County Digest

October 14, 2011

Prescription drug disposal

The "National Take Back Initiative" will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the lobby of Annapolis Police Department headquarters. The program provides a place for persons who want to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs. It is completely anonymous, no identification is requested of people disposing of medications, and people are encouraged to remove identifying labels from containers. Liquid medications should be in a sealed container. Other medications may be disposed of in their original containers. Needles or injectables will not be accepted. Any other type of medication is accepted (controlled, noncontrolled or over the counter).

Information: 410-268-9000 or


A "Diabetes Self-Management Program" is being offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays through Nov. 15, at the Severna Park Community Center, 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park. Participants will learn how to identify problems caused by diabetes, manage their blood sugars, understand the relationship between food and blood sugar levels, and read nutrition labels. Workshops also will cover positive ways to deal with stress, techniques to help with depression, and communication skills to interact more effectively with physicians. Information: 410-222-4366, ext. 3057.

American Muslim women

The Anne Arundel County Commission for Women hosts "Unveiling the Mystique of the American Muslim Woman," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at AACC's Pascal Center, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Event will feature presentations by speakers from the U.S. Naval Academy, Georgetown University and the International Islamic University Malaysia. The program also takes on various subjects from the perspective of women who have lived in America and the Middle East. Admission is free.

Information: 443-949-7261 or

'Operation Paperback'

This nonprofit organization collects gently used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than 1.3 million books have been shipped to military personnel around the world. Interested persons can go to to learn more about the program. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at: Please put "books" in the subject line.

Haunted tours

Historic Annapolis Foundation and Watermark Tours sponsors a "Haunted Ghost Tour" through Annapolis on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 29. The two-hour walking tour leaves at 7:30 p.m. from the Museum Store, 77 Main St. Special Halloween tours will be held Sunday-Monday, Oct. 30-31. Tickets are $20, $14 for children 3-11 and free for children younger than 3. Reservations and information: 410-268-7601, ext. 100, or

YWCA fundraiser

Anne Arundel County's annual fundraiser, "Disco Magic," will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 21, at the Westin Annapolis, 100 Westgate Circle. Guests are asked to wear their best disco attire for this retro event. It also features an open bar, dinner, a silent and live auction, vacation getaways and the drawing for the winners of the 50/50 cash raffle. Tickets are $165. Proceeds benefit the YWCA programs for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Information: 410-626-7800.

Senior Olympics

Registration is under way for the 2011 Maryland Senior Olympics being held through Nov. 6 at locations statewide, featuring 21 sports with more than 100 events. The sports include volleyball, basketball, track and field, bowling, table tennis, archery, horseshoes, racquetball, badminton, billiards, lawn bowling, softball, tennis and swimming.

Cost to participate in one event is $20, and $5 for each additional one. Registration deadline is 30 days before your first event's start date.

To register or get more information, call 240-777-8080 or go to

Resource guide

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

Disability issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has added an email notification feature to its website that provides information on disability issues. Sign-up and information:

Youth volunteer guide

The Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Guide is available for download free on the center's website, Printed copies can be ordered for $5 each. Mail checks to Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, Annapolis 21401, or pay at the center during business hours. Information: 410-897-9207.

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