Partners In Care celebrates its 20th anniversary with an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at 90 B Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie. Visitors can learn about family resources, watch a video about the organization, meet staff and members, and find out how to get involved in community programs. For more information, call 410-544-4800 or go to partnersincare.org.
The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society presents, "A Cautionary Tale: You Can't Always Believe What You Read," at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road. Refreshments and networking follow the program. Information: 410-760-9679 or aagensoc.org.
The Annapolis Chorale and music director J. Ernest Green present Gala 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://www.annapolis.gov/police.
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.
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 are now on sale. To purchase a full table, contact Rebecca Tingle at 410-267-7877, ext. 6; or by email at email@example.com; or call Ron Baradel at 410-268-6600. Information: 877-333-9667 or annapolisrotary.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "books" in the subject line. Information: operationpaperback.org.
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.
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 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.
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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.