Neil Simon is one of my favorite playwrights, because he has written some of the funniest plays ever performed on stage.
For those who also enjoy Neil Simon's work, Westminster High School is presenting his play "Fools" as its spring production Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The script takes an amusing look at human nature.
"The play is about a city whose people think that it has been cursed for 200 years, and they are all fools," says director Mary Lou Grout. "But there's one doubting Thomas who shows that you are only what you believe you are. It's truly a Neil Simon play. It really has some very funny lines."
Mrs. Grout, who has been teaching English and drama at Westminster High since 1976, said that, like all productions at the school, many fine student actors comprise the cast and crew.
"I have a wonderful cast and crew and two very competent assistant directors. These kids have done a great job of taking control of their own show," Mrs. Grout said.
Tickets are $3 at the door. Senior citizens will be admitted free.
Mrs. Grout said $200 of the proceeds from this production will be donated to the Westminster High School Scholarship Fund.
If you like to fish, you won't want to miss "Panfishing Tips and Tricks" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bear Branch Nature Center.
This session on making the big catch will be taught by local outdoorsman Jim Gronaw.
Bear Branch Nature Center is a happening place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday during Astronomy Day. The event is sponsored by the Westminster Astronomical Society and the nature center.
The day is a family-oriented event that will feature activities geared toward understanding astronomy.
The planetarium will be open, slide shows will be presented and telescopes will be used for solar viewing.
Admission is free.
The Junior Woman's Club of Westminster will hold its annual Kids' Consignment Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at First United Presbyterian Church in Westminster.
The sale will feature many items for children, including quality school and dress clothes, coats, dress shoes, baby equipment, large toys and games.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit programs for Children at Risk in Carroll County.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22 will have a parking lot sale at Wal-Mart in Westminster from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Items such as knickknacks, used furniture, books and chinaware will be for sale.
The auxiliary also will sell homemade baked goods.
Proceeds will benefit disabled veterans in the area.
The Western Maryland College Choir will perform a concert in "Choral Tradition" at 3 p.m. Sunday in Big Baker Memorial Chapel.
Folk, classical and contemporary music will highlight the afternoon program.
The public is invited, and admission is free.
Students at Carroll Community College will be featured artists at the Student Art Show and Sale at the college April 24 through May 12.
Students will exhibit works from art and computer courses in the Great Hall Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
"A Night of Nostalgia" will be presented at Frock's Sunnybrook Farm in Westminster from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.
Music will be provided by Sentimental Journey, a 17-piece orchestra that plays big-band music.
The dance is sponsored by Westminster Lions Club to benefit Carroll Hospice.
Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Information: 876-1045.