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Hagerstown community briefs

September 08, 2008

Hispanic fest to fund scholarships

Proceeds from the Hagerstown Hispanic Festival will go to help pay the tuition for two Hagerstown Community College Hispanic students, organizers said.

The festival, hosted by the Hispanic Association of Hagerstown, will be Sept. 21 at Fairgrounds Park from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature live Hispanic music, local radio host Sergio Polanco, traditional dancers, authentic Hispanic food, youth and adult soccer tournaments, and children's activities.

"We want to provide a great community event while raising funds for two Hispanic students attending Hagers-town Community College," said HAH President Diana Reyes. "Our dream is, as the festival grows, to help many more Hispanic students attain their academic dreams."

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The scholarships will be awarded by HAH to students based on need. "After the selection process, we will offer one scholarship for the fall semester and another for the spring," Reyes said. "We really hope through this festival, with the support of our sponsors, we can make a difference in two students' lives."

For more information, go to www.HagerstownHispanic Festival.org.

Church concert set for Sunday

The public is invited to attend a concert given by Guilford Station Bluegrass Gospel on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Church, 14336 Greencastle Pike.

Refreshments will be served.

A goodwill offering will be collected for the group during a short intermission. If you would like to contribute to the cemetery maintenance, a basket will be placed in the front of the church. For more information, call 301-791-0413.

Church to host financial course

Financial Peace University is coming to Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown.

This is a 13-week course with classes on finances each Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Wednesday.

Classes are held in the fellowship fall, entrance off the parking lot to the rear of the church. Participation kits cost $99. Child care will be provided. For more information, go to www.daveramsey.com/fpu/home/ or call Jena Staley at 301-797-0526.

History presentation

Washington County Free Library will host "Rosalie of Riversdale: A Living History Presentation" Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Hagerstown. Rosalie will be portrayed by Mary Ann Jung.

This costumed living-history presentation portrays the life of Rosalie Calvert of Riversdale Plantation. Audience members will relive the drama of life during the War of 1812 as Rosalie describes the Battle of Bladensburg, the burning of Washington and the creation of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The presentation also explores the day-to-day details of running a plantation in Maryland.

Jung has been a lead actress and director of Renaissance history and Shakespearean language at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for more than 25 years. She is a Smithsonian scholar/performer and has appeared on CNN, the "Today" show and "Good Morning America." Jung's living-history performances include Julia Child, Clara Barton, Mistress Margaret Brent, Rosalie of Riversdale, Amelia Earhart and Good Queen Bess.

Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, to reserve a seat.

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