The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society presents, "A Cautionary Tale: You Can't Always Believe What You Read," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road. Refreshments and networking follow the program. Information: 410-760-9679 or aagensoc.org.
A drama about the developing relationship between a young Canadian woman and an aging and irascible American official and diplomat will be presented by the Colonial Players from Feb. 8 through March 2, at 108 East St. in Annapolis. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sundays. There will be a 7:30 p.m. show Feb.17. Tickets are $15 and $20. For tickets and more information, call 410-268-7373 or go to thecolonialplayers.org.
The Bowie Baysox have made available three Valentine's Day ticket packages, costs ranging from $12 to $60. Interested parties can have the packages hand-delivered by the Baysox mascot, Louie. For information, go to baysoxshop.com, call Brandan Kaiser at 301-464-4882, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Feb. 7.
The My Theatrical Zone company presents Emily Mann's "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years" at the Children's Theatre of Annapolis, 1661 Bay Head Road. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. The play is about two sisters, ages 103 and 101, who have lived through the Jim Crow laws, the death of Martin Luther King Jr., Clarence Thomas' hearings and the release of Nelson Mandela. Valerie Sims Bryant portrays Sarah L. Delany and Valerie Mills-Cooper is A. Elizabeth Delany. Parental discretion advised. Tickets are $25. For reservations and more information, call 410-757-2281 or email email@example.com.
Bike Maryland will host the 16th annual Bicycle Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St. in Annapolis. The event offers a chance for nonprofit, government and community leaders to learn about key bicycle issues and ways to encourage bike-friendly practices and accessibility at schools, in neighborhoods and the workplace. Information: bikemd.org.
Applications for the 25th annual Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition are being accepted at annapolisopera.org. Applicants must complete the form and submit a CD containing three to five arias by midnight Feb. 12. Applicants must be between the ages of 20 and 35 as of April 1, and be residents, students or working in Maryland, Delaware, Washington, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia. Students at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey, or Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., are also eligible. A $30 nonrefundable application fee is required. Payment must be made during the application process. Information: 410-267-8135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third annual Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St. Tickets are $25; $5 for children 13-18; free for children 12 and younger. Admission for a People's Choice Package is $50 per adult and includes a commemorative T-shirt and an oyster roast ticket, providing access to free oysters and event activities. Information: amaritime.org.
The seventh annual Emily Schindler Memorial Triathlon will be held April 20 at the Community Center in Severna Park. The 800-yard swim, 9.5-mile bike ride and 3-mile run will be held at the SPY Aquatics Center, 623 Baltimore/Annapolis Blvd. and the Baltimore/Annapolis Trail. Participants can also sign up for the Flamingo Feat distance, consisting of a 1,600-yard swim, 18-mile bike and 6-mile run. Check in begins at 6 a.m. and the first wave of swimmers will hit the pool at 7 a.m.
Cost is $50 for individuals, $90 for a relay team of two and $135 for a three-person relay team. Registration forms can be found at http://www.spccaquatics.org or at active.com
The event is a benefit for the Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship fund, which was established in 2004 following Emily Schindler's death in a car accident. The scholarship is awarded annually to selected graduating seniors on the SPY swim team who most exemplify Emily's qualities.
The Annapolis Police Department has resumed fingerprinting services for the public at 199 Taylor Ave. The services are available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. For fees and more information, call 410-268-9000 or go to http://www.annapolis.gov/police.
Fort Meade, in partnership with the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council, has launched a new website designed to help the community take advantage of resources in the region. For more information, go to http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/community.
The Rotary Club of Annapolis' annual "Black Tie and Diamonds" event will be held from 6 p.m to 11 p.m. March 9 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on West Street in Annapolis. The gala includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner and dancing to the music of NightLife. Tickets are $1,500 for a table of 10 and are on sale now. Individual tickets at $150 per person are now on sale. To purchase a full table, contact Rebecca Tingle at 410-267-7877, ext. 6; or by email at email@example.com; or call Ron Baradel at 410-268-6600. Information: 877-333-9667 or annapolisrotary.org.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to help seniors and low-income adults with their 2012 tax returns. Participants will be trained by the IRS and the Maryland comptroller's office. They will help only with simple 2012 income tax returns, which will be filed electronically. Volunteers do not do tax returns involving partnerships or corporations, self-employed persons or rental properties. Volunteers are not required to have a financial background, but certified public accountants, attorneys, bookkeepers and those with financial training are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers will be stationed at county senior centers and will be available by appointment between Feb. 4 and April 5. For more information, call 410-222-6717.
This nonprofit organization collects used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than a million books have been shipped to military personnel around the world. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "books" in the subject line. Information: operationpaperback.org.
The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released a Youth Resource Guide, with information about nonprofit and faith-based organizations in the county. A free copy is at volunteerannearundel.org. Printed copies can be purchased at the center, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, for $5 each. Information: 410-897-9207.
The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has added an email notification feature to its website that provides information on disability issues. Sign-up and information: http://www.aacounty.org/aging/disabledadults/commdis.cfm.
Tours of historic house
The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will open the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in Linthicum in March. Group tours can be arranged during January and February by calling 410-768-9518.
The Kuethe Library's Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway S.E., operated jointly by the historical society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday all year. Information: 410-760-9679.