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Living Healthier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Back to School Check List

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Follow Our Adventure BY

ERIN E. HUBBARD

or NO-GO? magine my surprise when the super fad of my childhood suddenly became today’s latest craze – Niantic’s real world game sensation Pokémon Go. What was once a collectable card game for the 5th-grade elite and nerdy alike is now the hottest app on the market. With over 100 million downloads already, this manifestation of childhood imagination broke the record for most downloads in a first-week release ever. Yowza! As a child, I spent my time with my nose in a book and the only things I collected were baseball cards, postcards, and hours spent in the library. This Pokémon thing was completely foreign to me, but I have a little boy in my house who is obsessed with creatures of all shapes and sizes and I had recently promised my oldest daughter that we would explore geocaching. This seemed to be the answer, so download it I would. After all, it is rated “E” for Everyone! But I am one of those parents who thoroughly researches every angle of a new game or book or toy before it enters my children’s environment. Though there was limited information available at this time (it was only day two of its release), I gleaned what I could from online articles and the incessant posting of my Pokémon-vindicated friends on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Touted as a fitness app, the description promised to get us up and on-the-go around the neighborhood as we searched for the elusive Vensaurs, Bastoises, Pikachu, and more. Even better, we would need to visit “interesting places” like museums, historical sites, and art installations to “stock up” on the PokéBalls needed to catch these beings. And there are eggs that need to be hatched! How do you do this? Even more exercise, as they hatch based on the distances that you walk. So much for the seemingly-goofy game of my youth – these game designers have thought of everything. I told the kiddos about the new adventure and they were ready to get on the trail. And that, my friends, is where my excitement ended. It took an entire day for me to be able to download the app. I had read warnings against letting the app have direct access to my Google account and I didn’t have an existing Pokémon Trainer Club account. Being wary of giving away too much personal information, I created a new Gmail account and with that blank slate, I secured entrance into the fantasy world. Allow access to my contacts? No. Allow access to my location? No. Allow push notifications? No. Allow access to my camera? NO! Basically, I had the game downloaded but it wouldn’t let me do anything. I had to go back in and allow it to at least access my GPS device, which, I read online, would severely drain my battery. Sigh. But, there I was…designing my super-animé avatar with my daughter, who selected some awesome styles that she was sure her brother would love. We were now a trainer and up popped three Pokémon hovering right over the dog’s water dish IN OUR HOUSE! My daughter squealed with delight, and we threw some PokéBalls at the Bulbasaur to capture him. We also learned that PokéStops were the best place to collect more balls and other items, including PokéEggs that would need to be hatched. The next day, we found that our local library was indeed a PokéStop, and we collected some PokéBalls there for our next creature. We hopped over to our local park and walked around hot on the trail of creatures in their native habitats. My son loved seeing his trainer walk along the map and the sneaky footsteps of lurking Pokémon around wherever we were. And we weren’t alone. People of all ages were trolling around the park with their faces glued to their phones in hot pursuit.

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We were all excited, but that soon turned to frustration. I couldn’t figure out how to stop at the PokéStop and there is not a lot of direction or help in the app itself. Of course, my kiddos thought they could figure it out, so I handed the phone over. No such luck. And, I felt ridiculous wandering around outside the library like the stray cat that frequents the area. I can only imagine how we looked to the elderly patrons – a Mama Duck with her chirping baby ducklings glued to a screen. My one-year-old quickly developed a dislike for it, because it took away from her coveted Elmo screentime. Disappointment set in and my older daughter uttered the first, “I don’t like that game anymore.” Secretly, I was relieved, because I wasn’t seeing the fun in it for me. Maybe if my kiddos were a bit older I would feel more comfortable with them commandeering my smartphone and setting off on an adventure of their own, but for right now…it wasn’t happening. That left my son still hanging on in hopes of a Pokémon battle. That night, my Facebook friends were excitedly talking about how their kids were out and about in the neighborhood getting exercise. A former couch potato was riding his bike around town to hatch an egg. Families were spending time together collecting PokéBalls. Teenagers were visiting historic landmarks instead of sitting at home alone glued to a screen. Hooray! One mom even commented that her daughter made her slow down to an even safer 15 mph when they hit their development on their way home so that she could hatch an egg. Within a few days, red flags started flying up all around me. Internet articles, Facebook statuses, news reports, and feeds from every form of social media were either hailing this game as the greatest thing ever (another red flag) or telling of its horrors and warning friends to beware. A former student of mine had a 16-yearold new driver rear-end him because the teen was following a Pokémon on his iPhone instead of watching the road. Others were worried about the amount of strangers infiltrating the neighborhood where their kids played outside. Another friend told of a group of teenagers who scared the heck out of her little ones after barreling into her yard in search of a Pokémon. Sadly, it only took a week’s time for some untrustworthy characters to turn a fitness app into something to be feared. But my son was still asking about the Pokémon and, honestly, we tried. We attempted to catch these creatures, but it was obviously not a game meant for younger kids…or even non-gaming adults like their mama. I could just not get the hang of launching those Pokéballs! Eventually, the aura of amazement wore off and my son was back to looking for bugs in the grass. A word of advice to those with older kiddos who have gotten the hang of the PokéQuest – do your homework and figure out the safest places to adventure. Try to be aware of your surroundings and be sure that your kids understand the potential risks in playing this game. Have a conversation about responsible gaming and being respectful of others, since these Pokémon seem to pop up everywhere. Even better, use it as a time to adventure with your kiddos…you will get to spend time together, learn something new, and get some exercise in the process! Erin E. Hubbard is a homeschooling stay-at-home mom of three, who lives in the Shenandoah Valley of VA. She is a former high school English teacher and president of the non-profit Project Write, Inc., which holds writing workshops for young writers.

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Family Fun at the Fall Fest

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ring the family to the City Park Fall Fest on Saturday, September 17, at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and City Park in Hagerstown, MD. This familyfriendly, fun-filled event will be held rain or shine from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. An exciting day full of art and surprises is sure to excite all who attend and make lasting memories that families and friends can remember. Kourtney Lowery, Education/Marketing Associate for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts says, “City Park Fall Fest is where arts, entertainment, fitness and history collide! We are planning a day full of free activities for families to enjoy our beautiful park and to showcase all of the wonderful facilities that have a home in City Park! We will have everything from artist vendors, live performances in the band shell, food vendors, fitness classes, arts and crafts activities for the kids, and a puppet show!” Make sure to end the summer learning about fun topics and creating art on this colorful, energetic Saturday.

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Mark your calendars for events like hay wagon rides and barrel carts, plus passports and stamps from each location for a prize. The Hager House will offer living history, historical tours, interactive displays, musket firing, and music on the porch by “The Weavers,” while the Museum of Fine Arts begins its 85th anniversary celebration and coloring its 85th anniversary medallion. There will be a variety of art activities offered such as origami, fish prints, coloring, face painting along with different, creative art vendors in the parking lot and elsewhere in the park. The kids will enjoy the children’s activities, seeing artists up close, and hearing stories from the storyteller while enjoying cider and cookies at the Valley Arts Association Mansion House from 1:00-3:00 pm. The band shell will host Dance Time Studios (10:30-11:30 am), Evolution Rock School (12:00-1:30 pm) which offers exciting musical education, and, lastly, Shakespeare in the Park (2:00-3:00 pm) will be performed by the Maryland Entertainment Group. Head over to the pavilion for hands-on activities like learning about exercise, play the outdoor treasure hunting game, Geocaching, or laugh and feel like a kid again while watching a puppet show. Take part in the community art project for the cultural trail where people create works of art that will be featured as a temporary installation along the trail. Check out the Foon Sham Sea of Hope II Exhibition, which is a large, elongated object, resembling a boat and made from laminated blocks of wood, mounted on a pedestal. Beautifully surrounded by small boats made from handmade paper, gallery visitors can write personal prayers and messages for friends and relatives who have passed. Viewers can also write messages to their loved ones who died of cancer on the paper boats that are provided. This year’s Fall Fest is sure to be a magical, www.childguidemagazine.com

introspective and memorable experience where participants can learn about fun topics and have the chance to be creative. Museum Director, Rebecca Massie Lane added, “Fall Fest is a time when children and families enjoy a diversity of artistic activities at the Museum of Fine Arts. I always enjoy the smiles and excitement as people make and take home their artistic treasures. This year is very special because the museum is celebrating the 85th anniversary of opening its doors for the first time in September 1931! We look forward to sharing the transformative power of art with Fall Fest participants again this year!” Save the date and bring your friends and family to the City Park Fall Fest where art and memories will be made. Beth Vollmer lives in Hagerstown, with her two-year-old son, Micah. Beth is passionate about writing, photography, animals, nutrition and exercise. Hagerstown City Park, 501 Virginia Ave., is home to the Jonathan Hager House & Museum, the original homestead of the City’s founder, Jonathan Hager, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (www.wcmfa.org), the Hagerstown Railroad Museum and Engine 202, and the Mansion House Art Center. For more info, go to www.hagerstownmd.org.

