Volleyball Opportunity

The Pasadena branch of the U.S. Youth Volleyball League is accepting applications for its spring season. The coed recreational league is for boys and girls ages 8 to 14. Practice and games will be held from April to June at Chesapeake High School, 4798 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. For more information or to register, call 888-988-7985 or visit www.usyvl.org.

Arts Benefit for Autism

The Veronica Bird Charitable Foundation, a Davidsonville-based nonprofit organization that raises money for autism research, will host a cocktail reception from 7 to 11 p.m. tomorrow at its Davidsonville gallery. The reception kicks off an "Autumn Autism Celebration" exhibit that features the work of Brazilian impressionist painter Teixeira Mendes. The exhibit runs through Dec. 19. The reception will include cocktails and light fare. Proceeds from the sale of Mendes's work will support the foundation. For more information call 410-956-5882 or visit www.aheadwithautism.com.

Alumni Memorial Mass

Archbishop Spalding High School will host an alumni memorial Mass on Sunday in the school's chapel at 8080 New Cut Rd., Severn. The Mass is held each November in memory of deceased alumni, family and friends of Archbishop Spalding. A continental breakfast, hosted by Spalding President Michael E. Murphy follows the Mass. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 410-969-9105.

Jaycees' Food Drive

The Annapolis Jaycees, also known as the Annapolis Junior Chamber of Commerce, is collecting donations of nonperishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for its annual Holiday Food Baskets project.

Members of the Jaycees will collect donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 at Grauls Market, 607 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. Residents may also drop off food and toy donations at Grauls Market, 1388 Cape St. Claire Rd., Annapolis, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 5.

The Jaycees will deliver food and gift baskets to low-income residents of Anne Arundel County on Dec. 11.

For more information or to make a donation, call 410-224-1778 or visit www.annapolisjaycees.org.

Vision and Hearing Tests

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will hold vision and hearing tests for preschool, kindergarten, third- and eighth-grade Anne Arundel County public school students. Children will be screened to detect potential vision and hearing problems that may impair their ability to perform successfully in school. The health department will notify parents if a potential problem is found.

Students who wear glasses should bring them to school the day of the screening.

The following schools will be screened in November:


Hilltop Elementary School

Waugh Chapel Elementary School


Creative Garden Learning Center

Monday and Tuesday

Central Middle School

Georgetown East Elementary School

Wednesday and next Thursday

Corkran Middle School

High Point Elementary School

Nov. 19

Creative Garden Learning Center

Nov. 22 and 23

Aleph-Bet Jewish Day School

Kneseth Israel Nursery School

Nov. 29 and 30

Four Seasons Elementary School

Tracey's Elementary School

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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