County digest

September 23, 2010

Haunted ghost tours

Historic Annapolis Foundation and Watermark Tours sponsors a "Haunted Ghost Tour" through Annapolis on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30. The two-hour walking tour leaves at 7:30 p.m. from the Museum Store, 77 Main St. A special Halloween tour will be held Sunday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $20, $14 for children 3-11 and free for kids younger than 3. For reservations and more information, call 410-268-7601, ext. 100, or go to watermarkjourney.com.

Food drive

A "Scare Away Hunger Food Drive" to benefit the Maryland Food Bank takes place beginning Friday, Oct. 1, and continues through Oct. 31, at Arundel Mills Mall, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. Most needed items include canned meats and vegetables, dry rice and beans, canned/bottled juices, peanut butter, dry cereals, and canned soups and stews. Donations can be dropped off during regular mall hours. Information: arundelmills.com.

Disability issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has added an email notification feature to its website that provides timely information on topics regarding disability issues. To sign up for this feature and more information, go to http://www.aacounty.org/aging/disabledadults/commdis.cfm.

Register your bike

The Annapolis Police Department has announced a new bicycle registration program. When an owner registers a bike, the owner's name, address, phone number, bike's serial number, manufacturer and color are recorded in the Police Department's database. Any resident of Annapolis can register a bike. To schedule an appointment, call Cpl. Craig Medley at 410-268-9000, ext. 7225, or e-mail him at cemedley@annapolis.gov. Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they wish to hold a communitywide registration.

Grant applications

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is accepting applications for its Ladders to Success grant program. The foundation will make grants to nonprofit organizations that provide opportunities for disadvantaged or vulnerable residents to lead healthy and successful lives. Deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Information: 410-280-1102.

Raffle

Annual raffle conducted by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society is under way. Grand prize is $5,000; tickets will be sold at $5 each. The winning tickets will be drawn on Oct. 17 at the society's West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road. This is the 21st year for this event, and funds earned will be used for building maintenance, repairs and operating expenses. Tickets and information: 410-867-4486. Local merchants and society members will also have tickets for sale.

Singers needed

Encore Chorale, a choral program for singers 55 and older, seeks singers for its fall season at Anne Arundel Community College. The chorale meets at 2 p.m. Mondays at the college, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Singers improve their voices, make new acquaintances and prepare to join Encore Chorales from Virginia, Maryland and Washington for holiday concerts. Information: 301-261-5747.

Police academy

The next session of the Citizen's Police Academy begins Oct. 4 at the Annapolis Police Department, 199 Taylor Ave. The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays for seven weeks. Anyone interested in attending must complete an application, which can be found on the department's website: ci.annapolis.md.us/government/departments/policedepartment.aspx.

Resource guide

The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released its 2010-2011 Youth Resource Guide, which provides information about nonprofit and faith-based organizations in the county. A free copy is at volunteerannearundel.org. A limited number of hard copies can be purchased at the center, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, for $5 each. Information: 410-897-9207.

Farmers' markets

•The Severna Park Farmers' Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 30 at Ritchie Highway and Jones Station Road. Information: 410-827-9192.

•The Westfield Annapolis Farmers' Market is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 17 at 2123 Generals Highway in the mall parking lot next to Sears Automotive. Information: 410-349-0317.

•The Riva Road Farmers' Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Oct. 26 and Saturdays through Dec. 18 at Riva Road and Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis. Information: 410-349-0317.

•The Piney Orchard Farmers' Market is open from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 24 at the Piney Orchard Community & Visitors Center parking lot, Stream Valley Drive off Route 170. Information: 410-867-9162.

•The Deale Farmers' Market is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 28 at 5965 Deale Churchton Road, Deale. Information: 410-867-4993.

All of the farmers' markets accept WIC and Senior FMNP checks.

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