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'Chapter Two'

Auditions for the Colonial Players' production of Neil Simon's comedy will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, and Tuesday, Dec. 13, with callbacks on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 2132 Reynard Court in Annapolis. Roles available for two men and women ages early 30s to mid-50s. Information: thecolonialplayers.org.

Fruit sale

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, Dec. 10, for delivery between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 17 at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., remaining fruit will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Available for sale: red seedless grapefruit: $18 (2/5 bushel), $32 (4/5 bushel); navel oranges: $17 (2/5 bushel), $31 (4/5 bushel); mix of oranges and grapefruit: $19 (2/5 bushel).

To order: 410-647-7338 (Ollie), 410-647-2756 (Nancy) or fruitorders@severnriverlions.org.

Winter registration

Registration is under way for winter session classes offered by Anne Arundel Community College at the seven senior activity centers operated by the Department of Aging and Disabilities. Classes begin the week of Jan. 9 and a variety of classes are available. For a schedule, go to the senior center you wish to attend or online at aacounty.org/aging and click on a center for its list of courses.

Lights parade

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.

Holiday poinsettias

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 exhibit and sale

"The Form and Fabric III, Artistic Gifts of the Season" Group exhibit and sale is being held through Dec. 31 in the Galleries at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Daily vehicle fee of $6 will be charged. Information: 410-222-1777.

Baysox tickets

The Bowie Baysox offer a "Home For The Holidays" ticket package that features eight 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.

Donations needed

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.

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

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 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.

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