ST. AUGUSTINE'S church sponsored the first meetings of the Elkridge Sweet Adelines 28 years ago.
The Sweet Adelines, an international music club, sings ladies' a cappella barbershop style in concert and in competition.
The club has 30,000 members around the world.
The Elkridge group has become a powerhouse in the world of barbershop. For the past 12 years, the Elkridge chapter has placed among the top-10 choruses in international competitions.
Now, the 119-member Elkridge chorus meets in Laurel Lakes Shopping Center.
"We were homeless this summer," says President Barbara Kelly, "until Laurel Lakes gave us space to practice."
Beginning as a small chorus of mostly local women, the Elkridge chorus now has members from the Washington suburbs and two from Pennsylvania.
Ellicott City chorus members are Elinor Proffen, Betty Phelps, Annette Flatley, Helen Dawson, Nancy Gaither, Sally Marsh, Cass Markowski, and Norma Swope.
The chorus, under the direction of Michael Gellert, competes in Ocean City against other choruses in the region May 8-11.
Top choruses will compete in Nashville, Tenn., next year.
To raise funds for the group's activities, the Sweet Adelines gives an annual concert.
This year, the show will be at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at North County High School on Route 648 in Glen Burnie.
The theme is "Music, Memories and Meat Loaf," a nostalgic look at old-fashioned diners.
Dunloggin Middle School was on "penny lane" last month.
Students brought pennies to school, as they did last year -- donating change to help Cedar Lane School, whose developmentally disabled children need expensive equipment.
This year's penny drive resulted in a $2,238.46 donation.
Students of Mike Mitchell, Dunloggin's art teacher, are exhibiting their work around the state.
Devin Wang, Bailey Susic, Brandy Chaslow, Mike Miginsky, Ajit Bhandel, David Silver, and Melanie Picco have their work hanging in the State House in Annapolis.
The work of Courtney Conklin and Whitney Edmonds is displayed at Howard County central library in Columbia.
Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City is showing the work of Julia Sterne, Dominic Perry, David Lax, and Ben Cathcart.
Shop of horrors
Howard High School presents "Little Shop of Horrors," a musical about a seemingly innocent plant from outer space that thrives on human blood, at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The cast of more than 50 students features Don Chiarella, Megan Holmes, Stefan Lasker, Kenny Fisher, Ashly Walton, Charisse Ferrer, Amy Singer, James Maravetz, Vashali Dharmadhikari, Omar Bradford and Robert Knorr.
The "Doowop Girls" are Maya Cook, Amber Gissentaner, Takiya Omar, Jessica Binder, Jevne Reid and Daisy Tillman.
The voice of the plant is Korey Jackson, and the puppeteer is Marc Scimonelli.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. They are available at the front office of Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, in Ellicott City.
Ellicott City's Cub Scout Pack 917 held its banquet Feb. 18, thanks to Rosemary Muhlberger and Greg Bulger.
All of the boys advanced to the next rank.
Each received the Arrow of Light award, the highest award Cub Scouts can earn.
Receiving the Arrow of Light were James Allen, Evan Bulger, Michael Burgtorf, Joe Daugherty, Scott Ferguson, Stephan Jayanathan, Ken Kreiss, Rick Lehnert, Greg Lisman, Eddie Lovern, Michael McCoy, Eric Meekins, Scott Meushaw, Curran Muhlberger, Sean Sasscer, Mitchel Saum, Steven Scheler, Chris Smith, Steven Torgrimson and Matt Winer.
Pub Date: 3/10/97