The annual "Fannie Lou Hamer Reception" will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. The event celebrates the birthday of the late feminist and civil rights heroine by honoring women from different racial backgrounds who promote social justice causes in the county. Tickets are $35 per person. Information: 410-269-1524.
The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society's annual fall book sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Building on Crain Highway. Books available include those about local history, art, children's selections, easy reading, antique and collectible volumes, coffee table volumes and more. All sales support the Kuethe Library. Information: 410-255-7777.
The American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters and the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland are co-sponsoring a Congressional Candidates Forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park. Information: 410-269-0232.
The SPCA hosts its "Barktoberfest" from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at 1815 Bay Ridge Ave. in Annapolis. Reservations can be made by calling Kristen Rygg at 410-268-4388, ext. 120. Tickets are $50 in advance; $55 at the door. The fee includes a beer and wine tasting, food, valet parking, live music and dancing. There will also be a doggy costume contest, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Attendees must be 21 or older. Information: aacspca.org.
The Children's Theatre of Annapolis presents this spy spoof based on the television series Oct. 12-21 at 1661 Bay Head Road. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Tickets are $15; $12 for children 12 and younger and adults 60 and older. Information: 410-757-2281 or childrenstheatreofannapolis.org.
The Baltimore Washington Medical Center will hold a free health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the food court at Arundel Mills. Health screenings including blood pressure, glucose and bone density, and educational exhibits on mental health, aging and wound healing will be offered. Screenings are free, and appointments are not needed. Information: 410-787-4367.
Bowie Community Theatre presents this drama through Oct. 13 at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive in Bowie. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $17; $12 for students and seniors ages 62 and older. Group rates are available. For tickets and more information, call 301-805-0219 or go to bctheatre.com.
AACC will hold auditions Monday-Thursday, Oct. 1-4, for its coming production of Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Auditions will consist of a short musical audition followed by cold readings from the script. All are welcome to audition for the roles of children ages 6-16, college students and adults. Auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place in the Robert Kauffman Theatre, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway in Arnold.
•7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 1-2: Auditions for adults and students ages 16 and older (reservations not needed).
•7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3: Auditions for children (must be accompanied by an adult).
•7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4: Callbacks for all age groups.
Also, the Colonial Players will hold auditions for its December production of "A Christmas Carol" on Sunday-Monday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, at 2132 Renard Court in Annapolis, for all roles in the holiday classic. Performances will be held Dec. 6-16 at the theater, 108 East St.. For more information about auditioning, go to thecolonialplayers.org.
Plein air artists
Benfield Gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park, invites plein air artists ages 18 and older to enter the "Just in Time for the Holidays" exhibition being held Nov. 23-Dec. 31 at the gallery. Information: 410-544-2299 or email email@example.com.
Bowie Community Theatre will hold auditions for "Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got The Will?" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-9, with callbacks Oct. 10, at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive. There are parts for five women and three men in the 25-75 age range. A cold reading from the script will be used. To schedule an audition and more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-805-0219. Performance dates are Jan. 11-26.
"Bell, Book and Candle," a comedy about a family of witches and warlocks, runs through Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Colonial Players, 108 East St. in Annapolis. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $15 and $20. For tickets and more information, call 410-268-7373 or go to thecolonialplayers.org.
The Captain Salem Avery House Museum's 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 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Checks, payable to Captain Avery Museum, can be mailed to: P.O. Box 89, Shady Side 20764, or call 410-867-4486.
A free, six-week diabetes self-management program will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays through Oct. 23 at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road in Odenton. People with pre-diabetes or Type 1 or 2 diabetes are eligible. Participants will learn how to identify problems caused by diabetes, manage their blood sugars and understand the relationship between food and blood-sugar levels. There will also be instruction on how to read nutrition labels, deal with stress, cope with depression and improve communication with doctors. Participants are expected to attend all sessions and will receive a "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" textbook. To register and for more information, call Pam Toomey at the Department of Aging and Disabilities, 410-222-4366, ext. 3057, or email her at email@example.com.
Call for artists
Benfield Gallery invites artists ages 18 and older to enter its annual fall juried exhibition being held Oct. 25-Nov. 17 at the gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park. The show's theme is "Autumn Reflections." Any two- or three-dimensional work will be considered by Kathy Daywalt, this year's juror. Information: 410-544-2299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•A half-century has passed since Baltimore City College graduated more than 600 young men in 1962, and a reunion is being planned for Oct. 13. Organizers are trying to contact every class member. Graduates from the February or June classes who have not been contacted may email email@example.com or call 410-381-6506.
•The Anne Arundel High School Class of 1972 will hold its 40th reunion Oct. 13 at The Gathering Place in Clarksville. Information: 410-674-7592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•The Chesapeake High School Class of 1982 will hold its 30th reunion from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 17 at Kurtz's Beach in Pasadena. Tickets are $50 per person; advance sales only (no tickets will be sold at the door). Deadline for ticket orders is Nov. 1.
The menu includes baked crab, carved pork, sauteed chicken, meatballs, mashed potato bar, vegetable medley, cheese and crackers, dip, fruit, caesar salad, and assorted desserts. Beverages include draft beer, wine, soda, iced tea, coffee and a cash bar for mixed drinks.
For more information, email email@example.com or go to http://www.facebook.com/chesapeakehigh1982reunion.
Museum open house
The Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side, has resumed its Sunday open house schedule from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 2. Information: 410-867-4486 or captainaverymuseum.org.
Human relations panel
The county Human Relations Commission is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy. The 11-member commission is a volunteer body established to promote fairness, eliminate discrimination and harassment in public and private sectors, and advance understanding and effective communication among people of different backgrounds and cultures. Applicants must be at least 18, county residents and able to attend evening meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. Legal experience is desirable but not required. Applicants should send a resume and letter of intent to: Johnelka Stafford, 44 Calvert St., Room 330, Annapolis 21401. Information: 410-222-1234.
This nonprofit organization collects used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "books" in the subject line. More information: operationpaperback.org.
The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released a Youth Resource Guide, with 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.
Tours of historic house
The Ann Arrundell 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. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. Group tours are by appointment.
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The Kuethe Library's Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway S.E., 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.