Thursday 15

MALL WALKING PROGRAM, with free blood pressure screenings and health information, sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center. 7-10 a.m. today and Oct. 20, Westfield Shopping Town (Annapolis Mall), 2002 Annapolis Mall, Annapolis. Free. 443-481-4000 or www.aahs.org.

AREA CRIME RATE, discussed by Michael D. Cleveland, commander of Prince George's County Police Department's Community Services Area 21. Meeting sponsored by the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association; refreshments served. 10 a.m., Bowie City Hall, 2614 Kenhill Dr., Bowie. Free. Call Dorothy Campbell, 301-464-6372.

BACK AND SPINE CARE, discussed by orthopedist Joseph Sohn. 11:30 a.m., Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Free. 443-481-4000 or www.aahs.org.

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

ITALIAN AMERICANS LECTURE, "Dissolving Images: Italian American Culture at Risk," by Dominic Candeloro, executive director of the American Italian Historical Association. Co-sponsored by the Maryland chapter of the Order of Sons of Italy in America. 6 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, Florestano Building, Room 101, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2430.

BABIES SIGN LANGUAGE, a program for hearing babies. Parents learn three useful signs to teach their children. Sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. 7-8 p.m., South County Recreation Center, 4510 Owensville-Sudley Rd., Harwood. Free; registration required. 410-222-1515.

SENIORS DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM, ongoing registration for two-day safe driving courses to improve driving and accident-prevention skills, sponsored by AARP: Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, 410-222-6847; O'Malley Senior Center, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept 27 and 28, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton, 410-222-6227; Pasadena Senior Center, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28, 4103 Mountain Rd., Pasadena, 410-222-0030; South County Senior Center, 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 28 and 29, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, 410-222-1927. $10; prepaid reservations required.

Friday 16

YOUTH MENTORING FAIR, information about youth mentoring programs, with guest speakers, vendor exhibits and a continental breakfast. Sponsored by the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and Anne Arundel Community College. 8:30-11:30 a.m., the college's John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free. 410-777-2121.

SENIORS DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM, Friday is the deadline to register for a two-day course to improve driving and accident-prevention skills. Sponsored by AARP. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27, Annapolis Senior Center, 1027 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis. $10; prepaid reservations required. 410-222-1818.

Saturday 17

BEGINNING BIRD WATCHING, for ages 10 and older. Participants learn about native songbirds and their habitats. 9-11:30 a.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.

MAP-READING WORKSHOP, for adults and children 8 and older. Participants review basic map-reading skills and learn how to use a compass. 9 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.

JUVENILE DIABETES WALK, on a 2.5-mile trail, with entertainment and children's activities, to raise funds to find a cure for diabetes. Sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 10 a.m., Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Pledges and donations requested. 410-823-0073.

CHILDREN'S LIBRARY EVENT, for ages 2-8. Books, songs and craft-making. 10 a.m., Severna Park Library, 45 McKinsey Rd., Severna Park. Free. 410-222-6290 or www.aacpl.net.

CHILDREN'S AUDITIONS, for ages 7-18, for the Talent Machine's production of "A Jolly Holiday" (to be performed Dec. 16-23). Singing and dancing auditions, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, StageWorkz Theater Arts Project, Suite E, 1035 Benfield Blvd., Millersville. $5. 410-956-0512 or www.talentmachine.com.

Sunday 18

BOATING SAFETY CLASS, for ages 10 and older. An overview of the rules and practices of safe boating; a certificate of boating safety education issued upon completion. Children 10-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult 18 or older. 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 25, Kinder Farm Park, Comfort Station Meeting Room, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. $20, includes textbook; registration required. 410-222-6115.

ANNAPOLIS PFLAG MEETING, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. 2-4 p.m. the third Sunday of each month, Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Fah Building, Emerson Room, 333 Dubois Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-647-7345 or 410-349-1458.

GLEN BURNIE ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, 8:30 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, cafeteria, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-433-4843 or 410-268-5441.

Monday 19

DEPARTMENT OF AGING, the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging offers information about its health services and answers questions. 8-10 a.m., Arundel Mills, Baltimore Washington Medical Center storefront, between the Saks Off 5th store and Jillian's, 7000 Arundel Mills Cir., Hanover. Free. 410-787-4367 or www.bwmc.umms.org.

STRESS MANAGEMENT CLASS, meditation, breathing techniques and guided imagery, with instructor Jerrol Kimmel. 7-9 p.m. Mondays, through Oct. 3, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. $65; preregistration required. 443-481-4000 or www.aahs.org.