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Five Back to School Survival Tips for Homeschooling Moms BY GRACE GENDA

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s someone who once claimed, “I don’t have the patience to homeschool my kids,” and “that’s just not for us,” I now shake my head and smile to myself, because I am now a homeschooling mom. What was once a crazy idea has become a lifestyle for our family, and we seem to be hitting our stride now that we are entering our third homeschool year. Sure, it can be challenging, but being a homeschooling family certainly has its perks. “First day of school outfits” can be pajamas or pirate costumes. “Meet the Teacher” night consists of ice cream on the back deck with our kids. And I can totally justify a Starbucks run as a “Parent Teacher Conference.” While our children have learned the most, I’ve certainly learned a few things along the way myself.

Stay flexible. Every year, I start the school year with Pinterest boards full ideas and grand expectations of meticulously structured school days, field trips to every historical site in the tristate area, and science experiments that would impress Bill Nye the Science Guy. If your amazing list of all the activities doesn’t end up working the way you’d planned, don’t sweat it. Remember that homeschool isn’t supposed to be perfect, and it doesn’t have to be the same as anyone else’s. Consider having a routine, rather than a firm schedule. We’ve had days where it’s too beautiful outside to focus on math and writing, so my kids end up working on important academic subjects like “Tree Climbing” and “How to Catch a Grasshopper.” And you know what? That’s part of what makes homeschooling so great.

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Consider menu planning. Some people thrive on spontaneity, but I’m more of a planner. Menu planning in advance has been an absolute sanity saver for me, and has made our afternoons so much easier. After a long day explaining the thirteen colonies and answering questions about dinosaurs, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to make for dinner (if I didn’t plan ahead, my husband and children would probably eat Thai food or PBJ every night). Once we finish school, chores, and leave time for riding bikes or soccer practice, I just don’t have the mental energy to brainstorm dinner plans from scratch. Know what I DO have time for, though? Spending five seconds walking over to the fridge to read the menu plan written on a magnetic white board. Sure, I still have to cook – but at least I don’t have to scramble at the last minute, while tripping over Legos and fielding questions from my eight-year-old about where babies come from.

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chores into our school day. Now that our kids are old enough to really help out, I’ve enlisted their help to tackle jobs that at one point I’d try to accomplish myself. Because we use a weekly chore chart, our kids no longer ask, “what are my chores again?” as I stare around the house, wondering when the bathrooms were last cleaned or if anyone has vacuumed recently. In addition to keeping things simple, chores are getting done on a regular basis – which cuts down on the likelihood of having housework pile up, or having a camera crew from “Hoarders” show up on my doorstep. Another benefit is that I can cut myself some slack. I honestly don’t feel compelled to keep the house perfect anymore. It will all get done—but it doesn’t have to all get done today. We did what was on today’s list, and now it’s time to go play outside. A handful of chocolate chips does the soul good. Sometimes you just have to send your kids outside for a few minutes so you can pat yourself on the back and drink a cup of coffee while it’s still hot. Because guess what? YOU ARE DOING IT! Parenting is a lot of work already, and homeschooling is a tremendous responsibility. Remember to take time for yourself to go for a run, connect with a friend, or simply grab a handful of chocolate chips that you “bought for baking cookies” when no one is looking. As moms, I think that we often put ourselves last on the list of people we take care of – if we make the list at all. No matter how you recharge your batteries, just remember that you’re a better mom when you take care yourself as well.

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Keep things in perspective. Every school year will be different. Some may be predictable, while others will be full of surprises. None have to be perfect. As with life and parenting, there are stages of homeschool that are easy, and times that are just plain hard. During our very first year of homeschool, we had a baby in January, and then moved in March. It was not ideal, but it was what life had in store for us that year! If you’re in an intense season of life this coming school year, remember that it will pass. My mother-in-law has homeschooled all twelve of her children, and she often reminds me of the year her newborn son had some major health issues during his first few weeks of life. They did nine entire weeks of school that year. And you know what? Those same kids went on to college, graduated, and are now in thriving careers. Do your best, love up on your kiddos, and don’t forget to give yourself as much grace as you would want your children to give themselves.

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The Writer’s Notebook BY

ERIN E. HUBBARD

The Sentence-A-Day Journal School supply lists, new routines, anticipation of new teachers and subjects, and an entire year of new experiences…and so much to write about! You may be wary of overloading your kiddos with another task in addition to what will be requested of them during the school year, but hopefully you have had time to establish writing as a joy instead of a chore. If so, your work may be easy, but, if not, now is the time to show them that writing can be an escape or a release or a way to channel both excitement and frustration. A simple journal can be a window into your child’s soul or give him or her the chance to release pent-up thoughts or frustrations or to just celebrate the achievements of the day. For littles, a Sentence-a-Day Journal can be an amazing tool and a dialogue of what they have accomplished throughout the year. Plus, it is a lowpressure way to make writing enjoyable. It also teaches summarization, prioritization, and memoir writing. The first-person sentence can be a reflection of the peak or pit of the day, an emotion, something learned, a thought, or simply a reaction to the day’s events. Rhiannon says she doesn’t want to be friends anymore. I feel sad and hurt. I went on a field trip to the science museum. Frogs have tails when they are tadpoles. If boogers are so gross, why do they taste so good? Older kids love this thought-a-day method because it is a lowstress experience, and deciding what to write down is a simple way for them to process thoughts, feelings, or explore what is on their mind. Obviously it can be expanded into a full-on journal in time or right away if you have an avid writer. Don’t put a limit on how many words or sentences or pages it “has to be.” Instead, let them have some quiet time to put some thoughts on paper, and let it be. At the end of the school year, they can reflect on their time spend and experiences had. We have grown from a “Dear Diary” society into one that chronicles its daily experiences for the world to see. Preparing your kids for this type of future can and should start now with some conversation about social media. For littles, you should let them see what you are posting and ask their opinion whether or not you should post pics or funny anecdotes about them. Remember that what is posted on the internet can still be retrieved in the future even if you think that you deleted it! (For a frightening look at this reality, check out the Wayback Machine at www.archive.org ) Regardless, all of this narration has its origin in the simple art of journaling. As parents or caregivers, we can use this as an intro into a conversation – “What did you journal about today?” – but let them know that they don’t have to share unless they choose to do so. Journals are private and I never suggest invading that privacy unless you have a clear reason to do so, one that leads you to believe that your child may be in danger. Conversation can keep the window open, but give them a private place to reflect and process. And don’t forget to let them see you journaling, too! Write on! Erin E. Hubbard is a homeschooling stay-at-home mom of three spunky kids and former high school teacher of English, Drama, and Creative Writing. She is president of the non-profit Project Write, Inc., which holds writing workshops for young writers.

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lie that something’s wrong with him or her. Talk about it: pray over, read about, draw pictures, write down, and act out shyness situations with your child. Have family members tell stories about times they felt shy, and their rewards and positive experiences from overcoming it. Set up a play date with another shy child, or with an outgoing child who naturally draws children out of their shells. Expand on what your child loves; discuss how leadership skills come in handy for animal rescues if your child loves animals.

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ANGELA ROYSE PELLEMAN

Positively Building Your Child’s Character Traits:

Shyness Our beautiful children are created with wonderful traits. Society tends to view certain character traits in a negative light. With good intentions, parents sometimes try to get rid of these traits. Shyness, bossiness, stubbornness, and pickiness can be frustrating. But, the silver lining is that these traits are actually good, and they also have the potential to be even better! Parents building upon these traits can help their children gain confidence, and keep these traits from clouding their child’s character. My child is

Shy:

Let your child know there is nothing wrong with being shy. It is normal, and stems from an awareness of their surroundings, and themselves as unique individuals. As a child develops, shyness may come with: unfamiliar people, crowds, being in the limelight, performing in front of others, or meeting new people. If people remark that your child is shy, don’t apologize. Smile at your child, and say, “That’s ok!” This positive trait may provide protection from: strangers, dangerous situations, fake people, running into crowds, and making friends too quickly. You might ask if your child wants to smile or give a handshake or hug, but never force it. You may feel awkward, but your child feels it more.

Help your child to grow in shy situations. Ask an outgoing friend to take your child’s hand when starting a new class. Sign up your child for art, music, or swim lessons with smaller classes. Encourage your child to try a team sport. Your child may have the gift of performance, but it may take time to feel comfortable on stage. For teens, suggest small get-togethers with friends who share common interests. Coordinate activities which don’t depend solely on speaking, yet still allow for socialization. Playing music, watching movies, four-wheeling, target practice, video games and board games, and various crafts are all things that can be enjoyed in a small group setting. Love and support your child. Don’t give up! You may be doing everything correct, and your child still might be struggling with being shy. Don’t condemn yourself, and don’t quit. Continue to support your child in the little things. Encourage your child to: shake hands, look someone in the eye, use basic verbal manners, like “please” and “thank you,” give a server their restaurant order, walk up on stage to accept a certificate, take a turn hitting the ball, answer the phone, make a call, or invite a friend to do something. Everything adds up to giving your child confidence. Encourage your child to try new things, but accept your child’s character. It’s important that shyness does not prevent your child from shining in areas where he or she is gifted and talented. It might happen sometimes, but it’s shouldn’t take over, and it shouldn’t steal your child’s joy. If shyness gets to the point of your child becoming depressed, it’s time to seek wise council. But if your child is happy, accept that he or she may best enjoy working behind the scenes. After all, if everyone was up on stage, there’d be no one backstage to help with the curtains, scenery, costumes, and sound. Without artists, musicians, and writers, there would be no play at all. The show must go on, and your child can be part of making it happen!

