The Pasadena Theatre Company, partnering with the Catonsville Dinner Theatre, will hold auditions for its holiday production of "A Christmas Story," at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 and Oct. 11, at West Baltimore United Methodist Church, 5130 Greenwich Ave. in Baltimore. A variety of characters of all ages are needed. Information: 410-917-2911.
Brown bag discussion
Stephanie Miller, director of women's policy issues for the U.S. Navy, will lead a lunchtime discussion that focuses on the future of women in the military, specifically the Navy, at 1 p.m. Oct. 11 in Anne Arundel Community College's Careers Center, Room 129, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Free. Information: 410-777-2407.
Fire station open house
Celebrate Fire Prevention Week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Fort Meade Fire Station Open House, Building 6619. Visitors can view fire engines from Fort Meade as well as Anne Arundel and Howard counties, and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. There will also be rescue demonstrations, food and more. Visitors should enter through the Reece Road gate and have valid ID and proof of car registration. Directions and information: ftmeade.army.mil.
Historic Annapolis Foundation and Watermark Tours sponsors a "Haunted Ghost Tour" through Annapolis on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30. The two-hour walking tour leaves at 7:30 p.m. from the Museum Store, 77 Main St. A special Halloween tour will be held Oct. 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.
A "Scare Away Hunger Food Drive" to benefit the Maryland Food Bank continues through Oct. 31 at Arundel Mills mall, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. Most-needed items include canned meats and vegetables, dry rice and beans, canned/bottled juices, peanut butter, dry cereals and canned soups and stews. Donations can be dropped off during regular mall hours. Information: arundelmills.com.
The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has added an e-mail notification feature to its website that provides timely information on topics regarding disability issues. Sign-up and information: http://www.aacounty.org/aging/disabledadults/commdis.cfm.
Register your bike
The Annapolis Police Department has announced a new bicycle registration program. When an owner registers a bike, the owner's name, address, phone number, bike's serial number, manufacturer and color are recorded in the Police Department's database. Any resident of Annapolis can register a bike. To schedule an appointment, call Cpl. Craig Medley at 410-268-9000, ext. 7225, or e-mail him at
. Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they wish to hold a communitywide registration.
The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is accepting applications for its Ladders to Success grant program. 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.
The annual raffle conducted by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society is under way. Grand prize is $5,000; tickets are $5 each. The winning tickets will be drawn Oct. 17 at the society's West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road. 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.
Encore Chorale, a choral program for singers 55 and older, seeks singers for its fall season at Anne Arundel Community College. 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 Monday, 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: 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. 17 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 E. West 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.
Tours of historic house
The Anne 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.