July 16, 2008|By Ariane Szu-Tu

BASTILLE DAY : French restaurant Elkridge Furnace Inn hosts its seventh annual Bastille Day celebration, including live music by jazz band Lovecraft, a silent auction of gourmet gift baskets, and food. Proceeds from the event go to Johns Hopkins Children's Pediatric Trauma Service and team, which help about 1,000 critically injured children every year. Join chef Daniel Wecker from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 25 at the inn, 5745 Furnace Ave., Elkridge. $50 in advance; $60 at the door. Call 410-379-4336 or visit

SUMMER FRUIT AND VEGETABLES : Learn about the storage and handling of produce at 10 a.m. July 27 at the Cross Keys Williams-Sonoma store, 70 Village Square. Free. Call 410-435-6020 to sign up in advance or visit

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