Accept the shyness, and build upon the good. Saying, “Don’t be shy,” won’t keep children from feeling shy, and might make them more self-conscious. The child may begin to believe the

Angela Pelleman is an author and homeschooling mom. She lives in the Shenandoah Mountains with her husband, twin teenage sons, and younger daughter. You can subscribe to her blog, “The Silver Lining,” at Angelaslittleattic.com and join her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/angelaslittleattic.

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Back to school health checklist he back to school checklist is ready, filled with everything from pens, pencils, paper, computers and calculators. But there is another list parents need to look at before their children go back to school, their health checklist. Number one on the list is making sure shots are up to date. Before a child enters kindergarten the required shots includes DTaPP or Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough/pertussis; Polio; MMR or Measles, mumps and rubella; Chickenpox; Flu; and older children should get the HPV, as well as a meningitis booster. Second on the list is to schedule routine dental cleanings and checkups before school starts so you don’t have to take the kids out of school for an appointment. Another important exam is an eye examination. The American College of Pediatricians recommend that a child’s eyes should be checked at 6 months old, again at 3 years, at 5 years or before they begin kindergarten and then every 1 to 2 years until 18 years old. Not every child needs one of these, but if your kid will be playing on a school sports team do not forget the all important sports physical. The same is true for after school sport teams, so make sure you set up that appointment well ahead of time. Next on the checklist and one that thing many parents fail to adjust until the night before school starts, is your children’s sleep schedule. While summer vacation was a time for staying up late and special activities it makes sense that at least a week before schools starts you should start enforcing realistic bedtimes for the whole family. Hopefully, by planning ahead the first days of school won’t be spent sending sleepy or grumpy kids out the door. Another great idea leading up to the start of school is to create a list of medications or health instructions for any food allergies, asthma or other special needs your child may have or may have developed over the summer. Visit the school nurse well before the first day of school to complete any necessary forms, some of which may require a signature from your pediatrician. It also goes without saying whatever has changed over the summer, whether it is as simple as a new phone number or as big as a new address, it is important to update the school office so that you can be reached if your child becomes ill or there is any type of emergency. Updating personal information goes a long way toward making your child feel safe and secure emotionally as they learn to be independent. Finally, for the youngest children, make sure they know Mommy and Daddy’s first names. Children need to know their parent’s given names and hopefully some or all of their address by the time they enter school. Getting a head start on your family’s physical and emotional health is always a smart idea. With the right advanced planning, it will be a smooth transition for the whole family.

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Special Needs Resources Autism Spectrum/Asperger’s Pathfinders for Autism. 303 International Circle, Suite 110, Hunt Valley, MD 21030 • 443-330-5341 (local helpline) • 866-806-8400 (toll-free) • www.pathfindersforautism.org Washington County Infants and Toddlers Early Intervention. Washington County Public Schools, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-766-2800 • www.wcpsmd.com/special-education/early-interventionservices 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. Washington County, MD • 240675-5038 • Find us on FB • www.facebook.com/PRAY.in.Western.MD

Blind/Vision Impaired, Developmental Eye Therapy

Never Alone A Look into Local Support Groups for

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

Families of Children with Special Needs

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

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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 • 301-360-2000• 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 • 800-624-3323 • 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 - Western MD Regional Office 1360 Marshall St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-791-4670 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• http://health.frederickcountymd.gov/269/Infants-Toddlers-Program Grafton Berryville (Boys with learning disabilities), P.O. Box 112, Berryville, VA 22611 • 540-955-2400 • www.grafton.org. Infant & Toddler Connection of Shenandoah Valley, 621 South Royal Avenue, P.O. Box 547, Front Royal, VA 22630 • 540-635-2452 www.itcshenvalley.org Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia, 1-800-234-1448 • www.infantva.org continued on page 16

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n her descriptive essay “Welcome to Holland,” Emily Perl Kingsley, compares raising a child with special needs to spending months planning, dreaming, and imagining taking a trip to Italy, only to be surprised when the plane lands to realize that you have landed in Holland. And while she admits Holland is not horrible disgusting or filthy, it is still not Italy, which is more flashy, and where everyone else seems to be going and talking about their trip, and where you were ready to go to as well. She writes that you must buy new guide books and learn a new language and that you’ll always long for Italy and your original plans, but that if you simply spend your life mourning Italy, you won’t ever get the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of … Holland. Several local mothers and residents do not want fellow parents to experience “Holland” alone. Tracey Parks, a mother and local teacher at Tomahawk Intermediate, in coordination with Jodi Westrope, a parent working with the Berkeley County Parent Education Resource Center, have created a new local support group for parents of children with special needs. The group’s purpose is to provide a community

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of support and sharing of new research, community events, and a platform to share successes and requests for suggestions. The group meets monthly (typically from 6-7 pm) at Tuscarora Elementary and MillCreek Intermediate. The meetings usually focus on a topic at each meeting, such a social skill development or applying for Title I Waiver Assistance, but also coordinates social times without an agenda for children and parents. In addition to meeting in person, the group has a Facebook group page called Special Needs Support Group where members share resources, information, local events, and have opportunities to ask questions. Location and times of meetings are always announced on the Facebook page and through a newsletter that is sent home from Berkeley County Schools. West Virginia Birth To Three sponsors another support group held during the day. Parent Partner Laura Turman and local parent Christina Hollis work together to coordinate another monthly group that they think of as a networking community. Thanks to the generosity of Trinity United Methodist Church of Martinsburg, they are able to hold monthly meetings at The Orchard House on Rt. 45 between Martinsburg and Shepherdstown the last Wednesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. The space is very accommodating to all. Caregivers, parents, grandparents, and community members are welcome to join the meetings. Information about supports like Title 19, Children With Special Healthcare Needs, Help Me Grow,

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West Virginia Birth To Three, other opportunities for children and families and general opportunities for connecting are available. Representatives from local organizations like The Beehive and Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Camps have presented to the group. They have also met for an evening family outing to the gymnastic center through Parks & Recreation. Turman shares that she herself is grateful to have the support group and that “being the parent of a child with special needs can be overwhelming and isolating. This group has been helpful to boost energy levels and to be with parents who have been where I am.” Turman urges parents to come and check the group out. She is thankful that one parent who came to the group concerned she had nothing to say discovered she had plenty to share and even was inspired to lead work toward an adaptive playground in the area. For more information or questions, parents can call Laura Turman at 304-267-3593. The group can be found on Facebook as “Eastern Panhandle Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group.”

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Special Needs Resources continued from page 14 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, Washington County Public Schools, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-766-2800 • www.wcpsmd.com/specialeducation/early-intervention-services West Virginia Birth to Three, 350 Capitol Street, Room 427, Charleston, WV 25301-3714 • 304558-5388 • www.wvdhhr.org/birth23

Mental Health/ Behavioral Counseling 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, The ARC of Washington County. 820 Florida Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 888-3743276 • 240-215-0416 • http://bss4md.com The Mental Health Center of Western MD, Inc., 1180 Professional Court, Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-791-3045 www.thementalhealthcenter.net 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, Frederick, MD • Additional locations in Urbana, Damascus, Jefferson and Thurmont • 301-663-1157 • www.amberhillpt.com

Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal Institute – Pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapy in three locations: 86 Thomas Johnson Court, Frederick, MD 21702; 1829 Howell Road, Suite 4, Hagerstown, MD 21740; 3280 Urbana Pike, Suite 105, Urbana, MD 21754 • 304-694-8311 • 800349-9386 • www.mmidocs.com Muscular Skeletal Therapies, Inc. Clinical Orthopedic Massage and other massage therapies. 295 Rock Cliff Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25401 • 304-264-609 www.muscularskeletaltherapys.com Pediatric Rehabilitation – Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy at Berkeley Medical Center’s Dorothy McCormack Center, 2000 Foundation Way, Martinsburg, WV 25401 • 304-264-1214 Winchester Integrative Therapies, LLC – Music Therapy for Children, 311 S. Loudon St., Winchester, VA 22601 • 540-686-1869 • www.wintegrative.com

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. $6/child & $4/siblings. Martinsburg-Berkeley Co. Parks & Recreation, 273 Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25404 • 304-264-4842 ext. 22 www.mbcparks-rec.org Monkey Joe’s – Hagerstown, 1113 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-797-7716 www.monkeyjoes.com/Hagerstown Monkey Joe’s – Winchester, 141 Market Street, Winchester, VA 22603-4750 • 540- 662-5221 www.monkeyjoes.com/Winchester

Service Facilitation and Case Management Moms in Motion Serving all of Virginia • 800417-0908 • info@momsinmotion.net • www.MomsInMotion.net

Support Groups Eastern Panhandle Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group, monthly meetings at The Orchard House on Rt. 45 between Martinsburg and Shepherdstown, WV, the last Wednesday of each month from 1:00-2:30 pm. Sponsored by WV Birth to Three. Find on Facebook or call Laura Turman at 304-267-3593. 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 Providing Relief for Autistic Youth Inc. Washington County, MD • 240-675-5038 • Find us on FB www.facebook.com/PRAY.in.Western.MD Special Needs Support Group, Berkeley Co., WV meets monthly at Tuscarora Elementary and MillCreek Intermediate, typically from 6-7 pm. See their Facebook page and article on page 12-13.

