Slide show scheduled on Md. reptiles


August 19, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHILE working in the brush in my back yard awhile ago, I disturbed a heavy piece of grapevine on the ground. It became a snake, not thrilled at being jostled, but more determined to avoid another confrontation than to retaliate.

A half-hour later, some children were gleeful upon discovering the snake, with one declaiming gravely to a smaller tot that he had no reason to be afraid, because that kind of snake was harmless.

I admired the girl's knowledge, and the wisdom of her parents, who had laid a good groundwork of reason in her. I remembered my own daughter's excitement at seeing a big worm at a construction site, and my relief that my husband was there to lTC investigate with her.

I'm still not fond of snakes, but I do understand that they have a role in the environment, and many of them are threatened by our ignorance and lifestyle.

Dan Foley of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will present a slide show at Quiet Waters Park at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday describing about 90 species of Maryland reptiles and amphibians.

He will discuss endangered species and the department's efforts preserve them. The lecture is recommended for age 12 and older.

The park's Environmental Lecture Series is sponsored by the Anne Arundel Bird Club, Friends of Quiet Waters Park, the Maryland chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Severn River Association, Sierra Club and the SPCA.

The lecture is at the Blue Heron Center. Advance registration is requested, with a $1 donation.

Children's auditions

The newly formed Youth Performing Arts Project, a function of the Annapolis Chorale, will add cheer to this year's holiday season with its musical revue based on family holiday traditions.

"December," which will feature a cast of young people ages 6 to 18, is the work of the team responsible for "Chelsea," the summer musical performed at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Students enrolled in the program will receive instruction in voice, dance, set, costume and technical design.

They will also participate in the chorale's annual Celebration of Christmas concert Dec. 13.

Auditions for the Youth Performing Arts Project are scheduled for Sept. 5 and 7. Information: Call the chorale office, 263-1906.

Art classes

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is accepting registrations for fall arts classes.

This year's offerings have been expanded to include a studio art class for teens, gemstone cutting and gemology, country two-step dancing, sign language, photographic images on paper and fabric, and a series of avant-garde classes.

After reading about just a fraction of the fall offerings, I've almost decided to quit my job, win the lottery and devote myself to Maryland Hall classes full time.

Luckily, one needn't quit one's job or be wealthy to enjoy this good resource: one must only be able to choose. Most classes are in the evenings or on weekends and are offered at a reasonable fee.

Registration is accepted by mail, fax or in person from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until 8 p.m. Sept. 5 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7.

Registration deadline for classes beginning through September is Sept. 7; the deadline for classes beginning in October, November and December is Sept. 20.

Maryland Hall members receive a tuition discount, and a late fee applies after the deadlines.

Information: 263-5544 or TTY (410) 280-0288.

Pub Date: 8/19/96

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