A regional gathering of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church to talk about strengthening black families will feature the Rev. Benjamin Hooks, the outgoing director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, as the main speaker.
The March 13 convocation will draw delegates from northern and mid-Atlantic states to the only C.M.E. church in Baltimore, Mount Pisgah at 1034 N. Fulton Ave.
The denomination was formed in 1870 as newly freed blacks in what was then a white-dominated and segregationist Methodist church in the South chose to start a Methodist church under their own leadership and with their own forms of worship.
The convocation will hold a seminar at the church from 10 a.m. until noon on current problems facing black families. The public is invited to attend.
Dr. Hooks, who announced his intention last month to resign from NAACP, will address the convocation during an evening banquet at the Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave.
Throwing a sponge in the face of Haman, a Persian prime minister who plotted unsuccessfully almost 2,500 years ago to destroy Jews, will be but one of the entertainments of the Purim Carnival March 15 at the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
Purim recalls the narrative from the biblical book of Esther about how Haman's plans were foiled by the intervention of Queen Esther.
Games, a flea market and music performances, including one by the Soviet Children's Choir, also are scheduled for the celebration at the center. The carnival runs from noon to 5 p.m.
On the eve of March 18, when Purim actually begins, several local Jewish agencies will put on a Purim party for recent Russian Jewish immigrants. The event will feature a klezmer orchestra, a reading of the book of Esther in Russian and other entertainments. It will run from 7:30 pm. to 9:30 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave.
St. Patrick's Church, the oldest Roman Catholic parish in Baltimore, is planning two events to celebrate its bicentennial.
The parish traces its origins to the third floor over a pub at Bond and Fleet streets. A Sulpician priest began saying Mass there in 1792. Services were attended by the largely Irish Catholic population of Fells Point.
The church, since moved to 317 S. Broadway, will hold an Irish festival March 14, the Saturday before the feast day of its patron saint. Irish music, dancing, food and drink will be offered from noon to 7 p.m.
On March 17, Archbishop William H. Keeler will celebrate a St. Patrick's Day Mass there, with state and local politicians and other archdiocesan officials in attendance.
A Canadian Jewish leader will speak about the human rights situation of 4,000 Jews in Syria who have been forbidden to depart the country under the rule of Hafez Assad.
Judy Feld Carr, who heads the National Task Force for Syrian Jewry of the Canadian Jewish Congress, will make her presentation on two occasions. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at the Shomrei Emunah Congregation, 6213 Greenspring Ave., and at noon March 9 in the board room of the Associated, 101 W. Mount Royal Ave. Anyone interested in attending should call the Baltimore Jewish Council at 235-9006.