Lutherville: LTRC ballet program set to dance to Mount Olympus

Where can you see Muses and Sirens cavorting with the Fates and Graces?

Where else, but Mount Olympus.

These characters from Greek Mythology take the stage at the "Ballet From Mount Olympus," which will be presented by the dancers in the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council's ballet program on Sunday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m. at Dulaney High School.

More than 90 children and young adults will perform, in dances from pas de deux to group dances.

"Celestial Goddesses" Ivy Gao and Susie Herbert will perform a pas de deux, as will "Amazon Warriors" Sarah Smith and MaryClare Herbert.

Performing pas de trois as the "Three Graces" are Haleigh Martin, Donna Gury and Debra Gury, while Tina Delcher, Debra Gury and Sarah Smith perform as the "Three Fates."

The ballet program is one of the oldest programs in the LTRC, begun nearly 45 years ago by director and teacher Louise Kurtz.

Louise and associate teacher Sarah Smith provide the choreography for the show. The performance is free and open to the public. Contact AnnaMarie Scharbeck at 410-252-8797 with questions about the show or the program.

May brings flowers, and as we plant and tend our gardens, local gardening clubs have several interesting events for us.

Tops is MayFair, the annual District 3 Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland gardening show and sale at The Shops at Kenilworth on Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Lutherville Garden Club and York Manor Garden Club will have booths with plants, decorative items and plenty of gardening advice.

In addition to MayFair, clubs have activities at their monthly meetings. The Lutherville Garden Club will visit the home of President Jean Lowry on May 10 for a tour of her garden and a presentation on "Patio Planters To Go," how to plant and decorate in a container.

The group usually meets on the first Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. at Providence United Methodist Church, Providence Road, Towson.

The business meeting is followed by lunch and the program, which begins at around 1 p.m. If you'd like to learn more about the group, or attend a meeting, call membership chairwoman Carol Kakel, at 410-252-8662.

York Manor Garden Club's May 17 meeting features MariPat Neff from the Fieldstone Nursery in Parkton, offering gardening advice.

The group meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in member's homes. Call President Ann Collins at 410-918-0028 to attend the meeting and learn more about the club.

Don't forget Longford's community yard sale is Saturday, May 19, with a rain date of Sunday, May 20.

LTRC youth soccer has begun online registration. The program includes clinics for children age 5 and older as of Dec. 31, 2012, girls and boys teams for those under 14, and a co-ed program for youth ages 14 to 17. For additional information and registration visit

As summer approaches, local churches are making plans for Vacation Bible School programs.

The Church of the Holy Comforter has scheduled its VBS the week of July 30 through Aug. 3, in the morning from 9 a.m. to noon. The program, entitled "Babylon, Daniel's Courage in Captivity, presents a "time travel" back to ancient Babylon.

For registration and additional information, call 410-252-2711. I'm told that early registration is encouraged.

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