Thursday 5

HOSPITALITY, CULINARY SCHOOL, open house for Anne Arundel Community College's Hospitality, Culinary, Arts and Tourism Institute, tour the facilities, learn about programs and meet the faculty, 6-7:30 p.m., AACC, Glen Burnie Town Center, 101 Crain Hwy. NE, Glen Burnie. Free. 410-777-2398.

HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY, "Life After HRT," a panel of specialists discusses issues facing woman who discontinue hormone replacement therapy; panelists include Susan Peeler, medical director of Anne Arundel Medical Center's Women's and Children's Services; Barbara McHenry, AAMC pharmacist; Lisa Renfro, dermatologist; and Ann Caldwell, dietitian, 7-9 p.m., AAMC, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Free; preregistration required. 443-481-4000.

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES, eight-week classes in basic fox trot and merengue, sponsored by the Davidsonville Dance Club, 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, Queen Anne Bridge (off Route 214) and Wayson roads. $40. 301-262-8010.

BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS, 9-11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month, North Arundel Hospital, Lobby, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. 410-787-4367.

CARPAL TUNNEL SCREENINGS, by orthopedic surgeon Terrence O'Donovan, sponsored by North Arundel Hospital, 8-9:30 a.m., Marley Station Mall, Relaxation Station near JC Penney's lower level, Routes 2 and 100, Glen Burnie. Free. 410-787-4367.

Friday 6

ODENTON CAREGIVER TALK, "Down and Dirty," Mary Fridley, a gerontology nurse, discusses how to help the frail manage incontinence, co-sponsored by the National Family Caregiver Support Program, 1-3 p.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6227.

ANNAPOLIS FLU SHOTS, for adults, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Pkwy., Annapolis. Free. 410-222-7343.

HARWOOD YOUTH DANCE, for sixth- and seventh-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.

SEVERNA PARK DANCE CLASSES, basic steps, waltz and cha-cha, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays, eight weeks, the Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park. $48. 301-262-8010.

HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR, plus baked goods and a raffle, to benefit the Annapolis Senior Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Annapolis Senior Center, 1027 Bay Ridge Ave. Free admission. 410-222-1818.

SENIORS HOLIDAY LUNCHEON, Friday is the deadline to purchase tickets for the Annapolis Senior Center's holiday luncheon and dance, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 13, Sheraton Barcelo, 173 Jennifer Rd., Annapolis. $20. 410-222-1818.

Saturday 7

WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOP, for adults, create 16-inch boxwood wreaths, materials supplied, optional to bring fruit, ribbons and other decorative materials, sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation, 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m., William Paca House, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. $35; members, $30; reservations required. 410-267-7619, Ext. 8146.

"MUSIC MAN" AUDITIONS, be prepared to sing and dance, bring music in your key, an accompanist will be provided, no prerecorded music allowed, 1 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Dec. 10; performances held Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees (with an occasional weekday performance) Feb. 22-May 3, Chesapeake Music Hall, 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-7515 or

HOLISTIC HEALTH CONFERENCE, "Mind-Body-Spirit Connections: A Day of Exploration," with speakers, workshops, exhibits and lunch, 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, David S. Jenkins Gymnasium, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $65. 410-777-2325.

TOTS NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 3 and 4, about winter, with stories and crafts, 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.

SEVERNA PARK NATURE HIKE, park ranger Dave DeVault leads a one-hour walk discussing interesting trees in the park and their histories, 10 a.m., B&A Trail at Jones Station Road, Severna Park. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6244.

LAUREL PUPPET PROGRAM, about Ruby, the ruby-throated hummingbird, and her journey to Central America, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free. 301-497-5887.

HOLIDAY GREENS FOR SALE, freshly cut Christmas trees, greens, poinsettias, wreaths and garlands, plus baked goods and handmade gifts from the pottery, woodworking and craft shops, to benefit the Providence Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the center, 370 Shore Acres Rd., Arnold. Free admission. 410-315-8303.

Sunday 8

PATUXENT REFUGE BIRD-WATCHING, for 16 and older, identify winter birds in several habitats on a guided van tour, with short walks, 6:30-9:30 a.m., or during a guided hike, 8-10 a.m.; field guides and binoculars recommended, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Bald Eagle Drive (off Route 198), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

GLEN BURNIE 8K RACE, annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, includes an 8K run and a 5K run-walk on the B&A Trail, plus a mall walk and activities for children, to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, race-day registration, 6:30 a.m.; races start, 8 a.m., Marley Station Mall, 7900 Governor Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie. $25. 410-544-5433.

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.

