The National Continental Congress Festival will be held Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 11-14, at 162 Conduit St. in Annapolis. Its theme is the 1786 Annapolis Convention, which led to the 1787 Constitutional Convention. During the festival, Annapolis will emulate what took place in 1786 by serving as the site of a national discussion of the challenges facing the United States following the Sept. 11 attacks and the war on terrorism. The festival will also commemorate the 1786 Convention and the pre-Constitution period, especially the years when Annapolis served as the first peacetime capital of the United States, acting as a bridge between the Revolution and the Constitution. For a complete listing of events, go to: http://www.annapolisccs.org/festival.
Tours of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse will be held at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14 and 28. Visitors can learn how lighthouse keepers lived, about other lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay and how many still exist. Tickets are $70 per person. Reservations are required. Information: 415-362-7255 or email email@example.com.
Adkins Arboretum will hold its annual Fall Native Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15, at 12610 Eveland Road in Ridgely. The sale benefits the arboretum's education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Chesapeake Bay region's native flora and its role in land stewardship practices. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15. A members-only sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Information: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or go to adkinsarboretum.org.
The Do or Die Productions Company performs "Legend of Creepy Hollow" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21, in the Chesapeake Arts Center's Studio 194 Theatre, 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park. Tickets are $30, $25 for children 12 and younger, and center members. Information: 410-636-6597 or chesapeakearts.org.
In preparation for a November sale, members of the Arundel branch of the American Association of University Women will be collecting books from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Bank of America on Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park and Furniture Solution on Ritchie Highway in Arnold. In addition, there will be collections Oct. 5 and Oct. 19. Information: aauwmd-annearundelcountybranch.org.
Anne Arundel Community College's theater department will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23-24, for its fall production of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Auditions are open to students and members of the community. Information: 410-777-7125 or aacc.edu/theater.
Hal Linden, jazz musician and star of Broadway and television, performs a program of classic tunes, stories and nostalgia at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road. Tickets are $20. Information: 410-647-8718 or go to http://www.annearundelconcerts.50megs.com.
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's 2013-2014 season-opening concerts will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28, at 801 Chase St. Under the direction of Jose-Luis Novo, the orchestra will be accompanied by cellist Mark Kosower. Programs feature Samuel Barber's "Second Essay," Edouard Lalo's Cello Concerto, and Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 1. Tickets are $25, $10 for students. Tickets and information: 410-263-0907 or go to annapolissymphony.org.
Historic Annapolis hosts a workshop with artist Jean Brinton Jaecks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at 186 Prince George St. in Annapolis. Admission is $70 for Historic Annapolis members, $75 for nonmembers, and tickets are available at annapolis.org. All levels of students are welcome.
The Captain Salem Avery Museum's 25th annual fundraising raffle is under way. The top prize is $5,000, and tickets are $5 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Checks, payable to the Captain Avery Museum, can be mailed to: P.O. Box 89, Shady Side, MD 20764, or call 410-867-4486.
Child care grants
If you are a grandparent or relative, 55 or older, and the primary caregiver for a child 18 or younger, you may be eligible for a grant program offered by the National Family Caregiver Support Program. Grants are available to assist with respite care, clothing, school supplies and activities. Contact the AAC Department of Aging & Disabilities for more information at 410-222-4464, ext. 3043.
This nonprofit organization collects used books nationwide and sends them to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than 1 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.orghttp://operationpaperback.org.
The Annapolis Police Department offers fingerprinting services for the public from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at 199 Taylor Ave. For fees and more information, call 410-268-9000 or go to annapolis.gov/police.
The Kuethe Library's Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway, S.E. Glen Burnie, operated jointly by the historical society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays all year. Information: 410-760-9679.