Community News & Events for Dec. 23

St. James Lutheran
The Rev. Harold Burnette will lead the Holy Communion candlelighting service with a children’s Nativity at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. James Lutheran Church at Hudson Cross Roads. Refreshments will follow.

Honorary fire chief
Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. is the deadline to submit an application for the 2016 Miss Middletown Honorary Fire Chief contest.
Ladies who are 16 to 21 and who live in Middletown are eligible. Information, application: www.middletownfire.com/hfc.

Softball showcase
Claire Zimmerman, a ninth grader at Seneca Valley High School in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, has been selected to compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North on Jan. 9-10 at Kent State University.
She is the granddaughter of Phyllis and Roland Zimmerman of Maurertown.
The showcase, the largest softball fast-pitch event in the United States, selects only 364 athletes out of over 2,400 applicants from the United States and Canada.
Zimmerman was selected to play as a pitcher.

School news
Members of the Randolph-Macon Academy Band and Chorus participated in two prestigious events.
Chorus Director Michael DeMato and nine students performed in the Swing Machine’s fourth annual Big Band Christmas Extravaganza on Dec. 3 at George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. The Swing Machine is an all-star big band comprised of many former members of the Air Force Airmen of Note, Army Blues, Navy Commodores, Glenn Miller Orchestra and other professional musicians from the Washington, D.C., area. R-MA’s singers joined forces with singers from Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas and Osbourn Park High School to perform four combined numbers.
DeMato noted “not only was this event an experience in the world of professional music, but it was also a ton of fun because they were part of the act. Students were able to tour backstage, work with professional sound and lighting engineers and have their own dressing rooms.”
Juniors Ezra Embrey and Christian “Finn” Wiley performed at the 42nd annual Merry TubaChristmas on Dec. 16 at the Kennedy Center. Accompanying them was middle school dorm counselor Dan Wrlick, a tuba player himself, who has participated in about 10 TubaChristmas events since 1989.
At the event, the players and their instruments are on the main stage and on the balcony level throughout the theater, with the audience on the main floor. Because the R-MA players were on sousaphones, which are too large for the box seats, they were invited to go onstage.

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