Anne Arundel County Digest

Youth chorus auditions

The Annapolis Youth Chorus will hold spring-term auditions from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at St. Anne's Church Parish House, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. The chorus welcomes all singers in grades 8-12, including changed and unchanged voices. Singers will be asked to sing the first verse of "America the Beautiful" and another prepared piece — a folk song, Broadway show tune or hymn. Each audition will last approximately 10 minutes. Call 410-263-1906 to schedule an audition or for more information.


Chorale fundraiser

The Annapolis Chorale and music director J. Ernest Green present Gala 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St. The event includes music by the Erik Apland Trio, dancing, and a silent and live auction. The silent auction features dining coupons, services, wine baskets, artwork and a guided tour of the Gettysburg battlefield with a Civil War expert. Among the items being auctioned by Green are a "Maestro for a Night" package that includes the chance to conduct the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, an appearance in one of Live Arts Maryland's Broadway productions, a "build your own" wine cellar and a week's stay at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia. Tickets are $125 per person. For tickets and more information, call 410-263-1906 or go to liveartsmaryland.org.


Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a community blood drive from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Galilee Lutheran Church, 4652 Mountain Road in Pasadena. There is a critical need for all blood types, but type O is always in short supply. To make an appointment, call Zinda Wienke at 410-439-0601 or go to redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.

Vocal competition

Applications for the 25th annual Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition are being accepted at annapolisopera.org. Applicants must complete the form and submit a CD containing three to five arias by midnight Feb. 12. Applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 35, as of April 1, and be residents, students or working in Maryland, Delaware, Washington, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia. Students at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey, or Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., are also eligible. A $30 nonrefundable application fee is required. Payment must be made during the application process. Information: 410-267-8135 or email vocalcomp@annapolisopera.org.

Fingerprinting service

The Annapolis Police Department has resumed fingerprinting services to 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 http://www.annapolis.gov/police.

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 http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/community.

Rotary gala

The Rotary Club of Annapolis' annual "Black Tie and Diamonds" event will be held from 6 p.m to 11 p.m. March 9 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on West Street in Annapolis. The gala includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner and dancing to the music of NightLife. Tickets are $1,500 for a table of 10 and are on sale now. Individual tickets at $150 per person go on sale after Jan. 1. To purchase a full table, contact Rebecca Tingle at 410-267-7877, ext. 6; email Rebecca@aacasa.org; or call Ron Baradel at 410-268-6600. Information: 877-333-9667 or annapolisrotary.org.

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 Feb. 4 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 opbooksmilitary@comcast.net. Put "books" in the subject line. Information: operationpaperback.org.

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 volunteerannearundel.org. 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: http://www.aacounty.org/aging/disabledadults/commdis.cfm.

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. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. Group tours are by appointment.

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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