Around South Hagerstown

January 12, 2009|By STACI CLIPP / 301-991-4103


Parents, remember, there is a 2 1/2-hour-early dismissal Friday, and no school Jan 19 and 20.

My phone is not working, so I'd like to apologize if you have tried to call me. I am trying to get it fixed, so please bear with me.

Hagerstown Lions Club

Tuesday - Jim Heins, a volunteer with C&O Canal National Historical Park, will be the guest speaker at the Hagerstown Lions Club to talk about "C&O: The Park Which Almost Wasn't."

Organ recital to be held at church

There will be an organ recital at St. John's Lutheran Church Sunday at 3 p.m. (inclement weather date is Jan. 25.)


Mary Ward, St. John's organist, will play sacred and secular music to promote the International Year of the Organ (July 2008 to June 2009).

The American Guild of Organists is promoting the program as a yearlong celebration, including various events in this country and abroad.

The church is at 141 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

Historic Heights group says thanks

The Historic Heights Neighborhoods 1st Group enjoyed the holiday season.

The group wants to thank members of St. John's Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church for their help in making "Night of Lights" a success.

About a dozen members of the neighborhood group made and lighted about 250 luminarias on Dec. 20 along South Prospect Street leading down to Hagerstown's City Park, then spent about an hour caroling along the street.

With the help of voices from the churches, there were a total of 18 singers.

A food drive was held in conjunction with the luminarias, caroling and potluck dinner. Eighteen bags of food were collected from residents and delivered to Community Action Council.

Discovery Station

Jan. 17 - Norman Little, builder of the Titanic replica display at Discovery Station, will present "The Titanic's Historic Voyage and the Model It Inspired," 2 p.m.

Money bonanza

BPO Elks Lodge No. 378 at 11063 Robinwood Drive will hold a money bonanza Sunday, Feb. 8.

Tickets cost $25, which admits the ticket holder and one guest. There will be 31 cash prizes and the grand prize will be $3,000. There will be tip jars, King Tuts, Big Daddy, Progressive 300 and a 50/50 raffle. Ticket No. 1 will be raffled off and the winner will be put in the last 10.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and dinner will be served at 1 p.m. There will be a dessert table and drinks will be provided. Use door No. 6.

The proceeds will benefit youth programs and charitable requests.

For more information, call 301-739-0844 or 301-733-8849.

'Something's Afoot'

The Potomac Playmakers will present "Something's Afoot" at the Academy Theatre, 58 E. Washington St. Hagerstown, on Jan. 30 and 31 and Feb. 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8. The shows are at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. Tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors.

For more information or reservations, call 301-797-8182.

Enjoy the new feature of dinner before the show on Friday and Saturday nights presented by Applause Caterers. Reservations for dinner must be made separately and directly with Applause Caterers at 301-797-5755. Dinner price is not included in the show ticket price.


Potomac Playmakers will hold auditions for "Twelve Angry Jurors" on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy Theatre, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown.

All 15 roles are open to male or female adult actors. Scripts are provided for the audition; come prepared to read. The production is directed by Renee A. Peterson. Show dates are March 27 to 29 and April 2 to 5.

Poetry and music

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts announces the third season of "A Change of Pace: Poetry and Music," sponsored by Drs. Newby, Dempsher, Mire & O'Donoghue, and the Washington County Arts Council Inc.

The first presentation in the two-part series is titled "The Lost Tribe of Us" and will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Poets include Heather Davis, Sonja James and Jos Padua, with the Frederick Baroque Ensemble performing on original instruments from the 17th and 18th centuries. A reception, hosted by members of the Singer Society, the museum's volunteer organization, will follow the performance.

Relay for Life

A kickoff for the 2009 American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Washington County will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Maugansville Ruritan building on Maugans Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This year's Relay For Life will take place beginning the evening of Friday, June 19, at Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park.

For more information, go to, or call 301-733-8272.

Still target shoots

The Washington County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America on Independence Road has started its still target shoots. The shoots will be held the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, call 301-582-4118.

Blood drives

o Jan. 12 - Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

o Jan. 14 - Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.; Sharpsburg Bible Church, 1 to 6:30 p.m.

o Jan. 15 - County employees, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hagerstown Donor Center.

o Jan. 16 - Hancock Assembly of God, 1 to 7 p.m.

o Jan. 19 - Boonsboro American Legion, 1 to 7 p.m.; Hagerstown Elks, 1 to 7 p.m.; Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

o Jan. 21 - Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

o Jan. 26 - Smithsburg Fire Hall, 1 to 7 p.m.; Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

o Jan. 28 - Hagerstown Donor Center, Conrad Court, noon to 6 p.m.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to my husband, Richard, on Jan. 15 and happy 16th birthday to my son Damien on Jan. 18.

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