Pumphrey volunteer works to ease computer fears


August 22, 1999|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE INFORMATION age has caught some of us by surprise. Which is why Pumphrey resident Yolanda Dickerson recently volunteered her talents to conduct an introductory computer class for community residents at St. John United Methodist Church.

The idea was to help people get over techno-fears and to encourage them to get further training, said Dickerson. She tried to make it unintimidating.

"I used the computer terms and associated them with terms that people were already familiar with. Like memory. Everyone knows what memory is -- it's how you remember something. It's the same with the computer. This way no one became intimidated. I stressed what they knew, not what they didn't know," she said.

The program was such a success that she would like to continue it in the fall. "I would like to do this when I retire, volunteer in the churches and schools. People want to learn this. For the next generation, no matter what job they do, if they don't know the basics about computers,they will be behind," she said.

Christian music outdoors

Townsend Avenue Baptist Church will hold another of its popular outdoor concerts of contemporary Christian music at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The women's ensemble "Wings of Praise," the men's group "The Brotherhood," and "Shiloh," a youth band, will be featured. Solo artists also will perform. There will be a sing-along of praise and worship music. Refreshments will be served.

All faiths are welcome. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music. Townsend Avenue Baptist Church is at Fifth Street and Townsend Avenue. Information: 410-355-0347.

Bus trip planned

The Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association will sponsor a bus trip to New York City Nov. 13.

The bus will leave Brooklyn Park at 6: 30 a.m. and arrive in New York about 10: 30 a.m. A stop will be made in Harford County to pick up riders.

Participants may spend a day on their own visiting museums, sightseeing, shopping, catching a Broadway play or seeing the Radio City Music Hall Christmas show.

The bus will leave New York at 7 p.m. and arrive home about 11 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for transportation and snacks on the bus. Information: 410-789-7214 or 410-636-3629.

Class of '59 reunion

The Brooklyn Park High School Class of 1959 is planning its 40th reunion Sept. 25 at the Sheraton International Hotel at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Information: 410-590-5651 or 410-636-3997.

Rummage sales

There's still time to catch a weekly rummage sale at Curtis Bay United Methodist Church.

It is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday during the summer. Proceeds support church activities. Curtis Bay United Methodist Church is at 1429 Church St.

Information: 410-789-5357.

Democratic club activities

The Roland Terrace Democratic Club sponsors a weekly bingo party Thursdays at the club hall, 619 Matthews Ave.

Games begin at 7 p.m. and the kitchen is open. Information: 410-636-1504.

The RTDC will sponsor a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at the club hall. Spaces are available inside the hall and on the parking lot. Inside spaces with a table may be rented for $10. Outside spaces without a table may be rented for $5. Vendors may bring their own table for an outdoor space. For information or to reserve space: 410-789-9143 or 410-636-1504 after 6 p.m.

Crab cake dinner

St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church will hold a crab cake dinner from 5: 30 to 7: 30 p.m. Saturday in the church hall.

Admission is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children and includes a crab cake platter, crab soup, potato salad, cole slaw and beverage. Tickets must be purchased in advance; none will be sold at the door. St. Athanasius is at 4708 Prudence St.

Information: 410-355-5740 or 410-360-2833.

St. Athanasius no longer holds monthly bingo parties.

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