County Digest

Barbecue and music

The Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival will be held 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, May 4 and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1520 Crownsville Road. Family event features live music on two stages, food, a moon bounce, face painting, free carnival games, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations and other activities. Admission is $5, free for children 12 and younger. Information: 240-432-3903 or

'Going to St. Ives'

The Colonial Players present this drama about an English eye surgeon and the mother of an African dictator confronting a moral dilemma May 4-19 at 108 East St. in Annapolis. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There is a 7:30 p.m. performance on May 13. Tickets are $15 and $20. For tickets and more information, call 410-268-7373 or go to

'Massing of the Colors'

Gov. Martin O'Malley will be the keynote speaker at Fort Meade's annual "Massing of the Colors" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the pavilion off Llewellyn Avenue on the base. Free event features the U.S. Army Field Band and U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, along with the Military District of Washington Armed Forces Color Guard. Military and community color guards are encouraged to participate. For more information about color guard participation, call 410-551-5572. Event information: 301-677-1361.

Networking cruise

Entrepreneur's Exchange will host a cruise aboard the Woodwind II from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15. Board is at 6:15 p.m. at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 80 Compromise St. in Annapolis. The ship will sail past the U.S. Naval Academy and into the Chesapeake Bay. A free beer tasting and a cash bar will be available. Cruise is limited to 40 passengers.

Open house

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) will hold an open house from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 14 at the Severna Park Health Association, 714 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Event provides information on eating more healthfully and losing weight. Information: 410-544-0539.

Youth Fishing Rodeo

Fort Meade sponsors its annual Youth Fishing Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Burba Lake on the base. The event is open to youths ages 3-16. Registration, which is required, begins at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories. Information: 301-677-3810 or 301-677-3825.

Paca plant sale

Historic Annapolis Foundation hosts the annual William Paca Garden Plant Sale, featuring a variety of heirloom flowers, vegetables and herbs, native trees and shrubs, and some of the newest seeds offered in this year's catalog. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13. All plants are grown by Historic Annapolis Foundation volunteers. Proceeds go to the maintenance of the reconstructed, 18th-century William Paca Garden. Admission is free. Entrance to the sale is at 1 Martin St. Information: 410-267-8146 or go to

Wine festival

The annual Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival will be held Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6, at the Bay Bridge Marina, 357 Pier One Road in Stevensville. In addition to local and international wine samplings, the event includes live music, arts and crafts, and food. Hours for both days are noon to 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to

Bowie auditions

Bowie Community Theatre will hold auditions for its July production of "Love, Sex and the IRS" at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, April 30-May 1, at 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie. Auditions include cold readings from the script. (The ability to do a Brooklyn, N.Y., New Jersey or Midwestern accent is a plus, though not a requirement.) For questions and more information, email the director, Terry Averill, at or call 301-805-0219.

Grants for women

The American Association of University Women has announced the availability of its Women To Women Awards for the fall. These small financial awards are available to county women and girls to help support their access to careers through training, education, leadership and skills development. Applications are available on the organization's website: Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 4.

Golfing for charity

The Rotary Club of Annapolis, Annapolis Lions Club, Annapolis Optimists Club, and Annapolis Masonic Lodge No. 89 will host a third annual charity golfing event on May 15 at the Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., with announcements at 8:15 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The $100 fee includes golf, cart, continental breakfast, unlimited beverages and snacks on the course, and lunch. Registration is limited and must be submitted by Monday, April 30, to Matt Ficca, 162 Conduit St., Annapolis 21401. Make checks payable to "Annapolis Charities: Golfing for Charity" or to the service club of your choice. Proceeds will be donated to local charities and to projects the four sponsors support. For more information on playing, volunteering, donating prizes and sponsoring, contact Eric Edstrom at or 410-279-1969, or Matt Ficca at Rotary Club's website is

Crab and ham

St. James' Parish will hold its annual Spring Crab Cake and Country Ham Dinner from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 19 at 5757 Solomons Island Road in Lothian. Menu includes homemade crab cakes, country and honey-baked ham, potatoes au gratin, coleslaw, rolls and biscuits. The event will also feature bake and garden shops, homemade ice cream, ox cart rides and guided tours of the church. Dinner is $20 (eat-in or carryout), $10 for children 10 and younger, free for children younger than 2. Information: 410-867-2838.

Summer nature camps

Registration is now under way for Adkins Arboretum's summer nature camps in June and July. Fees vary and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0, or go to

Museum open house

The Captain Salem Avery Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side, has resumed its Sunday open house schedule from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 2. Information: 410-867-4486 or

No smoking!

The Bowie Baysox have announced a no-smoking policy at Prince George's Stadium. Smoking will no longer be permitted at the end of the third base concourse. While smoking will be restricted inside the stadium, it will be permitted in specified areas outside the front gates. Fans leaving the stadium may re-enter with a game ticket. Information:

Study of old age

The Department of Aging and Disabilities seeks people 80 and older who are mentally acute and in good health as possible candidates for the National Institute on Aging's study on longevity.

All qualified participants will receive a complete physical examination, including tests of strength, stamina and mental acuity.

Information: 855-804-3325.

'Women in Industry'

The YWCA's annual "Tribute to Women in Industry" awards dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 6 at the Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle.

The event lets companies honor executive and professional female employees who have made significant contributions to their workplace and community. It also recognizes local companies that promote professional growth and development for female employees.

All proceeds benefit the TWIN program and YWCA services supporting victims of domestic violence.

Advance ticket purchase is required for this event, which is open to the public. Individual tickets and sponsorship packages may be purchased at Tickets are $85 per person, $65 for previous honorees.

For more information, call Stephen Isler at 410-626-7800, ext. 118, or email him at

Human relations panel

The county Human Relations Commission is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy.

The 11-member commission is a volunteer body established to promote fairness, eliminate discrimination and harassment in public and private sectors, and advance understanding and effective communication among people of different backgrounds and cultures.

Applicants must be at least 18, county residents and able to attend evening meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. Legal experience is preferred but not required. Applicants should send a resume and letter of intent to: Johnelka Stafford, 44 Calvert St., Room 330, Annapolis 21401.

Information: 410-222-1234.

'Operation Paperback'

This nonprofit organization collects used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than 1.3 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 Please put "books" in the subject line.

To learn more about the program, go to operationpaperback.org

Resource guide

The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released a Youth Resource Guide, which provides 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:

Police Explorers

The Annapolis Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post 199 is accepting applications. Law Enforcement Exploring is a program for those who have completed eighth grade and are 14 to 20 years old. The program offers information on career activities. Meetings are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at police headquarters, 199 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis. Information: 410-268-9000 or at the office.

Fingerprinting service

The Annapolis Police Department offers a fingerprinting service at 199 Taylor Ave. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Service is also available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month.

The fee is $5 per fingerprint card, and the person being printed must supply the cards. Check or money order only. Information: 410-268-9000 or

Tours of historic house

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society has opened the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in Linthicum for the season.

Tours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Group tours are by appointment.

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. Thursdays through Saturdays all year. Information: 410-760-9679.

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