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When to Say ‘Whoa!’ to Your Doctor

03/18/2014 13:45, Published by Arden Haley, Categories: Health, Today



Doctors often order tests and recommend drugs or procedures when they shouldn’t—sometimes even when they know they shouldn’t. In fact, nearly half of primary-care physicians say their own patients get too much medical care, according to a survey published in 2011 by researchers at Dartmouth College. And the Congressional Budget Office says that up to 30 percent of the health care in the U.S. is unnecessary.

All that unneeded care can be hazardous to your health—and your wallet. For example, X-rays and CT scans expose you to potentially cancer-causing radiation, and can lead to follow-up tests and treatment with additional risks. And the costs can be substantial. A 2011 study found that the price tag for 12 commonly overused tests, such as annual electrocardiograms (EKGs) for heart disease and imaging tests for lower-back pain, was about $6.8 billion.

The problem has become so serious that such groups as the American College of Physicians, the National Physicians Alliance, and a coalition of medical societies in a project called Choosing Wisely have compiled lists of tests and treatment doctors themselves say are done too often. Below are the top five examples culled from those lists:

1. EKGs and exercise stress tests for heart disease

The problem: For many people, an EKG—which records the heart’s electrical activity through electrodes attached to the chest—is a standard part of a routine exam. Some also regularly get an exercise stress test, which is an EKG done as they walk on a treadmill. Both are key if you have symptoms of heart disease or are at high risk of it. But for other people, the tests are not as accurate and can lead to unnecessary follow-up and treatment.

The risks: Those follow-up tests can include CT angiograms, which expose you to a radiation dose equal to 600 to 800 chest X-rays, and coronary angiography, which exposes you to further radiation. Inappropriate testing can also lead to overtreatment with drugs or even surgery.

The costs: An EKG typically costs about $50 and an exercise stress test about $200 to $300, according to the HealthCareBlueBook.com. Subsequent interventions that are prompted by unneeded tests can add thousands to the tab.

When to consider the tests: An EKG and exercise stress test should often be ordered if you have chest pain, an irregular heartbeat, or other symptoms of heart disease. They can also make sense for people with diabetes or other coronary risk factors who are just starting to exercise.

2. Imaging tests for lower-back pain

The problem: Getting an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI can seem like a good idea. But back pain usually subsides in about a month, with or without testing. Back-pain sufferers in a 2010 study who had an MRI within the first month didn’t recover any faster than those who didn’t have the test—but were eight times as likely to have surgery, and had a five-fold increase in medical costs.

The risks: One study projected 1,200 new cancer cases based on the 2.2 million CT scans done for lower-back pain in the U.S. in 2007. CT scans and X-rays of the lower back are especially worrisome for men and women of childbearing age, because they can expose testicles and ovaries to substantial radiation. Finally, the tests often reveal abnormalities that are unrelated to the pain but can prompt needless worry and lead to unnecessary follow-up tests and treatment, sometimes including even surgery.

The costs: An X-ray of the lower back typically ranges from about $200 to $285, an MRI from $875 to $1,225, and a CT scan from $1,080 to $1,520. Imaging accounts for a big chunk of the billions Americans spend for lower-back pain each year.

When to consider the tests: They often make sense if you have nerve damage, or signs of a serious underlying condition. Red flags can include a history of cancer, unexplained weight loss, recent infection, loss of bowel control, urinary retention, or loss of leg strength.

3. CT scans and MRIs for headaches

The problem: Many people want a CT scan or MRI to see if their headache is caused by a brain tumor or other serious illness. And doctors often comply to provide reassurance and to avoid lawsuits. But all that’s usually needed is a careful medical history and neurological exam. Adding a CT scan or MRI rarely helps.

The risks: Brain scans can reveal things that appear worrisome but aren’t. For example, doctors might mistake a twist in a blood vessel for an aneurysm. Those findings can trigger follow-up tests, and prompt referrals to specialists for expensive consultations. And CT scans of the head can deliver a radiation dose that’s the equivalent of 15 to 300 chest X-rays.

The costs: A standard brain CT scan costs about $340, and a brain MRI about $660. Referrals to a specialist or subsequent treatment is extra, of course.

When to consider the tests: They’re often warranted if you have an abnormal result on a neurological exam, or if your doctor can’t diagnose the problem based on your symptoms and medical exam. See a doctor if you have head pain that is sudden or explosive; different from headaches you’ve had in the past; brought on by exertion; or accompanied by fever, a seizure, vomiting, loss of coordination, or a change in vision, speech, or alertness.

4. Bone-density scans for low-risk women

The problem: Many women are routinely screened for weak bones with an imaging test called a DEXA scan. If it detects outright osteoporosis, the results can help you and your doctor decide how to treat the problem. But many people learn they have only mild bone loss, a condition known as osteopenia, and for them the risk of fracture is often quite low.

The risks: A diagnosis of osteopenia often leads to treatment with such drugs as alendronate (Fosamax) and ibandronate (Boniva), which pose numerous risks. Those include thigh fractures, throat or chest pain, difficulty swallowing, heartburn, and more rarely, bone, eye, joint and muscle pain, bone loss in the jaw, and possibly, abnormal heart rhythm. But there is little evidence that people with osteopenia benefit from the drugs.

