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Raffle

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society's annual raffle is under way. First prize is $5,000; tickets are $5 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the society's West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival on Oct. 16 at the Capt. Salem Avery Museum, 1418 EW Shady Side Road. Proceeds will be used to support the museum's programs and activities, as well as to help with building and grounds maintenance and repairs. Tickets can be purchased by mailing a check payable to the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, P.O. Box 89, Shady Side, 20764 or by calling 410 867 4486. Local merchants and society members will also sell tickets.

AACC fall registration

Registration for the fall session classes offered by Anne Arundel Community College is under way at the seven senior activity centers operated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. Classes begin the week of Oct. 3.

For a class schedule, visit the senior center you wish to attend or go to aacounty.org/aging and click on a center for its list of courses. Tuition is waived for those 60 and older, but there is an administrative fee of $80. This one-time fee covers all courses taken for the semester. Seniors 55-59 must pay the $80 administrative fee plus $40 per course. A tuition waiver form must be certified by the Social Security Administration to exempt permanently disabled seniors from paying the $40 fee per course, but they will still be responsible for the $80 administrative fee. Some classes may have an additional fee for supplies or textbooks.

For more information, call the center of choice at: Annapolis 410-222-1818; Arnold 410-222-1922; Brooklyn Park 410-222-6847; O'Malley 410-222-6227; Pasadena 410-222-0030; Pascal 410-222-6680; South County 410-222-1927.

Senior Olympics

Registration is under way for the 2011 Maryland Senior Olympics being held through Nov. 6 at various locations statewide. The games have 21 sports with more than 100 events; they include volleyball, basketball, track and field events, bowling, table tennis, archery, horseshoes, racquetball, badminton, billiards, lawn bowling, softball, tennis and swimming.

Cost to participate in one event is $20, and $5 for each additional one. Registration deadline is 30 days before your first event's start date.

To register and get more information, call 240-777-8080 or go to mdseniorolympics.org.

Nutrition program

A limited number of Farmers' Market Coupons are available from the Department of Aging and Disabilities in Annapolis. Anyone 60 and older who is a county resident and meets the income guidelines is eligible. One person may earn up to $1,679 per month and a two-person family can earn up to $2,268.

Coupons can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 2666 Riva Road, Suite 400, in Annapolis. Photo ID required. Information: 410-222-4257.

Baseball tryouts

The AACC Pioneers baseball team will hold tryouts at 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, Aug. 15-Sept. 3, at the Skip Brown Baseball Field on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Prospective student-athletes must complete a student-athlete information and pre-participation physical exam form and the accidental injury waiver/physician's clearance form before trying out. Forms are available at aacc.edu/athletics/baseball.cfm. Completed forms should be returned to Misty Sax in Jenkins Gymnasium.

Information: Coach Dave Fletcher, 410-960-6016 or defletcher@aacc.edu.

Dance workshop

The Edward Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund presents a benefit dance workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 19-20, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. Workshop is for dance students between the ages of 13 and 18. Ballet and variation classes will be taught by Dima Malikov and Ninel Cherevko from M&C Dance. Modern classes will be taught by Jaime Lawton Vitollo. Classes in pilates, jazz, anatomy, music and audition techniques are also available. Classes for both days included in $150 cost. To register and for more information, call 443-534-6441 or go to eddiestewart.org.

Call for artists

Benfield Gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park, invites artists 18 and older to enter its fall juried exhibition. Selected artwork will be on display at the gallery Sept. 17 through Oct. 15. Kelly Richard, manager of the gallery, will judge the exhibition. Information: $10-544-2299 or email kellyatbenfield@aol.com.

Foreign exchange student

The Rotary Club of Annapolis seeks candidates for its International Outbound High School Foreign Exchange Student program. The opening is for a nine-month period in the fall of 2012. The student must be between ages 15 and 181/2 at departure for overseas. Interviews will be held Sept. 6-8. The club will consider 10 candidates on a first-come, first-served basis. Further potential interviews, including parents, will be held in early November in York, Pa. Selections will be announced later in November during an overnight outing in York, which includes meeting current exchange students. Information: Jim Ludwick at 410-695-1556 or jfludwick@yahoo.com.

Pirates of the Chesapeake

"Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake," a themed event for children, returns for another season in Annapolis harbor. Children can get their faces painted, dress as pirates and participate in a treasure hunt on the water. Search for sunken treasure while using water cannons in defense against enemy pirates. Schedule and information: 410-263-0002 or chesapeakepirates.com.

Resource guide

The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released a Youth Resource Guide, which provides information about nonprofit and faith-based organizations in the county. A free copy is at volunteerannearundel.org. Printed copies can be purchased at the center, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, for $5 each. Information: 410-897-9207.

Disability issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has added an email notification feature to its website that provides information on disability issues. Sign-up and information: http://www.aacounty.org/aging/disabledadults/commdis.cfm.

Youth volunteer guide

The Volunteer Opportunities for Youth Guide is available for download free on the center's website, volunteerannearundel.org. Printed copies can be ordered for $5 each. Mail checks to Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, Annapolis 21401, or pay at the center during business hours. Information: 410-897-9207.

Register your bike

The Annapolis Police Department is sponsoring a bicycle registration program. The owner's name, address, phone number and the bike's serial number, manufacturer and color are recorded in the department's database. Registration is available to any Annapolis resident. To schedule an appointment, contact Cpl. Craig Medley at 410-268-9000, ext. 7225, or cemedley@annapolis.gov. Owners must bring their bikes when registering. Neighborhood associations should contact Medley if they want to hold a community registration.

Police Explorers

The Annapolis Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post 199 is accepting applications. Law Enforcement Exploring is a program for those who have completed eighth grade and are 14 to 20 years old. The program offers information on career activities. Meetings are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at police headquarters, 199 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis. Information: 410-268-9000 or at the office.

Fingerprinting service

The Annapolis Police Department offers a fingerprinting service at 199 Taylor Ave. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. Service will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. The fee is $5 per fingerprint card, and the person being printed must supply the cards. Check or money order only. Information: 410-268-9000.

Tours of historic house

The Ann Arundel County Historical Society has opened the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in Linthicum for the season. Tours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Group tours are by appointment. The Kuethe Library for Historical and Genealogical Research, 5 Crain Highway S.E., operated jointly with the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays year-round. Information: 410-760-9679.

Guided arboretum walks

On Saturdays through November, visitors can explore Adkins Arboretum's diverse plant communities on a guided walk led by a naturalist. Explore the bottomland forest and upland paths, meander through beech trees, traverse native meadows and follow the narrow Tuckahoe Creekside. The 11 a.m. walks are free with admission for the park. The hour-long tours begin at the visitors' center. Information: 410-634-2847.

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