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Concord Point Lighthouse seeking volunteers for the season

By Ron Browning, 410-939-6562; fax 410-939-1833

12:18 PM EST, March 6, 2013

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Change your clocks, dear readers!

Sunday is Daylight Savings Time – set your clocks forward one hour, or you will be like the white rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland," late for a very important date.

Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal March 12 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace. Phone 410-939-2107 for details. Volunteers will provide the lunch to anyone in need who comes through their doors.

It's not too early to collect those items for the community-wide yard sale, April 27 (raindate April 28). Spaces are for $10. Contact me for details, 410-939-6562 or the visitor center 410-939-2100 to be listed as a participant.

Celebrate the War of 1812 bicentennial by buying and flying your 15 stars and 15 stripes flag from Haxel Flags, Route 40, $20.

Jim Dryden with the Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse informed me about the 2013 volunteer orientation and briefing to be held March 9 at 10 a.m. at the Havre de Grace Police Department meeting room. Information? Call 410-939-3213 or email concordpointlighthouse@verizon.net.

A Lenten fish fry will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus each Friday during Lent at Good Shepherd School, 800 Aiken Ave., Perryville, from 4 to 7 p.m., except tonight (March 8) when it will be held at St. Joan of Arc in Aberdeen. Eat in or carryout. Come and enjoy good food and good company, 410-642-6265.

March is Irish-American Heritage Month. Erin go bragh! March is a time to remember the many ways that America is enriched and strengthened by contributions from people of Irish heritage – Cead Mile Failte!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with John O'Neill, Havre de Grace's 1813 defender and hero on March 16, 2 to 5 p.m. at Coakley's Irish Pub, 406 St. John St., 410-939-8888, http://www.coakleyspub.com. Enjoy a full traditional, Irish fare buffet with non-alcoholic drinks ($35 tickets) and music, prizes, getaways, raffles and souvenirs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse and the O'Neill Cannon Battery, tickets for this War of 1812 Bicentennial fundraiser are available at 410-939-3213 Concordpointlighthouse@verizon.net, the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 410-939-2100 or 410-939-5544, mhcayerhdg@yahoo.com. Donations are welcome.

March 14 or 3.14 is a sacrosanct date for all you mathematics geeks; celebrate PI Day. And no, that's not blueberry or cherry pie.

Belated birthday wishes to Liz Lawson (March 3).

Tidewater Players, 121 N. Union Ave. in the Opera House theatre, is performing "Proof," through March 17. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $13. For reservations, phone 410-939-8433 or visit http://www.tidewaterplayers.com.

The Good Shepherd Catholic School, 800 Aiken Ave., Perryville, 410-642-6265 (www.goodshepherdschool.net) will host its 7th annual not-so-silent auction fundraiser, Saturday (March 9), 5 to 9 p.m. With free admission, bring your family and friends for food, beer and wine; silent, live and Chinese auctions; free games and prizes.

Marsha Webb informed me that Boy Scout Troop 965 of Webster-Level in Havre de Grace will hold a spaghetti supper Saturday (March 9) 4 to 7 p.m. The dinner includes unlimited spaghetti, bread, salad, cake and beverages. Tickets are $8 adults, $7 seniors (60-plus), $6 children 10 and under. The location is the Level Fire Hall at 3633 Level Village Road, in Havre de Grace.

Cindi Beane is excited about the Martha Lewis raffle, 410-939-4078. Tickets are available at Flicker Scents or Bahoukas, both on Union Avenue, at $5 each or three for $10.

March 12 is Plant a Flower Day. Stacy Keysor, 410-939-3332, told me about Havre de Grace Community Gardens. After a successful first garden on Market Street in 2012, the Havre de Grace Green Team and City of Havre de Grace invite you to garden with them (email: hdggreenteam@gmail.com) by picking up an application form at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave. Why a community garden? Reasons include: growing healthy food, meeting new people, beautifying the neighborhood, getting exercise and learning more about the natural environment. Each community garden features your own plot, a shared water supply and other common resources and a modest $35 annual fee. P.S. now you can plant your own flowers in your own community garden.

March is Read Across American Month. Check out a book from our local public library, 120 N. Union Ave., 410-939-6700.

March 10 (1913) is the death date of Harriet Tubman. Born into slavery in Dorchester County, Tubman freed herself and dedicated her life to assisting more than 300 bondsmen northward out of captivity along the Underground Railroad on at least 19 trips. Known as the "Moses of her People," it is believed Tubman may have used Havre de Grace with its access to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad, main roads and the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal system as a principal connection point on the escape trails. Later in life, Tubman advanced the rights of blacks and women, joining the women's suffrage movement with her neighbor in Auburn, N.Y., Susan B. Anthony.

March 9 denotes a very important lady's birthdate in 1959, when Barbara Millicent Roberts was born. Thus, this marks the 54th anniversary of Mattel's Barbie doll debut.

That's it – contact me at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave., Havre de Grace. Today is International Women's Day (March 8). Honoring working women everywhere, this day is also the anniversary of the historic 1857 garment and textile worker's strike in New York, one of the first organized actions by women anywhere. See ya!