Middle school principal plans gospel concert to help charity


November 22, 1996|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN THIS SEASON of generosity and cheer, it is a pleasure to discover the assorted talents of people in our area.

It is a delight to see that such talent is almost always accompanied by generosity of spirit.

Sterlind Burke, the new principal of Patuxent Valley Middle School, is an example of this combination.

Burke is not only a distinguished educator, but he is also a member of the Burke Family gospel singing group.

As a holiday gift to his new community, Burke -- and his extended family of more than 30 members -- will present a concert from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the school.

The concert is free, but Burke requests that audience members bring a canned good to replenish Savage Food Bank.

Listen to "Songs for Our Harvest" and help support a local charity that distributed more than 3,000 items for the holidays last year.

Time for the 'Messiah'

In other musical news, we are lucky to have two groups performing Handel's "Messiah" next month.

Columbia Pro Cantare Ltd., directed by Frances Motyca Dawson, will perform at 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Hammond High.

Among the featured performers are Amy Van Roekel, Marianna Busching, Charles Reid and Andrew Wentzel. Each singer has a national reputation.

Members of Pro Cantare will form the chorus.

Be on the lookout for Shirley Bocketshler-Brandt, Dan Brandt, Cyndie Eberhardt and Carolyn Hall.

Advance tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and students. Tickets will be $17 and $12 at the door.

Information: 465-5744.

For those who miss this performance -- or have a tighter budget -- Savage Columbia Community Choir will perform "Messiah" the same week.

Director Ray Miles began this annual tradition to give area families who might not have the opportunity to hear the work a chance to listen to some of the best Christmas music ever composed.

Each year, proceeds from the performance have gone to charities that combat hunger, as was done at the time of the first performance of the "Messiah" in the 19th century.

The concert will be held at 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Hammond High, 8800 Guilford Road.

Special gifts

For those who like to put a little extra heart into their holiday gifts, a craft show will be held at the Carroll Baldwin Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7.

Shop for holiday decorations and the perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for loved one at the show.

Gifts needed

Regional Early Childhood Center, known as RECC, at Bollman Bridge Elementary School requests clean, usable toys to give to families.

The response so far has been terrific. A slew of stuffed animals, figurines and little stocking stuffer toys has arrived.

The center is looking for good used -- or new -- toys, outgrown books and puzzles.

This is a good time to evaluate your children's old toys, remembering that soon, new ones will arrive.

If your tykes have outgrown the play kitchen, never really got into the toy car or have toys that haven't been out of the closet in eight months, give these items a new lease on life.

Items can be dropped off at Bollman Bridge Elementary. Information: Julie Fisher at (301) 880-5922.

Jaycee news

The Patuxent Area Junior Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Brad Higbee has been named board member of the month.

Diane Osburn has been named member of the month.

The Jaycees are always looking for new members who would enjoy socializing while helping the community.

Plans include helping with the Symphony of Lights display near Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Recent projects have included helping reforest the Patuxent River with Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks .

The Jaycees meet every third Tuesday of the month at the Other Barn in Oakland Mills.

For more information, call 750-0659.

Holidays at the library

Savage Library continues to work toward its goal of enticing every local child into its building by offering holiday stories and crafts in December.

Two programs, both called Holiday Fun for Children, are planned.

Holiday fun the over-6 crowd will be from 4 p.m. to 4: 45 p.m. Dec. 12.

Fun for the 3- to 5-year-old set will be from 10: 30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18.

Registration for both programs begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 2.

While you are there, take time to talk to the librarians. There are new computers, software, magazines, books on tape, toys, videocassettes -- and of course books -- that the librarians want to see in the hands of patrons.

For details, information or registration, call 880-5978.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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