Harford Digest

HARFORD DIGEST

November 06, 2005

Panel on BRAC to become official

Harford County Executive David R. Craig will sign an executive order creating a BRAC Planning and Advisory Commission at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the start of a BRAC readiness kickoff seminar in Havre de Grace.

The seminar on the Base Closure and Realignment Commission will be held at Bulle Rocke Golf Course & Conference Center, 320 Blenheim Lane. Speakers include Audrey E. Scott, director of the Maryland Department of Planning; James F. Ports Jr., deputy director of the Maryland Department of Transportation; Christopher C. Foster, deputy director of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development; Del. Barry Glassman, chairman of the Harford delegation to the Maryland General Assembly; and County Council President Robert Wagner.

Information: 410-638-3354

Delegates to attend session at library

Members of the Harford delegation to the General Assembly will be at the Abingdon library Wednesday for an all-day session to meet with leaders of municipalities, the school board, the county government and others. The event, which begins at 9:30 a.m., will be held in the library's conference room and is open to the public.

$21,000 donated for county arts center

A nonprofit group working to establish a performing arts center in Harford County announced last week that it has received two donations totaling $21,000.

At its monthly meeting Thursday, leaders of Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Inc. said the group received pledges of $15,000 from the Morris A. Mechanic Foundation and $6,000 from the Drescher Foundation.

Program to focus on Medicare plan

The Harford County Office on Aging will hold an informational enrollment program on understanding the new Medicare prescription drug coverage plan Thursday at McFaul Activities Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air.

Three sessions will be offered, at 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Each session will include an overview of the new coverage plan, which becomes effective in January, by Senior Health Insurance Program Director Janet Wright. There will also be representatives from the Social Security Administration and the Office of Aging to answer questions about eligibility, cost and benefits.

Reservations should be made by Wednesday.

Free shuttle service will be provided from the Motor Vehicle Association Parking Lot adjacent to the center on MacPhail Road.

Information: 410-638-4040.

15 merchants attend tobacco workshop

The Harford County Health Department and the Harford County Cancer and Tobacco Community Coalition commended 15 Harford County merchants for completing a tobacco vendors workshop held at the Higher Education and Applied Technology Center in Aberdeen.

Vendors learned techniques for checking identification, identifying fake IDs, acting when a fake ID is suspected and training employees to comply with the Maryland Youth Access Law.

Book festival holds naming contest

The Bel Air Book Festival is sponsoring a naming contest for its mascot bookworm Nov. 14 through 20.

Children of all ages may enter as many names as they wish for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Harford County Public Library store.

Entry forms will be available at all branches and online. Information: 443-512-8200 or belairbookfestival.org.

Master class to open with guitar workshop

Cecil Community College's Performing Arts Program Master Class Series will open with a guitar workshop led by musician Kenny Jones from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Elkton Station Music Studio.

The workshop is free to the public, and guitarists of all levels and styles are welcome.

Participants will learn and apply rhythmic comping, chord substitution, extending chords, and improvising over changes in blues and jazz music.

Reservations are requested as space is limited. Information: Janaea Rose Lyn, 410-287-6060, ext. 207.

Time-management seminar is set

Chris Sopa International Inc. will hold a time-management seminar from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Wapiti Conference Center in North East.

The seminar also will provide solutions for easy decision making and tips on maintaining a balance between work and home.

Information: 410-392-0140 or chrissopa.com.

Women's chorus seeking members

The Upper Chesapeake Chorus, a women's a cappella group, is seeking members.

Those interested are invited to attend a rehearsal, held Mondays from 6:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Route 22 in Churchville.

Information: 410-638-0777 or harmonize.com/ucc.

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