County Digest

October 21, 2011

Nominations sought

Each year the Rotary Club of Annapolis holds its "Black Tie and Diamonds" fundraiser to benefit a cause or organization. The 2011 event raised $68,100 for the Light House shelter, and the 2012 event, planned for March 3, will benefit the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation. Nominations are being sought from area 501(c)3 nonprofits, for consideration for the 2013 event.

Candidates should submit the following information:

•Copy of IRS 501(c)3 letter of determination for nonprofit status.

•List of current Board of Directors with titles.

•A statement of the nature of the organization and the intended use of funds from the Black Tie and Diamonds gala (five-page limit).

•A specific strategy on how the candidate organization will partner with the Rotary Club of Annapolis to sell tickets, raise funds, contribute to the pre-planning implementation, and clean up.

Proposed packets can be mailed to Rotary Club of Annapolis, Attention: Elaine Shanley, President-Elect, P.O. Box 603, Annapolis 21404, or emailed to and must be received by Nov. 30. Information: 410-353-2256.

Prescription drug disposal

The "National Take Back Initiative" will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the lobby of Annapolis Police Department headquarters. The program provides a place for people who want to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs. It is completely anonymous, no identification is requested of people disposing of medications, and people are encouraged to remove identifying labels from containers. Liquid medications should be in a sealed container. Other medications may be disposed of in their original containers. Needles or injectables will not be accepted. Any other type of medication is accepted (controlled, noncontrolled or over the counter).

Information: 410-268-9000 or


A "Diabetes Self-Management Program" is being offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Nov. 15 at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park. Participants will learn how to identify problems caused by diabetes, manage their blood sugars, understand the relationship between food and blood sugar levels, and read nutrition labels. Workshops also will cover positive ways to deal with stress, techniques to help with depression, and communication skills to interact more effectively with physicians. Information: 410-222-4366, ext. 3057.

'Operation Paperback'

This nonprofit organization collects gently used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than 1.3 million books have been shipped to military personnel around the world. Interested people can go to to learn more about the program. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at Please put "books" in the subject line.

Haunted tours

Historic Annapolis Foundation and Watermark Tours sponsors a "Haunted Ghost Tour" through Annapolis Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29. The two-hour walking tour leaves at 7:30 p.m. from the Museum Store, 77 Main St. Special Halloween tours will be held Sunday-Monday, Oct. 30-31. Tickets are $20, $14 for children 3-11 and free for children younger than 3. Reservations and information: 410-268-7601, ext. 100, or

Senior Olympics

Registration is under way for the 2011 Maryland Senior Olympics being held through Nov. 6 at locations statewide, featuring 21 sports with more than 100 events. The sports include volleyball, basketball, track and field, bowling, table tennis, archery, horseshoes, racquetball, badminton, billiards, lawn bowling, softball, tennis and swimming.

Cost to participate in one event is $20, and $5 for each additional one. Registration deadline is 30 days before your first event's start date.

To register or get more information, call 240-777-8080 or go to

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 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:

Youth volunteer guide

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