Thursday 14

BACK SCREENINGS, by the Yalich Clinic, 10 a.m.-noon, 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.

COUNTY JOB FAIR, more than 24 employers, sponsored by Anne Arundel County Workforce Development Corp., Anne Arundel Community College and other institutions, noon-4 p.m.; seminars on job interviewing (11:30 a.m.) and resume preparation (1 p.m.); Centre at Glen Burnie (formerly Glen Burnie Mall), 6711 Governor Ritchie Hwy. Free. Call Bill Franz, 410-799-9099.

CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS, by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 1-3:30 p.m., Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Rd. Free; reservations required. 410-222-6660 or www.aahealth.org.

CHILDREN'S ETIQUETTE COURSE, "Crash Course in Manners" for ages 7-10, basic table manners, greetings, introductions, courteous behavior, how to take a phone message and more, with instructor Renee Miller, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, 4:15-5 p.m. Thursdays, four weeks, Oak Hill Elementary School, 34 Truckhouse Rd., Severna Park. $40; registration required. 410-222-7313.

SURVIVING CANCER, discussion for patients, survivors, relatives and caregivers, light refreshments, 6-7:30 p.m., North Arundel Hospital, Tate Center, Courtney Conference Center, 305 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free; reservations recommended. 410-553-8129 or www.northarundel.org.

Friday 15

CANCER PREVENTION TALK, for seniors, by Chris Crabbs of North Arundel Hospital's Tate Center, 10-11 a.m., Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Free; registration required. 410-222-6847.

GLEN BURNIE SENIORS PARTY, dancing, a disc jockey, refreshments, a performance by students of Severna Park High School's Dance Team, outdoors if weather is good, 12:30 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free; registration required. 410-222-6680.

SENIORS HAND AILMENTS TALK, Monica Fish of Cypress Creek Therapy Associates discusses coping with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other problems, 1 p.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Free. 410-222-1927.

SENIORS COMPUTER WORKSHOP, how to manage and move folders and files, 1-3 p.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. $3; registration required. 410-222-6227.

Saturday 16

PATUXENT WILDLIFE FESTIVAL, animals, children's activities, refuge tram tours, research exhibits and behind-the-scenes tours of the research center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free admission; tram tickets: $3; 55 and older, $2; ages 11 and younger, $1. 301-497-5887 or patuxent.fws.gov.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP, sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center, 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month, Glenwood High Rise Senior Center, 701 Glenwood Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-263-6982.

Sunday 17

PATUXENT REFUGE BIRD WALK, for ages 16 and older, a guided hike to search for birds in several habitats, field guides and binoculars recommended, 8-10 a.m. Sunday, 7-9 a.m. Wednesday, Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

AUTUMN NATURE PROGAM, for all ages, look for signs of fall, learn how important leaves are for plants and animals and how to identify common trees by their leaves and make a leaf craft to take home, 10 a.m.-noon, 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.

"ON THE WILD SIDE" PUPPET SHOW, for all ages, follow the journey of a little hamster to see whether it is a wild or domestic animal, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

HALLOWEEN WORKSHOP, make a scarecrow or carve a pumpkin and learn history of scarecrows and jack-o'-lanterns, with park ranger Dave DeVault, bring a pumpkin, children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, to benefit the Friends of Downs Park, 1 p.m., 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena. $10 per scarecrow ($5 if you provide the clothing); pumpkin carving, free; registration required. 410-222-6230.

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 18

COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF AGING, the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging offers information about its services and answers questions, 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 or www.northarundel.org.

PUMPKIN-CARVING DEMONSTRATION, for seniors, 12:30 p.m., Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd., Arnold. Free; registration required by Oct. 14. 410-222-1922.

MASSAGE FOR COUPLES, learn a variety of techniques, with choreographed sequences for back, feet, head, neck, face and arms, with instructor Jerrol Kimmel, 7-9 p.m. Mondays, through Nov. 15, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. $125 per couple; registration required. 443-481-4000.

WORLD WAR II DISCUSSION, history professor Rita Victoria A. Gomez leads a discussion of "The Free State Joins the Fight: Maryland During World War II," during a meeting of the World War II Roundtable, 7 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, Florestano Building, Room 114, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2474.

Tuesday 19

CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS, by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 9 a.m.-noon, Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis. Free; reservations required. 410-222-7249.

