County briefs

May 07, 2010

Wetlands sanctuary

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, a 1,600-acre park, celebrates its 25th anniversary Saturday, May 15, with a free open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be guided tours, children's crafts and activities, animals on display, information on volunteering, and an amphibian and reptile hunt. The sanctuary is at 1361 Wrighton Road in Lothian. Information: 410-741-9330 or


Annual conference on unidentified flying objects takes place May 15 at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Hear from speakers who are among the top UFO experts in the nation during the "UFO Awareness" conference which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Humanities Building, Room 112. S. Peter Resta of the University of Maryland is the keynote speaker. Cost is $30 for county residents, with an additional charge of $5 for out-of-county residents and a $10 charge for out-of-state residents. Information and registration: 410-777-2625 or

Leadership program

Leadership Anne Arundel is seeking applicants for its 2010 Flagship Program, which helps participants develop essential leadership skills and expand their knowledge and awareness of issues and opportunities within the county.

Applications: 410-571-9798 or Deadline is June 1.

Doll collection

More than 100 handmade dolls from the Vilma Stockton collection are on display and for sale at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 W. Shady Side Road. Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-867-4486.

Flea market

The Anne Arundel County Fair celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Flea Market Series with flea markets featuring new and used items for sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine June 12. Information: 410-923-3400.

Law enforcement

The Annapolis Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post 199 is accepting applications. Law Enforcement Exploring is a work site-based program for young men and women who completed the eighth grade and are between 14 and 20. The program helps youth with information on a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities.

Meetings are held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month at police headquarters, 199 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis. Information: 410-268-9000, or stop by the office.

Poster contest

The annual Mentoring Poster Contest, sponsored by the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and the Anne Arundel Mentoring Roundtable, is under way. The contest is open to all school-age youth in Anne Arundel County and Annapolis who have been in a mentored relationship or who seek a mentor.

Posters should show how being mentored has helped the student be a better person.

Prizes will be awarded for the best posters in each category — elementary, middle and high schools — that express the contest's theme in the most creative and original way. Posters must be postmarked by May 21.

Information and entry forms: 410-897-9207 or

Art contest

The Annapolis Police Department is holding its annual "McGruff and Me" art contest. Participants ages 5 to 18 are asked to create original artwork depicting the participant and McGruff the Crime Dog engaged in an activity that is good for the community.

Every entrant will receive a certificate. First-, second- and third-place winners and one honorable mention in each age group will be guests at National Night Out 2010 on Aug. 23, receive a trophy and have their work framed and put on display.

Entries should be submitted by May 28. Information and contest guidelines: 410-268-9000, ext. 7331, or 410-268-9000.


Arundel High School Class of 1960 will hold its 50th reunion Sept. 9-11 with a picnic, dinner, breakfast, an evening at Blob's Park and more. Information: Robert Stansbury at 410-471-2805, or

Learn to row

The Annapolis Rowing Club is accepting registration for classes. The club offers courses in sweep rowing in eight-person shells with coxswains. Those interested can choose from among six sessions, each consisting of four two-hour lessons given from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays on two consecutive weekends. Classes are geared to those with no rowing experience and are limited to 16 people. Participants must be 14 or older. Cost is $190. Sessions continue on weekends through July 17-18.

Information and registration:

Fingerprinting service

The Annapolis Police Department offers fingerprinting service on the following days and times at 199 Taylor Ave.:

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays

The fee is $5 per fingerprint card, and the person being printed must supply the cards. Check or money order only. Information: 410-268-9000.

Historic house tours

The Anne Arundel County Historical Society has opened the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in Linthicum for the season. Tours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Group tours are by appointment. The Kuethe Library for Historical and Genealogical Research, 5 Crain Highway S.E., operated jointly with the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays year-round. Information: 410-760-9679.

Dance classes

Ballet Theatre of Maryland offers dance classes and workshops at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park. Information and registration cost: 410-636-6597 or

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