County Briefs

January 11, 2009

Homeowners can qualify for rehab assistance

An informational meeting on programs offering financial assistance to qualifying homeowners whose house needs rehabilitation or repairs will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

Leanne Garabedian and Carson Arnold from Arundel Community Development Services will provide information about the property rehabilitation program services available through ACDS, a private nonprofit organization that administers federal, state and local housing and community development funds, as well as affordable housing initiatives.

ACDS makes direct, low-interest or no-interest loans to eligible, low-income households so homeowners can rehabilitate their house.

Repairs and rehabilitation work must qualify under state and federal regulations. Typical repairs include fixing faulty plumbing or wiring, leaking roofs, and deteriorated windows and doors, and modifications for special needs.

Information: 410-222-6680.

Funds for women's groups

Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT), a women's giving circle and a fund of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, has available just more than $60,000 in grant funds for programs directed to at-risk county women, families and children, with a focus on education, health and welfare, and violence and abuse prevention.

One-year grants of up to $10,000 will be made to a limited number of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. A downloadable Grant Application and the Grant Criteria with complete descriptions of eligible activities and other program information is available at www.givingtogether.org.

A Prospective Applicants Forum will be held 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 24 at Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, 121 South Villa Avenue in Wiley Bates Heritage Park. Reservations are required at rmr123@verizon.net. Grant applications must be postmarked or delivered to AAWGT at the office of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County by noon Feb. 12. Successful applicants will be notified in June, with funds available July 1. Grants must be spent by June 30, 2010.

Women interested in learning more about AAWGT are invited to the group's next meeting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Pathways Treatment Center, 2620 Riva Road, Annapolis. Information: 410-268-9698.

Central Md. Junior Miss

The Central Maryland Junior Miss pageant will hold its first talent showcase at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 DuBois Road.

Anyone with a talent to share may compete for prizes. Participants will have three minutes to perform. Judges will determine the winners.

Entry fee is $10 for individuals and $20 for groups of three or more, payable in advance. Interested participants should call 443-413-2997 and leave a message or register online at www.centralmarylandsjun iormiss.info. Participants must arrive by 7 p.m.

Spectator tickets are $ 5 in advance and $10 at the door. Proceeds benefit Central Maryland's Junior Miss Scholarship.

Banneker-Douglass events

The Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, will hold events related to the presidential inauguration and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

An exhibit of an inaugural quilt, "Journey to the White House," documenting Barack Obama's life story and political trek to the presidency, will be held Saturday.

Joan M. E. Gaither, chair of Undergraduate Art Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art, began the quilt in June. It features images and text documenting Obama's rise to the White House as part of a Baltimore album-style quilt. Gaither and community members will finish the quilt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The quilt will hang in the museum lobby through February.

Visitors are invited to the museum from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 to create a quilt square of their personal story based on the "Journey to the White House" quilt. The museum will provide art supplies. The program is free, but registration is requested.

The museum will honor King with a day of volunteer service from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19. The "Day On, Not a Day Off" will provide several volunteer opportunities through several organizations. All volunteers younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is requested at Fay@volunteerannearundel.org. Information: 410-216-6180.

Black heritage walk

Watermark, a tour, charter and cruise company of Annapolis, will offer a walking tour of the downtown area to visitors in town for the inauguration.

A colonial-attired guide will combine the best of the "Three Centuries Walking Tour" with highlights from the African-American Heritage Tour.

The Inaugural Celebration Tour of Historic Annapolis will feature the history of African-Americans in Annapolis and their effect on the nation and world. Key historical sites will include the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, Thurgood Marshall Memorial and the State House.

The tour will be offered at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 and 19, starting from the Visitors Center at 26 West St. The cost is $16 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-11 and free for children 2 and younger. Information: 410-268-7601, ext. 102.

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