The Swingin' Swamies are scheduled for the Summer Concert series at River Hill shopping center Friday, July 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. They provide Swingin' entertainment with Jazz, Latin rhythms, R&B and soul music. There's something for every musical taste. Mis Spent Youth will play classic rock and pop music Aug. 5. The Ellis Woodward Kids' Show is scheduled for Aug. 12. Mark your calendar and plan to dine al fresco while enjoying pleasant summer evenings with family and neighbors.

Clarksville Elementary School has openings for lunch/recess monitors. It's something you can do close to home during school hours and pays $10.50 per hour. Call 410-313-7050 or email Lauren_Slattery@hcpss.org to learn more specifics.

Congratulations to Angela Tenaglia on graduating from Salisbury University with Bachelor of Science degrees in finance and marketing. Best wishes for a successful career, Angela.

Charity's Closet is moving to the New Weave Building, at Savage Mill. A grand opening is planned for Aug. 5. Teen and adult volunteers are needed as all donated clothing must be sorted. Casual and dressy clothes are sold at Charity's Closet to support Success In Style, which provides business attire, cosmetics, fashion advice and interview etiquette training for economically disadvantaged women entering the working world. Check it out.

Looking for a way to beat the summer heat with the kids? The Maryland Historical Society, the world's largest museum and library dedicated to Maryland history, occupies an entire Baltimore city block. Current exhibits explore the American Revolution in "Inventing a Nation," and "The Star-Spangled War of 1812" is on exhibit in a nearby gallery. Learn more by going to http://www.mdhs.org.

The Maryland Historical Society has joined the Blue Star Museums program, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and museums nationwide, to offer free admission through Sept. 5 to active duty military and their families — spouses, children, aunts, uncles and grandparents. For more information, go to http://www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Marylanders played key roles in the Revolutionary War against the British Empire, in the War of 1812 and the American Civil War. Now and for the next few years, you'll find re-enactments and exhibits all over Maryland, Virginia and nearby Pennsylvania. It's a great time for history buffs or parents/grandparents who want to see history come alive for children/grandchildren.

My next column will be published Aug. 11 as there will be no column next week. If you have news that is time critical and must run before Aug. 11, email my editor Sean Wallace at swallace@patuxent.com.

In the meantime, I'm enjoying some time off in Georgia, flying to Atlanta to meet up with Russell, Melissa, Hailey and Joel Sanford. We plan to fly stand-by to Barcelona, Spain to board the Norwegian Epic for a cruise off the coast of Italy. It will be an epic celebration of Hailey's 10th birthday today (July 28), if all goes well.

The next cliff-hanger adventure will be trying to fly home stand-by. If I make it, I'll tell you all about it Aug. 11. If the adventure turns into a colossal disaster, the story will be even more dramatic whenever I get home.

See you all in August.