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Break the summer hibernation cycle with a trip to Downs Park this month.

There are activities planned for the entire family: concerts, fishing for adults and children, nature walks and a few contests to test your skills.

Tonight, the park opens its beach area to anglers for a "Fish-Til-Midnight" outing. All state fishing regulations are in effect. Fishermen must register in advance.

Tomorrow from 9 to 11 a.m., Dennis Christopher, an aerospace education specialist from the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, will teach youngsters how to build, launch and track model rockets. Advance registration and parental supervision is required.

Pack a picnic for dinner by the bay on Sunday evenings this month, as the Bayside Concert Series offers four concerts for your enjoyment.

All concerts start at 6 p.m. in the Bayside Amphitheater.

Gino's Great Music Jazz Ensemble will perform Sunday. The Beauty Shop Quartet will perform a zany parody of "Life in the Beauty Shop," sung in four-part harmony, on July 17. The 1st Army Jazz Ensemble will be in concert July 24. Then it's more jazz July 31 as the Navy's Topside Jazz Combo performs.

Plenty of free lawn seating is available. No pets, skating, biking, boarding or alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the concert area.

On July 16, you're invited to a Jupiter Bash and astronomy day from noon to 7 p.m.

The first two of 21 fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 will collide with Jupiter at 3:26 p.m. and 10:38 p.m. July 16. Members of the park staff and the Baltimore Astronomical Society will be on hand presenting short talks on a variety of astronomical topics throughout the afternoon, followed by an evening of observing Jupiter, the moon and other celestial objects.

Topics to be presented will include astronomy for beginners, telescope basics, the stars, time and distance and astrophotography.

Telescopes equipped with special solar filters will be available for observation throughout the day.

* The next kids' fishing contest, sponsored by the Pasadena Sportfishing Group, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23 at Downs Park.

Last month's contest drew more than 120 area youngsters and their parents for a morning of fishing fun.

The contest is open to children ages 5 to 14. Participants must be accompanied by responsible adults and must bring their own fishing equipment and bait.

Advance registration is required.

* Build the sand castle of your dreams on July 23 at the park's annual sand castle contest from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for the most original, best team effort and more. Judging will take place at 3:30 p.m.

If you're itching to get out of the house, join ranger Pat Coyne for a poison ivy hike at 2 p.m. July 30. He'll take you to the park's secret ivy patch for some lessons about this weed.

* Learn how to identify trees with ranger Bill Offutt as he leads a Tree Trot at 2 p.m. July 31 through the park's wooded acreage. Meet in front of the information center.

To register or for more about any of the programs, call the park at 222-6230.


The Aide Association for Lutheran, Branch 9017 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Magothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church, Third Street and Beach Avenue in Chelsea Beach.

The agenda will include a report on last month's picnic meeting at Fort McHenry and the branch's donation of materials and labor for a table given to the park.

"Approximately 20 tables were paid for and constructed by members of AAL branches from all over the state at the Fort McHenry site," said Annie Webb, branch spokeswoman.

L Bill and Lorne Bernhardt coordinated this volunteer project.

Information: 360-8552.


The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will have its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall on Solley Road.

Guest speaker Howard King of the state Department of Natural Resources will discuss the fall rockfish season.

A limited number of entries will be accepted at the meeting for the white perch fishing contest at Sandy Point Park July 16.

The fee is $21 per boat, with a maximum of three anglers per boat.

Membership in the PSG is free. Tickets for 50/50 and door prizes will be on sale and an auction will be held after the meeting.

Food and refreshments to benefit Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company will be on sale.

Information: George Bentz, 255-3678.


The Mountain Road Soccer Association will have its seventh annual preseason soccer tournament Aug. 19-21 in Pasadena.

Each team registered is guaranteed three games, with bracket winners playing on Aug. 21 for the championship.

The tournament is open to girls and boys teams U-14 through U-9, Premier and Challenge. Age is based on FIFA guidelines. Trophies will be awarded.

The tournament fee is $150 per team. Money is due by Aug. 12. Games will be played at the new Lake Shore Athletic Complex and other fields near the complex.

Team rosters must be presented to the tournament director before the team's first game. No changes will be accepted after the first game.

Payment can be sent to Mountain Road Soccer, P. O. Box 800, Pasadena 21122.

Information: Sharon Philipp, tournament director, 255-7192, or 360-1480.

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