Anne Arundel County digest

February 19, 2011

Grant applications

The Rotary Club of Annapolis is accepting grant applications until March 15 to distribute the proceeds from its annual crab feast in August.

Applicants may apply for a grant online at annapolisrotary.org or by mail using the online application as your template. Mailing address is: Grants Committee, Annapolis Rotary Club, P.O. Box 603, Annapolis 21404. Requests will be evaluated and recipients will be notified and receive the funds during April and May. For more information, go the website or contact the grants chairman at Vern.Cunningham1@gmail.com or Vernon.Cunningham@pnc.com.

Workshop

The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre presents a free, pre-audition workshop for its coming production of the musical "Hairspray," 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at West Annapolis Elementary School, 210 Annapolis St. Leading the workshop will be the show's director, Darnell Morris, and choreographer, Nicole Martin. "Hairspray" is a Broadway musical based on the film written and directed by John Waters. Show will be performed Aug. 4-Sept. 4. Information: summergarden.com.

Colonial Players

Theater fans can get an advance look at the Colonial Players' coming season at a "Sneak Peek" event at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at 108 East St. in Annapolis. Event includes short scene readings and songs from the seven shows that will make up the 2011-2012 season. Information: thecolonialplayers.org.

Restaurant week

The Annapolis Restaurant Week takes place Monday, Feb. 21, through Sunday, Feb. 27. Thirty-seven restaurants in Historic and greater Annapolis will offer three-course, price-fixed meal selections at a cost of $15.95 for lunch and $29.95 for dinner. Among the participating restaurants are the Acme Bar & Grill, Buddy's Crabs & Ribs, Cafe Normandie, Hell Point Seafood, Luna Blu Ristorante Italiano, Rams Head Tavern, Sam's on the Waterfront, Yellowfin Steak & Fish House. Menus and contact information for participating restaurants: annapolisrestaurantweek.com. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Winter golf at Fort Meade

Active-duty, retired military and civilian guests can play 18 holes of golf and get use of a cart for $25 during this winter special. Prices are available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and after noon on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Directions and information: 301-677-5326.

Workshop

The AAC Department of Aging and Disabilities presents a free workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 25, at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. "Living Healthy With Chronic Conditions" is a self-management program for adults to help them handle their chronic conditions, which may include diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, chronic pain or anxiety, and heart disease. Adults with chronic conditions of any age are welcome, as well as caregivers. Information: 410-222-4366, ext. 3057, or agtoom88@aacounty.org.

'Recycle Forward'

Hillsmere Elementary School in Annapolis is participating in this program, which recycles used technology to raise money for new technology. There will be a community drive through the end of the school year for donations of used cell phones, inkjet and laser cartridges, old laptops, PDAs, iPods, MP3 players, video games, GPS systems, DVDs, calculators, LCD monitors and digital cameras. "Recycle Forward" is a joint effort between "Cartridges for Kids," a recycling program that pays cash to schools, and Digital Wish, a nonprofit that works to bring technology into the hands of educators. Donations may be dropped off at the school, 3052 Arundel on the Bay Road, or arrange a pickup by contacting Kristen Kasprow at 410-990-9542 or kgkasprow@gmail.com.

Senior Idol

The fifth annual Maryland Senior Competition and Benefit will be held March 30 at the Chesapeake Arts Center Theater, 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park. Auditions take place Feb. 18 at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. Rules, registration forms, and a photo release and consent form will be available at all seven senior centers in Anne Arundel County or online at http://www.aacounty.org/aging. The contest is open to anyone who has not sung for a living and is at least 60 years old. Information: 410-222-6680.

Resource guide

The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released its 2010-2011 Youth Resource Guide, which provides information about nonprofit and faith-based organizations in the county. A free copy is at volunteerannearundel.org. A limited number of hard copies can be purchased at the center, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, for $5 each. Information: 410-897-9207.

Disability issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has added an e-mail notification feature to its website that provides information on disability issues. Sign-up and information: http://www.aacounty.org/aging/disabledadults/commdis.cfm.

Youth volunteer guide

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