Schools' talent shows let youths shine in spotlight


March 19, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KIDS AREN'T only about academics; elementary and high school students like to relax and have fun, too. One way is by putting on a talent show and inviting the public to join the festivities.

St. Philip Neri Home School Association will present its Spring Talent Show -- a perfect family activity -- at 2 p.m. March 26 at Archbishop Spalding High School. Admission is $1, or $5 a family.

Expect to see a range of talent featuring children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Dancers, pianists, singers, guitarist and jokesters make up the 28 acts. A grand finale promises more than 60 eighth-graders performing a dance retrospective with music from the 1940s through the 1990s.

Theresa Fries and Sharon Kneebone are co-chairwomen of the event.

The school is off exit 12 of Interstate 97; bear right onto New Cut Road and take the second right into the school parking lot.

But wait, there's more talent to behold. North County High School is having a Faculty/Student Talent Show at 7 p.m. Friday at the school, 10 E. First Avenue. Admission is $3 per person.

This show will offer 15 acts covering a wide range of talents. Among them are a musical debut by the administration; a performance by faculty members Brian Love, David Doy, Dan Probst and Vinnie Elliot; a song-and-dance routine by faculty members Dan Krimmelbein and John Appelt; an appearance by Point Blank, a student band that performs locally; a performance by the North County Step Squad, which does a step and clap routine at school sports events; and a sneak preview of North County's spring musical "Little Shop of Horrors." The Faculty/Student Talent Show is sponsored by the North County Drama Club. Proceeds will help buy new microphones and other sound equipment, which will benefit everyone at North County who attends assemblies, meetings and productions in the auditorium.

The talent show is being directed and produced by seniors Abby Bond and Jim DiGloria.

Prayer Breakfast

A Linthicum highlight for the past 23 years has been the annual Prayer Breakfast by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights. Each year, the club sponsors the event to raise money for charity.

This year, 200 people came together Wednesday at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church for a morning of prayer, inspiration and fellowship. The Rev. Joseph Muth, a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, spoke about the benefits of communication between faiths.

"The importance of doing ecumenical work is learning from each other, seeing how God is working. He is already there," Muth said.

Atdelius Washington, a mezzo-soprano and director of the Mass Choir and the Senior Choir at Community Baptist in Cherry Hill, was the soloist, accompanied by her brother, Nelson L. Eaton, a deacon at the same church.

The club honored Virginia D. Moore, a member who made outstanding contributions in education during her career and in the community after her retirement.

Virginia Kuhn, club president, said Moore's professional career from 1930 to 1972 included being an elementary school teacher and principal, and visiting lecturer at the University of Maryland and Bowie State College. Moore was a co-author of more than 60 books and booklets on education, 26 of which are in the Alumni Library at Salisbury State University.

Moore was president of the Maryland Corrective Remedial Reading Association and the Anne Arundel County Reading Association. She was state director to National Education Association, and president of Anne Arundel County Retired Teachers Association.

She also was the American Association of Retired Persons assistant state director and the AARP leadership development trainer.

Moore, 89, a longtime resident of Linthicum, now resides in the Charlestown Community, where she continues her volunteer services. She founded the Chapel Concert Series there and arranges tickets and transportation for residents to attend concerts and the opera in Baltimore.

In addition to the recognition Moore received from the women's club, she was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 1999. On Feb. 9, 1996, the Virginia D. and William T. Moore Learning Center classroom in the Brookside Building at Charlestown was dedicated.

After receiving her certificate of recognition from the club, Moore said, "I just love it when my past catches up with me."

She also remarked how much she and her husband, now deceased, enjoyed living in Linthicum. "We were rich in what money can't buy. People in Linthicum looked after us. When they would meet us on the street, we would get a hug or a handshake. Linthicum is very dear to me," she said.

The proceeds from the breakfast will be distributed between two homeless shelters, Sarah's House at Fort Meade and the Hearth House in Landsdowne.

Mary Foster, the club's second vice president, was chairwoman of the Prayer Breakfast.

The club will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a birthday party and covered-dish luncheon at 10: 30 a.m. Saturday at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road. All members are invited and guests are welcome. Please bring a dish to share.

Information: Virginia Kuhn, 410-859-5309.

AARP chapter meeting

Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of American Association of Retired Persons will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 118 Marydell Road. The Linthicum Elementary School Chorus, directed by Judy Jacques, will perform.

Social hour with refreshments will begin at noon. A program will be at 12: 45 p.m., followed by the business meeting.

Information: Paul Bagley, 410-255-2601.

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