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Program explores messages for slaves in songs, quilt symbols [Russett]

On March 17 at the Maryland City at Russett Library, please come out and join the Banneker-Douglass Museum's curator of education, Trenda Byrd, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Symbols and Messages, a workshop demonstrating the extraordinary communication methods developed and utilized by African-American communities without the use of the written word. Come discover the importance of griots, the art of storytelling and Adinkra cloth symbols as well as interpreting messages found in song lyrics sung by slaves and quilt symbols from the Underground Railroad. Adults and children ages 7 to13 are welcome. For more information, go to aacpl.net.

Congratulations to the three 11th-grade finalists for the 2016-2017 student member on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education: Jacob Baumgart, of Arundel High School, Carolyn Williams, of Glen Burnie High School and Molly Fitzpatrick, of Broadneck High School. The election of the student member on the Board of Education, or SMOB, is sponsored by rhe Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils. The student member will be appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan and will serve a one-year term during his or her senior year and receive a $6,000 college scholarship. Anne Arundel County's student member is the only one in the nation on a local board of education with full voting rights. A Candidates Night will take place on Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Annapolis at the Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road. Elections for the candidate will take place on Friday, April 15 at the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils General Assembly meeting and then forwarded to the governor. For more information, please go to aacpsnews.org.

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In this hustle and bustle world we live in, often times we don't take time out for ourselves to recoup and regenerate. If you're feeling stressed and looking for some relief, Anne Arundel County Public Library has the thing for you, Adults-Only Coloring. It's all the rage today and helps one to de-stress and relax as well as socialize with other adults. The following library locations are offering the coloring sessions; Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community, Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m.; Edgewater-Community at Mother's Night Out Coloring, Sunday, May 2 at 7 p.m., in honor of Mother's Day and with soft music, tea and cookies; Maryland City at Russett, Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m.; Severna Park, Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Additional information can be found at aacpl.net. Happy coloring!

Just a friendly reminder, spring break for Meade High School is Monday, March 21 to Monday, March 28.

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