Around North Hagerstown

December 08, 2008|By ELLEN ROWLAND/240-217-5051

Share what you can at this time of the year

Now that the holiday season is upon us, please do not forget people in need and share what you can. Remember our military and keep them in your prayers, and their children, too. The weather is getting colder, so be kind to animals, and have a little more patience and compassion toward each other during this busy time.

Holiday concert planned at church

A holiday concert of seasonal music with the St. James Brass Quintet and the Haven Church Senior Choir will be Saturday at 5 p.m. at Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the concert. The Rest Haven Cemetery Illumination will be under way as you leave the church. The event is free and open to the public.

Cookie sale planned at First Christian Church

The Global Outreach Commission of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will host its annual cookie walk Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Homemade cookies will be available for $3 a dozen.


The church is at 1345 Potomac Ave. For more information, call the church office at 301-733-0144 or go to on the Web.

Saint Maria Goretti News

Goretti Players will perform "Wings of Christmas" on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

The seventh annual Lady Gael Basketball Classic will be held Friday and Saturday.

The High School Placement Test will be offered Saturday. The test is required for all incoming freshmen as part of the application process. Call to register. For more information, go to on the Web or call 301-739-4266.


On Dec. 1, Mary Jo Cunningham led the TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 77 program on counting calories and making changes in our diets.

The chapter collected 686 hats, mittens, gloves and scarves for the November contest. The items will be divided between Salem Avenue Elementary School, Winter Street Elementary School, Boonsboro Elementary School and Trinity Lutheran Church, which distributes to Head Start.

The winning teams for the contest were: TOPS - Heavenly Herbs; KOPS - Bunchberry Bells.

The group also collected 46 shoe boxes for children at Meadow Bridge, W.Va. The boxes will be delivered Friday.

The "Get-R-Done" KOPS winner for the month of November was Madalyn Keller and the weekly TOPS winner was a tie between Elsie Horst, Cleo Burger and Dorothy Martin. Each lost 3 pounds.

This week the chapter will have its monthly awards program, a short meeting and then go to Mountain Gate for its Christmas party.

For more information, call Donna at 301-223-8143 or Patsy at 301-582-2292.

TOPS 446

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 446 members were asked to stop and think about setting goals. Goal setting can be a help in getting to a healthy weight. It's best to have short-term, reachable goals.

Thank You, Judy G., for helping the members understand how important goal setting is.

On Wednesday, the chapter will have awards day. The group will be collecting paper products for Holly Place.

For more information, call Tom or Mary at 301-797-2547 or call Judy at 301-739-9279.

St. Mary Catholic School

Thursday - Grades two, three, four and five will perform their Christmas program, "Who Would Imagine a King."

Friday - First grade will perform "A Christmas Alphabet" and the kindergarten will perform its Christmas play.

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Annual holiday concert

The Rohrersville Cornet Band of Washington County will present its annual holiday concert on Sunday at 3 p.m., in the Rohrersville Band Hall, Main Street, Rohrersville.

The band is offering for sale CDs of its spring 2008 concert. The CD, professionally recorded and produced, makes a great musical gift as well as a contribution to the band and live music.

The concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at intermission.

Holly Roelkey, director, and Bob Sclater, assistant director, will direct the band in the program that features traditional seasonal music.

The Rohrersville Band, Maryland's oldest community band, has been presenting concerts since its inception in 1837. This Christmas concert closes the band's 171st year.

Sunday's program includes "A Christmas Festival" by Leroy Anderson; "Tidings of Comfort and Joy" set by James Swearingen; "Holiday Cheer" arranged by Paul Lavender; "German Carol Festival" arranged by James Christensen; "Jingle Bells and Jungle Drums" arranged by Mark Williams; and "Auld Lang Syne" arranged for band by Robert Longfield.

The band will also present "Hail to the Spirit of Liberty" by John Philip Sousa, edited by Donald Hunsberger; "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, arranged and adapted by James Ployhar'; "Santa Meets the Big Bands" arranged by James Ployhar; "Celebration" arranged for band by Robert Longfield; and "Stars and Stripes for Christmas" by John Philip Sousa and Robert E. Foster.

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