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There are some terrific things to do around town, we'll share some of them here and remember you can add events to our calendar.

It's Time Again for the Friday Events Roundup!

Yes, today is April Fool's Day, but here are three 100% real events that you can attend this weekend: For the KidsSee Goin' Monkey at Academy Art MuseumKids have energy. What better way to wear them out than by taking them to see this interactive musical. It includes singalong songs and lots of jumping, dancing and learning opportunities. High energy adults will love it too. The show takes place on Saturday at 10 at Academy Art Museum in Easton. For the GrownupsLearn about an Innovative ProgramEver heard of Shakespeare Behind Bars? Me neither, but now that I'm reading about it it sounds interesting. The Founder and Producing Director of the program, which helps prison inmates develop life skills by rehearsing and performing Shakespeare will host a talk at Oliver's Carriage House in Columbia at 7 p.m. tonight. It's always great to learn something new. For the Whole FamilyCheck Out Chestertown First FridayIf you're free tonight and you'll be on the Shore, check out first Friday in Chestertown from 5 to 8. Events include the Artworks Fiber Show Opening and the American Cancer Society Realy for Life Kick-Off Party. You can find out more on Chestertown's website, or just head downtown and see what's going on. Have a great weekend and don't fall for any pranks!

Life's a Bowl of Cherry (Blossoms)

Have you made it out to the Cherry Blossom Festival yet? What better way to celebrate the (sort of) arrival of spring then by checking out the infamous trees on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C.? I'll be there on Sunday at the crack of dawn getting ready to run 10 miles, but you can show up later and still enjoy lots of events throughout the day. Or, show up early and avoid the crowds, and you can get a glimpse of the elite athletes in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run finishing way before everybody else. Late risers can enjoy a fireworks show at Waterfront Park at 8:30 p.m., and if they show up earlier, they'll be treated to over seven hours of music, family friendly activities, and of course, food and drink available for purchase. None of these events your cup of tea? Don't worry. There are lots more. go to to see the entire schedule.

Sometimes, Life Is Fair

One of the great things about the weather getting warmer; well, in theory, is that fair season comes upon us. We can buy lots of fried food, go on rides that can be moved via a truck trailer, and play games to win stuffed animals we don't really need. One of the first fairs to head our way this time is the Laurel Fair, which will be at the Laurel Park Racetrack for three weekends in April: the 15-17; the 22-14; and the 29-May 1. The rides have names that sound both awesome and scary, like the Ring of Fire, the Orbiter, and of course, Alpine Bobs. Can't wait. Find out more by calling 631-920-2738.

Channel Your Inner Ninja

Even though it's still March, it's time to start making plans for the spring holidays, especially if you want to get in at one of the prime brunch spots. I recently came across an event that I'd really like to attend. I always loved Easter egg hunts when I was a kid, and I was somewhat disappointed when I got too old to enjoy them. Leave it to the Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Department to bring the magic back. It's sponsoring an Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt at Night on April 16th at 8 p.m. in Truxton Park in Annapolis. Instead of the eggs being filled with children's toys and candies, they'll have prizes and gift certificates inside. Some will be worth more than $50. If you'd like to go, don't forget your flashlight. It is at night, after all. The cost is $10, and registration in advance is requested. The easiest way is to sign up online.

Welcome, Spring? Friday Events Roundup

So much for spring, huh? Apparently it's going to snow. However, don't let that spoil the fun. There are several indoor events you can attend. For the Kids ...Baysox Family FunfestOkay, so this event isn't exactly indoors, but you will have a roof over your head. It takes place at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. With all the activities going on, like rides, inflatables, games and music, your kids won't even notice that it's not 70 degrees outside. This is your first chance to buy your Baysox tickets to get ready for opening day on April 14th.For the Grown-ups ...Licorice, Gumdrops, and Love for LucaThree-year-old Luca is just one of the kids currently battling cancer. Help him and others by attending a cocktail soiree at the Old South Country Club in Lothian on Saturday from 6 to 9. Each $100 ticket includes beer and wine, hors d'ouevres, and admission to the silent auction. Plus, there will be lots of candy available for the asking. For the Whole Family ...Second Annual Heritage StrideCelebrate Maryland's heritage with fun, informative stories. Learn about the hidden gems of Annapolis during a 1-mile stroll that begins at the Head of City Dock near the Alex Haley Statue at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. This event is free and it's good exercise for both the body and the mind. Remember, the snow doesn't arrive until Sunday.  

