IN TODAY'S WORLD, it's hard to avoid a substantial dose of alphabet soup in the work world. Having spent a number of years in broadcasting, my memories include PBS, NPR, ABC, and many other nonword appellations.
The fun in naming an organization comes when you can create a title that makes a descriptive, or at least a seductive, acronym.
A case in point is CHAOS -- the Chesapeake Hiking And Outdoor Society -- a nascent outdoor group for men and women in their early to middle-adult years who want to get out and move, whether it's rock climbing or kayaking or hiking or who knows what-all else.
Dave Ropiski, the initiating force, says that so far he's heard from a number of people who are about 30 years old and represent a wide variety of occupations, from stockbroker to carpenter. There's a pretty good male-female split, with a balance of married and single participants.
"It's not a singles group, but we see it as a real chance to meet people with similar noncompetitive athletic interests," Ropiski said.
CHAOS is having its organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For more details, call Ropiski, 626-0187, after 5 p.m.
Speaking of acronyms, CRAB -- Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating -- of Annapolis is having a fund-raising raffle with a real local flavor.
The group has been given a hand-made wall hanging, with six large crabs and inner borders of fish and sailboats, by the Crafty Clovers 4-H Club of Upper Marlboro.
The quilted wall hanging will be on display at the United States Sailboat Show Thursday through next Monday. It also is being shown at T's, Sweats, Monograms, Plus, at 118 Main St., Annapolis, courtesy of Larry Bradley.
The quilt was pieced by 16 4-H club members. It won first place at the Prince George's County Fair and second place at the Maryland State Fair this year.
Raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. To order tickets ($5 minimum) call 267-6270, or mail a check to CRAB, c/o Guinand, 1170 Mainsail Drive, Annapolis 21403. Your ticket stubs will be forwarded by return mail.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, easily accessible from any downtown office, is offering Enjoy Art for Lunch.
The brown-bag lunch series begins Thursday.
The informal lunches are part of a new program featuring events outside the traditional fare offered by Maryland Hall.
On Thursday, Annapolis 20th-century impressionists John Ebersberger, Tom Fridrich and Margaret McWethey will discuss their art.
Maryland Hall is at 801 Chase St.
For more information on times and topics, call 263-5544.
I spent my childhood within 30 miles of the Statue of Liberty, but didn't go visit until 36 years later.
I've also spent three years in Annapolis without exploring some of the treasures of the town, including the Hammond-Harwood House, at 19 Maryland Ave.
The restored mansion houses one of the finest collections of early Maryland decorative arts in the state.
Recognizing that there are lots of folks like me, the Hammond-Harwood House is making it easy to visit Saturday. In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month, admission will be free.
Tours are hourly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on the Hammond-Harwood House, call 263-4683. For information on other Annapolis attractions, call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 280-0445.
The United States Sailboat Show, the world's largest in-water boat show, opens Thursday at City Dock.
It's great fun to explore, even if you don't really care about boats.
Tickets are $25 Thursday (VIP Day), and $11 Friday through Oct. 9.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Monday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The United States Powerboat Show opens at the same spot on Oct. 12, and runs through Oct. 15.