Program will spotlight careers in science for women

The American Association of University Women will present "Educating Young Women for a Career in Science" at 7:45 p.m. tomorrow.

The program will feature Dr. J. Vincent Wheatley Sr., a science and technology coordinator, and four of his female students from the Advanced Science and Technology program of Prince George's County.

The free event is open to the public and will be at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on 400 Benfield Road in Severna Park. Information: 410-757-7416.

Board to adopt budget Feb. 22; written testimony encouraged

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will adopt the school system's 2007 operating and capital budget at a special meeting at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at the school system's main office at 2644 Riva Road.

The board will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday for its regularly scheduled board meeting but will not consider the budget.

Public testimony will not be allowed at the Feb. 22 budget meeting, but written testimony is encouraged. Information: 410-222-5311.

Interim superintendent to speak on school initiatives

Anne Arundel County schools interim Superintendent Nancy M. Mann will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Crofton Council meeting on Tuesday.

Mann will discuss current school initiatives and answer questions from the community. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. at the Commons Community center at the Village of Waugh Chapel. Information: 410-923-1100, or

Peer Learning Partnership will hold open house Friday

An open house for the Peer Learning Partnership at the Arnold campus of Anne Arundel Community College will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Room 100 of the Center for Applied Learning and Technology on the Arnold campus.

There are no academic or age requirements for the Peer Learning courses, but there is a small fee. In addition to the classes, there also are interest groups and social events. The courses are discussion groups led by facilitators. Coming courses include Backyard Birds and Butterflies, and Evolution of the Modern Middle East.

The open house will offer course previews and course registration.

Information: 410-777-2325 or

Proceeds from spaghetti dinner will go toward Reading Garden

Shady Side Elementary School is holding a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the school to raise money for a Reading Garden.

The PTA is trying to raise money to create a reading garden where teachers can hold outdoor lessons and staff and students can have a peaceful place to spend time. The school also plans to start a horticulture group to allow students to garden. Preliminary drawings of the planned Reading Garden will be on display the night of the dinner.

The dinner will offer spaghetti, salad, bread and drinks for $6 a person, or $25 for a family of five for tickets purchased in advance. There also will be a bake sale. Carryout orders will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the school or at Renno's Market and Shady Side Market. For information or to purchase tickets: 410-867-1981.

Annapolis author's novel is honored by library group

Author Priscilla Cummings' novel Red Kayak has been selected by the American Library Association as a 2006 Best Book for Young Adults. Cummings is an Annapolis resident.

The novel, set on the Eastern Shore, "is the story of three teenage boys who become entangled in a tragedy that tests their friendship and their ideas about right and wrong," Cummings said.

Red Kayak, Cummings' fifth novel, has received several other awards and is on several state reading lists, according to Cummings.

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