ARUNDEL HIGH School's Indoor Color Guard has dedicated this year's performances to police and criminal justice officers who have fallen in the line of duty, with the message of its show "In valor there is hope."
During the past few months, the group has performed in competitions throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania, which culminated in the Keystone Indoor Drill Association Championships, held Saturday in Hanover, Pa. The team dedicated its performance to Baltimore County police Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero, killed Feb. 7 as he chased robbers fleeing a Pikesville jewelry store holdup.
At the end of the program, the teen-agers were touched by the number of people who came up with tears in their eyes, thanking them for the heartfelt tribute to those who have died protecting their communities.
The team choreographs flag and rifle routines to the music of taps, "Riverdance" and "Amazing Grace."
Members are Michelle Hudson, Barbara Brandes, Marie O'Halloran, Angie Gupta, Sarah Yenoli, Christopher Hofius, Alissa Estes, Angela LeBlanc, Amy Dye, Tabitha Williams, Jody Grande and Caitlin McBreen. Their coach, Elizabeth Shaffer, is an Anne Arundel County police officer who remembers with pleasure her own high school indoor color guard team.
The local police community continues its strong support of the program. County police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan attended some practice sessions and donated police uniforms for the team to use in shows. The county's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 donated $500 toward transportation costs.
Preparing for their performance, Shaffer and the team visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in Washington. Wherever they have performed, police officersand their wives or widows have expressed appreciation.
A Pennsylvania state trooper wrote to the team, saying how much its show meant to him, bringing to mind his friends whose names are inscribed on the memorial wall. While the team was performing to taps, members say, they had tears in their eyes.
The team has been invited to perform May 13 at the county police expo at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold. It will present its program in the AACC gymnasium at 11: 15 a.m., 12: 15 p.m. and 1: 15 p.m. The public is invited.
Palm Sunday 'trial'
Members of Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton will present "Conspiracy of Betrayal" at 6: 30 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary.
The Palm Sunday courtroom drama presents the story of a heavenly trial of Judas Iscariot, charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Jesus of Nazareth. Twelve members of the audience will form the jury and, by their vote, determine the outcome of the trial and ending of the play -- guilty or not guilty.
Admission to the play is one can of food to be donated to Sarah's House. Information: 410- 721-2313.
The church's Palm Sunday services are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The Christian German-American Women's Group will meet at noon on Monday in the blue room of the Chapel Center at Fort Meade. The program will include time for praise and reflection, followed by a German lunch, and fellowship, music and a craft hour.
Women interested in the German language and culture are invited. Information: Irene Kucholik, 301-621-7862 or Lisa Beilke, 301-604-5880.
Four Seasons club plant sale
The Four Seasons Women's Club will hold its annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Four Seasons Elementary School.
Those who have placed orders can pick up their plants during the sale. A limited number of additional plants also will be for sale.
Information: Ann Marie Walls, 301-621-0636.
CARP Potomac cruise
A few seats remain for Friday'stwo-hour Potomac River cruise and luncheon aboard the Odyssey, sponsored by the Crofton Association of Retired Persons (CARP).
A bus will leave the Prince of Peace Church parking lot at 10 a.m. The cruise will be followed by a guided tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The cost is $52. Information or reservations: 410-721-5521.
Crofton City Limits will present its monthly coffeehouse in the Crofton Community United Methodist Church Multi-Ministries Building on Friday.
The program features an open mike for musicians and poets. Performers are invited to register when the doors open at 7: 30 p.m. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Admission is $3 and includes refreshments. Information: 301- 858-1595.