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Staff picks: Lee Konitz jazz, gymnastics performance and other top events for March 28 to April 3

March 28, 2013
  • Troupers from University of Maryland's Gymkana perform at the ARCC on Wednesday...-----------..Members of the University of Maryland's Gymkana troupe put on an acrobatic feat Wednesday at the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center at Hagerstown Community College.
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The Top Five

Jazz quartet
The Lee Konitz New Quartet will perform. 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Shepherd University’s Frank Center, off University Drive, Shepherdstown, W.Va. $22. Call 304-876-5785, email friends@sufom.org or go to www.sufom.org.

Gymnastics and circus acts
The Gymkana Troupe from the University of Maryland will perform gymnastics and circus tricks. 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $1 per person. Call 240-500-2225 or email hbbarnhart@hagerstowncc.edu.

Michael Mania
A touring Michael Jackson impersonator performs at Boogie Nights. 9 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races’ H Lounge, 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, W.Va. Free. Open to ages 21 and older with valid ID. Go to www.boogienightswv.com.

Strength of Strings
A benefit for Jeff Fignar will include live music, special acts, silent auction and more. All proceeds will go toward a trust fund for Jeff’s son, Drake. Entertainment includes Strength of Strings Family Jam, Speakeasy Boys, Brokedown Hustlers, Boomtown Hoops and Sticky Longfingers and the Rusted Butter. 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Funkstown American Legion ballroom, 12 N. Westside Ave., Funkstown. $5 minimum donation.

Planetarium program
On Wednesday, William Brish Planetarium in Hagerstown opens its new, NASA-produced show, “Hotter Than Blue,” about high-energy astronomy. 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, and Tuesdays, April 16 and May 7. William Brish Planetarium at Washington County Board of Education, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. $3; $2, students and children; free for senior citizens; family pay a maximum of $10. Call 301-766-2800.


Top Five Free

Hagerstown on the sea floor?
Jeri Jones will talk about a sea that existed in the Frederick Valley in prehistoric times. Those attending are invited to bring their own mystery rocks. 7 p.m. Thursday, Marsh 28, at Renfrew Park Visitor Center, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Free. Call ahead for reservations. Call 717-762-0373 or email info@renfrewinstitute.org.

Easter egg hunt
Lifehouse Church hosts an egg hunt Saturday, March 30, open to children 12 and younger. Ages 1 to 4 will participate from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Those in kindergarten through third grade will participate from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Fourth- and fifth-graders from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Municipal Stadium, 274 Memorial Boulevard East, Hagerstown. Go to www.lifehousechurch.org.

Easter pet parade and egg roll
The Easter Bunny will lead the parade Saturday, March 30, to the Town Square, Martinsburg, W.Va., where the Easter egg roll will be held. Parade begins at 11:45 a.m. the corner of West Martin and Queen streets and ends at Town Square. Prizes for best bonnet, best-dressed pet and egg roll contest winners. Email rlewis@mainstreetmartinsburg.com.

Robot competitions
Shepherd University robotics competition featuring a fire-fighting robot contest, mech-warfare robot contest, sumo robot match and FIRST Lego League contest. Begins with practice and meet-the-robots at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31. Shepherd University’s Butcher Center, off University Drive, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Go to www.sheprobofest.com.

Carillon recital
Jim Brinson will present a carillon recital. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Mercersburg Academy’s Swoope Carillon at Irvine Memorial Chapel, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa. Go to www.mercersburg.edu/carillon.

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