Around South Hagerstown

April 18, 2006|by STACI CLIPP


I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter and was able to spend time with family.

Parents, remember there is a 2 1/2-hour early dismissal on Friday.

Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day - enjoy the outdoors; we sure have been having some terrific weather!

Autism Society plans spaghetti dinner

The Autism Society of Washington County is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner to benefit Project Life Saver.

The dinner will be held Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South End Fire Hall, 409 W. First St., Hagerstown.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12.

For tickets, contact Carol Kowalski at 301-733-1470.

Project Life Saver is a tracking system used to help find adults and children who may suffer from Alzheimer's disease, or developmental disabilities, who are at risk of wandering, or straying away from care providers. The proceeds from this dinner will be used to implement this tracking system in the county.


Greenhouse opens

The entrepreneurship classes at Technical High School have opened the greenhouse.

The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

More information, including pictures, can be accessed by logging onto, clicking on member schools, clicking on Washington County Technical High School, then clicking on the greenhouse page ... photos are in the picture gallery in the upper right-hand corner of the greenhouse page. Individuals also may contact the school at 301-766-8050.

Barbershop chorus

The Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus and the North Hagerstown High School Concert Choir, directed by Curth Shetler, wil combine efforts for a benefit show for the Mike Callas Stadium Fund.

The show is called "Field of Dream" and will be held Saturday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the North High auditorium.

The Barbershop Chorus will stage a PEP rally to start off the show. Following the North High fight song and the national anthem, with the colors presented by the AMVETS Post 10 Color Guard, the North High Concert Choir will take the stage.

After a short intermission, local barbershop quartets Nise'N Easy and Carousel, and the Prospective Freedom Valley Sweet Adeline Chorus from Chambersburg, Pa., will entertain.

Tickets are available from any Barbershop Chorus member and North High Concert Choir members as well as at the door.

Ticket proceeds go to the Mike Callas Stadium Fund.Ticket are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

For information, call 301-739-7338 or visit their Web site at

Art exhibits

Valley Art Association's speical exhibits will be held at the Manstion House Gallery in Hagerstown City Park. The gallery is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

For the month of May, Valley Art Association will be featuring a solo show by member June Savannah. Her opening reception will be held Sunday May 7. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 301-797-6813 for more information.

Used books sale

Spring is here and so is AAUW's 38th annual Used Book Sale. It's coming up April 26-30, at the Washington County Agriculture and Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, sale hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday - which is half-price day - hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Sunday - when you can fill a grocery bag of books for $4 - hours are noon to 3 p.m.

More than 50,000 books will be on sale, with paperbacks for 50 cents and hardbacks starting at $1. There are also records, cassettes, and maps.

There are first editions and autographed books at the collectibles table, as well as several special volumes at auction.

Proceeds from the sale go to the AAUW Scholarship Fund, Washington County Library and other community projects.

Choral Arts concert set for April 29

Hagerstown Choral Arts will present a concert around the theme "Poems, Prayers, and Promises" on Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College.

Featured on the program will be selections from the song cycle "Frostiana," which includes the poetry of Robert Frost and music of Randall Thompson, several madrigal settings by Thomas Morley and a humorous selection by P.D.Q. Bach. Other composers represented on this concert include works by Mozart, Daniel Gawthrop and Aaron Copland.

Hagerstown Choral Arts has invited several musical guests to be part of this concert; Jennifer Manuel, a sixth-grade flutist from Clear Spring Middle School; soprano Angela Holsinger and oboist Gregory Starliper, both music majors from Shepherd University; and pianist Dr. Scott Beard, chair of the keyboard division at Shepherd.

The chorus will round out the evening with the wonderful music from the broadway play and movie "The Producers," which features lyrics and music by Mel Brooks.

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