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October 30, 2005

Halloween event -- Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center will hold a Creepy Critters Halloween event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Powder Mill Road near Laurel. Creepy wildlife, live animals, exhibits and crafts will be featured. 301-497-5887.

Halloween hike -- Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary will hold a Halloween Hike for families with children ages 4 to 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian. Stories, a hike to the wetlands, snacks and hot chocolate, and a Halloween craft will be featured. Entrance free. 410-741-9330.

Benefit party -- Bay Ridge Plaza merchants will hold a "Party on the Plaza" to benefit an adopted street in Gulfport, Miss., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the shopping center parking lot on Hillsmere Drive in Annapolis. The family-oriented event features a cookout with games and face painting, T-shirt sales, a raffle of donated gifts and services, and music. 410-268-1961 or 410-267-0229.

Haunted house -- Deale Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will hold a Morgue Manor Haunted House from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Parking and shuttle service are available at the firehouse, 6007 Drum Point Road. 410-867-9374.

TOMORROW

Halloween at the mall -- Marley Station Mall will hold a Spooktacular Halloween Celebration from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Center Court. Activities include trick-or-treating at participating merchants and a haunted sing-along. 410-766-2033.

TUESDAY

Candidate's forum -- The Anne Arundel County branch of NAACP and RESPECT Inc. are sponsoring a forum for Annapolis mayoral and council candidates at 6 p.m. at Mount Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2 Hicks Ave. Candidates have been invited to discuss the issues that affect their constituents. 410-571-0467.

WEDNESDAY

Republican women meet -- The Republican Women of Anne Arundel County will hold a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel on Jennifer Road, Annapolis. Anne Robin Anthony, director of the Republican National Committee Women's Coalition, will be the speaker. New officers will be installed. 410-956-4052 or 410-798-8131.

Horticulture program -- The Annapolis Horticulture Society will meet at 6:45 p.m. at St. Anne's Parish House, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. Susanna Reppert-Brill, a sixth generation herbalist, will discuss "Planning and Planting an Herb Garden" using slides to tell ancient lore and legends, gardening tips, and herbal delights. 410-974-4357.

FRIDAY

House tour -- Historic Annapolis Foundation will hold its 14th annual Annapolis by Candlelight tour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The tour showcases 12 private homes on Charles, Conduit, Cathedral and Duke of Gloucester streets, the city's oldest residential area. Architectural styles span the mid-18th to early 20th centuries. The self-guided walking tour is $25 for members and volunteers, and $30 for others through Tuesday; $35 afterward. Participants will receive same-evening discounts at several downtown restaurants. 410-267-8146.

YWCA fundraiser -- The Friends Foundation will sponsor the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County's sun-and-fun-themed fundraiser, "Island Magic 11," from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Chesapeake Bay Club in Stevensville. Proceeds support domestic violence programs and other YWCA programs. The event includes Orlando Phillips and his steel drums with the Island Band before dinner, a traditional Caribbean feast, and Key Largo playing after dinner. Silent and live auctions, and a 50/50 raffle (tickets are $100) will be held. 410-626-7800, ext. 111.

Pro boxing -- Boxing Xtreme Fitness will hold a professional boxing event at the I-97 Business Park, 1131 Benfield Blvd., Millersville. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $80 for ringside.

SATURDAY

Fun run -- Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks and the Annapolis Striders will hold a fun run at Downs Park, 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena. Races include a 1-mile fun run at 8:05 a.m., 100-yard Tot Trot for children age 6 and younger at 8:20 a.m. (both free, registration required), and a 5-mile run at 8:30 a.m. Race-day registration will be from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Entry is $3 for Striders members, $4 for nonmembers and $5. 410-266-0561.

Blue jean bash -- Food Link Inc., a community organization that assists the needy, will hold a Blue Jean Bash from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Homestead Gardens. The event features live music by Soul Tower, a silent auction, and raffle for a mini-Cooper. Event tickets are $40; raffle tickets are $100. 410-222-7853.

Club auction -- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are holding an online auction, "Bid for the Kids," through Saturday. To bid on items, go to bgcaa.com. 410-384-7375 or 410-266-3996.

FUTURE

Jewish festival -- The United Jewish Council of Anne Arundel County is seeking exhibitors to display and sell Judaic arts and crafts at the ninth annual Annapolis Jewish Festival from noon to 4:40 p.m. Nov. 6. 410-439-0157.

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