Seminar on Memory

The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Lunch and Learn seminar on memory from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4, at Damon's Restaurant in the Village at Waugh Chapel at 2406 Brandermill Blvd. in Gambrills.

Guest speaker Gary Golman from the Memory Training Institute will discuss the quickest ways to remember names, how to deliver presentations without notes and methods for instantly recalling key information. Tickets are $30, with a $10 discount for chamber members. Lunch is included.

For reservations, call 410-672-3422.

Learn About Mediation

The Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center will offer a series of classes on mediation, anger management, collaboration and facilitation next month through May 1.

The "Manager as Mediator" course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 at Anne Arundel Community College at 101 College Pkwy. in Arnold. The one-day seminar teaches business managers how to resolve conflicts and reduce workplace disputes. Workshop registration is $350, which includes materials.

The center will also offer a "Self-as-Mediator" seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at the community college. The course, developed for employees, team members and supervisors, teaches workers how to use mediation skills. Registration is $350, including materials.

A 40-hour basic mediation training course is open to anyone interested in learning about mediation and conflict resolution. Training will be conducted over two weekends in February and March. The first session will cover conflict theory, the mediation process, information gathering and listening. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 3, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 and 2. During the second session, participants will learn about strategic listening and brainstorming. They will also learn how to develop solutions and how to write an agreement. The session will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. March 13 and 17, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 and 16. Registration for the mediation training course is $600, including materials.

For more information or to register for any of these classes, call 410-266-9033.

Buy Books,

Support Symphony

Buy a good book and support a great cause during the Barnes & Noble Book Fair Feb. 12 to 18. Up to 25 percent of all purchases made at the bookstore, at 2516 Solomons Island Rd. in Annapolis, will support the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. An ASO Supporter Coupon must be shown at the time of purchase.

The free coupons can be picked up at the ASO office in Room 204 of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis; the City Dock Cafe at 18 Market Space, Annapolis; or at the Echos and Accents Consignment Showroom at 224 Chinquapin Round Rd., Annapolis. For more information, call the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra office at 410-269-1132 or log onto

Fair Seeking Vendors

The Anne Arundel County Fair is looking for local vendors for their 12th annual Spring Craft Show and Tractor Pull, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 and 27 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds at 1450 General's Hwy. in Crownsville. All sale items must be handmade. Interested crafters should call 800-492-1751 or visit the fair Web site at

Fair coordinators are also looking for business and craft vendors for the June 21 Chesapeake Bluegrass Festival which will also be held on the fairgrounds.

For more information, call 410-923-3400.

Massage, Health Classes

Anne Arundel Medical Center will offer a class in basic massage from 7 to 9 p.m. today and next Thursday in the auditorium of the medical center's Pat Sajak Pavilion. Class size is limited, and attendees should wear loose clothing. The medical center is located at 2001 Medical Pkwy. in Annapolis. The fee is $40.

The center will also offer an "Introduction to Whole Health" class from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Feb. 3 and 10 in the pavilion. The class will focus on integrating physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health by eliminating stress and focusing on positive mental goals. The fee is $65. For more information or to register for a class, call askAAMC at 443-481-4000 or visit the AAMC Web site at

Support, Receive Trees

The National Arbor Day Foundation is giving away 10 free tree saplings to new members who join the organization by Jan. 31. The giveaway is part of the foundation's "Trees for America" campaign. The trees -- two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crab apples, two goldenrain trees, two Washington hawthorns and two American redbuds -- will be shipped, postage paid, between Feb. 1 and May 31.

To become a member of the foundation, send $10 to the organization at 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb., 68410.

-- Compiled by Eileen Rivers