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November 24, 2005


The Trains of Christmas

The visions, sounds and snows of Christmas past and present on an "O" gauge railroad featuring the trains of Lionel, MTH, K-Line, Williams and Weaver. 1 to 5 p.m. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. $4, adults; 50 cents, ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.

This week

Wednesday, Nov. 30

'Drugs, Steroids, Polymers'

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Eugene Volker, professor of chemistry will speak about polymers used to identify fungi in soil, flavor chemicals isolated from plants, and drugs used to reduce fever and headaches. After some thoughts on designing experiments, Volker will discuss the general background of science into which each experiment fits. The interaction of chemistry and biology will be emphasized. 7 p.m. Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University. Go to

Thursday, Dec. 1

Holiday Party/Tree Lighting

BRUNSWICK, Md. - The program will include games, crafts and a visit with Santa Claus. The Lions Club will help Santa give out goodies. 7 to 8:30 p.m. City Park Building. The tree lighting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Maryland Avenue.


'Juniata: River of Sorrows'

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Dennis McIlnay will conduct a 30-minute multimedia presentation based on his book, "Juniata: River of Sorrows," during a meeting of Kittochtinny Historical Society. 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. lecture. Family Traditions Lighthouse Restaurant, 4301 Philadelphia Ave. Free.

Friday, Dec. 2

'Fields of Plenty'

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Michael Ableman, farmer, author and conservationist, will speak on the topic, "Fields of Plenty: A Farmer's Journey in Search of Real Food." The lecture is part of the series Conservation & Community Public Lectures. Lecture at 7 p.m. A film about Ableman will be shown at 6:30 p.m. National Conservation Training Center, Shepherd Grade Road. Free. Call Mark Madison at 1-304-876-7276, send e-mail to; or go to


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The film tells the story of a woman who returns to a Senegalese village she was banished from 30 years before. She left poor, unmarried and pregnant, and now returns wealthy, free, and vengeful. A metaphor for post-colonial Africa. Not rated. Sponsored by Shepherdstown Film Society. Wolof. 7 p.m. Shepherd University, Reynolds Hall. Free. Post-film discussion.

Open market shopping

The festival will feature art, clothing, furniture, entertainment, uptown shops and various cuisines. Noon to 8 p.m. Hagerstown's Public Square.

Old Time Christmas

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - The event will feature children's activities, musical performances, and a live nativity. Shops open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 2 and 9, Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10, and Sundays, Dec. 4 and 11. Live nativity at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturdays at St. Peter's Church. Events take place in Harpers Ferry. Call 1-304-535-2030, or go to or

Saturday, Dec. 3

Christmas at Ivy Hill Farm

SMITHSBURG - Crafts, food, pies, citrus gift boxes, jellies and jams will be sold. Bethel Men's Choir will perform from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and Santa visits from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Ivy Hill Farm. Call 301-824-4658.

Dances of Universal Peace

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An interfaith dance promoting peace, unity and joy through easy-to-learn music and movement from many spiritual traditions. No partner or experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothing. 7:30 p.m. Zion Reformed United Church of Christ, 259 S. Main St., Liberty Street entrance. A community Universal Peace Drum Circle will be held prior to the dance at 7 p.m. Donations requested. Call 1-717-267-0413 or 1-717-264-3848.

Coin show

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro Coin Club will host a coin show. Door prizes will be awarded. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ATH&L Fire Hall, 29 S. Potomac St. Free admission. Call Les White at 1-410-848-3440 or go to


Sunday, Dec. 4


Walkers can journey through two labyrinths. 1 to 3 p.m. In case of inclement weather, one of the labyrinths might be closed. Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, 13245 Cearfoss Pike. Go to

Santa Claus arrives

FORT LOUDON, Pa. - Santa Claus will arrive in a horse-drawn wagon and light the town Christmas tree. After the tree lighting, Santa will listen to Christmas wishes and hand out treats. Other activities include tours of the Fort Loudon Library, Iron Museum and the Stenger House. Free horse wagon rides will be available. There also will be storytelling and seasonal music. Refreshments. 5:45 p.m. caroling; 6 p.m. tree lighting. Fort Loudon Community Center. Call 1-717-369-3473.



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