Community Arts Grants

The Maryland State Arts Council is offering grants to community-based organizations interested in producing and presenting arts activities in their neighborhoods.

The council, along with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, is offering as much as $1,000 to organizations that host after-school arts programs, arts activities at senior centers, theater programs, poetry readings and other arts projects intended to reach underserved audiences.

Organizations have until Wednesday to apply for grants to fund activities scheduled from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31; until Sept. 15 for activities scheduled from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2005; and until Jan. 19 for activities scheduled from April 1 to June 30, 2005.

For more information or to receive an application, call the Maryland State Arts Council at 410-767-6555 or visit www.msac.org.

Training for Runners

The American Stroke Association will host "Train to End Stroke" at 7 p.m. next Thursday at Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis.

The session is intended to educate runners about the best ways to train for marathons, in preparation for the association's marathon fundraisers Jan. 9 in Phoenix and Orlando. The session will include information about travel arrangements to the marathon.

For more information about the training session, call 703-914-3783 or visit www.strokeassociation.org.

Transit Passes for Youth

Annapolis Transit summer youth passes are available to Annapolis students 12 to 18 years old.

For $25, young people get unlimited access by bus or trolley to schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, parks, pools, the Annapolis City Dock and other places throughout the city, through Aug. 31.

Passes may be purchased from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Annapolis Department of Transportation, 308 Chinquapin Round Rd.

For more information, call the Annapolis Transportation Department at 410-263-7694 or visit www.annapolis.gov/transport.

Kerry Fundraiser Set

The Maryland chapter of Kerry Victory 2004 will host a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Severnside Farm.

The fundraiser will include cocktails, tapas and remarks by former Georgia senator Max Cleland and Maryland senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D) and Paul S. Sarbanes (D).

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens (D) is also scheduled to attend.

For more information or to buy a ticket, call Tom Rose at 410-919-2529 or send e-mail to rosefurs@aol.com.

Help for Young Fire Setters

The City of Annapolis Fire Department has a Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Program, designed to educate children who have been involved in fire-related infractions about the dangers of playing with fire.

The program consists of an evaluation, pre- and post-testing and homework assignments for children 5 to 16 years old. The free program, lasting 60 to 90 days, deals with children on a one-on-one basis. If necessary, they are referred to a mental health professional.

After completing the program, children receive a certificate, a fire station tour and a fire safety packet. For more information or to enroll a student in the program, call the Annapolis Fire Department at 410-263-7975.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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