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Break Away from the Ice – A Prelude to Spring

Feb 19, 2014 04:47PM ● By Cate Reynolds
By Jake Russell

Tired of this unusually frigid and icy winter?

Even though you may not be able to work outdoors the way you want to because of the recent weather, you can prepare for spring with home and garden tips at the Annapolis Home and Remodeling Expo, occurring the next two weekends at the National Guard Armory in Annapolis.

More than 50 companies will be on hand to help you decide what you need to spruce up your home. Appearances by HGTV's Sabrina Soto (February 22nd), antiques appraiser Todd Peenstra (February 23rd), HGTV’s Stephen Fanuka (March 1st) and WMAL Radio’s Jos Roozen (March 2nd) will help add to the show’s knowledgebase.

Tickets for the expo are $5 for adults, $3 for retired & active military and free for children under 10.

While preparing for amicable Annapolis weather, peruse some of the top local establishments during Annapolis Restaurant Week, which begins Monday and continues through Sunday, March 2nd.

This week-long celebration of Annapolis culinary excellence has 41 participating restaurants showing off the best meals Maryland's state capital has to offer. Those businesses will offer two course breakfasts at $12.95, two-course lunches at $15.95 and three-course dinners at $32.95.

The following local establishments will be participating in Annapolis Restaurant Week:

  • 49 West Coffehouse
  • Acme Bar & Grill
  • Annapolis Smokehouse & Tavern
  • Azure Annapolis at The Westin
  • Boatyard Bar & Grill
  • Buddy's Crabs & Ribs
  • Cafe Normandie
  • Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen
  • Carrol's Creek Cafe
  • Chart House
  • Crush Kitchen & Wine House
  • Factors Row
  • Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant
  • Federal House Bar & Grille
  • Galway Bay Restaurant
  • Harry Browne's Restaurant
  • John Barry Restaurant at the O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel
  • Lemongrass
  • Lewnes Steak House
  • Luna Blu Ristorante Italiano
  • Lures Bar and Grille
  • Maria's Sicilian Ristorante
  • McGarvey's Saloon & Oyster Bar
  • Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge
  • Middleton Tavern
  • Miss Shirley's Cafe
  • O'Brien's Oyster Bar
  • O'Leary's Seafood Restaurant
  • Paul's Homewood Cafe
  • Piccola Roma
  • Pusser's Caribbean Grille
  • Rams Head Tavern
  • Regina's
  • Reynolds Tavern and 1747 Pub
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House
  • Sam's on the Waterfront
  • Severn Inn
  • The Melting Pot
  • Treaty of Paris
  • Tsunami
  • Yellowfin Steak & Fish House

While the previous two events aim to help adults prepare for a new season, the following are geared toward local youth.

Anne Arundel Medical Center will host the 5th Annual Youth Sports Injury Conference on Thursday from 5:30-9 p.m. Registration is required for this free event. The seminar will educate coaches, parents and trainers of athletes ages 9-19 on how to improve player health and prevent injuries.

Almost 20 dodgeball teams represented by local businesses will be channeling their inner Ben Stiller at the Easton High School gymnasium during the 2nd Annual Talbot Cup on Sunday from 12-5 p.m. The tournament is hosted by Junior Achievement of the Talbot County, a local branch of a national organization aimed at educating youth on business and financial skills.

The 26th Annual Anne Arundel County Spelling Bee will take place at the Board of Education (Carol S. Parham Building) in Annapolis on Saturday at 10 a.m. This top county spelling will head to the National Harbor for an all-expense paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in May.

To view more events occurring this weekend, please browse our online calendar. Be sure to also follow What’s Up? on Twitter and like us on Facebook.