Blue Man Group Review

Unique, funny, and thought-provoking barely sums up experiencing the captivating and critically acclaimed Blue Man Group, which is currently touring for a limited time in Washington, D.C. at Warner Theatre.

Is It Fall Yet? or a Day at Terrapin Adventures

After blogging about Terrapin Adventures a couple week ago, I felt the urge to experience it for myself, so I somehow convinced my little brother to tag along with me to the Beer and Fear event last Saturday. Of course, the fear portion took place first, since the rules strictly forbade attempting any of the challenge events while tipsy. My brother and I arrived at Terrapin Adventures, which is conveniently located right next to the Historic Savage Mill mall in Savage, and we're immediately suited up in our helmets and harnesses -- well, after signing a form saying we wouldn't sue if we plummeted ... okay, moving on. It's worth noting that everything is done with safety in mind. We were not even allowed to climb a ladder without being clipped onto a rope with a carabiner. The first rule we were taught, in fact, was "never unclip," meaning the only person allowed to unhook you was a person that works at the establishment. No reason to be a hero here.First, we headed to the high ropes course.And when I say high, I mean high. It actually has three levels to it. The first obstacle was simply crossing a wire while holding on to a wire overhead. It was easier for my brother, who is 6' 4", but not so simple for me, a good foot shorter than that. Somehow, I made it across and was greeted by a couple easier obstacles. Yay! These were a kind of rope bridge and a log that you could simply walk across quickly, as long as you didn't look down. Then, it was time to climb up to the next level, a good 10 feet higher up, if I had to guess. The first obstacle on this level was the extreme torture cargo net. You had to climb across it sideways. The guide told us to stay near the top of the net, since that would be the easiest way to get across. Of course, I immediately lose my footing and end up near the bottom. I would like to credit my kickboxing instructor and his insistence on copious numbers of push-ups for my being able to complete this one. After completing two levels of the ropes course (we didn't have time for the ominous looking level three -- higher up still), my brother and I headed for the giant swing. It reminded me a bit of the Skycoaster at King's Dominion, although it wasn't quite as high and you didn't have to wear a complete jumpsuit, just the good old helmet and harness. I let my brother pull the rope, and if you go, remember that you have to pull it hard. If not, you may slip off of the swing a bit, and your sister might laugh at you. Just saying.Anyway, it's a huge adrenaline rush dropping from that height, especially when your line catches you and you drift back in the other direction at high speed. Finally, I got to try the zipline. It included another wire crossing that was not too shorter person friendly to arrive at the zipline, but it was totally worth it. (a) it required no athletic ability for those who were already tired and sore, aka, me. (b) it was scary jumping off the platform to "take off," but it's amazing whizzing across the sky. After trying the zipline again, backwards, it was time to retreat to the Rams Head for beer. We were given a sampler and then a pint of the brew we chose as our favorite. Dinner was also included; a great way to finish the day. I also had the chance to drag my brother around the mall, shopping for art, ice cream and of course, books. This part isn't mandatory though. If you'd like to attend Beer and Fear, I was told that they hold the event at least once a month. Check out the event calendar at

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Reduce, Reuse, ReStore

Planning on doing some home improvements this spring? The costs of all that paint, and primer and putty can surely add up. It's enough to make you use that as an excuse to just take a nap instead. Until now. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Easton is opening back up, selling new and used home improvement goods for a lot cheaper than retail. To celebrate, there's going to be a Grand Opening Party this Saturday with live music, and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Come check it out and stop putting off that project.



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