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.
During a recent doctor visit, I made the unfortunate discovery that I put on about ten pounds of what I’ll call “cake, ice cream and beer” weight over the winter months. Though I’m not the typical girly girl, I do have my insecurities about the looming bikini season. This got me thinking that on top of hashing, I should do some workouts that don’t involve a happy hour afterwards, especially since I have a 10-mile run coming up in almost exactly 30 days. It also got me thinking about some fitness events that are coming up this weekend in Annapolis and on the Shore. For the Somewhat Motivated If you’re already jazzed about getting in shape, head to the Severna Park Community Center on Saturday from 10 to 3 for the Heartbeat for Health event. You can decide what type of exercise you wanna do by seeing yoga, Zumba, hip hop and belly dancing demonstrations. If you’re a smoker, learn how to quit – and sample healthy snacks that you can munch on instead. These are thoughtfully offered by Deliciously Nutritious. No need to register. Just show up.
For the Hardly Motivated Need a little extra push? Head to Get Movin’ 2011 at Edgewater Fitness, also on Saturday, from 8 to 1. You can attend health seminars, get screened for high blood pressure, and talk to representatives from health related organizations. If that’s not enough to get you out the door, how about free giveaways and healthy food samples?
For the Not Motivated Rather just watch other people work out and hope to lose weight vicariously? Pack up the family and spend a day at the Reach the Beach Nationals at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. You’ll be convinced once and for all that cheer leading is a sport as you see teams from around the world perform choreography and stunts to try for prize money, cars and more. It takes place Friday through Sunday, 8 to 6. If you live nearby any of these events, why not run or jog to get there? Stay healthy.
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to check out the play Beyond Therapy at Bay Theatre Company in Annapolis with the most amiable of dates: my mom. During the opening scene, I was reminded of why I never go on blind dates or answer personal ads. Bruce and Prudence, the main characters, meet at the cleverly named Restaurant Restaurant and proceed to compliment and then insult each other, generally creep the other out and finally throw glasses of water on one another. Prudence proclaims that she does not wish to have a second date because she fears that Bruce is insane. After this nightmare of an outing, they retreat to their therapists to rehash the situation privately. Bruce’s therapist, Charlotte, tells him he needs to continue to be honest and open by crying at the dinner table and proposing marriage upon first meeting. She rewards him for his openness by making her plush Snoopy doll kiss him and bark in his face. Prudence’s therapist, Stuart, advises her that she should continue to have an affair with him – and that no this will not negatively affect her treatment. The duo end up on a second date due to a strange twist of print communication. Partly responsible is the fact that Charlotte forgets which patient she’s talking to in the middle of a session. Another issue arises when Bruce’s gay lover decides to pay a visit to Charlotte, on Bruce’s recommendation, and is encouraged to express his feelings openly by shooting Charlotte and Bruce. Dating is hard, meeting that right person is hard, but it is not normally this funny; or is it? I’m sure some of you have some stories to share. Okay, I'll admit it. I have some too. Check out the play on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 20. It’s on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Take a blind date with you. It will definitely make you look better.
The fact that it’s 70 degrees outside has this editor confused. But don’t bust out the flip flops and swim trunks just yet; it won’t last. Put the sunbathing on hold and attend one of these beachy events instead.For the Kids ...Celebrate Shark DaySince it’s still too cold to get in the ocean – with the exception of for the Polar Bear Plunge, of course – why not stay dry and learn about the ocean’s awesome predators? Kids will get a chance to view shark teeth, see how the animals adapt, and more. That should keep you out of the water for a little while. This talk takes place at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater from11 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Cost is $5. Call 443-482-2300 to register.For the Grownups ...Learn about Vodka from Punk’sGrab a date and head to this mixer. Instead of mingling with socialites, you’ll be learning to make drinks. Part of the monthly beer and cocktail class series at Punk's Backyard Grill, this one focuses on vodka. The class is $30 per person, and it includes snacks and drinks. You’ll sample appetizers you won’t find on the regular Punk’s menu, and, of course, get ample tastes of the good stuff. You’ll go home with three recipes to try on your own – and a deeper knowledge of just what makes vodka special. Call 410-571-7744 to RSVP. The class is Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.For the Whole Family ...See Masterpieces in LEGOsYou may think this is a kids-only event, but I’m over 30 and I think looking at 15 famous buildings created with the ubiquitous plastic bricks is pretty awesome. These masterpieces are making an appearance at the National Building Museum in D.C. from 10 to 5 on Saturday and 11 to 5 on Sunday, thanks to the mind and fingers of architect Adam Reed Tucker. It’s $5 for admission, and kids under 4 are free. Can’t make it this weekend? You have until September 5th.
Ever feel like you have something to say, but you just don't know how to say it? That's how I feel today after a long several hours of entering events into the April calendar. But it got me thinking: there is no better way to get those creative juices flowing than by attending an open mic night. You get to see people in their own element saying -- or singing -- whatever they feel. No holds barred. Luckily, we have a venue for that: The Whiskey in Annapolis. It has an open mic night coming up on Thursday night at 9 p.m., and every subsequent Thursday for quite some time.
Last week I talked about running in the mud, but if that’s been there, done that for you, you can take it one step further. You can run in the mud while having little idea where you’re going. End your run with an after party, with good friends, good beer and – err – interesting songs, and you have the basic gist of hashing. Dubbed as “a drinking club with a running problem,” hashing groups have sprung up all around the area in recent years. There are 15 in Delmarva alone (well, if you fudge it a bit and include D.C.). And, according to the World Hash House Harriers webpage, there are over 23,000 hashers worldwide, located in over 1,200 different cities.
