allowed to touch this?” For the Kids By George is a thoughtful addition to the opportunities available for children (and adults) in our area who love to learn and play. Visit For The Kids By George in person at 229 East Martin Street, Martinsburg WV, 25401. You can also visit the website at www.forthekidsbygeorge.org as well as on Facebook & Twitter. Myers can be contacted to book private visits or parties at info@forthekidsbygeorge.org or 304-264-9977. Nicole Sergent is a local pediatric Physical Therapist and co-owner of Milestones And Miracles, LLC. For more information about enriching young children with developmentally appropriate and fun play ideas, go to www.milestonesandmiracles.com

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2015 Family Resource Guide Breast-feeding & Birthing Resources MARYLAND Blue Ridge Breastfeeding, Megan O’Reilly, IBCLC, and Marah Sollenberger, IBCLC. Blue Ridge Breastfeeding offers private, in-home lactation consultation in MD, PA, and WV. General and topic-specific breastfeeding classes are available in private or group settings. Drop-in support clinic offered monthly in Kearneysville, WV. Visit www.blueridgebreastfeeding.com for more information. Call 301/744-9566 to schedule a consult. The Family Birthing Center at Meritus Medical Center is at 11116 Medical Campus Road, Hagerstown. This facility opened in December, 2010 and features single-room maternity care. Visiting hours are from 12 noon to 8 p.m. for immediate family. A Level II B Special Care Nursery is located next to the Family Birthing Center. 301/790-8421. Meritus Medical Center and Robinwood Professional Center (11110 Medical Campus Rd., Hagerstown) offer a variety of classes and groups: Breastfeeding class is held the first Saturday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 122. If you’re thinking about breastfeeding, this class will help you prepare. Free. Online registration. 301/790-8214. Newborn Care class is held the third Friday of the month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 122B. This class includes baby care and infant CPR. Cost is $65 per couple. Online registration. 301/790-8214. Prepared Childbirth class is held every other month on a Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 122B. Offered for expectant mothers in their last two months of pregnancy and includes a lecture, discussion, films, breathing/relaxation exercises and information about pain medications. Cost is $85 per couple, for mother and one support person. Online registration. 301/790-8214. Pregnancy and Post-Partum Support Group is the area’s first group for new moms to share experiences and learn coping skills. Meets first Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. at Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 122B. Free. Online registration. 888/803-1518. Sibling Preparation Class is held the third Monday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. at Meritus Medical Center, 11116 Medical Campus Rd., room 2948. Prepares children ages 3-12 for the birth of a new baby. $20. Online registration. 301/790-8214. Family Birthing Center offers free tours every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Tour begins in the Women and Children’s Welcome Center. No registration required. 301/790-8421. Breastfeeding Support Group meets bimonthly from 1-2:30 p.m. at Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 122B. Free. Online registration. 301/790-8530. Hagerstown Birth offers monthly Birth Circle the 1st Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Women’s Health at Robinwood, Suite 249 and monthly Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Group the 1st Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at Robinwood Professional Center, Suite 122B. Hagerstown Birth also has an annual Birth & Babies Fair. See website for more information: www.hagerstownbirth.org. The Wellness Center, a division of Frederick Memorial Healthcare System, welcomes into the world more than 2,000 babies every year and offers a variety of classes: Childbirth education classes are offered in a variety of formats and times. Our instructors explain the physical and emotional journey from pregnancy, labor and delivery to postpartum recovery. The cost is $155 per couple. Preregistration required. 240/566-4367. BabyCare 101 is a two-session class held monthly on two consecutive weekday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. Single-session Sunday class available on certain dates. Highly recommended for first time parents and grandparents. The cost is $100 per couple. Preregistration required. 240/566-4367. Small Wonder is a class for ages 3 to 7, and is designed to help them prepare for the arrival of a new sister or brother. Held Saturday mornings. $40. Preregistration required. 240/566-4367. Baby BEST (Breastfeeding Education and Support Together) is a program offered by Frederick Memorial Hospital BirthPlace to support nursing mothers. $45 per couple. 240/566-3880. FMH Birthplace Tours are scheduled at a variety of times. Hospital policy requires children must be at least 12 years of age to accompany parents on tour. Special fee-based programs available to siblings to be. Preregistration required. 240/566-4367.

PENNYSLVANIA Chambersburg Hospital is located at 112 North Seventh Street, Chambersburg and offers various new parenting classes and groups:

Baby Care 101 is a class to teach and/or review basic newborn baby care. Held the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Lecture Center. $10 per couple, if not taking Childbirth Education Class. Registration required. 717/267-6370 or 717/860-0177. Breastfeeding Class at 112 North Seventh Street, is taught by a lactation nurse and designed to explain the benefits of breastfeeding, the basics of what to expect and how to deal with any concerns or problems that may be encountered. Class meets in the Lecture Center on the first Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9:30 p.m. $16 per couple. Call to register. 717/267-6370 or 717/860-0177. Breastfeeding Support Group is designed for those who are breastfeeding in conjunction with our Chambersburg Hospital Breastfeeding classes. Class meets in the Lecture Center on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 12 noon-1 p.m. Free. 717/267-6370 or 717/860-0177. Keystone Women’s Care is located at 830 Fifth Ave., Suite 202, Chambersburg and specializes in obstetrical and gynecological health care. 717/7097990. www.keystonewomenscare.org. Waynesboro Hospital is located at 501 East Main Street, Waynesboro. Tours are available by appointment. The hospital offers many new parenting classes and groups: 1-Day Birthing Education Class is a one day birthing class that helps you prepare for your special birthing experience. Held the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $40 per couple. Call to register. 717/765-3417. Waynesboro 4-Week Birthing Education Class is a birthing class that helps you prepare for your special birthing experience. Held every other month at Fulton County Medical Center, Specialty Services Building, 214 Peach Orchard Rd., McConnelsburg. $40 per couple. Call to register. 717/765-3417. Breastfeeding Class is taught by a lactation nurse and designed to explain the benefits of breastfeeding, the basics of what to expect and how to deal with any concerns or problems that may be encountered. Held the fourth Wednesday every other month from 7-9 p.m. $10 per couple. Call to register. 717/765-3417.

VIRGINIA AbbaCare, Inc. in Winchester is a limited medical clinic providing pregnancy tests, pregnancy verification ultrasounds, peer counseling, pregnancy & parenting education, and support for those who find themselves in an unexpected pregnancy. 540/665-9660. www.abbacare.org. JustBirth Winchester, working to create a compassionate, holistic birth care community, offers free monthly meetings on a variety of birth related topics. Meetings are held the second Tues. of each month at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church on Boscawen St., in Old Town Winchester from 6:30-8 p.m. www.justbirth.weebly.com. Doran Richards, Certified Professional Midwife, located in Strasburg, serves women in Frederick and Clark Counties of VA, all the way up Interstate 81 to the Maryland border. Licensed with the state of Virginia, she offers full prenatal, labor, delivery and postpartum care. 540/295-2186. www.blessingGodsway.com. Strasburg Birth Circle, 460 Orchard St., Strasburg, meets 6:30-9:30 p.m., every second Monday of the month, to discuss birth with women from all over the surrounding community. Call Doran Richards, CPM at 540/2952186. Ten Moons Midwifery offers homebirth midwifery care to families throughout Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. For more information about giving birth at home call Aimee or Desiree at 540/3645077, or go to www.ten-moons.com. The Winchester Medical Center, located at 1840 Amherst Street in Winchester, offers classes in childbirth education, newborn care, breastfeeding, infant CPR, boot camp for new dads, mommy basic training, and more. Breastfeeding classes are offered monthly for $40 per couple. 540/536-8768. www.valleyhealthlink.com/WMC

WEST VIRGINIA Babymoon Doulas serves the Eastern Panhandle as well as Leesburg, Jefferson, Winchester, Hagerstown, and the surrounding areas. They provide birth and postpartum doula services. Call Shawna Sealing Kemp at 304/754-9693 or Grace Mueller at 304/279-0396. www.babymoondoulas.org. Eastern Panhandle Community Birth Circle in Shepherdstown, WV meets at Mellow Moods Café, 119 W. German Street every third Monday from 6-8 p.m. Join on Facebook for more info. The Birthing Center at Berkeley Medical Center (formerly City Hospital), 2500 Hospital Drive, Martinsburg. Part of University Healthcare in Martinsburg. Provides private birthing rooms, whirlpools, sibling visitation, continued on page 24

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Eating healthy while pregnant ou are pregnant and everyone Y says you are eating for two, which sounds like permission to eat two of everything, 2 cookies, 2 pieces of cake, 2 steaks. The reality is because you are eating for more than yourself it is important to balance the nutritional needs of your growing baby with your own needs and cravings. After all, research has shown that what you eat will impact your child’s overall health from their immunity to overall brain function. Instead of lurching from piles of vegetables to mounds of chocolate, the newest advice is to support your baby’s development by creating a diet that recognizes each stage of pregnancy. For example, the early weeks are a great time to fill up on greens, which are also high in folic acid, things like broccoli and spinach are loaded with it while being good for you and for baby. Not only will it help with early development, research now shows that it could help lessen morning sickness and may appease cravings as well. In the second trimester remember baby’s brain development is critical and iron and protein are key building blocks. Fish is a great source of protein or if you are vegetarian try increasing foods like lentils, a bonus because they are also rich in iron and folic acid. Don’t forget to eat a variety of colorful foods like sweet potatoes, oranges, carrots or other brightly colored fruits and vegetables. For example, orange foods provide beta carotene to benefit eye development. Get lots of calcium to strengthen bones. Calcium is found in milk, yogurt and hard cheeses along with tofu and fortified orange juice. New mom’s need to make sure they are building their immune systems so they can pass that immunity along to baby. To do that, eat plenty of superfoods like broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, blueberries as well as whole grains, www.childguidemagazine.com

kale and Swiss chard, all foods filled with antioxidants. While being thoughtful about what you eat, it is important to avoid produce that contains the highest levels of pesticide residues relative to other fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen list, provided by the Environmental Working Group suggests it is possible to avoid up to up to 90 percent of all pesticides by eating organically grown strawberries, apples, grapes, peaches, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, and potatoes to name some on the list. In fact, the EWG also recommends stocking your pantry with their designated Clean Fifteen, those items least likely to have pesticide residues. They include avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, asparagus, mangoes, kiwis, grapefruit, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. Both lists are available from the EWG web site, found at www.ewg.org/foodnews/ summary.php. One last piece of advice, get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids, especially water, with fresh fruit

juices in moderation. The bottom line is that eating healthy and safe foods is the most important thing an expectant mother can do for herself and her baby. Sharon Zoumbaris is a librarian, freelance writer and author of several books dealing with health and nutrition. She lives with her family in Staunton, VA where they also run Geezer Farm, a small farm that produces organically-grown fruits and vegetables to sell at the Staunton Farmers Market.

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2015 Family Resource Guide Breast-feeding & Birthing Resources, continued from page 19 prenatal classes and family programs. The Mother and Baby Couplet Care Program keeps mother and baby together from the moment of delivery until they go home. Following a routine birth, all infant care is conducted in the mother’s private room. One nurse, assigned to mother and newborn, guides the family unit through the how-tos of caring for the infant. Berkeley Medical Center also offers several classes: Prenatal classes are held Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. for a series of five weeks. Classes cover breathing and relaxation techniques, pain management, medical procedures, Caesarean delivery and infant care. Preregistration is required. $15 per class or $75 for entire series. Call 304/264-1297. A free breast-feeding class taught by a certified lactation consultant covering the basics and benefits of breast-feeding. Breastfeeding class offered the second Tuesday of every month (with exception of Feb. class) from 6:30-8 p.m. Registration is required. Call 304/264-1270, Mon. through Fri., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Care Pregnancy Center of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc., 234 W. Martin St., Martinsburg, WV. Hours by appt. Center offers pregnancy tests, prenatal information, parenting classes for expecting parents and parents of toddlers, post-abortion counseling, options counseling, Layettes of Love, and car seat assistance. Resource center for services of parents, grandparents or those expecting a child. All services are free and confidential. Contact: Lisa Fausey. 304/264-2722. www.carepregnancy.org. Jefferson Medical Center (formerly Jefferson Memorial) Obstetrics Department, 300 S. Preston St., Ranson, is part of University Healthcare in Ranson. They offer a “prepared childbirth” 4-class series. $60. Preregistration required. Call 304/728-1713.

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• Mathematics • Language Arts • Practical Life • Sensorial • Geography • Sign Language • Spanish • Music • Art

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The Light of the Child Montessori School, LLC 320 W. High St., Shepherdstown, WV 304/268-7075 www.thelightofthechild-montessorischool.com

Positive Birth Experience in Shenandoah Junction, WV provides care for birthing and postpartum families. Kathleen Nora Dawe is a certified childbirth educator, doula, doula trainer, lactation consultant, hypno-birth coach, and workshop presenter. Call 304/876-8244. Shenandoah Community Health Center in Martinsburg offers prenatal services including midwives, medical attention and education. If offers a childbirth education series covering anatomy, nutrition, breathing techniques, relaxation, drugs used in labor, hospital tour, and vaginal and caesarean birth. Call 304/263-8964. Women’s Health and Family Medicine in Ranson offers expert obstetrical care and the full range of primary healthcare, for infants, adolescents, men and women. Call 304/725-6343. wvuwomenshealth.com.

LA LECHE LEAGUE La Leche League groups for breast-feeding mothers, affiliated with La Leche International. For more information, go to www.llli.org. La Leche League of Chambersburg, PA is not currently holding meetings but leader is available for breastfeeding help. Call Heidi, 717/372-3380. La Leche League of Frederick, MD. Provides breastfeeding support and education. Meets second Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. at Urbana Library (9020 Amelung St.) in the lower level conference room. Evening meetings at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at The Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ (15 W. Church St.). Basement entrance on right side of church. Do not park behind Church. Check website for most current meeting information. www.lllofmd-de-dc.org. La Leche League of Greencastle/Waynesboro, PA. Meets second Monday, 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. at Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church, 9244 Five Forks Rd., Waynesboro. http://lllofgreencastlewaynesboro.weebly.com. La Leche League of Hagerstown, MD. Meets first Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hagerstown WIC office, 947 N. Burhans Blvd; and on the third Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, 17906 Garden Lane, Hagerstown. Call Megan at 301/665-9226.

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La Leche League of Jefferson County, WV. Offers mother-to-mother support and up-to-date breast-feeding information. Meets second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Washington St., Shepherdstown. Call Kristin at 304/671-8430; Mendy at 304/260-0456; Sheila at 240-818-3034. La Leche League of Northern Shenandoah Valley/Front Royal, VA. Offers mother-to-mother support and breastfeeding information. Meets first Tuesday of the month, 1 p.m. at Ten Moons Midwifery, 400 Virginia Ave., Front Royal. Call Aimee: 540/660-2459, Sharon: 301/542-9782, and Alice: 540/636-2785. La Leche League of Northern Shenandoah Valley/Winchester, VA. Offers mother-to-mother support and breastfeeding information. Meets second Monday of the month, 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 308 North Braddock St., Winchester, and on the third Thursday of the month, 6 p.m. at 309 S. Stuart St., Winchester. Call Aimee: 540/660-2459, Sharon: 301/542-9782, and Alice: 540/636-2785.

Moms Clubs & Support Groups MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups, affiliated with MOPS International. For more information, go to www.mops.org. First and third Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. at Frederick Church of Brethren, the Fellowship Hall, 201 Fairview Ave., Frederick, MD. FCOP MOPS is a ministry of Frederick Church of the Brethren. This group provides support and fellowship to moms with children from birth to kindergarten. www.fcob.net. First and third Wednesdays from September – May, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, MD. Teaching from a Biblical perspective, small-group discussions, creative activities, refreshments and fellowship. Due to limited space, please call Cindy Reeder at 301/733-0144. First and third Tuesdays from September through May, 9-10 a.m. at Washington County Family Center, 221 McRand Court, Hagerstown, MD. This is a group for teenage moms. Call Cindy Brown at 301/739-9386. Second and fourth Mondays, 9 to 11:15 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, Fellowship Hall, 2327 Hoffman Rd., Greencastle, PA. Drop your child off at their class for a Bible lesson, craft, and songs. Varied activities throughout the year. Speakers speak on topics appropriate for mothers and families. 717/597-4284. MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support), part of International Moms Club. For more information, go to www.momsclub.org. MOMS Club® Chambersburg East is a support group for parents who have made the choice to stay home with the children. We offer moral support, fun and educational activities, play groups, MOMS night out, and more. http://momsclubchambersburgeast.yolasite.com. MOMS Club® Chambersburg West is a support group for the at-home mother and her children who reside in the cities of Chambersburg, St. Thomas and Greencastle, PA. We enjoy numerous monthly activities, including play groups, park days and craft days. We also have a monthly MOMS Night Out and at least one yearly service project to help needy children in the community. E-mail momsclubwest@excite.com. www.momsclubchambersburgwest.com. MOMS Club® of Hagerstown North is a support group for at-home moms in the Hagerstown area. Full group meets the first Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m., from September to May, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Smaller weekly play groups, based on children’s ages are available. There are also field trips and a monthly Moms’ Night Out. A $25 annual membership fee covers a monthly newsletter of activities, crafts, refreshments and possible charity donation. Call 615/238-7799. MOMS Club® of Kemptown/Green Valley is open to mothers in the Kemptown Elementary and Green Valley Elementary school districts. Most activities are during the day when stay-at-home moms need support the most. Children are welcome. For meeting times and locations or for additional information, http://kemptowngreenvalleymoms.webs.com/ MOMS Club® of Martinsburg. A non-profit support group just for the athome mother. Monthly meetings and activities. Open to all moms who reside in Berkeley County, WV. www.momsclubofmartinsburg.org. MOMS Club® of New Market/Mount Airy-West, a support group for stayat-home mothers living within the New Market or Twin Ridge elementary school area. Email nmmtawmomsclub@gmail.com. MOMS Club® of Shippensburg, PA, Chapter of MOMS Club International meets in Shippensburg, PA. Support group offers play groups, MOMS Night Out, park outings, book club and more. E-mail shipmomsclub@gmail.com. MOMS Club® of Winchester is a support group for stay-at-home moms and their children in Winchester, Stephens City, Stephenson, Middletown and Berryville. Monthly playgroups, weekly activities & events, park days, storytime, community service projects and more. www.momsclubwinchestereastva.webs.com.

