County Digest


March 08, 2009

Banneker-Douglass March events

The Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, has planned a number of activities for March.

* What Does All This Mean? Archaeology, Interpretation and Exhibits Homeschool Program: 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater; and Friday at the museum, for ages 8 to 16, $20. Children will learn about African-Americans who lived and worked at the county almshouse.

* Faith of Our Fathers, Living Still - A Children's Hands-on Workshop: 10 a.m. to noon March 21, ages 5 and up, $3 (drop-in, but registration requested). Children will create a 3-D family tree.

* Ladies Hats and Tea: noon to 3 p.m. March 28. This celebration of Women's History Month will feature a formal tea, fashion show, inspirational speakers and music.

* Maryland Day: noon to 5 p.m. March 29. The history of the Four Rivers Heritage Area will be featured with tours of local cultural and historical sites and activities for all ages.

The museum also has on display a permanent exhibit, Deep Roots, Rising Waters, that chronicles the lives of African-Americans living in Maryland from colonial days to the Civil Rights movement.

Registration is required for all programs. Information: 410-216-6186.

Commemorative walk

Local historian Conrad Bladey is planning a community commemorative walk Saturday to honor John Charles Linthicum and his wife, Helen A. Linthicum, who were helped to make Linthicum the community it is today.

The Fourth District congressman, who lived 1867 to 1932, was a teacher, lawyer and member of the Maryland General Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1900s. He also opposed prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s, even suggesting a "Beer Parade" to support the "wets" cause in Baltimore, but it was never held.

Mrs. Linthicum was a club woman known for her jewels and wealth.

Anyone interested in participating in the "I'm Linthicum" walk is welcome. Participants should gather between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Linthicum Shopping Center behind the post office to leave at noon and walk three blocks to the Linthicum Memorial on Maple Road across from the train station. Period dress in the 1930s style is welcome, along with art cars, and other related historical memorabilia.

A reception will be held after the walk.

Information: 410-789-0930.

Radio classes

The Anne Arundel Radio Club will hold a free eight-week course leading to a Technician Class Amateur Radio (HAM) license 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays beginning March 14 in the clubhouse on the grounds of the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road.

Students must purchase the Technician Class License Manual, available from ARRL ( or in the class at a discount if reserved at registration. The final class will be followed by a license exam.

Information: 410-923-0229 or

Youth of the Year

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will hold its 20th annual Ed Casey Youth of the Year Awards Dinner March 18 at the Bates Club.

Six youths have been nominated for the award, and the winner will be announced at the dinner. Candidates were judged on leadership qualities, community service, moral character, goals, obstacles overcome, essays, poise and public speaking. The evening will include a video on each nominee and an address by Gov. Martin O'Malley on the program's outreach work.

An online auction is being held in conjunction with the dinner at Dinner reservations are required.

Information: 410-263-2542, Ext. 107.

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