Education Notes


November 09, 2008

Naval Academy school plans fundraiser run, walk

The Naval Academy Primary School will hold a 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer run and 5-kilometer walk and kids fun run today at the school, 74 Greenbury Point Road, Annapolis.

The race will take place along the scenic path at the Naval Station Annapolis Greenbury Point Natural Area overlooking the Severn River.

The event is to raise money for the school that serves Naval Academy and military families.

Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the runs and walks are to start at 9 a.m. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race.

Information: 410-757-3090.

Environmental lecture set

The Montessori International Children's House will hold a lecture and discussion by Susan Hartsfield, author of The Complete Guide to Energy Conservation for Smarties at 7 p.m. tomorrow at its Annapolis campus, 1641 Winchester Road.

Hartfield will highlight practical tips that everybody can use to save energy and money and protect the environment. Her book and "green" gift baskets will be available for sale.

Reservations are required.

Information: 410-757-7789.

Holiday foods, crafts

Anne Arundel Community College is offering a series of holiday food workshops and holiday crafts workshops through mid-December.

Foods workshops include: Cookie Decorating, Nov. 16; Christmas Dinner Extraordinaire, Dec. 5; Holiday Lights (Low Calorie Fare), Dec. 5; Cookie Exchange, Dec. 6, 7, 12-14; Your Holiday Table, Dec. 6; Yule Fuel, Dec. 10; Comfort and Joy - Meals for the Holidays, Dec. 12; and Cookie Decorating, Dec. 14.

Craft workshops are: Thanksgiving Floral Arrangements, Nov. 10 or 12; Wreaths and Swags, Nov. 18; Christmas Decorating Ideas, Nov. 20; Aromatic Herb Wreath, Nov. 22; Christmas Floral Arrangements, Dec. 1 and 16; Colonial Williamsburg Door Decoration, Dec. 6.

For details, times and cost: 410-777-2325.

Benefit Turkey 5K Trot

Anne Arundel Community College will hold the 20th Turkey 5K Trot and One Mile jaunt to benefit its fitness center at noon Nov. 26 on the Arnold campus.

Participants can compete individually or as a team of two in the predicted time and fastest time categories.

Fees are: $10 for the one-mile jaunt; $12 to $25 through Friday for the 5K trot, and $18 to $30 afterward.

Information: 410-777-2767.

Spalding fundraiser

Archbishop Spalding High School will hold a Cavalier Turkey Trot 5-kilometer Run/Walk Nov. 27 at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville.

The registration fee is $25, but donations over that amount are appreciated. Proceeds will be used for the school's eight-lane track project.

Registration and packet pick-up are to begin at 7:30 a.m., and the race is slated at 8:30 a.m. The race will start and end at the clubhouse/concession area.

Awards will be given out at the end of the race. Post-race water and refreshments will be available.

Information: 410-969-9105, ext. 256.

St. John's lectures

St. John's College will present the 2008-2009 Maryland History Lecture Series "Exploring Our Roots," focusing on different facets of Maryland history.

The lectures, free and open to the public, will be held at 8:15 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, unless noted otherwise.

Each lecture will be preceded by a candlelight dinner at 7:15 p.m. in Randall Hall and must be paid in advance.

Individual dinner/lectures are $30. Reservations (at least five days in advance): 410-626-2507, or e-mail anne.zolkow

History lectures are:

* Nov. 25: "Dr. Alexander Hamilton and Provincial Maryland. Expanding the Orbit of Scottish Culture," by Elaine Breslaw, author and historian.

* Jan. 20: "Anne Arundel's Lost Town Archaeological Project, an Update," by Al Luckenback, Anne Arundel County archaeologist.

* Feb. 17: "Abraham Lincoln comes to Annapolis: the Hampton Roads Peace Conference," by Willard Mumford, chairman of the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation Inc.

* March 17: "The Remarkable Acquisitions of the United States Naval Academy Museum," by James Cheevers, Naval Academy Museum associate director.

C-Span video contest

C-SPAN has announced its 2009 StudentCam video documentary competition with $50,000 in prizes, including 75 student awards and 11 teacher awards.

The national competition invites all middle school students (grades six to eight) and high school students (grades nine to 12) to produce a five- to eight-minute documentary on "A message to the new president: What is the most urgent issue for the new president to address after taking office, and why?"

Entries must represent more than one point of view and include C-SPAN video. Students can upload their entry forms and videos online at

The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 20. Winners will be announced March 10.

The competition is also open to international students, and one $500 prize will be offered for the best international entry. Videos must be the original work of students, but teachers may provide guidance and critiques.

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