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Other Groups The Berryville Moms Meetup is a support group for moms that provides opportunities to meet new friends and allows children to play and socialize. Park dates, lunch dates, play dates, storytimes and more. http://meetup.com/berryvillemoms/ Middletown Moms at Home Club is a non-profit support and social group for at-home and working parents and their children. We meet monthly at Middletown United Methodist Church on the first Friday of every month at 9:30 a.m. Additionally, we offer playgroups, parties, field trips, and mom’s night out activities every month. www.middletownmomsathome.org. MOMS Under Construction is a support group for moms who are raising young children. Group meets the second and fourth Thursday from Sept.May, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at New Guilford Church, Fellowship Hall, 1575 Mont Alto Rd., Chambersburg, PA. Registration is open to all moms from New Guilford Church and the community. 717/352-2458. http://ngbic.org/event/moms-under-construction. Parents at Home (PATH) of Mount Airy offers support, parenting information, networking and family activities for parents of young children living in Mount Airy, Woodbine, Lisbon, New Market and Damascus. Monthly socials held the 1st Thursday of every month at 10 a.m at Watkins Park, 615 Center St., Mount Airy, during the warm months and during the cold months (generally November-April) at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 South Main Street in Mount Airy. Call for information. 240/394-1001. www.meetup.com/Parents-At-Home-PATH-of-Mount-Airy/ PA Playgroup meets two Saturdays or Sundays a month at community locations in Franklin County, PA and Washington Co., MD. Moms, dads and caregivers can support each other while their children play. Special needs children are welcome! Enjoy year-round activities at a variety of family friendly locations. No registration or membership fees to participate. Some locations/events are free. Pay your own way at others. We try to plan one month ahead and make every effort to plan inexpensive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Contact Erin Betts, 717/597-7572. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PA_Playgroup. Real Moms of Frederick is a group for moms and their children in or near Frederick, MD. www.meetup.com/Real-Frederick-Moms. Shenandoah Valley Parents of Multiples Club provides support, education, and camaraderie for families of twins, triplets, and more. Meetings are first Tuesday of the month at the Winchester Medical Center Daycare at 7 p.m. http://www.meetup.com/Shenandoah-Valley-Parents-of-Multiples-Club/ Winchester Playgroup. A support group for moms and children, providing local activities, play groups, field trips and more. www.meetup.com/ winchester-playgroup/

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2015 Family Resource Guide Special Needs Resources Autism Spectrum/Asperger’s Washington County Infants and Toddlers Early Intervention, 1350 Marshall Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-766-8217 www.wcps.k12.md.us/depts_programs/ special_education/early_intervention.html Washington County Chapter of the Autism Society of America, 1801 Elizabeth Court, Hagerstown MD • 240-420-3692 www.autismspeaks.org Providing Relief for Autistic Youth Inc. P.O. Box 275, Williamsport, MD 21795-0275 • 240-310-9112 www.prayinwesternmd.org

Communication for All How AAC Helps Children Find Their Voice BY LACY MORISE, M.S. CC/SLP

Blind/Vision Impaired, Developmental Eye Therapy Tod R. Davis & Amy E. Carlyle, Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy, 3031 Valley Ave., #105A, Winchester, VA 22601 • Additional locations in Gainesville, Fredericksburg and Springfield • 703-753-9777 www.VirginiaVisionTherapyCenter.com WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind, 301 East Main Street, Romney, WV 26757 • 304-822-4800 • wvsdb2.state.k12.wv.us Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, 514 East Beverly Street, P.O. Box 2069, Staunton, Virginia 24402 • vsdb.k12.va.us

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

Deaf/Hard of Hearing WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind, 301 East Main Street, Romney, WV 26757 • 304-822-4800 • wvsdb2.state.k12.wv.us Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, 514 East Beverley Street. P.O. Box 2069, Staunton, VA 24402 • vsdb.k12.va.us Maryland School for the Deaf, P.O. Box 250, 101 Clarke Place, Frederick, MD 21705-0250 • www.msd.edu The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 100 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144-3404 • 215-951-4700 • www.psd.org The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 300 East Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1469 • 412-371-7000 • www.wpsd.org United Cerebral Palsy of South Central PA, Inc., 788 Cherry Tree Court, Hanover, PA 17331 • 717-632-5552 • ucpsouthcentral.org

Developmental Delays & Disabilities/Special Education Programs Berkeley County, WV Parent Educator Resource Center, 515 W. Martin St., Martinsburg, WV 25401 • 304-263-5717 Broadfording Christian Academy HOPE Program. 13535 Broadfording Church Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-797-8886 www.broadfording.com The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) - Western Maryland Regional Office, 1360 Marshall Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-791-4670 • dda.dhmh.maryland.gov/wmro/ SitePages/Home.aspx Family Service Foundation, Inc., 6910 Bowers Road, Suite A, Frederick, MD 21702 • 240-490-7101 • www.fsfinc.org Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program, 350 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702 • 301-600-1611• frederickcountymd.gov/ QuickLinks.aspx?CID=79 Grafton Berryville (Boys with learning disabilities), P.O. Box 112, Berryville, VA 22611 • 540-955-2400 • www.grafton.org. Infant & Toddler Connection of Shenandoah Valley, 621 South Royal Avenue, P.O. Box 547, Front Royal, VA 22630 • 540-635-2452 www.itcshenvalley.org continued on page 28

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hat comes to your mind when you hear the word W “communication”? Do you think of talking? That is what most people consider to be communication. But what if you don’t have a voice to talk? Or if when you talk no one can understand what you are saying? How do you communicate then? Speech-language pathologists help those without an audible voice find their “voice” by introducing them to AAC. What is AAC? Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is just that; other ways, using high or low technology, to communicate. AAC includes something as simple as a head nod to something as high tech as a speech generating device. The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association defines AAC as all forms of communications, other than oral speech, used to express thoughts, needs, wants and ideas. AAC can be aided or unaided. Unaided AAC is using body language, gestures and/or sign language to communicate. Aided AAC is when tools and/or equipment are used, such as pictures and speech devices. Communication is a right of all people and it is the job of a Speech-Language Pathologist to help children access that right in the absence of the ability to speak.

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But how does one decide which AAC approach is best for the child? There are recommended criteria that typically have to be met for the child to be considered as an AAC candidate. 1. Does the child understand cause and effect? Cause and effect is the foundation of communication; I do something and get something in return. Sometimes cause and effect can be taught using an AAC device. 2. Manual dexterity and fine motor skills. To be able to access sign language as a means of communication the child must have the fine motor skills to perform two-handed signs. Also, to be able to push a button to activate a speech device, the child must be able to control the motor movement of the arm and hand. Tilt switches (a simple head tilt) and eye gaze systems exist to allow children with minimal controlled movement to access AAC. 3. Motivation! The child has to be motivated to communicate to be successful with any type of communication option. A highly desirable reward just might motivate any child to use their AAC! So what does AAC look like for real kids? How does their voice sound? Meet Claire and Ethan, two AAC user success stories! Claire Elias, daughter of Mark and Melanie Elias of Frederick, MD, is an adorably sweet 4-year-old girl. Claire loves the color pink and hugging her stuffed animals. She loves to watch Minnie Mouse and Sophia the First and her best friend is her twin brother, Chase. Claire has an incredibly happy disposition and a smile that lights up a room. Claire uses AAC to express herself. At the age of 2 she began using an iPad with a communication app to request toys and answer yes/no questions. The fine motor movements necessary to operate the iPad proved to be a difficult for Claire. Now she uses a PODD (Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display) book to communicate. A PODD book is a picture system that allows Claire to use visual gaze to make requests, comments or ask questions. Claire will be 5 in June and will attend Kindergarten next fall. Her PODD book goes with her everywhere, just like her voice. Ethan Judd, son of Christy and Jeff Judd of Inwood, WV, is a 6-yearold kindergartener at Bunker Hill Elementary. Ethan has an awesome sense of humor and a determined mindset. His favorite colors are green and orange and he loves, and often wins, playing UNO. Because of his tracheostomy, Ethan was unable to access his voice during his infant, toddler and preschool years. During this time, Ethan used a combination of sign language and an iPad with a communication app. Since then Ethan has gained respiratory strength and now mostly relies on his voice to communicate. Sometimes he accompanies his speech with sign language to increase his intelligibility (the clarity of how he is understood). www.childguidemagazine.com

EsSENSE of Play Therapy Center Providing the Winchester area’s most comprehensive Sensory Integration Service Serving Children throughout the regions of Northern VA, the Shenandoah Valley & the WV Panhandle

Highly Trained Therapists with many years of pediatric and sensory integration experience • Certified to Administer and Interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) • Provide Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Evaluations for visual perceptual, visual motor, fine motor, and gross motor skills • Specialized Interventions include Astronaut Training, Therapeutic Listening and Children’s Yoga Programs

No diagnosis is required to benefit from or receive our services but typical populations served include: • Autism Spectrum Disorders • ADHD • Learning Delays • Sensory Processing Disorders Ask about our Summer Camps for Handwriting and Sensory Motor Development

2400 Valley Avenue, Suite #9, Winchester, VA 540-678-8568 • www.eoptherapy.com Ethan’s story is an example of how AAC bridged the gap for him until he was strong enough to vocalize. AAC gave Ethan a voice when his wasn’t available to him. Claire and Ethan’s stories are just 2 of many, many AAC success stories. If you know a child who has yet to “find” their voice, contact an SLP close to you to help. Communication is a right of all individuals, no one should be denied! Lacy Morise, M.S. CC/SLP, better known as Miss Lacy, is a SpeechLanguage Pathologist with the WVBTT and Loudoun County Schools. She is co-owner of Milestones & Miracles, LLC (www.milestonesandmiracles.com), a company dedicated to educating families about the importance of PLAY. She loves to use verbal and nonverbal language approaches to help kids access their right to communicate!

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2015 Family Resource Guide A Beacon of Hope for Families and Communities Impacted by Autism www.facebook.com/PRAY.in.Western.MD info@prayinwesternmd.org (240) 310-9112

Special Needs Resources continued from page 26 Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia, 1-800234-1448 www.infantva.org Kennedy Krieger School-Montgomery County (autism and related disorders), 12301 Academy Way, Rockville, MD 20852 • 443-923-4170 • www.kennedykrieger.org RESA VIII Child Development Services, 109 S. College Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401• 304267-3595 • 800/367-3728 • www.resa8.org • Serves: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton Washington County Human Development Council, Inc., 433 Brewer Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-791-5421 • www.wchdc.org Washington County Infants & Toddlers Early Intervention, 1350 Marshall Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-766-8217 • www.wcps.k12.md.us West Virginia Birth to Three, 350 Capitol Street, Room 427, Charleston, WV 25301-3714 • 304558-5388 • www.wvdhhr.org/birth23

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Brook Lane Health Services, 13218 Brook Lane Drive, P.O. Box 1945, Hagerstown, MD 21742 • 301-733-0330 • www.brooklane.org IBMP - Intensive Behavior Management Program, 827 Marion Street, Hagerstown MD 21740 • 301-791-9580 The Mental Health Center of Western MD, Inc., 1180 Professional Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-791-3045 www.thementalhealthcenter.net Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center, 65 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite A, Frederick, MD 21702. 301-662-3808 www.monocacycenter.com

Pediatric and Adolescent Therapy Physical, Occupational & Speech Amber Hill Physical Therapy, 187 Thomas Johnson Dr., Suite 6 and Suite 2, Frederick, MD 21702 • Additional locations in Urbana, Damascus, Jefferson and Thurmont • 301-6631157 • www.amberhillpt.com Essence of Play Therapy Center, 2400 Valley Avenue, Suite #9, Winchester, VA 22601 • 540678-8568 • www.eoptherapy.com Pediatric Rehabilitation – Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy at Berkeley Medical Center’s Dorothy McCormack Center, 2000 Foundation Way, Martinsburg, WV 25401 • 304-264-1214

Products 1-2-3 Just PLAY With Me, Milestones and Miracles • www.milestonesandmiracles.com The Twooth Timer Company, Inc., 6825 Levelland Road, Suite 5A, Dallas, TX 75252 • Toll Free 855-TWOOTH2 • www.twoothtimer.com

Recreation Martinsburg-Berkeley Co. Parks & Recreation 273 Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25404 304-264-4842 • www.mbcparks-rec.org Flip Over Gymnastics, Open gym for special needs families on Fridays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

$5/child & $3/siblings. Martinsburg-Berkeley Co. Parks & Recreation, 273 Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25404 • 304-264-4842 ext. 22 www.mbcparks-rec.org Monkey Joe’s – Hagerstown, 1113 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-797-7716 www.monkeyjoes.com/Hagerstown Monkey Joe’s – Winchester, 141 Market Street, Winchester, VA 22603-4750 • 540- 662-5221 www.monkeyjoes.com/Winchester

Support Groups Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, 2000 Linglestown Rd., Suite 301, Harrisburg, PA 17110 717-238-0937, 1-800-448-4906. www.pa-fsa.org PA Playgroup (Parent Support Group and Playgroup) in Greencastle, PA • Serving families is Franklin County, PA and Washington County, MD • Contact Erin Betts: 717/597-7572

Therapeutic Riding Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, 420 Russell Road, Berryville, VA 22611 • 540/533-2777 • www.brcth.org Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202 • 717-263-0443 • www.horseridingtherapy.org Frederick County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program, Silverado Stables, 11515 Angleberger Road, Thurmont, MD 21788 • 301-898-3587 www.fc4htrp.org Horses with Hearts, P.O. Box 2186, Martinsburg, WV 25302 • 304-283-8071 www.horseswithhearts.com Saddles and Smiles and Ponies and Promises Therapeutic Riding Programs, Held at Shotwell Farm Indoor Arena in Charles Town, WV during winter months and Jefferson County Fairgrounds in warmer months • 304/676-4642 http://saddlesandsmiles.com Star Community, Inc., 13757 Broadfording Church Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-791-0011 • www.starcommunityinc.org

Parents – Want to know what you child should be doing at each age? And why? And how you can teach and bond with them through play? We did, too. As Early Intervention Therapists and mothers, we wanted a resource that included both milestones AND play ideas - so we made one! 1-2-3 Just Play With Me is a unique resource for parents of infants and toddlers that does what other products do not- pairing specific developmental milestones WITH thousands of practical and fun play ideas, allowing parents are able to engage their children with purposeful play and early bonding activities. 75 large durable cards are housed in a boutique style box that looks adorable on a nursery shelf and makes the perfect gift for new parents. Become empowered to learn about your child's development by visiting www.milestonesandmiracles.com today! Page 28

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2015 Family Resource Guide Local Parks MARYLAND Hagerstown city parks. 301/739-8577. www.hagerstownmd.org Bloom Park, North Potomac Street at North Avenue, Hagerstown. Home of the historical Spanish-American War cannon. City Park, 501 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown. The park’s centerpiece is a 50-acre lake, home to more than 250 waterfowl. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Mansion House Art Center, the Hager House/Museum, a railroad museum, pavilions, concession stand, band shell, play equipment, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, softball fields, and fitness trails. 301/739-8577, x169. Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. Pavilion, play equipment, softball fields, soccer fields, in-line skating rink, BMX track for bicycle motocross events, Little League field and walking club. Funkhouser Park, 570 Jefferson St., Hagerstown. Play equipment and basketball court. Greenawalt Park, 101 East Ave., Hagerstown. Play area. Hager Park, 340 Frederick Street at Memorial Boulevard, Hagerstown. Pavilion (not handicappedaccessible) and horseshoe pits. Hamilton Playground, Fairview Road behind WJEJ radio station, Hagerstown. Play equipment, a volleyball court and a basketball court. Hellane Park, Park Avenue, next to West End Reservoir, Hagerstown. Pavilion, play equipment and basketball courts. Memorial Park, 561 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Paths and remembrance plaza. Mills Park, Belview Avenue, Hagerstown. Pavilion and play equipment. Oswald Park, between Forest Drive and Oak Hill Avenue, Hagerstown. Picnic tables and landscaped traffic islands. Pangborn Park, 530 Pangborn Blvd., Hagerstown. Fishing pond (for those younger than 16 and older than 65), tennis courts, horseshoe pits, volleyball court, softball field, picnic pavilions, play equipment and formal gardens. Reed Park, 430 Wood Street, off Jefferson Street, Hagerstown. Pavilion, play equipment, softball field and basketball court. Part of Fairgrounds Park. Ridge Avenue Playground, Ridge Avenue, Hagerstown. Pavilion, play equipment, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. Rotary Club of Long Meadows Park, Northern Avenue and The Terrace, Hagerstown. Picnic benches and a flower garden. Skate Park at Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. Skate park with hours on Wed., Sat. and Sun.; fees and waivers required. 301/393-3765. Staley Park, 728 Frederick St., behind Potterfield Pool, Hagerstown. Pavilion and play equipment. University Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Walking/biking paths. Wheaton Park, Sumans Avenue, Hagerstown. Pavilion, play equipment, tennis court, horseshoe pits, basketball courts and a softball field.