The costs: A DEXA scan costs about $132. The price for a month’s supply of generic alendronate is $38 to $70, and $125 to $148 for Fosamax, the brand-name version. People often take the drugs for years.

When to consider the test: Women should have the scan at age 65 and men at age 70. Younger women and men ages 50 to 69 should consider the test if they have risk factors such as a fracture from minor trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, low body weight, a parent who had a hip fracture, or if they have used corticosteroid drugs for a long time, or they drink excessively or smoke. Whether follow-up tests are needed depends on the results of the initial scan.

5. Antibiotics for sinusitis

The problem: People with sinusitis—congestion combined with nasal discharge and facial pain—are often prescribed antibiotics. In fact, 15 to 21 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions for adults are to treat sinusitis. But most people don’t need the drugs. That’s because the problem almost always stems from a viral infection, not a bacterial one—and antibiotics don’t work against viruses.

The risks: About one in four people who take antibiotics report side effects, such as a rash, dizziness, and stomach problems. In rare cases, the drugs can cause anaphylactic shock. Overuse of antibiotics also encourages the growth of bacteria that can’t be controlled easily with drugs. That makes you more vulnerable to antibiotic-resistant infections and undermines the usefulness of antibiotics for everyone.

The costs: Not all antibiotics are expensive, but since doctors write so many prescriptions for them, the total cost to the health-care system is substantial—at least $31 million a year.

When to consider antibiotics: Usually only if symptoms last longer than a week to 10 days or they are accompanied by a high fever or other possible signs of a bacterial infection.
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When to Say “Whoa” to Your Doctor provided by Anne Arundel Medical Center

* What’s Up? does not give medical advice. This material is simply a discussion of current information, trends, and topics. Please seek the advice of a physician before making any changes to your lifestyle or routine.


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    09/20/2014
    10:30am

    60 Minute and 40 Minute, Air Conditioned Historic Annapolis Trolley Tours offered daily departin...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    09/20/2014
    10:30am — 12:45pm

    Four Centuries Walking Tour -- Colonial attired tour guides bring history to life as you visit ke...


  • Saturday Wine Tasting

    09/20/2014
    11:00am — 04:00pm

    Join us every Saturday at The Wine Cellars of Annapolis for our free wine tasting! New theme ever...


  • Front Room: Seth Adelsberger

    09/20/2014
    11:00am — 06:00pm

    This summer The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents a variety of luminescent and textured pain...


  • BBQ Fiesta at Red Hot & Blue

    09/20/2014
    11:00am — 09:00pm

    BBQ Fiesta Launching in the Washington DC Area Winston-Salem, NC – The Red Hot & Blue Restaurant...


  • Schooner Woodwind Weekend Cruises

    09/20/2014
    11:00am — 08:30pm

    Schooner Woodwind Weekend Cruises at Annapolis Marriott Waterfront, Annapolis. Call for specific ...


  • Saving 2nd Base Annapolis Bar Crawl

    09/20/2014
    11:00am — 05:00pm

    5th Annual Saving 2nd Base Bar Crawl & Scavenger Hunt In Historic Downtown Annapolis Regis...


  • Blackwater Distillery Tour

    09/20/2014
    11:00am — 05:00pm

    Come take a tour of Maryland's first fully licensed beverage alcohol distillery in nearly 40 year...


  • Relay For Life of Kent County

    09/20/2014
    11:00am — 11:00pm

    For the 20th year, participants will fight back against cancer with moving ceremonies and activit...


  • Cats R Us Rescue Adoption Show

    09/20/2014
    11:30am — 03:00pm

    Need something soft to purr you quietly to sleep? Then awaken you with a swift pounce on the feet...


  • Cats R Us Rescue Adoption Show

    09/20/2014
    11:30am — 03:00pm

    Need something soft to purr you quietly to sleep? Then awaken you with a swift pounce on the feet...


  • Annapolis Community Boating Open Boating

    09/20/2014
    12:00pm — 04:30pm

    There are open boating hours each Saturday and Sunday during the season. The boats include kayaks...


  • Treasures of NOAA's Ark Exhibit

    09/20/2014
    12:00pm — 04:00pm

    The Annapolis Maritime Museum will showcase artifacts representing science, service and stewardsh...


  • Eastern Shore Student Artists Exhibit

    09/20/2014
    12:00pm — 04:00pm

    Barbara Jablin noted artist/instructor of the Chestnut Street Studio in St. Michaels, will showca...


  • Annapolis Collects Exhibit

    09/20/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College commemorates the opening of its 25th anniversary and 2...


  • Health Fair and Grand Opening

    09/20/2014
    12:00pm — 04:00pm

    Evolve Medical Clinics is sponsoring a free Health Fair on Saturday 9/20 from 12-4pm. Free blood ...


  • A spectacular 6-mile cruise on the beautiful scenic Severn River. View the historic Annapolis Har...


