Register for baseball during February thaw

February 21, 1994

A sure sign that spring is indeed going to happen despite the 2 inches of ice on my north-facing front steps is the stirring in the hearts of boys and girls alike that makes them long to swing a bat and play a game of catch.

The Annapolis Baseball Club is ready to oblige.

The ABC has extended its registration for the spring baseball season. Boys and girls ages 5-18 may pick up registration forms at the main library on West Street, or the Annapolis Neck-Eastport Library on Hillsmere Drive. Newsletters filled with information on age divisions, practice schedules and games are available.

The club is in its second full year of operation. It is soliciting coaches for the various age groups, as well as players. Those interested may call the club hot line at 626-0320.

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When I first saw written music, I figured that there was one, and only one, way to play any given piece: you played it the way the composer wrote it.

T'ain't so, as I quickly discovered, and as will be amply demonstrated at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on April 9. That's when Theatricks of Frederick presents Prokofiev's classic "Peter and the Wolf," all dolled up in boots and 10-gallon hats.

Peter and the Wolf is a wonderful story in itself, and for children it's also a great introduction to different instruments, and the idea of musical themes. I've never actually seen it performed, but I grew up with it . . . and have been known to call my sister cross-country at an odd hour to be reminded of Peter's theme.

It's a perfect entertainment for the whole family, and a fitting conclusion to Maryland Hall's Family Performing Arts Series.

Tickets for the 11 a.m. performance are $6 ($5 for members), and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office. The box office is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Arrangements are easily made for wheelchair seating and for listening devices. Maryland Hall is at 801 Chase St. in Annapolis.

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If one of something is good, two must be better, right?

So goes the thinking at the Annapolis Chorale.

The annual Pops Concert has a history of selling out as soon as the tickets go on sale, leaving many folks frustrated.

This year, local jazz vocalist Sue Matthews will join the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra for back-to-back concerts this Friday and Saturday, also at Maryland Hall.

Conducted by music director J. Ernest Green, this year's program features music from "West Side Story," "My Fair Lady" and "The Music Man," along with songs by George Gershwin, Harold Arlen and Hoagy Carmichael. Tickets are $15, with all seats reserved. Call the Chorale office at 263-1906.

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It's hard to make the mental leap from a second-hand high chair to a $20,000 event, but do it often enough, with the right volunteer organization, and it's possible.

That's what the Junior League of Annapolis did last year with its Carousel, a gigantic rummage sale that represents the annual major fund-raiser for the community service organization.

Members hope to raise even more on March 5, when Carousel returns to the Medford Armory on Hudson Street.

Veteran Carouselers know that the 9 a.m. opening time is simply the stuff of press releases -- they're up and running by 7. The sale continues until 3 p.m. Available for the bargain hunter are new and "gently used" children's clothing, special occasion and designer adult clothes, toys, baby equipment, sporting goods, household items and attic treasures.

League projects supported by the fund-raiser are: "The Kids on the Block," a puppet show on disabilities and social problems; "Done in a Day" projects with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity; Chrysalis House family mentoring; "Excellence in Voluntarism" cash awards; scholarship awards; and grants to local charities.

For information on donating goods or services to Carousel, call the Junior League office at 263-5358.

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On another fund-raising front, congratulations to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Auxiliary, which sold 600 tickets for a Nordstrom opening fashion show in the blink of an eye.

I wonder if they could take a page from the Annapolis Chorale, and throw a "tea" fashion show, as well as the breakfast?

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