Talk on Tax Laws

The Greater Bowie-Crofton Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. today in the multipurpose room of Bowie City Hall. The meeting will feature a talk by a tax lawyer from the firm Painter & Associates. The lawyer will discuss federal and state tax laws and how to identify new and changing tax guidelines. The speaker will also answer audience questions. Members and nonmembers of NARFE are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Maria Ritzman 410-674-1872.

Symphony Art Contest for Children

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is looking for young artists between the ages of 6 and 12 to participate in an art contest. This year's theme is "Can You Draw the Thrill of the Orchestra?" Children can use crayons, colored pencils, paint or any other medium in their work. Winners will participate in a Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts exhibit and receive free tickets to the orchestra's spring Family Concert. The first place winner will receive a basket of art supplies and a gift certificate for a free art class at Maryland Hall.

All entries must be submitted by Feb. 1 on 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper. The artist's name, age and phone number must appear on the back of submitted artwork, and entries must be mailed to or dropped off at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, Md. 21401. For more information, call the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra at 410-269-1132.

Seminar on Federal Student Aid

Prospective college students have until March 1 to turn in a free application for Federal Student Aid for the 2003-04 school year. Applications are available online at Students can also call the Maryland High Education Commission at 410-260-4565 or pick up an application at their library or high school guidance office.

On Feb. 9, the higher education commission will hold a seminar to help parents and students fill out the free applications and answer questions students might have about financial aid. Students and parents should bring proof of 2002 income (including completed IRS income tax returns and W-2 forms). The seminar will be held at 2 p.m. at Old Mill High School at 600 Patriot Lane in Millersville.

For more information about financial aid or Maryland Higher Education Commission seminars, call the commission at 410-260-4500.

Navy Hockey League Seeking Girl Players

The Navy Youth Hockey league is looking for girls ages 12 to 15 to play coed, full-contact or travel hockey during the 2003-04 season. The team will hold games and practices at the U.S. Naval Academy's Dahlgren Hall and in other locations throughout Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. For more information, call Cherie Yelton at 410-571-0681 or Robin Mearman at 410-544-5369.

MVA Holiday Closings, Openings

The Motor Vehicle Administration will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations will also be closed. Customers can renew their vehicle registration during the holiday by visiting the MVA's Web site at; calling the administration's vehicle registration line at 888-834-7344; or by visiting an MVA kiosk in Glen Burnie, Columbia, Greenbelt, Beltsville, Baltimore, Owings Mills, Gaithersburg, Towson, Salisbury or Bethesda. For more information, call the MVA customer service center at 800-950-1MVA.

Book Sale Benefits Needy Countries

The Parole Rotary Books for International Goodwill project (B.I.G.) will hold its quarterly book sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 and from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at the B.I.G. Warehouse at 1525 Crownsville Rd. in Crownsville. Customers can purchase a grocery bag full of books for $20, a single hardback book for $1 and a paperback for 50 cents.

Project B.I.G. ships books to developing countries and has sent more than 1.3 million books to Africa, Eastern Europe and the Philippines since its founding in 1996. Proceeds from this sale will cover future shipping costs.

For more information, contact Steve Frantzich at 410-903-6865 or

Senior Health News, Discounts

County residents 55 and older can get free memberships to North Arundel Hospital's Senior Health Club. Club members receive a monthly newsletter, notice of screenings and health fairs and discounts at NeighborCare Pharmacies.

To receive a Senior Health Club application or card, call the hospital at 410-787-4367.

-- Compiled by Eileen Rivers