  • Plein Air - Summer Reflections

    09/20/2014
    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    September 3 - October 11, 2014 A gallery show featuring Plein Air artists with a last look bac...


  • Goshen Farm Open House

    09/20/2014
    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    If you like history, open space, and beautiful landscapes, you will want to attend the Goshen Far...


  • The Banneker-Douglass Museum will host an opening reception for the exhibition, True to Form: Exp...


  • Sail on Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester

    09/20/2014
    01:00pm — 03:00pm

    Experience a 2-hour sail on the scenic Choptank River on the last skipjack built for oyster dredg...


  • Steve Earle (Solo Acoustic)

    09/20/2014
    01:00pm

    In the strictest sense, Steve Earle isn't a country artist; he's a roots rocker. Earle emerged in...


  • Transformations: The Art of Vicco von Voss

    09/20/2014
    01:00pm — 06:00pm

    The exhibition, “Transformations: The Art of Vicco von Voss,” will open the new season of The Koh...


  • Snack Cruise

    09/20/2014
    01:00pm — 02:30pm

    PUBLIC EVENT Join the Chester River Packet Company for a snack cruise on the Chester River! ...


  • Spa Creek Tour on Miss Anne

    09/20/2014
    01:15pm — 07:15pm

    This cozy launch will tour the residential areas of Old Annapolis to the headwaters of Spa Creek ...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    09/20/2014
    01:30pm — 03:45pm

    Four Centuries Walking Tour -- Colonial attired tour guides bring history to life as you visit ke...


  • Binology 101: The Basics of Wine Tasting

    09/20/2014
    02:00pm — 03:30pm

    We look at the typical characteristics of popular grape varietals and explain the terminology and...


  • Kater Leatherman, professional organizer and author of Making Peace with Your Stuff, shares strat...


  • The Shoplifters

    09/20/2014
    02:00pm

    Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior cit...


  • The Understudy

    09/20/2014
    02:00pm

    "A masterpiece of comic clockwork" (Wall Street Journal) from the creator of TV's Smash, The Unde...


  • Chesapeake Bay Bridges Cruise

    09/20/2014
    02:30pm

    Marvel at the engineering feat as you cruise under the twin spans of the Bay Bridges that connect...


  • MARIE ANTOINETTE

    09/20/2014
    03:00pm

    We all know the famous story of the iconic and controversial Marie Antoinette. But was she just a...


  • Enjoy Navy football during an exciting 2014 season!


  • Thomas Point Lighthouse Cruise

    09/20/2014
    04:30pm

    The Thomas Point Lighthouse is the most recognized lighthouse in Maryland. View this National His...


  • Hammond-Harwood House Annual Garden Party

    09/20/2014
    05:00pm — 08:00pm

    The annual fundraiser to benefit our education and preservation efforts will be held at Reed’s Cr...


  • Rocket Man

    09/20/2014
    05:00pm — 07:00pm

    Donny is in his mid-40’s and has piled all his belongings out onto his lawn topped by a sign that...


  • "Cheers to CHAIR-ity" Wine & Beer Tasting

    09/20/2014
    05:00pm — 07:00pm

    This year the QAC Arts Council is kicking off a fantastic event with our inaugural "CHAIR-ity for...


  • Sylvia on the Accordion

    09/20/2014
    05:00pm — 09:00pm

    Sylvia strolling on the Accordion


  • Summer Sendoff: Blues, Brews & BBQ

    09/20/2014
    05:00pm — 10:00pm

    Summer Send-Off is one of Cambridge Main Street's signature events, with plenty of Blues, Brews &...


  • Mary Ann Schindler: Totems and Touchstones

    09/20/2014
    05:30pm — 07:30pm

    Mary Ann Schindler began taking art instruction in grammar school. After graduating college with ...


  • The origins of The Moscow Studio resemble a Russian fairy tale. Washington artist and Corcoran ...


  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior is an exhibition exploring the design of Frank L...


  • Shear Madness

    09/20/2014
    06:00pm — 08:00pm

    Shear Madness is the comedy whodunit that lets the audience solve the crime! Set in present-da...


  • CBEC Wet and Wild Auction

    09/20/2014
    06:00pm — 09:00pm

    CBEC Wet and Wild Auction invites attendees to bid on great auction items all for a good cause. T...


  • Traditional American Contra and Square Dance

    09/20/2014
    06:30pm — 10:00pm

    Traditional American Contra and Square Dancing. The evening includes a free introductor...


  • Walking Ghost Tours

    09/20/2014
    07:00pm

    Got Ghosts? We do...and we'll tell you all about them...who they are, where they haunt, why they'...


  • The Miracle Worker

    09/20/2014
    07:00pm — 09:00pm

    “The Miracle Worker” Helen Keller, blind deaf and nearly feral, is more than her indulgent parent...


  • Traditional American Contra and Square Dancing

    09/20/2014
    07:00pm — 10:00pm

    The evening includes a free introductory session at 6:30; Dance 7-10 p.m. Annapolis Friends Meeti...


