County Digest

Polar Bear Plunge

The 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Parkway in Annapolis. Admission is free to spectators, plungers must raise $50 in pledges. Information:


Blood drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Galilee Lutheran Church, 4652 Mountain Road in Pasadena. To schedule an appointment and more information, call 800-733-2767 go to


Tickets are on sale for the Rotary Club of Annapolis' annual "Black Tie and Diamonds" event being held March 3 at the Westin Annapolis Hotel on Westgate Circle in Annapolis. Gala includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner and dancing to the music of NightLife. Tickets are $150 per person, $1,500 for a table of 10. Tickets and information: 877-333-9667 or Proceeds benefit the AAC Public Library Foundation.

Mongolian dinner

A Mongolian barbecue dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road, Fort Meade. Diners can pick their own meat, vegetables and seasonings, and a chef will prepare the meal. Reservations recommended. Information: 301-677-6969.


The Colonial Players' production of "Cinderella Waltz" will be performed through Saturday, Jan. 21, 108 East St., Annapolis. The retelling of the fairy tale contains adult themes and language, and is not suitable for children. For showtimes and more information, go to

Murder mystery

Bowie Community Theatre presents "Murder by Misadventure," written by Edward Taylor, through Jan. 28 at the Bowie Playhouse, located in White Marsh Park, Route 3 South. Admission is $17, $12 for seniors, 62 and older and students. For show times, reservations and more information, call 301-805-0219 or go to

Capitol Steps

Tickets are on sale for a performance by the Capitol Steps, a musical-theater troupe from Washington, being held at St. John's College in Annapolis to raise money for student aid. Show includes a review of songs and spoofs that ridicule public figures across party lines. The performance, followed by a reception, will be held at 8 p.m. March 3 in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. Tickets are $55 in advance; $60 at the door ($35 tax deductible).

For tickets and more information, call 410-972-4505 or email

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:

Youth volunteer guide

The Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Guide is available for download free on the center's website, Printed copies can be ordered for $5 each. Mail checks to Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, Annapolis 21401, or pay at the center during business hours. Information: 410-897-9207.

Register your bike

The Annapolis Police Department is sponsoring a bicycle registration program. The owner's name, address, phone number and the bike's serial number, manufacturer and color are recorded in the department's database. Registration is available to any Annapolis resident. To schedule an appointment, contact Cpl. Craig Medley at 410-268-9000, ext. 7225, or Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they want to hold a community registration.

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 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 Arundel 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 for Historical and Genealogical Research, 5 Crain Highway S.E., operated jointly with the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays year-round. Information: 410-760-9679.