Around South Hagerstown

December 14, 2009|By STACI CLIPP / 301-582-8057

Pet Angel Tree

Prime Outlets at Hagerstown is offering a Pet Angel Tree to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County.

It is set up in the food court. The tree features ornaments listing items the shelter needs and a copy of the shelter's wish list. To make a donation to the Pet Angel Tree, choose an item to purchase and return it to the donation box. Participants are welcome to write their name on the back of the ornament they choose or they may write their name on one of the labels provided at the tree.

In addition to the Prime Outlets Pet Angel Tree, a number of other locations in Hagerstown are collecting items for the shelter's Home 4 the Holidays Adoption Campaign.

Participants may take items to the following locations:

Central Dawgma & The Dawg Wash, Curves of Boonsboro, Long and Foster Real Estate, Elizabeth & Company Hair and Nail Salon, Wisteria Cove, Dixie's Diner in Smithsburg, Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Grill, and L&L Pawsabilities Pet Salon. Look for the giant red stockings at these businesses.


'A Taste of Grace'

You're invited to "A Taste of Grace" Christmas at Hagerstown Grace Brethren Church on the corner of First and Spruce streets Sunday at 6 p.m.

The evening will celebrate Christmas with music and skits by the church's youth group. The congregation will also be sharing desserts and recipes. Bring your favorite dessert with copies of the recipe to share.

The community is also invited to join the Sunday worship service at 10:15 a.m. as Pastor Harald Bjerga brings messages on the "Gifts of Christmas" in the coming weeks.

Museum concert

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present Tin Kettle performing traditional seasonal music from the British Isles and America Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Formed in 2006, the Pennsylvania trio with members Sharon Sacks, Matthew Ward and John Winship will perform on fiddle, banjo, concertina, tin whistle, mandolin, guitar, piano and vocals.

Winter concert

The South Hagerstown High School band will hold its annual winter band concert Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. in the South High auditorium.

The concert is open to the public and is free of charge.

Discovery Station

"The Christmas Star" will be discussed Saturday by Washington County Planetarium educator Rodney Martin. The event will be held at Discovery Station at 2 p.m.

Polar Bear Plunge

The annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held in Williamsport on New Year's Day.

The event benefits the Humane Society of Washington County and is an exciting way start to the New Year.

The event takes place at noon at River Bottom Park in Williamsport.

The master of ceremonies will once again be local magician Dean Burkett.

Registration costs $25 per person and includes participation in the plunge, an official Williamsport Polar Bear Club certificate suitable for framing and a long sleeved T-shirt by Screentique. You can register online by going to or by calling Kim McGlaughlin at 301-733-2060, ext. 239.

Participants are asked to collect pledges from friends and family members.

Prizes will be awarded to the top two pledge collectors. Austin Green was the top pledge collector at last year's event and Michael Rishell took second place.

Trophies donated by K&R Engraving are also awarded to the youngest polar bear and oldest polar bear. Last year's winner for oldest polar bear was George Baker and the winner of youngest polar bear was Maddi Renn.

Sponsors for the event are Red Men Riders Tribe 84, Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown, B-PWSITV: Training for Pups and Their People, 4-Legged Friends Pet Services LLC, Allegany Dental Care, Hagerstown Honda, Pet-Agrees Professional Pet Sitters, Simply pAwesome Dog Treats, Maurice F. Johnston, Rentals Unlimited Inc., Tim Fraker Signs, Jewells & Jewells, and the Town of Williamsport, which has opened the town to the crowd of participants and spectators each year.

Prizes have been donated by The Annapaca Farm/The Alpaca Shop and Regal Cinemas Valley Mall Stadium 16. Pastries, hot chocolate and coffee compliments of Sanders' Cookie Jar Bakery and Hub City Vineyard Church will be available.

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road.

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