Toys for Tots
The Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety is a drop-off site for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots collection program through Dec. 18. Bring new, unwrapped toys from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. to the Central Services Building on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Toys may also be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the security desks in the front lobbies of the college's facilities at Glen Burnie Town Center, 101 Crain Highway N. and Arundel Mills, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. Information: 410-777-2729.
The Eastport Yacht Club's Lights Parade will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Annapolis harbor and Spa Creek. The event features more than 30 boats of all shapes and sizes, power and sail, decorated with thousands of lights. Boats will circle the waterfront in two fleets, one in front of Eastport, the City Dock and the Naval Academy sea wall, and the other circling the length of Spa Creek inside the bridge. Information: eyclightsparade.org.
The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society hosts its 28th annual holiday open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7-8 at the Benson-Hammond Historic House Museum, 7101 Aviation Blvd. in Linthicum. This year's theme is "A Gingerbread House Christmas." Docents dressed in costume will welcome visitors for self-guided tours of the house, which will be decorated for the holidays with live greens from the property and using antique Christmas ornaments from the museum collection. In addition, more than 300 historic dolls will be on display. Punch and home-made cookies will be served. Free admission. Information: aachs.org.
Congregation Kneseth Israel presents the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at 1125 Spa Road in Annapolis. Event feature Israeli folk dancing and audience participation. Tickets are $18, $25 for families. For more information, call 410-263-3924 or go to knesethisrael.org.
Adkins Arboretum will hold its annual Holiday Wreath Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Visitors Center, 12610 Eveland Road in Ridgely. Visitors can shop for one-of-a-kind wreaths, roping, centerpieces and the arboretum's signature decorated boxwood trees. Each wreath is crafted from local evergreens and is adorned with dried flowers, fruit, cones, seedheads and ribbon. The Sweet Bay Gifts shop will be open during sale hours, and shoppers are invited to enjoy a guided walk in the woods at 10 a.m. Information: 410-634-2847, ext 0 or go to adkinsarboretum.org.
Gardening club meets
The Annapolis Horticulture Society meets at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Anne's Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. Dan Long from the Brushwood Nursery in Georgia speaks on flowering vines and climbers. Free and open to the public. Information: annapolishorticulture.org.
'A Christmas Carol'
The Dignity Players presents a dramatic reading of the classic Charles Dickens tale Dec. 5-8 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Dubois Road in Annapolis. Readings will be performed by Lois Evans, Mark Hildebrand and Eric Lund. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. To purchase tickets and for more information, call 410-266-8044, ext. 127, or go to dignityplayers.org.
The Latshaw Pops Orchestra, singers and dancers perform a holiday variety show beginning at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 with a luncheon at Michael's Eighth Avenue, 7220 Grayburn Drive in Glen Burnie. Ticket prices are $54.95 and includes lunch, show, tax and gratuity. For reservations and more information, call 800-528-7429 or go to latshawproductions.com.
The Colonial Players present the popular musical through Dec. 7 at 108 East St. in Annapolis. Shows are scheduled for Thursdays-Sundays. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students. For show times and more information, call 410-268-7373 or go to thecolonialplayers.org.
A tree-trimming party will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Road. Participants will be invited to tour the museum's 1860's waterman's home, create holiday crafts, trim the Christmas tree with naturally-made ornaments, enjoy light refreshments, and visit with Santa. Admission is free. Information: 410-867-4486 or captainaverymuseum.org.
Child care grants
If you are a grandparent or relative, 55 or older, and the primary caregiver for a child 18 or younger, you may be eligible for a grant program offered by the National Family Caregiver Support Program. Grants are available to assist with care, clothing, school supplies and activities. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043.
Baysox ticket packages
The Bowie Baysox are offering two ticket packages for the holidays. Each includes a Chris Tillman bobblehead and eight undated tickets for the Baysox's 2014 season. The "Baysox Holiday Gift Pack" is $99.95 plus a $7.95 shipping and handling fee, and includes a baseball cap. "Home For The Holidays" package is $88 plus the same shipping and handling. Tickets packages are available at baysoxshop.com until Jan. 3. To guarantee delivery before Christmas, orders must be placed by Dec. 13. Information: 301-464-4880.
The Annapolis Police Department offers fingerprinting services for the public from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at 199 Taylor Ave. For fees and information: 410-268-9000 or go to annapolis.gov/police.
Fort Meade online aid
Fort Meade, in partnership with the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council, has launched a new website designed to help the community take advantage of resources in the region. For more information, go to http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/community.
The Kuethe Library Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway, S.E. 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 all year. Information: 410-760-9679.