Staff picks for Feb. 10-16

February 10, 2011
  • CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien will speak on diversity in media at Shippensburg University on Wednesday.
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The Top Five
Teachers as artists
Recent works by Washington County’s public, private and home-school art educators. Opening reception with music by Staff Infection will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. Exhibit continues through February. Call 301-791-3132 or go to

Catch, search, sit
Three competitive games for dogs — a ball catch; a searching game; and “musical sits.” Part of a Canine Games Championship. 7 p.m. Friday; come early to register. Peaceable Paws, 17816 Spielman Road, Fairplay. $10 per dog; includes $5 donation to Humane Society. Call 301-582-9420 or go to

Annual YMCA gala
Dinner and dancing Saturday evening. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner and the grand-prize drawing. Winner will choose between a 2011 automobile and $15,000 cash prize. Hager Hall Conference and Events Center, Dual Highway, Hagerstown. $275 per couple. Purchase tickets at the front desk of the Hagerstown YMCA. Call the YMCA at 301-739-3990.

Soledad O’Brien to speak
CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien will discuss “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and in Our Lives.” 8 p.m. Wednesday at H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, Pa. Tickets cost $15; free for Shippensburg University students with ID. Call 717-477-7469 or go to

Love songs
Elisabeth Turchi will give a Valentine’s concert, “Amour, Amor, Amore — Songs of Love.” Sponsored by Cumberland Valley School of Music. 3 p.m. Sunday at Wilson College’s Thomson Chapel, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. $20; $12, students in grades kindergarten through 12; free for CVSM students. Go to or call 717-261-1220.

The Five Free
Hancock Winter Festival
Snow or sand sculpting, hat parade and other activities. Sponsored by Hancock Arts Council. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Widmeyer Park, off Main Street, Hancock. Call 301-678-5719 or go to

Historic love letters
A discussion of 18th- and 19th-century love letters from ordinary people and well-known figures such as Napoleon Bonaparte, Ludwig von Beethoven and Abigail Adams. 7 p.m. today at Jonathan Hager House and Museum, City Park in Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-8393 or e-mail

Free concert
The Rolling Coyotes will perform. Part of Noteworthy Sundays, hosted by Washington County Free Library. 3 p.m. Sunday at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, 7 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Free; limited seating. To reserve seats, call 301-739-3250, ext. 136. Go to

Q&A about Judaism
In a talk-show format, the Rev. Lawrence Jones will interview Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina of Temple Beth Shalom in Mechanicsburg, Pa., about reconstructionist Judaism. 10 a.m. Sunday in Mercersburg Academy’s Irvine Memorial Chapel, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa.

American art
Guest curator Elizabeth Johns will discuss “19th-Century American Art.” 2:30 p.m. Sunday; reception follows. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-5727 or go to

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