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'Theodore Tugboat' of PBS is on visit...


'Theodore Tugboat' of PBS is on visit to Annapolis City Dock

Fresh from an appearance in Washington helping to launch North American Boating Safety Week, a popular public television character is taking up residence this weekend and next in Annapolis - and the public is invited to pay him a visit.

With a smiling face, wide eyes, a red baseball cap and a "toot," the visitor is a life-size version of Theodore Tugboat and is nicknamed "Theodore Too" - a vessel "committed to helping children and families be safe while having fun in and on the water," according to Cochrane Entertainment, the Halifax, N.C.-based producer of family programming.

Theodore Tugboat is seen as part of the Public Broadcasting System's Ready to Learn block of children's programming and in Canada on CBC Playground.

The oceangoing Theodore Too - measuring 65 feet from bow to stern and weighing 105 tons - will be docked at Susan B. Campbell Park at the Annapolis City Dock. Visitors are invited to board from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, and next Saturday and Sunday.

Millersville Landfill closed for Memorial Day

The Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility and the residential convenience drop-off centers in Glen Burnie and Sudley will be closed in observance of Memorial Day tomorrow, and reopen Tuesday, the county Department of Public Works has announced.

County haulers will not make curbside pickups of residential trash and recyclables on the holiday. The collections will take place on the next regularly scheduled day.

Waste Management Services provides curbside collection of trash, recyclables and yard waste for more than 130,000 Anne Arundel households and operates the Millersville facility that is the county's only municipal solid waste landfill.

Cleanup volunteers needed along the Patuxent River

The Anne Arundel branch of the Sierra Club and Eastern Mountain Sports of Annapolis are looking for volunteers willing to get a little wet and dirty - taking part in a National Trails Day Patuxent River cleanup project.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, the group will be cutting away overhanging brush, clearing small downed trees and picking up litter to improve the navigability for canoes and kayaks of a section of the river between Routes 3 and 214.

To join the effort, look for the Sierra Club banner at the Priest Bridge Shopping Center, south of Route 450 East and Route 3 North. Waders and work gloves are recommended, if available - as well as long pants and "shoes that you don't mind getting funky," the club said in its announcement.

Information: 410-263-6341.

Salvation Army is offering summer children's camps

The Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County is offering children's summer day camp and weeklong residential camp programs this summer.

The day camp, meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army center on Hilltop Lane in Annapolis, begins June 19 and runs for nine weeks through Aug. 18. Children ages 6 to 12 may be registered for one week, or the summer.

Weekly fee is $90 for one child, with a discount for additional family members, and Social Services Purchase of Care vouchers are accepted. Extended hours for early drop-off and late pickup are available for an additional fee.

Space is limited to 45 children each week, with enrollment on a first-come basis.

The overnight Camp Tomahawk program is planned for July 17 to 22 in Hedgesville, W.Va., at a cost of $25 per child that is subsidized by donations.

Registration deadline for the overnight camp is June 5.

Information: 410-263-4091.

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