The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's season-opening concerts will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 28-29 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. The orchestra will be accompanied by British pianist Michael Roll for these concerts, which feature John Mackey's "Redline Tango," Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 3" and a suite from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet." Tickets are $25; $10 for students. Information: 410-263-0907 or annapolissymphony.org.
Learn to raise oysters
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation sponsors a workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave. in Annapolis. The workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to raise oysters that, when grown, will be planted on sanctuary reefs that are off limits to harvest. Participants will need access to tidal water. Cost is $75 for materials. To register and for more information, go to cbf.org/mdoystergardening.
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.
Adkins Arboretum's annual Fall Native Plant Sale will be held Sept. 15-16 in the Native Plant Nursery, 12610 Eveland Road in Ridgely. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A members-only sale takes place Sept. 14. The sale benefits the Arboretum's education programs. Information: 410-634-2847 or adkinsarboretum.org.
Memorial canoe trip
The Bill Steiner Memorial Canoe Trip, an annual event to raise funds to buy, repair and replace the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary's canoes, will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at the sanctuary in Lothian. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations and more information, call 410-741-9330.
Bowie Community Theatre will hold auditions for "Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got The Will?" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-9, with callbacks Oct. 10, at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive. There are parts for five women and three men in the 25-75 age range. A cold reading from the script will be used. To schedule an audition and more information, email email@example.com or call 301-805-0219. Performance dates are Jan. 11-26.
"Bell, Book and Candle," a comedy about a family of witches and warlocks, opens Friday, Sept. 14, and runs through Oct. 6 at the Colonial Players, 108 East St. in Annapolis. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, with a 7:30 p.m. performance Sunday, Sept. 23. Admission is $15 and $20. For tickets and more information, call 410-268-7373 or go to thecolonialplayers.org.
Septic System Expo
The Department of Health hosts a free Septic System Expo for homeowners from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15, at Anne Arundel Community College's Student Union Dining Hall, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. The event will feature manufacturers, septic installers, sewage disposal contractors, liquid waste haulers and health department staff. Homeowners will also receive free copies of septic installation records for their properties, free septic videos and educational materials. Information: 410-222-7193 or aahealth.org.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters will hold its annual kickoff meeting and social from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. Board members will be available to discuss the league's activities, plans and policies. League members and those interested in joining are welcome to attend. For details regarding meeting location, and to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Sept. 10.
The Captain Salem Avery Museum's annual fundraising raffle is under way. Top prize is $5,000, and tickets are $5 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Checks, payable to Captain Avery Museum, can be mailed to: P.O. Box 89, Shady Side, MD 20764, or call 410-867-4486.
A free, six-week diabetes self-management program will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 18 and continuing through Oct. 23 at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road in Odenton. People with pre-diabetes or Type 1 or 2 diabetes are eligible. Participants will learn how to identify problems caused by diabetes, manage their blood sugars and understand the relationship between food and blood-sugar levels. There will also be instruction on how to read nutrition labels, deal with stress, cope with depression and improve communication with doctors. Participants are expected to attend all sessions and will receive a "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" textbook. To register and for more information, call Pam Toomey at the Department of Aging and Disabilities, 410-222-4366, ext. 3057, or email her at email@example.com.
Call for artists
Benfield Gallery invites artists ages 18 and older to enter its annual fall juried exhibition being held Oct. 25-Nov. 17 at the gallery, 485 Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park. The show's theme is "Autumn Reflections." Any two- or three-dimensional work will be considered by Kathy Daywalt, this year's juror. Information: 410-544-2299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership Through Athletics has announced that this year's coaching clinic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 and led by University of Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon. Cost is $25. Tickets and information: 410-744-0900 or 410-737-2117.
•A 50th reunion for the 1962 February and June graduating classes of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute will be held Friday-Saturday, Sept. 14-15. There will be tour of the school on Cold Spring Lane beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, with an evening banquet being held at Bonnie Blink in Hunt Valley. An afternoon bull roast takes place at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville on Saturday. Information: 410-484-0354 or email email@example.com.
•A half-century has passed since Baltimore City College graduated more than 600 young men in 1962, and a reunion is being planned for Oct. 13. Organizers are trying to contact every class member. Graduates from the February or June classes who have not been contacted may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-381-6506.
•The Anne Arundel High School class of 1972 will hold its 40th reunion Oct. 13 at The Gathering Place in Clarksville. Information: 410-674-7592 or email email@example.com.
Museum open house
The Captain Salem Avery Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side, has resumed its Sunday open house schedule from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through 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 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.
The Annapolis Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post 199 is accepting applications. The program is for those who have completed eighth grade and are 14 to 20 years old. It offers information on career activities. Meetings are from 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 police station.
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.