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April 04, 2006|by JANE SCHMIDT

Birthday bonanza!

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all those "April babies" I know a great special day! My niece, Emily Gabler, is celebrating her birthday today - happy birthday, sweetie!

My friend Dawn Hamilton and mother-in-law Marianne Schmidt share a birthday on April 12; a certain North End columnist will celebrate No. 42 (gulp!) on April 15 (my Potomac Manor neighbors should please note that if they see my house glowing on that particular day, they shouldn't worry - they are probably just seeing the never-ending amount of lit candles denoting my unfortunate age squeezed on top of my birthday cake!); on April 17, my sister-in-law Trish Gabler will celebrate her special day; and my friend Amy Brady will celebrate on April 22.

Community Concert Association

Hagerstown Community Concert Association President Margaret Wagner has announced the 2006-2007 membership subscription campaign week beginning today and continuing through Friday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

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Campaign headquarters is at Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, adjacent to Rest Haven Cemetery off Pennsylvania Avenue.

A regular season membership subscription offers an outstanding value with good family musical entertainment. Four performances are included in the subscription for the 2006-2007 season.

On Friday, Oct. 6, the season begins with the talented singing group "4Score," backed by a trio of exceptional musicians performing Broadway classics to modern sounds of musicals like "Wicked," and the Great American Songbook favorites by Gershwin, Sondheim, Rodgers, Berlin and others.

On Thursday, Nov. 30, the association presents "Bay Street Brassworks" playing pieces from classical to show tunes, to Dixieland and much more.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, pianist Alpin Hong, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, will thrill the audience with his stunning virtuosity, artistic vision and irreverent style. Equally captivating are his interpretations of Schubert, Shostakovich, Schoenberg and Stravinsky.

And on Thursday, April 17, 2007, The Four Freshmen perform with the same unmistakable harmony like no other. This 22nd incarnation of The Four Freshmen present some of their own favorites, blended with audience-pleasing charisma and humor.

Adult membership subscription for all four performances is $40 per adult; $15 per student; and $50 per family (one adult and children or grandchildren.) Patron and Sustaining membership subscriptions range from $55 to $500, which will include the purchaser's name as sponsor in the program schedules.

Benefit bonus of a season membership is the reciprocal arrangement with the Chambersburg, Pa., Waynesboro, pa., Gettysburg, Pa., and Westminster, Md., Community Concert Associations. A season ticket with the Hagerstown Community Concert Association is a "free pass" to attend any or all of their regularly scheduled performances.

Anyone purchasing new membership subscriptions during this campaign may attend, as a free bonus, the last performance of the 2005-2006 season, which is the exciting "Festival of Four." This performance includes a flute virtuoso, a U.S. national mandolin champion, a flamenco guitarist and classical guitarist and a vocalist performing folk or traditional music from around the world. This event will be held Wednesday, April 26.

The Campaign Week phone number to purchase subscriptions for the 2006-2007 season is 301-790-3553. Or you can call one of the following chairpersons: Priscilla Greiner at 301-739-0587; Harriet Muldowney at 301-733-7842; or Helen Hubbard at 301-582-2734.

All performances are held at The Maryland Theatre and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Soccer Shoot held

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Soccer Shoot sponsored by the Elks covering New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, D.C., was held at the Hagerstown YMCA on Saturday, March 18.

Two Paramount Elementary students participated in the regional event. Michael Brady scored a perfect 45 out of 45 in the 8 and under boys' division and received two trophies and the distinction of advancing into the Elks National Soccer Shoot.

Victoria Freed scored 33 out of 45 in the 8 and under girls' category and won third place and a trophy marking her achievement. Congratulations, Michael and Victoria, on your wonderful and exciting accomplishments!

Fountaindale events

"Green Eggs and Ham" Family Game Night will be held Wednesday, April 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the MLK Center on North Street. All current Fountaindale students and their families are invited to bring their favorite games (no electronics, please) and enjoy an evening of fun with Fountaindale's staff. The Cat in the Hat will visit, bringing books and filled eggs for the children and parents can enter to win a free ham via raffle. The evening is free and hosted by Fountaindale's Network for Partnership of Schools.

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