Washington County parks. 240/313-2700. www.washco-md.net. Byron Memorial Park, Park Rd., Williamsport. Public park is home of Conococheague Little League, the Williamsport Pool, Williamsport Community Center, the local Boy Scout Troop and Williamsport Memorial Library.

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Camp Harding County Park, between Clear Spring and Hancock on Pecktonville Rd. Named after President Warren G. Harding, who, along with notables such as Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, camped there in the 1920s. Picnic pavilions, playground, restrooms, grills, softball field, volleyball/basketball courts, horseshoe pits, parking, boat ramp, trout fishing and canoeing. Chestnut Grove Park, outside Keedysville, 3106 Chestnut Grove Road. Baseball and softball fields, picnic pavilions, restrooms, concessions, play equipment, volleyball and horseshoe pits. Clear Spring County Park/Recreation Area, 12424 Big Spring Rd., Clear Spring. Softball, baseball, football/soccer fields, concession stand, tennis and basketball courts, a picnic pavilion, restrooms, parking and a play area. Devil’s Backbone Park, on MD 68, near Lappans Crossroads, Boonsboro. Scenic park along Antietam Creek, featuring a waterfall, picnic pavilion, fishing, playground, restrooms, grills, and walking trails. Doub’s Woods Park, 1307 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Heavily wooded park with performing arts pavilion, picnic areas, picnic pavilion, swings, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, petfriendly path, and an outdoor chapel. Funkstown Community Park, Funkstown. Features 4 pavilions, 2 tennis courts, a basketball court, Little League field, Legion ball field, and playground equipment. 301/791-7477. Kemps Mill Park, 11114 Kemps Mill Rd., Williamsport. Home of the Washington County Girls Softball League, 12-acre park features girls fast pitch fields with dugouts, modular playground, bleachers, and concession stand. Lions Community Park, 12835 Bikle Road, Smithsburg. 13-acre park features 2 pavilions, playground, multi-purpose field, baseball field, basketball court, pond and restrooms. 301/8247234. Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park, Halfway. This park is the site of Halfway Park Days in May. This pet-friendly park features picnic pavilions, horseshoe pits, fitness trail, tennis courts, playing fields, bike path, restrooms, playgrounds, lighted ball fields and a swimming pool. Mt. Briar Wetland Preserve, Millbrook Road off Md. 67. This environmental site is a nontidal wetland area. Floating boardwalk allows for walking through the park. Pen Mar Park, 14600 Pen Mar High Rock Rd. in Cascade. This redeveloped 42-acre park provides a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley. Picnic tables, concession stand, a playground, restrooms, and pavilions for dances, concerts and other entertainment. Pinesburg Softball Complex, 15323 Clear Spring Rd., Williamsport. Four slow pitch softball fields, modular playground, bleachers and concession stand. Piper Lane Neighborhood Park, off Halfway Boulevard along Piper Lane and York Road, Hagerstown. Modular playground equipment, horseshoe pits and picnic tables. Pleasant Valley Community Park, 3199 Gapland Road off Md. 67, Rohrersville. Pavilion, playground, horseshoe pits, football/soccer field and tennis courts. River Bottom Park, E. Salisbury St., Williamsport. Park is adjacent to the C&O Canal National Park. Park is a great place to camp, stop, or picnic along the banks of the Potomac River. Boat ramp. Shafer Park, Park Rd., Boonsboro. Pavilions, athletic fields, gazebo, community center, restrooms and playground. 301/432-5141. Taylor Park, Keedysville. Features basketball court, playground, pavilion, and restroom. 301/432-5795.

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Veterans Park, 64 West Water Street, Smithsburg. Memorial garden, walking/fitness trails, two pavilions, two multi-purpose fields, basketball court, and playground. 301/824-7234. Washington County Regional Park – Black Rock Park, 20025 Mt. Aetna Road, Hagerstown. Pet-friendly park features two pavilions, two playground areas, beach volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, softball field, restrooms and basketball courts. Wilson Bridge Neighborhood Park, Route 40, west of Route 63. 1-acre park with picnic tables and grills. Woodland Way County Park, 108 Belview Ave., Hagerstown. Picnic tables, tennis courts, grills, play equipment and ball fields.

Frederick city parks. www.cityoffrederick.com. Key: P: Passive facility – mostly scenic with walking or biking paths, historical theme

N: Neighborhood facility – sports facilities (basketball, baseball, tennis, etc.), playground, small pavilions; smaller acreage than community facility C: Community facility – sports facilities (basketball, baseball, tennis, etc.), playground equipment, large and small pavilions R: Regional RC: Recreation center – many services available to community Amber Meadows Park, corner of Opossumtown Pike and Amber Drive (C) Apple Avenue Park, Apple Avenue (P) Baker Park, room 1 between North Bentz Street and College Avenue (C) Baker Park, room 2 on Fleming Avenue (N) Baker Park, room 3 on West Second Street past Fairview (P) Baker Park, room 4, between Fairview Avenue and Schifferstadt Museum (P) Baughman’s Babee Park, Madison and Burke Streets (N) Bentz Street Graveyard Memorial Grounds, West Second and North Bentz streets (P) Bentztown Spring Park, North and South Bentz streets (P) Carroll Creek Urban Park, Court Street over Market and just beyond Carroll Street (P) Carrollton Park, Center Street and Prospect Boulevard (N) Catoctin Park, Catoctin Avenue (N) City Hall Park, North Court Street (P) Clerestory Park, Monocacy Boulevard (N) Cobblestone Park, Cobblestone Court (N) College Estates Park, Wilson Place and Taney Avenue (N) David Lane Park, David Lane and McCain Drive (N) East Third Street Park, East Third and East streets (N) Emerald Farms Park, Swallowtail Drive (N – soccer fields only) Fountain Park, West Seventh Street at North Market Street (P) Fredericktowne Village Park, Schifferstadt Boulevard (N) Golfview Park, Hunting Horn Lane, off Hillcrest (N) Greenleaf Park, 1950 East Greenleaf Dr. (C) Grove Park, Hamilton Avenue (C) Harmon Field/Park, Winchester Street (N) Hill Street Park, Hill Street (R – includes Hill Street skate park) Hillcrest Park, McCain Drive at Butterfly Lane (N) Hospital Park, Frederick Memorial Hospital (P) Jimmy McGee Memorial Park, Old Farm Drive (N)

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2015 Family Resource Guide Local Parks continued from page 29 Jug Bridge Park, East Patrick Street (P) Laboring Sons Memorial Grounds, Chapel Alley (P) Lake Coventry Park, 1321 Schaffer Dr. (N) Linden Hills Park, Linden Avenue and Poplar Street (N) Linear Greenway Park, off Baughmans Lane (P) Loats Park, New Design Road (R – baseball complex only) Lucas Village Park, S. Wisner Street (C) Maas Park, West Second Street (P) Maryvale Park, Mary Street (N) Max Kehne Park, West Seventh Street (C) McCurdy Field, South Jefferson Street at Scholls lane (C- no playground) Memorial Grounds, West Second and North Bentz streets (P) Monarch Ridge Park, Swallowtail Drive (N) Monocacy Village Park, end of Pontiac Avenue (C) Mullinix Park, South Bentz Street (N) North Crossing Park, Christopher’s Crossing (N) Old Camp Park, Old Camp Road (R – T-ball complex only) Overlook Park, Coralberry Court (N) Rivercrest Park, Pontiac Ave. (P) Rivermist Park, Monocacy Boulevard. Walking and biking paths. (N) Riverside Center Park, Monocacy Boulevard – only boat ramp to Monocacy Creek within city limits Riverwalk Park at Fredericktowne Village, Schifferstadt Boulevard (C) Rosedale Park, Schley Avenue (N) Sagner Skate Park, off Wisner Street (N) Schley Park, North and South College Avenue (P) South End Park, Scholl’s Lane (N) Staley Park, West 10th Street and Motter Avenue (C) Stonegate Park, Andover Lane (N) Taskers Chance Park, Key Parkway (C – baseball complex only) Thomas Johnson Middle School Recreation Center, Schifferstadt Boulevard (RC) Tiny Tot Park, North Bentz Street (P) Valley Street Park, Valley Street (N) Walnut Ridge Park, Rocky Springs Road (C) Waterford Park, Baughman’s Lane (P) Wetherburne Park, Wetherburne Way (N) Whittier Baseball Park, Independence Street, baseball complex Whittier Lake Park, Whittier Drive (P) Whittier Elementary School Recreation Center, Independence Street (RC) William R. Talley Recreation Center, North Bentz Street (RC) Willow Brook Park, McClellan Drive (N) Willowdale Park, Willowdale Drive (N)

Frederick County parks. www.co.frederick.md.us/parks. Ballenger Creek Park, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. Ball fields, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic tables and shelters, play equipment, soccer fields, trails and volleyball courts. New dog park has been added. Buckeystown Park, 7221 Michaels Mill Road, Buckeystown. Fishing, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic tables and shelters, and play equipment. Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown. Trails, grills and picnic tables. Catoctin Recreation Center, 408 E. Main St., Thurmont. Ball fields, indoor and outdoor basketball

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

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Thurmont Recreation Center, 408 E. Main St., Thurmont. Ball fields, basketball courts, gymnasium, indoor rec room, soccer fields, and volleyball court. Tuscarora Recreation Center, 6321 Lambert Drive, Frederick. Ball fields, basketball courts, play equipment, soccer fields, volleyball courts, indoor recreation room and gymnasium. Urbana Community Park, 3636 Urbana Pike, Frederick. Ball fields, grills, horseshoe pits, picnic shelter and tables, play equipment, soccer fields, lighted tennis courts and volleyball courts. Urbana District Park, East side of MD 355, north of the Villages of Urbana, Frederick. Soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, picnic shelters, playgrounds and trails. Utica District Park, 10200-B Old Frederick Road, Frederick. Playground, shelter, grills, walking trail, special-events field, youth baseball fields, sand volleyball courts, softball field, multipurpose fields, horseshoe pit and picnic tables. Walkersville Recreation Center, 83 Frederick St., Walkersville. Basketball court, gymnasium, indoor rec room, outdoor field, playground, and indoor volleyball court.

PENNSYLVANIA Franklin County parks Antrim Township Community Park, 12315 Grant Shook Rd., Greencastle. Trails, soccer fields, allpurpose field, large pavilion, gazebos, playground and restrooms. 717/597-3818. Benders Park, Park Rd., Orrstown. Chambersburg Memorial Park, Chambersburg. Large playground for children 5 and older, younger play area for tots, 3 softball fields, a basketball court, 4 tennis courts, a bandshell, a picnic area with grills, a large pavilion and open field areas. Dykeman Park, 6 W. Dykeman Rd., Shippensburg. 50 acre area surrounding historic Dykeman Springs, a national Historic Register landmark. Wetlands nature trail, picnic facilities, walking trail and baseball/softball field. 717/532-7144. Enoch Brown Memorial Park, Enoch Brown Rd., Greencastle. This 3-acre park is on the site of the Enoch Brown School massacre of July 26, 1764. A common grave and monument marks the site. Park features a pavilion, walking trails and play equipment. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Closed Nov. to March. Fort Chambers Park, off Orchard Drive, Chambersburg. One-acre site features a small play structure and open grass area for games. Martin’s Mill Bridge Park, Greencastle. Pavilion, grill area, picnic tables, and primitive restroom facilities. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Mike Waters Memorial Park, on S. 2nd St. between the blocks of McKinley and Catherine St., Chambersburg. 2 full-size basketball courts, a new pavilion, playground, picnic areas and softball field. Memorial Park, Waynesboro. The Memorial Wall and Park are dedicated to all Waynesboro area residents who fought to keep our country free. 4 tennis courts, 1 basketball court, 1 volleyball court, 3 ballfields, 1 small pavilion, play areas, restrooms, drinking fountains. Norlo Park, 3050 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville. Walking trails, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, playground, gazebos, restrooms, soccer fields and softball fields. 717/352-7349. Northside Park, 138 Brown St., Waynesboro. Picnic tables and Northside Park Pool. Red Run Park, Waynesboro. 22-acre park features a man-made lake for fishing and ice-skating, picnic area, playground equipment, public restrooms, concession stand and miniature train. Train runs Sat. and Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. in the summer. Ride is free, donations accepted. Free entertainment in bandstand on Sun., 1 to 4 p.m. in the summer. 717/762-3128.

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Renfrew Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro. Picnic pavilion, picnic tables, small playground, scenic hiking trails, and museum on the grounds. 717/762-4723. www.renfrewmuseum.org. Rotary Park at Wayne Gardens, Fairview Ave., Waynesboro. Walking trail with fitness stations, a pavilion, playground equipment, restrooms, basketball court and Rotary memorial. Shippensburg Township Park, Britton Rd., Shippensburg. Playground, soccer fields, picnic pavilion, amphitheater stage, and access to the Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail. Southhampton Township Park, corner of Airport Rd. and Hershey Rd., Shippensburg. Wooded hiking trails and streams, paved walking path, playground, pavilion, basketball court and soccer fields. Veterans Memorial Park, 100 Park Place, Shippensburg. Largest public park in Shippensburg. Football stadium, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds, picnic pavilions and swimming pool. Park includes memorials to over 5000 Americans from the area that served in WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. 717/532-7144.

VIRGINIA Frederick County parks. www.co.frederick.va.us/departments/o-z/ parks-recreation Frederick County Parks and Recreation provides playground equipment throughout the county. There are five neighborhood parks maintained through cooperative agreements with civic organizations. Neighborhood parks are in Reynolds Store, North Mountain, Round Hill, Gainesboro, Frederick Heights and on Senseny Road. Clearbrook Park, five miles north of Winchester on U.S. 11. Lake, lighted ball fields, picnic shelters and tables, paved walking paths, paddleboats, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, an outdoor pool, volleyball court and a vintage red caboose. Sherando Park, 1.8 miles east of Interstate 81 on Va. 277 in Stephens City. Fishing lake, lighted ball fields, picnic shelters and tables, hiking trails, an outdoor pool, paddleboats, an 18-hole disc golf course, soccer fields and a volleyball court. Jim Barnett Park, Winchester. Jogging and bike trails, pavilions, softball fields, tennis courts, a fitness room, racquetball courts, fishing, a miniature golf course, adventure playground, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. 540/662-9833 or 540/662-4946.

Clarke County parks www.clarkecounty.gov/parks/ parks-and-recreation.html Clarke County Park/Chet Hobert Park, west of Berryville, off Old Business Va. 7 at 225 Al Smith Circle. 102-acre park houses an outdoor swimming pool, lighted outdoor tennis courts, six ball fields, four soccer fields, a recreation center, four picnic shelters and a fitness trail. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov. Rose Hill Park, downtown Berryville, VA. Features playground, basketball court, picnic tables and a gazebo. Call 540/955-1099. The State Arboretum of Virginia, U.S. 50, Boyce. Educational programs for students, a picnic area with tables and a water fountain, and wheelchair-accessible restrooms. 540/837-1758 www.virginia.edu/blandy/home.html.

WEST VIRGINIA Martinsburg city parks. 304/264-4842. City/county parks in the Martinsburg area, call 304/264-2125. www.mbcparks-rec.org. Booklets on Berkeley County parks may be picked up at the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center, 273 Woodbury Ave., Martinsburg.

Berkeley County parks Ambrose Park, Rocky Lane and Porter Avenue, Martinsburg. Neighborhood park has a large pavilion, restroom facilities, a playground area, picnic tables,

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grills, practice soccer field, t-ball practice area, and parking. Charlotte Prather Park, Sycamore and Ryneal streets, Martinsburg. Adjacent to P.O. Faulkner Park. Girls’ softball complex. Four tennis courts. Dupont Park and Soccer Complex, U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg. Four regulation-size soccer fields, 5acre parking area, concessions. Gerrardstown Athletic Field, one mile south of Gerrardstown on Virginia Line Road. Practice site for baseball, softball and soccer. Hedgesville Park, adjacent to the town line of Hedgesville between Hedgesville Middle and Elementary schools. One lighted regulation-size baseball field (used for high school and Senior Little League games), one lighted Farm League baseball field, one lighted Little League Field, one pavilion and a fitness trail. Home of Hedgesville Little League. Inwood-Bunker Hill Lions Park, south side of Musselman Middle School. One large pavilion, fitness trail with exercise stations, sand volleyball court, playground area, practice soccer field, recreational baseball/softball field. West side of U.S. 11, two outdoor basketball courts. Lambert Park, adjacent to Martinsburg North Middle School on Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg. Outdoor pool (bathhouse, concession stand, baby pool, wading pool, water slide and two shelters), one baseball/softball field, paved parking, four soccer fields, one medium-sized pavilion, one small pavilion and Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center. Leeland Park, West Martin Street between Race and Samuel streets, Martinsburg. Basketball courts, small pavilion and a large playground. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, West Martin Street between Samuel and Charles streets, Martinsburg. One paved basketball court and 12-station fitness center. Oak Street Park, Oak Street between Cedar and Leonard streets, Martinsburg. Lighted regulation horseshoe pits, combined pavilion/restrooms/concession building, one paved basketball court, playground area, sand volleyball court and parking. Oatesdale Park, Baltimore and Williams Streets, Martinsburg. Two in-line hockey skating rinks, trout stream, four Little League fields and parking. Home of Martinsburg Little League. Pikeside Park, off U.S. 11, behind Pikeside Bowl, Martinsburg. Two softball fields used for church league and 35-and-older softball league. Poor House Farm Park, Poor House Road, 3.5 miles west of Interstate 81, Martinsburg. One large pavilion, one medium-sized pavilion, stocked trout stream, five miles of jogging/hiking trails, playground area, historic barn, stocked five-acre lake, youth football field, practice soccer field, recreation ball field, public restrooms, sand volleyball court, and home to the Henry Equestrian Arena. P.O. Faulkner Park, Sycamore and Ryneal streets, Martinsburg. One high school baseball field (dugouts, bleachers, press box, lights, concession stand), four tennis courts, playground area, pavilion and parking. Home field of Martinsburg High School and Berkeley County American Legion baseball. Rooney Park, in Tomahawk off W.Va. 7. One Little League baseball field, and one regulation baseball or adult softball field. Roush Field, West Stephen Street between S. Georgia and S. Alabama avenues, Martinsburg. Practice ball field (can be used for baseball/softball/soccer). War Memorial Park, North Tennessee Avenue between Park Avenue and Tuscarora Creek, Martinsburg. Outdoor pool facility that includes competition pool, heated leisure pool and bathhouse, concession stand, 18-hole lighted miniature golf course, maintenance garage, six pavilions, covered concert stage and bleachers, four playground areas, handicapped playground area, brick memorial honoring war veterans, two sand volleyball courts, three public restroom facilities, picnic tables, two newly renovated regulation outdoor tennis courts and parking areas.

