The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council invites the public to an open house between 6 and 9 p.m. Dec. 12 at its new offices in the Empire Towers, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 603, Glen Burnie.
Come learnabout the work of the all-volunteer council and how the public can help with its goal of teaching adults to read.
HUMAN RELATIONS AWARD
The Anne Arundel County Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for the Dallas G. Pace Sr. Human Relations Award. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31.
This annual award will be presented Jan. 20 at the Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast at the Ramada Inn.
To learn more, write to the Anne Arundel County Human Relations Commission, P.O. Box 2700, Annapolis.
FULL PHONE ACCESS
Full telephone access in the state of Maryland between both hearing and hearing-impaired residents, known as the Maryland Relay Services, has begun.
The system is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week communicationslink between Marylanders who can hear, and the estimated 350,000 residents who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired.
The number to call is (800) 735-2258. An operator will connect the call, and relay the conversation between parties.
When a hearing person, using a standard voice telephone, speaks, the operator types the messageon a keyboard known as a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD). At the hearing-impaired person's typed reply, the operator will speak the message.
Long-distance calls will be billed at a special rate to compensate for the additional time needed to make the call.
Maryland callers may contact all 50 states and place international calls to English and Spanish speakers.
HOME LOANS AVAILABLE
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has released some $68 million for mortgage financing.
Eligible Maryland residents, including those in Anne Arundel County, are encouraged to take advantage of this funding. It can be used to finance new or existing single-family homes, including town houses, detached or semi-detached homes and condominiums.
Under the program, the maximum purchase priceis $85,000 for a newly constructed home and $80,000 for an existing home. This amount differs in certain areas.
Terms of the loan, which is payable over 30 years, are 7.25 percent interest for householdswith annual incomes no higher than $28,200, and 8.25 percent for eligible households with incomes above $28,200, up to the program limits.
Income limits are $32,000 for an individual and $40,000 for a family of two or more.
Information: (410) 514-7514.
NEW MVA PROCEDURES
The Maryland Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Administration has started two new procedures.
First, the MVA is returning hole-punched, invalidated out-of-state driver's licenses to applicants when they apply for and receive first-time Maryland driver's licenses. This procedure applies to all renewal applicants as well as to new residents.
Issuing states will continue to be notified of drivers who turn in their licenses for a Maryland license.
Starting in January, the MVA will phase in driver's licenses that are renewable every five years. This change is based on legislation passed earlier this year, authorizing several MVA fee changes. The five-year renewal license fee is $20.
Drivers moving into Maryland during the next several years get a Maryland license that expires in 1996. The fee for this license will be $6 during the phase-in period.
Information: 768-7387 or 768-7232.
COUNTRY SCHOOL FUND DRIVE
"Campaign 900,"a capital fund drive for the Gibson Island Country School, is now under way.
The school is seeking $900,000 over the next three years.It has already amassed over $300,000 in gifts and pledges, which means that a new library can be started this spring.
Information: (410) 255-5360.