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Ducks Unlimited annual sponsor dinner
The Meade Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual sponsor dinner on March 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. The dinner will be held at Snyder's Willow Grove located at 841 N. Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum Heights. The price for the event is $85 per couple or $45 per person. Children under 14 pay $20. The price includes food, a limited open bar, silent and live auctions, raffles and attendance prizes. The entire family is welcome to attend. For additional information, contact Bob Shaw at 410-674-6523 or Charles Brown at 410-750-7263. Inquiries may also be emailed to: bobshaw82@aol.com.

Mount Vernon opens presidential kidnapping scene
The Historic George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens will temporarily open the Mansion's basement where a pivotal scene was filmed for the movie "National Treasure" and Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president. The rare tours of George Washington's basement will be offered on weekends until Feb. 10. Tours of the basement will be included in regular admission to Mount Vernon. Tour costs are as follows: $13 for adults; $6 for youth ages 6-11; and free for children 5 and under. To arrange an appointment or for additional information contact Melissa Wood at 703-799-5203.

American boating course
The Patapsco River Power Squadron will offer an American boating course at the Bass Pro Shop in Arundel Mills starting March 10 and again on April 14. The course consists of four sessions on consecutive Mondays. Each session is two hours long. Attendance is limited to 15 people per class. Completion of the course will result in a safe boating certificate recognized throughout the United States. Cost of the class is $30 to cover the cost of the text book and accompanying CD. Pre-registration is required. To register or gain further information contact Tom Schatz at 410-757-6486 or e-mail tomcat241@att.net.

Support groups offered
The Howard County Chapter of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a variety of support groups. All NAMI support groups are free and membership is not required to participate. For additional information on upcoming meetings and support group information, call 410-772-9300 or log on to www.namihcmd.org.

Ansel Adams display
Take a new look at the work of this important and influential photographer through approximately 125 images drawn from The Lane Collection. The display will run through Sunday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th Street NW.

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