A six-week "Diabetes Self-Management Program" will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 11, and continuing through Nov. 15, at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park. Participants will learn how to identify problems caused by diabetes, manage their blood sugars, understand the relationship between food and blood sugar levels, and read nutrition labels. Workshops also will cover positive ways to deal with stress, techniques to help with depression, and communication skills to interact more effectively with physicians.
$40 registration fee includes the "Living A Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" textbook. To register and more information, call Pam Toomey at the Department of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4366, ext. 3057, or e-mail at email@example.com.
The Dignity Players presents Del Shores' award-winning black comedy through Oct. 15 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road. Tickets are $5-$20. For show times, tickets and more information, call 410-266-8044, ext. 127 or go to dignityplayers.org.
American Muslim women
The Anne Arundel County Commission for Women hosts "Unveiling the Mystique of the American Muslim Woman," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at AACC's Pascal Center, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Event will feature presentations by speakers from the U.S. Naval Academy, Georgetown University and the International Islamic University Malaysia. The program also takes on various subjects from the perspective of women who have lived in America and the Middle East. Admission is free.
To register and more information, call 443-949-7261 or go to aacountycw.org.
This nonprofit organization collects gently used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than 1.3 million books have been shipped to military personnel around the world. Interested persons can go to operationpaperback.org to learn more about the program. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "books" in the subject line.
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.
The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society's annual raffle is under way. First prize is $5,000, and 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 E. West 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 fall 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.
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 additional fees for supplies or textbooks.
For more information, call one of the centers: 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; or South County, 410-222-1927.
Registration is under way for the 2011 Maryland Senior Olympics being held through Nov. 6 at locations statewide, featuring 21 sports with more than 100 events. The sports include volleyball, basketball, track and field, 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.
To register or get more information, call 240-777-8080 or go to mdseniorolympics.org.
Call for artists
Benfield Gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park, invites artists 18 and older to enter its fall juried exhibition. Selected artwork will be on display at the gallery through Oct. 15. Kelly Richard, manager of the gallery, will judge the exhibition. Information: $10-544-2299 or email email@example.com.
The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released a Youth Resource Guide, which provides 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.
Youth volunteer guide
The Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Guide is available for download free on the center's website, volunteerannearundel.org. Printed copies can be ordered for $5 each. Mail checks to Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, Annapolis 21401, or pay at the center during business hours. Information: 410-897-9207.
Register your bike
The Annapolis Police Department is sponsoring a bicycle registration program. The owner's name, address, phone number and the bike's serial number, manufacturer and color are recorded in the department's database. Registration is available to any Annapolis resident. To schedule an appointment, contact Cpl. Craig Medley at 410-268-9000, ext. 7225, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they want to hold a community registration.
The Annapolis Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post 199 is accepting applications. Law Enforcement Exploring is a program for those who have completed eighth grade and are 14 to 20 years old. The program offers information on career activities. Meetings are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at police headquarters, 199 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis. Information: 410-268-9000 or at the office.
The Annapolis Police Department offers a fingerprinting service at 199 Taylor Ave. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. Service will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. The fee is $5 per fingerprint card, and the person being printed must supply the cards. Check or money order only. Information: 410-268-9000.
Tours of historic house
The Ann Arundel County Historical Society has opened the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in Linthicum for the season. Tours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Group tours are by appointment. The Kuethe Library for Historical and Genealogical Research, 5 Crain Highway S.E., operated jointly with the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays year-round. Information: 410-760-9679.
Guided arboretum walks
On Saturdays through November, visitors can explore Adkins Arboretum's diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by a naturalist. Explore the bottomland forest and upland paths, meander through beech trees, traverse native meadows and follow the narrow Tuckahoe Creekside. The 11 a.m. walks are free with admission for the park. The hour-long tours begin at the visitors' center. Information: 410-634-2847.