Parade of Sails event offers way to be part of Whitbread race


March 30, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOU'RE looking for a way to join in the frenzy of the Whitbread Round the World Race, a mere $5,000 will get you a spot on one of the race's nine yachts during the Parade of Sails on April 30.

That's when the boats chart a leisurely course from Baltimore -- where the seventh leg of the race ends in late April -- to Annapolis, starting point for the eighth leg of the race in early May.

The money will go to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which will put it in an endowment used to send school children to its programs. The CBF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

The donation will also net you invitations to two of the many parties being thrown in honor of the famous sailing race. So start rolling those pennies.

For more information, call Sheila Genovese at 410-268-8816.

For a more pedestrian Whitbread experience, plan to participate in the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk or the waterfront festival slated for Sandy Point State Park.

The bridge walk is a tradition started in 1975 by the state Transportation Department. It shuts down parts of the east-to-west span and opens the 4.3-mile bridge to foot traffic for most of the day. This year the walk is on May 3, the same day that boats leave Annapolis for France on Leg 8 of the Whitbread. The race starts about a half mile from the bridge, so walkers will have a good view.

The festival at Sandy Point State Park is a two-day event featuring food, music, games, and book signings and another great spot for viewing the race.

"We're billing it as a family event," said Betsy Kulle, chief for public involvement for bay policy for the Department of Natural Resources, which runs the park.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2 and 10 a.m. to 4 May 3.

Information: 410-260-8710.

Tax help offered

If you need help preparing for the tax man this year, contact the South County Senior Center in Edgewater. It is offering help preparing simple tax forms as part of its Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. Information: 410-222-1927.

Spanish classes for children

The Chesapeake Children's Museum is offering Spanish classes for the under-5 crowd.

Classes -- offered every Tuesday in April and May -- are 30 minutes long and include stories, games and songs. Children must be at least 1 to participate, and all participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Four sessions of each class will be offered, and session size is limited to six children. Registration is required for the class. The fee is $6 per family and is limited to four people, who must include at least one adult.

Information: 410-266-0677.

Student plans trip to China

Annapolis native Tom Mullaney -- a 1997 graduate of the Key School -- leaves June 1 for a four-week educational tour of China. During his trip, sponsored by the College of William and Mary's International Studies program, Mullaney will study Chinese culture and language.

Mullaney, the son of Merri Mullaney of Annapolis, is a National Merit Scholar attending the Johns Hopkins University.

Physician of Year named

Dr. Michael LaPenta of Annapolis has been named Maryland Family Physician of the Year by the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians.

LaPenta is president of the medical staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He is a member of the Greater Chesapeake Medical Group in Annapolis and joined the medical center's Family Practice Service unit in 1982.

He and his wife, Dorothy, live in Anne Arundel County with their three daughters -- Marie, Kathy and Jenna.

Science fellowship awarded

Cynthia Fallon has won the 1997-1998 National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship. Fallon, a 1995 graduate of St. Mary's High School, is the daughter of William Fallon of Annapolis.

Pub Date: 3/30/98

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