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Course in ham radio

The Anne Arundel Radio Club will hold an entry-level amateur radio technician license course in five sessions from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays starting March 17 at the Davidsonville Recreation Center, 3727 Queen Anne Bridge Road. The course covers all modern aspects of ham radio. Morse code is no longer required. Free hand-held radios will be given (while supplies last) upon successful completion of the course and license exam. To register and more information, call Rick at 301-855-2278.

Theater auditions

The Colonial Players will hold auditions at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, and 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, for a June production of the comedy "Moonlight and Magnolias." The show runs June 8-30.

Parts are available for three men ages 30-60 and one woman 18 or older. Auditions take place at the theater annex, 2132-34 Reynard Court. For more information, call director Ron Giddings at moonlightandmagnolias@thecolonialplayers.org or go to thecolonialplayers.org.

Youth fundraiser

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner to benefit those attending Youth Council retreats will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Salvation Army, 351 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis. Cost is $7; $5 for children younger than 12 and $25 for a family of five. Information: 410-263-4091.

Study of old age

The Department of Aging and Disabilities is seeking seniors 80 and older who are mentally sharp and in good health as possible candidates for the National Institute on Aging's study into what determines a person's longevity.

All qualified participants will receive a complete physical examination, including tests of strength, stamina and mental sharpness. This will help the study directors to observe the aging process and to identify the secrets of aging well.

Information: 855-804-3325.

'Women in Industry'

The YWCA's annual "Tribute to Women in Industry" awards dinner, where companies honor executive and professional female employees who have made significant contributions to their workplace and community, will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. June 6 at the Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle.

The event also recognizes local companies that promote professional growth and development for female employees.

All proceeds benefit the TWIN program and YWCA services supporting victims of domestic violence programs.

Advance ticket purchase is required for this event, which is open to the public. Individual tickets and sponsorship packages may be purchased at annapolisywca.org. Tickets are $85 per person, $65 for previous honorees.

For more information, call Stephen Isler at 410-626-7800, ext. 118 or e mail him at sisler@ywcaaac.org.

Anthem auditions

The Bowie Baysox will host auditions Saturday, March 10, for those who would like to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at home games.

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, and reservations for audition times will not be accepted.

Auditions must be done in person. For directions and more information, go to baysox.com.

Triathlon set April 14

The sixth annual Emily Schindler Memorial Triathlon will be held April 14 in Severna Park.

The 800-yard swim, 91/2-mile bike ride and 3-mile run will be held at the SPY Aquatics Center, 623 Baltimore/Annapolis Blvd. and on the Baltimore/Annapolis Trail. Participants may also sign up for the "Flamingo Feat," with a 1,600-yard swim, 18-mile bike ride and 6-mile run.

Check-in begins at 6 a.m., and the first group of swimmers starts at 7 a.m. The fee is $50, $90 for a relay team of two, and $135 for a three-person relay team.

To register and for more information, go to spyaquatics.org or active.com.

Rotary scholarships

The Rotary Club of Annapolis is accepting scholarship applications from seniors graduating from Annapolis high schools, including home-schooled students.

Up to four cash scholarship awards of $1,000 each are available to area students who plan to attend an accredited college or university and who have demonstrated a commitment to community service.

Relatives of Rotary members are ineligible. Deadline for applications is April 1.

For an application and more information, email cf1729@yahoo.com or go to annapolisrotary.org/scholarships.

Arts center gala

The Chesapeake Arts Center's annual gala will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport, 7032 Elm Road.

This year's theme, "Believe in Magic," is in honor of Harry Houdini's birthday. Music will be provided by the acoustic duo Rick and Regina. In addition, magician Spencer Horsman will perform a show to honor Houdini. The evening includes hors d' oeuvres, an open bar, dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

Tickets are $110 ($40 tax-deductible) or $1,000 for a table of 10, and can be purchased by calling 410-636-6597.

Human relations panel

The county Human Relations Commission is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy.

The 11-member commission is a volunteer body established to promote fairness, eliminate discrimination and harassment in both public and private sectors, and advance understanding and effective communication among people of different backgrounds and cultures.

Applicants must be at least 18, county residents and able to attend evening meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. Legal experience is preferred but not required. Applicants should send a resume and letter of intent to: Johnelka Stafford, 44 Calvert St., Room 330, Annapolis 2140.

Information: 410-222-1234.

Mentoring awards

Nominations are being accepted for the seventh annual Mentoring Awards, which recognize people who are striving to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Nominations should be submitted for the following categories: school-based; volunteer of the year; community-based; business-based; faith-based; mentor of the year; peer; and lifetime.

Nominations should be submitted by close of business on Wednesday, Feb. 29, to the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, 21401. Forms can be downloaded from volunteerannearundel.org.

The awards ceremony will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 15 at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.

Information: 410-897-9207.

Grants available

The Rotary Club of Annapolis is accepting grant applications until March 15 to distribute proceeds of more than $70,000 from its annual crab feast held in August.

Grant money must help the Annapolis community in some demonstrable way, such as funding specific projects and not operating expenses; result in the improvement of quality of life for the community; and touch as many people as possible.

Applicants may apply online at annapolisritary.org/application. Grant requests will be evaluated, and recipients will be notified and receive the grant funds in April and May.

Information: 410-295-3201 or go to the website.

Archive interns

The Maryland State Archives is accepting applications for its summer student intern program. Internships are open to high school and undergraduate- or graduate-level college students attending Maryland schools or Maryland residents attending out-of-state schools. These are paid internships that include experience and training in archival records management, digital imaging and historical research methods. The 10-week program runs June 6-Aug. 14.

Qualifications include academic excellence, preferably with an interest in history, archival science, library science, computer science, American studies, African-American studies, museum studies or related fields. For information and application details go to msa.md.gov/msa/educ/html/interns.html.

Applications must be postmarked on or before April 2, and applicants will be notified of decisions by April 30. In addition to the paid summer program, student internships are available for academic or community service credit throughout the year.

'Operation Paperback'

This nonprofit organization collects 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.

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.

To learn more about the program, go to operationpaperback.orghttp://operationpaperback.org.

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.

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 from 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.

Fingerprinting service

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 Arrundell 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'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. Thursdays through Saturdays all year. Information: 410-760-9679.

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