Flea market to raise money for shelter


September 09, 1998|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MEMBERS OF THE interdenominational Kittamaqundi Community Church invite Columbia residents to search for flea market bargains and enjoy contemporary music while helping the needy at Hope for the Homeless on Sept. 26.

The all-day event will be held, rain or shine, at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way in Town Center.

Proceeds will benefit Frederick Rescue Mission, a Christian-based homeless shelter and addiction recovery center in Frederick.

Coordinating the event is Swansfield resident Frank Turban, a church member who works as a probation agent in the state's Drinking Driver Monitor Program.

A recovering alcoholic, Turban deals with a range of individuals, from social drinkers to hard-core addicts.

He noted that Howard County has no facilities to treat addicts who are homeless, so some of them go to the mission in Frederick.

"I wanted to get the church involved to help the mission," said Turban, who was recently elected to the mission's board of directors.

Five years ago, Turban founded Serenity Center in Kings Contrivance to provide 12-step recovery programs. He said the center now holds 43 meetings each week of every type of 12-step recovery program available.

Turban's wife, Ellen King, is organizing the flea market, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

Tables can be rented for $10 each.

Donations of clothing, furniture and household items are being accepted for sale at the mission's table.

To reserve a table, call Ellen King at 410-997-5414.

The mission will provide a truck to accept donations unsold from the flea market. The donations will be sold at the mission's used clothing and furniture stores in Frederick.

A free concert will be held from 1 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Cash donations will be accepted and food will be available for &L purchase.

Starting the entertainment will be the Remnants, a New Age musical group from the mission.

L Scott Selby, the mission's lay chaplain, is the lead singer.

Next on the program will be folk singers and musicians Sue Trainor and Christina Muir.

The two perform individually, as a duo, and as part of the trio Hot Soup.

Trainor, who lives in Town Center, was named Best Female Vocalist in the Children's Music category by the Washington Area Music Association in 1996 and 1997.

Also performing will be a recently formed jazz dance group called the Theme Girls.

Then harpist Julie Pena will play Irish and Celtic folk music.

Next will be Jonasay, a classic rock group led by singer and guitarist Justin Sheehy.

The group was formed last fall and released its first compact disc this year.

Remnants will conclude the program.

In addition to Turban and King, church members who are organizing the day's events include Iris Volkman and Gini Edwards.

Frederick Rescue Mission, directed by Mike Albro, serves homeless and addicted men and women from all parts of Maryland and beyond.

Last year, the mission served more than 100,000 meals and provided more than 40 monthly food baskets to the needy in Frederick and surrounding communities. The mission's one-year addiction-recovery program is offered at no cost. The nonprofit facility is funded entirely by donations, with no federal or state funds.

Albro will speak at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at the church Sept. 27.

Selby will provide music.

Also speaking will be three Howard County residents who have participated in the mission's recovery program.

Donald Bourgeois and Arthur Patrick have completed the program. Bourgeois now works for a mortgage company, while Patrick is a student at the University of Maryland, College Park. Steven Sykes is in the recovery program.

Information about the fund-raiser: the church, 410-730-4855.

Plunkett to detail plans

Wilde Lake High School Principal Roger Plunkett will deliver a State of the School address at 7 p.m. Monday in Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts.

New this year, the event is being sponsored by the PTSA at the suggestion of its president, Gene Shipp.

Plunkett will describe the school's progress during his first year as principal and detail his plans for the coming year.

Shipp said the evening will provide an opportunity for the community and the school's parents to hear about what's happening at the school.

In addition to Shipp, PTSA officers for the school year are Van Black, first vice president; Sue Shipp, second vice president; Laura Harris-Woods, corresponding secretary; Karen Stone, treasurer; and Sara Fran Richman, PTA council delegate.

PTA board named

Harper's Choice Middle School PTA has announced its board members for the 1998-1999 school year: Kathleen Gandy, president; Cindy Ault, first vice president; Janet Oaken, second vice president; Laura Johnson, treasurer; Beverly Piston, recording secretary; and Arna Berkowitz, PTA council delegate.

The board will hold its first meeting of the year at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the school's media center.

The board is looking for volunteers to assist with activities. Information: the school, 410-313-6929 or Kathleen Gandy at 410-997-4447.

Russell to direct play

Longfellow resident Bob Russell, known to residents for his work with Columbia Community Players, will direct a play at Spotlighters Theatre in Baltimore.

The production will be the Baltimore premiere of Wendy Wasserstein's "An American Daughter." Russell describes it as a comedy-drama "about having it all and having it all taken away."

The play will be presented on weekends from Jan. 8 through Feb. 7.

Russell will hold auditions at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 and 7: 30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the theater, 817 St. Paul St.

The cast includes 14 characters ranging in age from 25 to 65, plus one offstage child's voice.

For information on the audition, call Russell at 410-730-4024.

Pub Date: 9/09/98

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