ENDING WORLD hunger is a lofty goal, maybe one that can only be attained one step at a time.
ESCAPE Ministries Inc. will hold its annual CROP Walk to aid in that battle at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Under the auspices of Church World Service, CROP walks strive to combat hunger while raising awareness of food shortages. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised during a walk are returned to the local sponsoring organization.
ESCAPE hopes to raise more than $5,000 and will use its portion to aid needy families throughout the county with emergency housing, food and utility needs.
The event will begin at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Main Street in Sykesville and proceed for 10 kilometers along River Road and back to the church. Several rest stops will be set up along the way. The walk will be held rain or shine.
All ages are welcome to participate. Middle and high school students can earn community service credit for participating and promptly returning pledge sheets.
Piney Run Park will hold its annual Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the park on Martz Road.
The family event offers autumn activities, including wagon rides, scarecrow stuffing, face painting, cider pressing and pumpkin painting. The event will include craft vendors and entertainment.
Apples will be the featured ingredient in many desserts and pies. Plenty of light fare will be available. The food pavilion will close at 4 p.m.
Proceeds from the Apple Festival will benefit Piney Run Recreation and Conservation Council, which provides funding for park and nature center programs.
Pupils at Carrolltowne Elementary School will run, walk or jog for 30 minutes today in their annual Fun Run to raise money for the PTA.
With the theme of "Soaring Into a New Century," nearly all 740 pupils at the school will participate in the PTA's only fund-raising effort. In its sixth year, the event typically raises more than $20,000, which is used for the school's literacy and cultural programs.
Pupils will earn incentive prizes for collecting pledges from family and friends. Local businesses have donated gift certificates.
Information: Jodi Lawrence, 410-549-0151.
St. Joseph's Catholic Community on Liberty Road in Eldersburg will hold its Fall Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium.
Reasonably priced clothing for the entire family and household items will be offered.
The Sykesville Sons of the American Legion Post 223 will hold a shrimp feast from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 16 at the legion hall, 7327 Slacks Road.
Steamed shrimp, fried chicken, salads, cheese and vegetable trays, draft beer, soda and limited open bar will be available.
Music from the 1950s and 1960s will be provided by Roll the Dice.
Food will be served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with dancing from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets are $25 per person and may be reserved by calling the post at 410-795-7242.
Calling thespians of all ages: If the spotlight is your goal, this might be your big break.
The Tree of Life Theatre Troupe will hold auditions for "Our Town," Thornton Wilder's play about everyday happenings in a small town.
Roles are available for males and females ranging from elementary school pupils through older adults. Several roles are available as townspeople and chorus members.
Auditions will include "cold" readings from the script and miming of roles in the play. Prepared readings or speeches are also welcome.
Auditions will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church, 1700 St. Andrew's Way in Eldersburg.
Information: Claudia Koch, 410-795-8082 (daytime), or 301-829-2836 (evenings).
Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 10/05/99