The Homeless Outreach, Inc. is hosting its Back-to-School event on Aug. 10, 4-6 p.m., at the National Church of God in Oxon Hill.
Approximately 350 men, women and children from five area shelters will be treated to a meal, a like-new clothing boutique, and a time of worship, praise, music and dance. Each family will receive hygiene items and baby products. Students will receive a backpack filled with school supplies. Also available will be second-hand baby equipment such as strollers and playpens.
Homeless Outreach is a nonprofit, faith-based organization that depends on donations from local churches and individuals. Monetary contributions may be sent to The Homeless Outreach, Inc., 4114 27th Ave., Temple Hills, MD 20748. By the way, the cost of a high quality backpack is only $6.00.
For information, call Kathy Gabrielsen, 301-423-7851, or Carol Leo, director, 240-475-4219.
Hosts are Councilman Obie Patterson, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Coalition for Stronger Communities.
Looking for a Crab Feast? Here’s two
Bells united Methodist Church, 6016 Allentown Road, invites you to their Crab Feast on August 23, 1-4 p.m. Crabs, chicken, pulled-pork, hotdogs, burgers, corn-on-the-cob, string beans, potato salad and more. Grand Feast will be $40; Crab Feast, $30; Family Feast, $20. Advance sale only; tickets must be purchased by August 17. Call Pat Jones, 240-472-4823, or Claire Kennedy, 301-868-4154, or Brittany Ford, 240-640-2908, or Al Collins, 240-472-0702, or Patrice Underwood, 202-841-2367.
Coming up are two Night Out evenings on Tuesday, Aug. 5—in Skyline at Skyline School and in Morningside at the Town Hall and Patterson Park.
Jean Conlon Ferrante, formerly of Morningside and Camp Springs, celebrated her 70th birthday with her children and nine grandchildren at the Front Porch in Leonardtown. She misses her husband Joe—who died in November 2011—but enjoyed having a beautiful evening with her family.
She brought me up to date on other Conlons: Judy Conlon Boyden is recovering from hip replacement surgery. (All those years of dancing took their toll.) Joyce Conlon Riggs' youngest daughter, Allison, just married at St. Mary's Church in Bryantown and had a reception at Floral Corner Farm. She and husband Daniel Madden are headed back to New Orleans where he has been transferred.
Janet Booth Kaye wrote me about Loretta Ennis Hooe who died July 7. “She was a classmate/graduate with me at Suitland High School (1952).” She wrote, “My remembrance of Loretta was a gentle, quick to laugh, delightful young woman. In later years she would call me when we were trying to plan our reunions for the 1st graduating class at Suitland HS. She provided info and addresses for our classmates and always offered to do more. She leaves us all with fond memories of our youth.”
I’ve enjoyed recent visits from some of my out-of-town family. Daughter Therese Gallegos flew in from Brownsville, Texas, where she is a professor at the University of Texas/Brownsville. My brother Tom Mudd and his wife Evelyn came from Saginaw, Mich., by way of Gettysburg where Tom’s vintage baseball team, the Saginaw Old Golds won two, lost two in the annual tournament.
Last week I wished happy times to two who have passed on—I wished a happy birthday to Dottie Erhardt and a happy anniversary to Laurence Majors. Thank you to Dave Williams for letting me know; I’ll correct my list. But I know both Dottie and Laurence celebrated in Heaven.
May they rest in peace
Wayne Michael Abernethy, 67, of Mechanicsville and formerly of Suitland Road in Morningside, died May 10. Years ago he was our favorite baby-sitter.
Thomas Chris Sarris, 89, who owned some of our favorite restaurants, died in Arlington on July 12. He was born in Easton to Athena and Chris A. Sarris and in time owned Tom Sarris Orleans House, Tom Sarris Steak House, and The Covered Wagon. Survivors include his son Chris T. Sarris. Funeral services were at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church with burial at Cedar Hill.
Happy birthday to Carolyn Dade, Aug. 1; Chris Webb and Samantha Wade, Aug. 3; Victoria Levanduski, Laura Cook and Sallee Bixler, Aug. 4; Miss Bailey Sparks, GeGe Feeney, Bernie Miller, my granddaughter Rose Seidman and Diane Ruby, Aug. 5; Markeyce Herring and Connie Kimbles, Aug. 6; and Mary Leonard, who turns 90 on Aug. 7.
Happy anniversary to William and Orva Heissenbuttel on their 67th, Aug 3; and to Denis and Donna Wood, Aug. 7.