Competition for dogs
My Dog Can Do That, a competition sponsored by Peaceable Paws. 7 to 9 p.m. today. Peaceable Paws, 17816 Spielman Road, Fairplay. Go to www.peaceablepaws.com.
Open mic night
The Washington County Playhouse will host an open mic night. Singers, comedians, puppeteers, magicians and ventriloquists are invited to perform. 8 to 11 p.m. today. The Washington County Playhouse, 44 N. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Free. A light fare menu will be available. Call 301-739-7469.
Dark Star Orchestra
Grateful Dead tribute band. 8 p.m. today. The Maryland Theatre, South Potomac Street, downtown Hagerstown. Tickets cost $32.50. For tickets, call 301-790-2000 or go to www.mdtheatre.org.
Saving for college
Dave Collins will talk about planning and saving for college. 2 p.m. Saturday. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. Program included with regular admission of $5 to $7. Go to www.discoverystation.org or call 301-790-0076.
A benefit for W House, a halfway house for women. Casual attire. Masks will be available at the event. Appetizers will be served. DJ by Ramius Entertainment. Silent auction, tip jars, door prizes. 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Next Dimensions Restaurant, 132 Old National Pike, Hagerstown. $30 single, $50 couple. Call Erin Tack at 301-791-7826 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sara B, a guitar-and-vocals duet. 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Washington County Playhouse, 44 N. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Cover is $4. Call 301-739-7469.
Civil War drama
"The Battle of Monterey Pass" will include music by the Susquehanna Travelers, historical background, period readings and displays of memorabilia and artifacts. 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade. $5. Call 301-241-3350 or 301-241-5085.
Indoor Soap Box Derby
Two-day rally, one double-elimination and one single-elimination race each day. 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Stanley E. Fulton Industrial Complex, 35 South St., off West Main Street, Hancock. Free for spectators. Call Tim Smith 301-988-2776; or e-mail HancockInMotion@hotmail.com.
Flower and garden show
This year's theme is "Not Just Your Grandmother's Garden." Hosted by Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. HCC's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center. HCC's campus address is 11400 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $4; free for children younger than 12. Call 301-790-2800, ext. 346 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Political Awakening and the Right to Vote" are the themes for the League of Women Voters second annual storytelling event. 2 p.m. Sunday. Hagerstown Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. Tickets cost $8 in advance, $12 at door; includes light refreshments. Go to www.washington.lwvmd.org.
Rick Whitehead will perform. 3 p.m. Sunday. Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, 7 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Free; limited seating. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136.