Starliters keep step at senior center
CENTREVILLE — Goodwill Fire Company members are selling tickets to the 2017 Cash Bash to held on Saturday, April 29, from noon to 6 p.m. at the firehouse.
This 6th annual event, has become the biggest fundraiser for the volunteers and will end at 6 p.m. with the awarding to the grand prize of $10,000 cash.
It is much better percentage-wise, according to firefighters, than the lottery. With the Cash Bash there are only 1,000 tickets sold at $100 each. During the day there are 145 cash drawings every two and half minutes, ranging from $125 to $3,000.
Each ticket admits two people, and there will be free food and beverages all afternoon. Additional guests will be $30 each and anyone under 16, the price is $10.
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Early Childhood Committee is seeking activities for a calendar of events for April, the Month of the Young Child.
Any organization planning a child- or family-oriented event in April is asked to contact Mary Beth Johnson by email at email@example.com. Deadline to submit information is Feb. 27. Calendars will be distributed throughout the county in partnership with local businesses.
GRASONVILLE — In Grasonville and Kent Island, the Starliters Dance Group are a group of 55+ adults who have rhythm and flair. The group meets at the Grasonville and Kent Island Senior Centers on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively.
“We need to get the word out about these classes. We want more people to enjoy learning to dance, have some fun, and attend dances,” said member Marguerite Bowman. The Grasonville class is currently learning the Tango. With steps like promenades, fans and fan-flairs, it sounds complicated, but it is incredibly fun, said Bowman.
Most of the group participates in both classes (Tuesday and Thursday), said Bowman, because it is just that fun. One member said her doctor recommended she get out of the house, and she has really found the class to be enjoyable as well as a good source of exercise. The class also improves memor y activity and focus, she added.
Bowman said she hadn’t danced in 50 years, but has been participating in these classes for the past year and a half and loving it.
In Grasonville, classes are taught by instructor Anne Marie Duld, and on Kent Island, by Annie Monege. In Grasonville, instructor Duld encouraged dancers to keep moving. “As the music gets faster, you don’t overthink it,” said Duld, “it actually gets easier ... overthinking causes paralysis.”
Wednesday, March 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kent Island Senior Center, 891 Love Point Roard in Stevensville, the Starliters will host a showcase with six performances with dancing for all to follow. The event is open to all Queen Anne’s County Senior Center members and is $5 per person.
On Feb. 14, Duld will host and act as DJ for an open Valentine’s Day dance at the Grasonville center from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Lunch will be available through the senior center, but should be reserved ahead of time, or dancers can bring their own lunch with them.
Classes are registered for in advance through the senior center as a part of the continuing education/ workforce training program through Chesapeake College.
The Starliters Dance Group has danced at the Senior Summit in Centreville and at Arciada Assisted Living Center as well as various functions at all three senior centers in Queen Anne County. For those interested in joining, no partners are needed, the group rotates in class.
Centreville Cub Scouts, Pack 129, the Tiger Den, participate in the annual Pinewood Derby at the Ruthsburg Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 28. All first graders, the Tiger Den was the largest group to participate in this event. Pack 129 is chartered by the Centreville United Methodist Church.
Far left, one of the instructors, Annie Monege practices with the Starliters Dance Group.