The annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in Annapolis. Event takes place rain or shine and concludes with a fireworks display. Among the entries this year are "Chesapeake Reindeer," "Holiday Star," "Doves of Peace," "Big Red Christmas," and "Santa, Rudolph and the Elves." Information: eastportyc.org.
Orders are being taken for poinsettias to benefit the Pets on Wheels program, in which volunteers and their pets visit residents of nursing homes, hospitals and assisted-living facilities. Red, white or pink flowers with gift sleeves can be purchased for $12.50 or three for $35. Plants will be available for pickup from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. Group delivery available on request. To order and for information: 410-222-0738.
Kids club holiday party
The Bowie Baysox will host a holiday party for members of Louie's Kids Club at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Medieval Times in Arundel Mills Mall. Tickets are free for club members with the purchase of an adult ticket. Space is limited and tickets must be ordered through Medieval Times online at medievaltimes.com by Wed. Dec. 7.
Art portfolio review event
High school juniors, seniors and college transfer art students are invited to meet with representatives from some of the highest-caliber art schools in the nation from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. In addition to local colleges, some the schools planning to attend are the Art Institute of Washington, Delaware College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Santa Fe University, Savannah College of Art and Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Portfolios may include finished pieces, works in progress and sketchbooks. Laptops will be available for viewing digital images and digital media.
The Bowie Baysox offers a "Home For The Holidays" ticket package that features eight undated box seat tickets and a free Zach Britton bobblehead. Package is available at baysoxshop.com until Jan. 6 for $88 and an additional $5.95 for shipping and handling. To guarantee delivery before Christmas, orders must be placed by Wednesday, Dec. 14. (Those who wish to pick up their package at Prince George's Stadium will not be charged shipping and handling). Information: 301-464-4880.
Visits with Santa
Santa Claus will be available for photos, chatting about wish lists and general visits from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekend through Christmas Eve at Greenstreet Gardens, 391 West Bay Front Road in Lothian. Information: 410-867-9500, ext. 218 or greenstreetgardens.com.
The Colonial Players presents its musical version of the classic book through Saturday, Dec. 3, at 108 East St. in Annapolis. Shows at 2 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and $10 for those 11 and younger. Tickets and information: 410-267-6580 or go to thecolonialplayers.org.
The Bowie Baysox have announced that Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Northeast Crain Highway in Bowie, will serve as a collection point for warm clothes donations in conjunction with Louie's Holiday Hope. Gently used winter coats and other warm clothing can be dropped off Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: baysox.com.
Each year the Rotary Club of Annapolis holds its "Black Tie and Diamonds" fundraiser to benefit a cause or organization. The 2011 event raised $68,100 for the Light House shelter, and the 2012 event, planned for March 3, will benefit the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation. Nominations are being sought from area 501(c)3 nonprofits, for consideration for the 2013 event.
Candidates should submit the following information:
•Copy of IRS 501(c)3 letter of determination for nonprofit status.
•List of current board of directors with titles.
•A statement of the nature of the organization and the intended use of funds from the Black Tie and Diamonds gala (five-page limit).
•A specific strategy on how the candidate organization will partner with the Rotary Club of Annapolis to sell tickets, raise funds, contribute to the pre-planning implementation, and clean up.
Proposed packets can be mailed to Rotary Club of Annapolis, Attention: Elaine Shanley, President-Elect, P.O. Box 603, Annapolis 21404, or emailed to email@example.com and must be received by Wednesday, Nov. 30. Information: 410-353-2256.
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 people 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.
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 email@example.com. 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 Thursdays. Service is also 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 or http://www.annapolis.gov/police.
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 throughout the month, 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.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun