Today begins Women's History Month, which celebrates the achievements of half the human race. Maryland has been observing the occasion for the past 11 years with special programs and school projects. Below are some scheduled events:
March 2: 8 p.m. -- An evening of poetry, songs and performance by geregi,8.5,9 Whomanwarp,local arts and literary magazine, at St. John's Church, St. Paul and 27th streets. Admission is $5. Call 889-4594.
March 3: 11 a.m. -- Sunday breakfast with WJZ-TV news anchor Denise Koch and jazz vocalist Ethel Ennis, sponsored by Harford County Commission for Women, at the Sheraton Inn in Aberdeen. Breakfast is $10. Reservations and prepayment are required. Call 838-6000 or 879-2000, Ext. 373.
6:30 p.m. -- Reading, songs and poetry bygeregi,8.5,9 Whomanwarp.5,9 (Same as March 2, above.)
7 p.m. -- A celebration of poetry by women, sponsored by the John Hopkins University chaplain's office, at the Arellano Theatre on the Homewood Campus. Call 338-8188.
March 5: Maryland Commission for Women Day. Call (301) 333-0054 if you plan to attend any of these events.
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Legislative coalition in the Joint Hearing Room, Legislative Services Building, Annapolis.
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. -- Council Commissions meeting. All commission and council members and staff are invited to attend. Joint hearing room, Legislative Services Building.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. -- Video presentation dealing with abortion and battering of women in the Prince George's County delegation room, Legislative Services Building.
5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. -- Maryland Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, honoring Dr. Rita R. Colwell for her contributions to microbiology and biotechnology, and Dr. Alta Schrock, Grantsville community activist, among others. Joint Legislative Hearing Room, Legislative Services Building.
6 p.m. -- Annual awards banquet of the Baltimore County Commission on Women, honoring five local women, at the Sheraton Towson Hotel. Reception and cash bar at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $21. Call 887-4465.
March 8: Show on Afro-American imagery opens at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch, through March 24. Drawing on evidence from advertisements, articles and pictures, the show, "Through the Eyes of Others," examines how such imagery helped define the self-concepts of black women and men.
March 10: "Katherine Anne Porter at One Hundred: New Perspective" opens at the Enoch Pratt Library Central Branch, through March 31. Featured are facsimiles of manuscripts, books, photographs and memorabilia, illustrating the life and work of the prize-winning American author.
7 p.m. -- A celebration of International Women's Day with singers Holly Near and Kweli Smith, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College. Tickets, available at the 31st Bookstore Co-op, 425 E. 31st St., are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
March 14: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -- Anne Arundel County Commission for Women reception, honoring county women serving in the military. Lobby, Anne Arundel Center, 45 Calvert St., Annapolis. Call 222-1944.
March 27: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. -- Seventh annual Women's Hall of Fame Awards reception, sponsored by the Baltimore City Commission for Women. To be honored are Judge Mary Arabian, veteran of Baltimore's judicial system; civil rights advocate Lillie Carroll Jackson, and the late Violet Hill Whyte, the city's first black woman police officer. At the Forum, 4210 Primrose Ave. Tickets are $25. Call 396-4274.