Colonial Players auditions
The Colonial Players will hold auditions Sunday and Monday, March 3 and 4, for all roles in its May production of "In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play." Roles are available for three men, ages 20s to 50s, and four women, ages 20s to 30s, including one African-American woman. For more information, call 410-263-5625 or go to thecolonialplayers.org.
Anne Arundel County Public Library will hold four town hall-style meetings as the library system seeks support for its top funding priorities of upgrading technology, expanding hours and building new regional facilities for the North County and Annapolis areas.
Dates and locations are:
•Tuesday, March 5, Annapolis branch, 1410 West St. in Annapolis.
•Thursday, March 7, Maryland City at Russett branch, 3501 Russett Common in Laurel.
•March 12, North County branch, 1010 Eastway in Glen Burnie.
Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Information: 410-222-7371 or aacpl.net.
Book signing, reception
"Passing Through Shady Side" by resident Ann Widdifield highlights the lives and experiences of several generations of African-American families who have lived on the Shady Side peninsula during the past 150 years. A book signing and reception will be held Saturday, March 9, at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 6234 Shady Side Road. Event begins at 2 p.m. with a presentation in the sanctuary, followed by the book signing and reception at 2:30 p.m. For more information, go to captainaverymuseum.org.
Archbishop Spalding High School's theater department presents "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" through Saturday, March 9, at 8080 New Cut Road in Severn. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets are $10. Refreshments are available during intermission. For more information, call 410-969-9105 or go to archbishopspalding.org.
'In the Heat of the Night'
Bowie Community Theatre presents a play based on John Ball's Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series of the same name, March 15-30 at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with a 2 p.m. matinee Sundays. Tickets are $17; $12 for seniors 62 and older and students. Group rates available. Information: 301-805-0219 or bctheatre.com.
The Partners In Care Boutique will hold its 11th annual Jewelry Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 23 at the Upscale, Resale Boutique, 6 S. Ritchie Highway in Pasadena. In addition to jewelry, event features clothing for ladies, men and children, accessories, books, toys, housewares, art, lamps and furniture. Admission is free. Information: 410-544-0568.
Family fun at the stadium
The Bowie Baysox will hold their 14th annual Family FunFest at Prince George's Stadium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. The event takes place rain or shine and features free rides and games in Louie's Kids Park, music and games on the concourse and displays from local businesses and organizations. Single-game tickets for the coming Baysox season go on sale for the first time and the box office will be open all day. Season-ticket holders can pick up their ticket plans at the event and are invited to an exclusive luncheon in the Diamond View Restaurant. Information: baysox.com.
The Retired Officers' Wives Club of Fort George G. Meade is sponsoring a bus trip on April 16 to the Sight and Sound Theater in Pennsylvania to see a presentation of "Noah." $100 per person covers the cost of the bus, a smorgasbord lunch at Hershey Farms Restaurant, and a ticket to the show. Bus will leave Ridgeview Plaza on Route 175 and Rochenbach Avenue at 8:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 5:30 p.m. Lunch is at 11 a.m. and show starts at 1 p.m. For reservations and more information, call 410-465-0492.
The 2013 Visitors Guide by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau is now available. The 72-page, full-color guide contains information on things to do and see, events, dining, night life, accommodations, shopping and more. The Visitors Center is located at 26 West St. in Annapolis and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The guides will also be distributed from the bureau's satellite information booth at City Dock when it reopens for the season on March 22. Also, a downloadable version is available at visitannapolis.org/visitor-guide.
The Bowie Baysox will hold auditions March 16 for those who would like to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at home games during the coming season. Prince George's Stadium gates open at 9 a.m. for registration, and auditions begin at 9:30 a.m. Every participant must register, and auditions are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditions will be held rain or shine, reservations for audition times will not be accepted, and word sheets are not allowed during the audition. All auditions must be done in person. Auditions are open to any individual or small group, and instrumentalists are permitted. Interested large church or school groups should call 410-301-464-4880. For directions and more information, go to baysox.com.
The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Ford's Theatre, with its new Center for Education and Leadership and the Congressional Cemetery Civil War Tour, on May 18. Lunch is planned at the District Chophouse & Brewery. Bus leaves at 8 a.m from the Benson-Hammond House, 7101 Aviation Blvd. in Linthicum, and returns at 4 p.m. Cost is $60, including lunch. For reservations and more information, call 443-837-8196 or go to aachs.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.
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 now 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 email@example.com. 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.