Lowering Health Care Costs

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the seminar "Show Me the Money: Strategies to Lower Your Health Care Costs" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

The seminar will be at the chamber's office, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel. Maria Hester of Savvier Health in Columbia will give a doctor's view on why the cost of health insurance premiums is rising and what businesses can do to stem the increases.

Members who pay in advance can attend the seminar for $10; for other members and nonmembers, the cost is $20. Call 301-725-4324.

Architects Set Open House

Arel Architects Inc. will hold an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. tomorrow to celebrate the firm's one-year anniversary at its new site, 8040 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd., Clinton.

Founded in 1991 by President Ronald D. Lipford, Arel performs architectural and consulting engineering services and space planning for specialized building designs.

Call 301-868-2735.

Benefit for Ballet Programs

The Friends of the National Ballet will present "Boogie With the Ballet" at 7 p.m. June 13 at Bates Hall, Ascension Church, 534 Lanham-Severn Rd., Bowie.

The evening will feature music of the 1950s and dancing, refreshments, a cash bar and a raffle with a $1,000 grand prize.

Proceeds will benefit the National Ballet's arts education programs. The reception is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Raffle tickets cost $50.

Contact Kirsten Koerner or Jean Steward, 301-261-0261.

Crossroads Honors Pastor

Operation Crossroads Africa Inc. honored the Rev. Jonathan L. Weaver, pastor of Greater Mount Nebo AME Church in Upper Marlboro, at its 46th anniversary celebration last month.

Weaver, a Crossroads volunteer in Nigeria in 1971, helped build a health center near Lagos and served as a group leader for the organization in 1975. He also helped build a literacy center near Kano, Nigeria. He later became the first director of development for Crossroads, serving from 1977 to 1980, and helped to establish the group's Washington Metropolitan Alumni Chapter.

The reception, which included a fundraising auction, was held at the Embassy of Ghana, 3512 International Dr. NW, Washington, and was hosted by Ambassador Isaac Aggrey.

Proceeds from the event will help college students from the Washington area participate in the organization's eight-week summer community development projects in Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil.

Students will work with African counterparts on several projects, including ones in public health, agricultural, environmental construction and teaching. Operations Crossroads Africa is based in New York.

-- Compiled by WILLIE PUGH

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