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Emotional challenges of gifted focus of talk

The emotional challenges of being gifted will be discussed at the next meeting of the Gifted and Talented Association of Anne Arundel County from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 11 at Anne Arundel Community College.

The guest speaker will be Andrew Mahoney, director of a counseling center for gifted and talented students in Herndon, Va.

The meeting will be in Room 110 of the Dragun Science Building on the Arnold campus. Admission is free for members, $5 for nonmembers. Membership is $20 a school year. Information: Debra Curro, 410-956-3577, or Lynne Tucker, 410-974-0516.

Depression awareness program set for Wednesday

Larry Boehm, a Baltimore area resident who lost his daughter to suicide two years ago, will discuss depression awareness in a program at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Severna Park High School.

The educational program also will include a discussion led by Dr. Karen Swartz, a psychiatrist with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, on the signs and symptoms of affective disorders in adolescents.

The program is being presented by DRADA -- the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association. Information: Dobie Rath, 410-544-0900 or 410- 222-3850.

Registration to open for kindergarten, pre-k

Countywide kindergarten registration for the next school year will be held in all Anne Arundel elementary schools this week, and applications for prekindergarten will be accepted in the 19 elementaries offering the state grant-funded program beginning tomorrow.

To register a child for either program, parents should bring a certified copy of the birth certificate, a copy of the child's immunization record and proof of residency -- such as a rental agreement or telephone bill.

Parents should call the local school to get specific registration times and dates. Children who live in Maryland and are 5 years old by Dec. 31 are required to attend public school unless they are enrolled in a private school or alternative program.

Community college to offer Civil War history classes

A glimpse of life in Anne Arundel County during the Revolutionary and Civil War eras will be featured in three noncredit courses offered by Anne Arundel Community College.

"The 18th Century Garden" will meet from 6: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 23 to 27, at London Town Publik House in Edgewater. Participants will visit the gardens at London Town.

The class is $45, plus admission fees for the garden visits.

The final campaign and the fall of the Confederate capital will be explored through a lecture and a daylong tour of battle sites in "Civil War: Final Campaign, Richmond to Petersburg, June 1864 to April 1865."

The course will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays this weekand next week at AACC, and travel from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 15 for a tour including Cold Harbor, New Market Heights, Fort Harrison and Petersburg, Va.

Cost of the course is $130.

The third course, "Anne Arundel Citizens in the Civil War," meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 18 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20.

Cost of the course is $95.

Information: 410-541-2325.

Law library to sponsor legal heritage poster contest

April 14 is the submission deadline for a Law Day 2000 poster contest for Maryland middle and high school students, sponsored by the Maryland State Law Library and Maryland Center for the Study of History and Civic Education.

Law Day is observed May 1 each year to celebrate the freedoms and legal heritage of the United States. This year's theme is "Democracy and Diversity." Entries are to illustrate the multicultural and multiracial society and how it has contributed to the nation's government and legal system.

Each category -- middle and high school -- will have prizes for first, second and third place, to be presented by Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals at a reception May 4 in the lobby of the Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building in Annapolis.

Information: Students may contact their social studies or art teachers or the law library, 888-216-8156 or 410-260-1430.

Host families sought for exchange program

The nonprofit World Heritage organization is seeking host families across the nation for high school students from Germany, Spain, France, Thailand, Japan and the former Soviet Union for the next school year.

The exchange students speak English and are eager to learn about the United States by living as part of a family and attending high school. They arrive from their home countries shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year.

Each World Heritage student is insured, brings spending money and expects to bear his share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in family activities.

Information: GuyYork, 410-242-2151 or 800-785-9040, or

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