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Weekend calendar

April 27, 2007

African Children's Choir

Twenty-one 9- to 13-year-olds from Uganda and Rawanda will perform at 7 p.m. today, St. Ann's Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown. No admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken for the children. Light refreshments at a reception following the concert. The choir raises money to support relief and development projects directed at children and youth in Africa.

Gospel sing

BOONSBORO - Master's Four Quartet will perform. 7 p.m. today. Boonsboro Family Worship Center, 7605 Old National Pike. Call 301-797-5287.

Mega-signing

BOONSBORO - Authors who attend the Washington Romance Writers Retreat will sign books. The authors include Lisa Gardner, Madeline Hunter, Julia Quinn, Nora Roberts, Dee Davis, Diane Gaston, Kathleen O'Reilly, Susan Donovan, Hope Tarr, Pamela Palmer, Jean Marie Ward, Donna Kauffman and Michelle Willingham. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Turn the Page Bookstore, 18 N. Main St. Books from home will be limited to the first 50 people in line. Call Binnie at 443-519-6366 or e-mail bsbgc@aol.com.

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'Brigadoon'

Hagerstown Community College's Robinwood Players will pre-sent "Brigadoon," the Broadway musical about a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years. Things begin to go wrong when two American tourists stumble upon the village. 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater, Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown. $7. Tickets will be sold in advance at the HCC Bookstore or at the door the evening of the performance. Call 301-790-2800, ext. 271.

AAUW used book sale

Hagerstown Branch of the American Association of University Women holds its annual used book sale. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday, all books are half price. On Sunday, fill a grocery bag with books for $5; or six bags for $20. Washington County Agricultural and Education Center, Sharpsburg Pike, Md. 65, south of Hagerstown.

18th Century Market Fair

BIG POOL - The 13th annual event features artisans, craftspeople and sutlers in a 17301790 encampment. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road. Call 301-842-2155.

Spring flower and gift show

The show will feature vendors of hand-crafted items. Raffle proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley Inc. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, grand ballroom, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Free admission.

Gospel singing

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The concert will feature The Mighty Sons of Faith, gospel step teams, Anointed Vessels of Praise Dancers, Christian comedian Bernard Ferguson, gospel ensembles and solo artists. 5 p.m. Saturday. The Living Room, 50 Monroe St. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For tickets, call Robert Richard II at 240-229-8665 or Harrison Graves at 304-886-4879.

Saturday Plus

Joe Taylor's program will involve audience participation with the magical sound of the violin and the interesting technique of producing music with woodwind instruments during a Saturday Plus program.1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Discovery Station, Hagerstown. Free with museum admission, which costs $5 to $7. Call 301-790-0076 or go to www.discoverystation.org.

Junior ranger program

THURMONT, Md. - Children ages 9 to 11 are invited to join a National Park Service ranger to complete the requirements and become a junior ranger. A short hike is included. Children who complete the entire program will receive a Catoctin Mountain Park Junior Ranger badge. Saturday, 10 a.m. ages 9 to 11; 1 p.m., ages 6 to 8. Each session lasts about two hours. Catoctin Mountain Park's visitor center, Md. 77.

Songs of love

SHARPSBURG - Antietam Women's Ensemble will present "What the World Needs Now: Songs of Love." The concert will include Eric Whitacre's "Hebrew Love Songs," plus music from Africa, Europe and North America. 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Suggested donation is $10. Go to www.antietamwomensensemble.org.

Farm and home safety day

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson High School's FFA chapter will sponsor a farm and home safety day, which will include information about farms, homes, gardens, horses, small animals, large animals, pesticides, road travel, chainsaws and more. Food will be sold. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Flowing Spring Road. Free. For information, call Heather Ishman at 304-876-0611.

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