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Community doggedly pursuing things to do in dog days of August

"Dog days of summer."

"Summer doldrums."


I really don't know what these phrases mean. And they surely don't apply to Hampden.

Here's what I mean ...


On Sunday, July 21, the Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St., will be showing the Sean Astin classic "Encino Man" on the back wall of its Long Bar. It's a late night happy hour, starting at 9PM, with the movie starting shortly thereafter.

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Then, on Tuesday, July 23, things get punky at the Golden West as Heavy Friends, Red Dons (from Portland) and Zoom (from Washington) play at 10 p.m.

Rum is a classic ingredient in many of my favorite summertime beverages. So it is fortuitous that The Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave., is hosting a rum tasting on Thursday, July 25 from 5-7 p.m..

And for those who like to cook out, The Wine Source is also hosting a weekend wine tasting on Saturday, July 27 from 1-4 p.m. You'll be able to sample wines paired for your summer grilling festivities.

After you've sampled some wines, head on over to Minás Gallery & Boutique, 815 W. 36th St., to enjoy the sounds of The Sorrow Singers at 5 p.m. The Sorrow Singers are Alison Radcliffe and Allen Holmes, a duo from Virginia. Their performance also coincides with an exhibit by photographer Jack Radcliffe, who also happens to be Alison's father.

And on Aug. 2 (which is also First Fridays in Hampden), there will be a book party for author Kathleen C. Ambrose's new book, "Remington: The History Of A Baltimore Neighborhood," at 7 p.m., at Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road. Kathleen will be discussing her book and the history of Remington, and signing copies.

And finally, if bargain hunting is your thing, then mark your calendars for Sunday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 11, when the Hampden Village Merchants Association will be hosting a Hampden Sidewalk Sale along The Avenue. A number of HVMA member businesses will be participating, and offering a number of specially discounted items. This is also a fundraiser for the Hampden Family Center.

So, if you hear someone say, "The Dog Days of Summer are upon us," they clearly don't live in Hampden, because there is nothing 'dog' about these days.