St. Philip Neri HSA talent showcase will feature music, dance and fun


March 04, 2001|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ALL ARE invited to come and enjoy the fun at SPN Talent 2001, the annual variety show presented by the St. Philip Neri Home School Association. It will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Archbishop Spalding High School on New Cut Road.

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade will be featured in the show. Among the acts are skits, including depictions of television's Australian "Crock Hunter" and the "Lunchable Kid" (from a TV commercial); a variety of dance performances; the SPN Supremes; a presentation of "So Long, Farewell" from "The Sound of Music"; country music and religious songs; an all-male version of the Rockettes; and the finale starring the graduating class of 2001.

Admission is $2, with a maximum of $10 a family. Refreshments will be available in the school lobby. Proceeds will be used for the purchase of equipment for St. Philip Neri School.

Information: Theresa Fries, 410-684-2536.

Scouting for older teens

St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, sponsor of Boy Scout Troop 447, has agreed to establish a Venturing Crew, a program aimed at extending the Scouting experience to teens ages 14 to 18. A social night kickoff will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 18 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 3701 5th St. in Brooklyn.

Matthew Showalter, assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 447 and Venture Crew adviser, said Venturing is a Scouting program that has been around for a while but is new to this community. Its mission is, through positive adult relationships and interaction, to promote positive character development, citizenship, leadership skills and personal and mental fitness.

"The boys and girls will make all the plans and decide what they want to do. Adults will be there to help with things like fund-raisers, guidance and safety issues," Showalter said.

Venturing is Scout-oriented, but tailored for the older teen. Activities may include whitewater rafting and rappelling.

Scouts can be a member of a Venturing Crew and still belong to their regular troop. The program is also open to teen-agers who are not Scouts.

Information: 410-768-1365.

Scout honors

Chris LaWall of Boy Scout Troop 550 was recognized as its Scout of the Year, while his father, Butch LaWall, was given the adult Scouter of the Year honor at the troop's 36th Recharting and Recognition Dinner recently at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church.

Father and son received a certificate and a hand-carved hiking staff made by Larry Jennings, chairman of the troop's adult committee.

Jennings, who also was master of ceremony for the event, spends all year looking for branches from distorted trees and carves them into interesting staffs for the yearly award, according to Assistant Scoutmaster John McCarty.

"He removes the bark, looks at the wood to see what it suggests to him and then carves," McCarty said. "Each one has its own personality. It is nice; we get to see them in various steps of preparation as he works on it throughout the year."

McCarty said mothers of the Scouts served a meal, and other Scouts were recognized for personal achievements over the past six months.

Information on the troop: 410-636-6154.

First Sunday music

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 116 Marydell Road, is presenting another of its First Sunday programs at 1:30 this afternoon, and the public is invited.

The event will feature vocalist and recording artist Barbara Largeant. Tapes of her music will be on sale. Largeant lives in the county and attends Heritage Community Church of God in Severn.

Information: 410-859-5633.

Quilters meeting

Sally Schneider, author and teacher, will speak at the meeting of Friendship Quilters of Linthicum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road. Schneider will discuss how to make quilted pieced borders "the painless way."

Friendship Quilters meets the second Thursday of each month, and guests are welcome.

Information: Lynne Kampe, 410-766-6010.

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