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September 27, 2007

Pa. book sale planned

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County and several area Lutheran churches will sponsor their third annual used book sale, Nov. 1 to 3.

Used books can be donated through Saturday, Oct. 20, at locations through out the county.

For more information, call Trinity Lutheran Church at 717-597-9348, or Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County at 717-267-1899.

Deadline nears for miniature art show

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Entries will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 28, for the Council for the Arts' "Miniature Art 2007" exhibition to be held from Nov. 2 to Jan. 12.

Artists may submit up to four pieces, each with image size no greater than 4 inches by 6 inches, not to exceed 24 square inches. All pieces must be framed and total size may not exceed 48 square inches.

Original work in any fine art media will be accepted - no crafts, jewelry, photography, laser prints or computer-generated artwork. Sculpture is encouraged and should not exceed 5 inches in any dimension.


The entry fee (for as many as four works) is $25; an additional $10 will be charged for return shipping and insurance on works not delivered in person.

Submit artwork to the Council for the Arts at 159 S. Main St. in Chambersburg. Call the council at 717-264-6883.

Theater sets audition for 'Christmas Carol'

Washington County Playhouse will hold auditions for "A Christmas Carol" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Washington County Playhouse, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

All roles are open and include children as young as 7, teenagers and adults.

The shows are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons from Friday, Nov. 16, through Tuesday, Dec. 31.

For information, call 301-739-7469.

Gallery will lease studios and outlets

Benjamin Art Gallery, LLC, 1303 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, announces the availability of artist spaces and studio outlets. Gallery spaces can be leased by visual artists.

In addition, some spaces can also be used as studio areas.

Fifteen booths are open and start at $95 per month. Spaces can be rented individually or in groups and there is no sitting time.

For more information, contact the gallery at 877-797-4775. Admission is free and the gallery is handicapped-accessible.

School plans pit firing

MONT ALTO, Pa. - The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies at Penn State Mont Alto in collaboration with the Mont Alto Pottery Cooperative and the community of Penn National will host a community pit firing of ceramics.

Members of the public may attend a series of Saturday workshops to create pottery.

The pit firing is scheduled to begin on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 19, and continue through the noon hour on Saturday, Oct. 20. The event will be held on Orchard Road, near the campus of Penn State Mont Alto. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be scheduled for the following Friday and Saturday.

Pit firings use a low impact technology to create wood fired pottery without the use of a permanent kiln. Employees of Penn National will dig the pit, which will be approximately 4 feet deep, 4 feet wide and 6 feet long. Sawdust, newspaper, dried cow dung, dried brush and scrap wood from local construction will be used for fuel.

For information or to register for one of the Saturday workshops, call Nicodemus Center at 717-762-4670 or e-mail

Council awards grants

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Council for the Arts in Chambersburg hosted a grant award ceremony for recipients of the 2007-08 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project and program grants, and for the first round of local government grants.

Local government grants are funded by the Borough of Chambersburg and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and fund arts projects in the Chambersburg Area School District.

Recipients included:

· Corey Rotz, $300, to support a concert at The Capitol Theatre.

· Chambersburg Ballet Theatre, $750, to support "The Nutcracker."

· Wilson College Performing Arts Series, $500, to fund a free Shakespeare workshop.

For information about PPA or other funding opportunities, call the council at 717-264-6883 or e-mail

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