Thursday 23

9/11 TERRORISM INVESTIGATION, discussed by a former FBI employee who also discusses agency changes; a meeting of the Greater Bowie-Crofton (Gambrills/Odenton) Area Chapter of the National Association of Retired and Current Federal Employees, 10 a.m., Bowie City Hall, 2416 Kenhill Dr., Bowie. Free. Call Dorothy Campbell, 301-464-6372.

JOINT AND SPINE SEMINAR, a multidisciplinary panel of specialists discusses how to minimize pain, and new surgical procedures and treatments available at Anne Arundel Medical Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Heath Center Dr., Bowie. Free. 443-481-4000 or www.aa-healthsystem.org.

WRITERS PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE, meet instructors and learn about Anne Arundel Community College's writing workshops, 7-9 p.m., the college's John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2325.

SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES, ongoing registration for a program for county residents, information on nicotine-replacement options, motivational exercises and stress management, with respiratory therapist Lorenza Reid, Wednesday evenings, Sept. 29-Nov. 10, North Arundel Hospital, Tate Center, first-floor conference room, 305 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free; reservations required. 410-553-8129 or www.northarundel.com.

VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR SITE TRIP, ongoing registration for an Oct. 2 tour of sites associated with the Battle of Fredericksburg, led by National Park Service historian Frank O'Reilly, sponsored by Chesapeake Civil War Round Table, bus leaves the John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts at Anne Arundel Community College at 8 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m.; free lecture on the battle, 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Cade Center, Room 219, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Trip, $40, includes beverage; preregistration required. 410-777-2428.

CPR, FIRST-AID COURSES, ongoing registration for American Red Cross courses in CPR and first aid at various locations throughout the county, including the Red Cross, 3475 Pike Ridge Rd., Edgewater; Stanton Community Center, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis; and Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park. $37-$45. 410-764-4609, 800-787-8002 or www.redcross-cmd.org.

ANNAPOLIS MEMORY WALK, ongoing registration, participants obtain pledges to support the Anne Arundel Chapter of Bereaved Parents of the USA, which supports families that have lost children, 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 2, Quiet Waters Park, Dogwood Pavilion, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. 410-222-1777.

"PARADISE IN WEST COUNTY," tickets available for a party for ages 21 and older, includes line dancing, music by a disc jockey, games and food catered by Key West Catering, to benefit the West Anne Arundel County Rotary Club's Community Projects and Charities Fund, 3-7 p.m. Oct. 3, Cancun Cantina, 7501 Old Telegraph Rd., Hanover. $35. Call David Magayna, 410-672-5500.

Friday 24

SENIORS BACK SCREENINGS, computerized back and neck evaluations by chiropractor Edward Bartlinski, sponsored by North Arundel Hospital, 9-11 a.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6680.

SENIORS BOOK CLUB, discussion of "The Pilot's Wife: A Novel," by Anita Shreve, 9:30 a.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

SENIORS "TITANIC" SCREENING, movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, 10-11:30 a.m. (lunch intermission), 12:30-2 p.m., Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Free. 410-222-6847.

SENIORS MOVIE, "In America," a drama about how an Irish family adjusts to living in the United States, starring Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton, 12:15 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

MARVELOUS MAMMALS, program for ages 5-7, with songs, stories and crafts, 3-4 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Contact Station, Route 198 and Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

Saturday 25

CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR, about new high-tech products and extra features in home computers, cell phones and pocket computers, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College at Arundel Mills, 7009 Arundel Mills Cir., Hanover. Free; preregistration required (space is limited). 410-777-2325.

QUIET WATERS COMPOSTING WORKSHOP, led by master gardeners, participants receive a composting unit or troubleshooting guide while supplies last, 10 a.m. (canceled in the event of rain), Quiet Waters Park, Composting Demonstration Site, Wildwood Trail, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. Free admission; parking, $4. 410-222-1777 or www.kinderfarmpark.org.

JUG BAY FALL FLOWERS, for adults and children 12 and older, learn identification techniques, co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fees: $3; ages 60 and older and 17 and younger, $2. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

BEGINNING TAP AND BALLET CLASS, for ages 6-11, basic steps, terminology and simple combinations to improve balance, coordination and rhythm, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 12 weeks, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturdays or 6:15-7 p.m. Mondays, Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Rd., Severna Park. $80. 410-222-7313.

JUG BAY WETLANDS HIKE, for all ages, watch the sunset, with juice and cookies, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jug Bay sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fees: $3; ages 60 and older and 17 and younger, $2. 410-741-9330 or www.jugbay.org.

Sunday 26

PATUXENT REFUGE BUTTERFLY PROGRAM, for ages 10 and older, learn about the role of butterflies in the ecosystem and how to identify several common ones during a guided three-mile hike, field guides recommended, bring water and dress for the outdoors, 9 a.m.-noon, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Bald Eagle Drive and Route 198, Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

ANNAPOLIS SAILING, for people with disabilities and others interested in sailing, equipment supplied, sponsored by Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sandy Point State Park Marina, Route 50, Annapolis. Free. 410-626-0273 or www.crab-sailing.org.

ARNOLD FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE, a firehouse tour, fire safety and home security information, demonstrations of firefighting equipment, refreshments, face painting, balloon animals, fire hats and coloring books, noon-4 p.m., Arnold Volunteer Fire Department, 1505 Ritchie Hwy. 410-757-5942 or www.arnoldvfd.com.

WILDFLOWER WALK, for children 12 and younger accompanied by an adult, with park ranger Dave DeVault, search for flowers and learn about medicinal plants, folklore and more, 3 p.m., Downs Park, Visitors Center, 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6231.

MILLERSVILLE TREE HIKE , learn the names and other facts about trees in the park, 6 p.m., Kinder Farm Park, Comfort Station, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6115 or www.kinderfarmpark.org.

