County Digest

Arts center gala

The Chesapeake Arts Center's annual gala will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport, 7032 Elm Road. This year's theme, "Believe in Magic," is in honor of Harry Houdini's birthday. Music will be provided by the acoustic duo Rick and Regina. In addition, magician Spencer Horsman will perform a show to honor Houdini. Evening includes hors d' oeuvres, an open bar, dinner, dancing and a silent auction.


Tickets are $110 ($40 tax-deductible) or $1,000 for a table of 10 and can be purchased by calling 410-636-6597.

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 both public and private sectors, and advance understanding and effective communication among people of different backgrounds and cultures.

Applicants must be at least 18, a county resident, and able to attend evening meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. Legal experience is preferred but not required. Interested people should send a resume and letter of intent to: Johnelka Stafford, 44 Calvert St., Room 330, Annapolis 2140.

Information: 410-222-1234.

Mentoring awards

Nominations are being accepted for the seventh annual Mentoring Awards, which recognize people who are striving to make a difference in the lives of young people. Nominations should be submitted for the following categories:



•Volunteer of the year.




•Mentor of the year.




Nominations should be submitted by close of business on Wednesday, Feb. 29, to the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, 21401. Forms can be downloaded from volunteerannearundel.org.

The awards ceremony will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 15 at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.

Information: 410-897-9207.

Grants available

The Rotary Club of Annapolis is accepting grant applications until March 15 to distribute proceeds of more than $70,000 from its annual crab feast held in August.

Grant money must help the Annapolis community in some demonstrable way, such as funding specific projects and not operating expenses, result in the improvement of quality of life for the community, and touch as many people as possible.

Applicants may apply online at annapolisritary.org/application. Grant requests will be evaluated, and recipients will be notified and receive the grant funds in April and May.

Information: 410-295-3201 or go to the website.

Archive interns

The Maryland State Archives is accepting applications for its summer student intern program. Internships are open to high school and undergraduate- or graduate-level college students attending Maryland schools or Maryland residents attending out-of-state schools. These are paid internships that include experience and training in archival records management, digital imaging and historical research methods. The 10-week program runs June 6-Aug. 14.

Qualifications include academic excellence, preferably with an interest in history, archival science, library science, computer science, American studies, African-American studies, museum studies or related fields. For information and application details go to msa.md.gov/msa/educ/html/interns.html.

Applications must be postmarked on or before April 2, and applicants will be notified of decisions by April 30. In addition to the paid summer program, student internships are available for academic or community service credit throughout the year.

Camps for disabled

The Commission on Disability Issues encourages parents of youth ages 5 to 21 with disabilities to attend a Summer Camp Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road. Staff members from the Bureau of Recreation and Parks will be available to discuss opportunities in the department's Adaptive Day Camps and Summer Fun Centers. The fair will also showcase the department's other summer programs.

Early camp registration will be available for those attending the fair; $75 will hold a registration with a check or money order made payable to Anne Arundel County. Online and mail-in registration will be available Feb. 15.

Youth volunteer options are available for those entering seventh through ninth grades. The Volunteer Summer Serve Program will provide middle school students with the opportunity to be peer mentors to youths with disabilities at the Adaptive Day Camps. Applications are due by May 4. Information: Wendy Scarborough, 410-222-7313.

Light House fundraiser

Heritage Baptist Church will host its sixth annual SOUPer Bowl Lunch for the Annapolis Light House Shelter from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at 1740 Forest Drive in Annapolis. Guest servers include House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch and Annapolis city council members Fred Paone, Shelia Finlayson and Classie Hoyle. Soups will be prepared by chef Zachary Pope of Roundz Gourmet Market & Catering. All money collected will be given to the shelter. Information: 410-263-6680 or go to heritagebaptistonline.com.

Restaurant week

The annual Annapolis Restaurant Week takes place Feb. 20-26. Forty-one restaurants will offer two-course, fixed-priced lunches for $15.95 and three-course, fixed-price dinners for $32.95. For the first time, fixed-price breakfast for $12.95 will be offered at Metropolitan Kitchen and Miss Shirley's Cafe. Menus and contact information for participating restaurants can be found at annapolisrestaurantweek.com. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Call for artists

Artists of all ages who have disabilities and are county residents are invited to submit artwork to the 2012 Artists With Disabilities Art Exhibit. The showing will feature more than 20 works. An opening-night reception will be held April 19 at the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St. in Annapolis. Selected artwork will be on display through June 15.

Entry procedures and application forms are available at the Disability Commission's website at aacounty.org/aging/disabledadults/commdis.cfm. Up to three works may be entered. Submission deadline is Feb. 20, and decisions will be announced by March 9. For more information, e-mail 2012artistswithdisabilities@gmail.com.

Oyster roast

The second-annual Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning will take place from noon to 4 p.m. March 24 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St. General admission is $25; $5 per child 13-18; free for children 12 and younger; VIP admission is $40 per adult and includes a commemorative T-shirt and special oyster dish tastings from competing area restaurants. Information: amaritime.org.

Rotary Club gala

Tickets are on sale for the Rotary Club of Annapolis' annual Black Tie and Diamonds event 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 http://www.annapolistickets.com. Proceeds benefit the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation.


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. The show includes a revue of songs and spoofs that make fun of 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). Tickets and information: 410-972-4505 or go to stjohnscollege.edu/events.

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 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.

Youth volunteer guide

The Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Guide is available for download free on the center's website, volunteerannearundel.org. 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 cemedley@annapolis.gov. 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 http://www.annapolis.gov/police.

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.