Hospice is a godsend for anyone caring for a terminally ill loved one. This is especially true when the organization is Hospice of the Chesapeake, an agency dedicated to inexpensive, high-quality care for its clients.
Hospice of the Chesapeake volunteers and supporters gathered Saturday morning in Linthicum to celebrate the groundbreaking of Chesapeake Hospice House. The old Friendship Area Health Association building was given to the hospice this year and will be turned into a residence for terminally ill patients by the end of December.
County Executive John Gary, an ardent hospice supporter, Erwin Abrams, president of the Millersville hospice, and dozens of community and business leaders applauded as Bob DeStefano, the project's chairman, took a swing at the old building in a symbolic gesture of demolition.
The home will provide care for people with any type of terminal illness who want hospice care and can't remain in their homes.
Donations of services, equipment, supplies or money to help renovate and furnish the residence are needed.
The group will be holding a fund-raiser Saturday. Hospice Cup, now in its 14th year, is the nation's largest charity regatta. It will take place off the shores of Annapolis. The event has raised more than $2 million for care of the terminally ill. This year it benefits seven hospice programs in Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland.
One example of outstanding generosity is the $10,000 gift from regatta sponsors Halle Rice and Virginia Rice of Pasadena, whose donation is earmarked for Hospice of the Chesapeake.
For information about Hospice House or any other services, call 987-2003.
Anne Arundel Community Concert Association kicks off its season with a performance by American mezzo soprano Brenda Boozer at 8 p.m. Sept. 24, at Severna Park High School.
Ms. Boozer is known as one of the most versatile singing actresses on the operatic stage. Her program brings together opera, Broadway and Tin Pan Alley. She has appeared on "The Tonight Show," the David Letterman show and "ABC's Wide World of Entertainment."
Admission is by subscription only. Call 647-6873 or 647-7851.
Hundreds of pilots in the county began their flying careers with a continuing education ground course at Anne Arundel Community College.
But Private Pilot Ground School, 12 sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, now offers flight instruction, too. The classes begin Sept. 25.
Developed by instructor Michael McIntyre, the optional flight instruction is in cooperation with local flight schools.
For information, call (410) 541-2325.
* Crafters and artisans busy filling their workrooms with new products will want to rent a table at the popular Holiday Crafts Fair.
Sponsored by the college's Student Association and Health Services, the fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, in the cafeteria. Table rental is $20.
For information, call Gladys Siekierka at (410) 541-2480.
* Representatives from more than 45 colleges and universities will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4, as part of Transfer Day. The event is for students who plan to transfer this spring or next fall.
A complete list of colleges is available from the Academic Advising Office and the Career Planning and Placement Office. Call (410) 541-2307.