County Digest


March 29, 2009

Year of Astronomy talks, Planet Walk

The Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy with One Hundred Hours of Astronomy, Thursday to April 5.

Co-sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College and the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, the Saturday event will feature a free interpreted Planet Walk on the B&A Trail between Glen Burnie (Harundale) and Earleigh Heights Road, on which a proportional sculptural model of the solar system is being created.

From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., scientists from NASA/Goddard and other institutions will discuss the planet sculptures. It is recommended for visitors to start at the sun sculpture behind Harundale Plaza off Aquahart Road, where parking is available, but they can begin anywhere along the route, which ends at the Pluto sculpture at Earleigh Heights Road.

In case of heavy rain, the walk is canceled.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in AACC's Pascal Center, the Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails and the AACC Astronomy Club will hold Cocktails with the Cosmos, a benefit party for the construction of the Planet Walk sculptures and the Astronomy Club. Models of the planet sculptures will be displayed and guest Galileo will discuss his pioneering work with telescopes during the early 17th century.

Tickets for the AACC event are $50 per person or $95 for couples, available at 410-695-1137 or

Information: 410-647-7220.

Help on energy bills

The Community Action Agency will hold an Energy Assistance Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, 8402 Brock Bridge Road, Laurel.

Low-income residents in need of help paying their gas and electric bill can apply for assistance at the expo. Aid is available to households with a monthly income ranging from $1,516.65 for a single resident to $4,141.65 for a family of six.

Applicants need to take photo identification, proof of residence, copies of Social Security cards for all family members, income verification, name and account of their utility supplier and last bill.

Information: 410-265-4103.

Back Creek

Annapolis Recreation and Parks is offering environmental education programs for children at Back Creek Nature Park at 1314 Edgewood Road.

Programs cost $5 per class. Registration is required by phone at 410-263-7958 or online at Scheduled courses include:

* Stormwater Education Experience at 3 p.m. Sunday and April 19, and at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-6, and 3:45 p.m. for ages 6 and up Monday and April 20.

* Solar Power, Glassphalt and Green Roofs at 3 p.m. April 5, and 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-6, and 3:45 p.m. for ages 6 and up April 6.

GOP dinner

The Republican State Central Committee of Anne Arundel County will hold a Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner featuring Michael S. Steele, the Republican National Committee's chairman, at 6 p.m. Tuesday March 31 at the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel on Jennifer Road.

Steele, previously a corporate securities attorney, was elected Maryland lieutenant governor in 2003. He was chosen RNC chair on Jan. 30.

Tickets are $75 in advance or $90 at the door. Tables of 10 are $700. A VIP reception will begin at 6 p.m., and dinner and the program at 7 p.m. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle also will be held.

Information: 410-766-4578.

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