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July 2017

Fame and fortune could be yours at the National Oyster Cook-off

Can you create an oyster recipe worth $1,300?          Suit the taste of this year’s judges at the 38th Annual National Oyster Cook-off, and that grand prize will be yours.     Last year, Tammy Davis of Chesapeake Beach earned all that money and enduring culinary fame for her Coconut Curry Oyster Soup.

It’s not all peanuts and mints for the Naval Academy’s Bill the Goat

The Naval Academy’s mascot is a fighting goat. That goat’s name is Bill, after a pet kept by the first president of the Naval Academy Athletic Association. The emblematic mascot is fashioned after the actual animal as embodied over the years by more than 37 goats. The first goat was only a skin, the remainder of a loved ship goat, and worn by naval officers as they danced for the crowd during halftime.

In one of its many lives, it was the cool place to be

Millersville resident Joe Campbell and his high school buddies have fond memories of the former Harundale Mall in Glen Burnie, touted as the first enclosed mall on the East Coast.     “It was the go-to place on the weekends,” says Campbell, now 66 and the owner of a driving school. “We’d head straight for the soda fountain at G.C. Murphy’s five and dime store for ice cream sodas and 50-cent subs.”

Your old books benefit local libraries

Finding a taker for old books can be a challenge. Anne Arundel County Public Library now offers a solution.     Novels, children’s books, fiction, nonfiction, hardback, paperback, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks are all given new life after you donate them at the Discover Books blue collection bins at all county library branches.     Your books will be resold, redistributed or recycled by charitable organizations. Your library also makes a bit of profit.

Open Mike at Metro

What’s Dope networking event for hip-hop and spoken word artists. 8pm, Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, Annapolis, $5: www.missiontix.com.

The Four Tops Rock the Dock

7-9:30pm, Chesapeake Beach Resort, $45-$76, rsvp: www.cbresortspa.com.

Simon Spaulding in Concert

Hear this musical historian, maritime interpreter and instrumentalist; part of the Road Scholar Series; wine and beer sold. 7-9pm, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, $10: www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Writers by the Bay

Writers and would-be writers join for critique and camaraderie; Peter E. Abresch moderates. 7-8:30pm, Calvert Library, Prince Frederick, free: 410-535-0291. 

Shady Side National Night Out

Join neighbors for food and socializing, plus demos by the Anne Arundel Police. 6-9pm, Lula Scott Community Center, Shady Side, free: 410-867-3034.

Calvert National Night Out

Enjoy food and games, tour displays and visit the mobile health center. 6-8pm, Harriet Brown Community Center, Prince Frederick, free: 410-414-8300.