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Funds for park, recreation projects approved

The Maryland Board of Public Works last week approved $5.76 million in Program Open Space funding for eight park and recreation projects in Anne Arundel County.

Total funding of $5,768,954 was awarded for these projects:

* $692,000 for stadium renovations at Chesapeake High School.

* $470,000 to acquire 4.5 acres of land surrounded by the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, and $1,827,000 to buy 140 acres of land adjacent to the sanctuary.

* $1,264,000 to purchase 66 acres of forested riparian land near the headwaters of the South River.

* $436,000 to improve facilities at Fort Smallwood -- Weinberg Park in Pasadena.

* $863,000 to acquire 67.4 acres to expand the Bacon Ridge Branch-South River Greenway in Crownsville.

* $66,954 to restore trails at Truxton Park in Annapolis.

* $150,000 to improve recreational amenities at Harmons Park on Teague Road.

Arts permit OK'd

The Anne Arundel County Council approved a bill Tuesday allowing Brooklyn Park to apply to the Maryland State Arts Council for a designation as an arts and entertainment district.

The designation would allow income tax deductions and other incentives for qualifying artists living and working in the district, as well as qualifying entertainment enterprises.

The City of Annapolis already includes a designated arts and entertainment district.

Tyeesha Dixon

Annapolis Idol 2009

The Annapolis Idol 2009 competition, a fundraiser for the Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center, will be held at 5 p.m. March 1 at Renditions in Davidsonville.

Performing for the title will be: Brittany Biondi, Ashley Bland, Tom Bowman, John Cacace, Christina Dorsett, Paul Michael (PM) Nathan, Dana Smith and Jeffrey Williams, all from Annapolis; Ashley Frost from Dunkirk; Shammara Laster from Baltimore; Lisa "Trixie" Logan and Ashley Rocci from Edgewater; and Melissa Zaetz from Glen Burnie.

The winner will receive a professionally produced music video.

Tickets are $65 ($75 at the door) and include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, beer and wine, and the opportunity to vote for your favorite contestant.

Information: 410-266-9033.

Family activities

The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department offers activities for children and families at the rec center, 9 St. Mary's St.

Classes include: "On the Go" open gym program for 1- to 3-year-olds, $30 for six weeks starting March 3; "Color My World" for 2- to -4-year-olds, $35 for six weeks starting March 5; "Dance, Dance, Dance" at 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting March 11, $72 for eight weeks; "Therapeutic Yoga," 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting March 17, or noon Mondays starting March 30, $69 for eight weeks; Spanish for all ages starting March 18, call for details; golf starting March 24; fly fishing starting March 25.

A Backyard Composting workshop will be held at 9 a.m. March 7.

Cost is $15 and includes a compost bin.

Summer camp registration begins March 18. Day camps, kids' camps and an Xtreme Teen Camp are available.

For details on programs and registration, visit www.annapolis.gov/recreation, or call 410-263-7958.

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