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County schools closed for MLK Jr. Day

Anne Arundel County public schools and central offices will be closed tomorrow for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

High school semester exams will be held Wednesday to Friday and Jan. 26. Schools will close two hours early on those days for all students for teacher workdays. There will be no afternoon kindergarten or ECI on those days. Information: 410-222-5000.

Board meeting

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the administration building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis. Information: 410-222-5000.

Media center donations

Anne Arundel County public schools is asking the public to help boost collections at elementary school media centers by purchasing a book or books from approved lists.

Three lists are available - Chessie Books, Black-Eyed Susan Books and American Library Association recommended books - for residents to choose from.

Books can be dropped off during regular school hours in the lobby or front office of any elementary school in the county through Tuesday.

The book lists can be found on the AACPS Web site, Information: 410-222-5312.

Karate event

Warriors of Grace Karate in Millersville will host a visit from Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura, head of IOGKF-North America, who will teach a series of seminars on various aspects of Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate.

Nakamura, a sixth-degree black belt and World Champion in kata (pre-arranged solo movements) competition, is responsible for ensuring that IOGKF (International Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do Federation) schools offer consistent quality instruction.

Events, which started Friday, will conclude today with instruction in kumite (free sparring) from 9 a.m. to noon.

The studio is at 8227 Cloverleaf Drive, Suite 309. Information: 410-729-5111.

Dyslexia program

The Summit School will present a program, "What's This Thing Called Dyslexia?" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at a private home in Elkridge.

Dr. Jane R. Snider, founder and executive director of the Summit School, will discuss the symptoms of dyslexia; the causes of dyslexia; what dyslexia looks like in a 3-6 year-old and 7-11 year-old; patterns of dyslexia in school; and what to do in the educational program to help the child.

Snider has degrees in human development and special education focusing on children with specific learning disabilities.

The presentation is free to the public, but space is limited and reservations are required by Tuesday at 410-798-0005, ext. 158 or cindy.edson@thesummit Directions will be given when reservations are made.

Montessori open house

The Montessori International Children's House will hold an open house for prospective students and their parents from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at 1641 Winchester Road, Annapolis.

Parents can learn about the Montessori philosophy of teaching and learning, tour the school, browse materials, and meet with administrators, teachers and current parents.

The MICH is an independent school for toddlers through sixth grade, accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale. Information: 410-757-7789.

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