Hello my dear friends. I hope everything is well with you. I want to tell you where I’ve been and where we are going. Recently I attended an event that was, in my opinion, a very unique and interesting way to raise money for the less fortunate. I was totally impressed and felt inspired by the way organizations have banded together to help people in Baltimore County.

The fundraiser I am talking about is the third annual “Hotter than Thou” Chili Cook-Off. They were raising money to benefit Bridges, an organization that helps the homeless find housing. The group’s motto is Every family should have a home. The host was the Church of the Resurrection, located on Paulskirk Drive in Ellicott City, Md. Each of the 12 churches or religious groups involved prepared chili from their own special recipe. Guests who sampled the chili voted for their favorite by putting cash “tips” into jars positioned at each contestant’s station. The winner was Boy Scout Troop 615, who were serving the special Greek beef chili recipe of Dr. Marcelina Albuerne of St. Agnes Hospital. They raised over $1,500 for the cause. Absolutely amazing! Plus the chili was delicious. Well done! For more information, go to www.Bridges2HS.org.

 “The Melodyaires Support Team Ministries” will host their annual scholarship concert in memory of Ms. Jean Barnett on March 24 at 3:30 p.m. at the First Emmanuel Baptist Church,  2209 Park Avenue; Rev. Eugene Belcher is pastor. The program will include: Heavenly Sons of Washington, D.C., Kenny Davis & The MelodyairesAdoration Singers of Newark, N. J.; Larry Goodwin & the Devine Shepherds of Glen Burnie; The Boyd Sisters of Baltimore, Md., and the Joyful Noise Singers. For more information, call Parker at 410-358-9661.

Also, this weekend the Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc. (Iota Chapter) is having their Annual Founder’s Day Awards Luncheon. It’s on March 23, 12 noon-4 p.m. at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Avenue. The sorority was founded 76 years ago by the late Florence K. Williamson Norman, who wanted to create an organization of African American business and professional women who would use their knowledge and skill to help improve the quality of life for others. The Baltimore chapter of Lambda Kappa Mu was founded in 1947.

Getting back to the “Live Music” in local clubs: Greg Hatza & the “Organ”ization Band (what a perfect name for this group) will be performing at Chef Mac’s and All That Blues Restaurant at 4709 Harford Road on March 23.. Show time is 8 p.m.

Lyle Link, renowned saxophonist with his band will be performing at the Caton Castle 20 S. Caton Avenue, March 23 from 6-10 p.m.

Tiny Tim Harris will be at Duck Wallace’s Club 2300, 2300 W. Baltimore Street every first  Sunday of the month starting April 7 from 5-9 p.m. No cover.

That is all I have time for now folks, but before I go, I want to share with you that my book is now complete. My publisher, Xlibris Publishing, has now forwarded it to production for editing and hopefully in a few weeks it will be printed. I am very excited about this book. The title is “African-American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland (Remembering the Yesterdays).” More about it the next time we talk. Until then, be good to yourself and one another. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at; rosapryor@aol.com. I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.