Therapeutic Riding Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Marley Grange Farm, 644 Lime Marl Lane, Millwood, VA 22611 • 540/533-2777 • www.brcth.org Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center, 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202 • 717-263-0443 • 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, Flies Crossroads, Martinsburg, WV 25302 • 304-2838071 • Find us on Facebook Saddles and Smiles and Ponies and Promises Therapeutic Riding Programs, Held at Shotwell Farm Indoor Arena in Charles Town, WV during winter months and Jefferson County Fairgrounds in warmer months • 304/676-4642 http://saddlesandsmiles.com Star Community, Inc., 13757 Broadfording Church Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 301-791-0011 • www.starcommunityinc.org

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Dear Teacher BY PEGGY GISLER AND MARGE EBERTS

Some Helpful Educational Acronyms Question: Please help me understand some educational acronyms so that I know what the teachers are talking about. -- Need Vocabulary Expansion Answer: It always helps to understand what your children's teachers are saying. Whenever a teacher uses an acronym that you don't understand, simply ask for an explanation. Here are few acronyms that might be helpful for you to know that are commonly used in elementary and middle school: ADA – (Average Daily Attendance) is determined by dividing the total days of instruction by the total days of student attendance. It is used as the basis for distributing state school revenue. AYP -- (Adequate Yearly Progress) a measure under No Child Left Behind to see if states are meeting proficiency goals in reading and math ESL -- (English as a Second Language) a program giving special instructions to children who are learning English G&T -- (Gifted and Talented) a variety of programs that support the needs of exceptional children through accelerated, rigorous and specialized instruction IQ -- (Intelligence Quotient) a number representing a student's intelligence based on the score of a special test

LEA -- (Local Education Agency) your local school system or county NAEP -- (National Assessment of Educational Progress) nicknamed the "Nation's Report Card," it compares the achievement of students in different states in various subject areas NCLB -- (No Child Left Behind) a federal law that holds primary and secondary schools accountable to higher standards PTA and PTO -- (Parent Teacher Association and Parent Teacher Organization) parent-teacher groups with the goal of helping and improving an individual school, especially through parental involvement RTI -- (Response to Instruction) a three-tiered system of identifying students' needs and supplying the appropriate help STEM -- (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) a focus on skills needed to succeed in today's world with the goal of interesting young students in these subjects at an early age Title 1 – a program that provides federal funding to schools that have low poverty levels. The funding is meant to help students who are at risk of falling behind academically. USED – (United States Education Department) provides federal assistance to state and local agencies, establishes policies related to federal education funds, administers distribution of these funds, collects data and oversees research on America’s schools and identifies major issues in education. Parents should send questions and comments to dearteacher@dearteacher.com or ask them on the columnists’ website at www.dearteacher.com. ©Compass Syndicate Corporation, 2015 Distributed by King Features Syndicate

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Heads Up

Through September 25

A look at what’s happening in the region COMPILED BY SUZANNE HOVERMALE

Toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups are welcome to come dance. 540/662-9041. Jim And Fay Powers Music Series, Pen Mar www.handleyregional.org. Park, 14600 Pen Mar-High Rock Rd., Cascade, Guided Civil War Walking Tour, Old Town MD. Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday afternoon Winchester. 6 p.m. Meet your guide at 2 N. dance with live music. Entertainment: Cameron St. Experience the Civil War as a “DeTente” (9/4), “The Holders” (9/11), civilian. Learn about the citizens and the “George Tindall Combo” (9/18), and “Rocky events that took place in Winchester. $5. Birely Combo” (9/25). Free. Donations 540/542-1326. www.visitwinchesterva.com. welcome. 240/313-2807. Free First Friday, Shenandoah Valley Through October Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork Street, Winchester. 5-7:30 p.m. Free admission. South Mountain Creamery Tours, 8305 Bolivar Rd., Middletown, MD. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.- 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. 3 p.m. Interactive tour covers all dairy Bird Walk at Hagerstown’s Kiwanis Park, operations and includes a scoop of ice cream 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown. 8-10 a.m. and goodie bag for kids. $7.50. 301/371Free. www.potomacaudubon.org. 8565. 22nd Annual McLain Festival, Two Mile House, 1189 Walnut Bottom Rd., Carlisle, PA. Through October 23 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Entertainment, Irish & Scottish Play Ball! Celebrating Sixty Years Of dancers, bagpipes, border collie Norman Rockwell’s “The Oculist,” demonstrations, Celtic folk music, food, face Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, painting, corn crib, and more. $10. Free for Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at children under age 10. 717/243-3473. Park Circle. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 Maugansville Pride Day, Maugansville (MD) a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Special 60th Community Center and Park. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. anniversary “focus show.” 301/739-5727. Community picnic with homemade food, www.wcmfa.org. crafts, and entertainment. 301/739-6742. Through October 30 “Migration of the Monarch Butterfly,” Boo! Images of the Macabre, Washington Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown Hagerstown. 1 p.m. Discovery Station hosts (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. “The Monarch Alliance” as they present an Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; educational and hands-on program on the Sun., 1-5 p.m. Art that explores eerie migration of the Monarch Butterfly. LEGO landscapes, creepy creatures, ghostly figures Robots will be incorporated in program. and more. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Stoner’s Dairy Fall Corn Maze Weekends, Family Movie, Washington County Free 7678 Oellig Rd., Mercersburg, PA. Sat., 12 Library, Community Room, 100 S. Potomac noon-10 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-5 p.m. 5-acre St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. “The Jungle Book.” corn maze, petting zoo, mini maze, play area, 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. photo opportunities, hay ride, and more. To Antietam and Back: First Saturday Admission. 717/328-3617. Walking Tour, National Museum of Civil War www.stonersdairyfarm.com. Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 3-4:30 p.m. Guided walking tour of Downtown Frederick focusing on the city’s role in the Maryland Campaign of 1862. 301/695-1864. Creative Outlet Drop-In Art Session, Little Hikers, Thurmont (MD) Regional Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 1-1:40 p.m. Carroll St., Frederick. 3-5 p.m. Theme: China, Explore preschool concepts in nature. Dress Taiwan, Vietnam – Mid-Autumn Festival. $2. for a walk, weather permitting. Ages 3-5. 301/698-0656. www.delaplaine.org. 301/600-7200. First Friday Fun, The Children’s Museum September First Saturday – Dog Days of Summer, E. Patrick and N. Market St., of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market Frederick. 3-9 p.m. Over 200 shops, galleries St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. “The Foolish Tortoise” by Eric Carle. Art exploration, crafts, and restaurants. Late night shopping, gallery openings, live music and more. 301/698and activities. Ages 2-5. $5 per child. Pre8118. www.visitfrederick.org. registration recommended. 301/600-2936. & 4 Get Into Nature Weekend, Fort www.recreater.com. Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, 871 Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1 p.m. Read a Bring family and friends to explore the natural favorite book to a canine listener. 540/869side of Fort Frederick State Park. Self-guided 9000. and staff-led outdoor nature and recreation First Friday Celebration of the Arts, Old activities for all interest levels and ages. Park Town Winchester. 5 p.m. Artists with special entrance fees apply. 301/842-2155. gallery events, musicians playing in www.friendsoffortfrederick.info. restaurants and cafes, and many shops stay , 4 & 5 Adventure Park USA St. Jude open late. www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. Children’s Hospital Fundraiser, 11113 Free Movie, Clarke County Pool, 225 Al Smith W. Baldwin Rd., Monrovia, MD. Adventure Circle, Berryville, VA. 8:30 p.m. “SpongeBob: Park USA is offering $8 off Extreme All-Day Sponge Out of Water.” 540/955-5140. Passes for use Sept. 3-5 when bought online www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. ahead of time. Portion of proceeds will be , 9, 16, 23 & 30 Dance Party, donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Handley Regional Library Auditorium, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 10:30 a.m.

