Gorilla communication is lecture topic

NEIGHBORS

March 27, 1995|By LYN BACKE

Remember the famous photo of a gorilla gently cradling a kitten?

The nurturer was Koko, a mountain gorilla who has learned to communicate using 500 gestures in American Sign Language and who comprehends 300 more. Koko had asked for the kitten as a birthday present.

Mitzi Phillips of the Gorilla Foundation of Woodside, Calif., a sign language instructor and a friend of Koko, will present a lecture on interspecies communication with gorillas at 8 p.m. April 7 at Annapolis High School.

The lecture is one of two scheduled this spring to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Anne Arundel County.

On May 22, Dr. Birute Galdikas, president of the Orangutan Foundation International, will present a program on her 24 years of research.

She lived with the orangutans in remote areas of Indonesia and has written an autobiography, "Reflections of Eden," which will be for sale at her lecture.

Each lecture will be followed by a reception with dessert, coffee and tea.

A variety of ticket options are offered, including both lectures and receptions, both lectures alone, one lecture and reception, and one lecture.

Tickets are available from the SPCA shelter on Bay Ridge Avenue, or by mail. Call 268-2659 for information. Tickets are limited, and early reservations are recommended.

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As someone who is old enough to have learned to dance at lessons in the school auditorium every other Friday from fourth grade through eighth, with 78s of Dorsey and Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters, I cheer the renewed popularity of ballroom dancing among my generation, and its discovery by those 20 and 30 years younger.

Evidence is the announcement of plans to organize a chapter of the U.S. Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association in Annapolis. The association is a nonprofit volunteer organization with chapters all over the country.

The local chapter will sponsor monthly dances for members and the general public, with singles and beginners welcome.

For information on becoming involved in planning and membership recruitment, call 800-447-9047, or write USABDA, PO Box 400, Toano, Va. 23168.

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The Annapolis Waterfront Arts Festival, formerly the Annapolis Waterfront Festival, has issued a call for two kinds of participants: organizational volunteers, and artists and craftsmen.

The festival, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, will take place at City Dock May 5, 6 and 7. Volunteers are needed to manage performance schedules, staff gates and information booths, and to distribute information about the festival. Fine artists' and artisans' works are needed for display and sale.

Thursday is the deadline for entering art works to be juried by a five-judge panel: Genevieve McWilliams of Annapolis Pottery; wood carver Dr. Fred Ness; Chris Mona, curator of the Pascal Center Gallery at Anne Arundel Community College; Sharon Arsenault, head of the Art Committee at the Maryland Federation of Art; and Cynthia McBride of McBride Gallery in Annapolis.

For more information and application forms, call 268-8828. To volunteer to work the Festival, call Carol Treiber, executive director of the Cultural Arts Foundation, at 222-7949.

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With the generally delicious weather we've had in the second half of March, I've seen a lot more runners out on the road than I did in January, most of them undoubtedly getting in shape for the Annapolis Striders Cherry Pit 10-Mile Race April 9.

It's the second leg of the Striders' 1995 Championship Series.

The race leaves from, and returns to, South River High School in Edgewater.

All runners are invited, with mail registrations of $3 for members and $4 for nonmembers due by April 3. Race day registration is $1 more for both categories.

For information, call the Annapolis Striders Hotline, 268-1165.

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There's a great deal to be said for tradition, and 58 years of lecturing once a year, almost without exception, certainly qualifies as one.

The speaker is Mortimer Adler, who will discuss "How the Program of St. John's College Originated," at St. John's College at 8:15 p.m. Friday.

The lecture is in Francis Scott Key Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Mr. Adler is the author of more than 40 books. His most recent, "Art, the Arts, and the Great Ideas," was published in 1994.

"Adler's Philosophical Dictionary" will be released in August.

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The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will present the world premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" in performances at 7 p.m April 8 and 3 p.m. April 9, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Choreographed by artistic director Edward Stewart, the ballet presents the familiar fairy tale with elegant costumes, dramatic sets and superb dancing.

Dancing the lead role is Shari Vasquez. Jeffrey Watson dances the role of the beast.

The cast includes the entire ballet company, and other area ballet students.

For information on reserved seating, group sales and cast party tickets call 263-2909 weekdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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