Anne Arundel County digest

Fishing tournament

The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association hosts its annual rockfish tournament, "Championship on the Chesapeake," Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. The tournament attracts thousands of anglers each year, all hoping to win prizes including a $100,000 check. Along with the overall awards, the tournament includes daily, weigh-station, catch-and-release and children's prizes. Information: 410-255-5535 or mssa.net.

Charity golf

The Rotary Club of Annapolis, Annapolis Lions Club, Annapolis Optimists Club and Annapolis Masonic Lodge No. 89 are hosting the 2nd annual "Golfing for Charity" event on May 17 at the Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., with announcements at 8:15 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The $100 per person fee includes golf, cart, continental breakfast, unlimited beverages and snacks on the course, lunch, and an additional free round of golf. Golfers must register by Saturday, April 30. Registration should be mailed to Matt Ficca, 162 Conduit St., Annapolis, 21401. Make checks payable to "Annapolis Charities: Golfing for Charity" or the specific civic group you support. Proceeds will be donated to local charities and for projects that these groups have supported through the years. Information: 410-279-1969, Eric Edstrom at edstrom.eric@yahoo.com, Matt Ficca at mficca@comcast.net or annapolisrotary.org.

Auditions

Bowie Community Theatre will hold auditions for the roles of four men and four women in the "Language of Angels" at 7:30 p.m. May 9-10, with callbacks on May 11, at Bowie Playhouse, White Marsh Recreation Park, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie. Information: director Terry Averill, arch.plan@verizon.net.

Ballet open houses

In observance of National Dance Week, Ballet 40/60 will hold observational open houses through May 1 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Ballet 40/60 classes are designed for adults over 40 who have little or no experience in ballet, as well as for those coming back to ballet after some time away. The class was developed by instructor Barbara Owen to increase strength, flexibility, balance and awareness of body alignment. Information and registration: 410-2801366, 410-703-7131 or marylandhall.org.

Children's gala

The Children's Theatre of Annapolis will hold its annual gala and fundraising event, "Night in Camelot," at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis. Event will include food and drink, live and silent auctions, musical entertainment and dancing. Tickets are $75 per person. Information: 410-757-2281 or childrenstheatreofannapolis.org.

Book sale

The Anne Arundel County Historical Society will hold its semiannual book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway. Information: 410-647-0936.

Guided arboretum walks

On Saturdays through November, visitors can explore Adkins Arboretum's diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by one of an arboretum naturalist. Explore the bottomland forest and upland paths, meander through beech trees, traverse the native meadows and follow the narrow Tuckahoe Creekside. The 11 a.m. walks are free for members and free with admission for the public. The hourlong tours begin at the visitors center. Information: 410-634-2847.

Radio club

The Anne Arundel Radio Club will conduct a free eight-week course leading to a general class amateur radio (ham) license on Saturdays, beginning April 23. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road. Students will be responsible for buying the general class license manual. It can be purchased from the club on its website, arrl.org, and students can reserve a copy at a discount. Registration and information: Holly Bevan at 410-923-0229 or email n3mb@arrl.net, or Steve Hanlon at 410-987-7835 or email wm30@arrl.net.

Vendors needed

Fort Meade's Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Special Events seeks food, beverage and novelty vendors to participate in its Independence Day celebration on July 4. Information: 301-677-7785 or email jean.jordan@us.army.mil.

Golf tournament

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will host a best-ball-format golf tournament, "Chip in for the Arts," on Thursday, April 28, at Compass Pointe Golf Course in Pasadena. Each player on the first-place team will receive a round of golf, a gift certificate to the Compass Pointe Pro Shop and a championship plaque. Prizes will also be awarded for second- and third-place finishes. Cost is $150 per person or $500 for a foursome. Information: 410-263-5544, ext. 25.

Concert

The Peabody Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Harlan Parker, performs at 2 p.m. May 7 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Free. Information: 410-269-5343.

'Recycle Forward'

Hillsmere Elementary School in Annapolis is participating in a program that recycles used technology to raise money for new technology. There is a donation drive through the end of the school year for donations of used cell phones, inkjet and laser cartridges, laptops, PDAs, iPods, MP3 players, video games, GPS systems, DVDs, calculators, LCD monitors and digital cameras. "Recycle Forward" is a joint effort between "Cartridges for Kids," a recycling program that pays cash to schools, and Digital Wish, a nonprofit that puts technology into the hands of educators. Donations may be dropped off at the school, 3052 Arundel on the Bay Road, or schedule a pickup by contacting Kristen Kasprow at 410-990-9542 or kgkasprow@gmail.com.

Resource guide

The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released its 2010-2011 Youth Resource Guide, which provides information about nonprofit and faith-based organizations in the county. A free copy is at volunteerannearundel.org. Printed copies can be purchased at the center, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, for $5 each. Information: 410-897-9207.

Disability issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has added an email notification feature to its website that provides information on disability issues. Sign-up and information: http://www.aacounty.org/aging/disabledadults/commdis.cfm.

Youth volunteer guide

The Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Guide is available for download free on the center's website, volunteerannearundel.org. Printed copies can be ordered for $5 each. Mail checks to Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, Annapolis 21401, or pay at the center during business hours. Information: 410-897-9207.

Register your bike

The Annapolis Police Department sponsors a bicycle registration program. When an owner registers a bike, the owner's name, address and phone number and the bike's serial number, manufacturer and color are recorded in the Police Department's database. Any resident of Annapolis can register a bike. To schedule an appointment, contact Cpl. Craig Medley at 410-268-9000, ext. 7225, or cemedley@annapolis.gov. Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they want to hold a community registration.

Law Enforcement Explorers

The Annapolis Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post 199 is accepting applications. Law Enforcement Exploring is a program for those who have completed eighth grade and are 14 to 20 years old. The program offers information on career activities. Meetings are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at police headquarters, 199 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis. Information: 410-268-9000 or at the office.

Doll collection

More than 100 handmade dolls from the Vilma Stockton collection are on display and for sale at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road. Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-867-4486.

Fingerprinting service

The Annapolis Police Department offers fingerprinting service at 199 Taylor Ave. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. Service will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. The fee is $5 per fingerprint card, and the person being printed must supply the cards. Check or money order only. Information: 410-268-9000.

Tours of historic house

The Anne Arundel 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. Information: 410-760-9679.

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