Y facility open
Formerly Big Vanilla Athletic Club in Arnold, the facility became the Y of Central Maryland's first family center in Anne Arundel County in September.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, former Fox 45 reporter Joel D. Smith will read his children's Christmas book, "Santa's Secret Deal," to help the Collins Family ShopRite of Glen Burnie kick off its 2013 Toys for Tots Drive. ShopRite will offer the book free to the first 25 that sign up for the readings at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.
The store is located at 6716 Ritchie Highway, and patrons are welcome to bring a toy for the drive. For more information and to register, call Carol Boyer at 443-591-2070.
The Severn River Lions Club is selling Florida citrus fruit as part of its annual fundraising to benefit several community groups. Orders should be placed by Saturday, Nov. 16, for delivery between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road. Any fruit remaining after 1 p.m. will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Available for sale: Ruby red grapefruit: $20 (2/5 bushel), $34 (4/5 bushel); navel oranges: $20 (2/5 bushel), $34 (4/5 bushel); mix of oranges and grapefruit: $21 (2/5 bushel). To order, call 410-439-5770 or go to severnriverlions.org/fruit.htm.
'The Cover of Life'
Bowie Community Theatre presents R. T. Robinson's dramatic comedy through Nov. 24 at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive. Production contains adult language and subject matter. Shows at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $20, $15 for seniors and students. For reservations and more information, call 301-805-0219 or go to bctheatre.com.
'Fairy Tale Theatre'
Archbishop Spalding High School's Theatre Productions presents 11 short children's plays Friday-Sunday, Nov. 15-17 at 8080 New Cut Road in Severn. Tickets are $10, $7 for children younger than seven. Shows at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Information: 410-959-9105 or archbishopspalding.org.
The Colonial Players presents the popular musical through Dec. 7 at 108 East St. in Annapolis. Shows are scheduled for Thursdays-Sundays. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students. For show times and more information, call 410-268-7373 or go to thecolonialplayers.org
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 care, clothing, school supplies and activities. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043.
Baysox ticket packages
The Bowie Baysox are offering two ticket packages for the holidays. Each include a Chris Tillman bobblehead and eight undated tickets for the Baysox's 2014 season. The "Baysox Holiday Gift Pack" is $99.95 plus a $7.95 shipping and handling fee, and includes a baseball cap. "Home For The Holidays" package is $88 plus the same shipping and handling. Tickets packages are available at baysoxshop.com until Jan. 3. To guarantee delivery before Christmas, orders must be placed by Dec. 13. Information: 301-464-4880.
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 email@example.com. Put "books" in the subject line. Information: 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 information: 410-268-9000 or go to annapolis.gov/police.
The Kuethe Library 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.