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Hospital with minimum donation of $1,000. 301/865-6800. www.adventureparkusa.com. & 17 SOAR Bird Walks, Renfrew Institute, lawn behind the museum house, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 7:30-10 a.m. Birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams will lead bird walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew the first and third Saturdays. 717/762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. and October 1 Civil War Walking Tour, Museum of Frederick (MD) County History, 24 E. Church St. 11 a.m. Discover what it was like to live in Frederick during the Civil War. Fee. 301/663-1188. www.visitfrederick.org. to October 30 Hagerstown Corn Maze, Celebration Farm, 17618 Garden View Rd., Hagerstown. Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 12 noon-10 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-5 p.m. 8-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Special opening Labor Day from 12 noon-6 pm. Groups other days by appointment. Moonlight mazes Fri. & Sat. All proceeds benefit local Faith Based Non-Profits. Admission. 301/393-4377. Thorpewood 10K & 5K Trails Course, ThorpeWood, 12805-A Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont, MD. 9 a.m. Event helps raise money to offset the costs of the Frederick County YMCA and Head Start to bring students up to participate in the Equine Assisted Learning Program. Fee. 301/2712823. www.steeplechasers.org. Stroll Through History, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 1 p.m. Meet at the Backcountry Trailhead. Explore the ruins of the Snowden Manor on a 2-mile hike up the South Ridge Trail. 540/592-3556. Adventure Park USA Celebrates Labor Day Weekend, 11113 W. Baldwin Rd., Monrovia, MD. 1-9:30 p.m. Free picnic from 2-4 p.m., dunk tank, picnic-style games and fireworks show for whole family. Patrons can attend this event for free, but All-Day Passes start at $25 for those who want to ride the rides. 301/8656800. www.adventureparkusa.com. Family Fun-Day Sunday, Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Spend the afternoon playing classic indoor and outdoor games from cribbage to croquet. $4-$20 per family max. 301/600-1650. www.rosehillmuseum.com. Drum Circle, 42 W. Arts Co-op, 42 W. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 2-4 p.m. Enjoy the rhythm and fun of a drum circle. No experience necessary. Bring your own drums or use one of the co-op’s. https://artsalliancegw.org/ performance-calendar/ & 18 Art In The Park, Berkeley Springs (WV) State Park, across the street from the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market and shops on Fairfax St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Juried monthly outdoor art fair for local and regional artists to show and sell their work. Sculpture, paintings, jewelry, stained and fused glass, metal, ceramics, art demonstrations, and much more. 304/258-6419. Carillon Concert Baker Park, Carillon Tower, Corner of Dulaney Ave. & 2nd St., Frederick. 12:30 p.m. Free. 301/846-4781. www.visitfrederick.org.

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accessories to benefit operations and maintenance of Antietam Station in Sharpsburg, MD. 301/800-9829. www.antietamstation.com. Multi-Media and 3D Collage, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 9:30 a.m.-12 noon. Class for ages 13 & above. Fee. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. “One Fort: Three Wars,” Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Discover the part Fort Frederick played during the French and Indian War, American Revolution and Civil War. Living history demonstrations. Park entrance fees apply. 301/842-2155. www.friendsoffortfrederick.info. 10th Anniversary Celebration, Edward F. Fry Memorial Library, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Familyfriendly activities and surprise guest appearances. 301/874-4560. Downtown Summer Slide Festival, Downtown Hagerstown. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Event will also feature free kid’s activities, food trucks, street festival on Walnut Street, live music at Porchfest and more. https://whatsnxt.com/ slide#sthash.Owkbn8w0.dpuf. Royer Farmstead Tour and Artisans and Crafters, Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour the property and original outbuildings of an 1812 Pennsylvania German Farmstead. Guides in period clothing will walk you through each building. Period artisans will demonstrate their craft and sell their wares and wagon rides are available. Admission. www.renfrewmuseum.org.

In The Street, Downtown Frederick & Carroll Creek Park, Frederick. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Outdoor festival with nine blocks of themed fun, including areas highlighting children’s activities, local art organizations, regional artisans, history, sports, live entertainment, local food and brews, and more. 301/6002844. Playdough Day, Rose Hill Manor Park & Children’s Museum, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ages 3-5. $5. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Hands-on activity introducing children to recycling concepts. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Porchfest, South Prospect Street, Hagerstown. 2-6 p.m. Numerous bands and musicians performing on the properties of homes on historic S. Prospect Street. 301/739-8577, x820. www.hagerstownmd.org. Red, White & Blue Summer Concert Series, Hagerstown (MD) Community College, Alumni Amphitheater, Robinwood Dr. 6:15 p.m. “The United States Air Force Airmen of Note.” Free. 240/500-2346. Welcome Campfire, Sky Meadows State Park, Campground Amphitheatre, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 7 p.m. Campfire and story of Sky Meadows State Park. 540/592-3556. Exploring Night Sky By Telescope, Foundation of the State Arboretum, Blandy Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 7 p.m. Short, illustrated program in the library before SAS members guide our search of the night sky through a variety of telescopes.