  • The Beatless

    09/20/2014
    07:00pm

    Enjoy live music at Sam's on the Waterfront.


  • Brad Paisley, Leah Turner & Charlie Worsham Saturday, September 20, 2014


  • 2nd Annual SOAAC Bull and Oyster Roast Fundraiser

    09/20/2014
    07:00pm — 11:00pm

    On September 20, 2014, SOAAC is hosting a Bull and Oyster Roast fund raiser at the La Fontaine Bl...


  • Foodlink’s Bling and Blue Jean Bash

    09/20/2014
    07:00pm — 10:00pm

    Foodlink’s Bling and Blue Jean Bash September 20th, 2014 from 7-10pm at Homestead Gardens in Dav...


  • Fab Four Benefit Concert

    09/20/2014
    07:00pm — 10:00pm

    Check out one of the top Beatles tribute bands around in concert at the Todd Performing Arts Cent...


  • Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore. 7:05 p.m. Orioles...


  • Historic Ghost Walk Tour

    09/20/2014
    07:30pm — 09:30pm

    As the sun sets and darkness wraps the streets of historic, and many say, haunted Annapolis, a gu...


  • The Understudy

    09/20/2014
    07:30pm

    “A masterpiece of comic clockwork” (Wall Street Journal) from the creator of TV’s Smash, The Unde...


  • Pete Best

    09/20/2014
    08:00pm — 12:00am

    At the Brian Boru we provide a lively and interesting selection of musical entertainers on Thursd...


  • MARIE ANTOINETTE

    09/20/2014
    08:00pm

    We all know the famous story of the iconic and controversial Marie Antoinette. But was she just a...


  • Twisted History Tavern Tour

    09/20/2014
    08:00pm — 10:00pm

    Murder, mayhem, sex and scandal! And Annapolis has seen more than its fair share! Come out drinki...


  • The Shoplifters

    09/20/2014
    08:00pm

    Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior cit...


  • Several Species has become an annual tradition at Pier Six. This summer marks the 9th straight ye...


  • Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies

    09/20/2014
    08:00pm — 10:00pm

    Time Stands Still revolves around Sarah (Beth Anne Langrell), a photo journalist injured by a roa...


  • Rocket Man

    09/20/2014
    08:00pm — 10:00pm

    Donny is in his mid-40’s and has piled all his belongings out onto his lawn topped by a sign that...


  • The Understudy

    09/20/2014
    08:00pm

    "A masterpiece of comic clockwork" (Wall Street Journal) from the creator of TV's Smash, The Unde...


  • Game Show

    09/20/2014
    08:00pm

    Trivia Night has never been this funny! Bring your knowledge, and maybe walk away with more than...


  • The Floozies: Back on it Tour

    09/20/2014
    09:00pm

    The Floozies are producer/guitarist Matt Hill and drummer Mark Hill. These two brothers are bring...


  • Kix

    09/20/2014
    09:00pm

    Originally calling themselves The Shooze and eventually changing their name to the Generators (an...


  • Gillian Thompson Project Music

    09/20/2014
    09:00pm

    Live Music


  • Walking Ghost Tours

    09/20/2014
    09:00pm

    Got Ghosts? We do...and we'll tell you all about them...who they are, where they haunt, why they'...


  • Haunted Pub Crawl

    09/20/2014
    09:00pm — 11:00pm

    Want to go out drinking with a long dead barmaid, a "working girl" who'll fall for you, and a gho...


  • Hot Tub Limo

    09/20/2014
    09:30pm — 01:30am

    Hot Tub Limo got their start in the beginning of 2010 in Grasonville, Maryland. The group spent c...


  • Jayme Ploff

    09/20/2014
    10:00pm — 01:30am

    Music and entertainment at Jimmie and Sook's.


  • Brasserie Brightwell "Live on the Patio"

    09/20/2014
    10:00pm — 01:00am

    Live music all summer on the patio with our outside bar! Check our website for details on all th...


  • IRONMAN Maryland

    09/20/2014
    09:00am

    Sailwinds Inc. and the Dorchester County Office of Tourism announced the launch of IRONClub Maryl...


  • 2014 Chesapeake Film Festival

    09/20/2014
    09:00am

    It is the mission of the Chesapeake Film Festival to entertain, enrich and inspire by bringing th...


  • Maryland Renaissance Festival

    09/20/2014
    10:00am — 07:00pm

    On August 23, 2014 the 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life. Let Merriment Abound with...


  • 2014 Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Open House at Edgewater 10a.m- 3 p.m. Join SERC sc...


  • The 6th Annual Chestertown Book Festival

    09/20/2014
    10:00am — 02:00pm

    Mission Statement: The Chestertown Book Festival celebrates the literary life on the Eastern Sho...


  • 5th Annual Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous & Race

    09/20/2014
    10:00am — 09:30pm

    A fun gathering of classic wooden sailboats to showcase their history and elegance and provide an...


  • Capitol Bacon Festival

    09/20/2014
    01:00pm — 07:00pm

    The time has arrived, September 20th is right around the corner, and with that the Capitol Bacon ...