PATUXENT REFUGE BAT PROGRAM, for ages 8-12, information on the myths about bats and the animals' beneficial role in the environment, 2-3 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

Monday 9

CHILDREN'S GIFTMAKING, for ages 5-12, children make holiday presents for their families, 7 p.m., Provinces Library, 2624 Annapolis Rd. (Route 175), Severn Square Shopping Center, Severn. Free. 410-222-6280.

SURGICAL WEIGHT-LOSS GROUP, support for people considering or who have undergone weight-loss surgery and discussion of how to cope through the holiday season, 6:30 p.m., North Arundel Hospital, Constantine Padussis Community Center (third-floor conference center), 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free; preregistration required. 410-761-9969.

SENIORS DRIVING COURSE, "55 Alive," a two-day course designed to help improve driving and accident-prevention skills, sponsored by AARP, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. $10; preregistration required. 410-222-6227.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER GROUP, support for caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia-related disorders, the group is affiliated with the Alzheimer's Association's Central Maryland Chapter, 7-8:30 p.m., Genesis Eldercare, Severna Park Center, 24 Truckhouse Rd., Severna Park. Free. 410-544-4220.

Tuesday 10

BABY CARE BASICS, nurse midwife Phyllis Rattey and pediatrician Natanel Schwob answer questions from new parents, 7-9 p.m., North Arundel Hospital, Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center, 1454 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold. Free; preregistration required. 410-626-8982.

ANNAPOLIS ACUPUNCTURE CLASS, about the ancient healing technique and how it has been used to alleviate pain, 7-8 p.m., Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. $15. 443-481-4000.

SENIORS HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE, the Retired Teachers' Chorus sings holiday tunes, 11 a.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6227.

PRESCHOOLERS NATURE HOUR, for children accompanied by an adult, park ranger Lisa Wolfe leads a one-hour wildlife hike, 11 a.m., B&A Trail Park, Ranger Station, Earleigh Heights Road (off Route 2), Severna Park. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6244.

ANNAPOLIS HEALTH INFORMATION, Susan Knight of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging discusses prescription drug assistance and health insurance options for people with low incomes, a meeting of the Anne Arundel Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness, lunch served, noon, Cecil Memorial United Methodist Church, 15 Parole St., Annapolis. Free; contact Ola Bush at 301-809-0094 or Pat Schenck at 410-263-4529.

CROFTON HOLIDAY STORY TIME, for preschoolers accompanied by an adult, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Crofton Library, 1681 Riedel Rd. Free. 410-222-7915.

ODENTON HOLIDAY STORY TIME, for ages 3-10, stories, songs and making a candy-covered treat, 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Odenton Library, 1270 Odenton Rd. Free. 410-222-6277.

Wednesday 11

EDGEWATER SENIORS PIANO PROGRAM, Ted Brown plays the piano and discusses its history and the lives of great composers and pianists, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, through Dec. 19, South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-1927.

ARUNDEL MILLS CHOLESTEROL SCREENINGS, 9-11 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.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP, for people coping with mental illness and their families and friends, 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, North Arundel Hospital, Psychiatric Unit, second floor, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-553-8070.

SENIORS FABRIC-DYEING WORKSHOP, learn how to dye fabric in gradations of color, 10 a.m.-noon, South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Free. 410-222-1927.

ANTIQUE DOLL LECTURE, Stuart Holbrook, president of Theriault's, a company that auctions antique dolls, discusses collecting; plus light refreshments and an antique doll exhibit, 1-3 p.m., London Town, 839 Londontown Rd., Edgewater. $12. 410-222-1919.

Thursday 12

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

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP, for stroke survivors, those at high risk for stroke or anyone who wants to learn how to reduce their risk factors, discussion topic is "Holiday Blues," 6-8 p.m., North Arundel Hospital, Constantine Padussis Community Center (third-floor conference center), 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-787-4457.

ARNOLD CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE, Lester Brooks and Theresa Bowman discuss the Western and Atlanta Campaigns, 7 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. 410-777-2428.

ANNAPOLIS AROMATHERAPY CLASS, information on how aromatherapy may reduce stress and how to create a basic aromatherapy kit and select plants for making essential oils, two sessions, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. $40. 443-481-4000.

PASADENA SENIORS HOLIDAY SHOW, music by the Pascal Go Getters, refreshments, 1 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Rd. Free; preregistration required by Dec. 5. 410-222-0030.

EDGEWATER VIOLIN PERFORMANCE, for seniors, John Teske, violinist (accompanied by Virginia Rutledge, pianist) performs Tartini, Beethoven and Brahms and discusses the music, the violin and how musicians prepare for a performance, 10 a.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Free. 410-222-1927.

LINTHICUM STORY TIME, for ages 3-12, with holiday music and crafts, 7 p.m., Linthicum Library, 400 Shipley Rd. Free. 410-222-6265.

-- Compiled by Sharon Fanning

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