High-energy weekend for teens includes a concert tomorrow


March 01, 2002|By Lesa Jansen | Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A LARGE-SCALE effort to reach out to teen-agers in the Mount Airy community begins tonight at Calvary United Methodist Church.

"Surrender Weekend for Teens" is a two-day event open to all area teen-agers.

Organizers say the program features a series of high-energy sessions led by nationally known youth worship speaker and Christian recording artist Joel Engle.

It will culminate with a free concert by Engle and his band tomorrow night - an event open to adults and teens.

"I think it's just an awesome way for kids to see how other kids respond in praise through music," said Sarah Dorrance, event organizer and director of the church's youth choir.

Teen-agers from as far away as West Virginia will attend.

"It's our way of trying to reach out to the community," Dorrance said.

"We've asked the kids in our church to spread the word about the weekend. Our objective is to attract all kids to come, not only the kids who attend church."

Four 90-minute sessions are scheduled throughout the weekend. The first session will be at 7:15 p.m. today.

The informal sessions will resume at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. An evening concert, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at the church at 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.

More than 125 teens are registered but Dorrance said the program can accommodate several hundred.

Surrender Weekends are geared to older middle school and high school youth. Tickets are $15.

Information: 301-829-0358.

Special Olympics Maryland

Mount Airy resident Aimee Buswell helped launch a new event at the 10th annual Special Olympics Maryland.

The Winter Games were held this week at Wisp at Deep Creek Mountain Resort in Western Maryland.

Using a bi-ski, a chair-like apparatus with two wide skis attached, Buswell and three other Special Olympic participants demonstrated the event, which was not eligible for medal contention this year.

Bi-skiing will debut next year as a competitive event at the Maryland Winter Games.

"I usually compete in the sit-ski," said Buswell, "but the bi-ski felt like a lot more fun, more like freedom."

In addition to Buswell, Carroll County's Special Olympics Maryland team members were: Amy Dietrich, Shelley Bowling, Ralph Gemmill, Paul Howard, Syd Lea, Erica Wheeler, Adam Dunn, Nicole Hurley, Mark Moizisek, Nicki Nalesnik and Josh Smith.

Community food drive

Mount Airy Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts will collect food donations from area residences tomorrow.

Last week, Mount Airy Boy Scout Troop 460 and Cub Scout Pack 460 distributed fliers announcing their second annual community food drive.

Scouts are asking for nonperishable canned and packaged food donations to be placed in paper or plastic bags at front doors by 9 a.m. tomorrow. The goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of food for area food banks.

Lesa Jansen's Southwest neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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