"Van Gogh Up Close" is the second in a series of quarterly programs presented by the Evangelism Team of Timonium United Methodist Church, and will be held in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m.

An exhibit by the same name is currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and at TUMC, Judith V. Ramirez will provide a presentation on the exhibit, complete with slides of some of the artist's masterpieces.


The event includes dinner, prepared by Chef Rob Johns. Cost is $20, $30 per couple and $40 per family. To reserve, call Bev Abraham at 410-252-5886.

Also at Timonium United Methodist Church, the congregation will hold a flower sale fundraiser, to benefit youth programs at the church, on Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m., at the Pot Spring Road entrance.

Members of St. Timothy Lutheran Church recently contributed enough candy to fill 144 Easter baskets for needy children through the Lutheran Mission Society.

In addition to that sweet reward, the baskets contained a Bible activity coloring pad, crayons, plushy bunny and a bag containing the "Jelly Bean Prayer."

Congratulations to Sarah Petti, 10, from Lutherville Elementary School, who was honored as March's Student of the Month by the Optimist Club of Timonium.

Sarah enjoys gardening, arts and crafts and makes many masterpieces for family members.

She loves animals, enjoys reading books about the different breeds of cats and dogs and has many pets herself.

She also plays the flute and enjoys singing. Sarah was accompanied to the meeting by her parents, teacher Alyson Tilles and several other family members.

She was presented with a citation from Del. Sue Aumann, a gift certificate from Barnes & Noble and a copy of the Optimist Creed.

The Timonium Optimists also held the club's annual Oratorical Contest in March.

First place awards were given to Caroline Connor and Patrick Norris, both students at St. Joseph's School in Cockeysville.

Kelly Caubo and Ian Moore, also from St. Joseph, each won second place awards. Third place honors were presented to Cate Schwing, from St. Joseph, and Joseph Massa, a student at St. Pius X School.

Special thanks were extended to Bruce Robinson and his team for planning and chairing the contest.

The judges included L. Gary Faulkner, Kathleen Konski and Lauren Taylor. Timekeepers were Skip Sheeler and Sue Cavanaugh. Lorraine Gordon served as videographer.


Boy Scout Troop 328 hosted Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 328 on a lodge camping trip to Camp Tuckahoe near Dillsburg, Pa., in late February.

Thirty-three Scouts and leaders went on this trip, which included seven Webelos and their parents.

The purpose of the trip was to introduce graduating Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, and give them a chance to experience a Boy Scout trip before they bridge over and join the troop.

Older scouts spent part of Saturday teaching the Webelos skills for camping. In the afternoon the troop took a hike through the Gettysburg battlefield in 50 mile per hour winds.

Webelos who participated were Bryan Ator, Adam Beckley, Joe Carroll, Tommy Hurley, Jason Miller, Roy Vandermer and Alex Whatley.

Meanwhile, five Scouts who are working on citizenship merit badges took advantage of an outing organized by parent Bill Marlow to attend State Sen. J.B. Jennings' District 7 Night in Annapolis in February.

The Scouts were able to meet Jennings and observe the senate in action.

Participating Scouts were Mike Donaldson, Price Marlow, Dimitri Plagianakos, Matt Seidenman and Sebastian Zea.

And 17 Scouts and 10 adults turned out on March 3 to kick off Matt Rafferty's Eagle project.

They delivered fliers about the project to 800 homes in Springlake, Coachford and adjoining streets. The fliers ask for donations of used musical instruments in any condition to be donated to the music program in the Baltimore City Schools.

To donate an instrument or related item, such as sheet music, email Matt at mattraff@gmail.com or check out the Facebook page, "Matt's Eagle Project: Musical Instrument Donation."

Happy April birthdays to Marilyn Smith, Al Underwood, Michael Stollo, Bettie Greene, Gloria Schmelz, Elizabeth Moore, Virginia Armetta, Rob Armetta and Eric Nickel.