The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County will begin accepting applications for its Ladders to Success grant program Monday, Sept. 13. The foundation will make grants to nonprofit organizations that provide opportunities for disadvantaged or vulnerable residents to lead healthy and successful lives. Deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Information: 410-280-1102.
Annual raffle conducted by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society is under way. Grand prize is $5,000; tickets will be sold at $5 each. The winning tickets will be drawn at the society's West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 EW Shady Side Road on Oct. 17. This is the 21st year for this event, and funds earned will be used for building maintenance, repairs and operating expenses. Tickets and information: 410-867-4486. Local merchants and society members will also have tickets for sale.
Four Rivers seeks nominations for its annual heritage awards. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, partnerships, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and supporting historical legacy. Nominations forms are available at fourriversheritage.org or by calling 410-222-1805. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 24.
•The Children's Theatre of Annapolis will hold auditions from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, for its production of "Once Upon a Mattress," at 1661 Bay Head Road in Annapolis. Auditioners must be members of the Children's Theatre of Annapolis and should be prepared to sing, dance and read, They should also bring a recent photograph. Memberships will be available at the auditions at $10 per person or $20 a family. Information: 410-757-2281 or childrenstheatreofannapolis.org.
•The Colonial Players of Annapolis will hold auditions at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, for ages 8 to 15 and at 7 p.m. for those 16 and older for its production of "A Christmas Carol," at 2132 Reynard Court. Those interested should bring sheet music and be prepared to sing 16 bars of an upbeat song, and tell a short joke. Information: Debbie Barber-Eaton, 443-994-1794 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
•The Anne Arundel Community College Theatre will hold auditions at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13 and Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Pascal Center for Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway in Arnold, for its fall production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." All roles are open. Information: 410-777-7125.
Encore Chorale, a choral program for singers 55 and older, seeks singers for its fall season at Anne Arundel Community College beginning Monday, Sept. 13. The chorale meets at 2 p.m. Mondays at the college, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Singers improve their voices, make new acquaintances, and prepare to join Encore Chorales from Virginia, Maryland and Washington for holiday concerts. Information: 301-261-5747.
The next session of the Citizen's Police Academy begins Oct. 4 at the Annapolis Police Department, 199 Taylor Ave. The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays for seven weeks. Anyone interested in attending must complete an application, which can be found on the department's website: http://www.ci.annapolis.md.us/government/departments/policedepartment.aspx.
The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released its 2010-2011 Youth Resource Guide, which provides information about nonprofit and faith-based organizations in the county. A free copy is at volunteerannearundel.org. A limited number of hard copies can be purchased at the center, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, for $5 each. Information: 410-897-9207.
•The Severna Park Farmers' Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 30 at Ritchie Highway and Jones Station road. Information: 410-827-9192.
•The Westfield Annapolis Farmers' Market is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27 at 2123 Generals Highway in the mall parking lot next to Sears Automotive. Information: 410-349-0317.
•The Riva Road Farmers' Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Oct. 26 and Saturdays through Dec. 18 at Riva Road and Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis. Information: 410-349-0317.
•The Piney Orchard Farmers' Market is open from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 24 at the Piney Orchard Community & Visitors Center parking lot, Stream Valley Drive off Route 170. Information: 410-867-9162.
•The Deale Farmers' Market is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 28 at 5965 Deale Churchton Road, Deale. Information: 410-867-4993.
All of the farmers' markets accept WIC and Senior FMNP checks.
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.
More than 100 handmade dolls from the Vilma Stockton collection are on display and for sale at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 W. Shady Side Road. Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-867-4486.
The Annapolis Police Department offers 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.