Gather up the kids and take a break from Saturday chores to enjoy the last few local spring events before those lazy, crazy days of summer officially arrive.
Food, fun and a bargain or two can be found at the Community Gospel Church's Family Fun Fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.
The event will feature yard sale items and a bake table, plus lots of activities for youngsters, including pony rides, face-painting, clowns, games and a puppet show.
Community Gospel is located at 8223 Fort Smallwood Road. Parking is available behind the church. Rain date: June 20.
* Jenkins Memorial Church in Riviera Beach, on the corner of Jenkins Road and Riviera Drive, is sponsoring a Strawberry Festival and Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Strawberries, ice cream, hot dogs, chips and beverages will be sold. Bazaar activities will include grab bags, face-painting, raffles and a cake table.
* More berries will be available at Magothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church between 1 and 5 p.m. tomorrow as the congregation sponsors its annual Strawberry Festival.
As expected, ruby red strawberries will dominate the day's menu with freshly made pre
serves, cakes, pies, berries by the pint, strawberry punch and succulent strawberry sauce at the make-your-own ice cream sundae bar. A picnic platter, including barbecued chicken, cole slaw, a roll and a drink, will be available for $3.75.
Flea market finds and craft items will also be available.
The church is located off Magothy Beach Road on Third Street.
* All berried-out but still looking for a good meal?
Then stop by the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company hall, 7549 Solley Road, tomorrow for some "burnt offerings."
Those happy cookers will be serving open pit beef sandwiches, grilled sausages and sodas starting at 11:30 a.m.
Downs Park weekend happenings:
Beginning tonight and continuing every second and fourth Friday night of the month throughout the summer, the park will open its Chesapeake Bay shoreline to anglers from dusk to midnight.
The expanded "Fishin' 'til Midnight" program is open to anglers who register in advance. All state fishing regulations will apply.
* Tired of watching all of your hard work in the garden wilt away in the summer heat? A visit with the Plant Doctor may be just the tonic you need.
At 2 p.m. tomorrow, Diane Kowalski -- aka the Plant Doctor -- will discuss the drought-proof garden. She'll provide insight about plants, soil conditions and watering. This program will be presented at the Bayside Theatre, with lawn seating available.
* The Steve Erwin Trio will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday as the Bayside Concert Series continues at the amphitheater.
If you enjoy acoustic folk music mixed with jazz, then you'll enjoy this concert.
Admission to the concert and other weekend happenings is free, but a parking fee of $4 for county residents and $6 for others will be charged. For more details, call 222-6230.