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News from Anne Arundel County schools and colleges

March 20, 2005

Photography workshops to be held on schooner

The Annapolis-based schooner Imagine, a charter sailboat, will partner with Severna Park Photo to offer photography workshop cruises. The voyages will be in the evening May 11 and July 13, and an all-day outing Sept. 20. The programs will cover several topics including digital imaging, black-and-white photography, and a Nikon product demonstration.

The cruises are open to the public and will give participants an opportunity to sail aboard a classic boat, learn photographic skills, and use the latest camera gear.

The cost is $75 per person for evening workshops and $150 for the full-day program.

The 76-foot schooner has been sailing out of Annapolis since 1997 and is available for group charter by the hour or on a multiday basis. Information: 410-647-9694.

Poetry, essay contest for children ages 5 to 13

The Patuxent Research Refuge is sponsoring a poetry and essay contest for students ages 5 to 13.

Poems and essays will be judged separately in the following age categories: 5 to 7, 8 to 10, and 11 to 13. Each participant can enter one poem, one essay or one of each.

There will be an award ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon April 23. All participants will receive a prize.

Participants can pick up an entry form at the National Wildlife Visitor's Center, download the form from the refuge Web site,, or call the visitor's center.

Entries should be submitted in person or mailed to the National Wildlife Visitor's Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel 20708-4027, Attention: Kate Toniolo. All entries should be received by 5:30 p.m. April 1. Winning entries will be chosen by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff, volunteers and guest judges. Information: 301-497-5887.


Parent involvement:

State schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick appointed the Maryland Parent Advisory Council in 2003 to find ways to boost parent involvement. The group will present its recommendations from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the school board's chambers at the Dr. Carol Sheffey Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis. Members will take oral and written comments. 410-222-5414.

Moms and toddlers:

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, in partnership with the Staunton Center, will sponsor a Moms and Tots education and support group. Moms and Tots will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Thursday at the Staunton Center. The group offers parenting and child development information for families with children from preschoolers to age 4. Pre-registration is required. Child care and transportation are available. 410- 626-7800, ext. 114.

Spelling bee:

Academics Etc., an after-school enrichment program, will offer a countywide elementary spelling bee for Anne Arundel County students in grades three through five. Spelling bee preparation classes will be offered from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. March 31 and April 7 at Shipley's Choice Elementary School. The spelling bee will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 14, also at Shipley's Choice, 310 Governor Stone Parkway, Millersville. The participation fee is $25. 419-721-3256.

Building self-esteem:

Abby Miller, AACPS Family Resource Center Parent Liaison, will present "Building Children's Self-Esteem" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 29 at Severn Elementary School, 838 Reece Road, Severn. There is a $2 fee for pizza and soft drinks. 410-551-6220.

Namaste, Neighbor!

The S.G. Theater Group Inc. will perform Namaste, Neighbor! at 8 p.m. April 1 and 2 p.m. April 2 at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts, on Anne Arundel Community College's Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. This is an original social comedy about intercultural relationships. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and AACC employees, and $5 for AACC students and children ages 6 to 12. 410-777-2457.

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