Thursday 14

CROFTON SEWING MEETING, of the Chesapeake Treasures, the local chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America, which was established to promote sewing, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, Crofton Middle School, 2301 Davidsonville Rd. Free; open to the public. 410-280-9639.

ARNOLD CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE, Historian Jeffry D. Wert discusses "John Mosby: The Civil War's Finest Partisan Officer," 7 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2428.

ANNAPOLIS FLU SHOTS, for adults, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Annapolis Senior Center, 1027 Bay Ridge Ave. Free. 410-222-7343.

APPRECIATING SENIORS' HEIRLOOMS, Elaine Ezell and George Newhouse, owners of AAA Antiques Mall, discuss "The Common Mistakes of Downsizing," about seniors who, when moving to smaller homes, don't realize the value of objects they want to sell; participants can each bring one object for appraisal, 1 p.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6227.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS TALK, author Bill Korvin discusses "The Public School Morass: Problems, Analysis and Solutions," a meeting of the American Association of University Women, 8 p.m., Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park. Free. 410-729-7772.

EDGEWATER MANAGED CARE TALK, for 55 and older, Susan Knight of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging discusses "Managed Care for Medicare Beneficiaries," about a new Aetna plan effective Jan. 1; 7 p.m. today and Tuesday, South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Free. 410-222-1927.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE, for high school students, learn about college programs and view videos on career preparation, staff available to answer questions, 3-5 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, Sales and Service Training Center, near Entry 2 of the food court, 7000 Arundel Mills Cir., Hanover. Free. 410-799-9099.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP, for stroke survivors or those at high risk for stroke, discussion topic is "Driving and Mobility," 6-8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, North Arundel Hospital, third-floor conference center, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-787-4457.

Friday 15

ST. JOHN'S PHILOSOPHY LECTURE, "Predestination in the New Testament and St. Augustine," by Peter Gilbert, a tutor at St. John's College, Sante Fe, N.M., 8:15 p.m., St. John's College, Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2539.

ODENTON CAREGIVERS TALK, "And in This Corner," Mary Fridley, a gerontology nurse, discusses how to manage the behavior of a dementia-affected loved one, co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, 1-3 p.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6227.

PASADENA FLU SHOTS, for adults, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Rd. Free. 410-222-7343.

PULMONARY SCREENINGS, sponsored by North Arundel Hospital, 10 a.m.-noon, Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Free. 410-787-4367.

HARWOOD TEEN DANCE, for eighth- and ninth-graders, music by a disc jockey, door prizes, contests and refreshments for sale, school ID required, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 7-10 p.m., South County Recreation Center, 4510 Owensville-Sudley Rd., Harwood. $5. 410-222-1515.

"AN EVENING IN COMEDY," the Wheatfield Theater Company performs a one-hour show of four vignettes commenting on the human condition, 12:30 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

Saturday 16

WETLANDS WINTER PROGRAM, information on how animals and plants survive in winter, 1-3 p.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $2.50; 60 and older, $2; 18 and younger, $1.50. 410-741-9330.

KIWANIS CHARITY AUCTION, silent and live auctions of travel packages, sports and concert tickets, restaurant certificates, sports memorabilia, arts and crafts and more; hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks served, to benefit the Kiwanis Foundation of Crofton, 6-9 p.m., Bowie Knights of Columbus Hall, 6111 Route 3 north, Bowie. $5. 410-451-3998.

KINDER FARM BIRD WALK, for 10 and older, search fields, woods and ponds for songbirds and raptors, bring binoculars, 8 a.m., Kinder Farm Park, Park Office, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free. 410-222-6115.

LAUREL NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 5-7, learn about the role of color in nature, 2-3 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

ANNAPOLIS FLORAL WORKSHOP, create a Thanksgiving cornucopia or an Advent wreath, live flowers, greens and other supplies provided, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 10 a.m.-noon, Annapolis High School, cafeteria, 2700 Riva Rd. $30. 410-222-7313.

Sunday 17

SURVIVAL SKILLS CLASS, for 8 and older, learn about using materials from nature to create shelter, make a fire, collect food and purify water, noon, Kinder Farm Park, Park Office, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6115.

PATUXENT REFUGE EARLY OPENING, the North Tract opens at 6:30 a.m. for hiking, biking and other recreation, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Bald Eagle Drive (off Route 198), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 410-674-3304.

PASADENA BIRD PROGRAM, for children accompanied by an adult, learn about the different types of food and feeders birds prefer, make bird feeders from coffee cans or pine cones smeared with peanut butter, 1 p.m., Lake Waterford Park, at Pasadena Road and the B&A Trail Park. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6248.

PATUXENT BIRD TOUR, for 16 and older, a guided van tour, with short walks to identify birds in several 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.

Monday 18

GLEN BURNIE FLU SHOTS, for adults, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Glen Burnie Improvement Association, Crain Highway and First Avenue. Free. 410-222-7343.

GLEN BURNIE CAREGIVERS TALK, "And in this Corner," Mary Fridley, a gerontology nurse, discusses how to manage the behavior of a dementia-affected loved one, co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, 1-3 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-4464 or 410-222-6680.

AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT FORUM, the USDA and the Maryland Department of Agriculture invite the public to comment on the new Conservation Corridor project, designed to enhance the economic health of agricultural areas and the environmental integrity of watersheds in the Delmarva peninsula, 7-9 p.m., Easton High School Auditorium, 72 Mecklenburg Ave., Easton. Free. 410-841-5863.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE INFORMATION, about Anne Arundel Community College's full-service educational facility due to open this year at Arundel Mills Mall, includes credit and noncredit programs, 7-7:30 p.m., Crofton Library, 1681 Riedel Rd., Crofton. Free. 410-799-9099.

SENIORS MUSICAL SHOW, the Downtown Rhythm Express Trio performs American music that served as the basis for early rock-and-roll, 10:30 a.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. Free. 410-222-6227.

HOLIDAY ORNAMENT WORKSHOP, for seniors, Monday is the preregistration deadline for a workshop to be held 1-3 p.m. Nov. 25, brushes, paints and ornaments provided, Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-0030.

Tuesday 19

HOMER EPICS LECTURE, Eva Brann, a St. John's tutor, discusses her book "Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the Odyssey and the Illiad," 7:30 p.m., St. John's College, McDowell Hall, Great Hall, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 443-716-4011.

ODENTON MANAGED CARE PROGRAM, for 55 and older, Susan Knight of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging discusses "Managed Care for Medicare Beneficiaries," about a new Aetna plan effective Jan. 1; 1 p.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd. Free. 410-222-6227.

CIVIL WAR LECTURE, "Annapolis During the Civil War," lecture by Jane McWilliams of the Annapolis History Consortium, co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, 8:15 p.m., St. John's College, Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. Free. 410-626-2881.

VASCULAR DISEASE LECTURE, Terry DeVeaux, a nurse practitioner, discusses various types of the disease, diagnoses, treatments and more, 10 a.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. Free; reservations required. 410-222-0030.

PATUXENT BIRD TOUR, for 16 and older, a guided van tour, with short walks to identify birds in several habitats, field guides and binoculars recommended, 8-10 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Bald Eagle Drive (off Route 198), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

SENIORS VISION SCREENINGS, and a lecture on "The Aging Eye," sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Eye Center of Glen Burnie, screenings, 9 a.m.-noon; lecture, 11 a.m., Annapolis Senior Center, 1027 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-1818.

Wednesday 20

CHESAPEAKE BAY ECOLOGY, lecture on "Nutrient Inputs to Chesapeake Bay: Historical Patterns, Ecological Effects and Future Prospects," by Richard Ostfeld of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y., 7 p.m.; refreshments, 6:45 p.m., Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Rd., Edgewater. Free. 443-482-2218 or www.serc.si.edu.

ANNAPOLIS ARTHRITIS SEMINAR, "Living With Fibromyalgia," discussed by Karen Martinchek, physical therapist, and "Arthritis Medications," discussed by Tom Wilson, pharmacist, refreshments served, co-sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, 7 p.m., Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, second floor, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Free; preregistration required. 443-481-4000.

ARNOLD FLU SHOTS, for adults, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-222-7343.

COLONIAL GARDENS LECTURE, Richard Shaw, director of horticulture of Historic Annapolis Foundation, discusses the 18th-century gardens of Annapolis, part of the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series sponsored by the foundation, noon-1 p.m., William Paca House, 186 Prince George St. Free; reservations required. 410-267-7619.

HISTORY OF GRISTMILLS, James G. Gibb, archaeologist, discusses "Mills Among the Moss: Archaeological Excavations at Gristmills in the Forests of Anne Arundel and Washington Counties," about surveys and excavations of 18th- and 19th-century mill sites, sponsored by the Archaeological Society of Maryland, 7:30-9 p.m., the Heritage Center, Chesapeake Room, 2664 Riva Rd., Annapolis. Free. 301-390-8020.

ARNOLD CHOLESTEROL SCREENINGS, by North Arundel Hospital phlebotomists, fasting unnecessary, total cholesterol count provided, results mailed, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-1924.

LAUREL TOTS NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 3-4, an interactive program about different types of animal homes and what animals need to survive, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

PREVENTING IDENTITY THEFT, a lecture for seniors presented by Don Clime, a county police officer, followed by a question-and-answer period, 10:30 a.m., Annapolis Senior Center, 1027 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-1818.

SENIORS HOLIDAY BLUES PROGRAM, Kate Boucher, social worker, discusses how to make holiday observances less stressful and more rewarding, 12:30 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

Thursday 21

ADVANCES IN DIABETES CARE, a panel of specialists discusses the latest information on the management of diabetes, 7-9 p.m., Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Free. 443-481-4000.

STATE SOIL CONSERVATION COMMITTEE, a meeting on soil conservation and water quality, 9:30 a.m., Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy., Annapolis. 410-841-5863.

ANNAPOLIS FLU SHOTS, for adults, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Duke of Gloucester and Conduit streets, Annapolis. Free. 410-222-7343.

-- Compiled by Sharon Fanning

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