U-Md. Seeking Young Scholars

The University of Maryland is accepting applications for its Young Scholars Program. The three-week summer session is open to high school juniors and seniors with at least a 3.0 grade-point average. Students should also have a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or principal.

The program, which will be held from July 13 to Aug. 1, allows promising students to experience college life by taking courses in architecture, biology, dance, creative writing, theater, kinesiology, education, technology, satellite imagery and international politics. Students also will get a chance to participate in evening seminars and travel to Washington or Baltimore during field trips. Young Scholars participants can live on or off campus during the program.

For more information, or to request an application, visit the Young Scholars Web site at www.summer.umd.edu/youngscholars5, or call the university at 301-314-3572. The application deadline is May 15.

Carpal Tunnel Screening Set

North Arundel Hospital and the Community Center in Severna Park are co-sponsoring a screening for carpal tunnel syndrome from 8 to 10 a.m. March 7. The screening will be at the Severna Park Community Center, Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road.

North Arundel Hospital orthopedic surgeon Terrence O'Donovan will examine participants' wrists and forearms for pain, tension-related problems and other abnormalities that may be indicators of the syndrome. He will also answer questions.

For more information or to register for the free screening, contact North Arundel Hospital at 410-787-4367.

Competition Planned for Poets

Writers from Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties have until Saturday to participate in the eighth annual Eastern Shore Regional Poetry Contest.

Poets of all levels are encouraged to submit one unpublished work of no more than 20 stanzas or three pages. First-, second- and third-place winners will be chosen in the child/youth (grades 1-8), student (grades 9-12), adult (ages 18-59) and senior (60 and older) categories. First-place winners will receive $100 in cash, second-place winners will receive $50 and third-place winners will receive $25. Contest winners will get the chance to read their poems during an April 24 ceremony at Washington College.

For more information, call your local county arts council or visit the Queen Anne's County Arts Council Web site at www.arts4u.info.

Kit Helps Parents Explain Sex

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has developed a kit to help parents talk to their children about sex, sexually transmitted diseases and substance abuse.

The kit contains a fact sheet on sexual health, information on how to communicate effectively with your children and a list of Department of Health services for adolescents. The kit also includes brochures about sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse and general wellness.

For more information or to order a free kit, call the Department of Health at 410-222-4468 or visit the Department's Web site at www.aahealth.org.

Rebuilding Together to Hold Launch Party

Rebuilding Together-Anne Arundel County will hold a kickoff party and celebration from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Surfside 7 Restaurant, 48 South River Rd. in Edgewater.

The group, formerly Christmas in April-Anne Arundel County, repairs and rebuilds homes for the county's elderly and disabled. The party will include a discussion of Rebuilding Together's 2003 projects, videos of past projects and live music.

For more information, contact Rebuilding Together offices at 410-263-0405.