Session on Joint, Spine Pain

Anne Arundel Medical Center will sponsor "Joint and Spine Seminar: What's New and What You Can Do" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Thursday at Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Dr., Bowie. A panel of Anne Arundel Medical Center specialists will discuss ways to minimize back, neck, shoulder, knee and hip pain in everyday activities. For information or to register, call the center at 443-481-4000 or visit

Md. Historical Trust Grants

The Maryland Historical Trust is accepting applications for fiscal 2006 capital, non-capital and museum enhancement grants.

Only nonprofit and local government organizations may apply for capital and non-capital grants. Grants, which are a maximum $50,000, can be used to refurbish and renovate buildings and fund research and historical preservation projects. Museum enhancement grants, awarded to historical museums only, can be used for anything within a museum's budget.

Organizations have until Dec. 3 to apply. Call 410-514-7711.

Safety Checks for Car Seats

The Anne Arundel County Health Department -- along with Annapolis, county and state law enforcement agencies -- will provide free inspections of child car safety seats from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Babies R Us, 8100 Ritchie Hwy., Pasadena. For tips on car seat safety and a list of local inspection sites, visit the Health Department's Web site,, or call the department at 410-222-4223.

White House Fellowships

The President's Commission on White House Fellowships is accepting applications for the 2005-06 Class of Fellows. Candidates should have a record of leadership and professional achievement and commitment to public service. Fellowships are awarded on a nonpartisan basis. Young men and women serve as full-time, paid assistants to senior White House staff, the vice president, Cabinet secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. There are no age restrictions, but the program was established to provide early-career experience. Applications, which are due by Feb. 1, are available at Completed applications should be mailed to the White House Fellowships Program, c/o OPM, Sheila Coates, 1900 E St. NW, Room B431, Washington, D.C. 20415.

Plastic Surgeon to Speak

James E. Chappell, a plastic surgeon at Severna Park's River Reach Outpatient Surgery Center, will discuss liposuction, breast-reduction, face-lift and eyelid surgery techniques from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29 in Suite 250 of the Sajak Pavilion, Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Kris Whitaker, a medical aesthetician, will discuss chemical peels and other skin care. To register, call 410-544-2487.

Talk on Arthritis Set

Orthopedic surgeon James York will discuss new treatments for arthritis at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Leo and Lysbeth Courtney Conference Center of North Arundel Hospital's Tate Cancer Center, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. York, a surgeon at the Chesapeake Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, will talk about surgical and nonsurgical treatments for hip and knee arthritis. To make a reservation, call 410-787-4367.

County Gets Tech Award

Anne Arundel County recently received the 2004 Special Achievement in GIS (Global Information Systems) Award from the California-based Environmental Systems Research Institute. Last year, the county created the Office of Information Technology. Within the office, the Geographic Information Services group is responsible for the standardization, coordination and dissemination of geographic information.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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