County Digest

July 15, 2011

Fundraiser

The Coretta Scott King Memorial Garden Party and Chateau Fashions Fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at Sojourner Douglass College, 135 Stepney Lane in Edgewater. Tickets are $30 at the door or checks can be mailed to Martin Luther King Dinner Committee, P.O. Box 371, Annapolis, 21401. Information: 410-295-0638 or 202-316-0803.

Call for artists

Benfield Gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park, invites artists 18 and older to enter its fall juried exhibition. Selected artwork will be on display at the gallery Sept. 17 through Oct. 15. Kelly Richard, manager of the gallery, will judge the exhibition. Information: $10-544-2299 or email kellyatbenfield@aol.com.

Food drive

The Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave., is accepting donations through July 31 for the Lighthouse Shelter and Food Link at the front desk. Suggestions for donations include grape jelly, canned chicken, tuna, rice, canned beef stew, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, saltine crackers, canned ham and spaghetti sauce. Information: 410-222-1818.

Auditions

•The Colonial Players will hold auditions for their production of the Agatha Christie mystery "The Unexpected Guest" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday, July 17-18, at 2132 Reynard Court, Annapolis. Roles are available for seven men age 19 to 50s and three women 30s to 50s. Information about auditions and production dates in September and October is available at theunexpectedguest@thecolonialplayers.org.

•Bowie Community Theatre will hold auditions for "Grace and Glorie," at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3 at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 Whitemarsh Park Drive. Roles are available for two actresses — one for a woman in her 80s and one for a woman in her late 30s to early 40s. Cold readings. Information: 410-757-4193 or eimiller@cablespeed.com.

Food drive

The BankAnnapolis Summer Food Drive is taking place through July 31 to support Food Link and Our Haven Shelter. Collection baskets are located at all area BankAnnapolis branches. Information: 410-224-4455 or go to bankannapolis.com.

Theater performance

The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre presents "The Marvelous Wonderettes," a musical featuring girl-group songs from the 1950s and 1960s, running through July 24 at 143 Compromise St. in Annapolis. Set at the 1958 Springfield High School prom, the show features four local women as a singing group with big hopes and dreams. Show times are 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Tickets are $18. For tickets and more information, call 410-268-9212 or go to summergarden.com.

Foreign exchange student

The Rotary Club of Annapolis seeks candidates for its International Outbound High School Foreign Exchange Student program. The opening is for a nine-month period in the fall of 2012. The student must be between ages 15 and 181/2 at departure for overseas. Interviews will be held Sept. 6-8. The club will consider 10 candidates on a first-come, first-served basis. Further potential interviews, including parents, will be held in early November in York, Pa. Selections will be announced later in November during an overnight outing in York, which includes meeting current exchange students. Information: Jim Ludwick at 410-695-1556 or jfludwick@yahoo.com.

Ahoy!

"Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake," a themed event for children, returns for another season in Annapolis harbor. Children can get their faces painted, dress 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.

Resource guide

The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released a 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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