County Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

December 14, 2008

Bay Foundation hosts charity book signing

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will hold a Coastal Christmas Charity Book Signing Bash from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at its headquarters, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis.

Maryland authors Richard LaMotte (Pure Sea Glass), Deacon Ritterbush (A Beachcomber's Odyssey) and Margaret Caruthers (Beach Stones), will sign copies of their books. Ritterbush will give a lecture at 3 p.m. on Beachcombing on the Shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Photographers Celia Pearson and Megan Lloyd also will attend.

Visitors are welcome to bring their collections of sea glass, fossils, pottery shards, prehistoric artifacts or beach stones for estimates of age and origin by the authors and prehistoric archaeologist Tomasi Patolo.

A sale will be held of vintage Japanese and Korean fishing floats, beach-themed stationery, journals and calendars. Baskets of rocks, fossils and sea glass will be available for free.

Capital Teas will offer hot teas and Teen Aid will provide baked goods.

A $5 donation is requested.

Information: 410-268-8816.

New Year's in Annapolis

Annapolis will welcome the New Year the evening of Dec. 31 with festivities at the New Year's Eve Annapolis event in the downtown area.

The family-oriented afternoon and evening will feature activities at more than 12 venues in and around historic Annapolis, including window performances, interactive events, a karaoke competition sponsored by WNAV radio, an ice sculpture demonstration, live music and the "Last Race of 2008."

Children's activities begin at 3 p.m. at the city recreation center.

Big Vanilla will set up a climbing wall from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at City Dock.

Fleet Feet Annapolis will hold the Last Race of the Year at 4:30 p.m. up Main Street to the City Dock.

Entertainment will be provided by Rob Levit, jazz and blues; Peter Brice, Irish; Clones of Funk; Annapolis Chorale; Annapolis opera; Maryland Ballet Theatre; and the children's band, Milkshake.

Two fireworks displays will be held: one at 7:30 p.m. for families, and one at midnight to ring in the New Year.

Admission buttons are $10 until Dec. 25 and $15 afterward.

Information: 410-280-0445.

Winter luncheon series

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society will hold a winter luncheon speaker series Wednesdays Jan. 14 through Feb. 18 at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Road.

Luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. and feature a speaker on historical and cultural topics.

A lunch of homemade soups, specialty breads, beverages and desserts is served.

The cost is $15 per session or $75 for all six luncheons.

Reservations are required.

Information: 410-267-0654.

Domestic violence exhibit

The Maryland Court of Appeals is sponsoring a traveling exhibit on domestic violence by the House of Ruth during business hours through Dec. 29 at the Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building, 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis.

A Line in the Sand is a 2,000-square-foot photo exhibit that chronicles the state's fight against domestic violence.

It features portraits of more than 20 leaders in the program.

From July 2006 through June 2007, more than 28,000 domestic violence cases were filed in Maryland District and Circuit courts, and 52 people, including 13 children, were killed in domestic violence. More than 21,000 cases have been filed in the first eight months of this year.

"Domestic violence is a serious social issue that destroys the very fabric of our community," said Maryland Court of Appeal Chief Judge Robert M. Bell.

"We can only end the pervasive cycle of domestic violence by working to educate, inform and raise awareness about the problem and provide sources of help. Community involvement is a key factor in ending domestic violence."

Information: 410-260-1488.

Evergreen House trip

The Annapolis Watercolor Club will take a trip to the Evergreen House in Baltimore on Jan. 8.

Evergreen House is an opulent 19th-century mansion filled with post-Impressionist paintings and antiques of artistic merit that was owned by the Garrett family. After a guided tour, the group will have lunch at Gertrude's Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art, then browse the exhibits.

To save money, participants will carpool. Those willing to drive, should make note of that when signing up.

The group will leave from Jones Station Road in Arnold at 10 a.m.

Information: 410-761-3940.

Arundel Mills' celebrations

At Arundel Mills, through Dec. 24, there will be snow, music and lights for five minutes, every hour on the hour, in the Pinball Court.

Photos with Santa will be available at various hours through Dec. 24 at Children's Place.

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