Tuesday 20

HOSPITAL UPDATE, Kim Davidson, community relations coordinator, discusses the future of the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, formerly known as North Arundel Hospital. 10 a.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Rd., Pasadena. Free. 410-222-0030.

NUTRITION EDUCATION, for cancer patients, family members and caregivers. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Tate Center, Courtney Conference Center, first-floor conference room, 305 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-787-4367 or www.bwmc.umms.org.

QUILTERS MEETING, Kinder Farm Park Quilters' Guild. Programs, socializing and the opportunity to work on individual projects. 1-3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Kinder Farm Park, Park Office, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free; registration required. 410-222-6115 or www.kinderfarmpark.org.

NATURE HIKE, for ages 8-10. 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 or www.fws.gov/patuxent.

OBESITY TALKS, dietitians and other medical professionals discuss obesity in three sessions, starting at 7 p.m.: "Seven Steps to Successful Weight Loss," Tuesday; "Nutrition Focus," Sept. 27; and "Exercise Focus," Oct. 4, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. $60 for three sessions or $25 per class; registration required. 443-481-4000 or www.aahs.org.

ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASS, "Managing Anger in Family Life." Information on alternatives to anger and how to channel it into productive behavior, with instructor Melissa Hallmark-Kerr. Sponsored by the Family Outreach Network, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 4, Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. $45; registration required. 410-777-2325 or www.aacc.edu/familynet.

CARDIAC SUPPORT GROUP, 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, Room 250, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Free. 443-481-1925 or www.aahs.org.

Wednesday 21

JOB FAIR, 88 employers recruiting for jobs such as software engineers, bank operations personnel, tellers, linguists, police and correctional officers, administrative managers, information technology specialists, real estate agents, intelligence analysts, assembly operators and individuals with top secret clearance; bring several copies of a resume and be prepared to apply for jobs and meet prospective employers, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Rd., Fort Meade. Enter on Route 175 at the Reece Road gate only. Free; photo ID required; drivers must provide current vehicle registration and proof of vehicle insurance; vehicles will be inspected. Call Jerome Duncan, 410-674-5240.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, for seniors. Information on safety precautions; participants receive an emergency preparedness starter kit. Sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management. 10 a.m. Wednesday and Sept. 26, Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Free; registration required. 410-222-6847.

SEVERNA PARK NEWCOMERS, welcome coffee for new female residents, with a brief overview of the Greater Severna Park Newcomers Club's activities and interest groups. 10 a.m.-noon, Severna Park Library, 45 McKinsey Rd. Free. 410-987-6014.

DIABETICS SUPPORT GROUP, Joslin Circle, 6:30-8 p.m., Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Joslin Diabetes Center, lower level, 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-787-4940 or www.bwmc.umms.org.

MONARCH BUTTERFLY PROGRAM, teaches about the monarchs' fall migration to Mexico and offers a chance to look for them and other butterflies. 5 p.m., Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Free; preregistration required. 410-222-6115 or www.kinderfarmpark.org.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP, Moving Forward, for women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis within the past 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 or www.aahs.org.

CROFTON PARENTING TALK, "How to Teach Values and Manners to Children," by child pyschologist Lou Aymard, co-sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College's Family Outreach Network. 7-9 p.m., Crofton Library, 1681 Riedel Rd. Free. 410-222-7915.

GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM COURSE, Wednesday is the deadline to register for a course conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for boaters, hikers, hunters, cyclists and sailors. 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept 24, Edgewater Library, 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. $30; registration required. Call Michael Prokopchak, 410-798-5952.

Thursday 22

SENIORS DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM, two-day safe driving course to improve driving and accident-prevention skills. Sponsored by AARP. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 22 and 23, Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd., Arnold. $10; prepaid reservations required by Monday. 410-222-1922.

SENIORS WELLNESS FAIR, and open house. Vascular, glaucoma and blood pressure screenings and exhibits from Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Maryland Society for the Blind, Sage House, Hospice of the Chesapeake and Baltimore Washington Eye Center. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie. Free. 410-222-6680.

GOLF TOURNAMENT, the fourth annual "Swing for the Kids," to benefit the Youth Scholarship Fund. Sponsored by Annapolis Recreation and Parks. Check-in, 1:30 p.m.; shotgun start, 2 p.m., Renditions Golf Course, 1380 Central Ave. W., Davidsonville. $105; registration required. 410-263-7958.

WRITERS WORKSHOP OPEN HOUSE, information on Anne Arundel Community College's continuing education courses. 6-7:30 p.m., the college, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Free; registration required. 410-777-2325.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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