Sunday, Oct. 2

Festival The First Sunday Arts Oktoberfest Festival highlights the season's finale of this annual event. Also included in the activities are arts and crafts, live music, street performers, sidewalk dining and more. Free. Information: 410-741-3267 or firstsundayarts.com.


Monday, Oct. 3

Blacksmith group The Chesapeake Forge Blacksmith Guild meets at 7 p.m. at Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville. Members learn new techniques while working on projects. No gate fees. Information: 410-222-6115.


Wednesday, Oct. 5

Compost talk Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners will hold a composting demonstration and native plant garden visit at 11 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis. Visitors can learn how to make compost and see the park's gardens. Park entrance fees apply. Information: 410-222-6755.

Pasadena Rotarians The Lake Shore (Pasadena) Rotary Club will meet at 6 p.m. at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 4760 Mountain Road. Information: John Clark, 410-320-3145.

Republican Breakfast Club Group meets at 7:30 a.m. at Cafe Normandie, 185 Main St., Annapolis, for breakfast and discussion. Cost is $12.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Discussion and book signing Former Olympian John Carlos and sportswriter/author Dave Zirin will appear for a discussion and book signing at 6 p.m. in AACC's Robert E. Kauffman Theater, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. The duo will discuss "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed The World," and the impact of Carlos' symbolic Black Power salute, shared by fellow African-American sprinter Tommie Smith, on the podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the AACC Student Life office's event fund. Event is co-sponsored by the school's student life office and Psychology Department. Information: 410-777-2043.

Golf tournament Hospice of the Chesapeake invites area golfers to its annual fundraiser at Queenstown Harbor Golf Course in Queenstown. Tournament contests include an opportunity to win a Mercedes-Benz with a hole-in-one, as well as a $2,000 cash prize raffle.

Registration is $250 per person and $900 for foursomes, which includes greens fees, cart, a continental breakfast, lunch, awards banquet, contests and prizes. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds will support programs and services offered by Hospice of the Chesapeake in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties. Registration and information: 443-837-1530 or go to hospicechesapeake.org.

Friday, Oct. 7

Meeting Monthly meeting of the Anne Arundel Bird Club will be held at 8 p.m. at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Road in Millersville. Art McMorris will speak on "Peregrine Falcons: The Saga of Recovery." Information: 410-849-5343.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Tournament Broadneck High School will host the U.S. Scholastic Band Association's "Bands by the Bay Tournament" beginning at 6 p.m. at the school, 1265 Green Holly Drive in Annapolis. Tickets are $8, $6 for students and senior citizens. Gates open at 5 p.m. The annual event gives local residents the opportunity to see the new marching shows of Broadneck, Severna Park and Arundel High schools, as well as Annapolis Area Christian School. Information: broadneck.org/heistmusic/Marching_Band.html.


'Taste of Kent Narrows' The sixth annual "Taste of Kent Narrows" will be held at the Chesapeake Bay Exploration Center, 425 Piney Narrows Road in Chester. Guests can enjoy waterfront views and samples from area restaurants. This family event features live entertainment, wine tastings, arts and craft vendors, children's activities and more. Tickets are $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door. Free for children younger than 12 with a paying adult. Information: 410-739-6943 or tasteofkentnarrows.org.

Flea market St. Andrew's United Methodist Church holds an indoor country flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 4 Wallace Manor Road in Edgewater. Spaces are $10; tables are $5. The thrift shop will be open. Information: 410-269-7671.


Tribute concert Jim Curry performs "Take Me Home: the Music of John Denver" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road. Tickets are $20. Information: 410-647-8718 or annearundelconcerts.50megs.com.

Festival The West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival, featuring music, food, children's activities and more, will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Captain Salem Avery Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road. Featured musical performers include Tim and Savannah Finch, the Eastman String Band, Janie Meneely & Paul Di Blasi, Calico Jack, the Sour Notes and the Coastal Flats. Admission is $6, free for children 12 and younger. Parking will be available at the nearby Shady Side ball fields with free shuttle service and handicapped parking at the museum. Information: 410-867-4486 or go to shadysidemuseum.org.

Concert Guitarist-songwriter Richard Thompson performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $38, $33 for hall members. Information: 410-280-5640 or marylandhall.org.

Chesapeake Bay Bridal & Event Showcase will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St. Visitors will have a chance to speak with local vendors, caterers, DJs, florists, wedding planners and others. To register and more information, call 703-727-0151 or email star@toast-dc.com.

Reunion The North County High School Class of 1991 is planning its 20th reunion for Oct. 29 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Send contact information to nchs91@yahoo.com or call Kiesha Dotson at 703-755-0206.

Events and cancellations for the Anne Arundel County datebook may be submitted by email to arundel.calendar@baltsun.com. Information should be sent at least 10 days before the event.

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