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Out & About

March 18, 2006

Variety show

The Clear Spring Lions Club will present its 55th annual minstrel/variety show. The theme is "Lions Take a Musical Tour of the USA." Today, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Clear Spring High School auditorium. $5 adults; $3 children; free for preschoolers. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Clear Spring Hardware Store or SunriseHandi Mart or call Betsy Mellott at 301-842-2303; or at the door prior to the performance.

Civil War music

The dulcimer concert will feature Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, who will sing songs of the Civil War era. Today, 8 p.m. Harpers Ferry Middle School, 1710 W. Washington St., Harpers Ferry, W.Va. $15 adults; $12 seniors; $10 Shepherdstown Music and Dance members; $8 children and students. Advance tickets are available at O'Hurley's General Store in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and at the Hilltop House Hotel. For information, go to www.dulcimerfest.org . Dulcimer jamming will follow the concert at 10:30 p.m. at Hilltop House Hotel, 400 E. Ridge St., Harpers Ferry.

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Country western dance

The Cumberland Valley Country Western Dance Association will hold a dance with DJ music. Today, 8 to 11 p.m. Old Quincy High School gym next to Mowery Elementary School, off Pa. 997, Quincy, Pa. $4 members; $6 nonmembers. Call 1-717-762-6388 or 1-717-762-9292.

Fairview Kite Festival

The festival will include a kite-making workshop. Prizes will be offered for the highest-flying kite and the biggest kite that flies. For all ages. Today, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fairview Outdoor Education Center, 12808 Draper Road, Clear Spring. The cost of the kite-making workshop is 50 cents.

Children's Day

Operation Tadpole will present Children's Day today. The day will include pony rides, live llamas and a special focus on caring for pets. The puppet show "Cat Acrobats" and the paws, claws, tails and snails will include music and antics of the Heiken Puppets. There also will be free hands-on activities for young children. The schedule includes Terry Jo's Dance Studio, 11:30 a.m.; Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Gymnastic Team, 12:25 p.m.; Berkeley Strings, 1:30 p.m.; puppet shows, 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Martinsburg Mall, Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg, W.Va. For information, call Paulette Lashley or Diane Ansari at 1-304-267-3595.

Bluegrass music

Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre will host a concert featuring two bands, the Maryland Line and Stoney Creek. Today, 7 p.m. The Barn, 118 Walnut St., Waynesboro, Pa. $10; free for ages younger than 12. Call 1-717-762-4711.

Fuzzy family fun

The Western Maryland Alpaca Network will hold its second annual open house. Visitors can learn about owning, raising, breeding, showing and training alpacas. Demonstrations of spinning, weaving and animal handling will be presented both days. Male and female alpacas, raw fleece, yarn, and alpaca products will be for sale. Today and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete schedule, call 1-301-293-3085. Annapaca Farm, 10702 Mapleville Road, east of Hagerstown. For directions go to www.Annapaca.com .

Flower and garden show

Hagerstown Community College's annual Flower and Garden Show. Today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $4; children 11 and younger get in free. For information, go to www.hcc.cc.md.us/news/garden/index.php .

Car racing

Hagerstown Speedway will hold the Octoberfest Qualifier - small block modified and LM, 30 laps each. Sunday, 1 p.m. Hagerstown Speedway, 15112 National Pike, Hagerstown. $15 to $20. Call 301-582-0640 or go to www.hagerstownspeedway.com .

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