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Empty Bowls meal offers food for thought


MOST OF US are fortunate to enjoy delicious meals every day and find pleasure in the feeling of a full stomach afterward.

That wasn't the case for those who dined at South Carroll High School's Empty Bowls Banquet. After eating a simple meal of a bowl of soup, a slice of bread and a glass of water, most left the dinner the same way they arrived - hungry.

That's how organizers of last night's banquet wanted diners to feel.

The school's annual Empty Bowls Banquet is a fund-raising event for Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc., a private, nonprofit organization that operates and administers homeless shelters in the county.

Cara Ober, art teacher and faculty adviser of the event, said the goal is to increase hunger awareness while raising money to support efforts to ease hunger. South Carroll is the only county school to sponsor an Empty Bowls Banquet, a nationwide program.

In addition to money raised by admission fees, proceeds from a silent auction of ceramic bowls were donated to Human Services.

Eighty ceramic bowls handmade by students, teachers and members of the community were donated for the auction. Ober opened her art room two days a week after school for those who wished to make bowls.

Five bowls made by Baltimore Ravens football players Brandon Stokley, Chris Redman, Anthony Poindexter and Ed Mulitalo were auctioned.

Student chairwoman, junior Amy Tessendorf, was instrumental in arranging for the Ravens players to donate their time to make bowls. Amy's father, Bill Tessendorf, is the team's head trainer.

The football players spent an afternoon at the school last month crafting their bowls from clay. The players used the opportunity to show their creative and artistic talents.

Also contributing to the banquet were the South Carroll High School Madrigals, who provided music for the evening, and Mount Airy Middle School pupils, who made place mats.

Fishing contest

Mount Airy Lions Club will hold its annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Prospect Park pond, on Prospect Road. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

The tournament is open to children ages 16 and younger. A parent or guardian must accompany children who need help baiting a hook or removing a fish from a hook.

Prizes will be awarded for longest and shortest fish, heaviest single fish and heaviest combined catch. Every child will receive a certificate of participation and a small prize.

Participating children must have fish stringers or buckets to hold the fish live. All fish will be returned to the pond at the end of the tournament.

The Lions Club will sell lunch and refreshments.

Information: 301-829-LION.

Spring cleanup

Sprucing up for the season will be the theme tomorrow when Mount Airy Jaycees sponsors its annual Mount Airy Spring Cleanup.

Dumpsters will be available for town residents to dispose of their bulk trash at no charge. The Jaycees will provide pickup service to residences within town limits. The Jaycees will charge a fee for the service.

The bins will be open from 8 a.m. to noon in the municipal parking lot on Park Avenue. Proof of residency is required.

Information and to schedule a pickup: 301-829-6328.

Plant and yard sale

Bargain shoppers won't want to miss a community yard sale sponsored by Calvary Lutheran Church from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 16151 Old Frederick Road, Mount Airy.

Spaces are available for $10 in advance or $15 the morning of the sale.

The church will sell plants for Mother's Day. Refreshments will be available.

Information: 301-607-9251.

Playground fund-raiser

Mount Airy Elementary School invites the community to participate in a Pizza, Pasta and Playground Night at New York J&P; Pizza restaurant Monday.

From 5 p.m. until closing, a portion of the sales from dine-ins and carryouts at will be donated to the elementary school to replace playground equipment.

The restaurant is located in Mount Airy Shopping Center, 400 Ridgeville Blvd.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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