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challenges that celebrate Dahl’s books. Recommended for third through sixth graders, but enjoyable for all ages. Free. Entrance fees may apply. 301/842-2155. www.downtownfrederick.org. Ages 1.5-3. $5. Pre-registration www.friendsoffortfrederick.info. Power Day Open House at Volvo, Volvo recommended. 301/600-2936. 10th Annual Hispanic Festival, Hagerstown Hagerstown, 13404 Volvo Way. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (MD) Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave. www.recreater.com. Plant tours, truck show, music, dunking booth, Little Hands Cooking, Ballenger Creek 12 noon-6 p.m. Music, dance, authentic Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, food, and more. www.visithagerstown.com. Hispanic food, fun and resource information. Porch Program, Newcomer House, 18422 Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. “Strega Nona’s www.hagerstownhispanicfestival.org. Shepherdstown Pike, Keedysville, MD. 11:30 Harvest.” Ages 2.5-5. $24. 301/600-2936. Hagerstown Aviation Museum – Open a.m. & 2:30 p.m. “19th Century Medical Airplane Afternoon, Hagerstown (MD) Regional www.recreater.com. Cooking for Teens, Ballenger Creek Teaching Practices.” 301/600-4031. Airport, 18434 Showalter Rd. 1-4 p.m. See www.heartofthecivilwar.org. Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, historic aircraft, twelve of which were built in Handley Library Behind-The-Scenes Tour, Frederick. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Kids learn to cook. Hagerstown. Free. 301/733-8717. Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Ages 13-16. $34. 301/600-2936. www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org. Winchester. 1 p.m. Staff members and www.recreater.com. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Urbana volunteers will give tours of Handley Library. Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. Sky Meadows by Moonlight, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, Tour concentrating on the architecture and 2 p.m. Read with a canine friend. 301/600VA. 7 p.m. Meet at the Backcountry Trailhead. history of the library. Free. Reservations 7000. helpful. 540/662-9041, x11. 540/592-3556. Noteworthy Sunday Concert, Washington Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, 871 Full Moon Walk, Foundation of the State County Free Library, Community Room, Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1 p.m. Read a Arboretum, Blandy Farm, 400 Blandy Farm 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 3 p.m. favorite book to a canine listener. 540/869Lane, Boyce, VA. 7 p.m. Explore the “Charlie Zahm.” 301/739-3250. 9000. Arboretum under the full moon. Admission. www.washcolibrary.org. Reservations required. 540/837-1758, x224. Classics & Crabs, The Maryland Theatre, 21 Dance Party, Bowman Library, 871 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 3:30 p.m. Kick off www.blandy.virginia.edu. Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 11 a.m. the 2016-2017 Maryland Symphony Orchestra Family dance party. No experience necessary. Movie Night on Carroll Creek, Carroll Creek Amphitheater, 47 E. All Saints St., Frederick. 7- season with a celebration of all things 540/869-9000. Maryland. Pre-concert beer festival in 10 p.m.“Back to the Future.” Clifford the Big Red Dog Preschool Maryland Theatre courtyard, MSO www.downtownfrederick.org. Party, Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Masterworks concert, and a post-concert , 17 & 18 Kid’s Closet Connection Amelung St., Frederick. 1:30-2:30 p.m. street festival and crab feed. Features the Consignment Sale, Best Western Celebrate Clifford with stories, crafts, games, eclectic mix of “Time for Three.” Fee. Grand Venice Hotel, 431 Dual Highway, and a special appearance by Cliffort himself. 301/797-4000. www.marylandsymphony.org/ Hagerstown. Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 Ages 2-5 with an adult. 301/600-7000. events/classics-crabs. p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Quality clothing, Moon Festival, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker 38th Annual Band Spectacular, Cobourn maternity items, nursing items, baby furniture, Rd., Stephens City, VA. 6 p.m. Storytelling, Field, 701 S. Queen St., Martinsburg. 5 p.m. high chairs, swing, car seats, toys, books, plays, traditional Moon festival foods, and shoes, strollers, and more. www.kidscloset.biz. Event is adjudicated by Tournament of Bands crafts. Learn about the traditions and history judges. More than 10 bands from WV, MD and to 24 The 154th Annual Great of the Moon Festival as it is celebrated in PA will participate. Concessions sold. $6, Frederick Fair, Frederick (MD) China. Sponsored by ABC Mandarin School. Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; adults; $4, students and senior citizens; free, 540/869-9000. www.handleyregional.org. for ages 4 & younger. www.mhsbb.com/Links/ Banner School Open House, 1730 N. 2-10 p.m. Sept. 16, “Barn in the USA.” BandSpectacular/spectacular.html. Carnival midway, nightly grandstand Market St., Frederick. 9-11 a.m. Visit Paint Night, Clark County Parks & Recreation, entertainment, international award winning Frederick County’s only non-sectarian, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 6-8 p.m. agricultural exhibits, activities and events. independent, coeducational day school for “Glowing Sunflowers.” Follow step-by-step 301/663-5895. students in PreK-8th grade. 301/695-9320. directions to paint an original work of art. Safe Sitter Babysitting Class, www.bannerschool.org. Children over age 10 may register if they are Middletown (MD) Rec Center, 403 Imaginary Zoo Preschool Party, Brunswick painting alongside a parent registered for Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick, Franklin St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Students in grades program. Fee. 540/955-5140. 6-8 learn to be safe when home along, MD. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Zoo animal crafts, www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. games, and activities for preschoolers. Ages 3- watching younger siblings. $75. 301/600Red, White & Blue Summer Concert Series, 2936. www.recreater.com. 5 with an adult. 301/600-7250. Hagerstown (MD) Community College, Alumni Fall Fest, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, 501 Tiny Tales Story Time: Art is Everywhere, Virginia Ave. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Family activities at Amphitheater, Robinwood Dr. 6:15 p.m. “The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Glen United States Navy Country Current.” Free. multiple locations in and around City Park. Burnie House, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. 240/500-2346. Sailboats on the lake, living history, Tommy 11-11:30 a.m. Ages 2-5. www.themsv.org. & 18 154th Battle Anniversary 202 and Barrel Cart rides, arts activities, & 28 Hawk Watching Trip at The Weekend at Antietam, Antietam music and arts entertainment, food, and much Washington Monument State Park, National Battlefield, 5831 Dunker Church Rd., more. Event is collaboration between the city South Mountain, outside of Boonsboro, MD. Sharpsburg, MD. Commemorate the 154th of Hagerstown, Washington County Museum 9:30 a.m.-12 noon. Free. of Fine Arts, the Valley Arts Association at the anniversary of the bloodiest one-day battle in www.potomacaudubon.org. American history. 301/432-5124. Mansion House Gallery and the Jonathan Tips on How to Win Big in www.heartofthecivilwar.org. Hager House & Museum. Sweepstakes, Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival, www.washingtoncountyarts.com/fallfest. Public Library, 151 Polk St., Harpers Ferry, WV. “Leaf Rubbings,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Frederick County Fairgrounds, 155 Fairground 6 p.m. Velma Green offers tips and advice on Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. Children Rd., Clear Brook, VA. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kidzone how to win in sweepstakes. Door prizes area with inflatables, antique car show, bingo, enjoy a fun autumn craft. 301/790-0076. awarded. Call 304/535-2301 to reserve seat. www.discoverystation.org. tap & cork tasting, apple pie baking contest, R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Walkersville “The Roald Dahl Splendiferous Showdown – apple pie eating contest, apple butter making, (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 6:30- Bus Tour,” Delaplaine Visual Arts Education canine obstacle course, live entertainment, 7:30 p.m. Reading Education Assistance Dogs Center, Gardiner Hall, 40 S. Carroll St., and more. www.visitwinchesterva.com. listen to children read. 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a.m.-12 noon. Explore the garden with tools of early surveyors. www.themsv.org. Bird Walk, Fountain Rock Park, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Discover the wild bird populations. Great family walk. All ages. Free. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. CVR&C Club Car Show, Red Run Park, Rt. 16, Rouzerville, PA. 1-4 p.m. 717/762-3128. www.washtwp-franklin.org. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, Foundation of the State Arboretum, Blandy Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 1:303:30 p.m. An Illustrated Talk and Book Signing with author Kathryn Aalto. Take a literary and cultural journey through Ashdown Forest, A. A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood. Perfect for kids and adults. Admission. Reservations required. 540/837-1758, x224. www.blandy.virginia.edu. MSO Masterworks Concert, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 3 p.m. Featuring the eclectic mix of “Time for Three.” Admission. 301/797-4000. www.marylandsymphony.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Emmitsburg (MD) Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 5-6 p.m. Reading Education Assistance Dogs listen to children read. For elementary and middle school age children with an adult. 301/600-6329. Hawk Watch at Bolivar Heights, Harpers Ferry (WV) National Historical Park. 9:30 a.m.-12 noon. Free. www.potomacaudubon.org. Stroller Strolls, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. 10-10:30 a.m. Explore the gardens and learn about how honeybees, butterflies, earthworms, and ladybugs help grow healthier gardens. www.themsv.org. “Wednesday Concert Series at Westview,” Westview Promenade, 5243 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. 6-8 p.m. “Jason Masi – Acoustic Trio.” Free summer concerts. 443/613-8709. Princess Party, Hagerstown (MD) Community College, ARCC Gymnasium/Arena, Robinwood Dr. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Royal activity stations including fairy dust creations, temporary tattoos, photo scene, coloring, dancing, shopping, magic show, performances, play zone, and salon. All activities, except concessions, are included with a ticket. Tickets are limited. No tickets will be sold at the door. $5, ages 0-10; $2, ages 11 & up. 240/313-2805. www.washcorecfit.com. to October 2 “Rock of Ages,” Apollo Civil Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, WV. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Rock musical. Check with theater for age appropriateness. Admission. 304/263-6766. www.apollocivictheatre.org. and October 14 Night Out on the Ranch, Full Moon Ranch, Berryville, VA. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Clarke County Parks and Recreation has teamed up with Pony to Go/Full Moon Ranch to offer an exciting night. Pony rides, farm tour, petting zoo and children’s activities. All ages. Children must be accompanied by parent/guardian. $30/family. www.ponytogo.com. 540/9555140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks.

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Free Family Movie, Boonsboro Branch of the Washington County Library, Community Room, 401 Potomac St. 11:30 a.m. “The Jungle Book.” 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. Zombie 5K Chase, Clark County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 2:30-6 p.m. Racers, walkers & superheroes wanted. Open to first 200 participants. Ages 10 & up. $10-$15. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Jim Henson Puppet Making Party, Middletown (MD) Branch Library, 101 Prospect St. 3-3:45 p.m. Puppet making workshop. Learn the basics. Registration required. Grades 1-5. 301/371-7560. Astronomy For Everyone, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 6:30 p.m. An evening of space exploration. Look at deep space objects through telescopes provided by volunteers. $5 per vehicle. 540/592-3556. AOPA Movie Night, AOPA National Aviation Community Center, 296 Bucheimer Rd., Frederick. 7 p.m. “Up.” Rated PG. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free movies showing & hot dogs, explore aircraft, and fly a simulator. 301/6952129. www.aopa.org. Hangarfest 2016, Rider Jet Center, Hagerstown (MD) Regional Airport. 7-11 p.m. Fundraiser. Live music by 80’s tribute band, “The Reagan Years.” Dancing, food, cash bar, 50/50s, and tip jars. $20. Must be age 21 or older to attend. Presented by Middletown Valley Bank, Discovery Station at Hagerstown, Inc., and Breast Cancer AwarenessCumberland Valley, Inc. 301/790-0076. & 25 Pippinfest, Historic Fairfield, PA. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Community yard sale, quilt show, antiques, food, crafts, pottery display, live music, children’s rides and more. Yard sale 8 am-3 pm Sat. www.pippinfest.com. Fall Farm Fun Days, Orr’s Farm Market, 682 Orr Dr., Martinsburg. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live local bluegrass, food, baked goods, hayrides, pumpkin patch, craft vendors, and children’s activities. 304/2631168. www.orrsfarmmarket.com. Civil War Encampment, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Interact with the 21st Georgia Infantry as they perform daily tasks of the Confederate soldiers. 540/592-3556. Smithsburg Steam & Craft Show, Smithsburg (MD) Fire Hall grounds, Main St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Yearly community fundraising event to benefit the Smithsburg High School Athletics program. Steam engines, antique tractors and farm equipment, working sawmill, flea market, food and craft vendors, parade on Sat., and more. 301/665-2882. and October 15 Free Movie Night, Bridge of Life Center, Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Enjoy a movie, free popcorn and soda in a safe, family-friendly environment. www.BridgeofLife.org. to October 30 “Bunnicula,” Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Sat. & Sun., 1:30 p.m. Adaptation of the book by James & Deborah Howe. Admission. www.marylandensemble.org. to October 31 Fall Harvest Festival at Summers Farm, 5729 Old National Pike, Frederick. Mon.-Thurs., 1-7 p.m.; Fri., 1-10:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Hayrides, pick your own pumpkins, 12-acre corn maze, slides, farm animals, two jumping pillows, farmer golf, pig races, campfires, farm food, fresh baked goods, and more. Fee. 301/620-9316.

