SIXTEEN YEARS ago, a pregnant Sally Barba and her husband, Mike, participated in the first Severna Park CROP WALK with the St. Martin's In The Field Episcopal Church youth group.
"Congresswoman Marjorie Holt joined our ranks that first year," Barba recalls.
At 1 p.m. Oct. 13, Barba will again participate, this time with her seventh-grade Sunday school class and her now teen-age daughter, Krissy.
CROP (Church Rural Overseas Project) began 50 years ago, in the aftermath of World War II, when Midwestern farmers began sending their surplus crops to war-torn Europe.
Continuing under the auspices of the nondenominational Church World Service, the fund provides emergency relief and self-help projects in more than 70 countries.
In the past 10 years, CROP WALKs have raised more than $124 million.
Local organizers hope to raise close to $10,000. One-quarter of the money raised, as in recent years, will go to our Severna Park Assistance Network.
"Having walked in many of the CROP WALKs, I think it's a healthful way to make a difference in relieving some of the ills in our suffering world," says Barba.
Warren Ebinger, pastor of Severna Park United Methodist Church, will be on hand at the starting point, Jones Elementary School, with a blessing for the crowd.
Walkers may walk three miles (there'll be a turnaround sign) or the full 6.2 miles (10 kilometers), with the turnaround at Earleigh Heights Ranger Station.
Walkers will celebrate completing the walk with refreshments donated by local businesses. The event ends at 4 p.m.
A North County CROP WALK is planned on the same day in Glen Burnie, with aid going to the North County Emergency Outreach Network.
Sponsor sheets are available. Donations also are welcome. Call SPAN at 647-0889 or North County at 760-1487.
Chamber plans 2 events
For a night of good food and a little line dancing, plan to attend the Night in Ol' Nevada.
The event, sponsored by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, will last from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 5 at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company hall.
The barbecue dinner will be from Adam's Ribs, and the dancing will be led by the Cancun Cantina Country Line Dancers. Casino games, wheels of fortune and a silent auction featuring an autographed Cal Ripken baseball complete the festivities.
Tickets are $25, which includes a free bandanna. Call 647-3900.
The chamber also plans an old fashioned pre-election mixer from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m., Oct. 9 at Word Movers, just past the ice rink at 1120C Benfield Blvd.
Co-sponsored by Homestead Mortgage, the YMCA of Central Maryland and Word Movers, the mixer is open to chamber members and guests and other members of the business
community. Call 987-6648 by Oct. 3.
Robert Burns Society
You don't have to be Scottish to enjoy the local Robert Burns Society. For information, call 544-2949 or 757-5584.
Pub Date: 9/26/96