A cappella chorus to sing for charity


THEY'LL SING for food. It isn't very often that we get a chance to be entertained while helping a good cause, but that opportunity will be presented Saturday at Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts on Hammonds Lane.

The Sons of the Severn A Cappella Chorus will hold its annual All-Harmony Benefit for the North County Emergency Outreach Network (NEON) at 7:30 p.m., with admission a donation of nonperishable food. Cash donations also are welcome.

The 39-member Sons of the Severn chorus performs as a traditional barbershop quartet. "There are four voices ... tenor, baritone, bass and the lead," said Orville P. Henschel, the group's spokesman. "It is a very unique style of singing. The music is written differently for these voices. We have performed songs from Broadway shows and the Beatles that have been rewritten for these voices."

"Every year, we compete in a contest with other groups from the East Coast," Henschel said. Some of the things judges look for are presentation and sound, he said.

Saturday's show also will feature nearly a dozen other groups from the Baltimore area, including the men's Harbor City Chorus; the Harbor City Music Company and Pleasure of Your Company Quartet, both affiliated with Sweet Adelines; Glen Burnie High School Chorus; Chorus of the Chesapeake's Dundalk chapter; the Pan in the Community Youth Steel Orchestra of St. Veronica's Church in Baltimore; Maryland Heritage Vocal Ensemble; New Wave Men's Quartet; Fourgetaboutit Quartet; and Chesapeake Bay Windows.

The concert is in its eighth year and has been growing in popularity. "The first year, we raised $1,200 in food and donations. Last year, we raised $6,000," Henschel said. "Our goal this year is to raise $7,000."

Through NEON, all donations - food or monetary - will benefit people in North County.

More music

If, after attending the Sons of the Severn program, you want to hear more good music, stop by the Arundel Singers' Spring Concert on May 20 at Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave.

The Arundel Singers, a volunteer organization, is celebrating its 25th year of providing entertainment to the community through performances at churches, nursing homes and hospitals.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and will include religious, patriotic and show songs. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken.

Information: 410-439-0696 or sligow@ix.netcom.com.

Cancer awareness

The county Health Department's Colo-Rectal Cancer Awareness Program will hold an event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 23 in the Studio Theater of Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts.

Part of the department's Learn to Live anti-cancer campaign, the session will include talks by physicians on risk factors and the need for and methods of screening for early detection.

Admission to the event is free, but call ahead to the Health Department. Information: 410-222-7979.

Prom bingo

Senior prom is one of the highlights of high school and takes a lot of work - and money - to arrange.

To help make its senior prom a success, the Class of 2002 of North County High School is sponsoring a basket bingo Saturday at Bingo World, 10th Avenue and Belle Grove Road.

Doors will open at noon and the games will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Information: 410-859-0796 or 410-859-8484 or online at beidle@toad.net.

Variety show-dinner

The annual variety show and dinner held by Brooklyn Heights Players will take place Saturday evening at Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church.

"It's a lot of fun and all of us look forward to it," said church spokeswoman Page Wacker. "They perform skits parodying television shows and much more."

A lasagna dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $5 or children ages 6 to 10. Those who are younger are admitted free.

Information: 410-789-3688.

Library fund-raiser

Friends of the Brooklyn Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold an annual spring fund-raising sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the library, 300 E. Patapsco Ave.

Books, baked goods, plants, household items, crafts, hot dogs and soda will be sold, with proceeds to be donated to the library.

Information: 410-396-1120.

Church school carnival

St. Rose of Lima School will hold its annual carnival Tuesday through Saturday on its grounds at 410 Jeffrey St., Brooklyn.

The carnival will feature rides, games and food, with hours from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

Information: 410-355-1050.

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