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Events in and around Franklin County

CVAS hosts frame class

CHAMBERSBURG -- The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter will hold a Frame It! class from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at its Chambersburg thrift store, 66 S. Main St., Chambersburg.

Frames will be decorated and can be used as presents, picture frames or even wreathes for a door.

The cost is $8 for a small frame, $10 for a medium frame and $12 for a large frame.

Proceeds will benefit the animals at the shelter.

For more information, contact the thrift store at 717-261-1996 or visit

Army Heritage Center lecture looks at women in special ops

CARLISLE -- Gayle Lemmon, author and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, will present a lecture titled, "Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield," from 7:15-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive Carlisle.

The heritage center sponsors the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series, which provides a historical dimension to the exercise of generalship, strategic leadership, and the war fighting intuitions of land power.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call 717-245-3972.

Antietam Recreation offers ‘The Christmas Experience’ dinner show

HAGERSTOWN, MD. -- After 12 years of Cowboy Christmas, Antietam Recreation is presenting a new holiday experience with more than 30,000 lights, picturesque decorations, a live nativity, a homestyle feast and award-winning vocalists and dancers.

Performances will be Nov. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28; and Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 17-19, 26 and 28-29, at 9745 Garis Shop Rd, Hagerstown, Md.

Prices range from $31.75 to $38.75, depending on age and the date selected.

Tickets are required and may be purchased by calling 301-797-7999. For more information, visit

See Antietam Battlefield illuminated

HAGERSTOWN, MD. -- Antietam Tours/ Road Runner Services is offering mini-coach drive-throughs of the Annual Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination at 6 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

On board each bus will be an authorized Antietam Tour Guide who will tell the story of America’s bloodiest single-day battle, which happened over 150 years ago.

Since 1989, an annual remembrance of the battle of Antietam has been held the first Saturday in December. It is signified by 23,110 luminaries, one placed every 15 feet, row upon row and column upon column. The luminaries are set up as far as a person can see, along a five-mile route, throughout the fields and around monuments. Volunteers systematically set up the luminaries throughout the day, and candles are lit starting at 3 p.m.

In a typical year, the National Park Service has reported that more than 20,000 people experience the Illumination from 6 p.m. until midnight.

Advance reservations/ticketing are required and tickets are on sale now.  Tickets for the tours are available from Antietam Tours/Road Runner Services by calling 301-573-1930.  The cost is $30 per person. The tickets are non-refundable, and the vehicles buses are not classified as handicapped-accessible.

Prior to departure for each bus trip, the Visitor Welcome Center, 32 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md., will re-open from 5:30-8 p.m. and refreshments will be provided. The metered parking lot on Potomac Street will serve as the staging area for the coaches.

For more information about the Annual Memorial Illumination, visit:

Army Heritage Center marks Native American Heritage Month with Native Pride Dancers

CARLISLE -- As part of Native American Heritage Month, commemorated during the month of November, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will host the Native Pride Dancers from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle.

The Native Pride Dancers demonstrate traditional Native American ceremonial and social dancing techniques passed down from their ancestors for centuries.

The demonstration will include authentic dress, freestyle movements and sacred songs, enhanced by indigenous vocal and flute music from the Northern Plains. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information visit or call 717-245-3972.