School is just about out, and there's always the question of how youngsters can spend their summer. Children on the cusp -- ages 12 to 14 -- have a particular challenge. They don't need baby-sitters, and they're not going to be the first choice for baby-sitting jobs. They're too young for a work permit, yet too old for many day care programs.
For these restless souls, the Anne Arundel County Public Library's Volunteens program could be the answer. Volunteens help with the Summer Reading Program, distribute packets of materials, restock shelves and help with craft projects. The program is an opportunity for youths to get work experience on a project that will reinforce their interest in books and help youngsters discover the pleasure of reading.
Hours and times are flexible, but there are a limited number of positions. The application deadline is May 31. For more information, call 222-7371.
The Annapolis Chapter of the U.S. Power Squadron and the Safe Boating Committee are sponsoring the second annual Safe nTC Boating Festival Saturday at City Dock. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. with a performance by the Naval Academy Band.
The festival ends at 5 p.m.
There will be a safety demonstration showing what to do if someone goes overboard. Boats will be available for inspection, including an 80-foot buoy tender belonging to the state Department of Natural Resources, a Navy sailboat and a Coast Guard cutter.
Information on safe boating classes will be available, and product information booths will highlight the latest safety equipment.
The festival is a cooperative effort of the Boat/US Foundation, U.S. Boat Shows Inc., Historic Inns of Annapolis, Jack Martin & Assoc., Interyacht, J. Gordon & Co., the City of Annapolis, Eastport Yacht Club and 1st National Bank of Maryland.
Whether your garden is three feet on either side of your front door or a couple of acres surrounding your house, there are ways to have a great garden without harming the environment. Anne Pearson of the Alliance for Community Education will lead a program on organic lawn and gardening practices Thursday, June 8, at Quiet Waters Park.
She will discuss home composting, using native and drought-resistant plants and conserving water by reducing runoff. Learn how to make your garden a refuge for endangered species and help heal the creeks in the process.
The Quiet Waters Park Environmental Lectures are sponsored by the Anne Arundel Bird Club, Friends of Quiet Waters Park, the Nature Conservancy (Maryland Chapter), Severn River Association, Sierra Club, and the SPCA. Pre-registration is recommended. A $1 donation is requested.
For more information, call the park at 111-1777.
There's a bit more than a month left to take photos for this year's Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation & Parks Photo Contest. The contest categories are: people, scenic, and nature. The photographs must be taken in a specified county park between May 10 and July 10.
For more detailed information, call Ranger David DeVault at 222-6244, or Ranger Sharon Alfinito at 222-6230.
The YWCA of Annapolis/Anne Arundel County approaches its 75th anniversary with the knowledge that an extraordinarily broad spectrum of people have helped with its development and success. The YWCA is looking for memorabilia, photos and other information to include in the anniversary celebration. The material will become part of the archives.
If you or someone you know was involved with the YWCA and has stories to tell about the local organization's development or artifacts to donate, please call 626-7800, or 974-0147.
The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis offers a year-round schedule of courses for children and adults in classical ballet and modern dance. More than 350 people are now participating the classes.
A new beginning modern dance class for adults is being offered this summer. It will feature an introduction to concepts of modern dance. Shari Vasquez is the instructor. No prior experience is necessary. A stretching class for adults also is offered.
Children can enroll in one of three, three-week summer dance workshops that will be offered between June 19 and Aug. 17 for dancers in Levels I to IV.
The group also has a wide selection of regular ballet classes, including a new "Modern Dance for Children" concentrating on alignment, placement, dynamics and performance quality. As with the adult modern dance class, no prior experience is necessary.
For a full list of summer classes, times and fees, call the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis at 263-8289, or Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at 263-5544.