Here in Annapolis, we are fortunate to have the Baltimore Annapolis Hash House Harriers, also known as the BAH3. I was lucky enough to attend my first hash with them yesterday afternoon. Since I am new to hashing, I had to introduce myself to the group as a “virgin” and was asked to come to the center of the circle before the run. Everyone in the group, about 30 people, then told me their hash names. A couple of the more tame ones were “Barf Bag” and “Micro Brew.” Since I don’t have an official hash name “until I do something stupid,” I have to introduce myself as “just Kate” for now. I’m pretty well known for doing stupid things, so I know I will be official before long.
The hash leader then explained the markings on the trail that would tell us where to go: some sort of combination of arrows, and Xes and colored bottle caps – and I still have no idea how it works. I decided to simply follow everyone else and hope not to get lost. So far, so good, since I made it back to my desk today. I got to enjoy another song at the after party, and I didn’t get dinged for any “safety violations,” so I think it was a pretty good afternoon overall. I’ve been a runner for a long time, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve had so much fun at a running event. Usually, by the end of the day, I’m whining about how much my feet hurt and asking myself why I put myself through this again and again. Not after this one.
If you’re interested in hashing, the Baltimore Annapolis group meets every Sunday at 3 p.m. a different location. You can find all the details on its website. It’s also hosting a Green Dress Run on March 12 at 2 p.m. on the St. John’s College Campus. Yes, you have to wear a green dress to run in this; regardless of your gender.
Note that hash events are not family events. Your kids will definitely hear some, let’s just say, “colorful” language. Most are, however, dog friendly – since pooches rarely repeat what they hear. Don’t forget to bring dry shoes and socks and about $10 to cover the cost of beverages and snacks. Most hashes are followed by optional happy hours.
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Okay, so Valentine’s Day is really on Monday, but since nothing is quite as romantic as the first day of the workweek, you may want to show your sweetie some love over the weekend instead. Not that you shouldn’t tell those special people in your life you love them every day, of course.
For the Kids … There’s not much young kids love more than singing and dancing. And you may even find yourself tapping your toe to the preschool rock and roll that makes up Milkshake’s repertoire. Led by singer Lisa Mathews and guitarist Mikel Gehl, this Grammy – and Wammy – nominated group is known for its songcraft, stagecraft and authentic rock and roll spirit. You can catch the group at Rams Head Live on Sunday at 1 p.m.
For the Grownups … Time for a little romance? Enjoy yourselves with champagne, desserts and a little night music. While doing so, check out the Visionary Valentine exhibit at the Main Street Gallery in Cambridge. The $20 admission includes everything you need for the perfect evening of mixing and mingling. Get there at 7:30 and party till 10:30.
For the Whole Family … Share the love – of learning, that is, by taking a trip to the Carrie Weedon Science Center in Galesville. There, you can hear Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr. talk about his book, Marconi and the Birth of Wireless Communication. Remind your kids that there once was a world without cell phones, yet people still somehow found a way to talk to one another. The talk is free and it takes place from 3 to 4:30, with time to explore the museum afterwards, or during, if the youngsters get antsy.Don't forget the flowers.
Why go to a boring fitness class when you can go to a salsa party? That’s the idea behind Zumba, the mega-popular fitness class that combines upbeat Latin music with an aerobic version of dance. Well, why go to a regular Zumba class when you can go to a Zumba party? And how about raising money for the American Heart Association at the same time? That’s the idea behind the Zumbathon taking place at the General Fretterd Building in Denton this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. And whose idea was this Zumbathon? It came from the mind of Linda Socks, whom I spoke with yesterday. Socks, who teaches Zumba in the Dark, is more than excited to be hosting this event. She said, “No one has done an event like this on the Eastern Shore ... especially in Denton.” She got the idea to set up a Zumbathon because she has always wanted to do a fundraiser for a health related cause, since she suffers from a chronic medical condition herself. She also has a passion for event planning. “When I lived in Connecticut, I was the catering director for the Holiday Inn and organized all sorts of events ...which I loved. When I moved here, the same opportunity was not available, so I decided to do an event on my own,” she added. To put everything together, Socks got the go-ahead from Zumba, LLC, worked to recruit eight Zumba instructors from all around the Bay, collected 12 door prizes and procured items and supplies for two separate raffles. Sounds exhausting, and she hasn’t even started the music yet. She reminds everyone who shows up to get their dance on, whether it’s for five minutes or for the entire two hours, that they should wear red to support the cause. In fact, the person with the wildest red outfit will win a prize. So it doesn’t pay to be conservative. Admission is a $10 tax deductible contribution.
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Can't say today was one of my best ever, and my sour mood had me thinking of the opposite of love: which is, of course, anti-love. That had me wondering, as I dutifully typed in all of the upcoming romantic Valentine's Day events, what will be going on on the big day for those who are not currently coupled.
Luckily, I came across an event that fills the bill perfectly: the Cupid Is Stupid party. This celebration of sorts will take place at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Monday night, starting at 8 p.m. It's specifically for those who are looking for love in all the wrong places, or just looking for a place to have a good time and get their minds off of the whole dance.
Drink specials include "heartbreaker" shots for just $3 a pop. A live fortune teller will be in the bar from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. to tell patrons exactly what their romantic futures will bring; like it or not.