  • Hospice Cup Dinghy Poker Run

    09/20/2014
    01:30pm — 05:30pm

    Join us for the first ever Hospice Cup Dinghy Poker Run. This is a “RUN”, there are no prizes ...


  • Hospice Cup XXXIII

    09/20/2014
    05:00pm — 09:00pm

    Hospice Cup XXXIII takes place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Race registration is being handle...


  • 10th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash

    09/20/2014
    05:00pm — 09:00pm

    This year will be our 10th Annual Boatyard Beach Bash to benefit the Annapolis Maritime Museum. ...


  • The Board of Directors of the Sultana Education Foundation, PNC Wealth Management, and Tony and D...


  • We're returning to Rams Head Center Stage at the Maryland Live! Casino for another rockin' evenin...


  • FRESHFARMMarkets, Annapolis

    09/21/2014
    08:00am — 12:00pm

    If there is a better location for a farmers market in Annapolis, we don't know where it is. Situa...


  • Women’s Wellness Weekend

    09/21/2014
    08:00am

    This annual retreat is for women ages 21 and older, and a perfect opportunity to connect with fri...


  • Women Who STAND/Baltimore, a volunteer advocacy group supporting Baltimore-based international re...


  • Join SpongeBob SquarePants and his underwater friends on a rollicking adventure in Bikini Bottom ...


  • Innovation, meet heritage. Recently Harley-Davidson revealed Project LiveWire – the first Harley-...


  • Kayak Jug Bay to Mataponi Creek

    09/21/2014
    09:00am — 02:00pm

    Length: 6 plus miles Level: Advanced Kayak a beautiful stretch of the Patuxent from Jug Bay Wet...


  • Carvers at the Crossroads Waterfowling Exhibit

    09/21/2014
    09:00am — 05:00pm

    The stories and connections between early 20th century carvers of the Chesapeake’s Susquehanna Fl...


  • Westfield Annapolis Mall Farmers' Market

    09/21/2014
    10:00am — 02:00pm

    Westfield Annapolis Mall Farmers Market Rt. 50 East & Jennifer Road, Annapolis MD 21401 Sunda...


  • ArtsFest 2014

    09/21/2014
    10:00am — 05:00pm

    The only festival of its kind in the region! More than 165 artist booths, 30 performers on two st...


  • A new hapkido school has opened in the Annapolis area. Traditional hapkido is an effective form o...


  • Elephant Awareness Day

    09/21/2014
    10:00am — 04:00pm

    The Earth’s largest land mammals are some of the most fascinating animals in the Zoo. Please join...


  • American Metal presents a retrospective survey of the art of Albert Paley, one of the world’s mos...


  • Annual Fall Festival

    09/21/2014
    10:00am — 05:00pm

    Fall is in the air! Come celebrate the beginning of autumn at the Annual Fall Festival along Mar...


  • Jazz Brunch

    09/21/2014
    10:00am — 02:00pm

    Join us for Brunch every Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM and enjoy Live Jazz from 11 AM to 2 PM


  • 24th Annual West Annapolis Oktoberfest

    09/21/2014
    10:00am — 05:00pm

    Join the festivities as Annapolis celebrates with two premier street fairs. Swing by the 24th ann...


  • Sunfest 40th Anniversary

    09/21/2014
    10:00am — 06:00pm

    The weather is beautiful and there's plenty to do at Ocean City, MD's biggest and best festival. ...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    09/21/2014
    10:30am — 12:45pm

    Four Centuries Walking Tour -- Colonial attired tour guides bring history to life as you visit ke...


  • BBQ Fiesta at Red Hot & Blue

    09/21/2014
    11:00am — 09:00pm

    BBQ Fiesta Launching in the Washington DC Area Winston-Salem, NC – The Red Hot & Blue Restaurant...


  • Front Room: Seth Adelsberger

    09/21/2014
    11:00am — 06:00pm

    This summer The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents a variety of luminescent and textured pain...


  • Rocket Man

    09/21/2014
    11:00am — 01:00pm

    Donny is in his mid-40’s and has piled all his belongings out onto his lawn topped by a sign that...


  • Schooner Woodwind Weekend Cruises

    09/21/2014
    11:00am — 08:30pm

    Schooner Woodwind Weekend Cruises at Annapolis Marriott Waterfront, Annapolis. Call for specific ...


  • Annapolis Community Boating Open Boating

    09/21/2014
    12:00pm — 04:30pm

    There are open boating hours each Saturday and Sunday during the season. The boats include kayaks...


  • EXHIBITION FOLGER EXHIBITIONS Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare’s En...


  • Eastern Shore Student Artists Exhibit

    09/21/2014
    12:00pm — 04:00pm

    Barbara Jablin noted artist/instructor of the Chestnut Street Studio in St. Michaels, will showca...


  • Locally Sourced

    09/21/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    MICA’s M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice class of 2015 explores how exchanges between local artists a...


  • Annapolis Collects Exhibit

    09/21/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College commemorates the opening of its 25th anniversary and 2...


