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Weekend calendar

December 19, 2008

German Christmas traditions



Hear about the origins of Christmas traditions such as the decorated tree, the yule log, and the man dressed in red. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Continues through Sunday, Dec. 28, excluding Christmas Day. Hager House, City Park, Hagerstown. $1 to $3, free for ages 5 and younger. Call 301-739-8393 or e-mail hagerhouse@hagerstownmd.org.

Holiday pops concert



FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick Symphony Orchestra presents its annual holiday pops concert, featuring cellist David Cho. 8 p.m. today, 3 p.m. Saturday. Frederick Community College's Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Opossumtown Pike. $20; $15, seniors; $10, students. Call 301-663-8476 or go to www.fredericksymphony.org.

The trains of Christmas



O-gauge layout featuring trains operating in a snow scene. Also trains for children to operate. 1 to 5 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. $4, adults; 50 cents, ages 4 through 12; free for ages 3 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.

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'The Christmas Star'



An astronomical presentation by Rodney Martin. 2 p.m. Saturday. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Admission costs $3 to $7; free for ages 1 and younger. Call 301-790-0076.

Christmas choral concert



Hagerstown Choral Arts presents its 16th Christmas concert. 4 p.m. Saturday. Trinity Lutheran Church, North Potomac Street, Hagerstown. Free. Come early, seating is limited.

Old-Fashioned Williamsport Christmas



WILLIAMSPORT - Photos with Santa, carolers, horse-and-buggy rides, free hot chocolate and snacks, a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," and a raffle to raise money for Bikers Against Child Abuse. Merchants collect food for Williamsport Food Bank. 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Williamsport. For a schedule, go to www.kdwholesalegifts.com/williamsportchristmas.htm or call 301-223-7711 or 240-329-4286.

Holiday open house



BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - The library's board of directors serve refreshments. Children can make a take-home bird feeder from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Story hour for children begins at 11 a.m. Open house, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday; Blue Ridge Summit Free Library. Call Nancy Bert at 717-794-2240.

Games Club of Maryland



BRUNSWICK, Md. - Karl Musser plays and teaches board games, some modern, some old world. 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Beans in the Belfry, 122 W. Potomac St. Call 301-834-7178 or go to www.beansinthebelfry.com.

Oller House open house



The Victorian-era Oller House is decorated with the theme "The Spirits of Christmas." 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Oller House, 138 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa.

Night of Lights



Neighborhoods are "strung together" with a series of luminarias lining the city's sidewalks. Sponsored by Neighborhoods 1st. 6 p.m. Sunday. City of Hagerstown sidewalks. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 191; or go to www.hagerstownmd.org/housing/nightsoflights.asp.

Railroad club open house



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Displays include Thomas the Tank Engine, Christmas trains and a layout built of Legos. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, 440 Nelson St. Free. Call Bill Robinson at 717-264-3081 or 717-263-6447 or go to www.cvmrrc.com.

Museum Consort



The Museum Consort presents a mix of old and new holiday music. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727 or go to www.wcmfa.org.

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