Monday 27

MALL BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, 9-10:30 a.m. Monday, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Arundel Mills, North Arundel Hospital storefront, between the Saks Off 5th store and Jillian's, 7000 Arundel Mills Cir., Hanover. Free. 410-787-4367 or www.northarundel.org.

GLEN BURNIE SENIORS TENPINS, at AMF Bowling Center, 6608 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie; a Department of Aging van will leave the Pascal Senior Center (125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie) at noon and return at 2:15 p.m. $3, includes two games and shoe rental. 410-222-6680.

SENIORS NUTRITION INFORMATION, healthful eating for one or two, presented by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health in the format of the game Concentration, 1-2 p.m., Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd., Arnold. Free; preregistration required by Friday. 410-222-1922.

HARWOOD NEEDLEWORK CLASS, for ages 13 and older, basic techniques for embroidery, stamped cross-stitch, counted cross-stitch and ribbon embroidery, some kits available for purchase, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Mondays, eight weeks, South County Recreation Center, 4510 Owensville-Sudley Rd., Harwood. $45; preregistration required. 410-222-7313.

SOUTH RIVER WATERSHED MEETING, South River Federation Inc. discusses issues concerning the watershed, the public is invited to bring questions and suggestions, 7 p.m., Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave. Annapolis. Free. Call Ann Candon, 443-482-2155.

SEVERN SELF-DEFENSE CLASS, for ages 8 and older, learn how to recognize dangerous situations and how to practice self-defense, with a karate instructor, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, six weeks, Archbishop Spalding High School, 8080 New Cut Rd., Severn. $45; preregistration required. 410-222-7313.

KIDS HIP-HOP CLASS, for beginners ages 8-12, focusing on coordination and technique, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 7:15-8 p.m. Mondays, 10 weeks, Severna Park High School, dance room, 60 Robinson Rd., Severna Park. $70; preregistration required. 410-222-7313.

PHOTOGRAPHY TALK, members discuss their best work from the last few months during a meeting of the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club, the public is welcome, 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, Route 301 South and Mount Oak Road, Bowie. Free. 301-464-4212.

Tuesday 28

SENIORS DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM, a two-day course to improve driving and accident-prevention skills, sponsored by AARP, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. $10; preregistration required. 410-222-6227.

ODENTON SKIN CANCER LECTURE, a representative of the Tate Center at North Arundel Hospital discusses prevention, symptoms and treatment, 10-11 a.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd. Free. 410-222-6227 or www.northarundel.org.

ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP, for caregivers, 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Free. 410-721-3258 or www.aa-healthsystem.org.

PASADENA SELF-DEFENSE CLASS, for ages 15 and older, learn how to recognize dangerous situations and how to practice self-defense, with a karate instructor, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 6:45-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, six weeks, Jacobsville Elementary School, 3801 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. $45. 410-222-7313.

Wednesday 29

ANNAPOLIS LIBRARY INTERNET TRAINING, "Mousing Around," how to use the computer mouse, 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday; "Investment Dollars and Sense," how to research potential investments, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday; "Beyond Google," how to search the Web, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday and 9-11 a.m. Oct. 1; "Genealogy," popular databases, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 30; a tour of the library's Web site, catalogue and other sites, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 2; "Consumer Dollars and Sense," about consumer resources on the Internet, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 1, Annapolis Library, 1410 West St. Free; preregistration required; bring your library card. 410-222-1750 or www.aacpl.net.

SENIORS ONE-WOMAN SHOW, "Belle of the Bijou," Lois Sanders portrays a movie theater ticket taker, 10:30 a.m., Annapolis Senior Center, 1027 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-1818.

SIGN-LANGUAGE CLASSES, for children, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, six weeks, ages 6-7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and ages 8-10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Quiet Waters Park, Visitor Center, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. $35. 410-222-7313.

WATERSHED EXPLORATION, a hike and discussion of the Lake Waterford watershed and its relationship to the Chesapeake Bay, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 6 p.m., Lake Waterford Park, 830 Pasadena Rd., Pasadena. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6248.

STEP AND HIP-HOP CLASS, for ages 11-14, dance to popular tunes and create your own routines, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 weeks, Severna Park High School, dance room, 60 Robinson Rd., Severna Park. $70; preregistration required. 410-222-7313.

CANCER PREVENTION, specialists discuss prevention and new treatments, hosted by Anne Arundel Medical Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Kent Island Public Library, 200 Library Cir., Stevensville. Free. 443-481-4000 or www.aa-healthsystem.org.

SPORTS COACHING CLASS FOR PARENTS, learn how to communicate the essentials of a sport to children, offered through the Family Outreach Network, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 13, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $45. 410-777-2325.

ANNAPOLIS THEATER AUDITIONS, for ages 16 and older, for the Chesapeake Music Hall's performance of "Smokey Joe's Cafe," New Year's Eve through March 6, all roles paid, be prepared to sing and dance, bring a photo of yourself, a resume and 16 bars of music in your key in the style of the show's music, an accompanist will be provided, 7 p.m. Wednesday, noon Oct. 2, 339 Busch's Frontage Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-7515 or www.chesapeakemusichall.com.

Thursday 30

SENIORS DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM, a two-day course to improve driving and accident-prevention skills, sponsored by AARP, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. $10; preregistration required. 410-222-6847.

GLEN BURNIE SENIORS ENTERTAINMENT, "Sing Country Music," performed by Ed Bulson and Nancy Taylor, featuring songs associated with Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and others, 12:30 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

MIME AND MAGIC CLASS, for children and teenagers, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, ages 8-10, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, and ages 11-16, 4:45-5:45 p.m. Thursdays, six weeks, Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis. $35; preregistration required. 410-222-7313.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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