WE WERE WITH my daughter last week in the high desert country of eastern Washington state, where usually they have some snow during the winter, but nothing like this year. Her comment late one night as she left work and found yet more of it was, "I'M NOT IN THE MOOD."
Her sentiments are echoed by just about everyone I know across the country. Here near the Chesapeake, however, we know that spring is just around the corner.
February is the downhill slope of winter, with the occasional lovely day, buds already nearly fit to burst on the trees at City Dock and crocuses peeking up in spite of themselves.
February also is Black History Month. Many events and exhibitions are scheduled in the Annapolis area. One is "Black in Annapolis: The Photography of Thomas Baden," on display throughout the month at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck branch library.
"Tommy B." started taking photographs for fun in 1939. Over the years, as he experimented with different techniques and subjects, he was in great demand for church events, weddings, funerals and social gatherings.
His eye for detail made him an extraordinary documentarian, as these black-and-white images from 1940 to 1960 attest. The exhibition of his work is on view during regular library hours.
Tales, proverbs, song
The Eastport-Annapolis Neck library also has scheduled Stanley "Bunjo" Butler at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. The storyteller/librarian/writer is a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers. His tales include variations and improvisations on African and African-American stories, proverbs and songs.
Other appearances by Bunjo Butler, also known as the "West Baltimore African Talking Drum," are scheduled at the Annapolis-area library on West Street at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and at other branches between Feb. 15 and 24.
For a detailed schedule, call library headquarters at 222-7371.
The programs are free, and everyone 6 and older is welcome.
Arthritis affects one in seven Marylanders, with symptoms ranging from inconvenient aches in fingers or knees to agonizing pain in crippled joints. Understanding arthritis is a key step to controlling its long-term effects.
Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Arthritis Foundation are offering a lecture series, beginning Wednesday, that is designed to provide that understanding.
This week the subject is "Defining Arthritis and Treating It," an overview of the forms of the disease and the range of treatment options. The program runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Hands, elbows, shoulders, hips, back and knees are the focus of a session March 26, with a discussion of the mechanics of each of these joints, the causes of arthritis, preventive measures and new treatments. The final program, April 18, will provide guidance on lifestyle, diet and exercise to prevent or minimize effects of the disease.
The lecture series, at the Community Health Pavilion at AAMC's Medical Park Campus on Jennifer Road, is free and open to the public, but registration is necessary.
Information or registration: 573-5490.
The trumpet is a common brass instrument, as are the French horn, trombone and tuba. But a garden hose? Don't disbelieve it just because you haven't seen it.
The Classic Brass Quintet will challenge your mind and your funny bone at 8 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church at Duke of Gloucester and Conduit streets, with an exploration of what brass music is and can be from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Based in Washington, Classic Brass members have played together for 20 years, entertaining in schools and concert halls. Their concert is fun for the family and a superb musical experience to boot.
The concert is free and open to the public, although the audience is requested to bring nonperishable food or hygiene items to be donated to the Annapolis Light House Shelter.
Parking is available at the Hillman garage, just past the church. The sanctuary, where the concert will be held, is wheelchair-accessible by elevator from the parking lot on Conduit Street. Information: 267-9705.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Anne Arundel County has scheduled a volunteer orientation at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the SPCA grounds on Bay Ridge Avenue. The session is open to those 20 and older.
The organization is coordinating "Prevent-a-Litter Month" in February, an effort to reduce the population of dogs and cats. Information: 268-2659.