  • Treasures of NOAA's Ark Exhibit

    09/21/2014
    12:00pm — 04:00pm

    The Annapolis Maritime Museum will showcase artifacts representing science, service and stewardsh...


  • Foundation Exhibition

    09/21/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    Timed to coincide with the arrival of this year’s freshmen, this highly regarded student exhibiti...


  • Sabbatical Exhibition

    09/21/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    This annual exhibition features works produced by a small group of faculty members on sabbaticals...


  • Discover Annapolis Tours

    09/21/2014
    12:30pm

    60 Minute and 40 Minute, Air Conditioned Historic Annapolis Trolley Tours offered daily departin...


  • A spectacular 6-mile cruise on the beautiful scenic Severn River. View the historic Annapolis Har...


  • Dishwalla

    09/21/2014
    12:30pm

    When A&M released Dishwalla's debut album, Pet Your Friends, it lit up the airwaves in 1996 with ...


  • What's Up? Weddings Fall Bridal Expo 2014

    09/21/2014
    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    This is our most popular bridal event of the year Get tickets early before they sell out! The fir...


  • Transformations: The Art of Vicco von Voss

    09/21/2014
    01:00pm — 06:00pm

    The exhibition, “Transformations: The Art of Vicco von Voss,” will open the new season of The Koh...


  • Spa Creek Tour on Miss Anne

    09/21/2014
    01:15pm — 07:15pm

    This cozy launch will tour the residential areas of Old Annapolis to the headwaters of Spa Creek ...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    09/21/2014
    01:30pm — 03:45pm

    Four Centuries Walking Tour -- Colonial attired tour guides bring history to life as you visit ke...


  • Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore. 1:35 p.m. Orioles...


  • The Shoplifters

    09/21/2014
    02:00pm

    Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior cit...


  • MARIE ANTOINETTE

    09/21/2014
    02:00pm

    We all know the famous story of the iconic and controversial Marie Antoinette. But was she just a...


  • Rocket Man

    09/21/2014
    02:00pm — 04:00pm

    Donny is in his mid-40’s and has piled all his belongings out onto his lawn topped by a sign that...


  • The Understudy

    09/21/2014
    02:00pm

    "A masterpiece of comic clockwork" (Wall Street Journal) from the creator of TV's Smash, The Unde...


  • Hands On Photography Workshop with Jay Fleming

    09/21/2014
    02:00pm — 07:00pm

    The Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts will host a workshop conducted by professional photo...


  • How Did We Get Here?

    09/21/2014
    02:00pm — 04:00pm

    The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is presenting a “State of the Crab” progr...


  • When: Sunday through Saturday Where: Garfield Mixed Martial Arts; 1244 Ritchie Hwy in Arnold ...


  • Chesapeake Bay Bridges Cruise

    09/21/2014
    02:30pm

    Marvel at the engineering feat as you cruise under the twin spans of the Bay Bridges that connect...


  • Jazz on Sundays: Doug Byerly and Marty Knepp

    09/21/2014
    03:00pm — 04:30pm

    The Chesapeake Arts Center Presents: Jazz on Sundays: Doug Byerly and Marty Knepp at the Ch...


  • Jazz on Sundays

    09/21/2014
    03:00pm — 12:00am

    Doug is steadfastly committed to producing and performing the music of the 20th Century as well a...


  • Caritas Society Annual Student Ice Cream Social

    09/21/2014
    03:00pm — 05:00pm

    September 21 — Annual Student Ice Cream Social Caritas welcomes students to the campus for the 2...


  • Heidi & The Heimat Echo

    09/21/2014
    04:00pm — 08:00pm

    Heidi & The Heimat Echo live at the Old Stein Inn


  • Blackwater

    09/21/2014
    04:00pm

    Enjoy live music at Sam's on the Waterfront.


  • Healing in Heels

    09/21/2014
    04:00pm

    A 550 yard dash through Annapolis Towne Centre! To benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center - The AAMC...


  • Enjoy special performances this season. With lively music and bay breezes, a concert at Downs Par...


  • Thomas Point Lighthouse Cruise

    09/21/2014
    04:30pm

    The Thomas Point Lighthouse is the most recognized lighthouse in Maryland. View this National His...


  • Catch Washington Capitals action at Verizon Center!


  • The origins of The Moscow Studio resemble a Russian fairy tale. Washington artist and Corcoran ...


  • Mary Ann Schindler: Totems and Touchstones

    09/21/2014
    05:30pm — 07:30pm

    Mary Ann Schindler began taking art instruction in grammar school. After graduating college with ...


  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior is an exhibition exploring the design of Frank L...


  • The Miracle Worker

    09/21/2014
    07:00pm — 09:00pm

    “The Miracle Worker” Helen Keller, blind deaf and nearly feral, is more than her indulgent parent...


  • Shear Madness

    09/21/2014
    07:00pm — 09:00pm

    Shear Madness is the comedy whodunit that lets the audience solve the crime! Set in present-da...


  • The Understudy

    09/21/2014
    07:00pm

    "A masterpiece of comic clockwork" (Wall Street Journal) from the creator of TV's Smash, The Unde...