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Regional Airport, 18434 Showalter Rd. 9 a.m.www.ChelseaHutchisonFoundation.org. 4 p.m. Showcase of historic and modern 4th Annual Trail Ride, C&O Canal, aircraft and vintage cars, trucks, and more. Williamsport, MD. 9 a.m.-12 noon. Bring your Take a tour through Washington County’s horse for a 2-hour ride on the C&O Canal with aviation history. Aircraft rides, food and a picnic lunch. Those that are not riders may concession items. 301/733-8717. rent a bike on the canal or bring their own. www.wingsandwheelsexpo.com/ Trailer parking will be at River Bottom Park, Market Day, Mainstreet Waynesboro, PA. 9 Salisbury Street, Williamsport, MD. $10-$25. a.m.-4 p.m. All-day entertainment, live music, 240/527-8387. dancing demonstrations, sidewalk sales, Mad Civil War Encampment, Sky Meadows State Anthony’s Chili-Cookoff, children’s activities, Park, Historic Area, 11012 Edmonds Lane, and dozens of craft, specialty and food Delaplane, VA. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Interact with the vendors. 717/762-0397. 21st Georgia Infantry as they perform daily www.MainStreetWaynesboro.org. tasks of the Confederate soldiers. 540/592Washington Metro Dachtoberfest, Frederick 3556. (MD) Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St. 9 a.m.African American Historical Society 4:30 p.m. Dachshund races and dog show. Presentation, Renfrew Museum and Park, 301/788-1021. 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 2-4 p.m. Clear Spring Fall Festival, Clear Spring (MD) “Legacy of James E. Hanger, Civil War Soldier.” Outdoor Agricultural & Environmental Center Bob O’Conner. Admission. and Plum Grove Fields. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Apple www.renfrewmuseum.org. butter making, pumpkin picking, barrel train R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, rides, scarecrow making, face painting, floral Middletown (MD) Branch Library, 101 arrangements, hay rides, AG displays, and Prospect St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Improve your much more. 301/842-3999. reading skills and make a new friend by Harvest Hoedown, Byron Memorial Park, reading aloud to a speciallly trained “listening” Williamsport, MD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Familyanimal. 301/371-7560. friendly event with food, bake sale, scarecrows , October 5, 12, 19 & 26 and pumpkin painting, games, music, and Hawk Watching Trip, Washington more. www.williamsportmd.gov. Monument State Park, South Mountain, Mt. Airy Fall Fest, Mt. Airy (MD) Carnival outside Boonsboro, MD. 9:30 a.m.-12 noon. Grounds, 1008 Twin Arch Rd. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.potomacaudubon.org. Crafters, vendors, kids park, free “Swan Lake,” The Maryland Theatre, entertainment, food, and more. 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. 301/829-2112. The Russian Grand Ballet. Admission. “Spiderweb Discovery Bottle,” Discovery www.mdtheatre.org. Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. “Par Fore Pink,” The Greens at 11 a.m. Children invited to make a Halloween Hamilton Run Golf Course, 2 S. themed sensory bottle. 301/790-0076. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Two www.discoverystation.org. separate tournaments. Morning shotgun start Building Day for All Ages, Middletown (MD) at 8 a.m. and afternoon shotgun start at 1:30 Branch Library, 101 Prospect St. 10:30-11:30 p.m. 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast or a.m. Build a house of cards, paper tube lunch, raffle ticket, player gift bag, fun towers, or castles with boxes. 301/371-7560. contests, great prizes and donation to Make a Family Movie, Washington County Free Library, Difference Breast Cancer Screening Program Community Room, 100 S. Potomac St., of the John R. Marsh Cancer Center. $200, Hagerstown. 2 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast Foursome; $50, Individual. 301/739-8577. (25th Anniversary Edition.)” 301/739-3250. Thunder In The Square, Public Square, www.washcolibrary.org. Hagerstown (MD) City Center. 5-9:30 p.m. An Creative Outlet Drop-In Art Session, antique and collector’s car show that will also Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. feature motorcycles, trucks, tractors and more. 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Banner School Open House, 1730 N. Market St., Frederick. 911 a.m. Visit Frederick County’s only non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school for students in PreKhistoric houses. Tours start on the hour. $12. Call for 8th grade. 301/695-9320. www.bannerschool.org. reservations. 301/797-8782. Symphony Storytime with Frederick Symphony Orchestra, & 2 Fort Frederick In The Civil War, Fort Frederick State Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 10:30Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. 10 a.m.-3 11:45 a.m. Storytime features the talents of FSO musicians p.m. To commemorate Fort Frederick’s role in the American performing classical music. Family program for all ages. Civil War, reenactors will assemble for a weekend of living history demonstrations and tactics demonstrations. 301/842- 301/600-7250. to 9 TotSwap, Frederick (MD) County Fairgrounds, 797 2155. www.friendsoffortfrederick.info. E. Patrick St. Merchandise drop-off Oct. 5 & 6, public sale Fall Festival, Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tractor pull, cake Oct. 7-9. A children’s consignment sale. Get discounts on maternity and kids’ clothing, shoes, books, toys, DVDs, baby auction, kiddie pedal tractor pull, hayrides, farm exhibits, equipment and accessories, strollers, and much more. demonstrations, animals, food & crafts. Hands-on crafts, www.totswap.net. games, & candle-dipping for kids. Fee for Manor admission, “Gordon Lightfoot in Concert: The Legend Live On…,” crafts, games & food. 301/600-1650. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 8 www.rosehillmuseum.com. p.m. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. 33rd Annual Brunswick Railroad Days, Downtown Free First Friday, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Brunswick, MD. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Live music, MARC train rides, 19 W. Cork Street, Winchester. 5-7:30 p.m. Free admission. kid’s activities, petting zoo, train exhibits, arts & crafts vendors, 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. beer tent, and more. www.BrunswickMD.gov/ First Friday Fun, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Frederick’s Oktoberfest, Frederick (MD) Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St. Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Attemps Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. to recreate the traditional Volksfest held in Germany each year. “Pancake, Pancake” by Eric Carle. Art exploration, crafts, and activities. Ages 2-5. $5 per child. Pre-registration Festivities include authentic German cuisine and music. recommended. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. 240/599-0660. 9th Annual “Angels Above” Alumni Golf Tournament, & 15 SOAR Bird Walks, Renfrew Institute, lawn behind Mountain View Golf Club, 4099 Bullfrog Rd., Fairfield, PA. the museum house, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 11:30 a.m. Annual golf tournament to benefit the Jack and 7:30-10 a.m. Birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams Shirley Little Scholarship Fund for Mother Seton School. To will lead bird walks along the hiking trails at Renfrew the first and third Saturdays. 717/762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. register, contact Tony Little at littlemore@littlemore.com. www.mothersetonschool.org/AngelsAbove. Art In The Park, Berkeley Springs (WV) State Park, across Fall Harvest Party, Boonsboro (MD) Free Library, 401 Potomac the street from the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market and shops on Fairfax St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Juried monthly outdoor art St. 4-7 p.m. Harvest-themed activities for all ages. 301/4325723. fair for local and regional artists to show and sell their work. First Friday Celebration of the Arts, Old Town Winchester. 5 Sculpture, paintings, jewelry, stained and fused glass, metal, p.m. Artists with special gallery events, musicians playing in ceramics, art demonstrations, and more. 304/258-6419. restaurants and cafes, and many shops stay open late. Stroll Through History, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 1 p.m. Meet at the Backcountry www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. “Masters of Illusion,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac Trailhead. Explore the scenic views of Fauquier County with a St., Hagerstown. 8 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Admission. 1.5-mile hike up to the Piedmont Overlook. 540/592-3556. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Urbana Regional Library, 9020 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. & 8 Fall Star Party, Antietam National Battlefield, Visitor Amelung St., Frederick. 2-3 p.m. Reading Education Assistance Center, 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD. View Dogs listen to children read. 301/600-7000. the night sky around Antietam through telescopes of TriState Social Etiquette Class, Middletown (MD) Rec Center, in Astronomers. 301/988-9828. www.heartofthecivilwar.org. Middletown Primary, 403 Franklin St. 4-6 p.m. Children learn 59th Springs Folk Festival, 1711 Springs Rd., Springs, PA, 4 lifetime skills. Ages 7-13. $38. 301/600-2936. miles north of Grantsville, MD I-68 exit 19. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Over www.recreater.com. 100 juried artisans demonstrating their craft. Quality & 16 Carillon Concert Baker Park, Carillon Tower, handcrafted items, hayrides, gospel music, antique farm Corner of Dulaney Ave. & 2nd St., Frederick. 12:30 p.m. equipment, PA Dutch food, music performances, and more. Free. 301/846-4781. www.visitfrederick.org. Admission. 814/442-4594. www.springspa.org. & 12 Home School Cooking Class, Ballenger Creek , 21 & 28 Guided Civil War Walking Tour, Old Town Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. Winchester. 6 p.m. Meet your guide at 2 N. Cameron St. Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-12 noon; Oct. 12, 2-4 p.m. Ages 7-9. Kids learn Experience the Civil War as a civilian. Learn about the citizens necessary cooking techniques. $29. 301/600-2936. and the events that took place in Winchester. $5. Tour www.recreater.com. available every Fri. thru Oct., excluding Oct. 14. 540/542Blessing of the Animals, Mother Seton School, 100 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. 1:30 p.m. In honor of St. 1326. www.visitwinchesterva.com. to November 26 “Into the Woods,” The Way Off Francis and his love for animals, Mother Seton School invites Broadway Dinner Theatre & Children’s Theatre, Willowtree you to bring your furry, feathery, scaly, and stuffed friends to Plaza, 5 Willowdale Drive, Frederick. Musical. Admission. be blessed. Brief opening prayer and blessing. Check with theater for age appropriateness. For performance www.mothersetonschool.org. times and ticket information, 301/662-6600. 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scary and more fun. Games, candy prizes, spooky stories, hayrides, scarecrow stuffing (bring own clothes), coloring contests, costume contests, scooter rides, moonbounces, and more. Tickets are limited. $5. 240/313-2805. www.washcorecfit.com. Wind Down Hagerstown, In front of the Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 6-9 p.m. “Freaky Friday.” Live music by Blackwater 4, celebrity pumpkin carvers, hay rides, and a costume contest. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. Movie Night on Carroll Creek, Carroll Creek Amphitheater, 47 E. All Saints St., Frederick. 610 p.m. Halloween Double Feature. “Hocus Pocus” and “Beetlejuice.” www.downtownfrederick.org. 8th Annual Halloween in Baker Park, N. Bentz and W. 2nd Streets, Frederick. 6:309:40 p.m. Guided Halloween themed tours throughout Baker Park. Halloween characters and surprises throughout. Entertainment in the bandshell. Pre-register at 301/600-1492. Monster Dash 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, Marty Snook Memorial Park, 17901 Halfway Blvd., Hagerstown. 9 a.m. In partnership with Racine MultiSports, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County is hosting the 5K and 1 mile run/walk to raise funds for matching children in Washington County, MD with caring adult role models. 301/739-4711. www.bbbswcmd.org. Pumpkin Festival, Marker-Miller Orchards, 3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester. 9 a.m.5 p.m. Pumpkins, pick-your-own pumpkins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin donuts, and more. www.markermillerorchards.com. Saturday Storytime, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. “The Lamb & The Butterfly.” Ages 2-5. $5. Pre-registration recommended. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Cooking for Kids, Ballenger Creek Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ages 10-13; 2-4 p.m., ages 5-9. Kids learn necessary cooking techniques. $29. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Party Like a Monster, Emmitsburg (MD) Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 11 a.m.-12 noon. Monster activities, games and crafts. Ages 3-8. 301/600-6329. Babypalooza 2016, Bester Elementary School, Hagerstown. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch, entertainment and activities that focus on the safe and healthy development of children and families in Washington County. Event offers the opportunity for families to get basic baby care items and information. 240/513-6370, x12 or 301/733-9067, x205. Fall Battlefield Hike, Monterey Pass Battlefield Park and Museum, 14325 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro, PA. 12 noon. 717/752-8102. www.heartofthecivilwar.org. “Spooky Slime,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Join the mad scientists and make spooky slime. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Social Etiquette Class, Deer Crossing Rec Center, in Deer Crossing Elementary, 10601 Finn Dr., New Market, MD. 4-6 p.m. Children learn lifetime skills. Ages 7-13. $38. 301/6002936. www.recreater.com. Spirits of the Furnace, Historic Village of Catoctin Furnace, 12610-12625 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD. 7-9:30 p.m. Guided night tour, with stops in historic structures and along the landscape to meet workers, owners, worshipers, and slaves. Refreshments. Kids welcome. 5 guided tours begin every 30 minutes. 443/463-6437.

