Book Giveaway at Eastport

Eastport Elementary School will hold a Reading Is Fundamental book giveaway from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 20 in the school's media center. The giveaway will be held in conjunction with the school's "Read Down Day," a program that encourages children to read out loud to younger kids. During the event fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders will read books to children in kindergarten through third grade.

The elementary school is at 420 Fifth St. in Annapolis. For more information, call the school at 410-222-1605.

Calling All Artists

Anne Arundel Community College is looking for artists for its exhibit "Mute," which will be on display in the College's Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery from March 5 through April 4. Interested artists can submit as many as six slides of samples of their work.

Each slide should be labeled with the artist's name, the title of the work, the medium, and the work's dimensions and year of completion. Slides should be encased in a plastic sheet, and each entry should be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a $15 entry fee. Slides should be postmarked no later than Jan. 27.

For more information, call 410-777-7028.

Library's Holiday Plans

All 15 branches of the Anne Arundel County Public Library system and Library Headquarters will be closed Dec. 22, 24, 25 and 29 and Jan. 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Branches will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31, New Year's Eve.

Planning for Bad Weather

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works announced that it is ready to handle severe weather in the event of a snowstorm.

The department encourages the public to call its County Emergency Operations Center for assistance with food, shelter, power or medical care in case of a storm, at 410-222-8040.

The Department of Public Works also asks residents to park vehicles in their driveways; keep children away from plows and other heavy equipment; and remove trash cans and recycling bins from the street during storms with four or more inches of snow.

Blood Pressure Screenings

North Arundel Hospital's storefront at Arundel Mills is offering free blood pressure screenings Tuesday and Dec. 17, 19 and 23.

The storefront is in the outlet mall between the fourth entrance and Jillian's restaurant. For more information or a free calendar of events, contact the storefront at 410-755-8773.

Gingerbread House Class

Annapolis Whole Foods Market is holding a gingerbread house class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Whole Foods bakery team leader Chad Woodmancy and team member Joy Tester will guide the class through the proper steps for building and decorating a gingerbread house. The class includes a $10 registration fee for materials.

To register, stop by the customer service desk in the store at 2504 Solomons Island Rd. For more information, call 410-573-1800.

-- Compiled by Eileen Rivers