THE NEXT TIME you walk into one of the county's 15 branch libraries, you'll also take a step into the future, courtesy of a new $1.2 million automated library system.
nonprofit groups during regular library hours. The Severna Park branch's hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The branch is closed on Sundays. For more information, call 222-7371.
The Severna Park Kiwanis Club is holding its annual apple sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the YMCA on B&A; Boulevard. Take your pick of Golden and Red Delicious, Empire and Rome apples fresh off the tree.
Cider, apple butter, apple peelers and corer/slicer tools will be on sale. Orders of at least a bushel will be delivered free within the Severna Park area.
For more information, call 647-8745.
A good place for your kids to show off this year's Halloween costumes is the costume parade at noon Oct. 28 in front of Champion Realty in the Old Severna Park Village Center.
The parade is sponsored by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce and is part of a weekend that includes events at businesses in the Old Severna Park center and Park Plaza.
To encourage Thursday evening shopping in the Park, Garry Anderson, owner of Garry's Grill, is offering a 10 percent discount to shoppers who present a receipt from a local business dated Thursday evening.
The 1995-1996 board of trustees officers for Chesapeake
Academy are Pennington Hopkins, chairman; Jane Pehlke, president; Richard Martin and Carl Sabold, vice chairmen; and Gordon Loetz, treasurer. Kimberly Wiggins is president of the academy PTA.
Retreat for children
Hospice of the Chesapeake is sponsoring a retreat for children ages 6 to 18 who have a family member or friend with a life-threatening illness. The retreat will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Annapolis Swim Center on Riva Road. It is free, and lunch is included.
Make reservations before Tuesday by calling 987-2129.
Breast cancer group
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Cancer Resource & Support Center will be offering a group for men whose partners have breast cancer. Dr. Michael Kahn will lead this session during a meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.
R.S.V.P. two days in advance by calling (410) 760-CaRE.
Anne Arundel Community College's speakers bureau has 60 speakers from the college faculty and staff who can address your nonprofit community group or organization free of charge. Information: (410) 541-2341.