Anne Arundel County Digest

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Music discussion

Gabriela Lena Frank, a Latin Grammy winner and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's composer-in-residence, and Jose Louis Novos, the orchestra's music director and conductor, will lead "A Conversation about Creativity, Collaboration and Innovation" at noon Feb. 27 in Anne Arundel Community College's Cade Center for the Fine Arts, Room 224, on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Topics will include inspiration, creativity, gender issues, education and innovation. Free. Information: 410-777-7019.

Classical concerts

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, featuring soprano Jessica Rivera, performs at 8 p.m. March 1 and 2 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $25, $10 for students. Information: 410-263-0907 or annapolissymphony.org.

Craft fair

More than 100 crafters will offer arts and crafts, wood furnishings, accessories, jewelry, glassware, pottery, floral arrangements, stained glass, toys, baby items, quilts and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore/Annapolis Blvd. Snacks and lunch will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free. Information: 410-903-4337 or gbhsmusic.org/craftfairs.htm.

'Trying'

Drama about the developing relationship between a young Canadian woman and an aging and irascible American diplomat will be presented by the Colonial Players through March 2, at 108 East St. in Annapolis. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sundays. There will be a 7:30 p.m. show Sunday, Feb.17. Tickets are $15 and $20. For tickets and more information, call 410-268-7373 or go to thecolonialplayers.org.

Panel discussion

The League of Women Voters and National Council of Jewish Women will co-host a panel discussion on redistricting, "Taming the Gerrymander," from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 3 at Anne Arundel County Public Library's Annapolis branch, 1410 West St. Moderator will be Lou Davis, a reporter from Maryland Public Television's State Circle program. Panelists will include Lu Pierson, Len Lazarick, Del. Aisha Braveboy and Ralph Watkins. Open to the public. Information: info@aa.lwvmd.org.

'Basket Bingo'

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighter's Association sponsors a Basket Bingo on March 3 at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company, 161 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the games begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and include 20 regular games, two jackpots, raffles, door prizes and pull tabs. For tickets and more information, call Carene at 301-261-0061, Marian at 301-490-4559, or Debbie at 443-824-4585.

Book signing, reception

"Passing Through Shady Side" by resident Ann Widdifield highlights the lives and experiences of several generations of African-American families who have lived on the Shady Side peninsula during the last 150 years. A book signing and reception will be held March 9 at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 6234 Shady Side Road. Event begins at 2 p.m. with a presentation in the sanctuary, followed by the book signing and reception at 2:30 p.m. For more information, go to captainaverymuseum.org.

Anthem auditions

The Bowie Baysox will hold auditions March 16 for those who would like to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at home games during the coming season. Prince George's Stadium gates open at 9 a.m. for registration, and auditions begin at 9:30 a.m. Every participant must register, and auditions are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditions will be held rain or shine, reservations for audition times will not be accepted, and word sheets are not allowed during the audition. All auditions must be done in person.

Auditions are open to any individual or small group, and instrumentalists are permitted. Interested large church or school groups should call 410-301-464-4880. For directions and more information, go to baysox.com.

Bus trip

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Ford's Theatre, with its new Center for Education and Leadership and the Congressional Cemetery Civil War Tour, on May 18. Lunch is planned at the District Chophouse & Brewery. Bus leaves at 8 a.m from the Benson-Hammond House, 7101 Aviation Blvd. in Linthicum, and returns at 4 p.m. Cost is $60, including lunch. For reservations and more information, call 443-837-8196 or go to aachs.org.

Triathlon

The seventh annual Emily Schindler Memorial Triathlon will be held April 20 at the Community Center in Severna Park. The 800-yard swim, 9.5-mile bike ride and 3-mile run will be held at the SPY Aquatics Center, 623 Baltimore/Annapolis Blvd. and the Baltimore/Annapolis Trail. Participants can also sign up for the Flamingo Feat distance, consisting of a 1,600-yard swim, 18-mile bike and 6-mile run. Check in begins at 6 a.m. and the first wave of swimmers will hit the pool at 7 a.m.

Cost is $50 for individuals, $90 for a relay team of two and $135 for a three-person relay team. Registration forms can be found at http://www.spccaquatics.org or at active.com

The event is a benefit for the Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship fund, which was established in 2004 following Emily Schindler's death in a car accident. The scholarship is awarded annually to selected graduating seniors on the SPY swim team who most exemplify Emily's qualities.

Fingerprinting service

The Annapolis Police Department has resumed fingerprinting services for the public at 199 Taylor Ave. The services are available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. For fees and more information, call 410-268-9000 or go to http://www.annapolis.gov/police.

New website

Fort Meade, in partnership with the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council, has launched a new website designed to help the community take advantage of resources in the region. For more information, go to http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/community.

Tax season

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to help seniors and low-income adults with their 2012 tax returns. Participants will be trained by the IRS and the Maryland comptroller's office. They will help only with simple 2012 income tax returns, which will be filed electronically. Volunteers do not do tax returns involving partnerships or corporations, self-employed persons or rental properties. Volunteers are not required to have a financial background, but certified public accountants, attorneys, bookkeepers and those with financial training are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers will be stationed at county senior centers and will be available by appointment between now and April 5. For more information, call 410-222-6717.

'Operation Paperback'

This nonprofit organization collects used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than a million books have been shipped to military personnel around the world. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at slmmuscles1@aol.com. Put "books" in the subject line. Information: operationpaperback.org.

Resource guide

The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released a Youth Resource Guide, with 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.

Tours of historic house

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will open the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in Linthicum in March. Group tours can be arranged during January and February by calling 410-768-9518.

Historical research

The Kuethe Library's Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway S.E., operated jointly by the historical society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday all year. Information: 410-760-9679.

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