Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins has declared April 8, 9, and 10 Disability Awareness Days in Annapolis and said he will spend April 10 in a wheelchair to "learn firsthand of the tremendous challenges faced by people with disabilities." Mr. Hopkins has challenged the city's aldermen to do the same. The wheelchairs will be on loan from Annapolis Mobility. A trainer from Maryland Rehab will be on hand to teach the basic techniques of operating a wheelchair.
People who already have firsthand knowledge of life with various disabilities in a wheelchair will be able to explore state-of-the-art adaptive equipment and learn about adaptive training and special community programs for the disabled Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The "Awareness Fair" will be set up in the Fawcetts parking lot at City Dock. Representatives from Maryland Rehab will be there with information on how to get funding for adaptive equipment or home modifications. People from Adaptive Living, which helps the newly disabled cope with their situation and adapt their lifestyle, and Maryland Relay Services, which provides telephone and other electronic services for the hearing impaired, will be among the more than 20 organizations and businesses at the fair.
On Saturday, the Baltimore Wheelchair Basketball Club will give a demonstration at the playground at the corner of Newman and Compromise streets at 2 p.m. Event organizers had to remove some barriers at the playground after they found out the entrance was too narrow for wheelchairs.
For more information, call Vaughn Phillips, the city's ADA Coordinator, at 263-1183.
It is timely but coincidental that a major fund-raising party sponsored by TCI Cablevision of Annapolis and eight other businesses to benefit Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) is after Disability Awareness Days. CRAB offers sailing opportunities and instruction to people with disabilities in the greater Baltimore/Washington/- Annapolis triangle.
The "Big CRAB Bash" (with no crabs being served) will be held at the Eastport Clipper from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 13. There will be a silent auction, cash bar at happy hour prices, door prizes and live big-screen television coverage of an America's Cup qualifying race. The grand prize of the day will be a trip for two to San Diego, including airfare, hotel, a Chart House dinner, and tickets on the ESPN boat to watch the May 13 America's Cup race. The silent auction also offers a gem: a 6-hour cruise on the elegant schooner Silverheels.
Tickets for the Big CRAB Bash are $20 and can be purchased at any of the event sponsors: Benson Motor Cars, Carrol's Creek Cafe, Criswell Acura Audi Isuzu, The Eastport Clipper, Marmaduke's Pub, Maryland Home Mortgage Inc., TCI Cablevision of Annapolis, Tri-Tec Automotive Inc., and the Chester River Inn. Tickets are $25 at the door. All proceeds from tickets and the silent auction go to CRAB.
For more information, call TCI Cablevision at 268-7551, or CRAB at 974-2628.
I received late word last week about the Governor's Bay Bridge Run, a 10K foot race over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It is scheduled for May 7 and is sponsored by the Annapolis Striders. Many spaces are still available, so give the group a call at 268-1165 if you are interested in making the run. The race benefits the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
Christ Episcopal Church in Owensville is holding a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to raise money for church activities. Toys, books, tools, antiques, plants, and other items collected from church members and the community will be on sale.
To check out the sale, take Route 2 south out of Annapolis past Harwood and turn left on Owensville Road. The church is about a half-mile down the road on the left.
For more information, call Alice Randall at 757-1820.