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Opera appreciation classes offered

M.A. Cashman will offer her series of opera appreciation classes for Annapolis Opera with a "Students' Choice" focusing on some of the early performances of great opera stars.

Classes are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Cashman's home as follows:

* Feb. 9: "Mad about Opera" is opera scenes from the 1930s to the 1950s featuring Tito Gobbi, Gino Bechi and Maria Caniglia in Norma.

* Feb. 16: "Celea's Adriana Lecouvreura" compares a 1975 performance with a 1991 version.

* Feb. 23: "Rossini's Semiramide" compares a 1980 performance with a 1990 show.

* March 2: "Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera" compares a 1975 performance with a 1991 version.

* March 9: "Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro" compares a 1973 production with a review of the 1996 version.

The cost is $50 for Annapolis Opera members and $100 for nonmembers for the series, or $25 for individual classes.

Information: 410-267-8135.

Black history events

Anne Arundel Community College will hold several events for Black History Month on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway.

* Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the dining hall: A coffeehouse will feature poet and activist Crystal Tennille Irby, who has performed at the Comedy Store and Pan-African Film Festival.

Her poetry is included in Right Side of the Wrong Bed and His Rib: Poems, Stories and Essays by Her. Free. 410-777-2218.

* Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Pascal Center: "The 'Other' African-American: Blacks in Peru," is a celebration of African heritage outside the USA featuring Afro-Peruvian singer Vicky Leyva and her band, a poetry performance and faculty presentations, and reception at 6 p.m. Free. 410-777-1955.

* Feb. 20 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Pascal Center: A "Performing Arts Celebration of Black History Month" features African dance, music and theater talent by the AACC Gospel Choir, students, faculty and community members. Tickets are $20 general admission; $12 for senior citizens, groups, AACC employees and non-AACC students; $5 for AACC students. 410-777-2457.

Alternative energy

Anne Arundel Community College will hold a series of free information sessions, discussions and product demonstrations on alternative and sustainable energy systems, energy inspections, green products and green career opportunities at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in Cade Center Room 207 on the Arnold campus.

The series is designed to support community interest in information on career opportunities in green fields, green product development and services. The college launched a 16-credit certificate program in Alternative and Sustainable Energy Systems last fall.

The first program Thursday is on the Maryland Home Performance program and Energy Star products and services. The MHP program, sponsored by the Maryland Energy Administration, trains and certifies contractors to perform energy audits and install whole-house energy improvements. Consumers and those interested in working in the home energy efficiency or renewable energy fields are encouraged to attend. Information:

Upcoming topics are:

* Feb. 19: "Solar Energy Solutions": ChesapeakeSolar of Jessup, an installer of solar photovoltaic panels and solar hot water panels, will explain how solar works, if your home is right for solar and state grants and federal tax credits to help pay for a system.

* Feb. 26: "Geothermal Home Heating and Cooling": Ground Loop Inc. of Darlington will discuss geothermal systems, how they can supplement or replace conventional water heaters, and geothermal energy tax credits.

Information: 410-777-2804 or 410-777-2264.

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