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Annapolis woman to compete in Miss Wheelchair Maryland pageant


One week from Sunday, a new Miss Wheelchair Maryland will be selected during a daylong competition in Bowie.

Anne Arundel County will be represented Oct. 8 by Lisa Marie Williams of Annapolis, a 23-year-old quadriplegic.

Lisa's disability resulted from a car accident two years ago. It has changed her angle on life, but not her attitude. Having served two years in the Air Force before her accident, she still subscribes to the service's motto, "Aim High."

She plans "to pursue the life she was intended to live before the accident," said Doris Olds-Eck, a coordinator of the Miss Wheelchair Maryland competition. Lisa has already started making her mark, having won three gold medals in this year's Wheelchair Games.

Tickets are on sale for the evening portion of the show, which begins at 5:30 p.m., and includes dinner, entertainment by the La Plata High School Show Troupe, featured speaker Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, and an appearance by Miss Wheelchair America.

Tickets are $20, and should be reserved and paid for by Friday. For more information on tickets or the Miss Wheelchair Maryland program, call Doris Olds-Eck at 721-0936.


The 15th Annual Annapolis Striders Metric Marathon takes off from Southern High School a week from Sunday, for a 16.3-mile race that will explore the hills and dales of southern Anne Arundel County.

Saturday is the postmark deadline for race entries, with an advance fee of $3 for Striders, $4 for nonmembers, or race day entry of $4 and $5, respectively.

The Metric Marathon is the eighth leg of the 1995 Striders Championship series.

Registration is from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Oct. 8, with the race starting at 8 a.m.

Awards will be given to the first two finishers in 10 men's age groups, six women's age groups, and men's and women's open division. Refreshments will be available for all runners, with water every 3 to 3.5 miles. Regular Striders' restrictions apply: No wheels, no headphones, no babyjoggers.

For further information on this race and other Striders activities, call the Striders Hotline at 268-1165.


The Annapolis Opera is whetting the public's appetite for its fall production, "The Elixir of Love," by holding a preview reception with its stars at the William Paca House and Gardens Sunday at 5 p.m.

The champagne gala is $35 per person.

Gaetano Donizetti's sparkling comic opera will be sung in English at two performances at Maryland Hall Nov. 10 and 12. The production is directed by Braxton Peters and conducted by Ronald J. Gretz.

The Annapolis Opera has two discounted tickets plans, including tickets to "The Elixir of Love"; the Eighth Annual Vocal Competition Finals on Feb. 4; and selections from "Faust," "Der Rosenkavalier" and "Rigoletto" on March 23. Individual tickets to each production also are available, as well as to the star-studded preview Sunday.

For details on tickets and membership in the Annapolis Opera, call 267-8135, or write to PO Box 24, Annapolis 21404.


I take my dog seriously. He's a big chocolate lab who's as much a part of our household as my husband or myself. I suspect, however, that to the true cognoscenti of functional dogs, he'd be a joke.

We therefore are not entering him in the seventh annual Working and Sporting Dog Exhibition sponsored by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7

The exhibition is designed to foster the traditional role of dogs and waterfowl in the Chesapeake area. Among the demonstrations scheduled are obedience, hunting and search and rescue.

Society Co-president Mavis Daly said lots of people bring their dogs to the show to join the fun, and ostensibly learn from good examples. Bring them dressed to the nines, if you want; there's even a pet costume contest.

The festivities are free and open to the public, with refreshments available.

A highlight of the afternoon will be the long-awaited annual drawing for the $10,000 raffle. At this writing there are still tickets available at $10 each. Proceeds of the fund-raiser beyond the prize money go toward the mortgage on the society's headquarters, the Captain Salem Avery House Museum.

The Working and Sporting Dog Exhibition is at the Cedarhurst Community Center in Shady Side.

Information: 867-4486.


The Anne Arundel County Public Library offers meeting rooms, in all branches except Maryland City, to nonprofit groups during normal library hours.

The various library branches will take reservations for meeting room use for 1996 beginning Oct. 2. The Annapolis branch hours that day will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Eastport/Annapolis Neck will be open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information call your local branch, or library headquarters at 222-7371.

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