Church to showcase talents at March event

Does watching "American Idol" make you dream of singing on stage? Do you enjoy performing live in front of an audience, maybe as part of a skit or reciting a favorite poem? Perhaps your creative talents lie in sculpture or painting, and would you love to display them as part of a show? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then the St. Mark's Talent Show may be just the place for you.

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, in Hampstead, is hosting a show on March 8, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is open to talents of all ages and types, and church membership is not a requirement.

"The idea for the talent show actually came from Grace Lutheran Church on Carroll Street in Westminster. They held one a couple of months ago ... and it was great fun," Rob Green, talent show organizer and St. Mark's parishioner, wrote in an email. "They had musical performances, skits, a reciting of Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech accompanied by PowerPoint pictures of the Civil Rights Movement, and more, and I loved every minute of it. So knowing that we have many talented people at St. Mark's Lutheran Church ... I knew that we too could have a good talent show, and use the opportunity through a freewill offering to raise funding for our youth education and activities throughout the year."

Green said, "We are asking that the live performers try not to exceed 10 minutes, if possible, but depending on the presentation format, that can certainly be waived."

While the heart of the show will be live performances, other works of art will be displayed in the church's fellowship hall that evening.

Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the performances.

The show will take place in the church sanctuary at 1373 N. Main St.

Anyone wishing to perform or submit works of art for display may call Rob Green at 443-791-9688 or send an email to

Senior happenings

The North Carroll Senior and Community Center has a new monthly music program. The Country Jammers band will perform next from 1 to 3:30 p.m. March 6 and every first Thursday thereafter. This group is in addition to Country Music with Jackie Hoffman, which performs every Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The center also has an upcoming overnight trip. Reservations are open for the June 15-19 bus trip to Wildwood, N.J. A $50 deposit is due by April 30. The tour costs are $550 for a single, and $450 for doubles and triples. Costs include motorcoach transportation, four nights of lodging at the Gondolier Motel, four breakfasts, four dinners, a cocktail party, a boat ride aboard the Atlantic Star, a visit to Victorian Cape May, a casino trip with bonus package and show, and more.

The center is at 2328 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

Contact Renee Deiaco, center manager, at 410-386-3900 or email for additional information or to make reservations.