St. Martin's School plans 'Hands-On Science' classes ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

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July 26, 1993|By LYN BACKE

Little children, before they get socialized into concepts of "icky" and "ugh" and "eeeek," find wonder and fascination in everything, from bugs and snakes to frogs and fish. The Science Wizard's "Hands-On Science" classes at St. Martin's School in August capitalize on this sense of wonder, giving children ages 4-10 the opportunity to have an up-close and personal encounter with a variety of the area's native fauna.

Program director James Mihm introduces children to the scientific method of examining animals and their behavior.

"We develop a hypothesis, test the hypothesis, then try to draw conclusions from what we observed," he said.

Three different animals are introduced in each three-hour session. If the subject is frogs, enough frogs are brought to class that each child, or pair of children, can work with one. After a few minutes of looking carefully at the animal, and noting its differences from other animals, the children perform a simple, humane behavior experiment. Emphasis throughout the session is on how different animals adapt to the environment, and how different mini-environments support different life forms.

Hands-on animal classes for children ages 4-6 are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 2-5 and Aug. 9-13; 7- to 10-year-olds meet from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Marine biology classes for the same age groups are Aug. 16-17 and 18-19.

The program is held at St. Martin's School on Forest Drive. Tuition is $125 a week for one child, $100 a week for a second child. To register, or for more information, call 266-1348.

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Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) is receiving a $1,500 grant from the Maryland Technology Assistance Project (MD TAP) today at ceremonies at Sandy Point State Park.

MD TAP is a service of the Governor's Office for Individuals with Disabilities, begun in 1989. The purpose of MD TAP is to increase the availability and accessibility of devices and services for handicapped people of all ages, with any kind of disability. Last fall, MD TAP's Advisory Committee recommended an emphasis on recreational and leisure activities; the grant is the result.

CRAB will use the money to develop a portable davit-like device to assist people with impaired mobility on and off boats. The concept includes being able to mount the device on a boat or van, as well as on a dock.

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One hundred fifty gallons of crab soup. Thirty-six hundred ears of corn. Three hundred pounds of barbecue, and 300 bushels of crabs. That was part of last year's victualing bill for the Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast. This year's could be even bigger, as the 48th annual spread is likely to attract ever more enthusiastic eaters. The menu includes the aforementioned treats, plus cole slaw, hot dogs and other tummy pleasers as well.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children under 12. Admission is free for children under 6. The feast is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Proceeds will benefit local charities.

LTC For more information, call 280-0600.

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Another event on Friday is one of the more unusual fund-raisers of the summer: Loews Annapolis Hotel is throwing a party to benefit the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County SPCA. The 5 p.m. gathering will showcase Annapolis Mayor Alfred Hopkins, SPCA President Lou Carter and SPCA Executive Director Frank Branchini among the guest bartenders.

And for once, dogs are welcome at the party! The hotel will provide dog walkers, and there are prizes for the most important categories: prettiest eyes, most dots, curliest tail, best tail wagger and longest ears, as well as for peripheral categories like best behaved. (My Lab, sitting upright, wags the last five inches of his tail. Is there a category for him?)

There is no admission charge, but reservations are requested. ,, Call Diana Kaiser at 263-7777.

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The Commodore Mayo Kiwanis Club, with a special interest in the health and welfare of children, is holding its annual Kid's Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the clubhouse on Carr's Wharf Road.

The fair is designed for the pleasure of preschool and first-graders. As part of the Reading is Fundamental program, which encourages the delights of reading and being read to, each child will receive a free book. Sunrise the Clown will appear at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call 798-0315.

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Christmas in April, the organization that sends legions of willing workers out to make home repairs for the elderly, disabled, or low-income homeowners, is soliciting applications for next year's home repair blitz. To request an application, write to Christmas in April, P.O. Box 4452, Annapolis 21403.

If you've heard how rewarding it is to be part of the crew, or want to donate money or material, drop a line with your name and your offer to the same address.

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The Davidsonville Ruritan Club and Foundation is looking for white elephants to auction off on Saturday, to raise money to support their community activities. This is a perfect time to attack that closet or shovel out the basement.

To arrange a donation, call 956-4865.

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