Call for artists
Artists of all ages who have disabilities and are county residents are invited to submit artwork to the 2012 Artists With Disabilities Art Exhibit. Showing will feature more than 20 works. An opening night reception will be held April 19 at the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert St. in Annapolis. Following the reception, selected artwork will be on display through June 15.
Entry procedures and application forms are available Disability Commission's web site at aacounty.org/aging/disabledadults/commdis.cfm. Up to three works may be entered. Submission deadline is Feb. 20, and decisions will be announced by March 9. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road, Glen Burnie, will host a community forum for residents of the Glen Gardens neighborhood at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. Speakers include Mark Chang of the county executive's office, Joannie Casey of the Department of Planning and Zoning, and Barbara Moeller, president of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association. Community will have an opportunity to their neighbors and bring questions, comments, concerns and ideas on improving the quality of life in the neighborhood. Information: 410-766-6534.
Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church, 429 Asbury Drive in Severna Park, will host a "Pre-Super Bowl Fiesta" on Sunday, Jan. 29, following the 10 a.m. worship service. Fiesta will include a buffet of Super Bowl favorites with desserts, a chili-cook-off, hot wing cook-off, Ravens-Steelers Trivia face-off, Super Bowl Playoff winner's face-off and games. Comedian Sam "The Juice" Crowder performs at halftime. All are invited and encouraged to wear their team's jersey and colors. For more information and/or to enter a cook-off, call 410-647-3461.
The Annapolis Horticulture Society meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at St. Anne's Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis. Michael Raupp speaks on "Good Bugs and Bad Bugs." Open to the public. Enter through the side entrance from Charles Street or through the rear entrance off the South Street parking lot. Information: annapolishorticulture.org.
The 2nd annual Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning will take place from noon to 4 p.m. March 24 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St. General admission is $25; $5 per child 13-18; free for children 12 and younger; VIP admission is $40 per adult and includes a commemorative T-shirt and special oyster dish tastings from competing area restaurants. Information: amaritime.org.
Polar Bear Plunge
The 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Parkway in Annapolis. Admission is free to spectators, plungers must raise $50 in pledges. Information: plungemd.com.
Tickets are on sale for the Rotary Club of Annapolis' annual "Black Tie and Diamonds" event March 3 at the Westin Annapolis Hotel on Westgate Circle in Annapolis. Gala includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner and dancing to the music of NightLife. Tickets are $150 per person, $1,500 for a table of 10. Tickets and information: 877-333-9667 or http://www.annapolistickets.com. Proceeds benefit the AAC Public Library Foundation.
The Colonial Players' production of "Cinderella Waltz" will be performed through Saturday, Jan. 21, at 108 East St., Annapolis. The retelling of the fairy tale contains adult themes and language, and is not suitable for children. For showtimes and more information, go to thecolonialplayers.org.
Bowie Community Theatre presents "Murder by Misadventure," written by Edward Taylor, through Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Bowie Playhouse, located in White Marsh Park, Route 3 South. Admission is $17, $12 for seniors, 62 and older and students. For show times, reservations and more information, call 301-805-0219 or go to http://www.bctheatre.com.
Tickets are on sale for a performance by the Capitol Steps, a musical theater troupe from Washington, being held at St. John's College in Annapolis to raise money for student aid. Show includes a review of songs and spoofs that ridicule public figures across party lines. The performance, followed by a reception, will be held at 8 p.m. March 3 in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. Tickets are $55 in advance; $60 at the door ($35 tax deductible).
For tickets and more information, call 410-972-4505 or go to stjohnscollege.edu/events.
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.
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 email@example.com. Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they want to hold a community registration.
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.
The Annapolis Police Department offers a fingerprinting service at 199 Taylor Ave. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Service is also available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. The fee is $5 per fingerprint card, and the person being printed must supply the cards. Check or money order only. Information: 410-268-9000 or http://www.annapolis.gov/police.
Tours of historic house
The Ann Arundel County Historical Society has opened the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in Linthicum for the season. Tours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Group tours are by appointment. The Kuethe Library for Historical and Genealogical Research, 5 Crain Highway S.E., operated jointly with the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays year-round. Information: 410-760-9679.