A very special addition is visible at the Catherine O'Malley Senior Center these days -- "Sir" Figaro O'Malley, resident cat.
The adorable black cat was found by one of the center's van drivers and has made the center his part-time home. He is considered an "on-site" registered cat with Pets on Wheels and a loving companion to those at the center.
Figaro spends his mornings greeting and entertaining people as they arrive and start their daily activities. At lunchtime, Figaro retreats to the office of Jan Fournier, assistant director at O'Malley, to take his afternoon nap.
After a long day at the O'Malley Center, Figaro is taken to the Battered Spouses Shelter of Anne Arundel County to spend the night. A lot of people look forward to seeing Figaro every day, Fournier said. He is a very welcome addition to the Battered Spouses Shelter and the O'Malley Senior Center.
* The Imaginations Majorette Group will sponsor a Turkey Shoot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 1133 Patuxent Road.
Participants are restricted to 12-gauge shotguns. Ammunition will be provided at $2.50 per shot; refreshments will be available.
The majorette group also has organized a holiday craft and dollhouse show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Arundel Junior High School.
Porcelain dolls, ceramics, wreaths, floral arrangements, Yule logs, Christmas ornaments and many more crafts will be available.
For more information on either event, call 672-3539 or 674-5644.
* The Odenton Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the firehouse, Route 175 in Odenton.
Tours will be offered, a fire prevention display will be set up and Smokey the Bear and Santa Claus will greet the children.
For more information, call the department at 674-4444.
* Presidential Builders and Halle Enterprises are sponsoring a Parent-to-Parent Drug Prevention Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and next Wednesday at the Seven Oaks Sales Center, off Charter Oak Boulevard in Odenton.
The workshop, taught by Georgian Bill Oliver, features eight hours of videotapes and eight hours of group discussion.
The cost of the two-day workshop is $500 per person, but Presidential Builders and Halle Enterprises are paying for the entire class.
For more information, call 495-1520.
* The Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wives Club is accepting reservations for a Wednesday, Jan. 2, matinee performance of "Grand Hotel -- The Musical," a Tony-Award-winning musical starring Tommy Tune at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington.
This opulent Broadway hit is the latest incarnation of the Vicki Baum novel of Berlin life in 1928, best remembered as the classic 1932 film starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore.
Among the many memorable characters who check into the Grand Hotel, the story follows a beautiful ballerina who falls in love with a handsome baron-turned-cat burglar; a blond typist willing to do anything to be a film star; and a dying accountant spending his final days searching for friendship.
Cost is $35, which includes orchestra seat and transportation. A bus will leave the club headquarters at 11 a.m.
For more information and reservations, call Betty Juba at 721-2494 or Helen McCormack at 721-1736.
* Meade Senior High School student Melissa Bequillard has received the Business Student of the Month award.
Melissa is a senior in the Office Technology Work Experience Program and works for the Department of Defense. She earned an A average in her Office Technology course work and has received Excellent ratings from her supervisor.
Melissa was a volunteer worker in the school store during her junior year and has been an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America for two years.
* The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is gathering items to contribute to Sarah's House, an emergency shelter for the homeless, located on the grounds of Fort Meade.
The shelter needs such items as toothpaste, shaving cream, infant supplies, linens, educational games and laundry detergent.
If you or your business would like to be included, please call Marcia Hall at the chamber office, 672-3422.
Arrangements will be made to pick up donations. If you prefer to make a cash contribution, the chamber will purchase items in your company's name.
* Each year when Christmas baskets are given out by the Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church in Odenton, the Christian Assistance Program has had some toys to give out also.
If you would like to share and help the church find toys and gifts for children or young teens, bring items -- unwrapped and labeled "CAP" -- to the church for distribution with the baskets.
Cash donations, while acceptable, mean someone has to go out and purchase toys. If you do the shopping, it makes the tremendous job of sorting and distributing the toys that much easier on the volunteers.
Please bring the toys in by Dec. 16.
For more information, contact the church at 674-2272.