Around South Hagerstown

November 24, 2008|By STACI CLIPP / 301-991-4103

County library conducts food drive

The Washington County Free Library Staff Association's canned food drive is under way. Donations of nonperishable foods can be dropped off at the library, at 100 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, or at any of its branches during normal operating hours through Friday, Dec. 12.

For more information, call 301-739-3250, ext. 136.

St. John's Church plans special service

A Thanksgiving Eve service will be held Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church. The traditional communion service will be at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The church will hold its Advent craft fair on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., following the 11 a.m. worship service. Participants are invited to have lunch and make a variety of multicultural Christmas crafts while celebrating the first Sunday of Advent. All ages are welcome.

South High yearbooks available at school

South Hagerstown High School's 2008 graduates who purchased a yearbook can pick up their yearbook spring supplement in room 4245 between noon and 4 p.m (no pickups between 1 and 1:30 p.m.) Supplements will be distributed through Friday, Dec. 19, with the exception of school closings and holidays.


Discovery Station

Saturday - Colleen Middour will present "Creating Holiday Note Cards" at 2 p.m. at Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown.

Tree lighting and Hollyfest

The annual Christmas tree lighting in Hagerstown's Public Square will take place today at 5 p.m.

The event will feature an ensemble from the North Hagerstown High School Band and the South Hagerstown High School Band. Santa's Elves, Jingles and Jangles, will be face painting. Hot chocolate and goodies will be provided by M&T Bank. Santa Claus will arrive and Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II will light the Christmas tree. This event is sponsored by the City of Hagerstown, M&T Bank and Holcim US.

After the tree lighting, it's off to The Maryland Theatre for the annual Hollyfest event at 7 p.m.

This free program features the Smithsburg High School Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, Boonsboro Middle School Merit Chorus and Saxophone Ensemble, Hagerstown Children's Theatre, Dancin' Time Studios, North Hagerstown High School Orchestra, South Hagerstown High School Dancers, Tri-State Twirlers, Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company and Abigail Nigh. There will be anppearance by the Dean of Magic and Bamboo the Panda. No tickets are necessary.

The event is sponsored by the City of Hagerstown, Antietam Cable Television/Animal Planet and Holcim US.

Children's holiday reception

The annual Children's holiday reception at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown will be Saturday,

Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance - $2 registration fee per person. Tickets are on sale now.

Funded through a grant from the Bowman Board of the Washington County Historical and Fine Arts Trust, Inc., the program will feature the enchanting puppet show, "The Secret Life of Rodents," by Rachel Anthonisen Gates, artistic director of Signal Light Theatre. The show is based on the story "Stone Soup" and follows a well-traveled mouse, who is poor in belongings yet rich in imagination, as he teaches a squirrel about the joy of giving.

Gates, the daughter of internationally acclaimed olebury sculptor George Anthonisen, works from the ground up, designing and building her portable stage and original puppets. She has won many awards for design and has taught classes in sculpture, drawing, mask making and puppetry.

Following the performance, there will be a visit from Santa Claus.

For additional information, call 301-739-5727.

Shopping event

Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship's Family Ministry Center, at 14010 Greencastle Pike in Hagerstown will hold its second annual Home Party Holiday Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 6 p.m.

This year they are requesting attendees bring a nonperishable food item and/or pet food or supplies that will be donated to the food bank or the Humane Society of Washington County respectively.

The event is open to the public and entry is free. It will feature home based businesses with numerous gift items for sale. There will be door prizes and food available. The Humane Society of Washington County will have an informational table set up at the event.

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