Anne Arundel County Digest

Candidates forum

The League of Women Voters will host an evening of debate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Road in Annapolis. The debate features the county executive candidates, Democrat George Johnson and Republican Steven Schuh. Event is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the National Council of Jewish Women. All are welcome. Information: 410-849-8832 or info@aa.lwvmd.org.

Lighthouse tour

A tour of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse will be held at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Visitors can learn about how lighthouse keepers lived, other lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay and how many are still around. Tickets are $70 per person. Reservations required. Information: 415-362-7255 or email jeff@uslhs.org.

Ghost tours

Historic Hauntings Tours take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October inside the William Paca House, one of Annapolis' most storied mansions, and into its "sick room." Tours leave from the Historic Annapolis Museum and Store, 99 Main St. Tickets are $20, $14 for children ages 3-11; free for those two and younger. For reservations and information, call 410-268-7601, ext. 100 or go to watermarkjourney.com.

Museum raffle

The Captain Avery Museum's 26th annual fundraising raffle is under way. Top prize is $5,000, and tickets are $5 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival at 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at the museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Checks, payable to the Captain Avery Museum, can be mailed to: P.O. Box 89, Shady Side 20764, or call 410-867-4486.

Meet the authors

Authors Ruth Kassinger, Steve Vogel and Barbara Rogan will discuss their works of fiction, nonfiction and military history at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. This annual event is sponsored by the Caritas Society of St. John's College. Proceeds benefit Caritas Society grants for St. John's College students in need. Admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. The presentation is followed by a wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception and book signing with the authors. To purchase tickets online, go to sjc.edu/caritas. Information: 410-533-8383. Parking is available in the Calvert Street garage at 19 St. John's Street. Handicapped parking is available on the Campbell Hall lot.

Operation Paperback

This nonprofit collects used books nationwide and sends them to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than 1 million books have been shipped to military personnel around the world. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at slmmuscles1@aol.com. Put "books" in the subject line. Information: operationpaperback.org.

Register your bike

The Annapolis Police Department is sponsoring a bicycle registration program. The owner's name, address and phone number and the bike's serial number, manufacturer and color are recorded in the department's database. Registration is available to any Annapolis resident. To schedule an appointment, contact Cpl. Craig Medley at 410-268-9000, ext. 7225, or cemedley@annapolis.gov. Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they want to hold a community registration.

Historical research

The Kuethe Library Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway, SE, 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 year-round. Information: 410-760-9679.

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