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January 2014

Swing Dance

Learn beginning swing dance to the sounds of the Annapolis Junction Big Band; no partner needed and all ages welcome. 8-11pm at Severna Park Community Center. $15: 410-647-5843; www.spcommunitycenter.org.

St. John’s Art Reception

In Chasing the Moment, view 60 works including paintings, drawings, photographs and three-dimensional works created by Annapolis high schoolers in Advanced Placement classes, International Baccalaureate Program and Performing/Visual Arts Program. Opening reception today 6-7:30pm; showing thru Jan. 19 at the Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis: 410-626-2556; www.stjohnscollege.edu/mitchellgallery.

CalvART Open Mike Poetry

Rocky Jones is the featured poet at open mike happy hour. 5:30-7:30pm at CalvART Gallery, Prince Frederick: 410-535-9252; www.calvertgallery.org.

Democratic Breakfast Club

Jeanne Hitchcock talks about Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 2014 legislative agenda. 7:30-8:45am at Eastport Democratic Club. $6: 410-263-2022.

Top Cake Awards • free

Watch 22 Whole Foods cake decorators from across the mid-Atlantic compete for the best cake decorator in the store or in the region and enjoy tasty samples. Bay Weekly’s Lisa Knoll is guest judge. Grand Prize is a 3-day class of choice at the French Pastry School in Chicago. 10am-1pm at Whole Foods, Annapolis: 410-573-1800; www.wholefoodsmarket. com/stores/annapolis.

Kids Libraries Video Contest

Record your kids five years or younger saying why they love the library to help Anne Arundel Public Library promote expanded hours in all branches beginning Jan. 26. The grand prize: four 2014 season passes to Six Flags America; runners-ups get four tickets to Medieval Times or a box seat ticket package to the Bowie Baysox. Enter by Jan. 24. To submit, parents record one-minute videos, transfer the video file to a computer and email it as an attachment to aacplcontest@gmail.com. In the body of the email, give parents’ and child’s names, address and phone number.

Be a Docent

Learn more about local history in the new year as a Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum docent working with school groups, in the MAC Lab, Exhibit Barn, Patterson House and more. The 10-week intensive training course begins Jan. 22; register early. 10am-12:30pm Wednesdays at the Museum, St. Leonard. $15: 410-586-8500; www.jefpat.org.

King Day of Service

Assist in a Dream Mosaic project by designing Valentines for troops overseas and their families and making cards for seniors and shut-ins; bring non-perishable food for the Anne Arundel Food and Resource Bank. Two shifts: 10-11:30am & 12:30-2pm at Church on the Rock, Millersville. rsvp: 410-897-9207; www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org.

Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast

Hear Congresswoman Donna Edwards and meet six locals who emulate the King spirit as they receive awards at the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. Bring non-perishable food for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Neighbors in Need food drive. 7:30am at Anne Arundel Community College gym, Arnold. $350 table of 10; $35 single; rsvp: 301-538-0887 or 443-761-9734.

Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast

Hear Congresswoman Donna Edwards and meet six locals who emulate the King spirit as they receive awards at the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. Bring non-perishable food for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Neighbors in Need food drive. 7:30am at Anne Arundel Community College gym, Arnold. $350 table of 10; $35 single; rsvp: 301-538-0887 or 443-761-9734.