If it's the last week of October, it must be time to start that pre-holiday diet. Actually, the diet is in preparation for the 12th Concert of Tastes on Nov. 1, sponsored by the Friends of Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. The annual event is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Annapolis Mall.
The $35 admission allows you to sample the fare of 40 local restaurants, including several from South County. Some will feature appetizers, some soups; others entrees and desserts. Three ensembles from the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will play during the evening, and big band enthusiasts can take a break from eating by dancing to the music of the Chesapeake Brass from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Garden Court.
Tickets are limited, so call Eleanor Alvarez at 647-4449 today. This must surely be the most tasteful way possible to support beautiful music in our beautiful home.
A couple of times in my checkered career I have been able to put off procrastinating long enough to get my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. This year I might manage it again, beginning with the 19th annual Naval Academy Women's Club Arts and Crafts Show from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Dahlgren Hall. Free shuttle service will operate from the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. The juried show features 150 crafts people representing several crafts, including jewelry, basketry, dried and silk flower arrangements and furniture. A $2 donation at the door goes to the club's scholarship fund, which last year awarded 20 $1,000 grants to college students. Participating club members are Robin Bryce, Jacqueline Cunningham, Terri Fowler, Nancy Henry, Dorothy Huston, Ardyth Jolliss, Ginger Lasko, Ned Laudenslager, Thea Lindauer, Sue Mallick, Susan McEwen, Helen Metcalf, Carmen Peterson, Lynne Rutlan, Betsey Ryan, Patricia Watson and Helen Watt. For further information, call April Hollhaus at 626-8391.
Anne Arundel Medical Center's Pathways will sponsor the Junior Striders Fall Foot Races at Bates Middle School on Sunday. Races will be offered for children ages 12 to 14, 9 to 11, 6 to 8 and 5 and under. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and races start at noon. Recognition ribbons will be given to the first-, second- and third-place winners in each category, and entry ribbons and T-shirts to all finishers. No entry fee or membership is required. For further information, call 268-1165.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis, will recognize Halloween on Oct. 31 with the debut performance of "Once Upon a Haunted Night," an original production by Theatricks. The performance, designed for children ages 5 to 12, begins at 11 a.m. Costumes are encouraged, even on adults. Reserved seating is $5 for Maryland Hall members, $6 for non-members. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
A free Halloween party, which requires separate registration, follows the performance. For further information or to charge tickets, call 263-5019.
The Historic Annapolis Foundation offers a new twist to an old pastime this year: exploring the gracious streets and venerable homes of the town in the evening. The first Candlelight Tour will take place Nov. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with 20 houses open for visitors. The walking tour is self-guided; participants pick up maps and identification pins at the Old Treasury building on the State House grounds and plan their own itineraries. The $25 registration includes an ongoing reception at the James Brice house. Other featured residences include the Bordley-Randall house, the Charles Carroll the Barrister house on the St. John's College campus and the William Paca house. Tickets purchased by Oct. 30 are $22.50. The price is $20 for Historic Annapolis Foundation members. Catherine Janssen, at 267-7619, has more information on the event.
The newly refurbished Arundel Olympic Swim Center offers a wide variety of swimming classes beginning next Monday. Choices range from pre-school beginners classes through senior no-strain aerobics. A basic aerobic workout class begins Nov. 2. There are morning, afternoon and evening classes. The swim center features a temperature-controlled indoor swimming pool with adjacent wading pools, a pool-side spa, two 1-meter diving boards and fully equipped locker rooms with coin-operated lockers. All facilities are accessible to the disabled. For details on classes, fees and independent swimming, call 222-7933; in South County, call 970-2216.