Thursday 11

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.

SENIOR CENTER ORIENTATION, information about the South County Senior Center and its many classes, 11 a.m., the center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Free. 410-222-1927.

REFUGE WOLF PROGRAM, for ages 8-10, information about how wolves survive, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

HEALING AND HUMOR, discussion of the power of humor, for cancer patients, survivors, family members and caregivers, light refreshments served, 6-7:30 p.m., North Arundel Hospital, Tate Center, Courtney Conference Center, 305 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free; reservations requested. 410-553-8129 or www.northarundel.org.

BOUNTIFUL HARVEST, sample cuisines, meet with chefs and listen to music by the Jazz Tones, sponsored by the Chesapeake Chefs Association and the Friends of the Lighthouse Shelter to raise funds for the shelter, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sheraton Barcelo, 173 Jennifer Rd., Annapolis. $75. 410-268-0182.

CROFTON SEWING MEETING, of the Chesapeake Treasures, the local chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America, 7 p.m., the second Thursday of each month, Crofton Middle School, 2301 Davidsonville Rd. Free. 410-280-9639.

CHESAPEAKE CIVIL WAR DISCUSSION, "American Indians and the Civil War," with anthropologist Richard Mitchell, 7 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2428.

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE CLASS, traditional dance taught by Keith Colston, director of the Soaring Eagles Dance Troupe, 7:30-9:30 p.m. today and Nov. 18, South Anne Arundel County Dance Conservatory, 5952 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale. $5 per class; preregistration required. 410-353-8301 or www.piecesdance.com.

Friday 12

SENIORS BACK SCREENINGS, computerized back and neck screenings by chiropractor Edward Bartinski, 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. 443-755-8773 or www.northarundel.org.

GLEN BURNIE SENIORS FILM, "Laws of Attraction," starring Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan as divorce lawyers, 12:15 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

INFINITY AND MATHEMATICS LECTURE, "The Use of Infinity in Mathematics," by Harold Edwards, professor of mathematics at New York University, 8:15 p.m., St. John's College, Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2539.

Saturday 13

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., Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

EDGEWATER USED-BOOK SALE, more than 50,000 books, sponsored by Rotary Club of Parole for its Books for International Goodwill project; profits will fund future book shipments to troops, and libraries in Kenya, Nigeria and the Philippines, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 3106 Solomons Island Rd. (one mile south of South River Bridge), Edgewater. Fill a grocery bag for $20; hardbacks, $1; paperbacks, 50 cents. Call Steve Frantzich, 410-293-6865, or visit www.parole-rotary.org.

PATUXENT BIRDING BASICS, for ages 16 and older, a walk and a discussion about bird identification, habitats and equipment, two-day program, 9-11 a.m. Saturday and 8-10 a.m. Sunday, Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free. 301-497-5887.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE, an opportunity for prospective students and their parents to look at Anne Arundel Community College, meet faculty members and learn about financial aid and student support services, includes a tour and refreshments, 10 a.m., Student Union, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free; preregistration required. 410-777-2246.

MAINTAIN YOUR BRAIN, a program for adults in their thirties, forties and fifties on keeping the mind active, sponsored by the Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 10 a.m., Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. Free. 410-222-6699.

ANIMAL TRACKS PROGRAM, explore a field, a forest and a marsh for tracks and other animal signs (followed by hot chocolate), dress warmly, 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.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT CHECK, sponsored by the Anne Arundel Department of Health, noon-3 p.m., Carrollton Bank, 427 Crain Hwy. NE, Glen Burnie. Free; preregistration required. 410-863-8849.

"DASHING THROUGH THE SHOW," second annual two-mile run (at your own pace) through the Lights on the Bay holiday light show, with hot chocolate and holiday treats, to benefit the Anne Arundel Medical Center, gates open, 5 p.m.; event, 6 p.m., Sandy Point State Park, off Route 50, Exit 32, next to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Annapolis. $10. 443-481-3161.

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 14

JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK, a 5K race, a 5K run/walk and a mall walk, directed by the Annapolis Striders to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, 8 a.m., Marley Station Mall, 7900 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie. $25. 410-544-5433.

NATURE PUPPET SHOW, "Little Whooper's Excellent Adventure," follow the journey of a young whooping crane as he learns to fly and migrate with the help of humans, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 28, Patuxent Research Refuge, South Tract, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop (off Powder Mill Road), Laurel. Free; preregistration required. 301-497-5887.

WINTER NATURE PROGRAM, learn how animals and plants cope with cold weather, 1-3 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.

"CHICKEN CHAT," a nature program about chickens, led by a park ranger, 3 p.m., Kinder Farm Park, Comfort Station, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6115.

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 15

COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF AGING, the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging offers information about its services, 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.

HOLIDAY FIRE SAFETY TALK, for seniors, by Lt. George Wiseman of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, 1 p.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Free. 410-222-1927.

GARDENING HISTORY LECTURE, for seniors, Ellen DeCaro discusses the history of growing flowers, herbs and fruits and colonial gardening and food, 1-2 p.m., Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd., Arnold. $7; preregistration required by Friday. 410-222-1922.

PUBLIC OPINION LECTURE, "Anne Arundel County Public Opinion: Where We Have Been and Where We Might Be Going," by Daniel Nataf, director of Anne Arundel Community College's Center for the Study of Local Issues, sponsored by the Institute for the Future, 1-2 p.m., the college's John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 207, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free; reservations required. 410-777-2430.

