New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily through Friday, Dec. 21, at Anne Arundel Community College's Central Services Building on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Toys may also be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily at the security desks in the front lobbies of AACC's facilities at the Glen Burnie Town Center, 101 Crain Highway North, and Arundel Mills, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. Information: 410-777-2729.
Bowie Community Theatre will hold auditions for "In the Heat of the Night" at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec.17 and 18, at the Bowie Playhouse, White Marsh Park, Route 3 South. Show dates are March 15-30, with rehearsals beginning the first week of January. Cold readings from the script and director-provided readings will be used during the auditions. For more information, email the director, Estelle Miller, at firstname.lastname@example.org
'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.
Two hours of free parking are offered to Annapolis shoppers at all two-hour metered parking spots through Jan. 1. Spaces on Main Street, Francis Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, Prince George Street, City Dock and Market Space, as well as the Donner lot adjacent to the former Fawcett's on Compromise Street, are available. Motorists are not allowed to leave their cars in one spot all day.
The Annapolis Police Department has resumed fingerprinting services to 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/policehttp://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 the resources in the region. For more information, go to http://www.ftmeade.army.mil/community.
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.
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 Internal Revenue Service 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.
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