Sobriety Checkpoint

The Annapolis police Traffic Safety Unit will operate a sobriety checkpoint from 6 to 10 p.m. today on Rowe Boulevard at Taylor Avenue, adjacent to the Maryland Court of Appeals building.

Gift-Wrapping Benefit

The Alliance, a group of family members of physicians in the Anne Arundel County Medical Society, will wrap gifts and accept donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at Barnes & Noble in the Annapolis Harbour Center at 2512 Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis. The donations will be used to buy children's books for families participating in the Healthy Start Program, which assists expectant mothers and new parents. For information, call 410-222-7004.

Hospital Expansion

The Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie will build a new patient tower and add obstetric services, with construction expected to begin next year. The $112 million project includes a six-story building, a women's health center and an expanded emergency department. The building is to open in 2008 with 111 beds, 24 for intensive care. The women's health center will be on the third floor of the existing building and will include an outpatient center with full-time obstetricians and gynecologists. The center also will provide educational services for parenting and infant care.

Art and Jewelry Show

Annapolis Precious Metals at 169 Defense Hwy., Annapolis, will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. A portion of the day's proceeds will be donated to the Anne Arundel County chapter of the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Katrina during the holidays. Artists and jewelry designers Judson Martin, Vera Williams, Shelley Walck, Sean Geddie, Dina Weavers and Greg Reeves will showcase their work. For information, call 410-266-9559.

Book and Record Sale

The Parole Rotary Club's Books for International Goodwill will hold a book sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1325 Marlboro Rd., Lothian. Profits from the sale will be used to ship books to school libraries devastated by Hurricane Katrina. More than 30,000 used books and 1,000 records will be available. Hardbacks are $1.50, paperbacks are $.50 and a grocery bag filled with books is $25. For information, call 410-293-6865 or visit

-- Compiled by LAUREN WISEMAN

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