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Out & About: Our favorite local events this month

Feb 05, 2015 11:11AM ● By Cate Reynolds

Annapolis Restaurant Week February 23rd – March 1st

The Annapolis Business Association presents Annapolis Restaurant Week February 23rd to March 1st. Enjoy discounts and delicious dining experiences at the best Annapolis area restaurants. Forty fabulous restaurants are participating including: Boatyard Bar & Grill, Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen, Carrol’s Creek Café, Chart House, Lewnes Steak House, McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar, Middleton Tavern, Miss Shirley’s Café, O’Brien’s Oyster Bar, O’Leary’s Seafood Restaurant, Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, Rams Head Tavern, The Melting Pot, and many more. For detailed menu information visit

Concert for a Cure

Rock out for a cause with the Paul Reed Smith Band at the Avalon Theatre in Easton! Combining elements of funk, rock, hip hop, jazz, gospel, and more, it’s impossible for any music lover not to enjoy the band’s self-described “Chesapeake gumbo” sound. The concert will be held on Friday, February 6th, at 8 p.m., to benefit Susan G. Komen Maryland. Net proceeds will support community grant programs, which provide access to screenings, treatments, clinical trials, and support services. General admission is $40. Premium tickets are $75, and include reserved seating and a pre-concert reception with the band at 6 p.m., along with hors d’oeuvres and drinks. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 410-822-7299 or visit

In Vino Veritas at St. John’s College

St. John’s College’s annual two-day wine event, In Vino Veritas, opens this year with a dinner and wine tasting that celebrates the legacy of great American winemaking. On Friday, February 27th, special guest Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, joins a panel of notable winemakers and connoisseurs in an exclusive evening of wine tasting. At the Grand Tasting on Saturday, February 28th, guests can explore more than 100 wines from around the world, meet the vintners, and sample wines and hors d’oeuvres. Workshops will also be offered throughout the afternoon. Proceeds from the event benefit scholarships for St. John’s College undergraduate students. For ticket prices and other information visit

The Look – A Celebration of Health, Fitness, and Beauty

Let What’s Up? Media help you look good and feel great! The Look – A Celebration of Health, Fitness, and Beauty is an evening of indulgence and rejuvenation, featuring free spa treatments, complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres, more than 25 pop-up boutiques, and much more. The event takes place on Friday, February 27th from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Loews Annapolis Hotel. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

A Night of Pink Hope Gala

Channel your favorite classic Hollywood star at We Believe Foundation’s A Night of Pink Hope Gala on Saturday, February 14th. Held at Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, the evening will feature performances by award-winning songstress Christina LaRae and indie singer/songwriter Dylan Galvin, a silent auction, dinner, and more. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information visit

A Valentine’s 5K

Kick off the 2015 running season with the 33rd Annual Valentine’s 5K at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville. Held on Saturday, February 14th, the run begins at 10 a.m. The cost to participate is $5 for members of the Annapolis Striders and $10 for non-members. Proceeds benefit the local charities and community programs supported by Annapolis Striders. For more information, contact Irene at 410-360-0888. This race always sells out, so be sure to register early at

Annapolis Home & Remodeling Expo

The 10th Annual Annapolis Home and Remodeling Expo, showcasing products and services for the home, will run for two weekends: February Feb. 21st and 22nd, Feb. 28th through March 1st from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays at the National Guard Armory Expo Hall in Annapolis. The Expo gives educational seminars with national and local celebrities on everything from landscaping, home improvement, and antiques. Seminar speakers include Matt Blashaw, host of the popular Yard Crashers on HGTV and the DIY Network, and Alison Victoria, host of Kitchen Crashers on the DIY Network. More than 80 companies will be showcasing products and services including kitchen and bath displays, decking, fencing, countertops, tile, home energy systems, home financing, landscaping, interior design, window treatments, roofing, waterproofing, heating and air, and more. Tickets are available at the door. Adults are $5. Tickets for active and retired military are only $3. One ticket is valid for both weekends. Guests may download a complimentary admission, compliments of Angie’s List and their participating exhibitors by visiting

OBI’s Annual Mardi Gras Celebration

Enjoy an evening of Mardi Gras fun on Saturday, February 7th, to benefit Opportunity Builders, Inc. The celebration, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m., features live music by Sly 45, casino games, silent and live auctions, and more, at the OBI Warehouse in Millersville. OBI provides vocational training and employment services for adults with developmental disabilities. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information call 410-787-0700 or visit