Nonprofit groups take on so many problems, projects and causes. Locally, a number of these pivotal groups formed Coordinators of Volunteers of Anne Arundel County (COVAAC), which meets regularly to share information and ideas about common problems. The next meeting is set for 9 a.m., March 30, at the office of the Hospice of Anne Arundel Medical Center, 275 West St.
The speaker will be Sandra Porterfield, coordinator of volunteers for the hospice, who will talk about producing a newsletter: what to accomplish with one, what it should include and the basic mechanics of production.
Attendees are invited to bring copies of their own newsletters for critiques.
The meeting is free and open to any volunteer coordinator. Membership in the organization is $10 a year; members receive notice of meetings and events.
For further information, call Karen Henry at 222-1530.
"Others may have the Blossoms, but we've got the Pits!" So states the flier for the 13th annual Cherry Pit 10-Mile Race on April 4, sponsored by the Annapolis Striders.
Originally designed for runners whose entries were not accepted for the Washington Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, the race covers a secure and monitored loop of moderately hilly roads in South County. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at South River High School in Edgewater; registration by mail is possible through Monday. Advance registration is $2 for Annapolis Striders members, $3 for nonmembers.
Race day registration is $1 more for both.
Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, as well as to age division winners. For more information, call race director Arnie Henderson at (301) 263-0863, or the Annapolis Striders hot line at 268-1165.
The race is the second leg of the 1993 Championship Series.
An oyster roast for the Deale Volunteer Fire Department is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall. Information: 867-1025.
"It's amazing how many people in Annapolis don't know there's a stamp club," said Margaret Holly Beven, publicity coordinator for the Annapolis Stamp Club Show.
She hopes everyone who has a philatelic interest will attend the show, set for 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall on Chinquapin Round Road. The show is free and open to all.
Hourly door prizes will be awarded and a special stamp table for children will be set up. Whether you're an experienced collector or someone who hadn't really looked at a stamp until the Elvis issue, it's an event worth checking out.
Membership in the Annapolis Stamp Club is $6 a year.
The club meets on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month.
Information: Beven at 923-0229.
If you need more Irish after St. Patrick's Day, help is at hand. The 13th annual St. Patrick's Day Party, sponsored by the Commodore John Barry Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, canceled March 13 by the snow, has been rescheduled for Sunday.
McNamara's Band strikes up at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Riva Road and plays until 10 p.m. The $30 ticket covers the buffet dinner, dancing, entertainment and a chance at a Waterford crystal door prize.
An additional $2 raffle ticket offers a chance at a pair of round-trip airfares to Ireland.
For more information and reservations, call 263-3714.
Peter Rabbit gives Santa Claus a run for his money Saturday at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Bay Ridge Avenue. Children can have their pictures taken with Peter from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There's a small fee, which helps support the SPCA's many activities.
The penultimate 1992-93 concert of the Annapolis Chorale is set for Saturday at St. Anne's Church in Annapolis.
Under the direction of J. Ernest Green, the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra will perform works written specifically for chamber chorus.
Included are "Jesu Meine Freude," a Bach motet; Randall Thompson's "Alleluia;" the Reinberger "Organ Concerto in F," with strings and French horn; and Haydn's "Cello Concerto in D." Local cellist Susan Orban will perform the cello concerto, a major piece in the cello repertoire.
Tickets for the concert are $12, and may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling the chorale office at 263-1906.
Free parking is available at the government lot adjacent to Rowe Boulevard.
The final season concert is scheduled for May 1 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
Even though ice lingers under the trees and dismal remnants of drifts dot large parking lots, spring is here, and London Town Publik House and Gardens has opened its doors to spring visitors. The 10-acre park on the banks of the South River features self-guided walking tours, audio cassette tours and prearranged guided tours and interpretive tours of the house.
The park is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday tours can be arranged by advance reservation.