Tri-state briefs for 11-30

November 30, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College will hold its annual Christmas vespers on Sunday in Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall.

Members of the community are welcome to attend the service, which begins with a musical prelude at 6:45 p.m. followed by the service at 7 p.m.

Wilson Chaplain Katherine Smanik Moyes will lead the service, which features a selection of music and readings in the spirit of the season.

This year's vespers will feature the Wilson College Choir, Cumberland Brass Quintet, organist David Erickson and musical performances by other Wilson students, according to Smanik Moyes.


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Salvation Army in Chambersburg is in need of food items for its Christmas assistance program.

More than 300 families in Franklin County will be receiving a Christmas dinner food basket through the program, according to a news release. Items needed include canned vegetables, potatoes, stuffing, cake mixes, icings and drinks.

For more information, call The Salvation Army at 717-264-7403 or 717-264-6169.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherdstown Fire Department will host its annual Christmas open house and free Community Christmas Dinner Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.

No reservations are required for the dinner, but those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to the Jefferson County Ministerial Association food pantry.

The event's theme will be Holiday Safety. Free gifts for children as well as fire safety literature will be distributed. The department also will showcase its fire and ambulance equipment.

Santa Claus also will be on hand.

The department is at 8052 Martinsburg Pike.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Shippensburg University will hold a dedication celebration for the new H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Thursday at 2 p.m.

The celebration will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with remarks from university and state officials, as well as the facility's designers and contractors.

In addition, remarks will be made by Grace B. Luhrs, widow of H. Ric Luhrs (for whom the building is named), and Helene Luhrs, sister of H. Ric Luhrs. The public is welcome to attend the celebration.

Also participating in the celebration will be the Shippensburg University music and theater department faculty and Shippensburg University musical groups including the Brass Ensemble, Jon Robert Cart, soloist and the music and theater department chairman, and the Madrigal Singers.

Following the ceremony, the Luhrs Center will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. for public tours. The tours will include Grove Theatre, backstage areas and the academic wing. During the tours, the crowd will be entertained by several university musical ensembles and groups.

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