Newsletter Targets

Adult, Teen Smokers

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's "Learn to Live Notes" has information for teenagers and adults who are trying to quit smoking. The newsletter includes a variety of articles on preventing teenagers from smoking, offers suggestions for parents who want to talk to their teenagers about the dangers of tobacco and has information about adult cancer screenings and smoking cessation classes.

For more information or a copy of the newsletter, call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979, or visit the department's Web site at

Center Offers 40 Hours

Of Mediation Training

The Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center is offering a 40-hour basic mediation training course starting April 10 at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold.

The course includes two sessions totaling 20 hours each. The first, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 10 and 14 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 and 13, will include classes on conflict theory, the mediation process, information gathering and strategic listening.

The second session, scheduled 6 to 9 p.m. April 24 and 28 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 and 27, will include classes on brainstorming, developing solutions and writing agreements. Registration for the 40-hour course is $600, including materials.

The conflict resolution center will also offer a "Self-as-Mediator" seminar April 2 at Anne Arundel Community College. This course is for employees, team members and supervisors. Registration for the seminar is $350 and includes course materials. For more information call 410-226-9033.

Annapolis Poets

Sought for Contest

The International Library of Poetry is looking for poets from the Annapolis area to participate in this year's open poetry contest.

Interested persons should send one original work of 20 lines or less in any style to the International Library of Poetry, Suite 19916, 1 Poetry Plaza, Owings Mills, Md. 21117.

Contestants should include their names and addresses at the top of each page. Entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than June 30.

For more information call the International Library of Poetry at 410-356-2000, or visit its Web site at

Annapolis Symphony

Picks Guest Conductors

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has selected five guest conductors to lead its Classic Series concerts for the 2003-04 season.

Daniel Hege, music director of the Syracuse Symphony in New York, is scheduled to conduct the orchestra's first concert in the series in September.

Rossen Milanov, assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will direct the ASO's November Classic concert. Lara Webber, associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the third Classic concert, in January 2004.

Emil de Cou, assistant conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, will join the ASO next March to conduct the orchestra's fourth concert in the series, and David Lockington, music director of Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, will conduct the fifth.

Last November, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's board of trustees decided not to renew the contract of Music Director Leslie B. Dunner. This was Dunner's fifth season as music director of the orchestra.

Hospital Schedules

Osteoporosis Tests

North Arundel Hospital will conduct an osteoporosis screening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital's Constantine Padussis Conference Center, which is on the hospital's third floor.

A screening costs $20.

North Arundel Hospital is at 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 410-787-4367.

Cultural Presentation

At Community Center

The Annapolis Hot Spot Communities Initiative Committee, will hold a cultural presentation from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Stanton Community Center.

The center is at 92 W. Washington St. in Annapolis.

The cultural presentation will include storytelling, a liturgical dance performance and an exhibit of 17th-century African-American artifacts.

Arts Council to Give

Scholarships to Seniors

The Queen Anne's County Arts Council is offering two $1,000 scholarships to Queen Anne's County and Kent Island high school seniors.

The scholarships are available to students majoring in visual art, music, dance or drama as full-time undergraduate students in the fall.

Applications are available at the Arts Council from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

For more information call the Arts Council at 410-758-2520. The deadline for applications is May 1.

Three-Part Course

Covers Boating Safety

The Friends of the Anne Arundel Trails will present a three-part Maryland basic boating safety course from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday and March 21 and 24 at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Department, 161 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park.

The course will cover the rules and fundamentals of boating and required boating safety equipment. For more information or to register for the course, call 410-222-6244.

Registration for the course is $20.

-- Compiled by Eileen Rivers