Novelist Ralph Peters will deliver the lecture, "The Price of Historical Illiteracy: Wishful Thinking and the Death of Strategy," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's College, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. The lecture is the first in a new joint series between St. John's College and the U.S. Naval Academy to honor the memory of Lt. Commander Erik S. Kristensen, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Information: stjohnscollege.edu.
Flower club meets
The Annapolis Horticulture Society meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Anne's Parish Hall, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. Richard Olsen of the National Arboretum speaks on "Japanese Plants and Their Appeal." Open to the public. Information: annapolishorticulture.org.
The second annual AACC Truck Pull, where teams of five compete for bragging rights and prizes by pulling an empty delivery truck a pre-determined distance in the fastest time, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at 101 College Parkway in Arnold. New this year is a community category; other categories include Anne Arundel Community College students, campus clubs and faculty/staff; also new this year is a Passport Game where participants vie for prizes while learning about job, career and educational opportunities in the transportation, logistics and supply chain industries. Free. Information: 410-777-2923 or
The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road, to present an overview of the county's recommended capital project to decommission the Mayo Water Reclamation Facility and pump septic tank effluent from the Mayo Service Area to the Annapolis Water Reclamation Facility for treatment. Other options considered and the supporting rationale for the plan will be presented.
Officials say the project would provide additional wastewater treatment capacity needed to lift a building moratorium ordered by the county in 2008. The project would also upgrade the treatment of Mayo wastewater to new Maryland Department of Environment's requirements. Information: 410-222-7582.
Laurel Mill Playhouse presents Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile" April 5-28 at 508 Main St. in Laurel. Honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife Kay find themselves being pursued by an old flame of the newly wedded groom. Shows at 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $15; $12 seniors, students 18 and younger and active duty military. For reservations, call 301-617-9906, ext 2. Information: 301-452-2557 or go to laurelmillplayhouse.org.
Arbor Day Run
Runners, walkers, families and nature enthusiasts are invited to enjoy the signs of spring when Adkins Arboretum hosts its eighth annual Arbor Day Run on Saturday, April 6. Event consists of a 5K run, one-mile family fun run/walk and a 100-yard dash for kids. Registration begins at 8 a.m. To register or for more information, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0, or go to adkinsarboretum.org.
5K Annapolis Walk
The Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society sponsors its 5K Annapolis Walk from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 500 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis. Walk begins at the stadium and will take participants on a tour throughout historic Annapolis, with a lunch sponsored by Bertucci's and Applebee's. Goal for the walk is to raise $1.2 million to support programs and research for the more than 6,000 people living with multiple sclerosis served by the Maryland chapter. Participants of all ages may register as individuals or part of a team. To register and more information, go to walkmsmaryland.org
A breast cancer forum sponsored by the American Association of University Women will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore/Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park. Panel members include area physicians and therapists covering the most up to date information on diagnostics, treatment and wellness. A question and answer session will also be held. Information: 410-991-9115 or aauwmd-annearundelcountybranch.org.
Anne Arundel Community College's production of Carl Sternheim's comedy — about the calamities that occur when a woman's bloomers accidentally fall down when she waves at the king — runs April 11-20 in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, outside students, AACC faculty and staff, active military and groups; and $7 for AACC students with ID. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-777-2457.
The Children's Theatre of Annapolis presents Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." April 12-21 at 1661 Bay Head Road. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturdays and Sundays. American Sign Language interpretation will be available at the 2 p.m. show on April 13. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors and children 12 and younger. Information: 410-757-2281 or childrenstheatreofannapolis.org.
Dinner and auction
Annapolis Area Christian School will hold its 10th annual dinner and auction, "Viva AACS," at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Kilby Athletic Center, 109 Burns Crossing Road in Severn. The event supports a new library at the lower school, a new sound system at the middle school, a new college and career planning program with SAT preparation for the upper school and a new design lab for students to gain experience while creating marketing materials for the school.
Those attending may bid on student artwork, eight seats in an suite at FedEx Field for a Redskins-Giants game, a ride in a vintage plane, 10 days in a Montana mountain vacation home, a hot-air balloon ride for two, chartered fishing trip, four tickets to a Ravens game of choice, a handmade quilt and more. There will also be a free tuition drawing for the 2013-14 school year, with entries costing $100 each. For dinner tickets and more information, call 410-510-5300, ext. 2116, or go to aacsonline.org.
