The Annapolis Jewish Festival, sponsored by Congregation Kneseth Israel, opens at noon Sunday at Hilltop and Spa roads. The festival features continuous entertainment, kosher foods, storytelling, folk dancing, arts and crafts, and rides and games for children. The entertainment includes the JSU Dance Troupe, the Zemer Orchestra, Cantor Yehoshua Redfern, Jon Simon on jazz piano and the bands Shir Delight and Lox & Vodka. Children's activities include storytelling at 1:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., and songs with Rabbi Yankov Chaitovsky at 2:15 p.m.
Admission is $2, with children under 12 free. For more information, call 263-3924.
Also next weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, is A Stitch in Time, the 12th annual quilt show sponsored by the Annapolis Quilt Guild. In addition to the display of antique and contemporary quilts, there will be demonstrations of various quilting techniques, the display and sale of quilt-related items, and the raffle of a double wedding-ring quilt. Donations of $3 will be accepted for entry.
The show is at Annapolis Senior High School on Riva Road, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 263-2089.
The Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation and Annapolis Ramada Inn are sponsoring a Bastille Day fund-raiser July 14 at the hotel on Jennifer Road.
The Rock-a-Bye Baby Bash features the Hubcaps, an oldies band. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fetal Central Monitoring System at Anne Arundel Medical Center's new Rebecca M. Clatanoff Pavilion.
The party includes a buffet and cash bar. For tickets, which are $25 a person, send your check, made out to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, to AAMC, 1605 Orchard Way, Annapolis 21401. Be sure to include your name and address and the number of tickets you are buying. Additional contributions will be accepted.
The Rebecca M. Clatanoff Pavilion is scheduled to open next year, and will house AAMC's OB/GYN care, as well as diagnostic services. For additional information, call 267-1373.
A good friend told me to plant lots of parsley, more than I could use for the kitchen, to attract butterflies. A lot more information on how to attract and identify these extraordinarily tough and delicate creatures is available in a slide show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Quiet Waters Park. Stephanie Mason, staff naturalist at the Audubon Naturalist Society, will discuss butterfly identification, life cycle, predator defenses and symbolism.
The lecture is part of the park's 1994 Environmental Lecture Series, sponsored by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Sierra Club, the Anne Arundel Bird Club, the Severn River Association, and the Friends of Quiet Waters Park.
Due to limited space in the Blue Heron Center, reservations and a $1 per person donation are requested. Park entry fees are waived.
For more information, call Quiet Waters at 222-1777.*
In a campaign to charm elementary school students with the joys of reading, the Anne Arundel County Public Library is recruiting the students' role models, middle school students, as volunteers with the Summer Reading Program, June 20-Aug. 20.
"Volunteens" are needed at Annapolis, Eastport-Annapolis Neck, and Edgewater, as well as other county branches.
Tasks can include organizing and distributing materials, registering children for the program, restocking book displays, and helping with craft projects.
For more information, as an elementary school parent or a potential Volunteen, call Library Headquarters at 222-7371.
If you have something to share, or want to invite participation in an event, give me a call at 626-0273 a couple weeks ahead of time.