Forget football; are you ready for some bingo?

Is Hampden ready for some bingo? 

Oh come on, I know you are. So hurry up and finish knitting that dauber cozy and dust off the ol' bingo cushions, because "I've Got Your Number: Bingo Night" debuts at Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St., on Aug. 28, starting at 10:30 p.m.

Hosts Nolen Strals, Rowen Frazer and Samantha Dolores promise regular bingo, speed rounds, special games, bonuses and more — all delivered with humor and panache.

I know a lot of people play bingo just for the sake of the game itself, but for everyone else who might wonder what's in this bingo thing for them, you can win prizes by sponsors like Atomic Books, Bazaar Baltimore, Sixteen Tons, Doubledutch Boutique, Old Bank Barbers and the Golden West.

But before we get to the bingo, there are a number of other events in Hampden over the next few weeks that you might be interested in checking out.

On Friday, Aug. 15, the Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave., is hosting a beer tasting from 4:30-7 p.m., for New Jersey's Flying Fish Brewing Co. Their beers include Red Fish, Hopfish, Exit 4 and Exit 16.

On Aug.16, Roosevelt Park will once again host a flea market, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Ron at

Later that night, over at Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Ave., you can get a little Moby Dicky as Ishmael plays with bands Time Columns, Hotel Neon and Hollywood Blanks. The show starts at 8 p.m., which is probably a pretty good time to start when you've slated four bands to play in one night.

On Sunday, Aug. 17, Le Garage, 911 W. 36th St., offers up Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. It's a three course, locally sourced repast for $28. It will showcase poultry purveyor Andy's Egg & Poultry and you can sample Chef Sarah Acconcia's fried chicken confit. Call 410-243-6300 to make reservations.

On Aug. 21, famed Orioles slugger and pit beef master Boog Powell will be at Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, with co-author and Baltimore Sun columnist Rob Kasper, to talk baseball, Baltimore and barbecue and sign copies of their new book, "Baltimore Baseball and Barbecue with Boog Powell," from 7-9 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet the O's legend and hear a lot of great Orioles-related stories. And if that's not enough for you, Hampden's own Blue Pit BBQ will be there to serve up some delicious barbecue.

And then get ready for some time travel, as Atomic Books hosts a release party for "Baltimore Time Travel Anthology 2" on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 7-9 p.m. It's an anthology of time travel-related stories as told by various Baltimore cartoonists. Tim Paggi, Josh Van Horne, Alexandra Gilwit, OluShola will all be showing videos, reading and/or performing their comics.

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