Anne Arundel County datebook

May 14, 2010

Sunday, May 16

Poetry reading Sue Ellen Thompson reads from her newest book, "The Leaving: New & Selected Poems," at 3 p.m. at Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely. $18, $15 for members. Information: 410-634-2847 or adkinsarboretum.org.

Vocal competitions The Annapolis Opera's annual Vocal Competition Finals Concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. Free. Information: 410-267-8135 or annapolisopera.org.

Recital Members of the Annapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists perform at 3 p.m. at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1120 Spa Road, Annapolis. Call 410-263-4723 for more information.

'Souvenir' The Bay Theatre Company presents this play about a New York socialite and tone-deaf diva who thought she was a great soprano, through June 5 at 275 West St., Annapolis (on the lower level of the West Garrett office building). Shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. matinee Sundays. Tickets are $30, $25 for students with ID and seniors 65 years and older. Information: 410-268-1333 or baytheatre.org.

Monday, May 17

Blacksmith group The Chesapeake Forge Blacksmith Guild meets at 7 p.m. at Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville. Members learn new techniques while working on projects. No gate fees. Information: 410-222-6115.

Tuesday, May 18

Lecture The Rev. Richardson Libby, board member of the Hammond-Harwood House, will deliver a lecture, "The Saga of the Shaw Flag," at 8:15 p.m. at St. John's College's Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave., Annapolis, as part of its History Lecture Series. Free. Information: 410-626-2507.

'Nests: Construction and Location' Visitors can learn about various types of birds' nests and the materials used in construction, including their shapes and location. Event takes place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, 600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville. $10, $7 for members. Information: 410-827-6694.

Wednesday, May 19

Luncheon Greater Severna Park Newcomers Club holds its last luncheon of the season beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Cafe Mezzanotte, 760 Ritchie Highway. Guest speaker is Pat McMullen, a women's health nurse practitioner. Information: 410-757-5444.

Pasadena Rotarians The Lake Shore (Pasadena) Rotary Club will meet at 6 p.m. at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 4760 Mountain Road. Information: John Clark, 410-320-3145.

Wednesday Republican Breakfast Club Group meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Rockfish, Sixth and Severn, Eastport, for breakfast and discussion. Cost is $12.

Thursday, May 20

Theater production Standing O Productions presents "This is Our Youth," by Kenneth Lonergan, May 20-22 at Chesapeake Academy's Black Box Theatre, 1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Arnold. The play is about 24 hours in the lives of three young people living in the Big Apple. Showtime is 8 p.m. each day. For ticket prices ad more information, call 410-647-8412.

Political club The Elephant Club will hold its regular breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road in Severna Park. Cost is $5. Information: 410-437-2213.

Rotary club meets The Annapolis Rotary Club meets at noon at the Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise St. Two club members will give classification talks, discussing their careers and participation in Rotary. Information: 410-353-4722 or 410-980-6115.

Saturday, May 22

Compost talk Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners will hold a composting demonstration and native plant garden visit at 10 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road. Visitors can learn how to make compost and see the park's gardens. Park entrance fees apply. Information: 410-222-6755.

Concert Southern Culture on the Skids plays Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Information and directions: 410-268-4545.

Speaker series Author Michael Twitty speaks about the "Culinary Culture of the Underground Railroad" at 1 p.m. at Adkins Arboretum, 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely. Admission is $15, $10 for members, $20 for families. Information: 410-634-2847 or adkinsarboretum.org.

Festival Annual Strawberry Festival, sponsored by the women of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 7606 Quarterfield Road in Glen Burnie. There will also be crafts, baked goods, raffles and a white elephant yard sale. Directions and information: 410-674-4118.

Fundraiser The Arundel Volunteer Fire Department will hold a pit-beef, ham and turkey sandwich sale, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 22, June 5 and 19, at 2380 Davidsonville Road. Sandwiches are $6. Soda, water and chips are also available. There are shaded picnic areas and visitors can enjoy a tour of the fire station. Information: arundelfire.com.

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