County's 75-year-old YWCA conducting membership drive


February 01, 1996|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County began 75 years ago as a home away from home for young women coming to work in the state capital. Today, it is the county's No. 1 human services agency for women and their families.

In addition to the educational and recreational programs it offers to the community, the YWCA runs the only program in the county providing domestic counselors and shelters for victims of violence. It also offers the Teen Infant Program at Meade High School.

"Our domestic violence, parenting and career services are much bigger pieces of our program now," said Michael Cohen, director of communications. "That's where the need is."

Career services include programs for displaced homemakers and single parents/homemakers, career resource programs and the new Seniors at Work program.

The YWCA will conduct its 1996 membership campaign through the end of March. To encourage more memberships, gifts are being offered. An annual adult membership is $25.

Membership benefits include discounts for programs and gift shop purchases, the Y's newsletter, use of the Parenting Services Resource Room and lending library, and membership in YWCAs nationwide.

Information: 626-7800.

Luther presentation

Martin Luther will be portrayed by Dr. Eric Gritsch Sunday as part of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church's Martin Luther Night.

Dr. Gritsch is a retired professor of church history and director of the Institute for Luther Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.

Activities, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will include crafts, singing, a story time for children and discussions for teen-agers and adults. Refreshments will be served.

The church is on Benfield Road.

Information: 647-1658.

Valentine flowers

The Severna Park High School Band is again selling floral tokens of affection for your valentine.

Red roses, at $26 a dozen, and red carnations, at $12.75 a dozen, are also available by the half-dozen and individually.

To order, call 647-2975.

Twosomes to race

If saying it with flowers is not your style, grab your sweetie and enter the Valentine's Twosome Relay, sponsored by the Annapolis Striders, Feb. 11.

The relay starts at 10 a.m. at Shipley's Choice Elementary School.

Enter by mail by Saturday or in person on race day at 8:30 a.m. ($4 per couple by mail; $6 on race day.)

Each member of the male-female teams will run 5 kilometers -- 3.1 miles.

Information: 268-1165.

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