The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's season-opening concerts will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 28-29 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. The orchestra will be accompanied by British pianist Michael Roll for these concerts, which feature John Mackey's "Redline Tango," Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 3" and a suite from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet." Tickets are $25; $10 for students. Information: 410-263-0907 or annapolissymphony.org.
Learn to raise oysters
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation sponsors a workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave. in Annapolis. The workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to raise oysters that, when grown, will be planted on sanctuary reefs that are off limits to harvest. Participants will need access to tidal water. Cost is $75 for materials. To register and for more information, go to cbf.org/mdoystergardening.
Plein air artists
Benfield Gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park, invites plein air artists ages 18 and older to enter the "Just in Time for the Holidays" exhibition being held Nov. 23-Dec. 31 at the gallery. Information: 410-544-2299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adkins Arboretum's annual Fall Native Plant Sale will be held Sept. 15-16 in the Native Plant Nursery, 12610 Eveland Road in Ridgely. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A members-only sale takes place Sept. 14. The sale benefits the Arboretum's education programs. Information: 410-634-2847 or adkinsarboretum.org.
Memorial canoe trip
The Bill Steiner Memorial Canoe Trip, an annual event to raise funds to buy, repair and replace the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary's canoes, will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at the sanctuary in Lothian. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations and more information, call 410-741-9330.
Bowie Community Theatre will hold auditions for "Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got The Will?" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-9, with callbacks Oct. 10, at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive. There are parts for five women and three men in the 25-75 age range. A cold reading from the script will be used. To schedule an audition and more information, email email@example.com or call 301-805-0219. Performance dates are Jan. 11-26.
"Bell, Book and Candle," a comedy about a family of witches and warlocks, opens Friday, Sept. 14, and runs through Oct. 6 at the Colonial Players, 108 East St. in Annapolis. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with a 7:30 p.m. performance Sunday, Sept. 23. Admission is $15 and $20. For tickets and more information, call 410-268-7373 or go to thecolonialplayers.org.
Septic System Expo
The Department of Health hosts a free Septic System Expo for homeowners from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15, at Anne Arundel Community College's Student Union Dining Hall, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. The event will feature manufacturers, septic installers, sewage disposal contractors, liquid waste haulers and health department staff. Homeowners will also receive free copies of septic installation records for their properties, free septic videos and educational materials. Information: 410-222-7193 or aahealth.org.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters will hold its annual kickoff meeting and social from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. Board members will be available to discuss the league's activities, plans and policies. League members and those interested in joining are welcome to attend. For details regarding meeting location, and to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Sept. 10.
The Captain Salem Avery Museum's annual fundraising raffle is under way. Top prize is $5,000, and tickets are $5 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Checks, payable to Captain Avery Museum, can be mailed to: P.O. Box 89, Shady Side, MD 20764, or call 410-867-4486.
A free, six-week diabetes self-management program will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 18 and continuing through Oct. 23 at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road in Odenton. People with pre-diabetes or Type 1 or 2 diabetes are eligible. Participants will learn how to identify problems caused by diabetes, manage their blood sugars and understand the relationship between food and blood-sugar levels. There will also be instruction on how to read nutrition labels, deal with stress, cope with depression and improve communication with doctors. Participants are expected to attend all sessions and will receive a "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" textbook. To register and for more information, call Pam Toomey at the Department of Aging and Disabilities, 410-222-4366, ext. 3057, or email her at email@example.com.
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