County Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

November 23, 2008

Disabilities commission resets meeting to Dec. 9

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has moved its scheduled Tuesday meeting to Dec. 9 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The commission normally meets 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month, except December, in the Chesapeake Room on the second floor at 2664 Riva Road, Heritage Complex, Annapolis. The next meeting after Dec. 9 will be Jan. 27.

Individuals in need of special accommodations should contact the ADA office at 410-222-4383 voice/Maryland Relay 711 or e-mail exjord00@aacounty.org.

Women of Color awards

The YWCA of Anne Arundel County is accepting nominations through Dec. 1 for its Women of Color awards and scholarships.

Nominations can be made in four categories: Future Leader, Service to Youth, Pathfinder and Good Samaritan.

The Future Leader category is for young women graduating from Anne Arundel County high schools who show strong academic ability, extracurricular activities and community involvement. Nominations may be submitted by guidance counselors, churches, community groups and family members.

Awards will be presented at a luncheon March 7 at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie.

Information: 410-626-7800, Ext. 249, or 410-841-5574.

Grants for nonprofits

The Chartwell Foundation is accepting applications for its fall cycle of grants to nonprofit organizations that provide charitable and educational programs.

The 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization provides grants of $250 to $10,000 to nonprofits. It raises funds through donations from businesses and individuals.

Last year, the Chartwell Foundation awarded $49,500 in grants to 14 organizations.

Grant application guidelines are available from the Chartwell Foundation, 523 Benfield Road, Suite 204, Severna Park, MD 21146. Deadline for applications is Nov. 30.

Leopold given award

County Executive John R. Leopold was recently presented with the Innovation Award from the Volunteer Center of Anne Arundel County and inducted into the Volunteer Project Hall of Fame for his work to establish Homeless Resource Day.

Leopold created Homeless Resource Day to provide short- and long-term services to the homeless of Anne Arundel County at one central location.

It offers medical care, substance abuse resources, mental health counseling, housing and job assistance, personal hygiene, social services and quality of life resources to homeless individuals and families, or those at risk of being homeless, from county and state agencies and local nonprofit organizations.

Paca wreath workshop

The William Paca House will hold a wreath-making workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 in the garden at 1 Martin St., Annapolis.

Participants will make a Colonial revival wreath using boxwood, wreath forms and other supplies. Attendees may bring their own greens, fruits, seedpods and ribbons.

The cost is $45 and reservations are required.

Information: www.annapolis.org.

Holiday crafts workshops

Historic London Town and Gardens will hold two holiday workshops Dec. 6 at 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater.

A wreath-making workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon to create a holiday wreath using natural greenery, bows and ornaments on an evergreen base. The cost is $35.

A creative workshop to make festive kissing balls, topiary trees and custom centerpieces will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

A craft table for children will be available.

The cost is $35 for adults and $15 for children.

Reservations are required.

Information: 410-222-1919.

Food bank donations

Marley Station and Arundel Mills malls, owned by Simon Property Group, are teaming with Feeding America to collect donations of food for the needy this holiday season.

Customers can take nonperishable boxed and canned foods to Guest Services through Dec. 31. Receptacles will be available for donations.

Food will be given to the Maryland Food Bank for distribution.

Information: www.simon.com or www.feedingamerica.org.

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