Thursday 12

SENIORS HEALTH INSURANCE TALK, health care professionals discuss prescription drug plans, supplemental insurance and Medicare benefits, sponsored by the City of Annapolis, continental breakfast served, 9-11 a.m., Annapolis City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St. Free. 410-263-7940.

BABIES STORY TIME, "Babies in Bloom" program for ages 2 and younger and their caregivers, with stories, songs, rhymes and finger plays, free, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. today, Annapolis Library, 1410 West St., Annapolis, 410-222-1750; 10 a.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 25, Linthicum Library, 400 Shipley Rd., Linthicum, 410-222-6265; 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, 410-222-6699.

SENIORS NUTRITION INFORMATION, presented by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health in the format of the game Concentration, 10:30 a.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. Free. 410-222-6227.

ANNAPOLIS PARENTING PROGRAM, Deborah Wood discusses "Temperament Differences -- From Easy to Difficult," how parents and teachers can cope with difficult behavior of children, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Chesapeake Children's Museum, 25 Sillopanna Rd., Annapolis. $15; members, $12. 410-990-1993 or www.theccm.org.

TOPSY-TURVY STORY TIME, for ages 2-6, wacky stories, songs and finger plays, come dressed for the occasion (inside out and backward), 7 p.m., Maryland City at Russett Library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel. Free. 301-725-2390 or www.aacpl.net.

SINGLE AGAIN SUPPORT GROUP, lecture by a mental health professional followed by small-group discussions, sponsored by Changing Focus; newcomer orientation, 7 p.m.; meeting, 7:30 p.m., Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, 1657 Crofton Pkwy., Crofton. Donations accepted. 410-721-0992 or info@changingfocus.org.

HEALTHY HEARTS PROGRAM, information on a variety topics about cardiac health, 7 p.m., Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Free. 443-481-1925 or www.aa-healthsystem.org.

CPR, FIRST-AID COURSES, ongoing registration for American Red Cross courses in CPR and first aid at locations throughout the county in September, including the Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Rd., Edgewater; Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park; and Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis. $37-$42. Call for times

and dates. 410-764-4609 or 800-787-8002.

ST. JOHN'S CONTINUING EDUCATION, ongoing registration for classes and fine arts programs, including a variety of seminars and workshops open to the public weekday evenings and weekend mornings, Sept. 10-Nov. 20, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Seminars, $160; workshops, $150, plus material fees for some classes; registration required by Sept. 2 by mail. 410-626-2881.

Friday 13

"WATCH YOUR CAR" PROGRAM, for seniors, county police officer Joe Hatcher discusses how to deter criminals from stealing your car, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Free. 410-222-6847.

SENIORS, GRANDCHILDREN MOVIE, "Cat in the Hat," based on the Dr. Seuss classic book, starring Mike Meyers, 12:15 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

"BUGS NIGHT OUT," program for ages 8 and older, park ranger Adam Smith and David Flaim of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland help participants look and listen for nocturnal bugs, including moths, beetles, crickets and other creatures, during a walk in the park, bring a small flashlight and do not wear white clothing, 8:15-9:45 p.m., Downs Park, Brightwater Pavilion, 8311 John Downs Loop,

Pasadena. Free; registration required. 410-22-6230.

Saturday 14

REFUGE BUTTERFLY PROGRAM, for ages 10 and older, learn about the role of butterflies in the ecosystem and how to identify several common in Maryland during a three-mile guided hike, bring water, field guides recommended, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Bald Eagle Drive and Route 198, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

DANCE AUDITIONS, for ages 14 and older, for the dance company Pieces, audition includes a ballet class, and participants will be asked to dance pointe, jazz and modern combinations; applicants should bring a resume and a photo; registration, 11 a.m.; class, noon, South Anne Arundel County Dance Conservatory, 5952 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale. 410-353-8301 or www.piecesdance.com.

JUG BAY STREAM EXPLORATION, search for frogs, fish, dragonflies and other creatures, equipment and field guides provided, wear boots or shoes that can get wet and bring a change of clothes and a towel, 1-3 p.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $2.50; ages 60 and older, $2; 17 and younger, $1.50. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

NIGHT SKY OBSERVATION, for all ages, weather permitting, sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College's Astronomy Club, bring a telescope and binoculars or use the college's, 8-11 p.m., the college's Astronomy Building, south side of parking lot A, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. Call 410-798-6625 after 6 p.m.

Sunday 15

WILDFLOWER WANDER, for ages 16 and older, learn about the role of wildflowers in the ecosystem and how to identify some common species during a guided hike, field guides, water and a magnifying glass recommended, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Bald Eagle Drive (off Route 198), Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

NATURE HIKE, Persistent Plants program, led by a park ranger, learn about the park's invasive species and what the park is doing to combat them, 7 p.m., Kinder Farm Park, main parking lot, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free; registration required. 410-222-6115 or www.kinderfarmpark.org.

