Anne Arundel County


Sunday, July 3

First Sunday Arts Festival Event begins at noon in the first block of West and Calvert streets, and features crafts vendors, artists, live music, street performers and sidewalk dining. Free. Information: 410-741-3267 or


Monday, July 4

Concert The United States Naval Academy Band performs an all-American program of patriotic music and concert band favorites at 8 p.m. at Annapolis City Dock's Susan B. Campbell Park, 1 Dock St. Concert is free and open to the public with no tickets required. Information: 410-293-0263 or go to


July 4 The Shady Side community celebrates Independence Day beginning with a parade at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, followed by a concert at 1 p.m. with the Bay Winds Band at the Captain Salem Avery Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road, sponsored by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society and Greenstreet Gardens. Information: 410-867-4486 or

Blacksmith group The Chesapeake Forge Blacksmith Guild meets at 7 p.m. at Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville. Members learn new techniques while working on projects. No gate fees. Information: 410-222-6115.

Tuesday, July 5

Rotary meeting The Crofton Rotary Club meets at 7:15 a.m. at the Bob Evans restaurant in Waugh Chapel. Information: 301-897-1462.

Wednesday, July 6

Compost talk Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners will hold a composting demonstration and native plant garden visit at 11 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road in Annapolis. Visitors can learn how to make compost and see the park's gardens. Park entrance fees apply. Information: 410-222-6755.

Republican Breakfast Club Group meets at 7:30 a.m. at Cafe Normandie, 185 Main St., Annapolis, for breakfast and discussion. Cost is $12.

Thursday, July 7


Genealogy program The Anne Arundel Genealogical Society hosts a program titled, "Evaluating Genealogy Evidence Like a Judge," at 7:30 p.m. at Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road. Program will be hosted by Adrian Gravelle, a retired U.S. Army officer, lawyer and former Senior Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals. He is also a full-time genealogy researcher, specializing in French-Canadian research, and is an occasional genealogy instructor and a volunteer at the LDS Family History Center in Columbia. Refreshments and networking follow the presentation. Information: 410-760-9679.

Baysox The Bowie Baysox presents the "Festivus Miracle" as the team plays the Reading Phillies at 7:05 p.m. Event is based on a holiday created on the "Seinfeld" TV show and will feature festivus poles, feats of strength, the airing of the grievances, video clips from the show, a Kramer look-alike contest and a toy drive. Free parking. Tickets: 301-464-4865 or go to

Auction A Quarter Auction will be held at the Elks Lodge #2309, 1506 Defense Highway in Gambrills More than 100 items from a panel of ten direct sales consultants will be offered for just quarters. Doors open at 6 p.m., auction begins at 7 p.m. $5 entry fee includes two paddles, additional paddles are $2 each. Proceeds to benefit the Greater Baltimore Area Coast Guard Spouse Association Supporting Military Families. Information: 410-320-1559.

Rotary Club The Annapolis Rotary Club meets at noon at the Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise St. Induction of officers take place during the meeting. Information: 410-353-4722 or 410-980-6115.

Saturday, July 9

Jousting tournament The annual St. Margaret's Ring Joust and Country Faire will be held at Pleasant Plains and St. Margaret's roads, beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by the "Charging of the Knights" ceremony at 11:30 a.m. This year's theme is health and fitness and includes activities and information for young and old. Event also feature beginner and professional class jousting, crafts, pony rides, children's activities, food and more. The tournament continues until the last jouster has ridden and the winner is crowned. Admission is $8 per car or $5 for walk-ins those 6 and older. Proceeds benefit local charities. Joust proceeds go to St. Margaret's youth and music programs, as well as general funds that are used for community missions. Information: 410-974-0200.


Yard sale The Green Haven Community Yard Sale takes place from 7 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of the month through September at the Pasadena Skating Rink, 2318 Mountain Road. Information: 410-979-2900.

Flea market St. Andrew's United Methodist Church holds an indoor country flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 4 Wallace Manor Road in Edgewater. Spaces are $10; tables are $5. The thrift shop will be open. Information: 410-269-7671.


Boot camps The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis is sponsoring "Navy Way" boot camps on Saturday, July 16. Basic Boot Camp will be held in the morning and Advanced Boot Camp in the afternoon. Registration deadline is July 6. Basic Boot Camp runs from 10 a.m. to noon for recruits ages 6-12. Recruits are issued a sailor's cap, learn Navy terms, march, chant, follow orders and eat in a simulated mess hall. Cost is $36 and includes a dixie cup cap, boot camp, lunch and a certificate of participation at graduation.

Advanced Boot Camp runs from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is for graduates of Basic Boot Camp ages 9 to 12. They will take seamanship training (tying knots), learn to use semaphore flags and march in precision drill. Cost is $36 ($41 if purchasing a new cap) 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.

Groups of 10 or more will be assigned a personal Boot Camp Commander, but a group reservation must be made three weeks in advance. Scouts who declare their pack number on the reservation form, whether signing up as an individual or as part of a group, will receive a patch.


Information and registration: 410-293-8111 or e-mail

Crab feast The Rotary Club of Annapolis will hold its annual crab feast from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 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. A bake sale and cake raffle will be held. Advance tickets are $60, $20 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for those younger than 3. Buy tickets via or 877-333-9667 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Online and telephone sales end at noon July 31. Tickets will be available for $75 at the stadium box office starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 5.

Benefit The second-annual Be Great 5K Run & Fun Walk to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County will take place Aug. 20 at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. The run will kick off at 9:15 a.m., and every preregistered runner and walker will receive a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest runner in several age categories. Refreshments will be served after the race. Registration is $25 before Aug. 1, $30 after. Register online at or on-site at the Red Maple Pavilion starting at 8:30 a.m. the day of the race. There is a "Couch Potato" category for anyone who wants to register and stay home.

Music festival The inaugural Silopanna Music Festival will take place at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville on Aug. 27. Among the featured performers are Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Matt and Kim, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, All Mighty Senators, Grilled Lincolns and Harper Blynn. Tickets are on sale now. Free parking. Tickets are $39.50 and can be purchased by calling 410-268-4545, 410-244-1131 or online at

Reunion The North County High School Class of 1991 is planning its 20th reunion Oct 29 at Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Send contact information to or call Kiesha Dotson at 703-755-0206.

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