A pleasant Memorial Day weekend, dear readers!

Memorial Day observances will be conducted May 27 at 9 a.m. at Angel Hill Cemetery and then proceed to Tydings Memorial Park by 11 a.m. Contact the American Legion Post 47, 410-939-0234.

Memorial Day honors deceased veterans of all wars, though it was begun as a tribute to Civil War dead. Falling as it does with our country involved in a major military conflict in Afghanistan, let this be a patriotic inspiration to us all. As we honor our fallen heroes, some very recent, may we remember and cherish the freedoms and liberties for which they fought to defend.

So, as many of us gather at picnic celebrations to commence our summer festivities, do not let slip the true meaning and purpose of Memorial Day. A peaceful Memorial Day is wished to all my readers and their families.

Cathy Vincenti and Charlie Mike reminded me that Independence Day t-shirts are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Avenue, 410-939-2100 for $7 to benefit the Havre de Grace Independence Celebration, July 6.

Also War of 1812 t-shirts have been reduced to $10, now available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center.

Stop by the Visitor Center for the student quiz of the Lafayette Trail, created by the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission for students K-5 grade/grades 6-12 to win an oval sticker "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Lafayette trail t-shirts are available now for $10 at the Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 410-939-1485. A great family fun project!

Take a guided historical walking tour every first weekend through November, Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. or schedule a tour by appointment. Enjoy a 1-1/2 hour walking tour through tree-lined streets. Tickets available online at http://www.mainstreethdg.com or phone 410-459-3840 or 410-939-0565 or email: hdgmainstreet@verizon.net.

Celebrate World Turtle Day, today. May 24 with a walk along the shoreline at the Havre de Grace Promenade. While there, look for the rare Franklinia tree in Tydings Park, nearby. Carole Andrews Showed me the new "Trees of Tydings Park" publication by the Havre de Grace Municipal Tree Commission, now available at City Hall and the Havre de Grace Visitor Center.

May 25 is National Wine Day. Two plans come to mind. Let's visit Mt. Felix vineyard and winery, 2000 Level Road, Rt. 155, 410-939-0913. Relax and enjoy their wines, http://www.mountfelix.com. Bop over to the Vineyard Win Bar, 142 North Washington Street, 443-502-2551 for their worldwide selection of wines. http://www.thevineyardwinebar.com.

Birthdays loom for Linda Noll (May 25); Carol Gatto, Tracy Transparenti (May 27); Betty Neff (May 28); Becky Dobson (May 31). Happy Anniversary wishes to Wayne and Dottie Erickson (May 26).

Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 North Union Avenue in Havre de Grace, May 28 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone 410-939-2107 for details. Volunteers will serve the luncheon to anyone in need who enters.

The Havre de Grace Senior Activity Center on Lewis Lane 410-939-5121 finishes May as Older American's Month with: Memorial Day, May 27 closed; Center Bingo (May 31, 1 p.m., 25 cents per card).

Pick out your new garden plants at the Havre de Grace Farmers Market at Washington Street and Pennington Avenue, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday (May 25). For info, phone Main Street, 410-939-1811.

If your week has been a bummer, tell everyone about it May 26. Which is Great American Grump Out Day. Bah humbug!

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. Skin cancer is diagnosed more often each year than the cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, colon, uterus, ovaries and pancreas combined. I was diagnosed with melanoma on my right leg and like myself; if caught and treated early, skin cancer can be avoided. Check with your doctor.

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month to honor the history and accomplishments of Asian-American and Pacific Islanders, a group of diverse histories, languages and cultures, like my Uncle Charlie-born of Filipino and Samoan parents in Hawaii, retired form government service in Pearl Harbor, and able to perform and play the ukulele like Don Ho; Charlie Cruz turned 92 on May 3.

Tammy told me about the third River City "Smoke on the Water" car and truck show, June 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. by the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John Street. For vehicles, there is a $12 registration fee, 410-939-0234. For flea market tables at $10, phone 443-655-6595. Music by Tom Patterson and plenty of pit beef, ham, turkey, chicken, hot dogs and sausages will be on hand.

Celebrate with the Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse, June 9 (Sunday) at 5:30 p.m. for light refreshments and a program at the lighthouse under the tent. Members and donors at no cost; guest $20. Call 410-939-3213 or email: concordpointlighthouse@verizon.net.

That's the week's column. Keep me in contact at 410-939-6562 or 226 North Union Avenue. See ya!