THECalendar for April 12-18

April 12, 2010

MONDAY, April 12

Theology in the 21st century

Douglas F. Ottati will present three lectures on contemporary Christianity at 2, 3:30 and 7 p.m. today at Wilson College, off Philadelphia Avenue in Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-264-4141, ext. 3396, or go to

TUESDAY, April 13

Book discussion on Baha'i

The Interfaith Coalition of Washington County hosts a discussion of "Baha'u'llah: A Short Biography," by Moojan Momen. Baha'u'llah is the founder of the Baha'i faith. The book group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Borders, 17636 Garland Groh Blvd., Centre at Hagerstown. For information, call Gwen Skrabak at 301-797-1603.


Russian ballet

Moscow Festival Ballet will present "Swan Lake" at 7:30 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Tickets cost $32.50 to $42.50. To purchase tickets, call 301-790-2000 or go to .


Elizabeth Gilbert speaks

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat Pray Love," will participate in several events during Frederick Reads book festival. She will give a lecture at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hood College's Hodson Auditorium, Frederick, Md. For Gilbert's other events or a complete Frederick Reads schedule, call 301-600-2828 or go to .

THURSDAY, April 15

Sketch comedy

The Shepherd University Sketch Factor will present topical comedy at 8 p.m. Thursday and additional dates through Saturday, April 24. The show is on stage at Shepherd University's Studio Theatre in Sara Cree Hall in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Tickets cost $8 or $10; free for Shepherd students. Call 206-369-1514 or e-mail

FRIDAY, April 16

Meet romance writers

Washington Romance Writers annual Boonsboro gathering features authors Charlaine Harris, Nora Roberts, Gail Barrett, Heidi Betts, Roxanne St. Clair, Susan Donovan and others. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Turn the Page Bookstore Cafe, 18 N. Main St. in Boonsboro. Tickets will be passed out by 10 a.m. the day of the signing for a place in line. One ticket per person present. For more information, go to and click on Event Rules & Etiquette. Call 301-432-4588.

'Art in Bloom'

Floral designers present arrangements that interpret artwork at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. The arrangements are on display 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 17, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Preview party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the party cost $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Call 301-730-5727.

Longest improvised scene

Hagerstown Children's Theater will hold a "scene-a-thon" to set a new unofficial world record for improv. HCT will attempt to improv for 24 1/2 hours from 5 p.m. Friday, April 16, to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at HCT studio, 806 Frederick St., Hagerstown. Free, but donations requested. Call 301-733-8261 or go to

SATURDAY, April 17

Soap Box Derby in Hancock

A Soap Box Derby Rally will take place this weekend. Late entrants are welcome. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday; racing begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Racing will be on West High Street between Fulton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The public is invited. Call Tim Smith at 301-988-2776. For soap box car description, go to

Celebrating moms

A mom-themed event with local vendors, crafts, kids' zone, dads' zone, activities at Center Court from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Road in Halfway. For information, call Randi McClure at The Herald-Mail at 301-745-3620.

Earth, art, music and recycling

Renfrew Institute's 20th annual Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art features a talking robot named Cycler (shown at right), live music by Slim Harrison, artists' demonstrations, kid's activities, a clothesline art exhibit and document shredding for the public. Festival is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Free. Call 717-762-0373 or go

SUNDAY, April 18

Vocal and piano concert

Soprano Karen Lubeck and pianist Jessica Chow will perform a group of songs inspired by nature at 2:30 p.m. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Composers include Gabriel Faur, Franz Schubert and George Whitefield Chadwick. Admission costs $5; free for museum members. Call 301-739-5727.

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