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Thursday 24

ODENTON FLU SHOTS, for adults, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd. Free. 410-222-7343.

COACHING STUDENT SPORTS, discussion of "Coaching So Children Will Listen," by a panel including Andy Borland, retired head football coach of Severna Park High School; Patricia Hanzook, Anne Arundel Community College chairman of health, physical education and athletics; Alan Pastrana, associate professor of physical education and former AACC men's lacrosse coach; and Karen Tengwall, women's lacrosse coach at Broadneck High School, bring lunch, sponsored by the AACC Family Outreach Network, 7:30-9 p.m., AACC, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2429.

HOSPITAL JOB FAIR, representatives from North Arundel Hospital's Human Resource Department discuss openings and accept re{acute}sume{acute}s and applications, 2-6 p.m., Arundel Mills, North Arundel Hospital storefront, between the Saks Off 5th store and Jillian's, 7000 Arundel Mills Cir., Hanover. Free. 410-787-4502.

POTENTIAL IRAQ CONFLICT, Adrian Kendry, a defense economist for NATO, discusses "Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don't: An Alliance Perspective of the Economic Consequences of Military Action and Inaction in the Middle East," followed by a question-and-answer period, 7:30 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, Florestano Building, Room 101, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2361.

RED CROSS COURSES, ongoing registration for November courses covering CPR, standard first aid and baby-sitting (for ages 11-15), American Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Rd., Edgewater, and other locations in the county to be announced. $35-$45. 410-764-4609, 800-787-8002 or www.redcross-cmd.org/.

ARNOLD 5K RACE, ongoing registration for the 14th annual Turkey Trot, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 26, on a moderately hilly, well-marked course around the campus, Anne Arundel Community College, Siegert Field, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $15; mixed-doubles teams, $21; preregistration required. 410-777-2767.

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN SEMINAR, about a 15-month program that prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination, 6 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, Florestano Building, Room 101, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-7497.

ANNAPOLIS POTTERY CLASS, for 15 and older, information on basic hand-building and throwing on a wheel, projects finished by decorating with colored slips and glazes, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 21, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $115; members, $90; plus a $25 materials fee. 410-263-5544.

Friday 25

ONE-DAY LIBRARY CLOSINGS, all branches of the county public library system will be closed for staff meetings Friday and reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday; users can access their accounts, renew items, search the library catalogue and reserve materials on the Internet at www.aacpl.net or renew materials by calling the automated borrower information line at 410-222-4444 or 301-970-2131.

SENIORS WREATH-MAKING, herbalist Marie Gish demonstrates how to make a fragrant wreath with fresh herbs, 1 p.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6227.

Saturday 26

LAUREL PUPPET PROGRAM, an interactive program about "Ruby, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird" and her journey to Central America, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free. 301-497-5887.

PATUXENT REFUGE BIRDING BASICS, for 16 and older, a two-day program with a walk and a discussion about bird identification, habitats and equipment, 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday and 8-10 a.m. Sunday, Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

PATUXENT REFUGE FUNGUS PROGRAM, for ages 8-12, information on nature's recyclers, 2-3 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Bald Eagle Drive (off Route 198), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

Sunday 27

ANNAPOLIS FESTIVAL, Come Together, Annapolis! event, entertainment on two stages, roving performers, hands-on children's activities from the Chesapeake Children's Museum, food and informative exhibits from community organizations, sponsored by the city of Annapolis and YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, 1-5 p.m., Susan Campbell Park, Annapolis City Dock. Free. 410-626-7800.

PATUXENT REFUGE BIRD TOUR, for 16 and older, a guided van tour with short walks to identify birds in several refuge habitats, field guides and binoculars recommended, 6:30-9:30 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Bald Eagle Drive (off Route 198), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

HIKE AND APPLE CIDER, a park ranger leads a brisk walk through the park followed by a cup of hot or cold apple cider, 1 p.m., Kinder Farm Park, Park Office, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6115.

