'Garden of Lights'
Brookside Gardens' winter walk-through holiday lights display with more than 1 million twinkling LED lights shaped into forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements is on view through Jan. 6 at 1800 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton. There will be nightly musical performances as well as refreshments and shopping. Hours are 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; and until 9 p.m. New Year's Eve.
Admission is $20 per car/van Monday-Thursday; $25 per car/van Friday-Sunday. Advance tickets are $20 and good for any night. Only cash is accepted at the entrance; the last car is admitted 30 minutes before closing. Group tours must book and pay in advance. Information: 301-962-1453 or brooksidegardens.org.
Holiday open house
The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Open House Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at the Benson-Hammond House Museum at BWI Marshall Airport, Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road. Admission is free. Hours are 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Information: 410-647-0936.
Encore Chorale's "Holiday Concert," conducted by Jeanne Kelly, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Dec. 19 at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Admission is free. Guest performers include the Indian Creek School Solo Choir and cellist Stephen Clark. Information: 301-261-5747 or encorecreativity.org.
Baysox gift package
The Bowie Baysox offer a "Home For The Holidays" ticket package that features eight undated box-seat tickets and a free Manny Machado bobblehead. The package is available at baysoxshop.com until Jan. 4 for $88 and $7.95 for shipping and handling. To guarantee delivery before Christmas, orders must be placed by Dec. 13. (Those who wish to pick up their package at Prince George's Stadium will not be charged shipping and handling, and packages can be picked up Dec. 6 through Dec. 21). Information: 301-464-4880.
Historian Arthur Drea, author of "20th-Century Europe," will speak at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. The drives of indigenous people for independence, the world wars, changes in world powers, and the cause and results of economic movements are among the topics he writes about. Information: 410-222-1818.
Fort Meade, in partnership with the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council, has launched a new website designed to help the community take advantage of the multiple resources in the region. For more information, go to http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/community.
The Deale Volunteer Fire Department holds its 36th annual Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at 6007 Drum Point Road. The event features vendors, crafts and baked goods, free coffee and door prizes. Children can enjoy a visit with Santa beginning at noon. Information: 410-867-2439.
Holiday food drive
Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected at the Chesapeake Hearing Centers' six locations until the end of the year. The centers' goal is 1,000 pounds of food. In exchange for donating, a free pack of hearing aid batteries will be given. For more information or to find a drop-off location, call 410-647-7795 or go to helpyourhearing.com.
Children's Christmas party
A children's tree-trimming party will be held from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. W. Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served and crafts created. Information: 410-867-4486 or captainaverymuseum.org.
The Rotary Club of Annapolis' annual "Black Tie and Diamonds" event will be held from 6 p.m to 11 p.m. March 9 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on West Street in Annapolis. The gala includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, a raffle, dinner and dancing to the music of NightLife. Tickets are $1,500 for a table of 10 and are on sale now. Individual tickets at $150 per person go on sale after Jan. 1. To purchase a full table, contact Rebecca Tingle at 410-267-7877, ext. 6, email Rebecca@aacasa.org, or call Ron Baradel at 410-268-6600. Information: 877-333-9667 or annapolisrotary.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.
Museum open house
The Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. W. Shady Side Road in Shady Side, has resumed its Sunday open house schedule from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 2. Information: 410-867-4486 or captainaverymuseum.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 Linthicum for the season. Tours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. Group tours are by appointment.
The Kuethe Library's Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway S.E., operated jointly by the historical society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays all year. Information: 410-760-9679.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times