November 11, 2008

Gaming industry event

Hagerstown Community College will host a presentation on the gaming industry from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Learning Resource Center, room 108.

Studio Director Mike McDonald, of Day 1 Studio in Hunt Valley, Md., will discuss what it's like to develop games, including his latest project.

McDonald and three others founded Day 1 Studios drawing from experience working for Electronic Arts. As studio director since the beginning, he oversaw the creation of "MechAssault" and "MechAssault 2" for the XBox; "F.E.A.R." for the PC, XBox, Playstation 3; and the newly released "Fracture" for the XBox 360 and PS3.

The program will conclude with a period for questions and answers. This presentation is brought to you by the Simulation and Digital Entertainment Program and the Information Technology Association at HCC.


For more information, call David Maruszewski at 301-790-2800, ext. 361.

Friday Night Out

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Chambersburg Memorial YMCA will host Friday Night Out for children ages 6 to 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at the YMCA.

There will be pizza, drinks and swimming. After swimming the children will have structured recreation time and group games in the Y's youth room, gyms and youth fitness center. $15 for nonmembers; $10 for members. Each additional child in a family receives a $3 discount.

Registration is required before noon Friday, Nov. 14. For more information, call Jen Gossert at 717-263-8508 or go to

Volunteer opportunity

High school students are needed to help with this year's Kris Kringle Holiday Craft & Gift Show, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23, at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center (ARCC), 11400 Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown. Student service learning hours for high school students have been approved by Washington County Public Schools.

Help is needed for vendors unloading products from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. Helpers also are needed beginning at 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to help vendors unload.

Students will be needed to carry packages to cars, pass out flyers, and work at the raffle table, packaging holding area, gift wrap station, hand out door prize tickets and more. Students also will be needed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Students will be needed to help close the show at 5 p.m. Sunday by helping vendors pack up.

Proceeds from the show will be donated to Hospice of Washington County. Proceeds from food donations will be given to Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown for food distribution and to provide toys to local needy families at Christmas.

For information, call Linda Williams at 301-582-1233 or 301-331-1233.

Youth Rock! Challenge

FREDERICK, Md. -- Eight area youth groups have already accepted the Youth Rock! Challenge to raise funds for Hope Alive. The challenge commemorates National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness.

The challenge is open to youth groups or other middle- and high-school students who commit to raise at least $250. Organizations or individuals reaching that goal are invited to attend the Youth Rock! concert with Beyond the Flood, a Christian rock band, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Monocacy Valley Church in Ijamsville, Md.

For information, call 301-241-4005, e-mail or go to

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