In Baltimore County
State board OKs purchase of farms' development rights
ANNAPOLIS -- The state Board of Public Works approved last week buying the development rights to 445 acres of Baltimore County farmland, which officials say will help protect the water quality of streams that feed the Prettyboy and Loch Raven reservoirs.
The Rural Legacy Program will pay about $1.8 million for a guarantee from owners of the two tracts that they will not develop the land. The purchase eliminated the possibility of 14 additional homes on one tract and four homes on the other. More than 5,200 feet of streams flow through the properties, said John E. Surrick, spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources
The acquisitions add to a block of more than 7,000 acres in the Piney Run area that have been protected from development.
Historical group offers grants to aid preservation
TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Historical Trust Inc. is offering grants to assist local preservation efforts.
Grants range from $100 to $1,000, averaging $500. Grants are given to people, associations and organizations to stabilize or rehabilitate the exterior of historic properties; promote the interests of historic preservation; or research the history of a structure, site, property or district.
Deadline for applications is July 14. Grants will be awarded in mid-October. Information or to receive an application package: 410- 832-1812, or write to Baltimore County Historical Trust, P.O. Box 10067, Towson, MD 21285-0067.
County offers grants aimed at cutting tobacco use
TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Department of Health Bureau of Disease Control is offering grants up to $5,700 to fund community-based activities aimed at preventing and ending tobacco use.
A total of $25,000 is available for community groups, and $40,000 is available to the seven colleges and universities in the county. Priority will be given to grass-roots prevention programs that target racial and ethnic minorities, adolescents, college students and pregnant women.
Deadline to apply is Wednesday. Applications: 410-887-2717.
In Baltimore City
UM nursing school to hold benefit for family center
The University of Maryland School of Nursing will hold a benefit for the Southwestern Family Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 14 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The benefit will include cocktails, a buffet dinner, jazz music and a silent auction. Tony Siragusa of the Baltimore Ravens will attend.
Tickets cost $50 and can be bought in advance or at the door. Information: 410-233-2995.
Churches, communities sponsoring Spring Fling
Community leaders in Park Heights Avenue and the Reisterstown Road corridor will hold their second Spring Fling on June 9 at Classen Park in the 4200 block of Park Heights Ave.
The festival will last from noon to 6 p.m. and will include gospel music, marching bands, face-painting and refreshments. It is being sponsored by Cornerstone Church of Christ, Church of the Holy Nativity, and the Park Heights Avenue and Reisterstown Road communities.
Gourmet buffet to benefit area's Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland will hold its annual Culinary Extravaganza on May 24 at Harbor Court Hotel to raise funds to provide home-delivered meals to Baltimore's elderly.
Sixteen chefs will prepare a gourmet buffet. Live and silent auctions are planned. Information and tickets: 410-558-0932, Ext. 3027.
Museum of Industry seeks female wartime workers
Baltimore Museum of Industry is searching for women who worked during the 1940s to participate in a "Rosie the Riveter Reunion" at 2 p.m. May 19 at the museum in the 1400 block of Key Highway.
Events will include a speaker from the American Rosie the Riveter Association and a performance of "Rosie," the museum's musical salute to women who worked on the home front during World War II. Baltimore entertainer Ellis Woodward will be host.
Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students Information: 410-727-4808, Ext. 112.