Anne Arundel County Digest

Candidates forum

The League of Women Voters will host an evening of debate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Congregation Kneseth Israel Synagogue, 1125 Spa Road in Annapolis. The debate features county executive candidates, Democrat George Johnson and Republican Steven Schuh. Event is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the National Council of Jewish Women. All are welcome. Information: 410-849-8832 or


Awards ceremony

Tickets are on sale for the 19th annual Fannie Lou Hamer Awards Reception, to be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p. Sunday, Oct. 5, in St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. The event, sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Annapolis, recognizes six women who have contributed to the advancement of civil and human rights. Honorees include: Rhonda L. Johnson, Tryphenia Ellis Johnson, Pat Richardson, Tracey Parker, Connie West and Charyl "Whitney" Youngblood. Tickets are $35 which includes admission to the awards ceremony and a reception with light fare. Information: 301-538-6353.


Lighthouse tours

Tours of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse will be held at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 and 11. Visitors can learn about how lighthouse keepers lived, other lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay and how many are still around. Tickets are $70 per person. Reservations required. Information: 415-362-7255 or email

Craft fair

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will hold an Antiques, Collectible and What-Nots Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Benson-Hammond House Museum, 7101 Aviation Blvd. in Linthicum. More than 40 vendors will offer collectibles, antiques, jewelry, crafts and specialty items. A limited number of paintings and prints by local artists will be for sale to benefit the educational programs of the society. Free admission. Information: 410-956-4809 or

Museum raffle

The Captain Avery Museum's 26th annual fundraising raffle is under way. Top prize is $5,000, and tickets are $5 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival at 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at the museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Checks, payable to the Captain Avery Museum, can be mailed to: P.O. Box 89, Shady Side 20764, or call 410-867-4486.

Directors needed

The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre is accepting applications for directors for its 50th performance season next summer. Prospective directors may go to to download a director questionnaire and e-mail the completed form and a resume to Deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 30. Interviews will be held in October. Show directors receive a small stipend.


Operation Paperback

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 Put "books" in the subject line. Information:

Register your bike

The Annapolis Police Department is sponsoring a bicycle registration program. The owner's name, address and 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 Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they want to hold a community registration.

Historical research

The Kuethe Library Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway, SE, 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 year round. Information: 410-760-9679.