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Around North Hagerstown

April 25, 2006

Concert series

The Hagerstown Community Concert Series continues with "The Festival of Four," a combination of talent and charisma featuring flamenco guitar master Guillermo Rios, Chilean-born flute virtuoso Viviana Guzman; the U.S. national mandolin champion from the Czech Republic Radim Zenkl; and American classical and acoustic guitar stylist Richard Patterson.

The performance will be held on Wednesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St. Cost is $40 per adult; $15 per student; and $50 per family (one adult and children and grandchildren under age 18.) Tickets will be available for purchase at the door or you may purchase them in advance at the theater box office Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or via the theatre's Web site at www.mdtheatre.org. For more details, call 301-790-2000.

AAUW book sale

The AAUW's 38th annual Used Book Sale will be held Wednesday, April 26 through Sunday, April 30, at the Washington County Agriculture Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike.

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

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

Book appraisal

A valuable book or two might be lurking amidst your collection - and what better way to find out than to get an appraisal done? It just so happens that the Friends of the Washington County Library will hold a book appraisal on Saturday, April 29, at the Ag Center's Rural Heritage Museum on Sharpsburg Pike from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $5 per book appraisal.

Spaghetti dinner

The Autism Society of Washington County is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner to benefit "Project Life Saver" on Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South End Fire Hall, 409 W. First St.

"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 for wandering or straying away from care providers. The proceeds will be used to implement this tracking system in Washington County.

Ticket cost is $6 per adult and $3 per child under the age of 12. For tickets, contact Carol Kowalski at 301-733-1470.

Pancake breakfast

The West Hagerstown Lions Club will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 29, at Girls, Inc. on West Washington St. from 6 to 11 a.m. Cost for advance- purchase tickets is $3.50 per person or $4 at the door. Breakfast includes pancakes, Hoffman sausage, bacon, eggs, coffee, orange juice and milk.

St. Ann Spring Fling

The St. Ann's annual Spring Fling will be held on Saturday, April 29, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at the St. Ann Parish Center on Oak Hill Avenue. Come out and enjoy a fun-filled evening of live and silent auctions, DJ musical entertainment, lots of great food, hot hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and dancing. Please note that this is an adult event.

Advance purchase tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased at the St. Ann Life Teen office in the church's Parish Center or by calling 301-745-3120. Tickets aloso will be available at the door the evening of the event. Cost is $15 per person at the door. Ticket cost includes beer, wine and hot hors d'oeuvres.

The Spring Fling proceeds benefit the St. Ann Life Teen program, which offers many activities and programs for area teens.

Benefit concert

The Disciples in Action Committee, comprised of 12 people, friends and members of First Christian Church, will be going on a mission trip to Hattiesburg, Miss., with the goal to meet the physical construction and renovation and spiritual needs of those who were victims of last year's hurricanes.

The trip is being organized through The World Servants Organization, an organization that offers life-changing mission experiences for junior high, senior high, family, adult and intergenerational groups and individuals.

As a fundraiser to help defray the costs of traveling to Hattiesburg, the group will present a benefit concert for Katrina relief titled "Rebuilding," which features local singer and songwriter Rich Bennett this Sunday, April 30, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at First Christian Church Sanctuary, 1345 Potomac Ave. Bennett will perform his original composition titled "Rebuilding."

Childcare will be provided and a free will offering will be collected with all proceeds going toward the group's Hattiesburg mission scheduled for June 17-25.

Please come out and help the group assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Basket bingo

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