Sunday, July 1

Run for charity The Bowie Baysox host the inaugural Charity 5K and Kids Fun Run beginning at 8 a.m. at Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway in Bowie. Walk-up registration the day of the event will be accepted. Registration is $35 for the 5K and $25 for the Fun Run. Proceed benefit the Bowie Health Center, Bowie Police Explorers and Louie's Holiday Hope Project. Online registration is available by visiting

Arts, crafts and concerts The monthly First Sunday Arts festival at Whitmore Park features more than 100 artists and crafters as well as two concerts. Rock and country band Szefin performs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Singer/songwriter Pam Ortiz and her band perform from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Whitmore Park is located on Calvert Street between West Street and Clay Street in downtown Annapolis.

Artist reception The Maryland Federation of art hosts a reception to meet MFA artists whose work is featured in an exhibition at Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle in Annapolis. The theme of the exhibit is "basic elements," and each work embraces earth, wind, water or fire. The artist reception takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Voting for the "People's Choice" awards will occur during the reception. Both it and the exhibition are free. For more information, call 410-268-4566, email or go to

Wednesday, July 4

Baseball and fireworks The "Red, White and Boom All-American Independence Day Celebration" will take place as the Bowie Baysox take on the Harrisburg Senators at 6:05 p.m. The event includes the Independence Day Barbecue, an apple pie-eating contest and fireworks. A picnic buffet will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; the menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, barbecue baked beans, chips, watermelon and soft drinks. Tickets are $27; $22 for children ages 6-12; $10 for children 3-5; and $22 for season-ticket holders. Picnic tickets include a general admission ticket for the game, and fans can upgrade to reserved seat tickets for $4 each. Information: 301-464-4885 or

Fort Meade Fort Meade's Independence Day celebration takes place from noon to 10 p.m. at McGlachlin Field. Event features music, children's activities, food and fireworks. Free and open to the public. In the case of inclement weather, all activities will be canceled, and fireworks will take place July 5. Information:

Lecture series Michael Grenke delivers a lecture, "The Problem of Socrates," at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at St. John's College, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. Free. Information:

Thursday, July 5

Meeting The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society presents "The Shipleys of Maryland" at 7:30 p.m. at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road in Severna Park. Refreshments and networking follows presentation. Information: 410-760-9679 or


Artist reception Meet Maryland oil painter Bill Schmidt from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2 p.m. July 8, at McBride Gallery, 215 Main Street in Annapolis. At 2 p.m., Schmidt will share his insights on the "Anatomy of a Successful Plein Air Painting".

Concert Traveling troubadour Bob Zentz performs maritime music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 8 at the Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E. W. Shady Side Road in Shady Side. The concert is part of the museum's "Music on the Lawn: A Summer Series." It is free; however, a donation of $5 per person is appreciated. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. In the event of rain, the concert moves indoors. Information: 410-867-4486 or

Business lunch Find out how you can achieve your business goals by getting involved in your community and giving back at the Entrepreneur's Exchange monthly lunch meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 11 at the Severn Inn, 1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Annapolis. The guest speaker will be Kelly Hodge-Williams, founding executive director of Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland. Reservations are strongly recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Register at For more information, contact Entrepreneur's Exchange Inc. at 410-647-8167 or email

Navy boot camps The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center of the U.S. Naval Academy holds its annual "Navy Way" boot camps July 14 and Aug. 18. Basic Boot Camp is a morning program; Advanced Boot Camp is an afternoon program. Basic Boot Camp is for recruits ages 6-12 and runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Recruits are issued a sailor's cap, learn Navy terms, march, chant, follow orders and eat in a simulated mess hall. The cost is $35 and includes a "Dixie cup" cap, camp, lunch (two slices of pizza and a soda) and a certificate of participation at graduation. Advanced Boot Camp is for graduates of Basic Boot Camp ages 9-12 and runs from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants take seamanship training (tying knots), learn how to use semaphore flags and march in precision drill. The cost is $40 and includes all training materials. Graduates attain the rank of Swabbie 1st Class and receive a certificate of participation and a button for their cap at graduation. Registration and information: 410-293-8111 or

Crab feast The Rotary Club of Annapolis will hold its annual crab feast from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The all-you-can-eat-and-drink affair includes large and No. 1 male crabs, Maryland crab soup, corn on the cob, beef barbecue, hot dogs, draft beer, sodas and water. There will be a bake sale and cake raffle. Tickets are $60; $20 for children ages 3 to 12; free for those younger than 3. Tickets are available through noon July 29 at or 877-333-9667 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will be available for $75 at the stadium box office starting at 4 p.m. the day of the event.

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