The Maryland Renaissance Festival returns to its sylvan setting in Crownsville Saturday, set to dazzle, delight, challenge, and entertain on Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day through Oct. 16. Elizabethan music, crafts, imagery and history are there for the sharing, off I-97 between routes 450 and 178.
Admission to the Renaissance Festival is $11.95 for adults under 62, and $9.25 for those over. Children 7 to 15 are $4.95, and those under 7 are free.
Information: 266-7304, or (800) 296-7304.
How old do we have to be before the Pavlovian urge to go back to school in the fall leaves us?
For those in a position to indulge the urge, the University of Maryland University College will hold walk-in admission and registration for fall semester from noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow through Thursday, and next Tuesday through Thursday, at the Annapolis Center on Admiral Cochrane Drive.
Think of the person in your neighborhood who's always ready to baby-sit, run an errand, bake an extra casserole.
Think about any one who makes the world a more wonderful place to live, and nominate him or her for an Anne Arundel County "Most Beautiful Person Award," a part of the "Maryland You Are Beautiful" campaign.
Guidelines for the award are flexible: the nominee must be a volunteer who gives time, energy, talents, and loves to help fellow citizens.
The deadline for nominations is Friday. Mail your recommendation to Beautiful People, Arundel Center, Room 406, Annapolis 21404. The award ceremony will be on Oct. 19 in Annapolis.
Diabetes is something I've long known about in vague terms, but I've recently met two women who know it intimately: one for whom the onset was triggered by pregnancy, and one who has the disease under control but whose grandfather lost both legs to it.
How many more people live with this silent threat?
Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering a Diabetes Lifeskills Education class on four evenings in September. The class is designed for both newly diagnosed and long-term patients.
A registered dietitian, a clinical pharmacist and a certified diabetes educator will provide instruction on diet management, balancing exercise with medication, therapy, blood glucose monitoring, and prevention and treatment of emergency and long-term complications.
Registration is required and class size is limited.
The course fee is $40. For information, or to register, call 224-5751, Ext. 5751.
The hospital also offers three free monthly diabetes support groups: Adult Diabetes; Parents of Teen or Young Adult Diabetics; and Parents of Juvenile Diabetics.
The Adult Diabetes group is a peer support group for diabetics, their families, and friends, working in an open group session. It meets every fourth Wednesday of the month. Call 267-9508 or 974-6015.
For information on the college's commitment to diabetes education, or to be placed on an informational mailing list, call Laurie Pasieka at 267-1610, ext. 1610.
The Rev. Levi Brown is leading a 10-day trip to the Holy Land in December, sponsored by the Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church.
The tour will visit many of the most famous biblical sites, including Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, and many others. Modern Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are on the schedule, as are Mount Carmel, Nazareth and Cana.
Biblical discomfort is not part of the plan. First-class hotels, air-conditioned tour buses and an English-speaking guide are part of the $1,449 package. Registrations, with a $200 deposit, are being accepted now.
Information: Mr. Brown at 266-5090; Otho Johnson at 266-6744; or Delores Chambers at 266-8611.
It's a real challenge to come up with a new fund-raising idea, when an established one loses its luster.
It's always a gamble, so to speak, as in the case of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society fall raffle.
Faced with increasing truck prices, and wanting to broaden the appeal of the raffle, the society chose this year to substitute a cash raffle for the pickup truck that traditionally has been the prize.
Only 2,000 tickets will be sold, at $10 each. The winner will get $10,000 and $10,000 will pay the society's annual mortgage on the Captain Salem Avery House Museum.
Co-Presidents Mavis and George Daly are counting on the South County community to continue the support it has given the raffle in the past, and encourage anyone else who would like the problem of figuring out what to do with $10,000 to buy a ticket, too.
Call 867-2660, or (301) 261-5234.