April 20, 2012
The annual Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival will be held May 5-6 at the Bay Bridge Marina, 357 Pier One Road in Stevensville. In addition to local and international wine samplings, the event includes live music, arts and crafts, and food. Hours for both days are noon to 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to chesapeakebaywinefest.com.
Bowie Community Theatre will hold auditions for its July production of "Love, Sex and the IRS" at 7:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1 at 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie. Auditions include cold readings from the script, and if actors can do a Brooklyn, N.Y., New Jersey or Midwestern accent, it would be a plus, though not a requirement. For questions and more information, email the director, Terry Averill, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the hotline at 301-805-0219.
Women to Women Awards
The American Association of University Women has announced the availability of its Women To Women Awards for the fall. These small financial awards are available to county women and girls to help support their access to careers through training, education, leadership and skills development. Applications are available on the organization's website: aauwmd-annearundelcountybranch.org. Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 4.
The "Month of the Military Child" is being celebrated with a Family Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Fort Meade's McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave. The event features games, pony rides, face painting, moon bounce, arts and craft activities, and prizes. Parents can also learn about summer activities, sign their children up for classes and sports and much more. Free. Information: 301-677-1149.
All things tomato
More than 175 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomato seedlings, advice and everything else a gardener needs for a successful tomato season will be available at this year's event, Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29 at Greenstreet Gardens, 391 W. Bay Front Road in Lothian. Advice from seasoned tomato experts is one of the hallmarks of this event. A large selection of tomato growing supplies and several how-to classes will round out the weekend. Information: greenstreetgardens.com.
Golfing for charity
The Rotary Club of Annapolis, Annapolis Lions Club, Annapolis Optimists Club, and Annapolis Masonic Lodge No. 89 will host a third annual charity golfing event on May 15 at the Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., with announcements at 8:15 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The $100 fee includes golf, cart, continental breakfast, unlimited beverages and snacks on the course, and lunch. Registration is limited and must be submitted by Monday, April 30, to Matt Ficca, 162 Conduit St., Annapolis 21401. Make checks payable to "Annapolis Charities: Golfing for Charity" or to the service club of your choice. Proceeds will be donated to local charities and for projects that the four sponsors support. For more information on playing, volunteering, donating prizes, and sponsoring opportunities, contact Eric Edstrom at email@example.com or 410-279-1969, or Matt Ficca at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rotary Club's website is annapolisrotary.org.
Crab and ham
St. James' Parish will hold its annual "Spring Crab Cake and Country Ham Dinner" from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 19 at 5757 Solomons Island Road in Lothian. Menu includes homemade crab cakes, country and honey-baked ham, potatoes au gratin, coleslaw, rolls and biscuits. Event will also feature bake and garden shops, homemade ice cream, oxen cart rides and guided tours of the church. Dinner is $20 (eat-in or carryout), $10 for children 10 and younger, free for children younger than 2. Information: 410-867-2838.
'Jonah and the Whale'
The Retired Officers' Wives' Club of Fort Meade is sponsoring a bus trip to see the Sight and Sound Theater's production of this Biblical story in Lancaster, Pa., on May 8. Cost including transportation, lunch, and tickets is $109. Bus leaves from the Ridgeview Shopping Center on Route 175 in Odenton. For reservations and more information, Joan Fiscus at 410-465-0492.
Summer nature camps
Registration is now under way for Adkins Arboretum's summer nature camps in June and July. Fees vary and advance registration is required. To register and more information, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or go to adkinsarboretum.org.
Museum open house
The Captain Salem Avery Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side, has resumed its Sunday open house schedule from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 2. Information: 410-867-4486 or captainaverymuseum.org.
The Bowie Baysox have announced a no-smoking policy at Prince George's Stadium. Smoking will no longer be permitted at the end of the third base concourse. While smoking will be restricted inside the stadium, it will be permitted in specified areas outside the front gates. Fans leaving the stadium will have the opportunity to re-enter with a game ticket. Information: baysox.com.
Study of old age
The Department of Aging and Disabilities seeks 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. The study will help its directors to observe the aging process and to identify the secrets of aging well.
'Women in Industry'
The YWCA's annual "Tribute to Women in Industry" awards dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 6 at the Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle.
The event lets companies honor executive and professional female employees who have made significant contributions to their workplace and community. It 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.
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 email him at email@example.com.
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 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 21401.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "books" in the subject line.
To learn more about the program, go to operationpaperback.orghttp://operationpaperback.org.
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.
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.
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.