Around Jonathan Street

January 08, 2009|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Children perform Christmas play

On Dec. 21, the Church School of Ebenezer presented its Christmas play, "The Birth of Christ," taken from the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke.

Doretta Williamson, Sunday school superintendent, was responsible for the arrangement and the play was narrated by Robert Burnett.

The participants included Gabrielle Alston, Jordan Alston, Julian Alston, Raymond Alston, Saryna Alston, Joseph Bright, Dinestie Capers, Kiana Cotledge, Shante Cotledge, Laisha Gross, Courtney Harley, Tyler Johnson, Siani Sanders, Tiara Thornton and Brittany Woods. Kellie Alstson, Toni Gaines, LaTina Sanders, Marquita Sanders and Kevin Sanders were assistants.

Breakfast planned

Asbury United Methodist Church, 155 N. Jonathan St., will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. The breakfast, which will include sausage, costs $5.


This is the first of what the church hopes will become a tradition on the second Saturday of the month throughout the year.

Dinner to be held

Ebenezer AME Church will sponsor a dinner on Sunday at 1 p.m. to help raise funds for the upcoming Women's Day. The dinner will be held at Bethel Gardens, 356 Henry Ave.

The menu will include fried or baked chicken, parsley potatoes, green beans and dessert. The dinner costs $9.

And be sure to mark your calendars for Women's Day on March 15.

Inauguration dance to be held Jan. 17

Memorial Recreation Center is sponsoring a pre-inauguration celebration dance at the Martin Luther King Center, 131 W. North Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased by contacting Memorial Recreation at 301-790-0203. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The organizers would like everyone to come dressed in red and black, but that is optional.

Food sold at this event will benefit the For Our Kids Sake program led by Dot Bell and Clara Broadus.

Blossom School graduation planned

The Blossom School of Etiquette will hold its third graduation and celebrate its first anniversary Saturday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m. at Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Ave.

Everyone is invited to attend, including past participants of the etiquette school.

Banquet postponed

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Tea has been postponed until further notice due to a lack of funding.

If you would like to help sponsor this event or have any ideas on how to continue holding this event, call Norma Pompey at 301-797-0016.

Book club

Start the new year off with a new hobby - reading books - and join the Sisters-In-Spirit Book Club on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m.

This month, the Book Club will discuss "Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns," by J. California-Cooper, author of 17 plays and named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978.

Contact Ladetra Robinson via e-mail at for the meeting place or if you have any questions.


On Jan. 3, a birthday celebration was held in honor of Toni Gaines, the newly elected daughter ruler of Sharon Temple No. 160, at Elks Lodge No. 279 with her family, friends and members of the lodge in attendance.

Happy birthday, Toni. Gaines.

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Submitted photo

Shepherds, from left, Saryna Alston, Kiana Cotledge and Brittany Woods perform in the Christmas play at Ebenezer AME Church on Dec. 21.

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