4:01 PM EST, December 4, 2012
1. City ballets and 'The Nutcracker'
The City Ballet School and Western Maryland City Ballet Company will present "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $23 to $60. Call 301-790-3500 or go to www.mdtheatre.org.
2. Christmas songs with Choral Arts
Hagerstown Choral Arts will perform along with special guests Capital Carillon Handbell Choir and Hub City Brass at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown. Freewill offering. Call 301-665-9424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Miserly music
"Scrooge," Charles Dickens' classic story of old Ebenezer Scrooge, set to music, will be 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Dec. 15; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Old Opera House, 204 N. George St., Charles Town, W.Va. Tickets cost $13 to $15 depending on day; $8 for students and children, all performances. Call 304-725-4420. Go to www.oldoperahouse.org.
4. Sugar Plums in Shepherdstown
The Shepherds-town School of Dance and professional dancers Kitty Clarke and Jordan Nelson will perform "The Nutcracker" 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Shepherd University's Frank Center, off W.Va. 45, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Call 304-876-8321 or email email@example.com.
5. Books for the holidays
Holiday in Boonsboro book signing will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Turn the Page Bookstore, 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro. Authors signing include Nora Roberts aka JD Robb, Corrina Lawson and Natania Barron of Geek Mom, Erin Knightley, Diane Gaston, Kerrelyn Sparks, Anita Clenney, and local authors Antonio Mendez, pictured; Bob O'Connor, Kenneth Postalwait, Daniel Murphy and Tim Rowland. Tickets are free and given out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books autographed must be purchased at Turn the Page. Call 301-432-4588.
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