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Jefferson County parks. www.jcprc.org. Bolivar Nature Park, 294 Jefferson St., Harpers Ferry. Picnic gazebo, picnic tables and a walking/hiking trail. Charles Town Skate Park, corner of West and North Streets, Charles Town. Features a half-pipe, quarter pipe, grind rail, bank rail, stairs, benches and picnic table. Crane’s Lane Park, Ranson. Community garden and football/soccer fields. Evitt’s Run Park, corner of North Water and Liberty streets, Charles Town. Playground, picnic pavilion, grill, basketball courts, tennis court and a restroom facility. Fishing permitted. Flowing Springs Park, Ranson. A natural park with walking path. Jefferson Memorial Park, 400 Forest Avenue, Charles Street. Playgrounds, swimming pool and picnic area with pavilion, walking trail, tennis and basketball courts. Lance-Slusher Park, Mildred St., Ranson. Pavilion, picnic tables, grills, 2 playgrounds, basketball courts and tennis courts. Leetown Park, 56 Jefferson Orchard Road. Playground, lighted softball and baseball fields, picnic pavilion, horseshoe pits, restrooms, concession stand, basketball court and tennis court. Morgan’s Grove Park, 4198 Kearneysville Pike, Shepherdstown. Picnic pavilion with kitchen and restroom facility, athletic fields, walking trail, playground, horseshoe pit, and sand volleyball. Moulton Park, along the Shenandoah River, just north of the Bloomery Bridge on WV 27 (Bloomery Road), Charles Town. One-half mile of river frontage provides a boat ramp, portable restrooms during peak season (May to Sept.), public fishing access and camping (by permit only). Mount Mission Park, 4210 Mission Road, Harpers Ferry. Picnic pavilion with kitchen and restroom facility, renovated church building (not available for rent), sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, basketball court, a grassy softball field and a playground. Rumsey Park, Mill Street in Shepherdstown. Erected in 1915, the granite columnar monument to James Rumsey overlooks the spot where he demonstrated the first working model of the steamboat in 1787, 20 years before Robert Fulton. Sam Michael’s Park, 1102 Job Corps Road, Shenandoah Junction. Picnic pavilion, kitchen, restrooms, playground, Little League fields, walking trail, a sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits. Site of the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festivals every spring and fall. South Jefferson Park, Summit Point/Middleway Road, Summit Point. Picnic pavilion and concession stand, restrooms, Little League fields, a playground, volleyball court, basketball court and tennis courts. West End Park, West 3rd Ave., Ranson. Basketball court, playground, picnic tables, and bleachers. Willingham Knolls Park, Old Cave Rd., Charles Town. Walking trail, benches, and footbridges over Evitt’s Run.

Morgan County parks. 304/258-8540. www.berkeleysprings.com. Biser Street Park, off Route 9, Berkeley Springs. Tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Open daily until dark. 304/258-1102. Morgan County Recreation Area, eight miles south of Berkeley Springs on U.S. 522. Hiking trails, five ball fields and a picnic area. Open daily. 304/258-8540. Paw Paw Park, Winchester Street, Paw Paw. Picnic tables, a softball field, playground and a stage for concerts. The county also operates roadside parks with picnic tables, including Sleepy Creek. Spruce Pine Hollow Park, between Berkeley Springs and Martinsburg on WV 9. Pavilions & archaeological remains of a sawmill that operated during George Washington’s time.

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2015 Family Resource Guide State Parks MARYLAND www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands Cunningham Falls State Park, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd., Thurmont. Park is known for its history, as well as its 78-foot cascading waterfall. Offers Catoctin Iron Furnace historical site, the Scales and Tales Aviary, swimming, boating, playground, hiking, hunting, picnicking and camping. Campsites and camper cabins available for rental from April through October. A concession stand and beach store are open during the summer. Educational children’s programs available. 301/271-7574. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool. The site of Maryland’s frontier defense during the French and Indian War, the Fort’s stone wall and two barracks have been restored to their 1758 appearance. Historic displays are in the Fort, barracks and visitor center. The park annually holds military re-enactments and other special events. Parklands adjoin the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal passes through park acreage. Offers boating, cross-country skiing, campfire programs, camping, fishing, flat-water canoeing, hiking, picnicking and a playground. Open 8 a.m. to sunset, April to Oct., and 10 a.m. to sunset, Nov. to March. 301/842-2155. Gambrill State Park, 8602 Gambrill Park Rd., Frederick. Three native stone overlooks offer views of the surrounding area. Offers picnicking, playground, hiking and nature trails, interpretive programs, fishing, camping, horseback riding and mountain biking. Open 8 a.m. to sunset, April to Oct., and 10 a.m. to sunset, Nov. to March. 301/271-7574. Gathland State Park, 900 Arnoldstown Rd., Jefferson. The park, located in both Washington and Frederick Counties, once was the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. It features a collection of buildings and structures that he designed and constructed, some of which have been restored and turned into a museum. There is a large, stone monument dedicated to war correspondents in the park. The park is located in Crampton’s gap, which was the southernmost gap fought over during the battle of South Mountain. Fought Sept. 14, 1862, it was the first major battle of the Civil War fought in Maryland. There are interpretive programs throughout the summer featuring Civil War re-enactors. The annual “Living History” weekend occurs the first weekend after Labor Day and portrays various aspects of soldiers’ lives, including infantry, cavalry and artillery demonstrations. The Appalachian Trail traverses the park and passes the monument base. Offers cross-country skiing, historical sites, hiking and picnicking. Open sunrise to sunset. 301/791-4767. Greenbrier State Park, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro. Greenbrier is multi-use park with a man-made lake and beach, flat-water canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing, interpretive programs, nature studies, camping, a boat launch, boat rental, camp store, playground, mountain biking and hunting. The Appalachian Trail passes nearby. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Maryland residents pay $3 per person on weekdays and $5 per person on weekends and holidays; Labor Day to Memorial Day charges are $3 per vehicle. Admission on May and Sept. weekends cost $3 per person. Out-of-state residents add $2 to all day-use service charges. 301/791-4767. South Mountain State Park, Boonsboro. This historic park has more than 10,000 acres for year-round hiking along the Appalachian Trail. It is a 40-mile long multi-use state park along the South Mountain ridge from the Pennsylvania line to the Potomac River. South Mountain, a ridge composed largely of resistant quartzite, posed a formidable obstacle to the early settlers until 1755 when Gen. Edward Braddock and a young surveyor, George Washington, constructed a road over one of its passes. Greenbrier, Washington Monument and Gathland are neighboring state parks along South Mountain. Most of the park is only accessible by foot. Historic park offers year-round hiking along the Appalachian Trail. Also offers a few campsites. 301/791-4767. Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Rd., Middletown or from Monument Road, four miles east of Boonsboro. Named for the first monument in the country erected to George Washington. The Appalachian Trail winds through the park and passes the base of the monument. Offers historical sites, museum, picnicking, playground, hiking and cross-country skiing. Park is open 8 a.m. to sunset from April to October, and 10 a.m. to sunset from November to March. 301/791-4767.

PENNSYLVANIA www.dcnr.state.pa.us Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park, on PA Route 16, between McConnellsburg and Mercersburg. 18.5-acre park, nestled in a gap of the Tuscarora Mountain, is dedicated in honor of the 15th president of the United States. A stone pyramid monument stands on the site of the original cabin where Buchanan was born. Park offers picnic pavilions, picnic tables, comfort stations, water fountains, trout fishing and The Tuscarora Trail. 717/485-3948. Caldedonia State Park, 101 Pine Grove Rd., and midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg along the Lincoln Highway, US 30. This 1,125-acre park offers

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camping, tent and trailer sites, two campgrounds; picnicking, picnic pavilions and 450 tables; fishing; hiking, 10 miles of trails; swimming pool, ADA accessible, fee charged; golf, 18-hole, par 68; hunting during season; summer theater by Totem Pole Playhouse, and environmental programs. 717/352-2161. Cowans Gap State Park, 6235 Aughwick Rd., Fort Loudon. Features 42-acre Cowans Gap Lake which has trout, bass, perch and pan fish, with an accessible fishing pier; 500-foot sand beach; and food/refreshment concession open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. 717/485-3948. Mont Alto State Park, one mile from Mont Alto. It can be reached from Caledonia State Park on U.S. 30. This 23-acre park is the oldest state park in Pennsylvania. Offers fishing, hiking, picnicking, and snowmobiling. 717/352-2161.

VIRGINIA www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. Less than two miles south of Paris, VA, just off U.S. 17, this 1,864-acre park offers scenic vistas, access to the Appalachian Trail and a primitive hike-in campground, picnicking, hiking and horseback riding trails, fishing, interpretive programs and a visitor center. Nature and history programs offered year-round. Open 8:30 a.m.-dusk. 540/592-3556.

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

National Parks www.nps.gov Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD. Historical sites, auto touring, biking, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing and hiking. An audiovisual program, “Antietam Visit,” is shown on the hour and half-hour, except from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Every day at noon, a one-hour documentary about the battle of Antietam is shown in the visitor center theater. The battlefield offers a Junior Ranger Program for ages 6 to 12, through which children can complete a free activity booklet while visiting, and earn a badge and a certificate. Pry House Field Hospital Museum is also located on the Battlefield. Visitor Center open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and park grounds are open daylight hours. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. 301/432-5124. Appalachian National Scenic Trail. A 2,175-mile-long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia; traverses through Washington County, MD, and Jefferson County, WV. Camping available with permit. www.appalachiantrail.org. C&O Canal National Historical Park. The C&O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, MD. Offers backpacking, biking, bird-watching, boating, camping, climbing, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, interpretive programs, kayaking, wildlife viewing and nature walks. C&O Canal NHP Headquarters, 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown. 301/739-4200. Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont, MD. Bird-watching, camping, climbing, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, interpretive programs, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing. Offers educational programs for those in grades one to seven. A Junior Ranger program for ages 6 to 11 includes a self-discovery workbook to be completed at the visitor center and includes one trail activity. A junior ranger badge will be awarded upon completion and workbook review with a ranger. Owens Creek Campground is open May 1 through November 1. Camp Misty Mount, a family cabin rental facility, is open from May 1 through the November 1. Horse trails are open April 15 thru January 31. 301/663-9388. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, off U.S. 340 in Harpers Ferry, WV. Museums and exhibits, guided programs, hiking, fishing, bird-watching and wildlife viewing, nature walks, white-water rafting, rock climbing and rappelling. 304/5356029. Monocacy National Battlefield Park, Frederick County, MD. Auto touring, birdwatching, hiking, interpretive programs, nature walks and cross-country skiing. Junior Ranger Program is available for children and their families all year at the Visitor Center. 301/662-3515. Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. A partnership between private and governmental agencies to develop and maintain a network of locally managed trails for recreation, education, transportation and health. The Potomac Heritage

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Outdoor Pools MARYLAND Claude M. Potterfield Swimming Pool, 730 Frederick St. Hagerstown. Olympic-sized pool with 118-foot-long water slide, diving boards, double tube slide, shade canopies, separate wading pool, swimming lessons, and concessions. Handicapped-accessible. Opens Memorial Day weekend. 301/733-2599. www.hagerstownmd.org. Edward P. Thomas, Jr. Memorial Swimming Pool, 500 Fleming Avenue in Baker Park, Frederick. Lap pool, wading pool for kids, concession stand and an area for tiny tots. Opens Memorial Day weekend. 301/663-5666. Hancock Municipal Swimming Pool, 220 Park Rd., Hancock. Open 12 noon to 6 p.m. during the summer. Features a large water slide and swimming lessons. 301/678-6197. L. Beard Miller Memorial Pool, 7 Park Rd., Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport, MD. In-ground pool, wading pool with an overhead fountain, and concession stand. Open 12 noon to 6 p.m. during the summer. 301/223-5983. http://www.williamsportmd.gov/ Martin “Marty” L. Snook Swimming Pool, 17901 Halfway Boulevard, Hagerstown. Pool with diving board and separate kiddie pool. Swimming lessons available. Open 12 noon-6 p.m. daily, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. For a fee, the pool can be reserved for private parties from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call for daily and seasonal rates. Call 240/313-2700. William R. Diggs Memorial Swimming Pool, 125 W. All Saints Street, Mullinx Park along Carroll Creek, Frederick. Slide, pool basketball and volleyball, kiddie pool and concession stand. Open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Call for times. Discounted family nights and seasonal passes available. Call for rates. 301/600-6364.

PENNSYLVANIA Chambersburg Municipal Swimming Pool, 1 Memorial Drive, off of Stouffer Avenue, Chambersburg. Tot pool for children five and under, main pool offers a 50 M section for lap swimmers, a wading area for novice swimmers, a diving area, a 100’ slide. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 717/709-2291. Northside Park Pool, 138 Brown St., Waynesboro. Lap swimming, water slides, sprinkler, diving area, lights, concession stand, and picnic tables. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. 717/762-7928. www.waynesboropa.org/northside.htm.

VIRGINIA Clarke County Swimming Pool, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. Lifeguard on duty at all times. Diving boards, locker rooms, concessions, basketball area, and separate children’s pool. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call 540/955-5158 for hours and rates. Clearbrook Park Pool, 112 Clearbrook Dr., Clear Brook, VA. Lifeguards on duty at all times. Separate baby pool; two diving boards; handicapped accessible. Open weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend and daily during the summer (call for dates and rates). 540/665-6361. Jim Barnett Pool, 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester. Lifeguards on duty at all times. Fifty-meter competition pool, slide, diving boards, infant leisure pool with water toys. Open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks. Sherando Pool, Splash Avenue, Stephens City. Lifeguards on duty at all times. Separate baby pool; handicapped accessible pool. Call for rates and times. 540/868-1245.

WEST VIRGINIA Jefferson Memorial Park Pool, 801 S. Mildred St., Charles Town. Separate baby pool. Open after school ends until school begins in August. 304/725-8313. Lambert Park, 283 Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg. Lifeguard on duty at all times. Water slide and separate baby pool. Opens Memorial Day weekend, then daily after last of school. Call for rates and times. 304/263-1614. War Memorial Park, 500 Tennessee Avenue, Martinsburg. Two side-by-side pools, one heated with graduated depth up to 5 feet with sprinkler and other water toys. Second pool designed for lap swimmer. Open weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend, then daily after school ends. Call for rates and times. 304/264-4842.

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Washington County Public Schools 10435 Downsville Pike Hagerstown, MD 21740 301/766-2800 www.wcps.k12.md.us

Winchester Public Schools 12 N. Washington Street Winchester, VA 22601 540/667-4253 www.wps.k12.va.us Frederick County Public Schools 1415 Amherst Street P.O. Box 3508 Winchester, VA 22604-2546 540/662-3888 www.frederick.k12.va.us Clarke County Public Schools 309 West Main Street Berryville, VA 22611 540/955-6100 www.clarke.k12.va.us

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

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

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Fannett Metal School District 14823 Path Valley Road Willow Hill, PA 17271 717/349-7172 http://fmsd.schoolwires.net Greencastle Antrim School District 500 East Leitersburg Street Greencastle, PA 17225 717/597-3226 www.greencastle.k12.pa.us Shippensburg Area School District 317 North Morris Street Shippensburg, PA 17257 717/530-2700 www.ship.k12.pa.us

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

Tuscarora School District 100 W. Seminary Street Mercersburg, PA 17236 717/328-3127 www.tus.k12.pa.us Waynesboro Area School District 210 Clayton Avenue Waynesboro, PA 17268 717/762-1191 www.wasd.k12.pa.us

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2015 Family Resource Guide Potomac Home Learning Circle is a free-thinking, all-inclusive support circle for homeschooling families in Washington County, MD, and surrounding areas. Our cooperative learning community welcomes families of all beliefs and experiences. We encourage all families to get involved and organize playgroups, workshops, field trips, and other activities to broaden the opportunities for homeschooling activities in Washington County, and surrounding areas. Email info@phlic.org. www.phlic.org. Walkersville Christian Family Schools (WCFS) is a world-wide and local homeschool oversight program, based in MD. WCFS offers an individualized K-12 home-school program, and a variety of programs open to all Christian homeschooling families. Email info@wcfs.edu. http://www.wcfs.edu.

