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No need to go far for something to do this weekend.

Take the kidsto see a musical version of "Jack and the Beanstalk," part of "OceanCity Thanks to the Families" tour by the Parker Playhouse, at 2 p.m.Saturday at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Tickets to the free performance are available at any county library.

Information: 848-4250.


But why wait till the weekend to get started?

Two student-directed plays, "Hold Me!" by Jules Feiffer and "No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre, will be staged by the WesternMaryland College Theater Department at 8 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday, running concurrently on the Understage in Alumni Hall.

"Hold Me!" the 1977 sketch piece by cartoonist and playwright Feiffer, explores life's most extreme ironies in a series of vignettes.

"No Exit," the second play on the bill, depicts the existential plight of three people trapped in a room from which there is no escape.

Tickets are $2 at the door.

Information: 848-7000.


For night owls who prefer participation games, check out the All Night Bingo starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Manchester Activities Building, York Street.

The $25 ticket includes a hot meal 6 to 7:45 p.m., nine regular cards and three specials, but a total of 80 regular games and 17 specials will be offered, with a $5,000 payoff, if you can stay awake that long.

Advance tickets are encouraged.

Information: 239-4528.


If that didn't quench your thirst for fun, Gamber Fire Hall, Route 32 and Niner Road, is offering a special bingo night at 5:30p.m. Saturday.

The evening includes dinner at 6:30 p.m., cards and a $750 guaranteed jackpot, all for only $15. But you do need advance reservations.

Information: 549-1510 after 6:30 p.m.


There's no need to cook this weekend either. The Old Glory Chapter Disabled Veterans is serving pancakes for breakfast 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday at VFW Post 467, Poole Road, Westminster.

Tickets are $4 for adultsand $2 for children.

Information: 848-1845.


The Union Bridge Fire Co. also has an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fire Hall on Locust Street.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children.

Information: 775-7422.


If you feel like dancing, the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department, Route 32, is having a Sweetheart Dance 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, featuring music by "Great Train Robbery."

Tickets are $11 per person and include beer and set-ups.

Information: 549-2366.


Valentine's Day is approaching, so get in the mood at a "A Celebration of Love in Song" at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 in McDaniel Lounge, Westminster.

The event, co-sponsored by the Western Maryland College Music Department and Carroll County Arts Council, is the second concert in the Chamber Music on the Hill performance series.

Performers include Douglas Crowder, baritone; Betty Malkus-Ridgeway, mezzo-soprano; Loretta Young, soprano; Evan Walker, tenor; David Kreider, artistic director and accompanist, offering pieces by Brahms, Romberg and others.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and free to childrenand students with student identification, but advance tickets are encouraged.

Information: 857-2599.


History buffs may be interested in the Historical Society's Black History Month program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Shriver Weybright Auditorium, 210 E. Main St., Westminster.

Speakers include Ron Hollingsworth, Betty Dotson, Charlie Smith, Joan Prall, Sally Green and moderator Lou Ann Howard-Bowins,on the theme education and schools.

Information: 848-6494.

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