Battle of the Bands

Anne Arundel County's annual high school rock band contest will be from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Jan. 16 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Bands from local high schools will compete. Proceeds benefit school music programs. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased from the bands, at Brown-Eyed Girl or East of Maui in Annapolis, Music & Arts in Severna park or at Call 410-757-8610 for more information.

Guitar lessons

The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is offering group guitar lessons and music appreciation classes for the winter/spring semester. Beginning and intermediate lessons are available for teens and adults, as well as classical music appreciation classes for adults. All classes will be taught by Morgan Fiddler. The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is at 801 Chase St. in Annapolis.

To register or for more information, call 410-263-5544 or go to

Historic house tours

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society has opened the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in Linthicum for the season. Tours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Group tours are by appointment. The Kuethe Library for Historical and Genealogical Research, 5 Crain Highway S.E., operated jointly with the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays year-round. Call 410-760-9679.

Dance classes

Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers dance classes and workshops at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park. For registration, cost and times, call 410-636-6597 or go to

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