Good Times Express
The next ballroom dance will be held Sunday, Jan. 22, featuring music by "Four Easy Pieces" from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Contact Ken Welch at 301-733-9156 for additional details. The dance will be held at The Masonic Temple, 54 S. Potomac St.
Come join the sport known as the fastest game on two feet! Registration for youth lacrosse is under way at the Hagerstown YMCA for the 2006 spring season of the Washington County Youth Lacrosse Club for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through seven. The club, in partnership with the Hagerstown YMCA, fields teams in the Western Maryland Youth Lacrosse Conference, as well as offers instructional in-house clinic on Saturdays for the youngest competitors. Registration deadline is Jan. 20. Registration is $75 for non YMCA members and $65 for members.
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is hosting the annual Valley Art Association Exhibition through Feb. 26. The exhibition will feature works by members of this local organization, which evolved from the Society of Hagerstown Artists that began in 1938. The exhibition will include landscapes, portraits, still life paintings among other works, created in a variety of media. Many of the works will Feature views of the region.
Included in this year's exhibition will be works by Hagerstown artists Marguerite Cyr, Lucy Ecker, Donna Mason and Clyde Roberts. Other regional artists represented include Gail Cox and Ruth Durbin of Fayetteville, Pa.; Charles Brown and Jean Strike of Chambersburg, Pa.; Evie Cook and Virginia Hair of Waynesboro, Pa.; and Laura Lewis Shindale and Aubrey Wright of Waynesboro; as well as many others.
The group, which is composed of nearly 100 members from the Tri-State area, continues to strive to create an awareness of art in the community. Hosting workshops, field trips and demonstrations, holding art exhibitions and providing a scholarship fund for local talented art students are some of the activities promoted by the group.
The association meets at the Mansion House in the City Park, where they also operate a gallery, representing the works of as many as 20 of their members at a time. Many of its members have won awards for their works and several of the artists teach art lessons.
For more information on the museum or its anniversary, please phone 301-739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org on the Web. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League is registering players for the spring soccer season. Players 4 to 18 years old are eligible to play. All new players must bring a birth certificate. Scholarships are available. For further information, visit the league Web site at www.HAYSL.net or call 240-52-SCORE. The cost for the season is $45 per player.
HAYSL is an American Youth Soccer Organization League. All registered children play. Registration will be held Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Funkstown Fire Hall.
An extraordinary exhibition of 20 photographs by Hagerstown resident James W. Strongin will be on view in the Bowman Concert Gallery of The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts through Feb. 26.
Strongin retired to Hagerstown from New York six years ago after a career that spanned the fields of broadcasting, magazine promotion and film and video production, in which he was a producer, writer, director, still and cinematographer. Such clients as Time Inc, the Magazine Publishers Association, Sony, IBM, Hitachi America, Coffee Growers of Colombia, United States Information Agency and the United Church sponsored his award-winning productions, filmed on five continents.