  • MARIE ANTOINETTE

    09/21/2014
    07:00pm

    We all know the famous story of the iconic and controversial Marie Antoinette. But was she just a...


  • The Understudy

    09/21/2014
    07:30pm

    “A masterpiece of comic clockwork” (Wall Street Journal) from the creator of TV’s Smash, The Unde...


  • Day 26

    09/21/2014
    08:00pm

    Day26's story is already well-known to their fans, millions of whom tuned in watch it unfold on M...


  • Wishbone Ash

    09/21/2014
    08:00pm

    The classic rock bands of the late '60s and early '70s enjoy a unique place in popular musical hi...


  • Game Show

    09/21/2014
    08:00pm

    Trivia Night has never been this funny! Bring your knowledge, and maybe walk away with more than...


  • The Shoplifters

    09/21/2014
    08:00pm

    Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior cit...


  • Walking Ghost Tours

    09/21/2014
    08:00pm

    Got Ghosts? We do...and we'll tell you all about them...who they are, where they haunt, why they'...


  • Abilities Network will hold its 8th Annual Walkabout Abilities fundraiser, Sunday, Sept. 21 (rain...


  • Down Bar Dance Party

    09/21/2014
    10:00pm — 01:00am

    Featuring DJ Little Rock every Sunday in the Pub from 10 PM to 1 AM. Drink Specials, No Cover


  • 2014 Chesapeake Film Festival

    09/21/2014
    09:00am

    It is the mission of the Chesapeake Film Festival to entertain, enrich and inspire by bringing th...


  • Maryland Renaissance Festival

    09/21/2014
    10:00am — 07:00pm

    On August 23, 2014 the 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life. Let Merriment Abound with...


  • A fun gathering of classic wooden sailboats to showcase their history and elegance and provide an...


  • UNCENSORED: Banned Books Week

    09/24/2014
    08:00am

    The DC Public Library will invite the D.C. community to come together to celebrate the freedom to...


  • Carvers at the Crossroads Waterfowling Exhibit

    09/24/2014
    09:00am — 05:00pm

    The stories and connections between early 20th century carvers of the Chesapeake’s Susquehanna Fl...


  • Join SpongeBob SquarePants and his underwater friends on a rollicking adventure in Bikini Bottom ...


  • Faces of Annapolis

    09/24/2014
    09:00am — 05:00pm

    Faces of Annapolis September 11, 2014 to October 23, 2014 Chaney Gallery, 2nd floor A collec...


  • EXHIBITION FOLGER EXHIBITIONS Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare’s En...


  • A new hapkido school has opened in the Annapolis area. Traditional hapkido is an effective form o...


  • Front Room: Seth Adelsberger

    09/24/2014
    10:00am — 05:00pm

    This summer The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presents a variety of luminescent and textured pain...


  • American Metal presents a retrospective survey of the art of Albert Paley, one of the world’s mos...


  • Plein Air - Summer Reflections

    09/24/2014
    10:00am — 04:00pm

    September 3 - October 11, 2014 A gallery show featuring Plein Air artists with a last look bac...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    09/24/2014
    10:30am — 12:45pm

    Four Centuries Walking Tour -- Colonial attired tour guides bring history to life as you visit ke...


  • Tots and Tales Return to the National Aquarium

    09/24/2014
    10:30am — 11:00am

    Tots and Tales returns to the National Aquarium on Wednesday mornings in September and October. V...


  • Discover Annapolis Tours

    09/24/2014
    10:30am

    60 Minute and 40 Minute, Air Conditioned Historic Annapolis Trolley Tours offered daily departin...


  • Color at Play

    09/24/2014
    10:30am — 05:00pm

    September 5-November 10 —717 Gallery presents “Color at Play,” a solo show featuring new works by...


  • Marcy Dunn Ramsey & Michael Kahn Exhibits

    09/24/2014
    11:00am — 03:00pm

    Opening Reception - Friday, September 5, 5-8 p.m. Artist Talk & Gallery Tour - Saturday, Septemb...


  • The Literary Muse

    09/24/2014
    11:00am — 04:00pm

    Chestertown RiverArts is calling all artists for two exciting themed shows in September. The firs...


  • Portraits: Conversing with the Sitter

    09/24/2014
    11:00am — 04:00pm

    An extension of our literary theme in the Studio Gallery, is Portraits: Conversing with the Sitte...


  • BBQ Fiesta at Red Hot & Blue

    09/24/2014
    11:00am — 09:00pm

    BBQ Fiesta Launching in the Washington DC Area Winston-Salem, NC – The Red Hot & Blue Restaurant...


  • Bay Lighthouses Cruise

    09/24/2014
    11:15am — 02:15pm

    Join Watermark for our award winning "Bay Lighthouses Cruise." Pass under the twin spans of the B...


  • Painting with Maureen Bannon

    09/24/2014
    12:00pm — 03:00pm

    Painting with Maureen Bannon - August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014 September 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2014 Octo...


