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Prescription drug disposal

The "National Take Back Initiative" will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the lobby of Annapolis Police Department headquarters. The program provides a place for persons who want to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs. It is completely anonymous, no identification is requested of people disposing of medications, and people are encouraged to remove identifying labels from containers. Liquid medications should be in a sealed container. Other medications may be disposed of in their original containers. Needles or injectables will not be accepted. Any other type of medication is accepted (controlled, noncontrolled or over the counter).

Information: 410-268-9000 or http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

Workshops

A "Diabetes Self-Management Program" is being offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays 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. Information: 410-222-4366, ext. 3057.

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.

Information: 443-949-7261 or aacountycw.org.

'Operation Paperback'

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: opbooksmilitary@comcast.net. Please put "books" in the subject line.

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.

YWCA fundraiser

Anne Arundel County's annual fundraiser, "Disco Magic," will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, 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. Proceeds benefit the YWCA programs for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Information: 410-626-7800.

Senior Olympics

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.

Resource guide

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.

Disability issues

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 cemedley@annapolis.gov. Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they want to hold a community registration.

Police Explorers

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.

Fingerprinting service

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.

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