Staff picks for Dec. 30-Jan. 5

December 29, 2010
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The Top Five

Party for kids
Xtreme Magic Diva Allstarz will host a New Year’s Eve party for ages 5 to 18 beginning at 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Includes dinner and dance; kids may stay overnight. Xtreme Magic Diva Allstarz, 920 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Hagerstown. $25; space is limited. Call Linda at 301-988-8777 or e-mail

Christian New Year’s celebration
The Secrest Memorial Sing will feature Naomi and the Segos, the Morningstar Singers and Guilford Station Bluegrass Band. 7 to 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve at Heritage Academy auditorium, 12215 Walnut Point Road, west of Hagerstown. Free-will offering. Call 301-733-9365.

Ring in the new year
Traditional carillon recital performed by Charles Farris at midnight Friday night as the new year opens. Mercersburg Academy, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa. Program includes Christmas carols, some familiar, some obscure. Free. Call Lindsay Tanton at 717-328-6302 or go to

Blues, funk, and jazz
Paul Pfau & the Hellboys will perform blues, funk, and jazz tonight, Dec. 30, at 9 p.m. at The Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. $5. Call 304-876-3704 or go to

Find your spot for Friday
Got plans for New Year’s Eve? Plenty of local bars and restaurants are planning end-of-the-year dance parties. See our Night Life listing.

Top Five Free

C’mon in, the water’s fine!
The Williamsport Polar Bear Club invites area residents to run into the Potomac River for a good cause at noon Saturday at River Bottom Park, off Salisbury Road, Williamsport. $25 registration fee; includes certificate and T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County. Free to spectators. Call 301-733-2060 or go to

Scenes from imaginary tales
Painters Colleen Clapp, Scott Grove and Cristy Stup create images based on imagined novels. Continues through Jan. 30. Opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8. The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., downtown Frederick, Md. Free. Call 301-698-0656 or go to

Photography show opens
Amanda Lee Darby will display her digital photographs. Reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8. Exhibit continues until Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Cultural Arts Center gallery, 15 N. Market St., downtown Frederick, Md. Call 301-662-4190 or go to

New Year’s Eve eve party
May Weather and Skyhawk Drive will perform for a one-day-early New Year’s Eve party for high school and college-age students. 8 p.m. tonight, Dec. 30, to 12:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown. $1 admission; or free with a donation to Micah’s Backpack of juice boxes, fruit cups or prepackaged dinners. Call Andy Wallace at 301-733-2878, ext. 211.

New Year’s Eve dinner
A community dinner for members of the public features cubed steak, chicken and ham from 4 to 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve at Pleasant Union Church fellowship hall, 259 Pleasant Union Church Road, Clearville, Pa. Free; donation requested. Call 814-784-3232.

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