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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.

"Periphery," the latest from Bob Sima

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Can't Get Enough St. Patty's Day?

Before you know it, all of the excitement will be over. No more revelers decked out in green, no more Guinness flowing from every tap, no more Irish music and dancing, no more celebrating your Irish heritage whether or not it actually applies to you. But wait; what's that on the horizon? It's the Annapolis Irish Festival! It's coming our way this July -- on the 9th to be exact, to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds to be more exact. The festival promises Irish step dancers, Irish foods, pipe and drum corps, traditional Celtic music, workshops, and lots more. And it's a fundraiser for Hospice of the Chesapeake. Enjoy yourself tonight, and don't despair. Every day is a holiday in Annapolis.

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot

It's about 100 degrees in the office today, which got me thinking about warm weather, which got me thinking about: Austin Grill! I started to wonder if they have any events going on at the relatively new location in the Westfield in Annapolis. (For those of you who don't know, the Westfield is the massive indoor mall right off of West Street.) So, I took a trip to the Austin Grill website and discovered that I was in luck. Every Tuesday night there is a Showcase of Original Music, or SOMA for short. Next Tuesday's performers will be local acoustic guitarists Meg Murray and Bryan Ewald, plus the Frederick-based Carousel Rogues. Show starts at 7. Grab your Diet Coke or Margarita and enjoy.

Green Looks Good on You

When most people think of green this week, they are probably thinking of St. Patrick's Day. After all, they are turning the entire Chicago River this shade in celebration. But more locally, there is a different kind of green event that is soon to occur: the Green Expo at the River Trace Baptist Church this Saturday. Focusing on the planet friendly type of green, this event will highlight environmental issues and help attendees learn how to live more sustainably. You can also pick up a native tree to plant in your yard and grab some home products that you don't have to lock away from your children or household pets. Best of all, it's free. Way to save some green there.

Fleet Feet St. Patrick's Day Fun Run

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Although a lot of St. Patrick’s Day events took place this past weekend, it’s important to note that the big day is still coming up this Thursday. If you’re not one for drinking green beer, or you just want to get some exercise in first, think about attending the Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run, which starts at Fleet Feet on Sixth Street at 6 p.m. The run is free, but Fleet Feet would appreciate if you’d make a small donation towards cancer research. There will be snacks, beverages, and raffles at the end of the event, plus you could score a tech t-shirt if you get there early. Call 410-268-6290 to RSVP.

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Ready to Roll (Eggs)

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 On this day, as the city of Annapolis gets prepared to flood, just remind yourself that it’s almost springtime, which means you should get ready for, well, a lot more rain. You can also look forward to a multitude of spring events centered around the April holidays. For example, today marks the opening of the lottery for tickets to the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn. Tickets are free, but spots are limited, so you must be one of the lucky few to get selected in a random drawing. This event has been taking place in the same location since 1878, with only a few cancellations – for weather and for World Wars I and II. Prior to 1878, local children would visit the lawn of the Capitol Building to play and picnic, and to roll their hardboiled eggs on the lawn. Congressional officials said “get off my lawn!” in a big way, passing an order forbidding kids from playing on the building’s grounds. That’s when President Rutherford B. Hayes said, “Fine. You all can come to my backyard instead.” Thus a tradition was born. Over the years, this event has gotten bigger and bigger. Last’s year’s featured not only the traditional egg roll but also appearances by celebrities like JK Rowling, Reese Witherspoon, NFL players, the infamous Justin Bieber – and, of course, the Obama family. The focus was on healthy and active living, with sports activities, like basketball, hula hooping and even yoga. The 2011 Egg Roll is expected to be similar to last year’s, with the theme “Get Up and Go!” No word yet on if Bieber will make a reappearance. The event is designed for children 12 and under. You only have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday to enter the lottery. Do so now at the National Parks website.

