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December 03, 2008|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

Ballroom dancing

Jim Powers will hold his ballroom dance party Friday at the Maugansville Ruritan Club building on Maugans Avenue from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $4 per person.

Book signing

The Smithsburg branch of the Washington County Free Library will host local author Shay Mace as she conducts a book signing Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Mace recently published the book "Smithsburg," a part of 'Arcadia Publishing's Images of America' series.

From the back flap: "Filled with archival photographs and other visual remembrances, this volume illuminates the town of Smithsburg and its continuing significant contributions to agriculture and business."

Those interested may bring personal copies of the book to the event and/or purchase copies at the signing. There is no admission fee. For more information, call 301-824-7722.


Christmas event

The Town of Smithsburg will celebrate its annual Hometown Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 13. Events in and around the square will start at 7 a.m. with breakfast with Santa at the fire hall and will include caroling, fire-truck rides, storytelling, free hot dogs and hot chocolate, and a parade.

Businesses will be open, and will provide refreshments and door prizes.

The celebration will conclude with a children's party at the fire hall starting at 5:30 p.m.

Also, there will be a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Veterans Park on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Toys for Tots

Allegany Dental Care, at 22109 Jefferson Blvd., Hagerstown, is an official site for Toys for Tots this year. The office is accepting new, unwrapped toys. For more information, call Cathy Lewis, human resources and marketing director, at 301-797-6381.

Cascade Elementary

Thursday - PTA meeting, 7 p.m.

Smithsburg Middle

The Smithsburg Middle School PTSA and Student Council will host a holiday activity night for middle school students Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Activities include open gym, karaoke, crafts, games, refreshments, holiday shop and wrap.

Parents can vote for PTSA officers and pick up the PTSA fundraisers of Evergreen products, Uncle Ralph's Cookie Dough and Chick-fil-A calendars.

There is no charge to participate; however, bring money if you are shopping. Students must be signed in and out of this event.

There will be collection boxes for nonperishable food items and winter apparel. For more information, contact Shawn Bryce at 301-824-7835.

Congratulations to Patrick Demarco, Nasu Conteh and Matthew Wilson for completing the 25-book challenge. Homework Club -- After-school homework help is available for students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The holiday canned food drive to benefit the Smithsburg Food Bank is under way. Send canned food into the homeroom teachers. Also, the carnation and holiday sales began in the cafeteria.

'M*A*S*H' on stage

Hagerstown Community College's Robinwood Players will perform its winter show, "M*A*S*H," on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., in HCC's Kepler Theater.

Advance tickets are available through Thursday at the HCC bookstore and will also be available at the door prior to each show.

Admission costs $7. HCC students and employees get in free.

This show is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Co. of Woodstock, Ill. For advance tickets, call 301-790-2800, ext. 271. For more information, contact Dave Dull at

Art exhibit

Hagerstown Community College will host its annual winter student art exhibit from Monday, Dec. 8 through Thursday, Dec. 11, in the lobby of Kepler Theater on HCC's campus.

The winter student art exhibit will feature more than 50 students exhibiting a host of artwork, including paintings, drawings, mixed-media sculptures, ceramic sculptures, jewelry, pottery, digital photography and graphic design prints.

The opening reception will be Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. In addition, the art exhibit will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 11.

For more information, call 301-790-2800, ext. 221.


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