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Charter school group to meet June 26

The Maryland Charter School Network will hold a free workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 26 at the Westminster library branch for parents and community groups who want to learn about charter school law and the process of creating charter schools.

The library is at 50 E. Main St.

Information: 301-249-0182.

Drum corps event set for June 29

Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) will hold a national drum corps competition at 7:30 p.m. June 29 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

About 1,000 performers under the age of 22 will compete.

Seven Drum Corps International (DCI) member corps will compete in the marching event, which features musical excellence, precision, color, drama, dance and humor.

The event includes an all-day hands-on interactive clinic, "Music Is Cool," that teaches students rehearsal techniques and show preparation.

Registration for the clinics can be completed online at www. or on the day of the event.

Information: 610-821-0345, ext. 21.

Program offers school supplies

The Shepherd's Staff is holding registration for its annual back-to-school program through July 27 at its office, 30 Carroll St., Westminster.

Carroll County students are eligible for the program, which provides school supplies to needy students.

A parent or guardian must register students in person to participate by appointment. Registration hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Donations are needed for the program. Items in need are basic school supplies (pencils, erasers, paper, scissors, folders, crayons, glue sticks, binders, dividers, etc.), new backpacks, gently used clothing and shoes for all ages and sizes.

Cash for the "Ten Dollars Paves the Way" program to buy new shoes and backpacks also is needed.

Information: 410-857-5944.

Teens' stories sought for contest

Carroll County Public Library is holding a Summer Shorts Writing Contest for ages 11 to 17 in conjunction with the summer reading program.

Teens can write short stories on a topic of their choice. Entries will be accepted through July 28.

Each participant will receive a certificate and prize, in addition to prizes in middle and high school divisions as follows: first place, $50; second, $30; and third, $20.

An awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Westminster branch, 50 E. Main St. Winning stories provided in an electronic format will be published on the library's Teen Page.

Entries may be turned in at any of the five branches.

Information: www.teens.carr. org, or 410-386-4488.

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