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I'm Not Irish, but I'm Sleepy

When I tell people about my job as Events Editor, a lot of them get jealous. After all, what could be better than going to benefits, plays, and even weekends away and getting paid to write about it? What they don't understand is that attending events, although fun, takes time. It also takes a functional vehicle, of which the status of mine is debatable at this point, and it takes caffeine, a lot of caffeine.The city never sleeps, after all, and neither does the well-traveled journalist.Luckily, I've discovered an event that combines two very good things: a short drive from my condo and caffeine. This event would be the 2011 Irish Coffee Contest at O'Brien's Oyster Bar on Main Street in Annapolis. Beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, you can see local bartenders show off their mixology prowess, competing for $250 cash and other prizes.WRNR Radio will be on hand to keep the event lively, and all the proceeds go to Save the Coconuts, which supports breast cancer research. Check out this week's E-vents Newsletter for more details on the organization.Cheers and Java to all.

Playing Sleuth at Murder Mystery Weekend

My sister and I decided to spend a quiet Friday and Saturday night at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, but while we were there, a murder occurred; make that three murders to be exact. Lucky for us, a detective just “happened” to be on the scene: the honorable Rocco Decarlo from New Jersey. He was astute enough to tell us that the first victim, Mary De Guzman, died from the loss of a pulse, “one of the leading causes of death.” We later learned that Mary was poisoned with cyanide, and that she was the widow of millionaire fraudster Michael de Guzman, who may or may not still be alive. Four other “friends” of de Guzman also were “coincidentally” staying at the resort that weekend. Two of them would later end up dead. Before you start questioning the safety of the small town of Chesapeake Beach, take a look at the events calendar on the resort’s website. You will notice that it was murder mystery weekend, an event that the resort holds about four times a year. Along with my sister and me, about 80 other guests were tasked with the job of determining who the murderer(s) were and why they did it. The problem was that everyone was a suspect, so it involved suspecting dozens of individuals, from the people you sat with at dinner to the person who politely held the door for you when you brought in your luggage. During this all inclusive weekend, we had lots of chances for interaction, including two cocktail parties, two dinners and one lunch set up just for the murder mystery group. While Rocco was helpful with feeding us clues, and also with teaching us how to speak like an extra from Jersey Shore, we gathered a lot of the information we needed simply by chatting with the other guests. We were given a list of questions to start with, such as “Is that your real hair color?” “Do you think Elvis is still alive?” and the always innocuous “Have you ever killed anyone?” This served as a good ice breaker, and I got to know some very interesting people as a result. The most popular answer to the third question was “not that I know of,” which I found slightly disturbing. It was interesting to note that our group included several retired police officers, as well as a forensic chemist. Talk about an unfair advantage. I can’t say I was even close to figuring out the mystery. All the people I suspected to be actors pretty much from the get-go were actually 30-somethings out for their annual girls’ night. Of course, I did not realize this until Saturday at dinner. However, I did get some of the answers by casually hanging out at the bar late Saturday night and paying a visit to the business center, where a crowd was busily Googling Michael de Guzman. While there was a prize for getting the correct answer, the atmosphere wasn’t overly competitive, mostly because a lot of us had no clue what was going on. My sister and I did have a reasonable excuse. We actually missed two out of the three murders. The first occurred on Friday at the cocktail party, which we arrived late to because we were putting our bags in our room. The second occurred during lunch on Saturday, while we were in the spa getting pedicures – which I highly recommend. Of course, our walking in the door right after the action happened immediately made us suspects, so we decided to milk it, practicing our shifty gazes. And it just so happened that I was looking to talk to Adrian, who turned out to be public enemy number 1, during Saturday’s cocktail party. I followed him out of the dining room into the lobby, but he disappeared. Five minutes later, he staggers back in, stabbed in the chest. I end up walking in immediately before he does. Interesting. In the end, my sister and I decided to go for the prize for the most hilarious answer. Our one page essay which involved Charlie Sheen was beat out by a five-page essay about how Mary was after some pricey plastic surgery, so she was hunting her "dead" husband down for money to pay for it. We were all amused during the big reveal on Sunday morning when Adrian’s girlfriend Elaine gave an over the top performance of wailing and crying as the grieving girlfriend widow, finally sating herself by wearing a decorative handkerchief on her head. While there was a real run for the money on funniest answer, only four people got the answer to the case completely correct and explained in detail. I was not one of these people. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks, Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, for a thoroughly entertaining weekend. I’m looking forward to the next murder mystery event, set to take place in November.



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