GLEN BURNIE OSTEOPOROSIS SCREENINGS, a specialized X-ray device is used to measure bone density in the wrist and forearm, results available immediately, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., North Arundel Hospital, Constantine Padussis Community Center, third-floor conference center, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. $20; registration required. 410-787-4367 or www.northarundel.org.

CANCER PATIENT NUTRITION, information for patients and caregivers, 10-11 a.m., North Arundel Hospital, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free; reservations required. 410-533-8129 or www.northarundel.org.

BAY CONSERVATION TALK, "Eight Ways You Can Help Protect the Bay," sponsored by the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department, 10 a.m.-noon, Back Creek Nature Park, Edgewood Road, Annapolis. $20; registration required. 410-263-7958.

ALTERNATIVE CANCER THERAPIES, for seniors, nurse Debbie Russell of North Arundel Hospital's Tate Center discusses acupuncture, meditation, nutrition and more, 10:30 a.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. Free. 410-787-4367 or www.northarundel.org.

SENIORS AROMATHERAPY PROGRAM, information on aromatherapy, from ancient times to the present, with Ellen DeCaro, followed by a workshop to make herbal glycerin soap and a lavender sachet bag, 12:45 p.m., Annapolis Senior Center, 1027 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis. $7 per project; registration required. 410-222-1818.

"THE BIG BAD WOLF," for ages 5-7, nature program about the endangered gray wolf, 4-5 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

CARDIOVASCULAR SEMINAR, "What's New and What Can You Do?," a panel of specialists discusses ways to improve cardiovascular health, sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Severna Park Library, 45 McKinsey Rd., Severna Park. Free. 443-481-4000 or www.askaamc.org.

Wednesday 20

HISTORY OF OLD HOUSES, lecture for seniors, "If This Place Could Talk: Researching the History of an Old House," Michael Dixon discusses how to research records and other documents and how to interpret them, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, 10 a.m., O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton. Free; registration recommended. 410-222-6227.

HEALTH LECTURE, LUNCHEON, "Taking Control of Your Health," discussed by author Michael Samuelson, sponsored by the North Arundel Hospital Foundation, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., North Arundel Hospital, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. $45. 410-553-8560 or www.northarundel.org.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME, for ages 6 and older, about the world of ponds, 11:30 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

POET'S CORNER FILM, for seniors, "Wallace Stevens," about the pessimistic existentialist who believed that beauty was linked with evil, 1 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

CANCER AND GENETICS LECTURE, for seniors, Wednesday is the deadline to register for a talk by Jessica Rispoli of North Arundel Hospital about the genetic links to cancer, 1-2 p.m. Oct. 22, Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd., Arnold. Free; registration required. 410-222-1922.

ECOLOGY LECTURE, "Reproductive Failure in a Native Orchid -- A Fire of Hope for Conservation," by Douglas Gill, a biology professor at the University of Maryland; refreshments 6:30-7 p.m.; program, 7-8 p.m.; informal discussion, 8-8:30 p.m., Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Schmidt Conference Center, 647 Contees Wharf Rd., Edgewater. Free. 443-482-2218 or www.serc.si.edu.

GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM COURSE, Wednesday is the deadline to register for a course conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for boaters, hikers and hunters, 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis. $30; registration required. Call Michael Prokopchak, 410-798-5952, or Robert Wilson, 410-956-6907.

Thursday 21

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, by North Arundel Hospital, 8-9 a.m. the third Thursday of each month, Holy Grounds Youth Center, next to the Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park. Free. 410-787-4367.

ARUNDEL MILLS HEALTH PROGRAMS, lung capacity and blood pressure screenings by North Arundel Hospital's Respiratory Care Department, 8-10 a.m.; blood pressure screenings by the Home Care Department, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Arundel Mills, the hospital's storefront, between the Saks Off 5th store and Jillian's, 7000 Arundel Mills Cir., Hanover. Free. 410-787-4367 or www.northarundel.org.

CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS, by Anne Arundel County Department of Health, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Brooklyn Park Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Free; registration required. 410-222-6620 or www.aahealth.org.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT TALK, a pediatrician and a psychologist discuss the physical, emotional, educational and intellectual development of children, sponsored by the Family Outreach Network, 7:30-9 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2159.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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