Anne Arundel Community College presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" Dec. 6-15 in the Robert E. Kauffman Theater of the Pascal Center for Performing Arts on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Barbara Robinson's play tells what happens when the Herdman kids — the worst children in town — take over the annual Christmas pageant. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students, AACC faculty and staff, active military, and groups; $7 for AACC students with ID. Information: 410-777-2457.
Bowie Community Theatre will hold auditions for "In the Heat of the Night" at 7:30 p.m. Dec.17-18 at the Bowie Playhouse, White Marsh Park, Route 3 South. Show dates are March 15-30, with rehearsals beginning the first week in 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 email@example.com
The Meade Area Garden Club sponsors a class on the art of pressing flowers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Jessup Community Hall, Wigley Avenue and Route 175. Cost is $20 per person. The class is led by Barbara Hallman of Nature Gifts. To register and for more information, call Dawn Bleess at 410-674-2017.
'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.
Baysox gift package
The Bowie Baysox offers a "Home For The Holidays" ticket package that features eight undated box-seat tickets and a 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.
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 car in one spot all day.
2nd Star Productions presents "Oklahoma!" through Dec. 8 at the Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a 3 p.m. matinee Sundays. Tickets are $20; $17 for seniors and students. For reservations and more information, call 410-757-5700 or 301-832-4819.
The Annapolis Police Department will resume fingerprinting services to the public Tuesday, Dec. 11, 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.