The Groundhog may have seen his shadow but spring is around the corner, and with that comes many volunteer opportunities and activities.
If you are a movie buff, have dreams of becoming a director or screenwriter and love all the excitement Hollywood has to offer, here's an opportunity for you. A large number of volunteers are needed for a variety of positions in this year's Annapolis Film Festival, being held Thursday evening, March 26 to Sunday, March 29. Opening night will be held at St. John's College Key Auditorium, at 60 College Road, in Annapolis. This is the third year for this exciting event, with more than 70 narrative and documentary film question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers. as well as other visiting industry guests, special panels and showcases and, of course, awesome parties. Loews Annapolis Hotel is festival central at 126 West St., in Annapolis; while O'Callaghan's Hotel, 174 West St., will be the main venue for panels and workshops. Festival screening venues include the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts; St. John's College Key Auditorium; Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St.; St. Anne's Parish Hall, 100 West St.; and Annapolis Elementary School, located at 180 Green St. For registration and volunteer information, go to annapolisfilmfestival.com. Any volunteer who works six hours will receive a special pass, which will allow him or her into any screening via the "stand-by" line and any volunteer who works 12 hours or more will not only receive a special pass but also one ticket to any two-hour block of programming, guaranteeing a spot in the most popular shows (excludes Opening Night Screening). For detailed information, e-mail email@example.com.
"Color Maryland Green," an annual contest, sponsored by the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources and the Environment, is calling on all young photographers, poets, artists and producers in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit original creations inspired by Maryland's outdoors. All artwork has to be original and showcase the beauty of Maryland's natural environment. Any genre of art or film may be used, such as oil paintings, pencil and charcoal sketches, photographs, computer design, crayon and marker drawings, poetry and video. Submissions must be postmarked by the close of business, Friday, March 13. For more details about the contest and how to enter, go to dnr.state.md.us/education/cmg_about.asp or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-260-8008. The top entries will be announced in April at an awards ceremony in Annapolis.
Last, but certainly not least, my good friend and Russett resident Bill Berned will be participating once again in the American Diabetes Association's fourth annual Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure on May 16. Bill will be joining riders from all over the United States in the fight to stop diabetes as well as raising funds for research, education and advocacy. This year's 100-mile route will go through Talbot County and beautiful, downtown Easton, Oxford and Trappe. Bill's goal is $1,000 and he has already received $961. If anyone is interested in helping Bill achieve or exceed his goal, please go to find Bill's personal page, click "donate" and follow the prompts. We all may have a family member or know someone who has diabetes, so let's all do our part no matter how big or small the donation. Every little bit makes a difference. Go Bill!