Real estate seminar offered

Long and Foster Realtors will hold a seminar, "A Career in Real Estate," at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Deale office, 5544 Muddy Creek Road in West River; at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Severna Park office, 568 Ritchie Highway; and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Crofton office, 2191 Defense Highway.


The events are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Information: 410-867-1000, 410-544-4000 or 800-735-5122.


Chef to mark restaurant opening

Certified executive chef Michael J. Wagner will hold a ribbon cutting with refreshments to mark the opening of his new restaurant, M.J. Wagner's Via Mia, at 4 p.m. Tuesday at 8 N. Crain Highway in Glen Burnie. A fundraising dinner for Hospice of the Chesapeake will follow at 5 p.m.

Information: 410-760-9333.

Business mixer set for Thursday

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly After Hours Mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bonefish Grill, 6711 Ritchie Highway.

The cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and $25 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-266-3960; directions, 410-553-0299.

Discussion to focus on higher education


The Maryland Higher Education Commission's education policy committee will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the commission's main conference room, 839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400, Annapolis.

Topics to be discussed include: first professional degree at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland; Hagerstown Business College as a degree-granting institution; final adoption of proposed amendments to regulations for out-of-state institutions: right of first refusal, state funding for mandated professional development schools; and retention and graduation rates at public and four-year campuses by SAT scores.

Commission Secretary Calvin W. Burnett, Assistant Secretary David Sumler and Education Policy Committee members will hold the meeting.


Local chamber sets member sessions

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly "Membership 101" session from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday and Jan. 26 at the chamber offices.


Sessions are free for members. RSVP by 2 p.m. the day before the session.

For information and reservations: 410-266-3960.

Breakfast to honor business women

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold a kick-off breakfast, "Business Women of the Corridor," to celebrate the third season of the Women in Business program.

The breakfast will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Courtyard by Marriott/Fort Meade, 2700 Hercules Road, Annapolis.

The cost is $20 in advance for members; $30 at the door.


Information: 301-725-4000; directions only, 301-498-8400.

Financial firm opens new office

Liberty Tax Service/Edsel M. Brown Jr. Advisors will celebrate the opening of its new Annapolis office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2303 Forest Drive, in the Festival at Riva shopping center.

Liberty Tax Service offers tax preparation services, while Edsel M. Brown Jr. Advisors offers financial services with investments and insurance.

Vendors sought for Laurel festival

The Laurel Main Street Festival is accepting applications from vendors, entertainers and marching bands to participate in the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12.


The festival is sponsored by the Laurel Board of Trade and attracts thousands of people.

Information: or 301-483-0838.