Anne Arundel County

County digest

Halloween party

Annual Halloween party, with music, food, dancing, costume contest and a "Thriller" dance competition, will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in AACC's Student Union Dining Hall, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Free. Information: 410-777-2043.


Kids Halloween party

A "Kidgits Halloween Boo Bash" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Arundel Mills Food Court parking lot, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. Event includes themed crafts, activities and a costume contest beginning at 1 p.m. In addition, mall-wide trick-or-treating takes place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a food donation for the "Scare Away Hunger Drive." Information:


Chrysanthemum display

The conservatories at Brookside Gardens will be filled with colorful chrysanthemums in all shapes and sizes through Nov. 12 at 1500 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton. Displays include Japanese chrysanthemums trained into geometric shapes and cascading hanging baskets. Ferns, sedges, papyrus and sages provide textural and colorful contrast. Blooms are expected to peak in early November. Admission is free. Information: 301-962-1400 or

Theater performance

Tickets are on sale for AACC's musical comedy, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," being staged Nov. 5-14 at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees Sundays. Tickets are $20, $12 for seniors and non-AACC students, $5 for AACC employees and students. Information: 410-777-2457.

Haunted tours

Historic Annapolis Foundation and Watermark Tours sponsor a "Haunted Ghost Tour" in Annapolis on Friday and Saturday. 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 Sunday, 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

Food drive

A "Scare Away Hunger Food Drive" to benefit the Maryland Food Bank continues through Sunday, 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:


Disability issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has added an e-mail notification feature to its Website that provides information on topics regarding disability issues. Sign-up and information:

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 want to hold a communitywide registration.

Singers needed


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.

Resource guide

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 A limited number of hard copies can be purchased at the center, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, for $5 each. Information: 410-897-9207.

Farmers' markets

•Last day for the Severna Park Farmers' Market is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 30, at Ritchie Highway and Jones Station Road. Information: 410-827-9192.

•The Riva Road Farmers' Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesday, 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.

•Last day for the Deale Farmers' Market is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at 5965 Deale Churchton Road, Deale. Information: 410-867-4993.

All of the farmers' markets accept WIC and Senior FMNP checks.

Law enforcement

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.


Doll collection

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.

Fingerprinting service

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.