Strings for Christ concert to celebrate Spanish Heritage Month
Davies Concert Series, now in its 45th season, presents Strings for Christ, music from Latin America in celebration of Spanish Heritage Month, on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m. Members of the group are Wayman McCoy, Michelle Ruiz, violins; Jonathan Jones, viola, and Denna Purdie, cello. The program includes works by Carlos Gardel, Luis Bonfa and Angel Villoldo.
The concert will be preceded by a performance by student artist Andrew Kivrak, who will play selections from Spanish Airs, Op.113 by Charles-Auguste de Beriot.
Admission: Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for 18 and younger. Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church is at 7400 Temple Hill Road in Camp Springs. For information, call 301-627-0284.
Karen Rooker recently visited Mount Rushmore with other VFW officials and was among the flag-bearers for the CAFE (Celebrating America’s Freedom Event) ceremony. She is the senior vice president for the Maryland VFW Auxiliary.
Police officer Vena Mitchell and Code Enforcement officer Barry Wade were sworn in by Morningside Mayor Benn Cann during the Morningside Town Meeting on Sept. 20.
Sister Letekidan has come from Eritrea to join the other Daughters of St. Anne in St. Philip’s Parish. The convent is just behind my home and I enjoy the company of these good sisters. I also read twice a week to the children at their daycare. Eritrea, by the way, is a small African country on the Red Sea, just above Ethiopia.
The Town of Morningside is among 37 award winners (out of 3,500) who’ll be honored at the Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company’s annual Safety Awards Breakfast in Towson on Oct. 27. Morningside Council Member Sharon Fowler and Clerk-Treasurer Karen Rooker will be there to accept the prize.
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has been recognized, in the 2016 Best Hospitals edition of U.S. News & Report, as No. 2 in the metro area and No. 5 in Maryland for its healthcare services and innovation.
Prince George’s police featured in new bestseller
Author Del Quentin Wilber gained access to the Prince George’s County Police Homicide Unit to tell all about the 12 homicides, three police-involved shootings and the search for a killer — all happening in February 2013. The book is “A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Unit.” You might want to check it out.
Events at VFW Post 9619
Wacky Wednesday is happening every Wednesday, with allyou-can-eat and a raffle. Hours are 1-3 p.m. and the cost is $9.
Many of the other activities at VFW Post 9619 are popular rentals, and include Tuesday’s hand-dancing lessons, Wednesday night’s dancing and Sunday DJ and hand dancing.
I didn’t know what hand dancing is and went to the Internet: “Hand dancing is a form of swing dance that can be traced as far back as the 1920s, from Lindy Hop, to Jitterbug and to the ‘50s when Washington, D.C., developed its own version and named it Hand Dance.”
For more information about VFW activities, call Nola at 301-735-5290.
Food drive, yard sale, dinner at Clinton UMC
Clinton UMC Women’s Fall Canned Food Drive/ Yard Sale & Fish/Chicken Dinner will be Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fish and chicken dinners will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tables, $15; call Mia at 301-868-1288. The church is at 10700 Brandywine Road in Clinton.
• Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) spoke at the “I See Opportunity: An Announcement of New Investments in Iverson Mall and the Suitland Area” meeting in Iverson Mall on Sept. 23.
• The State Highway Administration has begun a $155,000 project to enhance the Route 5 bridge over Coventry Way in Clinton by painting a steel beam on the bridge, helping to prevent rust. The project is due for completion by mid-fall, weather permitting. There will be lane closures.
• The National African American History & Culture Museum opened to the public on Saturday, Sept. 24. For a schedule of events and other information, go to nmaahc. si.edu.
May they rest in peace
Chloe Williams, 7, a student at Benjamin D. Foulois Academy, died of a rare form of cancer on Sept. 3, but not before she had won the hearts of Morningside and the Foulois family. In June Morningside Mayor Cann declared Chloe Williams Day and she was transported by fire engine to Foulois for a celebration in her honor. She was named Fire Chief for a Day. Chloe was the daughter of Maurice and Aneesah Williams and sister of Maurice Jr., all of Upper Marlboro.
Lucille B. Henderson, 92, a resident of Temple Hills for more than 50 years, died Sept. 17. She worked in the business license office and later the marriage license division at the courthouse in Upper Marlboro and was a 50-year member of St. John’s Church in Clinton. Survivors include seven children, Kathryn, Susan, Robert, Louise, Stephen, Aimee and Laura; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter. Burial will be at Arlington.
Happy birthday to Peggy Nanney and Jessica (Williams) Proctor, Sept. 30; Jasmine Wade, Nola Thomas and my grandson Sam Mudd, Oct. 2; John Ihrig, Oct. 3; Marlene Titus, Oct. 4; Sue Gilmore and Muriel Ireson, Oct. 5; Rory Lohman, Carmen Buffington and George Nixon, Oct. 6.
Happy 58th anniversary to Larry and Jean Beardmore on Oct. 4; and happy 30th to Bill and Terry Ratliff, also on Oct. 4.