County Digest

October 28, 2011

Art sale

The First Sunday Holiday Art Sale will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Event features more than 40 artists and crafters offering their wares for sale. There will also be food and refreshments, live music and art exhibits. Free admission and parking. Information: firstsundayarts.com.

'The Taming of the Shrew'

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 21-22, for AACC's production of Shakespeare's comedy classic in the Humanities Building Robert E. Kauffman Theater in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. All roles are open. Rehearsals start in early December. Performance dates are Feb. 9-12 and 16-18. Information: 410-777-7125.

Donations needed

The Bowie Baysox have announced that Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Northeast Crain Highway in Bowie, will serve as a collection point for warm clothes donations in conjunction with Louie's Holiday Hope. Starting Tuesday, gently used winter coats and other warm clothing can be dropped off Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Information: baysox.com.

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 elaine.shanley@verizon.net and must be received by Nov. 30. Information: 410-353-2256.

'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 operationpaperback.org to learn more about the program. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at opbooksmilitary@comcast.net. Please put "books" in the subject line.

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.

Register your bike

The Annapolis Police Department is sponsoring a bicycle registration program. The owner's name, address, phone number and the bike's serial number, manufacturer and color are recorded in the department's database. Registration is available to any Annapolis resident. To schedule an appointment, contact Cpl. Craig Medley at 410-268-9000, ext. 7225, or cemedley@annapolis.gov. Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they want to hold a community registration.

Police Explorers

The Annapolis Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post 199 is accepting applications. Law Enforcement Exploring is a program for those who have completed eighth grade and are 14 to 20 years old. The program offers information on career activities. Meetings are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at police headquarters, 199 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis. Information: 410-268-9000 or at the office.

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