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Have Fun & Give Back!

Jan 28, 2016 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren

Photo Credit: Steve Ruark

Have fun and give back at these exciting events! The Polar Bear Plunge is the Saturday at Sandy Point State Park to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. Alex and Ani partners with the YWCA for a Charmed by Charity Soiree next Wednesday. On the Eastern Shore, Dorchester County Empty Bowls Fundraiser for Eastern Shore Food Banks in Cambridge is this Sunday. We’re in the homestretch of Best of Voting! Find out more details on Best Of and other special events presented by What’s Up? Media: The Look – What’s Up? Media’s 3rd Annual Beauty and Wellness Event and The Easter Tea.

Anne Arundel County:

A Charmed by Charity Soiree

A Benefit for YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Presented by Alex and Ani, Wednesday, February 3rd, 5-7 p.m.
Join the YWCA for one of their first events of 2016 as they host an evening connecting with friends at Alex and Ani in downtown Annapolis. Proceeds from all sales on that day will benefit the YWCA and our mission to serve community members impacted by Intimate Partner Violence. There will be light refreshments and a special bracelet selected to commemorate the work of the YWCA. Please RSVP at This is the perfect opportunity for a Girls Night Out, a Valentine’s Day shopping trip or a pre-dinner downtown stop.

Eastern Shore:

Dorchester County Empty Bowls Fundraiser

for Eastern Shore Food Banks at Waugh Chapel in Cambridge, Sunday, January 31st, 2-5
p.m. Attendees will receive a keepsake ceramic bowl to remind them that others are hungry. The long-term goal for this event is to encourage individuals to continue to support organizations who are working every day to feed those in need in Dorchester County. Area churches are providing the meals and DCA is providing most of the supplies for the bowls.


Photo Credit: Steve Ruark

Polar Bear Plunge

Saturday, January 30th, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sandy Point State Park.
Celebrate 20 years of cold water plunging! For just $75 in pledges you can participate in the Annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. This thrilling and chilling experience sees participants jump into the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland. This year’s fundraising goal is $2,000,000.

Best of Voting Ends Sunday, January 31st!

It is a new year and that means it is time to vote for the best! Find details on What’s Up? Best of Voting. There are only 3 more days to get your vote on! And it is an even playing field since there are ballots for Annapolis, West County, and Eastern Shore. Let your voice be heard. Vote for the Best in Food, Entertainment, Nightlife, Shopping, Services, Boating, and more! Results will be published in our June issues. Be sure to check back in March for the Best of Beauty & Fitness ballots.

Every new year we ask our readers to let us know who they think is doing their best. Campaign! We’ve made it easy for you to promote your own business with customizable marketing materials to increase your chance of becoming one of this year’s winners.

The results* are revealed in our June publications and the winners will be honored at the annual Best of Party on Thursday, June 23rd featuring awards, music, and delicious samples from the best of the best!

*What’s Up? Publishing reserves the right to eliminate the least-voted categories, as needed, in the final published results.

Wanna campaign for votes? Find more information here… READ MORE 

Save the Date and Get Your Tickets for Special Events Presented by What’s Up? Media!

Join us Friday February 26, 2016 at Loews Annapolis Hotel from 6-9 p.m. for The Look 2016: What’s Up? Media’s 3rd Annual Beauty & Wellness Event

What's Up? wants to spoil you with a well-deserved night that is all about you. This event is the perfect ladies' night out, a perfect way to unwind from the long work week, and a perfect start to achieving your desired "look" for the spring season. Enjoy three solid hours of being pampered with spa treatments, getting your hair, makeup, and nails done right on the spot, listening to professional speakers, engaging in conversation with the experts, and shopping your heart out with our retail vendors. There will also be complimentary champagne and snacks for attendees. Check out some pictures from our last event here!

A Night of Pampering You Deserve
Yes, it is about time you let someone else do the pampering. This event will offer quality and complimentary services and treatments all night long. Check back soon for more details on special activities and full vendor list.

Online: $15 per ticket
At the Door: $18 per ticket
Parking on site is $6 for valet or $3 for self-parking
Purchase tickets now online or call 410 266-6287. Tickets are selling fast! Here is more information.

You’re invited to a memorable holiday family fun event! What’s Up? Media presents our Easter Tea on Saturday, March 26th at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

Celebrate the season with a light lunch and performance from Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Get photos with the Easter Bunny by a professional photographer and enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt. The fun starts at 10 a.m. Tickets are $55 for adults and $45 for children. Seating is limited. When purchasing tickets online or by phone, please place seating requests at that time. For more information call 410-266-6287 or visit

Stay tuned next week as What's Up? has some exciting announcements that are winning!

To view more events subscribe to the Events E-Newsletter at And remember, tons of fun events are always on our Online Calendar at Melissa Lauren, Community Events Editor and former WRNR and WTMD DJ, writes the weekly What’s Up? Events Blog and E-Newsletter every Thursday. For coverage of your community event, please send press releases to Be sure to Follow What’s Up? on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook.