An activity that's close to my heart takes place this Saturday at St. Anne's Parish Hall in Annapolis: the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society contra dance evening.
It's close to my heart because my daughter and her fiance met on a contra dance weekend in Washington state, and the circumstances that brought them both to it form common themes in otherwise quite disparate lives.
Her contra dance friends whom I've met out West are wonderful folk, and I assume easily that the same holds true here.
Saturday's dance is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a period of dance tips for the uninitiated or rusty beforehand. Dick Bearman will be calling.
The Traditional Dance Society also is sponsoring a six-week series of Cajun and waltz workshops starting in March, and co-sponsoring a four-week swing workshop with a local ski club, also starting in March.
For more information on Saturday's contra dance session or the workshops, call John Wells at 268-0231.
There is also a monthly folk dance at St. John's College in the Great Hall of McDowell Hall on the first Saturday of each month, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The public is welcome.
Call 263-2371 for information.
Impending "Mother of the Bride-ness" led me to read with special interest the list of aerobic and exercise classes being offered by Anne Arundel Medical Center.
My mind does ping-pong vacillations between the kind of dress I want to wear and the style I should, with current curves. In order to fit the former by June, or at least find a halfway point, should I go for Fat Burner? Fat Burner II? Aerobics & Body Conditioning? Mommies in Motion? (32 years too late for that one, Lyn.)
Guidance is available through the medical center's Health Education Center on Jennifer Road. Most of the classes meet twice a week, with two time options.
For more information, call 224-5777. See you there?
While more is being discovered about symptoms and possible causes and treatments Alzheimer's disease, the magnitude of what we don't know also looms large.
On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., the Annapolis Senior Center will play host to a seminar entitled "Understanding Alzheimer's."
The speaker will be Shari Powell, a registered nurse who has been working for 12 years with Alzheimer's patients and is associated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Memory Assessment and Research Clinic of Cognitive Neurology.
The Wednesday lecture is open to all. It may be of particular interest to the care-giving families of people who are at risk for Alzheimer's.
For information, call 222-1818. The Annapolis Senior Center is at 701 Glenwood St. and is handicapped accessible.
"New Quilts from Old," a program presented by Georgina Fries of Bellwether Dry Goods in Lothian, is the focus of the Feb. 23 meeting of the Winter Luncheon Series at the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society.
Fries researched old quilts to create her own patterns, and finished her quilts using old fabrics. Her presentation will include a number of items made out of feed sacks, typical of the "make do" artistry of the Depression.
Soup, sandwich and dessert are included in the $6 admission to the luncheon, the last of the series. Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling 867-2866.
The lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road.
The U.S. Naval Academy offers Gilbert and Sullivan fans a treat this weekend and next with a production of "Iolanthe" by the Naval Academy Glee Club.
Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday both weekends, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, in Mahan Hall. Admission is $6, $8, or $10.
For ticket reservations or more information, call 268-6060, or 800-US-4NAVY.
Gardeners are poring over seed catalogs, and tennis players are keeping themselves in shape at the gym. Sailors, their spouses and significant others can keep their hands in this winter with a series of courses offered by the Office of Continuing Education of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
* In "Marlinspike Seamanship -- Knots and Splices," participants will learn how to tie a bowline three different ways, and master hitches, bends, and stopper knots. Included will be the eye splices, Turk's head, and the monkey's fist. The six-week course will be held at Annapolis High School on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning March 2.
* "Boat Maintenance and Repair" will focus on maintaining power or sail boats to reduce operating costs and increase value and enjoyment. The 10-week course is Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Annapolis High, beginning Feb. 28.
* "Boating Safety and Seamanship," offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, is a 14-session course that runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Annapolis High, beginning Feb. 28., and Tuesdays at South River High beginning March 1.
* "Coastal Piloting" is also being taught Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Annapolis High, beginning Feb. 28. Emphasis is on the chart coordination system and relative and absolute progress.
The course is taught by a licensed captain.
Registration for all four courses will be at the site on Feb. 22 and 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For information on course tuition and fees, call 222-5384.