The Top five things to do this week
Start the weekend relaxing
'Time' for some brassy music
The band, Chicago, will perform. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Shippensburg Unversity, Luhrs Performing Arts Center, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, Pa. $75 to $105. For tickets, call 717-477-7469 or go to www.luhrscenter.com.
Get plugged in
The Gaming Club at Hagerstown Community College, will host its first gaming convention, “Gamer Paradise.” Gaming companies and vendors for a variety of sytems will be on hand. Attendees can play games for free and try out new systems. Board and card games will also be available. 4 to 8 p.m. Fridayl 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, May 21 Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. The public is invited; admission costs $15. Email email@example.com or go to webhead.hagerstowncc.edu/~gamingclub.
Start the weekend relaxing
Wind Down Friday concert series continues with Pete Lancaster and Stack O’Blues. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 20. The Maryland Theatre courtyard, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $5; $2, ages 12 and younger. Go to www.mdtheatre.org.
A funny adventure
The Potomac Playmakers present “Moon Over Buffalo,” where hilarious misunderstandings pile on madcap misadventures. 8 p.m. evenings; Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Continues through Sunday, May 22. The Academy Theatre, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown. $16 for adults; $10 for students grades kindergarten through 12th. Call 301-797-8182 or go to www.potomacplaymakers.com.
Take the trolley between three railroad-themed museums in Hagerstown. The event will feature Thomas the Tank Engine trackless train ride, historic railroad cars, displays of collectible model trains, military and fire equipment and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd.; The Train Room & Museum, 360 S. Burhans Blvd.; and City Park Railroad Museum, City Park. Call 301-733-3638 or go to www.roundhouse.org.
The five free things to do this week
Get up and dance
Take Two Variety Band will perform music for dancing. 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 20. Hancock Community Center, High Street, Hancock. Free. Donations will be accepted for the Hancock Arts Council. Call 301-678-5719.
Hear the Leopards roar
Smithsburg Pride Days. Parade at 11 a.m. Street dance Saturday evening. Craft and food vendors, fireworks. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22. Smithsburg Veteran’s Park, Smithsburg Library and downtown. Call 301-791-0988.
"Women's Wisdom" is a series of exhibits of artwork by women; first show is “Brushes and Bronze,” with works by painter Tamara Natalie Madden and sculptor Manuelita Brown. Reception from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22. The exhibit continues through Sunday, July 31. Just Lookin’ Gallery, 40 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-714-2278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free family fun
Totem Pole Playhouse will hold its free fun fest for all ages. Activities include backstage tours of the theater, children’s theater games and crafts, face painting, children’s story theater, costume displays, stage combat, season previews, spin art, clowns and balloon animals. Picnic foods will be sold. Flea market opens at 7 a.m. Event from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville, Pa. Free. Call 888-805-8056 or go to www.totempoleplayhouse.org.
Opening celebration for Renfrew Institute’s Pennsylvania German 4-Square garden site. Gardening-related activities for children, brief program and ceremonial planting, music and light refreshments. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22. Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Free. Parking is available in Renfrew’s lower lot off Welty Road. Call Renfrew Institute at 717-762-0373 or go to www.renfrewinstitute.org.