The Week


News from around the Baltimore region

August 15, 2005



Baltimore's City Council is expected to vote today on a plan to build a publicly funded convention center hotel. The $305 million project withstood its first political test Aug. 1 when the council, meeting as a committee of the whole, narrowly passed the bill, 8-7. If the project is approved at today's council meeting, it would still take one more round of voting for the hotel to proceed. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at City Hall.


Aberdeen's free summer concert series continues with a blues and jazz performance by Barbara Martin from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Festival Park. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the multipurpose room at Aberdeen Middle School. Information: 410-939-6767.


The Unified Jazz Ensemble will perform as part of Columbia Association's Lakefront Concerts from noon to 2 p.m. at Lake Kittamaqundi in Town Center, Columbia. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-715-3120.

Comcast and Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will present Pan American Rhythm Project in a concert of Latin music at 7 p.m. at Centennial Park South. Take a blanket or lawn chair and picnic, or buy food at the park's concession stand. The concert is free; a $3 donation will be collected for parking.


Baltimore Councilman Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. is holding a back-to-school party from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue Market at Pennsylvania Avenue and Laurens Street. Students can obtain immunizations from the Baltimore Health Department, and organizers are asking volunteers to donate school supplies and book bags. More than 500 children attended the event last year.

The Annapolis Gallery Association will hold its 15th annual Annapolis Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, with 20 downtown galleries offering exhibits, artist demonstrations and refreshments. Musicians will perform in the area. Visitors can park at the Hillman Garage or Gotts Court Garage. For gallery maps and details about the walk, visit, or call 410-267-7077.


The German Heritage Festival starts today and runs through Sunday at Carroll Park at Washington Boulevard and Monroe Street. There is an admission fee, along with authentic music, dancing and foods, bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerbraten, dumplings, strudel and German beer. There also will be children's games and crafts. For more information, call 410-522-4144.


The Belmont Summer Concert Series, to benefit Howard Community College's new Peter & Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, will continue with a concert by Bridgeway Community Church Gospel Choir at Belmont Conference Center in Elkridge. Tickets are $30 and include the concert and a picnic-style dinner.

The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is holding a Catfish Derby from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants can use their own gear and bait, or borrow a cane pole and buy bait from organizers. Those fishing may catch and release or take the fish home. Bring your own stringers or buckets. It is open to all ages, and there are prizes for children. Regular admission for entry, plus fishing fee of $2 per person. The preserve is off U.S. 15, north of Interstate-70 near Frederick.


A Korean Soccer Tournament will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Herring Run Park at 3700 Harford Road in Baltimore. Games will be held on fields 1, 4 and 5.

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