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Daffodil Days kickoff Tuesday

The Baltimore Sun

The American Cancer Society will hold its Daffodil Days community kickoff from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

For the past 30 years, Daffodil Days has helped raise money to support the fight against cancer. The campaign, which extends until early March, offers daffodils and stuffed bears to donors in appreciation of their contributions.

Daffodil Days is coming to Anne Arundel County from March 10 to March 16, with deliveries being made later that month. The goal for 2008 is to raise more than $100,000.

"Through donations made for Daffodil Days, the Society will help more than 4,300 cancer patients and their families in Maryland by providing programs and resources at no cost to help them through their journey," said Gloria Jetter, regional executive director for the American Cancer Society.

Donors can make a monetary donation, or Gift of Hope, that will provide flower bouquets to Anne Arundel County residents currently suffering from cancer. A pot of bulbs or a bunch of daffodils are available for a $10 donation, while a $25 donor will receive a bunch of daffodils and a Bea R Hope collector's stuffed bear.

To attend the kickoff in the Sajak Pavilion's rooms Rooms 250 A&B; or to volunteer, call Laura Widup at the American Cancer Society at 410-721-4304.

Registration for winter classes

The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department is accepting registration for a variety of winter programs for all ages.

Residents can register on-line at www.annapolis.gov/recreation or call 410-263-7958.

Bike Maintenance 101: Learn how to tune up your bike for spring. Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $40, residents; $45 nonresidents.

Dance, Dance, Dance: Learn the tango, samba and more. No dance partner required. Wednesday, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. $65, residents; $72, nonresidents.

Healthy Family Fair: Bring the kids and learn what it takes to be healthy. Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. No registration required. Free.

Pilates: Adult mat workout focusing on core muscles. Wednesday, 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. $60 residents; $66, nonresidents.

Yoga -- Move, Stretch and Groove: A beginner movement class focusing on stretching and relaxation techniques. Jan. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. $65, residents; $72, nonresidents.

Meet the People in Your Neighborhood: Preschoolers will visit the fire station, post office and other places in our community. Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $25, residents; $28, nonresidents.

Soccer -- First Kicks: Preschools can learn the basics of soccer. Jan. 26, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. $55, residents; $60 nonresidents.

Ballet Classic Technique: Girls will learn ballet positions, grace and style. Tomorrow, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. $65, residents; $72, nonresidents

List of confiscated items is released

Knives and brass knuckles were among the items confiscated by the Sheriff's Office as part of its security effort at the Anne Arundel County Courthouse, according to the office's latest audit.

The list of items seized from visitors from October through December featured: 200 knives, 73 cameras, 26 pairs of scissors, 19 canisters of pepper spray, two sets of handcuff keys, a pair of brass knuckles and other banned items, such as corkscrews and wire cutters.

Deputies at the courthouse saw these items as it sent visitors through an X-ray machine.

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