Taneytown Senior Center plans its first dinner theater event


TOMORROW we finally get to flip the calendar to March. And what better way to usher in the next season than by participating in the events planned at the Taneytown Senior Center?

I talked with Kitty Devilbiss, director of the center, who filled me on the variety of programs coming up in the next few weeks. Mark your datebooks for some enjoyable, energizing and productive events. Even if you're not over 60, you can participate.

"Any of our events are open to anyone," said Ms. Devilbiss, "though sometimes there may be an additional fee for those under 60."

One event to get excited about is the first dinner theater sponsored by the center, on March 28. The Towson-area Valley Theater will perform the third act from Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" and two other one-act surprises.

The dinner portion of the event will be provided by volunteers from the center and members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in New Windsor.

"This is real big for us," said Ms. Devilbiss. "We're getting our feet wet with this. If it's a success, we'll do it again."

The March 28 dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $4; tickets to the play are $6. If you want to come to the play only, arrive at 7:30 p.m., and your admission price will include dessert. Make reservations by March 25. Information: 756-4557 or 751-1656.

Participants at the senior center are getting in shape, thanks to a new fitness room at the center. Furnished with newly purchased, lent or recently donated equipment -- "I gave up my stair-stepper machine when I discovered family members hanging their coats on it," Ms. Devilbiss said -- these are pieces of exercise gear that are not collecting dust.

If you decide to use the exercise room on a Monday, you may want to hang around the center a little longer and join the crafts club that meets Mondays at 9:30 a.m. It's a club for those who like to do something simple and fun.

Weekend fast

They did it again. A dozen young people from St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Windsor locked themselves in the building last weekend for a fast, abstaining from Friday at midnight until Sunday morning, when the United Methodist Church women cooked them a hearty breakfast.

As an exercise in hunger awareness, the teen-agers chose to spend a weekend thinking about hunger, collecting food for Carroll County Food Sunday, and feeling hungry themselves.

Union Bridge resident Sue Bowen, youth director at the church for the past 10 years, provided adult leadership, along with Linda Wareheim of Uniontown.

Mrs. Bowen's daughter, Jessica, home from Shippensburg College, helped organize activities to keep the kids occupied and their minds off food.

Japanese garden seminar

The Carroll Garden Club will hold its third evening meeting of the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday. "Creating Garden Designs in the Japanese Style," by floral designer Sharon Johnson, will be the topic.

The free event is open to all. The group meets at the Union Bridge Community Center on Ladiesburg Road. Information: 857-3520.

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