WC-ALL is Planning for Fall!

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Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning (WC-ALL) has offered a wonderful selection of courses to the community for well over 20 years.  There are well over 300 community members currently enrolled in WC-ALL’s Spring Semester. Many are retired people who enjoy stimulating discussions, sharing ideas and learning something new. Summer will arrive before we know it and then be gone in a flash; meanwhile WC-ALL is already planning for next fall.

Because organizing multiple classes on numerous subjects is a big task, the curriculum committee is now preparing the course lineup for the Fall Semester.  Members of the general community are invited to submit proposals for classes they would be interested in teaching.  The Fall Semester has two sessions; Session One runs from September 5 to October 13; Session Two from October 22 to December 8.  Classes generally meet once a week on campus in the late afternoon, four to six times during a session, although off-campus venues are occasionally used to accommodate larger classes or for the rare morning or evening course.  Courses may take a variety of forms—lectures, discussions, demonstrations, even off-campus excursions.

Instructors are volunteers as well as members of WC-ALL.  Some are retired college professors who enjoy teaching just for fun; other instructors have been involved in interesting or unusual careers and take pleasure sharing their accumulated knowledge and insights with others.  Lifelong hobbies and avocations also provide a great basis for developing a WC-ALL course that will appeal to like-minded enthusiasts.  The field is wide open and the curriculum committee looks forward to hearing new course ideas from members of the community.

Proposals for courses for WC-ALL’s Fall Semester should be received no later than Thursday, June 1st. They may be submitted online, by email or regular mail to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620.  For a proposal form or more information, please contact curriculum chair Ed Minch at ruby1638@atlanticbb.net or 410-778-0990 or WC-ALL administrator Sue Calloway at wc_all@washcoll.edu or 410-778-7221 during business hours (M,T, Th 9 to 12).  See you in class!

Celebrate Star Wars Day at KCPL

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Young padawans: join us this day you must! Celebrate Star Wars Day we will.

Children of all ages and their families are invited to an afternoon of Star Wars crafts featuring the ever-popular pool noodle light sabers! May the Fourth be with you as you get creative and enjoy the company of other Star Wars fans. Costumes optional, but welcome.

Kent County Public Library | Chestertown Branch
Wednesday, May 4 |4pm

Kent School to Host Preschool Meet and Greet

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Prospective parents and the public are invited to a Meet and Greet in the Little School at Kent School on Friday, April 21 at 9:00 am. Little School at Kent School serves three, four and five year-old children in a play-based learning environment that prepares young learners for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

The Meet and Greet session is designed for prospective parents and interested individuals to see the Little School program in action. Guests will have the opportunity to learn in detail about the School’s mission and approach to teaching preschool-aged children. Children are welcome to join their parent or guardian. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. with an overview and introduction in the Kent School Library. The session will continue in Little School where parents and guardians will be able to see students and teachers engaged in their morning routine. The program will conclude by 10:30 a.m.

The Little School curriculum focuses on phonological awareness, number sense, exploration and discovery through hands-on science activities, as well as Spanish, Physical Education, Music and Movement, Library and Reading Partners with Third Grade students. Julia Gross, Director of Little School said, “A distinction of the Little School at Kent School is our ability to take advantage of what the larger school has to offer. We go to Phys. Ed, Library, and Spanish. Our students have the opportunity to engage in all age-appropriate school activities and use its facilities, yet we have our own space specifically designed to meet the needs of preschool aged children.” Gross continued, “Our low student to teacher ratio allows us to get to know each student. Preschool aged children develop and reach milestones at different rates. Our job is to present new learning opportunities at the right time for each individual child. We have a lot of fun in the process. Little School truly is a joyful place.”

To register for the Little School Meet and Greet email admissions@kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org.

Kent School to Host Poet Naomi Nye

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Naomi Nye will visit Kent School on May 1 and May 2. Nye is a prolific writer whose work touches all ages. On Monday, May 1, Nye hold a poetry reading and commentary at Kent School at 7:00 pm in the Library. The public is invited to attend this evening event. Books will be available for sale and can be signed by the author. Admission is free. On May 2, Nye will conduct poetry and writing workshops with Kent School students.  Her visit to Kent School is made possible by the Kudner Leyon Memorial Endowment.

Naomi Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world leading writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Red Suitcase, Words under the Words, Fuel, and You & Yours (a best-selling poetry book of 2006). She is also the author of Mint Snowball (paragraphs); Never in a Hurry and I’ll Ask You Three Times, Are You Okay?, Tales of Driving and Being Driven (essays); Habibi and Going, Going (novels for young readers); Baby Radar, Sitti’s Secrets, and Famous (picture books), and There Is No Long Distance Now (a collection of very short stories). Other works include several prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers, including Time You Let Me In, This Same Sky, The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems & Paintings from the Middle East, What Have You Lost?, and Transfer. Her collection of poems for young adults entitled Honeybee won the 2008 Arab American Book Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Her novel for children, The Turtle of Oman, was chosen both a Best Book of 2014 by The Horn Book and a 2015 Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association. The Turtle of Oman was also awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature.

In preparation for this visit, Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School, presented each student with a book written by Naomi. The girls received A Maze Me: Poems for Girls and boys received The Turtle of Oman.

“It has been my privilege and great pleasure to know Naomi Nye for a few years and I have seen firsthand the way she engages students in the art of writing poetry and verse. We are truly looking forward  to her visit to inspire our community. I am excited to read the work our students will produce during her writing workshop and hope that our community will take part in the poetry reading. As a school we are celebrating National Poetry Month in April and it is the perfect lead into her visit on May 1 and May 2.Please join me for what promises to be a wonderful evening.”