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

Frederick and Washington counties, MD Appalachian Regional Cooperative is a group of home-schoolers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia open to all homeschooling philosophies, including self-directed and unschooling. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arc-homeschool. Frederick Homeschool Community is a friendly homeschool support group for families and children of all ages from all over Maryland. Members sponsor co-op classes, family events, playgroups, community service projects, enrichment activities, art education tours, music appreciation concerts, field trips and more. Email info@frederickhomeschoolcommunity.org. www.homeschool-life.com/md/fhc/ Frederick Homeschool Soccer is a soccer program for home-schooling children ages 5 to 18 (and their non-homeschooling siblings) who live in Frederick and surrounding areas. This is a family participation program in which parents volunteer for everything from coaching to goal setup to cleaning up the field. The purpose of the program is to learn soccer skills, build self-esteem and build friendships among home-schooling families. frederickmdhomeschoolsoccer@yahoogroups.com. Maryland Home Education Association serves and supports families of all religious, philosophical and ethnic persuasions. www.mhea.com. Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE) provides information on home-education regulations in Maryland and a list of support groups. 301/607-4284. E-mail info@machemd.org. www.machemd.org. PALS-FC is a secular, inclusive homeschooling support group in the southern portion of Frederick County, MD. To subscribe, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PALS-FC.

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About Pennsylvania Homeschooling is a one-stop source for homeschooling in Pennsylvania. Find PA homeschool laws, support groups and organizations, and online and community info. http://homeschooling.about. com/od/usapa/Pennsylvania_Homeschooling.htm. Catholic Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania serves families in Pennsylvania who find home education to be their response to the Church’s teaching to be the primary educators of their children. www.catholichomeschoolpa.org. The Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) has been supporting home-schooling families and local support groups for almost 30 years. CHAP serves homeschooling families throughout Pennsylvania by providing information and resources in print as well as online, and hosts one of the largest non-profit homeschool conventions in the country every May. 717/838-0980. Email staff@chaponline.com. www.chaponline.com. Franklin Learning and Activity Group is open to all homeschool families in Franklin County who value education and want to share homeschooling techniques, philosophies, methods and lifestyles. 717/674-5392. Email franklinlearningactivitygroup@gmail.com. Home School Arts Classes, Council for the Arts of Chambersburg, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. For info, call Education Coordinator Laurie McKelvie at 717/477-2132 or email lauriemckelvie@comcast.net. For class times or to register, visit the council’s website at www.councilforthearts.net. 717/264-6883. Mason Dixon Homeschoolers Association serves homeschooling families in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Washington County, Maryland and surrounding area. Offers co-op classes, support groups, field trips, a high school diploma program and more. Email mdhsaadmin@pa.net. 717/7495767. http://mdhsa-pa.org. Pennsylvania Home Education Network exists to promote freedom and simplicity in home education, to serve all families who educate their children at home. http://www.phen.org. Pennsylvania Home Educators Association (PHEA) is an inclusive statewide coalition of home educators whose primary purpose is to provide accurate information and advocate for Pennsylvania home educators. www.phea.net. Pennsylvania Homeschoolers has statewide information on activities, conferences, support groups, field trips, and athletics for homeschoolers in PA. www.pahomeschoolers.com.

Frederick and Clarke counties, VA Classical Cottage School in Winchester, is an eight-month, one-day-a-week Christian cooperative for home-schooling families offering classical curriculum for ages 4 through high school. www.classicalcottageschool.org. H.E.A.R.T.H. Inc. (Home Educators Are Restoring Their Heritage) is an active home-schooling support group in Front Royal, VA, and surrounding communities. We offer a variety of academic and social activities for students, as well as family and parental support opportunities. Email ContactHearth@gmail.com for more information. http://frontroyalhomeschool.com web Home Educators Association of Virginia is a member-supported, statewide, nonprofit homeschooling association that operates from a biblical worldview. Since 1983, HEAV has worked to promote and protect homeschool interests in Virginia through information, legislation and resources. Email office@heav.org. Weekly e-mail newsletter, call 804/2789200 or sign up at www.heav.org.

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H.E.L.L.O. (Home Educators Local Learning Organization) is for those living in Clarke, Frederick, Warren, Shenandoah and western Loudoun counties in Virginia, as well as Jefferson County, WV. It is for families who wish to connect and share information with other home-schooling families in the area, irrespective of educational methods, belief systems or political affiliation. Email HELLO-VA-HS-owner@yahoogroups.com. 304/728-0999. To subscribe, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HELLO-VA-HS/ Home School Sports Network. Information on homeschool sports programs. 540/636-3713. E-mail info@hspn.net. www.homeschool.com/groups/detail.php?852 Love-At-Home, NOVA Latter-day Saint Home Educators in Northern Virginia and Frederick County, coordinates and shares ideas, social events, field trips and unit studies. No membership requirements. No statement of faith. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LoveAtHomeNOVA. NovaUnschoolers is a list for homeschoolers in the northern Virginia area to chat, find support and meet others, and offers information about homeschooling. This list is made up of unschoolers, eclectic and relaxed homeschoolers. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/novaunschoolers. Opus Oaks, an Art Place in Berryville offers classes in two age groups for homeschoolers. Drawing, painting, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry, printmaking and photography are among the fine arts classes offered at two studios for beginners through experienced adults. 540/955-4226. www.opusoaks.org. The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers is a volunteer-driven and member-directed state homeschooling association. Since 1993, the group has worked to protect and promote homeschooling through legislative work, assisting homeschoolers on an individual level, and providing information, speakers, events and resources. Email info@vahomeschoolers.org. 866/513-6173. www.vahomeschoolers.org. SHARENET is a network for Northern VA homeschooling families. Provides free, twice-monthly email newsletter of ideas, activities and information. Email SHARENET@att.net. 703/893-4227. Shenandoah Christian Home Educators (SCHE) is a homeschool support group in the Winchester area upholding biblical principles and traditional Christian values. SCHE is for families choosing parent-directed home education as an alternative to public or private schools. Find us on Facebook. Email leader@scheonline.org. www.scheonline.org. BodyRenew Fitness, 221 Commonwealth Ct., in Winchester offers physical education classes for the home-school community. This comprehensive program is designed to introduce kids to various sports and fitness activities in a fun, yet educational setting. Classes are offered from midSept. to April, Wed. & Fri., from 2-3:30 p.m., for children ages 7-17 years. Email info@sportsplex.us. 540/869-0100. www.bodyrenewwinchester.com. VA Homeschool Chat is a general chat group for Virginia homeschoolers. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschool-va-chat. Warren County Homeschoolers has an e-mail list for those living in Warren, Rappahannock, Clarke and Frederick counties. The purpose of the group is to encourage local support and to assist in planning home-school outings/gatherings and learning opportunities, as well as to form friendships with fellow homeschoolers. http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ warrencountyhschooling/info.

Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties, WV Christian Home Educators of West Virginia has been a force behind every homeschool law in WV. Website is full of articles, news, and information to help every home educator. www.chewv.org. Faith Christian Academy, Martinsburg. Home school program is for grades K through 12. Courses are taught from the perspective of a Biblical world view. Visit the school website to get admission information, school tuition information and other forms. 304/263-0011. www.faithchristianacademy.net. St. James Homeschoolers is a support group for Catholic families who provide their children’s primary education at home. Meetings are held monthly at St. James Church in Charles Town, WV. If you are interested in Catholic homeschooling, contact 703/717-2233. Email homeschool@stjameswv.org. http://epochwv.org/?page_id=21. The West Virginia Home Educators Association was founded in 1986 to assist homeschooling families. WVHEA is open to everyone, regardless of religion, personal beliefs or educational philosophy. It is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers – homeschooling parents who fit their work for WHEA around the needs of their families. www.wvhea.org. West Virginia Home Schoolers is a support group for homeschoolers in West Virginia that offers support, information and ideas. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WVAHS/

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Bridging the Gap Home School, Private School, Public School: We’re All in it Together! BY ANGELA ROYSE PELLEMAN elcome to Child Guide’s new column to help bridge the gap between homeschoolers, and private and public school students! We all love our kids and want what’s best for them. Parents choose the schooling method for their children based on a variety of reasons. Most parents feel their way is the best, but we don’t have to insist that ours is the best way for everyone. Each family is unique, with its own set of beliefs, problems, goals, dreams and more. All of these Best friends: private school factors contribute to a family’s student, Charlotte (left), age 4, choice of schooling. and homeschooler, Abigail By choosing to support our (right), age 5, having fun after friends, regardless of their school at the park. The girls schooling style, we can develop met through dance class. a better understanding of the similarities between us. Most parents want their children to have quality family time, a good education based on truth, a chance to be creative and shine and the joy of making lasting friendships. We also want our children to have success in these areas. Bridging the Gap will share the advantages of spending time with others who do not school like you. We want to promote friendships with parents and kids, beyond your comfort zone. This column will offer topics benefitting all school-aged children. We will have tips on helping your children become better readers and writers, fun field trips to take, developing social skills, enrichment classes or how to complete a workload on time. We will also share ideas and activities that can be adapted to your schooling style. Homeschoolers learn at home, but they also learn and spend time in public. Many homeschoolers attend co-op classes away from home, with teachers and students. They also take enrichment classes, play team sports, participate in competitions and have opportunities for social time with friends. Private and public school students go to school, but they also learn and spend time at home. Many students’ parents educate, as they help with homework, projects, and activities. Their parents are also instilling morals and values along with giving them chores and responsibilities. Let’s take some time to learn about each other and build a bridge. With a little planning and spontaneity, we can double our friends and adventures. By focusing more on the positives, we can support and encourage each other through tough times and celebrate the good times. Instead of “us” over here, and “them” over there, we can learn, grow and create together. I’m looking forward to sharing ideas with you to help bridge the gap between homeschoolers, private and public school students. The best part is making more friends!

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Education & Child Care The Banner School, The Banner School, through its Learning Triangle and its diverse community of learners, provides a nurturing yet challenging environment that motivates students to become responsible citizens who lead by example. We offer rolling admissions to qualified mid-year transfers for preschool through 8th grade. Preschool students may start as soon as they turn 3 and are potty trained. Learn more by calling 301-6959320 ext. 32 or visit www.bannerschool.org. See ad page 5. The Carl and Norma Miller Children’s Center at Frederick Community College provides an enhanced child-centered learning program for children ages 6 weeks to school age (during summer months). Parents can be confident and trusting of the care and education their children receive as they develop strong social and emotional skills that ensure they will enter school ready to learn. 301-846-2612. www.frederick.edu/studentresources/childrens-center.aspx See ad page 20. Educare Learning Center, located on 22 natureenriched acres in Jefferson, MD, is a place to “grow” happy, healthy children. Strong family-involvement component includes exciting monthly events. We don’t only enroll the child, we enroll the entire family! Call 301-834-9007 or visit www.educatewithcare.com See ad page 24. The Light of the Child Montessori School in Shepherdstown accepts 3- to 5-year-olds. Diversified curriculum: mathematics, language arts, practical life, sensorial, geography, Spanish, sign language, art and music lessons. Call 304-268-7075. www.thelightofthechild- montessorischool.com. See ad page 24. The Mustard Seed Early Learning Center is located in Martinsburg. We are a Christian-based Early Learning Center for children ages 2 through 5 with a Summer Camp Program for school-age children K-3rd. Our teachers have their ACDS Certification, and are CPR/First Aid Certified. Call 304-263-9291. www.mseed2001.com. See ad page 16. St. John Regional Catholic School, in Frederick, MD, has an outstanding academic program with a Christ Centered atmosphere. From our Little Treasures 3- and 4-year-old preschool program to our cutting-edge classroom technology in grades K through 8th, we are a Catholic School for the 21st Century. Visit and see why over 600 families pick St. John Regional Catholic School. 301-662-6722. www.sjrcs.org. See ad page 15. Saint Joseph School in Martinsburg, WV is the only Catholic school in the Eastern Panhandle. SJS serves over three hundred students from age 2 through 8th grade. SJS educates the young in the spirit of the Gospel, stressing Catholic values, inspiring academic excellence, global awareness, and service to those in need. 304-267-6447. www.stjosephparishschool.us. See ad page 9. Founded in 1874, Saint Mary Catholic School is a fully accredited pre-kindergarten through eighth grade Catholic school located at 218 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, Maryland. SMCS challenges the students academically with a well-rounded curriculum and stateof-the-art technology and science facilities, and empowers students to become the leaders of tomorrow. 301-733-1184. www.stmarycatholicschool.org. See ad page 17. Sylvan Learning Center. Sylvan's personal learning approach will connect with your child, combining engaging technology with amazing teachers, raising grades and confidence. We offer tutoring programs in reading, writing, and math as well as test prep services. New this spring, we launch courses for fun STEM enrichment. Summer camps too! Locations in Frederick, Hagerstown, and Martinsburg. 877-957-2727. www.sylvanlearning.com. See ad page 5. Trinity Learning Center Trinity Learning Center in Smithsburg, MD provides Christian programs for the

social, academic, and spiritual development of your child. We offer classes for ages 3 and 4. Stop by our Open House on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10 a.m.-12 noon. For more information, please call 301824-6567, email tlcpreschool@myactv.net, or visit www.tlcsmithsburg.org/learning. See ad page 24.

Health Care & Family Services Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization, recognized as a prominent leader in social services worldwide and the largest adoption agency in the U.S. Bethany in Martinsburg, WV currently offers Pregnancy Counseling, Domestic Infant Adoption, International Adoption, and Safe Families for Children (SFFC) services. Information sessions are held monthly, please call to register. 304-930-5070. www.bethany.org/martinsburg. See ad page 1. EsSence of Play Therapy Center in Winchester, VA is a comprehensive occupational therapy practice that specializes in providing services to clients experiencing a wide range of sensory processing difficulties. Fully staffed by Licensed Occupational Therapists who are certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). 540-678-8568. www.eoptherapy.com. See ad page 27. Frederick Pediatric Dentistry stands for quality dentistry for the young patient in a relaxed, child friendly environment. Our team customizes a comprehensive treatment plan and an approach exclusively designed for your child’s individual needs – now offering orthodontics! Special emphasis placed on preventive dental care and education. Our highly- skilled team uses the latest advances in technology combined with warmth and compassion. New location in Hagerstown! 301-682-3887. www.fpdentistry.com. See ad page 3. Muscular Skeletal Therapies, Inc. in Martinsburg is the practice of Peter Juergensen, NCLMT, CKTP, a professional clinical orthopedic massage therapist. Services include Orthopedic, Infant, and Geriatric, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, and Sports Massages, Active Isolated Stretching, CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage and Cold Laser Therapy. Full staff of massage therapists available. 304-264-6092. www.muscularskeletaltherapys.com. See ad page 37.

Dr. Pearlman, D.D.S. and Dr. Newman, D.D.S. specialize in all areas of children’s dental health, oral growth and development. We see children of all ages. Our doctors and entire staff provide you the highest standard of personalized dental care with a gentle, efficient and professional manner. www.drspearlmanandseidman.com. 301-797-6950. See ad on Inside Front Cover. The Pediatric Center of Frederick is your comprehensive center for well child care, immunizations, consultations, emergency services, and care for acute and chronic illnesses! Six offices cover Frederick, Myersville, Mt. Airy & Urbana. 301-662-0133. www.thepedcenter.com See ad page 20. The Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick is committed to educating parents and children of all ages on the importance of good dental hygiene. Doctors have completed post-graduate residency training, focusing on treating children, including those with special needs. Staff has a child-friendly approach to dental care offering up-to-date dental treatment. We accept MD Healthy Smiles, WV SCION Dental and most insurance plans. Orthodontics offered for all ages at Smile Frederick Orthodontics, including braces, Invisalign, InVu ceramic braces, and WildSmiles braces for kids. 301-668-2662. www.mykiddsmiles.com and www.smilefrederick.com. See ad on Back Cover. Providing Relief for Autistic Youth Inc. strives to be a reliable “hub” for resources and support to individuals with Autism, their families, & communities in our area. We provide: Awareness, training, & resources for families, businesses, churches, schools, & emergency

personnel through seminars, workshops, & mentoring. Resource “hub” through facebook & partner organizations. Free family fun events for all ages. 240-310-9112. www.prayinwesternmd.org. See ad page 28. WIC the Women, Infants and Children’s Program of Frederick and Washington County in MD is a health and nutrition program serving pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women, infants and children younger than 5. WIC provides health screening, nutrition counseling, breast-feeding/peer counselor support and checks to buy nutritious food. 301-6002507 (Frederick Co.), 240-313-3335 (Washington Co.) or www.mdwic.org. See ad on inside back cover. Women’s Health & Family Medicine in Ranson treats all ages of patients from infants to geriatric adults. The practice offers expert obstetrical and gynecological care and the full range of primary healthcare, for infants, adolescents, men and women. We believe in putting your care, comfort, and well-being first with a caring, compassionate approach. Call 304/725-6343. wvuwomenshealth.com. See ad page 23.

Music, Dance and the Arts Inwood Performing Arts, Inwood, WV. A unique arts facility allowing students to study both dance and music with a professional teaching staff under the guidance of Director Denna Smith, a registered member of the Royal Academy of Dancing. 304/229-3209. www.inwoodperformingarts.com. See ad page 11. Joyful Center for the Arts! offers classes in dance, karate, art, sign language, and theater. Ages 3-older. Affordable tuition, family-based atmosphere, and lots of fun! Bringing joy to the arts through fun classes, camps, recitals, and much more! Summer camps and class list available March 15th. Located at 1948 Rock Cliff Dr. Martinsburg, WV. 304-707-6946. www.joyfulcenterforthearts.com. www.facebook.com/joyfulcenterforthearts See ad page 11. Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy celebrates its 39th year in 2015. SCAA serves Winchester and the surrounding communities by providing recreational and pre-professional training in the fine arts for students of all ages and abilities. Programming includes: Dance, Music, Instrumental, Vocal, Theatre, Fencing and Early Childhood Music. SCAA students perform in recitals and performances throughout the year at Shenandoah University venues. 540-665-4602. www.scartsacademy.org. See ad page 13. Shepherdstown School of Dance is committed to keeping the art and discipline of classical dance alive in our community. We offer ballet, tap, jazz, and modern, toddler through adults – all ages welcome. Call for info about the Rommett Floor-Barre® Technique for all fitness levels. 304-886-8398. See ad page 11. www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com.

