Anne Arundel County Digest

Film screening

Congregation Kneseth Israel presents a screening of "Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria," at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 10, at 1125 Spa Road in Annapolis. The film is heralded for traveling to the far corners of Africa's most populous nation to introduce the world to the Igbo communities practicing Judaism. Free. Information:

Library meeting

Anne Arundel County Public Library will hold a town hall-style meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at its North County branch, 1010 Eastway in Glen Burnie. The library system seeks support for its top funding priorities of upgrading technology, expanding hours and building new regional facilities for the North County and Annapolis areas. Information: 410-222-7371 or

'In the Heat of the Night'

Bowie Community Theatre presents a play based on John Ball's Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series of the same name, March 15-30 at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with a 2 p.m. matinee Sundays. Tickets are $17; $12 for seniors 62 and older and students. Group rates available. Information: 301-805-0219 or

Fruit fundraiser

The Severn River Lions Club is selling Florida citrus fruit as part of its fundraising to benefit community groups and schools. Orders should be placed by Saturday, March 16, for delivery between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 23 at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., remaining fruit will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Available for sale are ruby red grapefruit: $18 (2/5 bushel), $32 (4/5 bushel); temple oranges: $20 (2/5 bushel); mix of oranges and grapefruit: $21 (2/5 bushel). To order: 410-647-2756, 410-439-5770 or

Fashion show

Jaguar Land Rover of Annapolis hosts the second annual Fashion in High Gear Charity Fashion Show, benefiting the YWCA, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 21 at 101 Ferguson Road. Models from Diva Boutique will present fashions and jewelry from Smyth Jewelers, while guests enjoy drinks and food from Chef's Expressions and vie for a chance to win prizes in a charity raffle. Reservations required. A $10 donation will be collected at the door. To RSVP and more information, call Andrea at 410-349-8090 or go to

Singing workshop

The Sons of the Severn Barbershop Chorus will sponsor a free multi-week workshop for men who want to become better choral singers, beginning March 21 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1300 West St. in Annapolis. Course features detailed instruction on proper posture, breathing, resonance, and diction. Sessions will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Final session will include an opportunity to perform with the chorus in front of family and friends. All course materials, including sheet music will be provided. To register, call 410-674-7165 or email Include name, email address, phone number, and a brief description of your singing experience.

Jewelry show

The Partners In Care Boutique will hold its 11th annual Jewelry Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 23 at the Upscale, Resale Boutique, 6 S. Ritchie Highway in Pasadena. In addition to jewelry, event features clothing for ladies, men and children, accessories, books, toys, housewares, art, lamps and furniture. Admission is free. Information: 410-544-0568.

Family fun at stadium

The Bowie Baysox will hold their 14th annual Family FunFest at Prince George's Stadium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. The event takes place rain or shine and features free rides and games in Louie's Kids Park, music and games on the concourse and displays from local businesses and organizations. Single-game tickets for the coming Baysox season go on sale for the first time and the box office will be open all day. Season-ticket holders can pick up their ticket plans at the event and are invited to an exclusive luncheon in the Diamond View Restaurant. Information:

Bus trip

The Retired Officers' Wives Club of Fort George G. Meade is sponsoring a bus trip on April 16 to the Sight and Sound Theater in Pennsylvania to see a presentation of "Noah." The cost is $100 per person, which covers the bus ride, a smorgasbord lunch at Hershey Farms Restaurant and a ticket to the show. Bus will leave Ridgeview Plaza on Route 175 and Rochenbach Avenue at 8:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 5:30 p.m. Lunch is at 11 a.m. and show starts at 1 p.m. For reservations and more information, call 410-465-0492.

Visitors guide

The 2013 Visitors Guide by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau is now available. The 72-page, full-color guide contains information on things to do and see, events, dining, night life, accommodations, shopping and more. The Visitors Center is located at 26 West St. in Annapolis and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The guides will also be distributed from the bureau's satellite information booth at City Dock when it reopens for the season on March 22. Also, a downloadable version is available at

Anthem auditions

The Bowie Baysox will hold auditions Saturday, March 16, for those who would like to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at home games during the coming season. Prince George's Stadium gates open at 9 a.m. for registration, and auditions begin at 9:30 a.m. Every participant must register, and auditions are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditions will be held rain or shine, reservations for audition times will not be accepted, and word sheets are not allowed during the audition. All auditions must be done in person. Auditions are open to any individual or small group, and instrumentalists are permitted. Interested large church or school groups should call 410-301-464-4880. For directions and more information, go to

Bus trip

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Ford's Theatre, with its new Center for Education and Leadership and the Congressional Cemetery Civil War Tour, on May 18. Lunch is planned at the District Chophouse & Brewery. Bus leaves at 8 a.m from the Benson-Hammond House, 7101 Aviation Blvd. in Linthicum, and returns at 4 p.m. Cost is $60, including lunch. For reservations and more information, call 443-837-8196 or go to


The seventh annual Emily Schindler Memorial Triathlon will be held April 20 at the Community Center in Severna Park. The 800-yard swim, 9.5-mile bike ride and 3-mile run will be held at the SPY Aquatics Center, 623 Baltimore/Annapolis Blvd. and the Baltimore/Annapolis Trail. Participants can also sign up for the Flamingo Feat distance, consisting of a 1,600-yard swim, 18-mile bike and 6-mile run. Check in begins at 6 a.m. and the first wave of swimmers will hit the pool at 7 a.m. Cost is $50 for individuals, $90 for a relay team of two and $135 for a three-person relay team. Registration forms can be found at or at

The event is a benefit for the Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship fund, which was established in 2004 following Emily Schindler's death in a car accident. The scholarship is awarded annually to selected graduating seniors on the SPY swim team who most exemplify Emily's qualities.

Fingerprinting service

The Annapolis Police Department has resumed fingerprinting services for the public at 199 Taylor Ave. The services are available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. For fees and more information, call 410-268-9000 or go to

New website

Fort Meade, in partnership with the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council, has launched a new website designed to help the community take advantage of resources in the region. For more information, go to

Tax season

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to help seniors and low-income adults with their 2012 tax returns. Participants will be trained by the IRS and the Maryland comptroller's office. They will help only with simple 2012 income tax returns, which will be filed electronically. Volunteers do not do tax returns involving partnerships or corporations, self-employed persons or rental properties. Volunteers are not required to have a financial background, but certified public accountants, attorneys, bookkeepers and those with financial training are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers will be stationed at county senior centers and will be available by appointment between now and April 5. For more information, call 410-222-6717.

'Operation Paperback'

This nonprofit organization collects used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than a million books have been shipped to military personnel around the world. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at Put "books" in the subject line. Information:

Resource guide

The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released a Youth Resource Guide, with information about nonprofit and faith-based organizations in the county. A free copy is at Printed copies can be purchased at the center, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, for $5 each. Information: 410-897-9207.

Disability issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has added an email notification feature to its website that provides information on disability issues. Sign-up and information:

Tours of historic house

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will open the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in Linthicum in March. Group tours can be arranged during January and February by calling 410-768-9518.

Historical research

The Kuethe Library's Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway S.E., operated jointly by the historical society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday all year. Information: 410-760-9679.

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