Anne Arundel County digest

May 13, 2011

Concert series

The Columbia Jazz Band opens the season for the William Paca Garden Concert Series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at 186 Prince George St. in Annapolis. Concert-goers can take advantage of terrace seating or bring blankets and picnic on the Paca House lawn (no bottles or spirits). A cash bar will be available for snacks and beverages, ID required for all beer and wine purchases. Admission is $10, $12 at the door; $5 for children ages 5-15, free for children 5 and younger. Tickets and reservations: 410-267-8146 or annapolis.org.

Herbal program

Visitors can learn about uses for herbs and get new ideas for using herbs in the garden and kitchen from an herbalist 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Hancock's Resolution, 2795 Bayside Beach Road in Pasadena. Free. Information: 410-255-4048 or historichancocksresolution.org.

Ahoy!

"Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake," a themed event for children, returns for another season in the Annapolis harbor. Children can get their faces painted, dress up as pirates and participate in a treasure hunt on the water. Search for sunken treasure while using water cannons in defense against enemy pirates. Schedule and information: 410-263-0002 or chesapeakepirates.com.

Golf tournaments

•The Fort Meade Directorate of Emergency Services will hold a First Responder Golf Classic, 9 a.m. on Friday, May 20, at The Courses, 6800 Mapes Road. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast provided. An awards banquet with dinner will be held after the tournament. Tournament play is a captain's choice best ball with a four-player team. Prizes will be awarded for long drive, straight drive and closest to pin. Prizes will also be awarded for top-placed teams as well as door prizes. Cost is $65 for members and $85 for non-members. Information: 301-677-7681.

•Archbishop Spalding High School will host the annual Lt. James H. Love Memorial Golf Tournament at the Queenstown Harbor Golf Courses on June 9. Tournament was established to honor the memory of Lt. James H. Love, a 1977 Spalding graduate and U.S. Navy pilot lost during Operation Desert Shield. Golfers can register in foursomes or individually. Cost includes greens fees, a bag filled with gifts, lunch and dinner catered by Adam's Ribs of Eastport. In addition, players have the chance to participate in longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-one competitions. Cost and information: the school at 410-969-9105 x 256 or archbishopspalding.org.

Guided arboretum walks

On Saturdays through November, visitors can explore Adkins Arboretum's diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by an arboretum naturalist. Explore the bottomland forest and upland paths, meander through beech trees, traverse the native meadows and follow the narrow Tuckahoe Creekside. The 11 a.m. walks are free for members and free with admission for the public. The hour-long tours begin at the visitors center. Information: 410-634-2847.

Vendors needed

Fort Meade's Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Special Events seeks food, beverage and novelty vendors to participate in its Independence Day celebration on July 4. Information: 301-677-7785 or email jean.jordan@us.army.mil.

'Recycle Forward'

Hillsmere Elementary School in Annapolis is participating in a program that recycles used technology to raise money for new technology. There is a donation drive through the end of the school year for donations of used cell phones, inkjet and laser cartridges, 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 puts technology into the hands of educators. Donations may be dropped off at the school, 3052 Arundel on the Bay Road, or schedule a pickup by contacting Kristen Kasprow at 410-990-9542 or kgkasprow@gmail.com.

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. Printed 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 email 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

The Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Guide is available for download free on the center's website, volunteerannearundel.org. Printed copies can be ordered for $5 each. Mail checks to Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, Annapolis 21401, or pay at the center during business hours. Information: 410-897-9207.

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