Recreation & Entertainment Artistic Endeavors Summer Music Theatre Camp, Musselman High School in Inwood. Workshops and rehearsals produce full-length musicals. Junior Academy performs “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” and Senior Academy performs “Legally Blonde the Musical, Jr.” Michael W. Stiles, Theatre Director, leads Musselman Theatre in performances throughout the year. 304/229-1900. www.MusselmanTheatreInc.com. See ad page 46. Authentic Community Theatre offers a wide variety of creative programs for students of all ages. Summer Camps in Hagerstown include Visual and performing arts camps for ages 5-18. Art in the Woods is offered for students entering Grades K-8. This camp is full of hands-on activities and art projects taught by professional local artists. Performing Arts Academy is offered for students entering grades K-12 and graduating seniors. 301-491-7228. www.actforall.org. See ad page 46. Backyard Inflatables – your one stop shop for all your party rental needs. Our party rental inventory consist of continued on page 38

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Artistic Endeavors/ Musselman Theatre Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Authentic Community Theatre/ACT Jr. . . . . . . . . .46 Backyard Inflatables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 The Banner School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Best Burger Hagerstown / Children’s Safety Village Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Bethany Christian Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 The Carl & Norma Miller Children’s Center . . . . .20 Child Spirit Consignment Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Cluggy’s Family Amusements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Discovery Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Educare Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Enkore Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 EsSence of Play Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 FCC Kids on Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Flying Changes Horsemanship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Frederick Pediatric Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Great Cloth Diaper Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 HCC College for Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Inwood Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Jefferson Co. Parks & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Joyful Center for the Arts! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Kids Closet Connection Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Kids First Swim Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 The Light of the Child Montessori School . . . . . . .24 Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Milestones & Miracles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Muscular Skeletal Therapies, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 The Mustard Seed Early Learning Center . . . . . . .16 Jeffrey Pearlman, D.D.S. & Melanie Newman, D.D.S, Children’s Dentistry . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover The Pediatric Center of Frederick . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick and Smile Frederick Orthodontics . . . .Back Cover ProDesign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Providing Relief for Autistic Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Saint John Regional Catholic School . . . . . . . . . . .15 Saint Joseph School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Saint Mary Catholic School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy . . .13, 47 Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum . . . . . . . .16 Shepherdstown School of Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Sylvan Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Thirty-One Gifts, Lizzy Fontaine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 TotSwap Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Trinity Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 The Wee Cycle Consignment Store . . . . . . . . . . . .37 WIC of Frederick & Washington Counties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover WVU Women’s Health & Family Medicine . . . . . .23

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Frederick Community College Kids on Campus offers an exciting variety of educational enrichment programs for youth throughout the year. Students learn valuable skills, stretch their imaginations and meet new friends while exploring the world around them. Taught by knowledgeable and experienced staff, programs are designed especially for students from ages 4 through 15. 301-846-2661. www.frederick.edu/kidsoncampus. See ad page 48. HCC College for Kids at Hagerstown Community College. Summer enrichment program for grades 2 to 10. Over 60 quality hands-on programs designed to provide exciting, challenging, and enjoyable learning experiences. Music, applied arts, science, technology, literature, and more. Schedules and costs vary by theme and week. 240-500-2236. www.hagerstowncc.edu/kids. See ad page 47. Jefferson County Parks & Recreation, Jefferson County Community Center in Sam Michael’s Park, Shenandoah Junction. Year round activities for preschool, youth and adult in sports, dance and more. Summer camps begin in June. Ages/costs vary by camp theme/week. 304-728-3207. www.jcprc.org. See ad page 47. KIDS FIRST® Swim Schools are America’s largest provider of year round warm water swimming instruction, with local schools in Frederick, Hagerstown, and Winchester. We are dedicated to teaching kids to be safe and proficient in the water. A wide variety of programs are offering, including Mommy & Me classes, personal instruction and group lessons. www.kidsfirstswimschools.com. See ad page 1. Get to know Martinsburg-Berkeley County, WV! Download our visitors guide brochure at www.travelwv.com or call us at 304-264-8801 to

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Shopping and Dining Child Spirit Consignment is a seasonal consignment event that occurs a few times a year in Martinsburg, WV. The sales are a wonderful opportunity to buy children’s clothing, furniture, maternity, toys, and women’s clothing. We consistently have more than 20,000 items at each sale. The high-quality items a shopper can buy with Child Spirit Consignment come at amazing prices. www.childspiritconsignment.com. See ad page 5. Enkore Kids, Boonsboro, MD, specializes in new and used cloth diapers, baby carriers, kids' clothing, toys, and baby-related equipment. Not your typical consignment store, we purchase most items outright at the time of your appointment. We also offer browsing and buying on-line at www.enkorekids.com. Don't see what you're looking for, use the “favorite search” feature and we'll email you when a matching item comes in-stock. See ad page 25. Kid’s Closet Connection holds semi-annual children’s consignment sale events in several counties in the quad-state area. Shop name-brand, well organized events. Sellers tag once and transfer often, plus make 65%-70% on their sold items. Exclusive pre-sale events available before the public shops. Find a sale at www.kidscloset.biz. See ad page 7. Milestones & Miracles. When parents understand development and pair it with purposeful AGE APPROPRIATE traditional play, amazing things happen! 1-2-3 Just Play With Me is a unique resource that pairs specific developmental milestones with thousands of practical and fun play ideas, helping parents to engage their infants and toddlers with purposeful play and early bonding activities. 75 large durable cards, in a boutique style box, make the perfect gift for new parents. www.milestonesandmiracles.com. See ad page 28. Thirty-One Gifts Lizzy Fontaine, Independent Executive Director, National Recruiter, Trainer and Mentor. 100% commission donated to all fundraisers. In-Home Parties, Facebook Parties and more! Start your own business for just $99. Training provided. www.mythirtyone.com/lizzyfontaine 540-273-9725. See ad page 27. TotSwap Consignment Sale - at the Frederick Fairgrounds, March 25-29. The sales are a great opportunity for families to Clean Out and Cash In while shopping for the best in brand name and boutique items all at great prices! Consignors can sell their gently used children’s clothing, toys, furniture, baby equipment, accessories, books, DVDs and more. ANYONE can consign, shop, or volunteer! Pre-sale tickets available to shop shop early! We hope to see you there! www.TotSwap.net See ad page 43. The Wee Cycle in Martinsburg is a children's consignment boutique with low prices and a large inventory that is always changing. The store sells clothing in sizes preemie to 16 kids, juniors, and maternity. We also have toys, equipment, games, and other baby/kid related items. We pride ourselves in friendly costumer service and a clean, organized store environment. 304-262-1799. See ad page 37.

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studying 1st through 6th grade curriculums, with rotate through three different activities Art Exhibits, Washington County Arts with other students of similar age. Season’s Council Gallery, 34 S. Potomac St., Suite theme: Maple Sugaring. Student drop-off 100, Hagerstown. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; program for ages 6-11. 717/428-1961. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and by appt. “A Vision www.yorkcountyparks.org. and a Smartphone” by Mark Youngblood, , 3 & 4 Books Are Fun Sale, and artwork by BISFA students. 301/791Robinwood Professional Center, Room 3132. www.washingtoncountyarts.com. 142, 11110 Medical Campus Rd., Home School History Series, The Hagerstown. Mon., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tues., Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wed., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Books Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. from favorite book publishers, exciting Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. Hands-on approach to interactive toys, and books for students and history with students practicing various teachers alike. Proceeds benefit the Meritus textile skills such as dyeing and weaving. Medical Center Auxiliary. Open to the public. Ages 5-13. $45. Pre-registration required. 301/790-8144 or 301/797-1850. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. IHOPs Celebrate National Pancake Day. Participating local IHOPs celebrate by giving away one free short stack of pancakes to all who dine throughout the Winter Bounce Festival, The day. Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Chambersburg Mall, 3055 Black Gap Rd., Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) National Capital Chambersburg, PA. 12 noon-6 p.m. Area Chapter, with the hopes that patrons Inflatables, games, food, music, mini-golf, will make a donation. www.llls.org. and more. www.phantomshadow.com/ to 7 Repeat Performance Fall/ winter-bounce-festival. Winter Clearance Sale, Repeat “Camelot,” Academy Theater, 58 E. Performance – The Auxiliary Thrift Shop, Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. 18706 Crestwood Dr., Hagerstown. Tues., Presented by St. Maria Goretti High School Wed. & Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri., and Cumberland Valley School of Music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Men’s, women’s and $15. 301/739-4266. children’s clothing, art work, books, Shepherd Honors Recital, Washington household items, greeting cards and County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown evening dresses will be marked down 50%. (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. All proceeds benefit Meritus Medical Center 2:30 p.m. A select group of Shepherd Aux. Open to the public. 301/665-2993. University student musicians and & 24 Solar System Adventure Tour, ensembles will be performing. 301/739William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 5727. www.wcmfa.org. Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30Noteworthy Sunday Concert, Washington 6:15 p.m. A simulated flight through the County Free Library, Community Room 1 & solar system as a passenger on a 2, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 3 p.m. spaceship. Includes a current night sky tour. 20th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, Competition winner, Kerensa Gray. Free. senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card; $10, 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. , 6, 7 & 8 “The Wizard of Oz,” The New Horizons, William M. Brish Performing Arts Factory, 244 S. Jefferson Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., St., Frederick. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 Hagerstown. 7-8 p.m. Learn about the New p.m. Other Voice Theatre. 301/662-3722. Horizon’s spacecraft and its journey through www.othervoicestheatre.org. the outer solar system. Intended for high , 7 & 8 “The Little Prince,” Maryland school through adult audiences. $3, adults; Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., $2, children & students; free, senior Frederick. 1:30 p.m. By Rick Cummins and citizens with WCPS Gold Card; $10, John Scoullar. Based on the book by maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Admission. Early Spring Garden Walkabout, 301/694-4744. Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 www.marylandensemble.org. Amherst St., Winchester. 10-11 a.m. Free. & 15 Carillon Concert, Baker Park, 540/662-1473, x240. www.theMSV.org. Carillon Tower, Frederick. 12:30 p.m. Fred Hersch Trio, Weinberg Center for the Free. 301/846-4781. Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 7:30 p.m. www.visitfrederick.org. Jazz. Admission. 301/600-2828. NEA’s Read Across America Day, The www.weinbergcenter.org. National Education Association sponsors to 28 “Youth Art Month,” Berkeley the program to celebrate reading on or Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., around Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Martinsburg. A selection of student www.nea.org/readacross. photography and digital media from the four Saint Joseph School Registration Opens, Berkeley County High Schools will be 110 E. Stephen Street, Martinsburg. exhibited. Reception March 14, 4-6 p.m. Education rooted in a Catholic foundation 304/620-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org. with rigorous curriculum that challenges “Harriet Tubman and the Underground and inspires. Academic programming for Railroad,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, ages 2 through grade 8. 304/267-6447. 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. & www.stjosephparishschool.us. 12:15 p.m. Classic tribute to the great & 3 Homeschool Day, Nixon County American who freed herself and hundreds Park Nature Center, 5922 Nixon Dr., from slavery. Drama with music. York, PA. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Students

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The a-MAZE-ing Marble Run, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont, MD. Make your own homemade marble run tracks out of masking tape and paper recyclables. Great hands-on way to start thinking about the basics of physics. For kids in grades 1-5 with an adult. 301/600-7200. Explore and Create, Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum, 1611 N. Market Street, Frederick. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Children encouraged to explore sand, glass, and geology. Activities, songs, crafts. Program for ages 2-5 and parents or accompanying adult. $6, adult and child pair. Preregistration recommended. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. St. Patrick’s Day Activities, Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Family Movie, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. For all ages. Rated PG. Free. 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. Creative Outlet Drop-In Art Session, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 3-5 p.m. Theme: Bulgaria for Baba Marta. $1 per art activity. All ages welcome. 301/698-0656. www.delaplaine.org. Alice in Wonderland Story Time & Character Visit, Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts, 15 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 3-6:30 p.m. Free. 301/631-9300. www.dbeartoys.com. Comedy & Magic 28th Spectacular, The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Scott & Jenny Alexander, Jonathan Burns, and Adam Ace. Admission. 717/263-0202. www.thecapitoltheatre.org. Teelin Irish Dance Company, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 7 p.m. Teelin Irish Dance Company presents their St. Patrick’s Day show. $25-$35. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. www.teelin.com. Frederick Symphony Orchestra: From Darkness to Light, Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. 7:30 p.m. Features guest conductor Glenn Quader and the Grand Prize Winner of the Young Artist Competition. Admission. 301/685-3585. & 21 Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1 p.m. Interactive program where children can read books to certified therapy dogs. 540/869-9000, x215. www.handleyregional.org. to May 2 Saturday Morning Youth Art Classes, Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. Sat., 10 a.m.-12 noon. No class April 4. For children in grades 1-5. Free. Application required. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. 3rd Annual Birth and Babies Fair, Best Western Grand Venice Hotel Wedding & Conference Center, 432 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. 1-5 p.m. Informed birth and

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S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA. 6:30-8:30 p.m. During two sessions, participants will hand craft a simple wind instrument called an ocarina, made of clay. Presented by local parenting support, unique and familyartist & musician, Tom McFarland. Ages 15 friendly products, exhibitors, free & up. All materials provided. $25, members workshops, silent auction, children’s of Renfrew Institute; $30, non-members. clothing swap, free car seat checks and Pre-registration required. 717/762-0373. more. www.hagerstownbirth.org. www.renfrewinstitute.org. The Berenstain Bears Live! In Family Stroller Stroll: Face to Face, Matters, The Musical, The Maryland Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 3 p.m. An adaptation of three of the books 901 Amherst St., Winchester. 9:30-11 a.m. New parents, grandparents, and caregivers by Jan and Stan Berenstain. Admission. can bring baby along in a single stroller or 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. to 13 Mother Seton School Science front-carrying baby carrier. Stroll and roll into galleries for a guided tour of the Fair, Mother Seton School, 100 exhibition “Face to Face: Portraits from the Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. Emerging Julian Wood Glass, Jr. Collection.” $5, MSV scientists will answer questions during the members; $10, non-members. 540/662annual Mother Seton School Science Fair. Public is invited to visit. Judging takes place 1473, x240. www.theMSV.org. Riddlesbrood-Mystery Dinner TheaterMarch 11. 301/447-3161. Family Funtastic, Green Grove Gardens, www.mothersetonschool.org. 1032 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle. and April 27 St. Mary Catholic 5:30-9 p.m. Family fun. Admission. School Open House, 218 W. 717/597-0800. Washington St., Hagerstown. Fully www.greengrovegardens.com. accredited school for Pre-K through 8th to 15 Kid’s Closet Connection grade. Experience a well-rounded Consignment Sale, Grand Venice curriculum and state-of-the-art technology Hotel, 431 Dual Hwy, Hagerstown. Quality and science facilities. Call school to clothing, maternity items, nursing items, schedule a shadow day. 301/733-1184. baby furniture, high chairs, swing, car seats, www.stmarycatholicschool.org. toys, books, shoes, strollers, and more. Rhythm of the Dance, The Capitol www.kidscloset.biz. Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Mom 2 Mom Consignment, Body Renew Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Featuring The Fitness and Family Sports Center National Dance Company of Ireland. (Sportsplex), Winchester. Fri., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Admission. 717/263-0202. Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. www.thecapitoltheatre.org. All things child-related. www.rhythmofthedance.com. Tiny Tales Story Time, Museum of the www.mom2momconsignment.com. -15 and 20-22 “Here On The Shenandoah Valley, Glen Burnie House Flight Path,” The Old Opera House, library, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. 204 N. George St., Charles Town. Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m. Free. 540/662-1473, x240. 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Romantic comedy www.theMSV.org. by Norm Foster. Rated PG-13. Check with and April 22 Banner School theatre for age appropriateness. $12-$19. Open House, 1730 N. Market St., 304/725-4420 or 800/900-SHOW. Frederick. 11 a.m. Frederick County’s only www.oldoperahouse.org. non-sectarian independent school for to April 4 Visit the Easter children Preschool through 8th grade. Tour Bunny at the Valley Mall, 17301 the campus, complete an application, Valley Mall Rd., Hagerstown. 301/582schedule a Shadow Day and Assessment, 0700. and more. RSVP to the admission office, Cumberland Valley School of Music 301/695-9320, x12. Performathon, Thomson Alumnae www.BannerSchool.org. Chapel, Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia , 25 and April 15 Trinity Ave., Chambersburg. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. School of Frederick Open House, Continuous music by hundreds of CVSM 6040 Design Rd., Frederick. 9-11 a.m. An Episcopal/Lutheran Partnership. Come for a students of all ages and abilities. Free. visit and find out why students, parents and 717/261-1220. Coin Show, Stonewall Ruritan Building, 136 staff all love Trinity. Ages Kindergarten Fairground Rd., Clearbrook, VA. 9:30 a.m.through Grade 8. 301/228-2333. 4:30 p.m. Winchester Coin Club. Featuring www.trinityschooloffrederick.org. 35 tables of US & world coins and currency. Pizza Party, Jefferson County Buy, sell & trade. Contact Doug or Ginny Community Center, Sam Michael’s Bowers. 540/465-3952. Park, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Saint Patrick’s Day Run Fest, 21 S. Shenandoah Junction, WV. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Children create their own pizzas. Ages 3-5. 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Ground. Registration fee. 240/313-2805. https://parksandrec.washco-md.net. “Early Springtime Weather,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. Jennifer Pagliei, HMTV6 Meteorologist. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Shamrock Shenanigans, Emmitsburg Branch Library, 300 S. Seton Ave. Emmitsburg, MD. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Drop in and participate in a St. Patrick’s Day inspired craft. All ages. 301/600-6329. Movie at the Museum, National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. 3:30 p.m. “Bright Eyes,” starring Shirley Temple. 301/447-6606. Parent’s Night Out, Clarke Co. Parks & Rec, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 5-9 p.m. Fun, popcorn and games provided. Activities for ages 3-12. $16. $12 each for additional siblings. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Mother Seton School St. Patrick’s Celebration, The Carriage House Inn, S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. 6 p.m. Irishthemed dinner, door prizes, auction to benefit Mother Seton School. $60, person; $450, table of 8. Call for tickets. 301/4473161. www.mothersetonschool.org. Berryville Bluegrass Series, JohnsonWilliams Middle School, 110 Lincoln Ave., Berryville. 7 p.m. “Nothin’ Fancy” with “Bob Goff and Mill Run.” Ongoing series to raise funds for Clarke County High School athletes. $24, person advance tickets; $27, person at the door; $132, season tickets. 540/955-6130. www.berryvillebluegrass.com. & 15 21st Annual Flower & Garden Show, Hagerstown Community College ARCC, Hagerstown. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over 100 exhibitors will take part in the flower show themed, “Wind Beneath Our Wings!” Proceeds benefit the HCC Alumni Assoc. $4, adults; free, children under 10. http://hagerstowncc.edu/alumni-friends. Visiting Artist Series, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. Free with Museum admission. 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. Maryland Symphony Orchestra Concert, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. “Brothers on the Battlefield.” The MSO with Rodney Marsalis and the Philadelphia Big Brass Band will present concert music from before the Civil War to just after the Civil Rights Movement. Admission. 301/7974000. www.marylandsymphony.org. , 15, 21 & 22 45th Annual Maple Syrup Festival, Cunningham Falls State Park, Hunting Creek Lake, William Houck Area, Thurmont, MD. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Learn how maple syrup is made from sap. Pancake breakfast available. 301/271-7574. , 21, 22 & 28 The Berenstain Bears on Stage, Way Off Broadway Children’s Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. Five great stories all in one live stage play. Admission. For performance

