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January 2014

17th Annual Youth Symposium

Event Date:  March 8, 2014 - 10:30am - 2:30pm The Eta Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will present its 17th Annual Youth Symposium. The theme is “Partners for Progress, Working Together to Build Bridges for Youth”. The event will focus on the importance of community partnerships coming together to support our youth. Male and female youth in Grades 6-12 are invited. Location Charles County Library Waldorf West Branch 10405 O'Donnell Place Waldorf, MD 20603 United States See map: Google Maps

US Naval Academy Band - Concert Band

Event Date:  February 17, 2014 - 1:00pm The Naval Academy Band performs at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, February 17 at 1 p.m. The United States Naval Academy Band, “The Navy’s Oldest and Finest,” has been providing music for the Brigade of Midshipmen and surrounding community since 1852. Located at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this premier military band offers fifteen world-class ensembles which perform a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to contemporary. Location Bowie Center for the Performing Arts 15200 Annapolis Road Bowie, MD 20715 United States See map: Google Maps
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But not without changing our world

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.      –Abraham Lincoln

Hunger and adventure bring seals to our warm waters

Seals aren’t an everyday sighting in Chesapeake Country. So if you happen to spot one lounging on a regional beach, you’ve reason to be impressed.     If you haven’t seen one yet, keep looking, the experts say.     “Seals are natural visitors,” reports Jennifer Dittmar, manager of animal rescue at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Whole Foods’ confectioners compete to become Top Cake

Cutthroat Kitchen, Cupcake Wars and Top Chef: We’ve grown to love televised cooking competitions.     Whole Foods Market’s Top Cake competition skipped television for an on-location reality show. To crown the Mid-Atlantic Region’s best cake decorator, Whole Foods invited real people to its Annapolis store to taste and admire. If you showed up early enough, you could even get a ticket to choose a cake to take home.

Donations to the Wig Room strike a blow for self-esteem

“Speaking on behalf of women, I know how it feels to lose one’s hair,” says two-time cancer survivor Pam Sherbia of Odenton.     After her first diagnosis in 2006, Sherbia learned how formidable an opponent cancer is.

Out of Battle of the Bands, ­Severna Park teen group is going big

The Anne Arundel County Battle of the Bands means music, which is serious business for Annapolis area youth.     For one Saturday in January — January 25 this year — young music lovers converge to show off their skills in a professional environment, witness their peers’ latest creative efforts and meet fellow music enthusiasts. The top bands of each Anne Arundel County high school play off in the heavily anticipated competition. There are first-, second- and third-place winners — and lots of happy teenagers.

Snowstorm memories from long ago bring a real tingle

Sending out school buses to pick up kids at the usual early hour on the slick morning of Friday, January 10, has Anne Arundel and Calvert school administrators groveling and parents howling.     When I was a kid, we’d walk miles to school in the worst weather winter could throw at us.     Okay, I’m exaggerating a generation or two. The only time I walked miles in the worst weather winter could throw at us was to get away from school.

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As soon as I purchased my new skiff some three years ago, I had to have the latest and greatest fish-finder/GPS machine. I got it installed, but once I turned it on, problems followed. The software on my machine had some initial problems that were later corrected. Still, I needed to load a new version of the operating software.