A tour of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse will be held at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Visitors can learn how lighthouse keepers lived, about other lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay and how many still exist. Tickets are $70 per person. Reservations are required. Information: 415-362-7255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ling on North Korea
Journalist Laura Ling will speak about her detainment in North Korea during a presentation at 6 p.m. Oct. 2, at Anne Arundel Community College's David S. Jenkins Gymnasium, 101 College Parkway in Arnold. Ling and fellow journalist Euna Lee were filming a documentary along the border between China and North Korea when North Korean soldiers took them into custody. They were charged with illegal entry for crossing into North Korea and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. The two were released after former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea and met with leader Kim Jong Il.
The Bowie Baysox and Tulip Gulch Productions will open the gates to the Nightmares Haunted House on Oct. 4. This new attraction runs Fridays-Saturdays in October as well as Halloween through Nov. 2. The show features more than 30 actors and takes about 20 minutes to walk through. The haunted house is rated PG-13; parental discretion is strongly advised. The show takes place indoors, and all dates are open rain or shine. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and tours run from sundown to 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 when ordered online in advance; $17 at the door. Special rates available for groups of 10 or more than order in advance. For tickets, directions and information, go to baysox.com.
Carrie Weedon Science Center will hold its annual yard sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at 911 Galesville Road in Galesville. Event includes a 50/50 raffle, baked goods, coffee and other refreshments. Payment for yard sale items, baked goods and refreshments sold directly by the center will be by donation, with no set prices. All proceeds will be used for science field trips and to help fund scholarships. Information: 410-222-1625.
Historic Annapolis hosts a workshop with artist Jean Brinton Jaecks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at 186 Prince George St. in Annapolis. Admission is $70 for Historic Annapolis members and $75 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at annapolis.org. All levels of students are welcome.
The Captain Salem Avery House Museum's 25th annual fundraising raffle is under way. The top prize is $5,000, and tickets are $5 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival at 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at the museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Checks, payable to the Captain Avery Museum, can be mailed to: P.O. Box 89, Shady Side, MD 20764, or call 410-867-4486.
Child care grants
If you are a grandparent or relative, 55 or older, and the primary caregiver for a child 18 or younger, you may be eligible for a grant program offered by the National Family Caregiver Support Program. Grants are available to assist with respite care, clothing, school supplies and activities. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3043.
This nonprofit organization collects used books nationwide and sends them to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than 1 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. Information: operationpaperback.org.
The Annapolis Police Department offers fingerprinting services for the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at 199 Taylor Ave. For fees and information: 410-268-9000 or go to annapolis.gov/police.
The Kuethe Library Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway, S.E. Glen Burnie, 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.