Star­liters keep step at se­nior cen­ter

Record Observer - - Community - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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 maryb.john­son@mary­land.gov. 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.

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