Maryland's first lady, Katie O'Malley, along with Natalie Ballard, Colleen Moon, Rhonda Caldwell Dove, Michelle Le Furge and Dana Posley Herbert, will be honored at the 16th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Program and Reception being held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis.
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased in advance by calling 410-269-1524 and will also be available at the door. Proceeds to help pay for the newly completed Coretta Scott King Memorial Garden at Sojourner-Douglass College in Edgewater. Information: mlkmd.org.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "books" in the subject line.
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.
Adkins Arboretum will offer an advanced training session for master gardeners from noon to 4 p.m. today at 12610 Eveland Road in Ridgely. Information: 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or go to adkinsarboretum.org.
Anne Arundel County's annual fundraiser, "Disco Magic," will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight 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.
The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society's annual raffle is under way. First prize is $5,000; tickets are $5 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the society's West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival on Oct. 16 at the Capt. Salem Avery Museum, 1418 EW Shady Side Road. Proceeds will be used to support the museum's programs and activities, as well as to help with building and grounds maintenance and repairs. Tickets can be purchased by mailing a check payable to the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, P.O. Box 89, Shady Side, 20764 or by calling 410 867 4486. Local merchants and society members will also sell tickets.
AACC fall registration
Registration for the fall session classes offered by Anne Arundel Community College is under way at the seven senior activity centers operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. Classes begin the week of Oct. 3.
For a class schedule, visit the senior center you wish to attend or go to aacounty.org/aging and click on a center for its list of courses. Tuition is waived for those 60 and older, but there is an administrative fee of $80. This one-time fee covers all courses taken for the semester. Seniors 55-59 must pay the $80 administrative fee plus $40 per course. A tuition waiver form must be certified by the Social Security Administration to exempt permanently disabled seniors from paying the $40 fee per course, but they will still be responsible for the $80 administrative fee. Some classes may have an additional fee for supplies or textbooks.
For more information, call the center of choice at: Annapolis 410-222-1818; Arnold 410-222-1922; Brooklyn Park 410-222-6847; O'Malley 410-222-6227; Pasadena 410-222-0030; Pascal 410-222-6680; South County 410-222-1927.
Registration is under way for the 2011 Maryland Senior Olympics being held through Nov. 6 at various locations statewide. The games have 21 sports with more than 100 events; they include volleyball, basketball, track and field events, 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 and get more information, call 240-777-8080 or go to mdseniorolympics.org.
Call for artists
Benfield Gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park, invites artists 18 and older to enter its fall juried exhibition. Selected artwork will be on display at the gallery through Oct. 15. Kelly Richard, manager of the gallery, will judge the exhibition. Information: $10-544-2299 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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
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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.