Thursday 12

LIGHTS ON THE BAY, holiday light show with more than 60 stationary and mobile displays, two miles along the Chesapeake Bay, 5-10 p.m. daily, through Jan. 5, Sandy Point State Park, off Route 50 East, next to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Annapolis. $12 a car. 443-481-3161.

18TH-CENTURY HOLIDAY GREENS, handmade wreaths, kissing balls, fresh greens and other holiday items for sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave., Annapolis. $5; ages 6-18, $3; 5 and younger, free. 410-269-1714.

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. today and Dec. 19, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. $40. 443-481-4000.

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.

BACK AND NECK SCREENINGS, 8-10 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.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE CLASSES, ongoing registration for credit courses including "Lifesaving and Water Rescue," "Personal and Community Health," "Introduction to American Film, Science and Human Creativity" and more, two-week winter term begins Jan. 2, most courses and labs meet two to four hours daily, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Fees vary. 410-647-7100.

SENIORS WRITING CLASS, ongoing registration for "Creative Writing for the Curious," a new eight-week program offered by Anne Arundel Community College, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 8, O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. Registration, $20; plus a $40 class fee for ages 55-59; no class fee, 60 and older. 410-222-6227.

Friday 13

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

Saturday 14

ANNAPOLIS 2002 LIGHTS PARADE, 75 decorated vessels travel through the Annapolis Inner Harbor and Spa Creek up to Shearwater off Truxton Park, sponsored by the Eastport Yacht Club, 6-8 p.m., watch from the City Dock, the Eastport Bridge or the Naval Academy; free parking at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Rowe Boulevard, between Taylor Avenue and Farragut Road, with shuttles to downtown. 410-263-0415.

ITALIAN COOKING CLASS, "Elegant Italian: A Little Italian for the Holidays," about how to prepare meals, from salads to desserts, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute, 7438 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie. $35. 410-777-2325.

PATUXENT REFUGE TOURS, 45-minute guided hikes, learn how the refuge manages wildlife and provides habitats, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, National Wildlife Visitor Center, Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT, works by wildlife photographer Jack Mills, including a slide show choreographed to music, some prints available for purchase, light beverages and snacks served, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Kinder Farm Park, Park Office, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free.. 410-222-6115.

Sunday 15

ANNAPOLIS 15K RACE, on blacktop trails with rolling hills, sponsored by the Annapolis Striders, race day registration, 8 a.m.; race start, 10 a.m., Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd. $5. 410-268-1165.

KIDS GIFTMAKING WORKSHOP, children create golden nut ornaments, tinsel stars, lemon pomanders and decorative goodie bags, sponsored by the Historic Annapolis Foundation, noon-4 p.m., William Paca House, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. $8; members, $6.50; preregistration required. 410-267-7619, Ext. 8146.

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 16

COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF AGING, information about its services provided, 8-10 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.

GLEN BURNIE CAREGIVER PROGRAM, "Is It Time?" Mary Fridley, a gerontology nurse, discusses when to place a loved one in a care facility, 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.

BIRTHING INFORMATION, a tour of a birthing facility, information on reducing risks during pregnancy and delivery, plus tips for planning the birthing, taught by nurse midwife David Paad, 7-8:30 p.m., North Arundel Hospital, Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center, 1454 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold. Free. 410-686-8982.

SEVERNA PARK HOLIDAY CRAFTS, for ages 2-7, make a holiday decoration to take home, 4-6 p.m., Severna Park Library, 45 McKinsey Rd. Free. 410-222-6290.

Tuesday 17

SENIORS HOLIDAY PARTY, live band, cash bar and baked lasagna and accompaniments, sponsored by the O'Malley Senior Center, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Radisson Hotel, 210 Holiday Ct., Annapolis. $16; preregistration required. 410-222-6227.

ANNAPOLIS STORY TIME, for ages 3-6, holiday stories, activities and crafts, 10 a.m. Tuesday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Annapolis Library, 1410 West St. Free. 410-222-1750.

PASADENA CRAFT WORKSHOP, for preschoolers through sixth-graders, make a holiday craft, 7 p.m., Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. Free. 410-222-6699.

MALL BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS, 8-10 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.

Wednesday 18

MUMMERS LECTURE, Cliff Long, interpretation coordinator of the Historic Annapolis Foundation, discusses the history of mummers plays (English farcical works about the change of seasons and morality), part of the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series sponsored by the foundation, noon-1 p.m., William Paca House, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. 410-267-7619.

"THE POLAR EXPRESS," for ages 4 and older, a reading of Chris Van Allsburg's story, followed by a craft, hot chocolate and cookies, 7 p.m., North County Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6270.

SEVERN ANIMAL STORIES, for ages 2-6, 10 a.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Provinces Library, 2624 Annapolis Rd. (Route 175), Severn Square Shopping Center. Free. 410-222-6280.

ODENTON SENIORS SHOW, Sylvia and the Rhinestones perform "Geriatric Spice Girls," with singing, dancing and comedy routines, 1 p.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd. Free. 410-222-6227.

EDGEWATER SENIORS CELEBRATION, a holiday meal, with music by the Annapolis Chorale and entertainment by line dancers, tap dancers and a chorus, followed by music of George Simon's Orchestra, 10 a.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. $10; preregistration required. 410-222-1927.

KINDER FARM NIGHT HIKE, a 2.4-mile hike listening for owls and other animals, no pets permitted, 5 p.m., River Birch Pavilion, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6115.

Thursday 19

MALL HEALTH SCREENINGS, for blood pressure and lung capacity, 8-11 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.

SENIORS MINI MASSAGE, a seated, upper-body therapeutic massage by massage therapist Mary Ann Roesler, 9-11 a.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6227.

MALL BLOOD-PRESSURE SCREENINGS, plus health-related information, co-sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center, 7-10 a.m., Westfield Shoppingtown Annapolis (Annapolis Mall), Jennifer Road. Free. 443-481-4700.

-- Compiled by Sharon Fanning

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