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March 13, 2009

MSO collecting food

Maryland Symphony Orchestra is participating in Orchestras Feeding America.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, donations may be dropped off at the MSO office, 30 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. For every 10 items donated, the donor will receive one free ticket to either the Saturday, March 21, or Sunday, March 22, performance of the Masterworks IV concert featuring pianist Chu-Fan Huang.

Then from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, or 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22, drop off food items at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. For every 10 items donated, donors will receive a coupon worth 20 percent off the price of a ticket for the Masterworks V concert, "A Symphonic Space Odyssey," on Saturday, April 25, or Sunday, April 26.

Most needed foods include dry soups, rice, powdered/canned milk, macaroni and cheese, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, canned meats, pasta, cereal and fruit juices.


Call 301-797-4000 or go to

Foreclosure workshop

A foreclosure crisis workshop will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Washington County Central Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Local real estate and lending professionals will join financial and housing advisers to offer tips for avoiding some of the pitfalls that can lead to foreclosure.

Call 301-739-3250 ext. 136, to register. For information, e-mail

Maryland Homecoming Queen finalists

Kristen Byers, Boonsboro High School homecoming queen, and Lauren Ryder, North Hagerstown High School homecoming queen, are finalists for Maryland's 29th Annual Homecoming Queen Selection on Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, at Lancaster Host Hotel in Lancaster, Pa.

Kristen is the daughter of Dave and Mary Byers of Hagerstown. Lauren is the daughter of Randy Ryder of Hagerstown.

Maryland's 2009 Homecoming Queen will receive a cash scholarship plus an expense paid trip to the national finals to compete with queens from the other states for America's Homecoming Queen.

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