REFUGE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL, the North Tract opens at 6:30 a.m. for hiking, biking and other recreational uses, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Bald Eagle Drive (off Route 198), Laurel. Free. 410-674-3304.

GLEN BURNIE ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, 8:30 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays, North Arundel Hospital, Cafeteria, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-433-4843 or 410-268-5441.

Monday 28

MILLERSVILLE GRIEF EDUCATION, psychologist Carol A. Brothers discusses how to cope with grief, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Hwy., Millersville. Free; preregistration requested. 410-987-2129.

SCARECROW WORKSHOP, bring old clothes and a pair of pantyhose, craft materials and straw provided, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 10 a.m.-noon, B&A Trail Park, Ranger Station, Earleigh Heights Road (off Route 2), Severna Park. $5 a scarecrow. 410-222-7313.

BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS, by representatives of Mariner Health, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Arundel Mills, North Arundel Hospital storefront, between the Saks Off 5th store and Jillian's, 7000 Arundel Mills Cir., Hanover. Free. 410-787-4367.

MILLERSVILLE FOLIAGE HIKE, a park ranger leads a 1.5-mile walk, 3:30 p.m., Kinder Farm Park, Park Office, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6115.

LIBRARY HALLOWEEN EVENTS, free, come in costume; for ages 2-6, stories, fingerplays and a Halloween craft, 7 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Provinces Library, 2624 Annapolis Rd. (Route 175), Severn Square Shopping Center, Severn. 410-222-6280; for all ages, stories, games, prizes, 7 p.m. Monday, Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Hwy., Pasadena, 410-222-6285; for preschoolers, stories, fingerplays and treats, Severna Park Library, 7 p.m. Monday, 45 McKinsey Rd., Severna Park. 410-222-6290.

Tuesday 29

EDGEWATER FLU SHOTS, for adults, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Free. 410-222-7343.

ADVANCE MEDICAL DIRECTIVES, for seniors, discussed by Wanda Nason-Raleigh, director of the Guardianship Program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, 10-11 a.m., Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd., Arnold. Free; preregistration required by Friday. 410-222-1924.

LIBRARY HALLOWEEN EVENTS, free; annual parade, stories, songs and a craft, 2-year-olds, 9:30 a.m., ages 3-6, 10:30 a.m., Annapolis Library, 1410 West St., Annapolis, 410-222-1750; for all ages, stories and a craft, 7 p.m., Edgewater Library, 25 Stepney Lane, Edgewater, 410-222-1538; for ages 6-12, spooky tales and treats, 7 p.m., Linthicum Library, 400 Shipley Rd., Linthicum, 410-222-6265; for ages 2-6, Halloween party, 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. 410-222-6699.

Wednesday 30

OPERA APPRECIATION CLASS, M.A. Cashman discusses "Die Fledermaus," by Strauss, 1-3 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. at Cashman's home. $12. 410-267-8135 or www.annapolisopera.com.

CROFTON INTERNET TRAINING, preregistration begins Wednesday for 90-minute sessions about the library's Web catalogue and Internet training; beginners' class: how to use the mouse, find a book or magazine article, place a request, check your account and find sites on the Internet, 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 13, 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 15 and 16; intermediate: Internet search engines, Web browsers and special databases to which the library subscribes, 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 10-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 14, Crofton Library, 1681 Riedel Rd. Free; preregistration required; registrants must bring their library card and personal identification number (PIN) to class. 410-222-7915.

LIBRARY HALLOWEEN EVENTS, free; for elementary school students and preschoolers, spooky stories and making crafts, 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. Oct. 31, North County Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie, 410-222-6270; for 2 and younger, Halloween rhymes and songs, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Provinces Library, 2624 Annapolis Rd. (Route 175), Severn Square Shopping Center, Severn. 410-222-6280.

Thursday 31

SENIORS HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION, come in costume, breakfast followed by entertainment by the Severna Park Bums, with homemade Halloween treats and goodie bags, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. Free; preregistration required for breakfast and lunch. 410-222-6227.

-- Compiled by Sharon Fanning

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