•The Colonial Players will hold auditions Oct. 28-29 for the two-character play "Trying" at 2132 Renard Court in Annapolis. The play is a fact-based drama about the prickly relationship between an 81-year-old judge and his young female assistant. Information: thecolonialplayers.org.
St. John's College will host a screening of the documentary film "Anthem" at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. A Q&A session will follow the screening. This is a free event, but donations are welcome. The movie tells the story behind Francis Scott Key's creation of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and explores the role of music and patriotism during the
Annapolis Area Christian School's drama program presents
2nd Star Productions presents "Oklahoma!" Nov. 9-Dec. 8 at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500
The Republican Women of Anne Arundel County will host a pre-holiday "Fashion Show and Luncheon" on Nov. 14 at Chartwell Golf & Country Club, 1 Chartwell Drive in
The Pasadena Senior Activity Center holds its annual Holiday Craft Fair Nov. 15-16 at 4103 Mountain Road. More than 20 local vendors will offer handmade crafts, needlework, jewelry, accessories and more. The event also will feature a silent auction and door prizes. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. both days. For more information or to reserve a vendor table, call 410-222-0030.
'Crimes of the Heart'
The Dignity Players present Beth Henley's play about family, complex relationships, lost love and the ways a family manages to compromise through Nov. 3 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For tickets and more information, call 410-266-8044, ext. 127, or go to dignityplayers.org.
The Colonial Players present this drama with political overtones about strained family relationships through Nov. 17 at 108 East St. in Annapolis. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with a 7:30 p.m. show Sunday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $15 and $20. Information: 410-268-7373 or thecolonialplayers.org.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to help seniors and low-income adults with their 2012 tax returns. Participants will be trained by the IRS and the Maryland Comptroller's Office. They will help only with simple 2012 income tax returns, which will be filed electronically. Volunteers do not do tax returns involving partnerships or corporations, self-employed persons or rental properties. Volunteers are not required to have a financial background, but certified public accountants, attorneys, bookkeepers and those with financial training are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers will be stationed at one of the county's senior activity centers and will be available by appointment between Feb. 4 and April 5. For more information, call 410-222-6717.
Two versions of the voters' guide for the 2012 general election, prepared by the League of Women Voters, are available on the Internet. The guide is a nonpartisan tool voters can use to evaluate the candidates and issues on this year's ballot, which includes seven statewide questions and 15 county charter amendment proposals. The interactive electronic version can be accessed through vote411.org. The site also provides information about districts, polling places, early voting and absentee ballots. The complete Voters' Guide for Anne Arundel County is also available for online viewing and PDF download at aa.lwvmd.org. Limited copies of the print version are expected to be available shortly at county senior centers and libraries.
The Bowie Baysox and Tulip Gulch have opened the gates to the Doomsday Asylum Haunted House. This new attraction runs Fridays and Saturdays this month as well as Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 29-31. The show features more than 30 actors, special effects and props, and takes approximately 20 minutes to walk through. The Asylum is rated PG-13; parental discretion is strongly advised. The show takes place indoors. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and tours run from sundown to 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 when ordered online; $17 at the door. For tickets, directions and more information, go to baysox.com.
Fall music series
The St. Anne's Concert Series continues at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, with Schola Cantorum Coralina at the church on Church Circle in Annapolis.
Additional concerts feature:
•The Naval Academy Band Brass Trio on Nov. 8.
•The Naval Academy's Commandants Combo on Nov. 15.
•Women's Chamber Chorus from the Annapolis Chorale on Nov. 29.
For tickets and more information, call 410-263-1906 or go to liveartsmaryland.org.
Plein air artists
Benfield Gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park, invites plein air artists ages 18 and older to enter the "Just in Time for the Holidays" exhibition being held Nov. 23-Dec. 31 at the gallery. Information: 410-544-2299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chesapeake High School Class of 1982 will hold its 30th reunion from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 17 at Kurtz's Beach in Pasadena. Tickets are $50 per person; advance sales only (no tickets will be sold at the door). The deadline for ticket orders is Nov. 1.
The menu includes baked crab, carved pork, sauteed chicken, meatballs, a mashed potato bar, vegetable medley, cheese and crackers, dip, fruit, Caesar salad and assorted desserts. Beverages include draft beer, wine, soda, iced tea, coffee and a cash bar for mixed drinks.
For more information, email email@example.com or go to facebook.com/chesapeakehigh1982reunion.
Human relations panel
The county Human Relations Commission is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy. The 11-member commission is a volunteer body established to promote fairness, eliminate discrimination and harassment in public and private sectors, and advance understanding and effective communication among people of different backgrounds and cultures. Applicants must be at least 18, county residents and able to attend evening meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. Legal experience is desirable but not required. Applicants should send a resume and letter of intent to: Johnelka Stafford, 44 Calvert St., Room 330, Annapolis 21401. Information: 410-222-1234.
This nonprofit organization collects used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than a million books have been shipped to military personnel around the world. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "books" in the subject line. More information: operationpaperback.org.
The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released a Youth Resource Guide, with 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.
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.
Tours of historic house
The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society has opened the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in