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bounces, entertainment, pony rides, exhibitors, & more. Free. 304/264-0017. Museums at the Mall, Francis Scott Key Landscape: Photographs, Then and Now” Mall, near the inside entrance to Barnes & by Benita Keller. Reception March 28, 2-4 Noble Books, 5500 Buckeystown Pike, p.m. 301/791-3132. Frederick. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Showcasing local www.washingtoncountyarts.com. history, historic sites, and attractions to the Brunch with the Bunny, Ballenger general public with kids’ activities and Creek Community Bldg., 5420 hands-on learning. 301/662-5151. Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10 a.m.-12 Frederick County Marble Collector Show noon. Preschoolers will enjoy cooking & Festival, E-ventplex at the Frederick yummy breakfast inspired foot, playing games, and doing arts and crafts. Ages 3-6. County Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendors from all $25. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. over the East Coast and Midwest will buy The Decorated Egg, The Council for the and sell marbles. Marble run displays, and Arts, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 10 games and activities for kids of all ages. a.m.-4 p.m. Learn the art of decorating an 301/371-5293. egg using papercutting. For teens and Junior Chess Tournament, Handley adults. 717/264-6883. Regional Library, Benham Room and Lower , 28 & 29 “Disney’s Peter Pan, Lobby, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 10 Jr,” The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. a.m.-5 p.m. For ages 12 & under. 540/662Martin St., Martinsburg. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 1 9041, x16. www.handleyregional.org. p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. The ACT www.winchesterchess.com. Youth Theatre Company performance. “Target America: Opening Eyes to the 304/263-6766. www.apollo-theatre.org. Damage Drugs Cause,” Discovery Station, to April 6 8th Annual 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 Peepshow, Carroll Arts Center, 91 a.m. Susan Fox, DEA Drug Educator. W. Main St., Westminster, MD. 10 a.m.-7 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. p.m. Sweet event features nearly 200 Bunny Money Egg Hunt with the Easter marshmallow masterpieces including Bunny, Clarke County Parks and Recreation, sculptures, dioramas, mosaics, and even 225 Al Smith Circle, Chet Hobert Park, videos, all crafted from or inspired by Peeps. Public can purchase vote chips and Berryville. 11 a.m., ages 1 & 2; 11:20 a.m., ages 3 & 4; 11:40 a.m., ages 5-7. Bring a vote for favorites. Souvenirs and treats for basket to hold all the eggs. Eggs filled with sale. 410/848-7272. bunny money. Participants use bunny www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org. money to buy prizes they want. $3. Bass Fishing Tournament, Fort 540/955-5140. Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Free Family Movie, Boonsboro Branch of Lake Royer Dr., Cascade, MD. Prizes. the Washington County Free Library, 401 Admission. 301/241-5085. Potomac St., Boonsboro, MD. 11:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, “Big Hero 6.” Rated PG. 301/432-5723. Jefferson County Community Center, Sam www.washcolibrary.org. Michael’s Park, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Egg Splash, Jim Barnett Park, indoor pool, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 9 a.m., doors open; 10 a.m., egg hunt. Breakfast, Easter 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester, VA. 11:30 egg hunt, Easter craft, and picture with the a.m. Indoor pool will be loaded with floating Easter eggs. Designed for variety of age Easter Bunny. Adults may purchase groups. Someone could win free swimming breakfast at event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. All ages. $10 per lessons. Ages 3-12. $5. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks. child; $14 at the door. 304/728-3207. Easter Egg Hunt, Jim Barnett Park, War www.jcprc.org. Memorial Building’s gymnasium, 1001 E. Summer Camp Fair, Alamo Drafthouse Cork St., Winchester, VA. 9 a.m. Bring an Cinema, 181 Kernstown Commons Boulevard, Winchester. Shenandoah Valley empty basket and search for eggs in the park. Ages 3-8. Free. 540/662-4946. Kids Trail provides opportunity to learn www.winchesterva.gov/parks. about a wide variety of summer programs Spring Fling Tennis, Clarke Co. Parks & available to children. Children’s activities. Free admission. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 540/955- Rec, Chet Hobert Park, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 12 noon-2 p.m. Invitation to 5149. www.goblueridgetravel.com. play tennis in the park. Advanced Medal of Honor Ceremony, Battle Of registration recommended. Ages 10-18. Antietam, Dunker Church, 5831 Dunker Free. 540/955-5140. Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD. 10 a.m., www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. ceremony; 11 a.m., wreath-laying. Join the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, 9th Annual Family Evening of Comedy and Magic, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Antietam Camp #3 as they confer The Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Evening Medal of Honor upon 20 soldiers from the Battle of Antietam in remembrance of their held to benefit Safe Place, Washington County’s Child Advocacy Center. Admission. heroic acts. 540/454-5560. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. “Dino-Roar” Children’s Day, Martinsburg “Te Deum,” Shenandoah University, Mall, 800 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg. 10 Armstrong Concert Hall, 702 University Dr., a.m.-3 p.m. Week of the Young Child Winchester. 8 p.m. Featuring Shenandoah Celebration. RESA 8 Head Start with Conservatory Choirs and the winners of the organizations serving families, young 2015 Student Soloist Competition. children and early childhood caregivers. Admission. www.conservatoryperforms.org. Fun for all ages. Face painting, mask making, art activities, games, moon cont. from page 41

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& 29 Art in Bloom Weekend, and April 17 Afternoon at the 28 Washington County Museum of Fine 31Ranch, Full Moon Ranch, Berryville. Art, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia 1-4 p.m. Clarke Co. Parks and Rec has Ave. and Park Circle. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. $5, non-members on Sat.; free, members and children 12 & under on Sat.; Free admittance on Sun. 301/7395727. www.wcmfa.org. Scout Spring Fun Day, Nixon County Park, 5922 Nixon Dr., York, PA. Sat., 9:15 a.m.2:45 p.m or Sun., 11:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Daisies, Brownies, Cub Scouts and siblings grades K-3 are invited to explore the world of animal biodiversity through a conservation walk, pollinator project, wildlife activities, and a live endangered animal presentation by Zoo America. Must be accompanied by guardian or scout leader. Space limited; registration required. $12. 717/428-1961. www.yorkcountyparks.org. , 29 and April 4 Walkersville Southern Railroad Bunny Train, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Visit with the Bunny on the train. Each child receives an Easter gift. Juice and cookies in Museum following ride. Reservations required. $12-$15. 301/898-0899. www.wsrr.org.

teamed up with Pony to Go/Full Moon Ranch. “Animal Lovers.” Learn about horses, farm and exotic animals and how to care for them. Ages 9 & up. $25. 540/9555140. www.ponytogo.com. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks.

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Participants take part in arts and crafts, sports, free play, and more. For kids in grade K-5. $25. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. to 5 Easter Egg Hunt at Green Meadows Petting Farm, 10102 Fingerboard Rd., Ijamsville, MD. Wed.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Morning and afternoon egg hunts per day. Separate age groups, prizes, sweet treats for sale, Easter Bunny visits and farm fun. Fee. 301/865-9203. Hippity Hoppity Bunny Art, Urbana Regional Library, Anthony M. Natelli , 29, April 4, 11 & 12 Community Room, 9020 Amelung St., Crumland Farms Spring Fling, Frederick. 2-2:45 p.m. A special bunny will Crumland Farms, 7612 Willow Rd., be visiting this springtime storytime and Frederick. 12 noon-3 p.m. Carnival rides, craft. For ages 3-5, with an adult. 301/600egg hunts, Easter Bunny, zombie-bunny 7000. paintball, campfire with s’mores, petting Easter Craft, Jefferson County Community zoo, bunny trail hayrides, and more. Bring Center, Sam Michael’s Park, 235 Sam your camera. Fee. 301/845-8099. Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. and April 25 Family Nature 4:15-5:15 p.m. Fun craft and time to Tales, Yankauer Nature Preserve, socialize with others. Ages 3 & up. $10. Whiting’s Neck Rd., off of Scrabble Rd., 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. between Martinsburg and Shepherdstown, to May 3 “Fifth Annual Art and WV. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Nature-themed Earth Juried Exhibit,” Berkeley Art storytime and activity. Stories geared Works, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. toward children 8 and younger. Pre304/620-7277. registration required. Free. 304/676-8739. Artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/artandearth/ www.potomacaudubon.org. Jan Brett’s “The Easter Egg,” The Free Movie Night, Bridge of Life Center, Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Enjoy a movie, free Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30popcorn and soda in a safe, family-friendly 10:30 a.m. Story, activities, and craft. For environment. info@bridgeoflife.org. ages 2-5. $4. Pre-registration recomwww.BridgeofLife.org. mended. 301/600-2936. Spring Egg Hunt, Yankauer Nature www.recreater.com. Preserve, Whiting’s Neck Rd., off of Free First Friday, Shenandoah Valley Scrabble Rd., between Martinsburg and Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork St., Shepherdstown, WV. 2-3 p.m. FamilyWinchester. 5-7:30 p.m. Enjoy Shenandoah oriented event. Eggs used in hunt are Valley Discovery Museum for free every colored to resemble real eggs of wild birds. First Friday. 540/722-2020. www.discoveryChildren are challenged to find the naturally museum.net. camouflaged eggs on the trail. There will First Friday Gallery Walk, Downtown also be a “penguin egg walk,” an “ostrich Frederick. New art, light refreshments, and egg balance challenge,” and an egg-toss late hours at more than 10 art galleries. 5game. For ages 2-6. Pre-registration 8 p.m. www.downtownfrederick.org required. $5. 304/676-8739. & 4 “The New Adventures of Alice in www.potomacaudubon.org. Wonderland,” Weinberg Center for the Easter Egg Hunt, Old Town Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Fri., 7:30 Winchester, 1awn of Our Health, p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $10-$20. 329 N. Cameron St. 11 a.m. Ages 3 & 301/600-2828. http://danceunlimitedfredunder, ages 4-6, and ages 7-10. Free. erick.com/alice-in-wonderland/ www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. Easter Bunny Breakfast and Egg Cumberland Valley School of Music Hunt, Adventure Park USA, 11113 W. String Orchestra Concert, Thomson Baldwin Rd., New Market, MD. 8-10 a.m. Alumnae Chapel, Wilson College, 1015 Breakfast buffet with the Easter Bunny. Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg. 8 p.m. Admission. 301/865-6800. www.adven717/261-1220. tureparkusa.com.

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Cork St., Winchester, VA. 7-9 p.m. Prom-like dance exclusively for middle school students. DJ provides entertainment. School ID and ticket required for admission. $5, in Tues., 1-3 p.m. Multi-disciplinary, hands-on 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 8 a.m. 5K run with more than advance; $8, at the door. 540/662-4946. approach to history. Students learn about www.winchesterva.gov/parks. 10 obstacles along the course designed to the history and importance of travel and & 12 4th Legionary Corp, Fort test your stamina, strength and mental transportation in Early America form River Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort to Rail. Pre-registration required. Ages 6-14. fortitude. All ages. 304/728-3207. Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 www.jcprc.org. $45. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmup.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the seum.com. www.recreater.com. Youth Fishing Rodeo, Fort Frederick State recreated 4th Legionary Corp as they Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, & 28 Rumplestiltskin’s Starry Sky, garrison the fort and demonstrate the life of MD. 8 a.m.-12 noon. Fish for stocked trout William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 at Fort Frederick’s Beaver Pond. Ages 15 & Continental soldiers during the American Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30War of Independence. 301/842-2155. under. Registration limited and required. 6:15 p.m. Take a trip with Grimm’s Fairy Children must be accompanied by parent or www.friendsoffortfrederick.info. Tale character to discover how exploding Visiting Artist Series, Shenandoah Valley stars relate to chemistry and the creation of adult. Park entrance fees apply. 301/842Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork St., Winmany elements including gold. Intended for 2155. www.friendsoffortfrederick.info. chester. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. upper elementary through middle school Bell and History Day at Monocacy Free with Museum admission. 540/722audiences $3, adults; $2, children & Battlefield, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick. 2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. students; free, senior citizens with WCPS 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Spring museum season The Rural Heritage Museum Spring Open Gold Card; $10, maximum family cost. opening. Special exhibit and program – House, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, 301/766-2898. follow the route of the train that carried President Lincoln on his final journey home MD. 1-4 p.m. Indoor museum buildings, Let There Be Night, William M. Brish village, and gift shop. Special transportation 150 years ago. 301/662-3515. Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., related features, children’s activities with 4Hagerstown. 7-8 p.m. Find out about light Plein Air Painting Master Class, H Youth Development, Country Store, and pollution. Intended for upper elementary Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, through adult audiences. $3, adults; $2, Kaylor Garden, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, more. Free admission, donations appreciated. 240/420-1714. www.ruralherchildren & students; free, senior citizens Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. itagemuseum.org. with WCPS Gold Card; $10, maximum family For ages 13 & up. $100, plus supplies. Maryland Symphony Orchestra Concert, cost. 301/766-2898. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” H. Learn to Ride, Jefferson County Community The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Center, Sam Michael’s Park, 235 Sam Shippensburg (PA) University. 7:30 p.m. Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. “Maryland Symphony Orchestra World Masterworks.” Sharob Isbin performs Chris $49-$65. 717/477-7469. 10 a.m.-12 noon. JCPRC staff will be Brubeck World Premiere. Admission. www.luhrscenter.com. outside with your child to help them 301/797-4000. succeed in taking the training wheels off to 12 Kid’s Closet Connection www.marylandsymphony.org. and learning to ride. Ages 4-10. $15. Consignment Sale, Jefferson County to May 17 “The King & I,” The 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Fairgrounds, 1707 Old Leetown Pike, Washington County Playhouse Dinner Kearneysville, WV. Quality clothing, Bell and History Day at Schifferstadt 2015, Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Fri maternity items, nursing items, baby Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 & Sat., 6 p.m.; select Sun., 1 p.m. Rodgers furniture, high chairs, swing, car seats, toys, Rosemont Ave., Frederick. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Hammerstein. Musical. Check with books, shoes, strollers, and more. Take a tour, learn about the Brunners who theater for age appropriateness. Admission. www.kidscloset.biz. built Schifferstadt, and see the ceramic 301/739-7469. www.wcpdt.com. bells by artist Cameron Petke. 301/663Let’s Move, Rose Hill Manor Park & City of Frederick Parks & Recreation 3885. Museum, 1611 N. Market Street, Open House, William Talley Recreation Frederick. 9:30-11 a.m. Children “Easter Bunny Magic,” Discovery Station, Center & Baker Park, 121 N. Bentz St., encouraged to explore nature and history 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 while participating in active play. Themed a.m. Dean Burkette, “Mr. Magic.” 301/790- Frederick. 1-4 p.m. Fun for all ages. 301/600-1492. active play, rolling around. All adults must 0076. www.discoverystation.org. Gallery Quartet, Washington County be accompanied by a child. Ages 2-6. $4. Children’s Safety Village’s 1st Annual Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Pre-registration recommended. 301/600Best Burger Competition, Hagerstown Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 2:30-4 1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Municipal Stadium, 274 East Memorial p.m. Free concert. 301/739-5727. www.recreater.com. Boulevard, Hagerstown. 12 noon-4 p.m. www.wcmfa.org. Little Hands Cooking, Ballenger Creek Best burgers competition between local Open Play Monday, Rose Hill Manor Community Bldg., 5420 Ballenger Creek restaurants and pubs. Bands, music, Park & Museum, 1611 N. Market Pike, Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. “Peanut domestic and craft beer, mini burger sliders Butter & Cupcake.” Ages 2 years 6 months from participating restaurants, concessions Street, Frederick. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Children encouraged to explore and enjoy interactive to 5 years. Children under age 3 must have from the Hagerstown Stadium, cornhold an adult with them. $22. 301/600-2936. tournament and more. Proceeds go towards play in museum spaces. All adults must be accompanied by a child. Ages 2-8. $4. www.recreater.com. the Children’s Safety Village. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Home School Days, Catoctin Creek Park & www.bestburgerhagerstown.com. www.recreater.com. Nature Center, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Baking for Kids, Ballenger Creek Wee One Fun, Fountain Rock Park & Middletown, MD. 1-2:30 p.m. Experienced Community Bldg., 5420 Ballenger Creek Nature Center, 8516 Fountain Rock naturalists enrich your child’s studies using Pike, Frederick. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., nature as a focus. “The Science of Clouds.” ages 8-12; 1-3 p.m., ages 5-7. Kids explore Ct., Walkersville, MD. 10-10:45 a.m. Explore the world through stories, songs, games Ages 5-12. $5 per class. 301/600-2936. the world of baking. $20 per class. and live animals. Ages 2-3. $8 per day. www.recreater.com. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Ranch Program, Full Moon Ranch, 5K Run/Walk/& Roll, Clarke Co. Parks & Kinder Konzert, Hagerstown Berryville. 6:30-8:45 p.m. Clarke Co. Parks Rec, Chet Hobert Park Fitness Trail, 225 Al Community College, Kepler Theater, and Rec has teamed up with Pony to Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 3 p.m. Race day 11400 Robinwood Dr., Hagerstown. 9:30 Go/Full Moon Ranch. Pony rides, farm tour, registration from 1:30-2:45 p.m. $10-$20. a.m., 10:45 a.m. & 12 noon. “Children’s petting zoo, and children’s activities. Ages 3 540/955-5140. Songs and Sing-Along.” The Smithsburg & up. $20 per family. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. High School Orchestra performs a free www.ponytogo.com. Bell and History Hand Bell Festival, www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. National Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 concert for preschool children. 301/7974000. www.marylandsymphony.org. to 12 Kid’s Closet Connection S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. 7 p.m. to 18 Child Spirit Consignment Consignment Sale, Norlo Park Barn, Hand Bell Choirs of Frederick County come Spring Sale, Berkeley County Youth 3050 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville. Quality together for a performance in the Basilica, clothing, maternity items, nursing items, highlighting the theme, “Let Freedom Ring.” Fairgrounds, Martinsburg. Maternity, infant, children’s & junior’s clothing, books, toys, baby furniture, high chairs, swing, car seats, 301/447-6606. furniture, and more. toys, books, shoes, strollers, and more. Spring Fling, Jim Barnett Park, War www.ChildSpiritConsignment.com. www.kidscloset.biz. Memorial Building’s gymnasium, 1001 E.

