December 28, 2007

Senior Center to be upgraded

The Pasadena Senior Center will be upgraded and expanded as part of the expansion of Lake Shore Plaza, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced.

St. John Properties' estimated $6 million overall renovation and revitalization plan for the 161,000-square-foot retail center at 4103 Mountain Road calls for a new "village Main Street" configuration.

The project will increase the retail center property by approximately 7,000 square feet, and the Pasadena Senior Center will expand from 9,500 square-foot footprint to an estimated 12,000 square feet.

The renovations, which will cause no disruptions of service at the Pasadena Senior Center, will include road realignment of the entrance road, improvements to pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow, and a modernized exterior facade among other enhancements.

The company anticipates construction to begin by spring.

Maryland Calendar of Events available

The 250,000 individuals who receive copies of the 2008 Maryland Calendar of Events won't have to look far to learn about the yearlong Annapolis Alive! celebration.

The front cover of the calendar bears the Annapolis Alive! logo and images of select events that the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau provided to help commemorate the 300th anniversary of the signing of the Royal Charter that gave Annapolis its city status in 1708.

An introduction invites readers to "Party like it's 1708" and encourages them to look for the Annapolis Alive! logo as they browse the pages of the publication. The logo is featured 28 different times, highlighting 28 Annapolis Alive! events that include:

The New Year's Eve celebration on Monday.

The Travel Through Three Amazing Centuries event on Jan. 27.

CharterFest, featuring a National Towne Crier competition, May 1 through May 4.

A Sept. 27-Oct. 3 City Faire.

The calendars are available at the bureau's Visitors Center at 26 West St. in Annapolis.

Information: www.visitmary land.org.

County recruits tax preparers

Anne Arundel County is recruiting tax preparers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), a senior volunteer program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the county's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

New VITA volunteers will receive one week of training in early January followed by instruction in the use of electronic filing. Spaces in the training class are limited.

The county Department of Aging and Disabilities will offer free tax preparation at all seven senior centers,

To sign up, call the RSVP office at 410-222-0144 or 0145, or the assistant director at the nearest senior center.

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