  • Annapolis Collects Exhibit

    09/24/2014
    12:00pm — 05:00pm

    The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College commemorates the opening of its 25th anniversary and 2...


  • These FREE noontime concerts are held on the garden terrace. In case of inclement weather, con...


  • The Shoplifters

    09/24/2014
    12:00pm

    Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior cit...


  • Music with Tom Delaney

    09/24/2014
    01:00pm — 02:00pm

    This show is packed with fun songs that everyone can sing along to plus a bit of comedy to make y...


  • Transformations: The Art of Vicco von Voss

    09/24/2014
    01:00pm — 06:00pm

    The exhibition, “Transformations: The Art of Vicco von Voss,” will open the new season of The Koh...


  • Four Centuries Walking Tour

    09/24/2014
    01:30pm — 03:45pm

    Four Centuries Walking Tour -- Colonial attired tour guides bring history to life as you visit ke...


  • The Understudy

    09/24/2014
    02:00pm

    "A masterpiece of comic clockwork" (Wall Street Journal) from the creator of TV's Smash, The Unde...


  • Piney Orchard Farmers' Market

    09/24/2014
    02:00pm — 06:30pm

    Piney Orchard Farmers' Market 2400 Stream Valley Drive Wednesday: 2:00pm - 6:30pm, May 28 - N...


  • Author Visit: Jeanne Luning Prak

    09/24/2014
    02:30pm — 03:30pm

    Local teen author will discuss writing and self-publishing her first novel, as well as offer advi...


  • Centreville Farmers' Market

    09/24/2014
    03:00pm — 07:00pm

    Downtown Centreville - Commerce & Broadway Streets, Lawyers Row


  • Spa Creek Tour on Miss Anne

    09/24/2014
    03:30pm — 06:30pm

    This cozy launch will tour the residential areas of Old Annapolis to the headwaters of Spa Creek ...


  • Free Kung Fu and Tai Chi classes, workshops, and open house at Jing Ying Institute the entire mon...


  • The origins of The Moscow Studio resemble a Russian fairy tale. Washington artist and Corcoran ...


  • Mary Ann Schindler: Totems and Touchstones

    09/24/2014
    05:30pm — 07:30pm

    Mary Ann Schindler began taking art instruction in grammar school. After graduating college with ...


  • Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior is an exhibition exploring the design of Frank L...


  • Warm Vinyasa Yoga

    09/24/2014
    05:45pm — 06:45pm

    A powerful start with a calming finish... always core strengthening poses; some inspiring Vinyasa...


  • Heartsaver AED Class

    09/24/2014
    06:00pm — 09:00pm

    The Heartsaver AED course teaches CPR, AED use, relief of choking in adults and children, infant ...


  • Heartsaver AED Class

    09/24/2014
    06:00pm — 09:00pm

    The Heartsaver AED course teaches CPR, AED use, relief of choking in adults and children, infant ...


  • DC Hand Dance Club at Coconut Joe's

    09/24/2014
    06:00pm — 09:30pm

    $5 cover Hand dance lessons with Louise Pyles from 6-7 pm. Dancing 7-9:30 pm.


  • Beer at the Bin

    09/24/2014
    06:00pm — 08:00pm

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bin 201 Wine Sellers, Annapolis, Md. The...


  • Open Mic Night

    09/24/2014
    07:00pm — 10:00pm

    Come out and join us for food, drink and some great local music - The last Wednesday of the month...


  • The Craft Of Story: Fiction

    09/24/2014
    07:00pm — 09:00pm

    Note: This workshop is open to both St. John's students and community members. All levels welcome...


  • Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. 7:05 p.m. Nationals.co...


  • The Shoplifters

    09/24/2014
    07:30pm

    Meet Alma — a career shoplifter who prefers the “five-finger discount” over some lousy senior cit...


  • The Understudy

    09/24/2014
    07:30pm

    “A masterpiece of comic clockwork” (Wall Street Journal) from the creator of TV’s Smash, The Unde...


  • The Understudy

    09/24/2014
    07:30pm

    "A masterpiece of comic clockwork" (Wall Street Journal) from the creator of TV's Smash, The Unde...


  • Shear Madness

    09/24/2014
    08:00pm — 10:00pm

    Shear Madness is the comedy whodunit that lets the audience solve the crime! Set in present-da...


  • Open Mic Night

    09/24/2014
    08:00pm — 11:30pm

    Come out for Open Mic with your instrument and your voice -- or just come out to listen to local ...


  • Walking Ghost Tours

    09/24/2014
    08:00pm

    Got Ghosts? We do...and we'll tell you all about them...who they are, where they haunt, why they'...


  • A Singer/Songwriter local to the Annapolis area Jocelyn Faro draws from pop, blues, and folk. Eve...


  • MARIE ANTOINETTE

    09/24/2014
    08:00pm

    We all know the famous story of the iconic and controversial Marie Antoinette. But was she just a...


  • Music & Entertainment at Stan & Joe's.


  • Skribe

    09/24/2014
    10:00pm — 01:00am

    Enjoy music from Skribe every Wednesday in the tavern from 10 PM to 1 AM


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