1. Say it Out Loud
Winning students from Poetry Out Loud school competitions will compete in the Washington County competition of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Washington County Public Schools Central Office, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. Three winners will advance to the regional Poetry Out Loud contest Saturday, Feb. 11. For information, call 410-767-6476 or 410-908-2135.
2. Jazzing up an evening
The Christiana Drapkin Trio will present "Chicken Soup with Jazz," a concert featuring standards written by Jewish composers and lyricists, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Williamsport Memorial Branch Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport. Call 301-223-7027 or go to www.washcolibrary.org.
3. Unlocking the past
The film "Sarah's Key," (PG-13) in English and French with subtitles, will be shown at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Williamsport Memorial Branch Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport. Call 301-223-7027 or go to www.washcolibrary.org.
4. Meet the artists
Meet Valley Art Association artists Marjorie Tressler from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20; Donna Bingaman from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, and Janie Moltrup from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown. Free admission. Call 301-797-6813, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.valleyartassoc.com.
5. Texas and teens
Shepherdstown Film Society will open up its season Friday, Jan. 20, with "The Last Picture Show," 1971 (R), The story explores the dreams and doubts of a group of high school students coming of age in the early 1950s in a town that is losing hope. Opening night reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Men's Club. Show starts at 7 p.m. Free. Go to www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org.