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Mountainside Spring Fest, 2914 Roderick Rd., Urbana, MD. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fun for whole family. Live music, crafters, planting demonstrations, hands-on projects, rope courses, giant slide & more. 301/212-1206. Wildflower Festival, Yankauer Nature Rd., Winchester. Quality clothing, maternity Preserve, Whiting’s Neck Rd., off of items, nursing items, baby furniture, high Scrabble Rd., between Martinsburg and chairs, swing, car seats, toys, books, shoes, Shepherdstown, WV. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Guided strollers, and more. www.kidscloset.biz. wildflower walks through the preserve for Hagerstown Suns Home Baseball Games, advanced and beginner families, children’s Hagerstown Municipal Stadium, 274 East activities and refreshments. Free. 304/676Memorial Boulevard, Hagerstown. Thurs.8739. www.potomacaudubon.org. Sat., 6:05 p.m.; Sun., 3:05 p.m. Suns vs. Free Family Movie, Boonsboro Branch of Lakewood BlueClaws. Admission. 301/791- the Washington County Free Library, 401 6266. www.hagerstownsuns.com. Potomac St., Boonsboro, MD. 11:30 a.m. Mommy & Me, Rose Hill Manor Park “The Boxtrolls.” Rated PG. 301/432-5723. & Museum, 1611 N. Market Street, www.washcolibrary.org. Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Little ones and Tea Time at the Tea Room at Gambrill State their caregivers enjoy a themed program. Park, 8602 Gambrill Park Rd., Frederick. 2Ages 2-4. $6, adult/child pair. Pre4 p.m. Enjoy tea and sweets with a registration recommended. 301/600-1650. beautiful view. Registration required. Fee. www.rosehillmuseum.com. 301/271-7574. Teen Movie Night, Boonsboro Branch of “Severe Weather and Thunderstorms,” the Washington County Free Library, 401 Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Potomac St., Boonsboro, MD. 5 p.m. Hagerstown. 11 a.m. Jennifer Pagliei, “Mockingjay Part 1.” Rated PG-13. HMTV6 Meteorologist. 301/790-0076. 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. www.discoverystation.org. -19 and 24-26 “Shrek the Leitersburg BBQ Festival, Leitersburg Musical,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 Ruritan Park, Leitersburg, MD. 11 a.m.-6 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Fri. & Sat., p.m. BBQ, live music, vendors, free kids & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Musical based adult games, and more. $7, person in on the DreamWorks Animation film. advance; $10, person at the gate; free, Performed by Barbara Ingram School for ages 12 & under. the Arts students. Admission. 301/797www.LeitersburgBBQFestival.com. 4000. www.marylandsymphony.org. to 26 National Park Week, , 20 & 21 Schools Out for the Monocacy National Battlefield, 5201 Day, Clarke County Parks and Urbana Pike, Frederick. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. Participate in “Find Your Park” activity as 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Participants take part in a the National Park Service kicks off the variety of recreational activities. For kids in centennial celebration. 301/662-3515. grade K-5. $25. After School participants to May 3 Washington County pay $16. 540/955-5140. Public School Art Exhibition, www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, The Great Cloth Diaper Change Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at 2015, Boonsboro Fire Hall, 5 St. Paul Park Circle. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues.-Fri.; 9 a.m.Street, Boonsboro, MD. 9 a.m.-12 noon. 4 p.m., Sat.; 1-5 p.m., Sun. Annual Actual check-in begins at 10:15 a.m. Free exhibition showcases the outstanding family and earth friendly event. Be a part of artwork of Washington County Public history and help break the Guiness World School children in kindergarten through Record for most number of babies changed fifth grade. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. into a cloth diaper. Goody bags, raffle to 22 Hagerstown Suns Home items, silent auction and vendors. Baseball Games, Hagerstown Preregistration recommended. Municipal Stadium, 274 East Memorial www.MDClothDiapers.info Boulevard, Hagerstown. Mon. & Tues., 6:05 JCCC Open House, Jefferson County p.m.; Wed., 10:35 a.m. Suns vs. Delmarva Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park, Shorebirds. Admission. 301/791-6266. 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah www.hagerstownsuns.com. Junction, WV. 10 a.m. See what’s in store Earth Day Walk & Clean Up, Clarke for the Spring & Summer. Free family fun Co. Parks & Rec, 225 Al Smith Circle, day. Moon bounces, giveaways, Berryville, VA. 6 p.m. Come out for a concessions, class demonstrations and leisurely walk around the park and help more. Free. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. clean up litter. Free. 540/955-5140. My Dolly & Me Cooking, Ballenger Creek www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Community Bldg., 5420 Ballenger Creek Homeschool Showcase, Bowman Library, Pike, Frederick. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. “Tea for 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 6 p.m. Three.” Ages 5-12. $40. 301/600-2936. Projects by students. 540/869-9000, x215. www.recreater.com. www.handleyregional.org. Handmade Greeting Card Workshop: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Mothers Day Cards, Hagerstown (MD) Work® Day, all across the country. Community College, ARCC Room 225, Girls and boys go to work with parents, 11400 Robinwood Dr. 10 a.m.-12 noon. relatives, friends, and volunteers. Children Supplies and techniques provided. All ages. are given the opportunity to envision their $10, plus $15 supply fee. 240/313-2805. futures. 800/676-7780. www.washco-md.net. www.DaughtersAndSonsToWork.org. cont. from page 43

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to 26 18th Century Market Fair, 23 Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. Thurs.Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Artisans, craftspeople, and sutlers with an 18th century encampment. 301/842-2155. www.friendsoffortfrederick.info. Maryland School for the Deaf Open House, 101 Clarke Place, Frederick. Enjoy campus tours, visit classrooms in action, visit display booths and interact with teachers, staff and students. Call to register. 301/360-2054. www.msd.edu. Imagination Playhouse, Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum, 1611 N. Market Street, Frederick. 4-7 p.m. Children and caregivers engage in sensory play. All adults must be accompanied by a child. All ages. $4. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Movie Night, Smithsburg Library, Community Room, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg, MD. 7 p.m. “Big Hero 6.” Rated PG. Free refreshments provided. 301/8247722. www.washcolibrary.org. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 p.m. “A Night at the Opera.” The BSO and the Washington National Opera team up to present opera scenes featuring artists from the Domingo-Cafritz young artist program. Admission. 301/6002828. www.weinbergcenter.org. to May 3 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester. More than 30 events including band competitions, dances, parade, 10K race, Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, carnival, golf tournament, celebrities, food, and more. www.thebloom.com. Race for the Birds, National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), just north of Shepherdstown, WV. 9 a.m. 15K, 8K, 2-mile community jog/walk and 1mile fun run. All proceeds used to support Potomac Valley Audubon’s programs for children. $15-$30. Fun run is free. www.raceforthebirds.org. Washington Co. March for Babies, Fairgrounds Park, 351 Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. Registration 9 a.m. Walk starts 10 a.m. Fundraiser walk for March of Dimes. 301/722-3867. www.marchforbabies.org. 26th Annual Children’s Festival 2015, Baker Park Band Shell Area, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Children enjoy hands-on activities and entertainment while parents learn more about local early childhood programs and services. 301/662-4549. Nature Fest, Catoctin Creek Nature Center, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day at Catoctin Creek Park. Animals, nature, walks, exhibits, archery lessons, campfire activities, story time, family nature crafts, creek exploration, silent auction, and more. Free. 301/600-2051. www.recreater.com. Cooking for Kids, Ballenger Creek Community Bldg., 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ages 6-8; 1-3 p.m., ages 10-13. $20 per class. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com.

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Intro to Summer Camps and Programs 2015 Maryland Authentic Community Theatre’s Summer Camps, Hagerstown. Visual and performing arts camps for ages 5-18. Art in the Woods is offered July 6-10 and July 13-17, 9 am-4 pm, for students entering grades K-8. This camp is full of hands-on activities and art projects taught by professional and local artists. Performing Arts Academy is offered July 20-24, 9 am-4 pm, for students entering grades 1-12 and graduating seniors. Students prepare scenes, songs, and dance, all while learning vocal technique, stage presence, acting, and choreography. $200 per week. 301/4917228. www.actforall.org. See ad below.

The Banner School Summer Discovery Camp, 1730 N. Market St., Frederick. Weeklong, themed half- or full-day camp sessions beginning June 8 through August 28 for ages 3-14. Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp for ages 3-16. Morning camp (9 am-1 pm), afternoon camp (12 noon-4 pm), or full day camp (9 am-4 pm). Extended care and drop-in extended care offered for a fee. Preschool camp is either morning or full day. Themes include: Lego City Challenge, horseback riding, pottery, extreme team sports, voice, kinderdance, superhero academy, basketball, etiquette, lacrosse, field hockey, math lab, dino dig, fencing, tennis, building, volleyball, music, Star Wars, voice camp, American Girl, marine biology, pirates, ocean wonders, the circus, ceramics, School of Rock, golf, baseball, softball, extreme sports, weaving and string art, and many more. 301/695-9320. www.bannerschool.org/programs/ summer-camp.html. See ad on page 5.

Educare Learning Center Summer Program, 2538 Jefferson Pike, Jefferson. Summer sessions complement the school year by encouraging in-depth exploration of the natural world and creative endeavors. Programs held in large outdoor play areas and well-equipped air-conditioned classrooms. Nutritious morning and afternoon snack provided. Kids move all summer long. 301/834-9007. www.educatewithcare.com. See ad on page 24.

Frederick Community College Kids and Teens on Campus, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. Summer enrichment programs for kids of ages 4-15. Week-long morning & afternoon workshops feature hands-on learning in a variety of academic areas including: science & technology, creative arts, sports & fitness, kid’s cuisine, foreign language study, computer animation and more. Schedules and costs vary. Kids on Campus and Teens on Campus Summer 2015 Open House March 14, 10 a.m.-12 noon in the Conference Center. 301/846-2661 or www.frederick.edu/kidsoncampus. See ad on page 48.

HCC College for Kids, Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Dr., Hagerstown. Summer enrichment program for grades 2 to 10. Offering six weeks of adventures starting June 22. Computer game design, LEGOs, tech courses, theater, fantasy exploration, “Kids for Peace” courses, and much more. Expanded services include Before Care and Mini-CFK. Schedules and costs vary by theme and week. Early registration discount through March 31. 240/500-2236. www.hagerstowncc.edu/kids. See ad on page 47.

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Frederick. Full and half day camps for children in grades K-8, during the month of July. Before and after care available. 301/662-6722. www.sjrcs.org. See ad on page 15.

Pennsylvania Camp Joy El, 3741 Joy-El Drive, Greencastle. June 16 to Aug. 7. Day camps for students in grades K to 5 run Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most overnight camps for students 1-12 run from Sun., 4 p.m. to Fri., 6:30 p.m. Mini camp week runs from Tues., 4 p.m. to Fri., 6:30 p.m. Age groups vary each week. Camp Joy El is a nondenominational Christian camp providing summer camps for children and youth in grades K-12. Leadership Experience for Senior

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West Virginia Artistic Endeavors Summer Music Theatre Camp, Musselman High School, 126 Excellence Way, Inwood. Junior Academy, June 29 to July 19 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for ages 8-14. Senior Academy, July 20 to 25 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for ages 14-18. Workshops and rehearsals produce full-length musicals. Junior Academy performs “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” and Senior Academy performs “Legally Blonde the Musical, Jr.” 304/229-1900. www.MusselmanTheatreInc.com. See ad on page 46. High is also available. Overnight camp, $306; mini-camp, $199; day camp, $114 to $136. 717/369-4539. www.joyelcamps.org.

Holiquin Riding Center Camps, 15052 Wingerton Rd., Waynesboro. June 15-July 3, ages 7-17. Horseback riding co-ed day camp and 1-week and 2-week boarding camps for girls. Horse lovers learn proper horsemanship and riding. There is also pool time and other activities. $400 to $1750/ person. 717/762-9341. www.holiquin.com.

Dance Dimensions Hedgesville, L.L.C., 3790 Hedgesville Rd., Hedgesville. Offers quality dance education during fun weeklong camps for children. 304/671-3688. www.dancewv.com. Inwood Performing Arts Summer Dance 2015, 2297 Henshaw Rd., Inwood. Summer dance classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, pointe, and conditioning. Fees vary. 304/229-3209. www.inwoodperformingarts.com. See ad on page 11.

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Virginia Essence of Play Therapy, 2400 Valley Ave., Suite #9, Winchester. Summer camps combine fun outdoor recreational activities with behavioral and therapeutic programming to reach and reinforce positive social skills and behaviors while targeting sensory motor skills. Email info@eoptherapy.com. 540/678-8568. www.eoptherapy.com. See ad on page 27.

Center in Sam Michael’s Park, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction. Camps begin in June. Ages/costs vary by camp theme/week. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. See ad on page 46.

Joyful Center for the Arts, 1948 Rock Cliff Dr., Martinsburg. Low-cost summer camps in a family-friendly studio for children to come and learn dance and art. 304/707-6946. See ad on page 11.

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Shepherdstown. Summer camp one week in June and one week in July. Teachings and principles of Maria Montessori are taught through wellprepared environments that meet the needs and challenges of all children. www.thelightofthechild-montessorischool.com. 304/268-7075. See ad on page 24.

Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy (SCAA) Summer Camps, 203 S. Cameron St., Winchester. June, July, and August for ages 9 months & up. Summer is a time for exploration, learning and fun. Our accomplished faculty at SCAA invite you to join us for an arts adventure. Our summer program has something for students of all ages. Take a dance class, experience acting, singing, and performing, or explore a variety of musical instruments. Costs vary, from $15 and up. 540/665-4602. scaa@su.edu. www.scartsacademy.org. See ads on page 13 and 47.

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Summer Camps, 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. Children can leap into art, science and crafts this summer with hands-on exploration of the amazing world we live in. 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. See ad on page 16.

The Mustard Seed Early Learning Center, 101 W. Martin St., Martinsburg. Summer camp program for school-age children. 304/263-9291. Email mseed2001@gmail.com See ad on page 16. Shepherdstown School of Dance, 400 S. Princess St., Shepherdstown. July 6-10 and July 14-18 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., one or two-week pre-professional intensive study for ages 10-18; July 20-24 and July 27-31 from 5:30-6:30 and 6:30-8:30, one or two-week ballet technique classes for ages 6-9 and 10-18. $60-$500. 304/886-8398. www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com. See ad on page 11.

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