Bel Air gets ready for big-time barbecue battle

By Anthony Sclafani

The town of Bel Air will host its annual Maryland State Bar-B-Q Championship, Friday-Saturday, Aug. 12-13, in the Mary Risteau Building parking lot at 108 S. Bond St. This event will feature the annual Maryland State BBQ Championship, where teams from up and down the East Coast will compete for prize money and trophies. There will also be a children's activities area and live music. Hours are Friday 4-10 p.m. and Saturday noon-10 p.m. Admission is free. Call 443-823-1797 or go to

Science for everyone

Backyard Science Days will return to the Maryland Science Center Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 13-14, noon-4 p.m., at its headquarters at 601 Light St. in Baltimore. This event offers children a day of animal encounters and hands-on activities. Kids can stomp on stomp rockets, race vegetables and learn about the science that lives right outside their back doors. Activities are free with paid admission: $14.95 general, $13.95 for seniors and $10.95 for kids ages 3-12. Call 410-685-5225.

Spirited women

Morton's The Steakhouse and will host the annual Spirited Women of Baltimore Power Lunch Wednesday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Morton's, 300 S. Charles Street. The event honors area women who have performed community service in the spirit of the Red Cross, for which this event serves as a benefit. Tickets are $65. Go to or call 410-327-9090.

Y not the Y?

The Parkville Family Center Y will host a Family Fun Night Friday, Aug. 19, 6-9 p.m., at 8910 Waltham Woods Road. Visitors can enjoy a dip in the pool, take fitness classes or participate in other games and activities. Healthy snacks and giveaways will also be provided. Admission is free. Go to

Oldies but goodies

After taking the month of July off, the Maryland Music Collectors will return to host another one of its monthly Record & CD Shows Sunday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Arbutus Fire Hall (5200 Southwestern Blvd.). Featured will be a wide assortment of vinyl records, rare CDs, tapes, magazines and memorabilia. Admission is free. Call 410-455-0418.

Peachy festival

The Carroll County Farmers' Market will host its annual Peach Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Westminster Agriculture Center, at 700 Smith Ave. This popular event will serve up such concoctions as peach pies, peach sundaes, peach jams, peach cobblers and free samples of peaches. There will also be a performance by the General Store Band. Admission is free. Call 410-848-7748.

California wine

Chef's Expressions will host a Sail the Seven Seas Wine Supper Friday, August 12, 6:30 p.m., at Gramercy Mansion (1400 Greenspring Valley Drive, Stevenson). Chef Jerry Edwards has designed a menu around a global approach to cuisine using local ingredients while infusing techniques from around the world. Cost is $99.95 plus tax and service. Call 410-561-2433.

Scream for ice cream

An Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Demo will be hosted by Harbor Magic Catering Thursday, Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m., at the Admiral Fell Inn. The event gives visitors to the city a chance to get out of the heat and enjoy an age-old summer treat. Admission is free. Call 410-951-1667.

A fair to remember

The largest agricultural county fair in Maryland will be the annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which takes place Aug. 12-20, at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center (16 Chestnut St.). Expect animal exhibits, 4-H displays, carnival games and rides and live musical acts. Hours are opening day 3 p.m.-midnight and the rest of the time noon-midnight. Admission is $10 general and for children ages 11 and younger. Call 301-926-3100, or go to

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