City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 31, 2003

IN BALTIMORE COUNTY

Children's author Spinelli to speak at Towson library

TOWSON - Award-winning author Jerry Spinelli will speak and sign books at the Baltimore County Public Library's Great Books event at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Towson library branch.

Spinelli's sixth novel, Maniac McGee, won the Newberry Medal in 1991; his 18th book, Wringer, was a Newberry Honor Book. Another novel, Stargirl, has been optioned by Paramount Pictures.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the public library's Great Books program, which features well-known authors and illustrators of children's books. Admission is free.

Information: 410-887-6196.

Seminar on writing grants set for Saturday

RANDALLSTOWN - The Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs will sponsor a free grant- and proposal-writing seminar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The seminar will help community leaders, civic groups and others improve their grant-writing skills, enabling them to apply for block, community conservation, crime prevention and substance abuse grants.

The seminar will be held at the Liberty Family Resource Center, 3525 Resource Drive. Registration and a continental breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m. Those interested in attending should contact the county by Thursday at 410-887-5557.

Seminar to discuss sale of tobacco to minors

TOWSON - A free seminar on laws controlling the sale of tobacco products to minors will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Asthma and Allergy Center of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle.

The seminar, sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Health and the county Police Department, will include presentations on the responsibilities of vendors, parents and community groups in restricting tobacco sales to minors.

Information: 410-887-5901.

In Baltimore City

Insurance help session scheduled for April 7

A representative from the Maryland Insurance Administration will be at the state comptroller's office in Baltimore on April 7 to hear from consumers who are having problems with their insurance companies.

Residents are encouraged to bring questions about coverage and filing complaints against insurers to 301 W. Preston St., Room 206, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Appointments are not required. The help sessions are held the first Monday of each month.

Information: 800-492-6116 (800-735-2258 for the hearing impaired).

Youths offered legal aid for public school trouble

The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service is offering free legal and social work services to low-income youths who have been suspended or expelled from a city public school.

The legal service will represent youth at their suspension hearing for free and has hired a social worker to assist attorneys in addressing the underlying issues of why a student is suspended or expelled. The social worker, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will also make recommendations and referrals to prevent future suspensions.

Information: 410-539-6800.

Studio space is for rent at School 33 Art Center

School 33 Art Center is renting studio space to visual artists, available June 1. The monthly rent will be $200, according to the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., rents several studios to artists in different media. Artists must submit a completed application, 10 slides of recent work, a resume and a check for $200.

The application deadline is April 26. Information: 410-396- 4641.

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