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THE WATER is warming up, everyone is on vacation, the air is still - and did we mention it is getting hot? But stuffy weather need not precipitate a full retreat to an air-conditioned cube. We've pulled together a few water-related events that don't count on a strong breeze.

Listen to tunes at City Dock on Wednesdays at noon. Today's concert features Susquehanna River Valley crooner Don Shappelle. Take lunch and sun block.

On July 6, the band will be Them Eastport Oyster Boys, playing songs such as "Good Hat, Good Dog, Good Boat" and "Back Creek Crab."

The Summertime Lunchtime Maritime Concert Series is sponsored by the Annapolis Maritime Museum. For a full schedule: www.annapolismari

On July 22, people can barbeque and boogie on the beach to benefit the Thomas Point Light House. The party will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 22 at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Phillip Merrill Center, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis. (The venue has a view of the lighthouse.) Proceeds will go toward lighthouse restoration efforts.

Tickets are $45 and sold out quickly last year. Information: www.thomaspointlighthouse. org.

On July 23, the crafty can compete in a mini-regatta at the Community Center in Severna Park. Competitors should bring hand-built model boats (There are separate categories for Styrofoam boats and wooden boats.)

Prizes include the Titanic (which goes to the boat that sinks), the Black Beard (awarded to the scariest-looking boat) and the Gilligan's Island (the boat that strays the farthest from the course.) Prizes also will be awarded to the boats that win the races.

The regatta will be sailed in the indoor pool of the Community Center, 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park. The entry fee is $2 for individuals and $5 for families. Information: 410-647-5843 or

On a slightly different tack, the Severn High School's sailing team will enjoy a quick trip to the Great Britain this weekend. The school's sailors are capping their successful year with a trip to West Kirby, England.

Six of the school's team racers have qualified to compete at the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association's team championships.

"We've always had a really good sailing team. This year it was excellent," said Pam Heffner, a spokeswoman for the school.

The team had strong finishes in several national high school regattas, including third place in the national fleet racing championships, which were held in Port Angeles, Wash.

The regatta in West Kirby will be a team event: Three boats from one team compete against three boats from another. The team with the best three finishes wins.

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