Staff picks for Jan. 20-26

January 20, 2011
  • Kathleen Kidd, Robbie Martin and Stephanie O'Brien competed in the Poetry Out Loud preliminary round at Heritage Academy. School winners from across Washington County will compete Friday.
Courtesy of Tammy Brewer of Heritage Academy

The Top Five

Teen party
Teens Have Choices presents its third annual Teen IDEA Challenge. Activities, refreshments, plus the first 300 participants will receive a free movie ticket. All teens will be entered to win an iPad. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Leitersburg Cinemas, 20145 Leitersburg Pike, northeast of Hagerstown. Free. Go to or call 301-671-3000.

Mystery dinner theater
Without a Cue Productions will present “Lucy, I’m Dead,” an audience-participation comedy. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Sunday; show starts at 1 p.m. at Applause Caterers, Academy Theatre Banquet & Conference Center, 58 E. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. Tickets cost $45 for show and buffet dinner. Cash bar. Reservations recommended. Call 301-797-5755.

Meet local authors
Blue Ridge Summit Free Library will host an afternoon with five local authors, Eliane Ambrose, Mary Alice Baumgardner, Becky Dietrich, Joan Fry and Robert Morrow. Light refreshments will be served. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Summit Free Library Community Room, 15055 Summit Plaza, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Free. Call 717-794-2240.

March for Humanity
Three groups at Shippensburg University will host the 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. March for Humanity today. Bishop Vashti McKenzie will speak. March begins at 3:30 p.m. at Old Main Chapel, Shippensburg University, off Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, Pa. Free and open to the public. Call Cindy at 717-477-1616.

A Titanic undertaking
Model shipbuilder Norm Little will talk about building his 15-foot-long model of the Titanic. The model is on display. 2 p.m. Saturday at Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. For reservations, call 301-790-0076 or 877-790-0076. Programs are free with regular admission of $5 to $7 or annual membership. Go to

The Five Free


Highlights roll
“The Legacy,” written and produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Tom Kercheval, will be shown. 6:30 p.m. Monday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11833 Greenhill Drive, off Jefferson Boulevard, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-790-2758.

Conservation film
Filmmaker Tom Veltre will screen his newest film, “Nature’s Greatest Defender,” the story of one man’s fight to save our world. 7:30 p.m. today at Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Free. Call 304-876-7276, e-mail mark_madi or go to

In the bleak midwinter
Wind ’n’ Wire, an ensemble of traditional instruments, will present a program of relaxing and inspiring music celebrating winter. 5 p.m. Saturday at Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11507 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown. Free; a free-will offering will be requested. Call 301-733-2993.

Poetry competition
First-place winners from school competitions will compete in the Washington County finals of Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest. Three winners from this competition will advance to the regional level. 4 p.m. Friday at Summit Room of the Washington County Public Schools Central Office, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. Free and open to the public. Call Christine Stewart at 410-767-6476 or Linda Joy at 410-730-2335 or go to

Bluegrass jam
The Eastern Panhandle Bluegrass Association hosts weekly bluegrass jams on Sundays. 4 to 7 p.m. at Caperton Train Station, 226 E. Martin St., downtown Martinsburg, W.Va. Jams are free and open to the public. Call 301-331-7898 or go to

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