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Deadline for writing, arts programs near

The deadline is Wednesday to register for the St. John's College Continuing Education & Fine Arts Program. Writing, painting, drawing and pottery courses are held on weekday evenings or weekend mornings on the Annapolis campus. Tuition is $175 for fine arts workshops; some also have a materials or a model fee.

Information: 410-626-2881 or

Web safety sessions at parenting center

The Parenting Center at Anne Arundel Community College has scheduled three Internet Safety Nights for county parents and educators.

Representatives from the Department of Defense and the FBI will talk about situations they have encountered while conducting investigations related to Internet crimes. They will offer information on social networking sites, Web resources and chat abbreviations. Tips for parents and school staff on ways to keep students safe while using the Internet also will be presented.

The meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts in Brooklyn Park; Oct. 11 at Central Middle School in Edgewater; and Oct. 25 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.

Information: 410-777-2159 or

College hires development chief

Anne Arundel Community College has hired Stacey Sickels Heckel of Severna Park as director of development and executive director of the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Inc. She began her duties July 10.

Heckel brings almost 20 years of fundraising and development experience to the job. She joins AACC after serving since 2004 as director of institutional advancement at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson. She also spent five years as director of advancement at Grace Episcopal Day School in Kensington and served as national campaign officer for the Washington National Cathedral.

Heckel graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1988 with bachelor's degrees in English and psychology. She is involved in the All Children's Chorus of Annapolis and the Junior League of Annapolis Inc., and she coaches for and skates with a national synchronized figure skating team, Ice Force One.

Free youth program seeks applicants

Anne Arundel Community College is seeking applicants for its "Step Up to Success" program.

The free initiative helps disadvantaged county youth obtain a GED, transition to college, learn viable job skills or pursue advanced job training.

The program is for county residents ages 15 to 21.

Applications are being accepted for the session that begins in September. A second session begins in January, and the application process for that session begins in October.

Information: Jules Johnson or George Carter, 401-799-9099, ext. 102 or, or

Phys-ed teacher earns recognition

Chesapeake High School's Walter "Skip" Lee has been named the 2006 Eastern District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education honored Lee at its national convention in Salt Lake City in spring for his teaching performance and ability to motivate young people to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Lee crisscrossed the country this summer as a national spokesman, advocating the importance of a quality school physical education program for every child in America. He will also be making presentations to his peers around the country this school year as part of the NASPE/Sportime Teacher of the Year Workshop Series.

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