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Children's fishing derby Aug. 12 at Downs Park


WORMS WILL be plentiful, and, hopefully, so will the fish at this summer's Downs Park children's fishing derby, sponsored by the Pasadena Sportfishing Group (PSG) and the Friends of Downs Park volunteer group. The event is set for Aug. 12 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Downs Park.

Children ages 5 to 15 will have a chance to reel in white perch, spots, catfish and other Chesapeake Bay creatures.

Free bait will be provided, but contestants should bring their fishing rods and reels to participate in the derby. They must be accompanied by an adult. Check-in time is 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the park.

Parents may help bait, cast rods and rig, but they are not permitted to fish during the derby. Young contestants must hook and reel in their catches. Volunteers will be on hand to assist.

"The kids always have a great time, and so do we," said George Bentz, PSG spokesman. In addition to the fishing contest, there will be a casting contest, classes on safety, rigging fishing lines, baiting hooks and knot tying.

All young fishermen will be awarded prizes. The cost to register is $2 per child. Registration forms are available at the park or may be downloaded from the PSG's Web site at

Checks and registration forms can be mailed to Friends of Downs Park, 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena 21122.

Information: 410-HEY-FISH or 410-222-6230.

Coffee house

The St. Andrew's Episcopal Church youth group will be host to a coffee house featuring local musicians, poets, and storytellers from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow in the parish hall, 7859 Tick Neck Road.

In addition to scheduled performers, there will be open mike time for novice performers.

Snacks and beverages will be sold for a small fee. Donations will be accepted at the door. Information: 410-626-7628.

Bad-check program

The Pasadena Business Association will have a general membership meeting at noon Wednesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

The speaker will be Jennifer Adams, a community relations representative from the county state's attorney's bad-check restitution program. The cost is $12 with reservations, $15 at the door.

Reservation deadline is today. Information: 410-987-4887.

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