Academy Hosts Giving Tree

The U.S. Naval Academy's 15th annual Giving Tree campaign will officially begin with a ceremony at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday in the Bancroft Hall rotunda. Midshipmen and faculty and staff members have decorated the tree with angel ornaments, each representing a child in Anne Arundel County who needs a holiday gift.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and choose a child's name from the tree. Gifts for the children can be dropped off at the tree through Dec. 13. The Salvation Army will distribute them before Christmas. For more information, call 410-293-2293.

Helping Kids Not to Smoke

The Anne Arundel County Health Department's free guide to raising smoke-free children, "Don't Let Us Get Hooked on Tobacco," has been updated. The booklet includes tips for parents on talking to their kids, facts about smoking among young people in the county and a list of prevention and cessation materials.

The book can be ordered through the department's Learn to Live line at 410-222-7979. For more information, visit

Poinsettia Sale Aids Garden

Friends of the Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden will hold a poinsettia sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the lobby of the Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the five-acre garden. For more information, call 410-268-5585.

Recycling for Habitat

Arundel Habitat for Humanity's Renovation Station at 8101 Fort Smallwood Rd. in Pasadena accepts cell phones, printer ink cartridges and aluminum cans for recycling. Materials can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Renovation Station uses profits from recycling new and like-new building supplies and home furnishings to build homes for families living in substandard housing in Anne Arundel County. For more information, call 410-437-7755 or go to

Business Show on Podcast

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development posts podcasts each week of its news show, "This Week at D.B.E.D." The podcasts are available for download to MP3 players at

A Call for Stick Houses

Arundel Habitat for Humanity's Craft Model Home Contest for children and young adults ages 5 to 25 runs through Dec. 31. Participants are asked to build a model home no larger than 8 by 14 inches and no taller than one foot. The models can be made of toothpicks, Popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, cookies, paper, clay or or other safe materials. Participants must include an essay of 1,000 words or fewer about the importance of having a place to call home.

Prizes for first, second and third places will be given in each age category. For contest entry forms and fees for each age group, call 410-384-9212, Ext. 22.