SPAN founder is director of Woods center

NEIGHBORS

April 04, 1996|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WOODS Community Center at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road has a new director: Barbara Birkenheuer.

If her name is familiar, it's because she was the founding director of the Severna Park Assistance Network. For six years, she and SPAN provided food and emergency financial help for central countians in need.

ANow, Ms. Birkenheuer turns her attention to the transformation of the old YMCA building, purchased last summer by Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, into a recreational facility for the entire community.

"One of the reasons that I chose to leave SPAN, and that was not an easy decision, is because I feel there is a mission outreach needed in terms of bringing the community together," Ms. Birkenheuer says.

"When I moved here 12 years ago, Severna Park reminded me of a small town, but it has grown so much that the community needs a focal point, a central place for people to come for programs, for recreation, for fellowship.

"This is the goal of the community center."

The center consists of three buildings: the main building, the old St. John's Church next door and the former YMCA building on Cypress Creek.

The main center has three spaces that can be rented: a large room that can accommodate a , who coaches the championship SPY team, manages the pool.

A youth center is being developed in the old church that will provide a safe, alcohol- and drug-free atmosphere for teens.

The YMCA building houses the Carter School of Dance and the county Meals On Wheels program (meals are prepared in Woods' kitchen).

For information on all Woods Center activities, call 647-5843.

It's time to renew your subscription to the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association, which has provided low-priced, quality entertainment since 1951.

The 1996-1997 season, which runs from September through April, offers five performances

Rhythm and Brass, a six-man ensemble of brass and percussion;

Ropin' the West, western music from the old West, movies and Broadway;

Stars of the American Repertory Ballet, 10 top dancers and a program of works by choreographers Alvin Ailey and George Balanchine with music by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky.

Arthur Woodley, a bass with an international repertoire;

Last Chance Jazz Band, eight musicians playing music from the turn of the century to World War II.

Season subscriptions -- $30 for adults and $10 for students -- are available at the association office at Severna Park United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., WednesdayApril 10 through April 12 and from 10 a.m. to noon on April 13.

Call 647-6873 or 647-7851.

Sisterhood elects

Chapter R of the International Philanthropic and Educational Organization Sisterhood has elected officers for 1996-1997.

They are Sylvia Engwall, president; Ann Clegg, vice president; Keith Wickman, recording secretary; Carol Gildersleeve, treasurer; Eloise Vaughan, chaplain; and Dee Kemp, guard.

The primary focus of the 127-year-old organization is promoting educational opportunities for women.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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