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Fall Family Campfire, Catoctin Creek Park, Shelter #1, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 7:30-9 p.m. All ages. $4. Free for under age 3. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. & 23 Drink Your Apples: Cider making, 1860, Harpers Ferry (WV) National Historical Park, Lower Town. Join living history staff and volunteers to make cider at White Hall Tavern on Potomac Street. Park entrance fee. www.nps.gov/hafe. A Pleasant Diversion, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pleasant diversions from military life at the fort during the French and Indian War as members of the recreated Joshua Beall’s Company and Alexander Beall’s Company garrison the fort. Park entrance fees apply. 301/842-2155. www.friendsoffortfrederick.info. Harvest Party, Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. Come in costume. Free gift. “Rabbit Saves the Day” puppet show. $6. Free admission for children under age 2. 304/2584074. www.wondermentpuppets.com. “Adam Trent – Futuristic Illusionist,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 3 p.m. Hagerstown Live on Stage. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. to Nov. 15 “Frankenstein,” The Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. An Original MET Production. Based on the book by Mary Shelley. Chilling and classic tale of a mad scientist’s experiment gone wrong. Admission. 301/694-4744. Not-So-Spooky Storywalk, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. All day. Families are welcome to stroll together through the Childrens room and enjoy an interactive not-so-spooky story. For all ages with an adult. 301/600-1630. Colorful Characters Parade, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 1:30-2 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite character, enjoy a story, and then parade outside. 301/600-1630. Schools Out for the Day After School, Clark County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $25. For children in grades K-5. 540/9555140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Enchanted Pumpkin Patch, Clark County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 6-8 p.m. Halloween-themed activities, games, prizes, music, candy, and decorations. Youngsters encouraged to wear a costume. Ages 3-10. $5. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Trick-or-Treat Through History, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bring a bag for a “treat” while exploring the museum and walking through history. Meet Mother Goose nursery rhyme costumed characters, and then enjoy time around the campfire. All ages. $2. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. & 29 Haunted Hay Wagon, Brunswick (MD) Train Station area, S. Maple Ave. 7:30-10 p.m. Enjoy a haunted hay wagon ride with fun and scary things along the way. 301/834-8045. Halloween in Downtown Frederick, MD. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Halloween festivities in a family-friendly, safe, welcoming environment. Costumes encouraged. More than 50 shops and restaurants will have candy available for trick-or-treaters. 301/698-8118. Trick or Treating Scavenger Hunt, Westview Promenade, 5201-5285 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Trick-or-treating

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Ages 7-13. $38. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Astronomy For Everyone, Sky Meadows cont. from page 23 scavenger hunt throughout stores. Children State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 6 p.m. Look at deep space in costume, ages 12 & under only. objects through telescopes provided by 443/613-8709. volunteers. $5 per vehicle. 540/592-3556. Free Family Movie, Boonsboro (MD) Free 91st Annual Alsatia Mummers’ Parade, Library, 401 Potomac St. 11:30 a.m. “The Downtown Hagerstown. 6 p.m. Longtime Angry Birds Movie.” Rated PG. All ages. fall traditional parade features local floats, 301/432-5723. bands, and individual costumed mummers. “Halloween Mystery Party,” Discovery 301/739-2044. www.alsatiaclubinc.com. Station, 101 W. Washington St., & 30 Under Fire: The Battle of Hagerstown. 2-3:30 p.m. Children are Bolivar Heights 1862, Harpers invited to come dressed up in their Ferry (WV) National Historical Park, Bolivar Halloween costumes and “trick-or-treat” Heights Battlefield. Join members of the through the exhibits for clues to discover. artillery crew as they demonstrate field Games, prizes, Halloween cookies, and artillery. Park entrance fee. witches brew. $5, adults, $3, children www.nps.gov/hafe. under age 17; free, children under age 3. Bluegrass Weekends, Orr’s Farm Market, RSVP to 301/790-0076. 682 Orr Dr., Martinsburg. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. www.discoverystation.org. Bring your own lawnchairs and enjoy the “Daddy & Me Cooking: Burger, Fries, free show. Ernie Bradley & The Grassy Apps. & Dessert,” Ballenger Creek Ridge Band and Friends. 304/263-1168. Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek www.orrsfarmmarket.com. Pike, Frederick. 2:30-5 p.m. Make Fall Open House, St. John awesome burgers with Dad or male Regional Catholic School, 8414 mentor. Ages 6-10. $44, parent & child Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. 1-3 p.m. pair. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Table Manners in Time for the Holidays, Find out about our Christ-centered Deer Crossing Rec Center, in Deer Crossing environment and exemplary education for PreK through Grade 8 students. 301/662Elementary, 10601 Finn Dr., New Market, MD. 4-6 p.m. Children learn lifetime skills. 6722. www.sjrcs.org.

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“Quote the Raven Childrens Tea,” Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, MD. 2 p.m. Themed threecourse tea in the cozy Victorian Carroll Tea Room and guided tour through the Farmhouse. Edgar Allen Poe reading, childfriendly menu and children’s activities. Reservations and pre-payment required. $20. 800/654-4645 or 410/386-3880. www.carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org. “Spook-tacular” Make and Take Craft for Kids, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. Drop in any time all day to make a special Halloween craft for kids of all ages. 301/600-7200. Costume Parade and Pumpkin Fun, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 1-2 p.m. Wear your costume to hear stories and make pumpkin-themed take homes. 301/845-8880.

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