THEY DON'T look a day over 10.
On Tuesday, the Notables, the entertainment group of the American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 3850, begins its 11th season.
While AARP regulations require members to be at least 50, Notables director Charles Haslup firmly believes age is no barrier.
"I don't hold to that," Haslup said. "If someone is 40, 45 years old and really interested and willing to participate and commit to the practice sessions and performances, they are welcome to join.
"It is a wonderful outlet for anyone who enjoys singing, and they end up making many new friends in the group," he said.
Haslup said that the group also occasionally puts on skits.
Group members come from local neighborhoods and as far away as the Eastern Shore.
"The group has held up well, considering we're getting older," Haslup said. "They seem to enjoy it and come back year after year."
At 3 p.m. Tuesday, the group begins fall rehearsals at St. Christopher's Church hall, 118 Marydel Road.
The group of 56 men and women will begin performing in October. The program will include some square dance and country music selections, Haslup said.
While most of the 20 to 30 shows each year are for senior citizens, the Notables also perform at area schools for Grandparents Day. Collectively, the entertainers are credited with giving 6,000 volunteer hours last year.
The group likes to encourage young musicians and earmarks most of the donations received for performances to scholarships. Over the years, 23 scholarships have been awarded to promising students at local colleges.
If you would like more information or would like to join the Notables, call Haslup at 859-1850.
Bible study begins
Peace Lutheran Church will be starting a weekly Bible study of the Book of Romans on Tuesday.
Everyone is invited to attend the 4 p.m. sessions, led by the Rev. Mark Chavez, which will take place in the church's library. Peace Lutheran is at 416 Wellham Ave.
For information, call the church office, 766-3283.
The adult leaders of Boy Scout Troop 550 sponsored their annual troop fall planning conference and camp out in Fort Howard Park earlier this month to lay the groundwork for the 1996-1997 Scouting year.
They discussed finances, fund raising, a camping schedule, leadership training and parental involvement.
Participating in the planning session were Scoutmaster Bruce Henkel; committee chairman Larry Jennings; committee members Joe Hyla, George Kline, Joe LaSpina, Dale Townsend and Manu Shah; chartering organization representative Gerry Starr; and assistant Scoutmasters Mike Fratantuono, David LaSpina, John McCarty, Phil Pitts, Bryan Senter and August Severn.
The year's first meeting will be at 7: 30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Linthicum Elementary School, School Lane and Camp Meade Road.
For more information, call Joe Hyla at 766-8981.
Ice cream social
The St. Philip Neri Home-School Association is sponsoring an ice cream social from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to welcome all students, teachers and families back to school.
Ice cream and toppings are 25 cents each. The social will be in the school's rear parking lot, but will be moved inside should it rain.
Parents of St. Philip Neri students can take advantage of the used-uniform exchange from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the bottom level of the school next to the religious education office.
For information, call 859-1212.
Pub Date: 8/18/96