Workshop to cover how to lobby the legislature


November 06, 1995|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THERE ARE MANY who would tell you that in getting a job, or getting something done, it isn't what you know, it's who you know, that being familiar with the players is as important as knowing the rules.

Those who make their living as lobbyists know that both kinds of knowledge are important. They have to know who to get to, and how to reach them. One doesn't have to be a professional lobbyist, however, to get things accomplished in the corridors of power.

The League of Women Voters of Maryland invites you to learn the rules, and the players, in a six-hour workshop Nov. 18 at the Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle in Annapolis.

Morning sessions include how the legislative process works, working with the media, year-round lobbying, basic lobbying techniques, and using the legislative staff as a resource.

Afternoon sessions will include a mock committee hearing, mobilizing grass-roots support and the budget process.

Registration is limited and is required by Saturday. The workshop is $30 for league members and $40 for nonmembers. Lunch is $6.50.

For more information, call 269-0232.

150th anniversary concert

This Saturday is the second of three concerts celebrating the 150th anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church in Annapolis.

The 8 p.m. concert features the Tintinnabulators, an extraordinary group of 14 musicians who perform classical and sacred music on 61 English handbells. Each player manipulates from four to 13 bronze bells, ranging in weight from a few ounces to 10 pounds.

The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Washington Mormon Temple Visitor's Center and at many handbell festivals.

At this concert, the Tintinnabulators are under the direction of Jean Ressler, who founded the group in 1982. They will be joined by the Benfield Brass, under the direction of David Ingalls.

The final concert in the series, on Dec. 10, will welcome the return of the Newe Renaissance Voyces in a Christmas celebration that contrasts old and new settings of seasonal carols, folk music, and medieval and renaissance songs.

The church is at 144 Conduit St.

Church dinner

For those of us who think fried oysters are one of the real heaven-sent treats in this life, and who also feel that the cooking of fried oysters should be left to those who know what they're doing, Nov. 18 is a red letter day.

That's the date of the annual all-you-can-eat fried oyster and baked chicken dinner at the Galesville United Methodist Church.

This church dinner is a lesson in success. It attracts hundreds of eager eaters each year, and the starting time edges earlier each year to accommodate them all. This year the dinner starts at 2:30 p.m. and goes until it's all gone or everyone is full.

Included on the menu are homemade potato salad and slaw, rolls, applesauce, a green vegetable and beverages. Tickets for that much food are $11 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and bags of nuts will be on sale as well.

Galesville is in South Anne Arundel County at Routes 468 and 255. For more information, call 867-1887 or 867-1246.

Card printing class

There are three kinds of people in the world: those who buy their Christmas or Hanukkah cards on sale in January and have the first page of their holiday letter on disk by September; those who dig out the address list about Dec. 15; and those of us who Ping-Pong between the two camps from year to year, buying bargain cards and putting them somewhere very sensible, to be lost until too late to send.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts offers a fourth option: a Christmas card linoleum block print class.

In the two-day workshop, artist Martha Griffin will teach students how to design and cut a linoleum block and basic inking and printing processes. Stencils or original designs can be used.

The workshop is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16.

Maryland Hall is at 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Information: 263-5544 (TTY 280-0288).

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