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

SENIORS PHYSICAL FITNESS, lecture, "Keeping Fit: Mind and Body," a representative of Church/Harbor Hospital Adult Day Health Care Services discusses the importance of keeping the mind and body active, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Free. 410-222-6847.

KIDS CERAMIC MOSAICS CLASS, for ages 12-15, assemble premade tile pieces mounted on a solid backing to use as a trivet or tabletop or in a garden or on a wall, 4-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Aug. 19, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $105; members, $90; an additional materials fee of $15 is due at first class. 410-263-5544 or www.mdhallarts.org.

NANTUCKET BASKET WORKSHOP, for ages 18 and older, weave a small basket with a handle, 6-9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Aug. 19, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $150; members, $125; an additional materials fee of $50 is due at first class. 410-263-5544 or www.mdhallarts.org.

Tuesday 17

SENIORS WETLANDS HIKE, guided walk along the trails of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary ending at the observation deck and pier, bring walking shoes and a picnic lunch; van transportation to and from sanctuary, meet at Brooklyn Park Senior Center (202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park), 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. $2.50; reservations required. 410-222-6847 or www.jugbay.org.

ANNAPOLIS STORY TIME, for ages 3-6, plus games, 10 a.m., Annapolis Library, 1410 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-222-1750.

SENIOR CENTER PICNIC, Tuesday is the deadline to buy tickets for the Brooklyn Park Senior Center picnic at Kurtz's Beach in Pasadena, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 24, with food, sodas, entertainment, door prizes, a raffle and games; senior center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $15; members, $10. 410-222-6847.

SENIORS BARBERSHOP CHORUS, by the Little Old Ladies From Pasadena, 1 p.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Donations of canned goods for Red Rose Food Pantry requested. 410-222-1927.

WIDOWED PERSONS SUPPORT, Healing Journey group, meeting includes a talk by a counselor followed by small-group discussions, sponsored by Changing Focus; newcomer orientation, 7 p.m.; meeting, 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, and Wednesdays, Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, 1657 Crofton Pkwy., Crofton. Donations requested. 410-721-0992 or info@changingfocus.org.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP, 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Free. 443-481-1925 or www.aa-healthsystem.org.

Wednesday 18

SOCIAL SECURITY DISCUSSION, by a representative of the Social Security Administration, 10-11:30 a.m., Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Free. 410-222-6847.

SENIORS FIRE SAFETY TALK, Lt. George Wiseman of the county fire department discusses fire prevention and escape planning, 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Free; registration required. 410-222-1927.

PATUXENT REFUGE BAT PROGRAM, for all ages, "Who's Afraid of the Little Brown Bat?" an interactive 30-minute puppet presentation on the myths and realities about bats, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free. 301-497-5887.

SCALES AND TALES PROGRAM, for seniors and schoolchildren, a representative of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources shows live reptiles and birds and discusses their appearance, 1-2:30 p.m., Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd., Arnold. Free; registration required by Monday. 410-222-1922.

KIDS "SCOOBY DOO" STORY TIME, for ages 6-12, with Scooby trivia and a Scooby mystery, 2 p.m., North County Area Library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6270.

HIP, KNEE SURGERY TALK, Joint School program, information on hip and knee replacement surgery, 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, North Arundel Hospital, Tate Center, Countney Conference Center, lower level, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free; reservations required. 410-553-8282 or www.northarundel.org.

PATUXENT REFUGE TRAM TOUR, see wildlife and learn how the refuge manages habitats during a 40-minute guided tour in an electric open-air tram, 6:45-7:45 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. $3; 55 and older, $2; 12 and younger, $1; registration required; bring exact change. 301-497-5887.

Thursday 19

MEDICARE AND MEDICAID FRAUD, Amy Rubino of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging discusses how to detect fraudulent billing of Medicare or Medicaid, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Free. 410-222-6847.

DIVORCE LECTURES, sponsored by the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, "The Emotional Aspects of Separation and Divorce," an overview of the needs of children and the use of mediation as an alternative, noon-2 p.m.; "The Legal Aspects of Separation and Divorce," information about legal rights and procedures for obtaining a separation or divorce in Maryland, 6:30-8:30 p.m., YWCA Building, 1517 Ritchie Hwy., Arnold. $10 per class; registration required. 410-757-8300.

SENIORS, GRANDCHILDREN EVENT, "Aim High and Follow Your Dream," pilot Mary Felk, 80, discusses her love of aviation, with a slide show, 12:30 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

KOREAN DANCERS, from the Brooklyn Park Senior Center perform in traditional Korean costume, 1 p.m., Annapolis Senior Center, 1027 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis. Free; registration required. 410-222-1818.

SENIORS, GRANDCHILDREN SOCIAL, ice cream treats and entertainment by the Severna Park Bums, 1 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. Free; registration required by Aug. 12. 410-222-0030.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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