Oyster gardener workshop

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation offers a workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Naval Academy's Nature Center in Annapolis for those interested in learning how to cultivate oysters. Each workshop participant will build a set of four oyster cages made from wire mesh. The cages will hang from a dock or pier. The gardener also receives several thousand seed oysters. There is a first-time workshop fee of $75. Gardeners grow their oysters in the cages for about a year until the oysters are around one to two inches in length. The gardener then returns the adult oysters to the foundation when they are relocated onto sanctuary reefs in the Chesapeake Bay. The gardener then starts over with a new batch of seed. The hope is each gardener will continue to produce a new crop of healthy adult oysters year after year.

To register (required) and more information, go to cbf.org.

Plant sale

Adkins Arboretum holds its "Fall Native Plant Sale" Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-18, at 12610 Eveland Road in Ridgely. Sale benefits the arboretum's educational programs and gives the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva's native flora and its role in land stewardship practices. Information: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or go to adkinsarboretum.org.

Haunted tours

Historic Annapolis Foundation and Watermark Tours sponsors a "Haunted Ghost Tour" through Annapolis on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29. The two-hour walking tour leaves at 7:30 p.m. from the Museum Store, 77 Main St. Special Halloween tours will be held Sunday-Monday, Oct. 30-31. Tickets are $20, $14 for children 3-11 and free for children younger than 3. Reservations and information: 410-268-7601, ext. 100, or watermarkjourney.com.

Gardening class

Adkins Arboretum will offer an advanced training session for master gardeners from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road in Ridgely. Information: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or go to adkinsarboretum.org.


Anne Arundel County's annual fundraiser, "Disco Magic," will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 21 at the Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle. Guests are asked to wear their best "disco" attire for this retro event. It also features an open bar, dinner, a silent and live auction, vacation getaways and the drawing for the winners of the 50/50 cash raffle. Tickets are $165, $125 if purchased before Sept. 15. Proceeds benefit the YWCA programs for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Information: 410-626-7800.


The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society's annual raffle is under way. First prize is $5,000; tickets are $5 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the society's West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival on Oct. 16 at the Capt. Salem Avery Museum, 1418 EW Shady Side Road. Proceeds will be used to support the museum's programs and activities, as well as to help with building and grounds maintenance and repairs. Tickets can be purchased by mailing a check payable to the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, P.O. Box 89, Shady Side, 20764 or by calling 410 867 4486. Local merchants and society members will also sell tickets.

AACC fall registration

Registration for the fall session classes offered by Anne Arundel Community College is under way at the seven senior activity centers operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. Classes begin the week of Oct. 3.

For a class schedule, visit the senior center you wish to attend or go to aacounty.org/aging and click on a center for its list of courses. Tuition is waived for those 60 and older, but there is an administrative fee of $80. This one-time fee covers all courses taken for the semester. Seniors 55-59 must pay the $80 administrative fee plus $40 per course. A tuition waiver form must be certified by the Social Security Administration to exempt permanently disabled seniors from paying the $40 fee per course, but they will still be responsible for the $80 administrative fee. Some classes may have an additional fee for supplies or textbooks.

For more information, call the center of choice at: Annapolis 410-222-1818; Arnold 410-222-1922; Brooklyn Park 410-222-6847; O'Malley 410-222-6227; Pasadena 410-222-0030; Pascal 410-222-6680; South County 410-222-1927.

Senior Olympics

Registration is under way for the 2011 Maryland Senior Olympics being held through Nov. 6 at various locations statewide. The games have 21 sports with more than 100 events; they include volleyball, basketball, track and field events, bowling, table tennis, archery, horseshoes, racquetball, badminton, billiards, lawn bowling, softball, tennis and swimming.

Cost to participate in one event is $20, and $5 for each additional one. Registration deadline is 30 days before your first event's start date.