Colonial Players' '1776'
usical about the writing of the Declaration of Independence runs through April 20 at the Colonial Players, 108 East St. in Annapolis. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays with a 7:30 p.m. show on April 7 and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee on April 13. Tickets are $15 to $20 and can be purchased at thecolonialplayers.org or by calling 410-268-7373.
Bull and Oyster Roast
The Severn River Lions Club will hold its nine annual Bull and Oyster Roast from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 20 at the Columbian Center, 335 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Menu includes pit beef, shucked oysters and fried oysters, crab soup, beef barbecue, kielbasa, fried chicken, hot dogs, vegetables, coleslaw, veggies and dip, cheeses, beer, wine, soda and desserts. Event also feature games, a raffle and a silent auction.
Tickets are $45 per person. Call 410-544-1156, 410-647-8182, 410-647-7338 or go to severnriverlions.org.
Registration is under way for Adkins Arboretum's Summer Nature Camps being held in June. The camps provide ways for children to enjoy summer outdoors in a variety of ways. Fees vary and advance registration is required. To register and more information, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0, or go to adkinsarboretum.org.
The Sons of the Severn Barbershop Chorus will sponsor a free multiweek workshop for men who want to become better choral singers at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1300 West St. in Annapolis. Course includes instruction on proper posture, breathing, resonance and diction. Sessions will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Final session will include an opportunity to perform with the chorus in front of family and friends. All course materials, including sheet music, will be provided. To register, call 410-674-7165 or email email@example.com. Include name, email address, phone number, and a brief description of your singing experience.
Bus trip to Pa.
The Retired Officers' Wives Club of Fort George G. Meade is sponsoring a bus trip on April 16 to the Sight and Sound Theater in Pennsylvania to see a presentation of "Noah." The cost is $100 per person, which covers the bus ride, a smorgasbord lunch at Hershey Farms Restaurant and a ticket to the show. Bus will leave Ridgeview Plaza on Route 175 and Rochenbach Avenue at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 5:30 p.m. Lunch is at 11 a.m., and the show starts at 1 p.m. For reservations and more information, call 410-465-0492.
The 2013 Visitors Guide by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau is now available. The 72-page, full-color guide contains information on things to do and see, events, dining, night life, accommodations, shopping and more. The Visitors Center is located at 26 West St. in Annapolis and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The guides will also be distributed from the bureau's satellite information booth at City Dock. Also, a downloadable version is available at visitannapolis.org/visitor-guide.
Bus trip to Ford's Theatre
The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Ford's Theatre, with its new Center for Education and Leadership and the Congressional Cemetery Civil War Tour, on May 18. Lunch is planned at the District Chophouse & Brewery. Bus leaves at 8 a.m from the Benson-Hammond House, 7101 Aviation Blvd. in Linthicum, and returns at 4 p.m. Cost is $60, including lunch. For reservations and more information, call 443-837-8196 or go to aachs.org.
The seventh annual Emily Schindler Memorial Triathlon will be held April 20 at the Community Center in Severna Park. The 800-yard swim, 9.5-mile bike ride and 3-mile run will be held at the SPY Aquatics Center, 623 Baltimore/Annapolis Blvd. and the Baltimore/Annapolis Trail. Participants can also sign up for the Flamingo Feat distance, consisting of a 1,600-yard swim, 18-mile bike and 6-mile run. Check in begins at 6 a.m. and the first wave of swimmers will hit the pool at 7 a.m. Cost is $50 for individuals, $90 for a relay team of two and $135 for a three-person relay team. Registration forms can be found at http://www.spccaquatics.org or at active.com
The event is a benefit for the Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship fund, which was established in 2004 after Emily Schindler's death in a car accident. The scholarship is awarded annually to selected graduating seniors on the SPY swim team who most exemplify Emily's qualities.
The Annapolis Police Department has resumed fingerprinting services for the public at 199 Taylor Ave. The services are available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. For fees and more information, call 410-268-9000 or go to http://www.annapolis.gov/police.
Fort Meade, in partnership with the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council, has launched a new website designed to help the community take advantage of resources in the region. For more information, go to http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/community.
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 county senior centers and will be available by appointment between now and April 5. For more information, call 410-222-6717.
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. 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 will open the historic Benson-Hammond House and North Browse and Buy Shoppe at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road in Linthicum in March. Group tours can be arranged during January and February by calling 410-768-9518.
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. Thursday through Saturday all year. Information: 410-760-9679.