CARDIAC HEALTH LECTURE, "Learning to Improve Your Cardiac Health," cardiologist Jorge M. Ramirez discusses heart disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment; cholesterol screenings and echocardiograms available, 7 p.m., North Arundel Hospital, Tate Center, Courtney Conference Center, 305 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free; reservations required. 410-787-4367 or www.northarundel.org.

WORLD WAR II TALK, veteran Bob Taylor discusses "Unsung Heroes: The Merchant Marine in World War II," 7 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, Florestano Building, Room 114, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. Call Rita Victoria Gomez, 410-777-2474.

Tuesday 16

THANKSGIVING STORY TIME, free; for ages 2-6, Crofton Library, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., 1681 Riedel Rd., Crofton, 410-222-7915; for ages 3-7, Severna Park Library, 7 p.m., 45 McKinsey Rd., Severna Park, 410-222-6290.

NUTRITION FOR CANCER PATIENTS, a dietitian discusses food choices, safe preparation and cooking and which food best controls side effects of treatment, 10-11 a.m., North Arundel Hospital, Tate Center, first-floor conference room, 305 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free. 443-553-8129.

CHILDREN'S NATURE WALK, for ages 4-7, learn about animal habitats and search for places where animals might live, sponsored by the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department, 10-10:45 a.m., Back Creek Nature Park, Osprey Nature Center, Edgewood Road, Annapolis. $8. 410-263-7958.

MAKING A GINGERBREAD HOUSE, workshop for seniors, 1 p.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-1927.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR'S SON, Herbert Hane discusses his father's experiences during World War II in Germany, 12:30 p.m., Annapolis Senior Center, 1027 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-1818.

CHILDREN'S LEMONY SNICKET PROGRAM, for ages 7-12, based on Lemony Snicket's (Daniel Handler) "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books; with games and refreshments, 7 p.m., Mountain Road Library, 4730 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. Free. 410-222-6699.

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.aahs.org.

MARYLAND HISTORY LECTURE, "Secondary Education Comes to Anne Arundel County," by Jane E. Good of the U.S. Naval Academy, co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, 8:15 p.m., St. John's College, Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2507.

PHYSICAL FITNESS TALK, for seniors, Tuesday is the deadline to register for a talk by fitness trainer Jan Szczerba, who discusses the benefits of a regular fitness program and home activities for strengthening muscles and improving balance, 10 a.m. Nov. 23, Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. Free. 410-222-0030.

Wednesday 17

SENIORS NUTRITION TALK, "Healthy Eating During the Holidays" by Kay Patterson of Anne Arundel Medical Center's Community and Wellness Department, 1 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP, Joslin Circle, 1:30-3 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m., North Arundel Hospital, Joslin Diabetes Center, lower level, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-787-4940 or www.northarundel.org.

HIP OR KNEE REPLACEMENT, a physician assistant or nurse practitioner discusses the preparation, recovery and benefits of hip or knee replacement surgery, 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, North Arundel Hospital, Tate Center, Courtney Conference Center, lower level, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free; reservations required. 410-553-8282.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, Moving Forward, for women diagnosed with breast cancer within the last two years, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Donner Community Health Pavilion, Oncology Conference Room, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Free. 443-481-5300.

MERCURY POLLUTION LECTURE, "Understanding Mercury Pollution: Where Does Mercury Come From and How Does It Get Into Aquatic Food Webs?," by Cindy Gilmour, a senior scientist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, refreshments, 6:30-7 p.m.; program, 7-8 p.m.; informal discussion, 8-8:30 p.m., the research center, 647 Contees Wharf Rd., Edgewater. Free. 443-482-2218.

DEALE PICTORIAL HISTORY, Lois Nutwell discusses her book "A Ripple on the Wind," which shows old photographs of Deale, 7 p.m., South County Library, 5940 Deale-Churchton Rd. Free. 410-222-1925 or www.aacpl.net.

ARNOLD SENIORS THANKSGIVING LUNCH, Wednesday is the deadline to register for lunch, to be followed by a talk by David Hildebrand on "The Music of Early Maryland," sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, noon-2 p.m., Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd. Donations requested. 410-222-1922.

Thursday 18

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.

CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS, by Anne Arundel County Department of Health, free, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Brooklyn Park Health Center, 300 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, 410-222-6620, and 1-3:30 p.m., Odenton Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis, 410-222-6660. Free; reservations required.

SENIORS ANTARCTIC DOCUMENTARY, "Endurance," narrated by Liam Neeson, about explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew of 28 men who were stranded in the Antarctic from 1914 to 1916, and who brought back remarkable footage shot by Frank Hurley, 12:15 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

BETTER BREATHING CLUB, support for people with chronic breathing problems, 1-2 p.m., Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, Room 250, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Free. 443-481-1925 or www.aahs.org.

HARRY POTTER EVENING, for ages 6-12, dress as your favorite character, 7 p.m., Annapolis Library, 1410 West St., Annapolis. Free. 410-222-1750.

"SECRETS OF DROON," for ages 6-10, learn about the magical world of Droon, with activities and crafts based on the "Secrets of Droon" series by Tony Abbott, 7 p.m., Maryland City at Russett library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel. Free. 301-725-2390.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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