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Benefits for Furry Friends, Toys for Tots, and More!

Nov 19, 2015 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
These benefits support furry friends and deserving people. Lights and Leashes at Lights on the Bay raises funds for the SPCA. Plus, check out their Auction for the Animals! Toys for Tots fundraisers includes the Annapolis Motorcycle Parade and Anne Arundel Community College Drop Off. Check out the Festival of Wreaths on the Eastern Shore, a benefit for Pleasant Day Medical Adult Care. Plus, celebrate National Ocean Exploration Day at the National Aquarium in Baltimore this Saturday.

3rd Annual Lights and Leashes at Lights on the Bay

Presented by SPCA of Anne Arundel County and Anne Arundel Medical Center, Thursday, November 19th, 6-10 p.m.
Bring your canine companion and enjoy a two-mile scenic walk along the Chesapeake Bay featuring 70 animated and stationary illuminated holiday displays. You’ll get a sneak peek before the park is open to vehicles. All proceeds benefit the SPCA.

Annapolis Motorcycle Toy Parade

Hosted by Anne Arundel County Toys for Tots and Chesapeake Cycles, Saturday, November 21st, 9-11:30 a.m.
This festive parade will be led by Santa Claus in a fire truck escorted by Police motorcycles and registered riders decked out in holiday attire on bikes decorated with Christmas lights. All fees go directly to U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots for use in Anne Arundel County.

Photo courtesy of Anne Arundel 
Community College

Toys for Tots Collection

At Anne Arundel Community College, Now through Saturday, November 21st, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Anne Arundel Community College hosts a Toys for Tots collection site at their Public Safety and Police Department, Central Services Building on College Drive (second entrance). AACC has been the largest collection in the county for the past six years. Help them stay on top with your donation.

16th Annual Festival of Wreaths

At Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care, Now through Thursday, December 3rd (Mondays through Fridays).
100 donated designer wreaths are on display and part of the silent auction to benefit Pleasant Day Medical Adult Care. There are also more than 16 themed Christmas trees on display. You can even vote for your favorite wreath to win the “People’s Choice” award.

This event is just A Stone’s Throw Away! Look for this logo in What’s Up? Magazine’s Out and About section. A Stone’s Throw event may not be in your backyard but we think it is just close enough and way cool – so cool in fact, you won’t want to pass it up!

Photo courtesy of the National 
Aquarium in Baltimore

National Ocean Exploration Day

Saturday, November 21st, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Join the National Aquarium for National Ocean Exploration Day. Guests will engage in discussions around what is new in the field of ocean exploration and enjoy interactive programming and demonstrations of technological advances. Visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a show-and-tell from Florida State University’s Dr. Sandra Brooke about recent deep-sea explorations off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia.

Thanksgiving What’s Up? Events Blog

Stay tuned for a special edition of the What’s Up? Events Blog written by guest blogger, Severna Park High School student and What’s Up? Media Intern Superstar, Ginger Ellis on Wednesday, November 25th at 4 p.m. What’s Up? Media is grateful for all of Ginger’s help. To find out about internship opportunities with What’s Up? Media, email Melissa Lauren,

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