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

The 2017 Tea Party Distance Classic and Run for Radcliffe

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Radcliffe Creek School is happy to announce the return of the popular 10-mile race for the 2017 Tea Party Distance Classic and Run for Radcliffe, which will be held on Saturday, May 27 at Wilmer Park.

The Chestertown Tea Party Distance Classic has been a part of the Chestertown Tea Party for more than 40 years. Eleven years ago, Radcliffe Creek School took over the management of these runs, with the proceeds benefiting the School’s scholarship fund. The Run is the largest source of funding for this fund.

The School is also pleased to announce the launch of a website dedicated to the Run: chestertownteapartyrun.org. The site features registration and race day information, as well as fundraising information and photos from past races. Registration can be done online via active.com (search for Chestertown Tea Party Run).

Prices have also been lowered this year, with the 5K starting at $35 (price increases to $40 on May 1) and the 10-miler starting at $45 (price increases to $50 on May 1). A discount is available for groups of 15 or more runners, please contact the school for a discount code.

Radcliffe Creek School changes children’s lives, and by participating in the Chestertown Tea Party 10-Miler and 5K Distance Classic/Run for Radcliffe, runners are helping make this possible. Whether a student has a learning difference such as dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, executive function disorders, or a speech and language disorder, or would just simply benefit from an individualized environment, a Radcliffe education works.

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school with the mission of empowering children in a dynamic environment that celebrates unique learning. For more information about Radcliffe Creek or Little Creek, the school’s preschool, which includes programs for children from infancy through pre-kindergarten, please call 410-778-8150 or visit www.radcliffecreekschool.org.

Admissions Open House at Wye River Upper School

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Wye River Upper School is hosting an Admissions Open House on Wednesday, April 26 from 6pm-8pm. The event is being held on the School’s campus at 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD. Students and staff will be presenting and sharing information on the Wye River Experience. Wye River serves students from several Maryland counties including Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Kent. Bus service is available to and from Stevensville, Easton and Cambridge.

Wye River Upper School is a college preparatory high school offering an engaging, supportive and challenging curriculum for students with learning challenges like ADHD or dyslexia. For more information, please contact: Katie Theeke, Director of Admissions and Communications at 410-758-2922 or email katietheeke@wyeriverupperschool.org.

www.wyeriverupperschool.org

Baltimore-Based Web Developer, Chris Klimas, at KCPL

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Kent County Public Library welcomes Baltimore-based web developer, game designer, and writer Chris Klimas to present a quick history of stories where the reader gets to choose the narrative. You might know them simply as Choose Your Own Adventures, but the gamebook format of storytelling, which mixes prose and gameplay mechanics, has a surprisingly vast history — and some unexpected ancestors.

In 2009, Chris Klimas created Twine, an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories, which he now maintains with a group of really smart people all over the world.He finds the intersection of words and interactivity irresistible.

Teens and adults welcome at this free program.

For more information about this or other programs at KCPL, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Saturday, April 22 | 11am
Chestertown Branch

Everywhere, Wonder: A Family Program at Kent County Public Library

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Chestertown’s own husband/wife, author/illustrator duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr will visit Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch to read their new picture book Everywhere, Wonder, talk about how they make books together, and run a workshop in which kids will create their own “Books of Wonder,” illustrated journals of the large and small beautiful and interesting things in their world.

They will be joined by flower arranger (and former Chestertonian) Angela Ingram Bryant, whose floral sculpture inspired by Everywhere, Wonder will be on display at KCPL during the week leading up to the event.

Publisher’s Weekly describes Everywhere, Wonder as “a sweeping exploration of imagination, appreciation, and possibility.” Limited copies will be for sale following the program.

Wednesday, April 19 | 5:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Chesapeake College, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Fill Need with Legal Clinic

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Chesapeake College and Mid-Shore Pro Bono are continuing their collaboration to operate a legal clinic that serves college students and others from the five-county region who are unable to pay for attorney services on their own.

In the last year, Mid Shore Pro Bono and the Chesapeake College Paralegal Program have provided legal assistance to 60 citizens through the legal clinic on Chesapeake’s Wye Mills campus.

Local lawyers Edward Modell, Jimmy Persels and James Richardson volunteered to work with students from Chesapeake’s Paralegal program to assist individuals in the clinic. The free service provides access to advice on civil legal matters including bankruptcy, elder care, landlord-tenant disputes and other issues.

“The legal clinic, thanks to the dedication of volunteer attorneys, is serving our community and enhancing our paralegal program. The clinic fills a critical need for students and other area residents in need of legal assistance,” said Bridget Lowrie, J.D., Chesapeake College Assistant Professor Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies.  “This has also been a wonderful experience for our paralegal students who learn in a workplace environment before they begin their careers in private practices, prosecutors’ offices and non-profit legal agencies.”

Chesapeake student volunteers agree that the clinic provides experiential learning with real-world relevance.

“The legal clinic is a great experience for paralegal students. This is a great way for me to see firsthand a client seeking legal advice. This is also a good learning experience for me because it requires me to be organized in taking notes and preparing paperwork. This also allows me to experience different kinds of cases that may need legal help and what different rules apply to different situations,” said Amanda Dodge, a paralegal student who volunteered in the clinic.

Support for the legal clinic was provided by the Women & Girls Fund.

Individuals in need of legal services are encouraged to contact Mid-Shore Pro Bono in advance of clinic dates for initial evaluation and intake by calling 410-690-8128 or emailing info@midshoreprobono.org.  Qualified individuals will be given an appointment for the clinic.