Another season of music by the bay is ready to kick off this weekend at Downs Park. But it didn't always look that way.
A few months ago, Bayside Concert Series organizers didn't have enough cash. But community residents and music lovers staged a benefit spaghetti dinner at Cookies Kitchen on Mountain Road to raise money for the series.
This year's schedule lists 20 concerts, spanning a range of musical interests, including jazz, rock 'n' roll, big band, patriotic, gospel and non-traditional Irish.
Pop acoustic performer Pete Kennedy will be the first artist in this season's series. The concert will start at 5 p.m. Sunday.
All performances are free, but there is a park entrance fee of $4 per vehicle for county residents and $6 for non-residents. The Bayside Amphitheater provides lawn seating, so don't forget to bring a blanket or chair.
The park prohibits bike riding, pets, skateboarding, roller skating and alcoholic beverages in the concert area.
A complete list of performers is available at the park, or call the Events hot line at 222-6239.
A coffee house featuring the talents of several local performers will take place at 7 p.m. tonight in the Magothy United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 3703 Mountain Road.
"We hope to provide a place for people in the community to go where they can relax, talk, maybe snack on some munchies and listen to live music in an atmosphere that's good for the whole family," said the Rev. David Wentz, pastor. Admission is free. Snacks, soft drinks and coffee will be available.
Start the holiday by taking a break from kitchen duties with breakfast at Magothy Chelsea Community Lutheran Church, 3rd Street and Beach Avenue in the Chelsea Beach area of Pasadena. The Ladies' Guild will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. tomorrow.
The menu will feature eggs,sausage, cream chipped beef, french toast, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juice. The cost is $3.50 for adults, $2 for children ages 5 to 12. Youngsters under 5 are free. Proceeds will benefit the church.
The Pasadena Assembly of God, 206 Pleasantview Ave., will play host to a performance of the Couriers during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service.
The Rev. Philip Foster invites the community to attend.
Hitting the books really paid off for the Chesapeake Bay Middle School's Student Literacy Corps. More than 150 students raised $2,412.58 during the annual Read-A-Thon from March 10-13. The SLC will use the cash to underwrite reading projects.
The students collected sponsors and read books during activity periods and after school.
Top money-raisers were Glen Anstead, who collected $90.50 from 18 sponsors, and Robert Davis, who garnered $78 from six sponsors. Pam Weibe and Jason VanBrackle were honored for collecting 10 sponsors each. These four students each received an autographed book by Richard Peck, noted author of teen fiction.
All Read-A-Thon participants who turned in their pledges attended a book fair and selected books that were donated in their names to the school's media center. Readers also were invited on a mystery field trip last week during school hours. Their destination was a short hike to Chesapeake High School, where they enjoyed a preview performance of the musical "Plain and Fancy."
While SLC club members have enjoyed another successful reading year, they're not resting just yet. They're hard at work planning the upcoming CBMS summer reading program, which will begin in a few weeks.
The Northeast High School Chapter of the National Honor Society recently announced its slate of officers for the 1992-1993 school year.
They are Amanda Cody, president; George Buch, vice president; Jodi Brown, secretary; Jeremy Funk, treasurer; Ben Schnutt, historian; Chris Kelly, parliamentarian; and Jennifer Barrett, social liaison.
Chapter members have been involved in a range of service activities throughout the year, including tutoring students, volunteering for the Riviera Beach May Day events and helping with the PTSA-sponsored careers night.
NHS members also have been raising money for the college scholarship fund, and underclassmen will serve as ushers at the graduation ceremonies.
Three Northeast seniors -- Matt Sexton, Ernest Levroney and Ebony Simmons -- received letters of academic excellence for maintaining at least a 3.5 grade- point average for seven semesters.
They're off and crawling this morning at St. Jane Frances School. Kindergarten students through eighth-graders have brought in their favorite turtles for the annual Turtle Race.
Heats will begin at 9:50 a.m. in the school parking lot. The winners from each home room will advance to the finals at 12:30 p.m.
Parents and students are invited.