The county library system has wrapped up its summer reading program and estimates that nearly 9,500 participants -- 1,500 more than last year -- enjoyed the games, activities and guest performers.
Several prizes were offered as reading incentives, and the grand prize -- tickets to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. -- was won by a 10-year-old girl at the South County branch in Deale.
Although the branch with the most participants was Edgewater, with 1,385, Severna Park finished a close second with 1,127 young readers.
The library estimates that during the six-week program, children read at least 100,000 books.
The library will be closed on Labor Day, Sept. 6.
Storytime for children ages 2 to 6 begins on Sept. 22 at the Severna Park branch. For details, call 222-6290.
The final environmental lecture of the summer series at Quiet Waters Park begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9.
Dr. Don Messersmith, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, will tell his audience how to identify more than 40 local birds, including the ruby-throated hummingbird.
Presented in the Blue Heron Center, the lecture series is sponsored by the SPCA, Sierra Club, Arundel Bird Club, Severn River Association and Friends of Quiet Waters Park.
If you like your leisure activities to have more action, show up at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 at Severna Park High School for the Dawson's Severna Park 5-Mile Run.
Sponsored by the Annapolis Striders, the course is mostly flat with gently rolling hills, the last leg following the B&A; Trail.
Register by mail before Sept. 3 or before the race at 6:30 a.m. Pre-entry is $4; $5 on race day. Information: Annapolis Striders Hot Line, 268-1165.
If running is not for you, how about swinging a club? The second annual Archbishop Spalding High School Memorial Golf Tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Bay Hills Golf Club.
The event will benefit the Lt. James H. Love Scholarship fund. The U.S. Navy pilot, a Spalding honor student and outstanding athlete who graduated in 1977, was killed during Operation Desert Storm.
Golf fees, which include dinner at 2:30 p.m. and awards, are: individual, $85; foursome, $340; corporate sponsorship (foursome and tee sign), $420; tee sponsorship, $100; dinner only, $35.
Deadline for entry is Sept. 7. Information: 969-0195.
Chesapeake Academy plans its second annual golf tournament on Sept. 21 at the Queenstown Harbour Golf Links in Queenstown.
This event begins with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. A $100 individual golf package includes: greens and cart fees, prizes, food and beverages on the course, and a barbecue dinner and awards ceremony.
Corporate sponsorship for four players is $450 and includes a tee sign; sponsorship without golf is $100; and dinner only is $40. Reservations are required by Sept. 20.
Call Greg Fudge at 647-8862 or Chesapeake Academy at 647-9612.
Anne Arundel Community College news: Artists are invited to submit entries for the all-media show, "The Contemporary Figure," in the Pascal Center for the Performing Arts. Jack Rasmussen, executive director of Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, is the show's juror. Artists can submit 35mm slides of up to six entries. The show will run from Nov. 16 to Dec. 15.
For an entry form and complete information, call art gallery Director Chris Mona at 541-2510.
* Because of the popularity of its free resume writing and job interview workshops this summer, the community college's Career Development Center is planning additional sessions this fall.