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Get your motor running and head on down to the Rockburn Open Car Show [Elkridge]

The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association (EAAA) and the Howard County Dept. of Recreation and Parks (HCRP) host the fifth annual Rockburn Open Car Show on Saturday, Aug. 17, noon to 4 p.m., at Rockburn Branch Park, Montgomery Road entrance.

Looking for a cruise down Memory Lane? Remember those steamy summer evenings when the hottest cars in town gathered at local burger joints and drive-ins to show off their gleaming "wheels" and hang out with friends?


The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association (EAAA) and the Howard County Dept. of Recreation and Parks (HCRP) host the fifth annual Rockburn Open Car Show on Saturday, Aug. 17, noon to 4 p.m., at Rockburn Branch Park, Montgomery Road entrance.

The show features classics, antiques, hot rods and modifieds, 1999 or older. Awards include the Gary J. Arthur Memorial Award, EAAA Jay Herbert Memorial, Best in Show and the People's Choice awards. Best of Class will be awarded in multiple categories, including American cars, Corvettes, trucks, and both European and Asian imports.


To register your cool "ride," call 410-313-7275, or go to The registration fee to exhibit is $10; after Aug. 9 or onsite, $15. The event is free to the public. All that auto eye candy, with great music thrown in for a real party atmosphere, this stroll down Memory Lane is sure to be a good time.

Also presented by EAAA and HCRP, the Rockburn Open Car Show will actually kick-off with a Friday night concert at Rockburn Park (Montgomery Road side), Friday, Aug. 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, the Nighthawks will take the stage, and although the concert is free, there is a modest $3 parking fee, which will benefit the EAAA Scholarship Fund.

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I'm a bit of a culinary aficionado, although I'm not much on watching television, I love to catch some of the "foodie" shows like "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" or "Chopped." Of course, I understand not everyone likes to cook or bake, but I don't know too many people who don't like to eat. And then there are those who truly love both.

Amanda, Daniel and Brian Lavin are close-knit siblings and culinary enthusiasts who have been making their individual mark in upscale eateries around the country. Affectionately dubbed the "Gems," by friends in their Elkridge neighborhood, their talents far exceed anything I could begin to accomplish in the kitchen, and their mom, Susan, couldn't be more proud of her children.

Susan would like to give a big shout out to Brian, who was recently named the executive chef at Salt Tavern, a family owned restaurant on Pratt Street, in the Butchers Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, named one of the top restaurants in Baltimore Magazine for 2012. Brian has worked in various restaurants since his teen years, including Strapazza, Victoria's Gastro Pub, Pazo and Petit Louis. His hard work, dedication and willingness to learn have earned him respect in the local culinary community.

Amanda is a pastry sous chef at the prestigious Lambs Club in New York City. She creates desserts such as Chocolate Soufflé and Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee. Amanda currently works with owner Geoffrey Zacharian, an Iron Chef and Food Network judge on "Chopped." She will soon be moving on to sunny California, an adventure where surely another culinary experience will be in her bright future.

And although son, Daniel, isn't employed in the restaurant industry, he loves to cook and, as his wife, Devin is fond of saying, "The couple that cooks together stays together! Bon appetite!" Congratulations to Daniel and Devin on their recent one-year wedding anniversary. Susan says, "Paul and I have become very fond of eating in upscale restaurants, thanks to our children. We are extremely proud of Amanda, Daniel and Brian's accomplishments and, as parents do, wish them much success and joy in their chosen professions."

Speaking of culinary delights, nothing says summer in Maryland like steamed crabs! The Elkridge Senior Center will host a crab feast, Friday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come out and enjoy great food and music; the menu will include Maryland crab soup, steamed crabs, barbecued chicken, cole slaw, cornbread, watermelon and beverages. Cost is $15 per person and, with space limited and to make sure they plan for enough food, reservations are mandatory. RSVP by Aug. 12 by calling 410-313-4930 or 410-313-5192.


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