Pet Rock highlights Sykesville's Concert in the Park July 29

Don't forget that Pet Rock ( an electric trio with a full band sound, will delight listeners with songs from the 1960s to today during this week's Sykesville Concert in the Park Friday, July 29. Next week, Plan B acoustic rock trio ( will perform classic rock hits Aug. 5. The music runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

All concerts are free and family-friendly, and they take place at Millard Cooper Park, with parking across the street at Sykesville Middle School. To reach the venue, take Springfield Avenue 1/4-mile west of Route 32.


One final reminder: Howard County Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks are in progress now through Aug. 8. During this time, more than 20 area restaurants will feature local farm products on fixed-price menus ranging in cost from $10.11 to $40.11. Go to for a list of participating establishments.

I have always found the phrase "lazy days of summer" somewhat bewildering since time flies during the fun summer months, which do not seem at all sluggish. Here we are, already at the end of July!

A new month means new programs to report at Bon Secours Spiritual Center. Only one community event will take place in August – the Music at Marriottsville concert Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. 12 String Theory, a Starfire Artists group, will perform a selection of upbeat and contemplative inspirational songs on piano and guitar, and a free-will offering will be invited.

Of course, Bon Secours will also offer several special programs, beginning Aug. 6 with "Inner Life Transformation Using Prayer Practices." Phil and Susan Esserwein will incorporate songs, chants, relaxing music, discussion and questions into their study of how prayer can strengthen one's relationship with God; participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a Bible and journal-writing materials. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $30.

The "Profiles in Discipleship" retreat will run Aug. 7-13 with a cost is $600. Michael Fonseca will help retreatants renew their own discipleship through an in-depth look at the holy men and women of the Bible.

"Can You Hear Me Now?" is not just a question for Verizon Wireless customers. It is also the name of a one-day retreat in which Kelley Borowy will help participants study how God may be speaking to them in their lives. The retreat runs Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $35.

A silent Ignatian eight-day retreat will run Aug. 13-20 at a cost of $625. Participants should have prior experience with periods of solitude and bring a Bible and a journal or notebook. Marilyn Merikangas, Virginia Novak and Stephen Wade will act as directors.

To register for any of the programs or retreats, call 410-442-1320 or go to The address is 1525 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville.

The good folks at Success in Style, a local nonprofit that provides business attire and professional support to men and women in crisis, would like to share two pieces of news. First, its fundraising thrift boutique, Charity's Closet, is moving from St. John's Lane, in Ellicott City, to Savage Mill, with a tentative grand opening of Aug. 6. The future address is New Weave Building, Mezzanine Level, 8600 Foundry St., in Savage. As always, proceeds from sales at Charity's Closet will support the Success in Style mission.

Mark your calendars, too, for the annual Success in Style Pink Bag Lunch fundraiser, scheduled for Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year's new venue is Mercedes Benz of Baltimore, at 6631 Baltimore National Pike, in Catonsville.

The event will feature a delicious Panera Bread bagged lunch, plenty of opportunities to shop and network, and a fashion show highlighting the Success in Style mission, plus fun door prizes and raffles. Tickets cost $40, and sponsorship opportunities and vendor tables are also available.

To learn more, go to, email or 410-750-6475.