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Disabilities commission to meet in Annapolis

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Chesapeake Room on the second floor at 2664 Riva Road, Heritage Complex, Annapolis.

Individuals in need of special accommodations should contact the ADA office at 410-222-4383 voice/Maryland Relay 711, or e-mail

Hospital road closings

Anne Arundel Medical Center has announced road closings in conjunction with the construction of a new covered walkway across Medical Parkway linking the east and west campuses.

Medical Parkway between Pavilion Parkway and Jennifer Road will be closed these hours: 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Feb. 1; 7 p.m. Feb. 7 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9; 7 p.m. Feb. 13 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15; and 7 p.m. Feb. 20 to 7 p.m. Feb. 22.

The schedule is tentative and dependent on the weather.

Information: 443-481-4712.

50 years of sailing

Annapolis Sailing School will celebrate 50 years of service during 2009 as the nation's oldest commercial sailing school, President Tim Dowling announced.

The school was founded in 1959 by Jerry Wood to teach recreational boating.

The first of yearlong anniversary activities will be three winter classes, with a tuition of $50 each. Classes will be taught indoors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school's Back Creek facility off Edgewood Road.

These basic classes will appeal to both sailboat and powerboat owners.

Topics are:

* Basic Seamanship: Saturday. The class includes boat handling theory, how boats act and react, line handling, safety and communication.

* First Mate Skills: Feb. 7. The class offers tips on how to get the boat home safely if something happens to the captain, anchoring techniques, using VHF radio, towing and being towed, and chart reading.

* Piloting Basics: Feb. 21. This class includes navigating, charts, compass and dead reckoning skills, and the buoy system.

Information: 800-638-9192.

Eastport oyster roast

The Friends of the Annapolis Maritime Museum will hold the third annual Back Creek Bonfire and Oyster Roast from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the McNasby Oyster Company Building and the Cap'n Herbie Sadler Park behind the building at 723 Second St., Eastport.

Events include oral histories by Rita Z. Moonsammy, folklorist, and oyster shucking demonstrations at 11 a.m.; Foodways demonstrations at 1 p.m.; a concert of songs that shuckers sang in the oyster houses by the Whittington Family singers and the Mount Zion United Methodist Church Gospel Choir at 3 p.m.; and the bonfire and oyster roast from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The evening features raw and roasted oysters, a shucking contest and raffles.

Admission to all activities is free, but visitors should take a beverage for the roast.

Information: 410-295-0104.

Emergency aid grants

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County has approximately $27,000 in funding to offer to local nonprofit and faith-based organizations that provide emergency financial aid to families and individuals in need of basic necessities.

Grants are available in the amounts of $250 to $2,500.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds have been disbursed. Requests will be reviewed within five to 10 business days.

Organizations may reapply for subsequent grants once they have provided documentation of disbursement of previous funds.

To be eligible, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing services to Anne Arundel County residents and have a proven capacity to determine the need for urgent assistance.

For complete application requirements, visit and click "grants."

Information: 410-280-1102.

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