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Basic boot camp to be held in January

Children ages 6 to 12 who are wondering what military life is like can get a taste of it at the Navy Way Basic Boot Camp sponsored by the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center of the U.S. Naval Academy.

The camp will be held 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 24. Recruits will receive a sailor's cap, learn Navy terms, march, chant, follow orders and eat in a simulated mess area.

The cost is $35. Children receive a certificate of participation at graduation.

Gift certificates are available for those registering a child and wish to give it as a Christmas or Hanukkah gift.

Deadline for registration is Jan. 16.

Information: 410-293-8111 or e-mail

Food drive at area malls

Marley Station and Arundel Mills malls, owned by Simon Property Group, are collecting donations of nonperishable foods for the needy, in conjunction with Feeding America.

Customers can take nonperishable boxed and canned foods to Guest Services through Dec. 31. Receptacles will be available for donations. Food will be given to the Maryland Food Bank for distribution.

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Museum seeks donations

The Chesapeake Children's Museum is planning a major expansion project to provide more activities to families.

The museum is seeking donations of needed items, equipment and furnishings, cash and volunteer time equivalent to $115,000 to get matching state funding for the project. Individuals with talent in cabinetry, flooring, plumbing, and general handyman ability are needed to help with the work.

The renovation and expansion will provide a "story dock," kitchen for cooking classes, sewing classes, craft workshop area, and performing arts area.

Anyone wishing to help or offer their services can call the museum at 410-990-1993. The museum is at 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis.

Environmental programs

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville will offer a Winter Environmental Education Special, a series of discounted education programs, from January to March.

Students and adults of all ages are welcome to sign up for any or all five available programs:

* Fantastic Feathers: the life of raptors and hunt for birds of prey in the area.

* The Remarkable Oyster: the filtering ability of these mollusks and their effect on bay water quality.

* Where in the Wetland Am I?: Using GPS, students will navigate through the wetland to solve nature riddles and find hidden treasures.

* The Green Solution: Eco-friendly technologies and products for home and business.

* Skin and Bones: Learn about the animals of the Maryland watershed.

Programs can be taken to the workplace or school.

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is a 510-acre wetland preserve whose mission is to improve the health of the bay through restoration, conservation and education.

Information: 410-827-6694, ext. 205.

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