Concord Coalition awaits baseball orphans tonight

NEIGHBORS

August 15, 1994|By LYN BROOKE

I grew up in a family that enjoyed baseball. But with the exception of my sister, who plans her vacations around her goal to see a game in every major league park, we considered it a pastime rather than a religion.

So I find it difficult to wrap my mind around the salary figures involved in the baseball strike, and to understand the attention it's getting.

I wonder what might happen if comparable intensity was given to balancing the federal budget? Not a likely happening, but the Concord Coalition would like to generate a fraction of that interest and passion. The Annapolis chapter will give it a shot tonight.

The Concord Coalition is a bi-partisan, nonprofit, grass-roots organization chartered to educate the public about the choices that must be made in order to balance the budget by the year 2000.

The speaker at tonight's meeting will be Steven R. Eastaugh, a candidate for the Democratic nomination to Congress in the 1st District.

Mr. Eastaugh is a professor at George Washington University and author of "Facing Tough Choices: Balancing Fiscal and Social Deficits."

The book is dedicated to Paul Tsongas, co-chairman of the Concord Coalition.

Tonight's meeting is at 7 o'clock at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Dubois Road, Annapolis.

It is free and open to the public. For more information, call Virginia Frederick at 544-2358.

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Also on the civics front, a reminder that this is the last day to register to vote in the September primary.

All county libraries will have registrars on duty today during regular hours.

For the Annapolis library on West Street, that's 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Eastport and South County libraries are open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Voters also can register until 9 p.m. at the Arundel Center North in Glen Burnie.

For other information about voter registration, call 222-6600.

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Foliage alert: Last Thursday morning, I saw bronze leaves on two separate dogwood trees.

Could it be that the lovely, if brief, change of weather a week ago was colder than I realized?

Fall is, indeed, just around the corner, and with it school, and football, and Christmas shopping, and the start of the 1994-1995 season for many local arts groups.

Two of them, Colonial Players of Annapolis and the Annapolis Chorale, already are geared up.

Colonial Players' new season includes "Lend Me a Tenor," "Dancing at Lughnasa," "Strange Show," "Fiorello" and "Driving Miss Daisy."

Subscriptions for the five shows are $50, $35 and $25. Call the Players box office at 268-7373 for more information.

The Annapolis Chorale is holding auditions at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Auditions may be scheduled Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, Aug. 22, 24, 25, 29, 31 and Sept. 1.

For information on how to prepare for an audition and to schedule your appointment, call the Chorale office at 263-1906.

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Not to be missed tomorrow night at City Dock is the final summer concert of the U.S. Naval Academy Band, featuring every section of the band.

The music starts at 7 p.m., and it's free . . . a great way to enjoy a unique place.

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The Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce serves the community in many ways, and not just if you're a business person.

A case in point: a human resource services mini-seminar, "How to Write an Employee Handbook," from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Expand the word "employee" to include "volunteer," and you have an opportunity for dozens of small community nonprofits to get a handle on one of their major problems: putting on paper what is expected of the people signing on to do the work, paid or otherwise.

Topics of the seminar range from the benefits of having an employee handbook to specific wording to use or avoid.

The cost is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers.

Registration is required by Aug. 23. Call 268-7676.

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Another community organization, the Anne Arundel Trade Council, has launched a drive that is particularly timely, as we sort through our closets in preparation for fall.

They are soliciting used professional women's clothing, in good condition, to be given to women who complete the Business & Work force Development Center Job Training Program.

Many of the program graduates need appropriate attire for job interviews.

The 12 Admiral Cleaning stores in the county will be accepting the clothing through the end of the month; distribution will be handled by the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services.

For more information, call 974-4402.

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