What’s Going On July 18-21: Self Defense Workshop, Fish Survey, Storytime and More!

Here are a few of the events happening this coming weekend in South County. Check our Calendar of Events for a more complete listing. If you’ve got something you want added to our Calendar or “What’s Going On,” please email Mitchelle@southriversource.com or Cynthia@southriversource.com. We’re happy to add it in as quickly as our fingers can type it.

Friday, July 18

  • 10 a.m. Homestead Gardens’ Crapemyrtle Festival. Head over to Homestead Gardens for their annual Crapemyrtle Festival scheduled for Thursday, July 18 through Monday, July 21. This event features fun activities for the entire family including seminars, workshops, games and live music. This year, Homestead Gardens will feature over 40 Crapemyrtle varieties in all colors, shapes and sizes. Don’t forget to grab your Myrtle Money. It’s redeemable for special savings on thousands of items throughout the store.

Saturday, July 19

  • 10 a.m. Self Defense Workshop for High School and College Girls. Balanced Life Skills is holding a Self Defense Workshop for girls in high school or college. This is the perfect workshop for those that are headed off to college or will be in the near future.  The class will be 3 hours and will cover the following information: reminders of awareness for on and off campus;  your dating antenna; avoid being drugged;  simple effective escape techniques for wrist grabs and other common grabs and holds; avoiding those aggressive guys that you do not want touching you; focusing on target areas to escape from the really bad situations; and hurting them so they cannot follow you. The cost is $49. To register call 410-263-0050.
  • 10 a.m. Edgewater Library – Sensory storytime for children with special needs. Registration is required. Visit www.aacpl.net for additional information. The Edgewater Library is located at 25 Stepneys Lane.

    The Edgewater Library will hold

    The Edgewater Library will hold several events this week including Sensory Storytime and Toddler Time.

  • 10 a.m. Deale Community Library – Family Storytime. Families with young children will enjoy a variety of stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building early literacy skills. For children ages five and under. The library is located at 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale.
  • 10 a.m. Homestead Gardens’ Crapemyrtle Festival – day two.  Don’t miss out on this fun event.
  • 10 a.m. Volunteer Fish Survey at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Join staff naturalists for an aquatic adventure. Using a seine net, they monitor the fish populations living in streams. Volunteers willing to get wet are needed to help catch, identify and measure (and then release) fish. Wear old shoes that tie tightly and clothes that can get wet and muddy. Bring a bag lunch, change of clothes, shoes and a towel. For teens and adults, no experience necessary. Call 410-741-9330 to register. Jug Bay is located at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian.
  • 2:30 p.m. Volunteer Recruitment Day Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. This introductory workshop is designed to give potential volunteers an overview of the opportunities available at Jug Bay. The volunteer program is divided into four categories to provide something for everyone: ecological research, environmental education, stewardship, and behind-the-scenes. They specialize in working with adults and families interested in a long term commitment (1 or more years), but can also accommodate students for service learning hours and seasonal projects. All ages welcome, under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To sign up, e-mail Volunteer Coordinator Lindsay Hollister at rpholl27@aacounty.org, or call 410-741-9330. Jug Bay is located at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian.

Sunday, July 20

  • 10 a.m. Homestead Gardens’ Crapemyrtle Festival – day three.  Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks while checking out more than 40 different types of crapemyrtles.
  • 11 a.m. Kayak the Patuxent. Explore the Patuxent upstream of Jug Bay. Meet and launch at Patuxent Wetland Park and paddle to the Chris Swarth Boardwalk at the Glendening Preserve. After lunch, a short rest, and an optional hike, paddle back to the Wetland Park. Kayaks, life jackets and paddles provided. For experienced paddlers 13 years and older. Bring: water, sunscreen, hat, quick-dry clothing, snacks or lunch in waterproof bag. Register online at www.aacounty.org/recparks or call 410 222-7313. Fee: $20 per person.
  • 5-7 p.m. Summer Concert Series: D’Vibe and Conga at Historic London Town and Gardens. Enjoy a variety of music in their ornamental gardens. Bring your own blankets and chairs and a picnic to enjoy. Alcohol is not allowed to be brought on site but beer, wine, other beverages and snacks – including Bayside Bull BBQ’s pulled pork for sandwiches – will be available for sale.  Held rain or shine. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Historic London Town and Gardens is located at 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater.

Monday, July 21

  • 9:30 a.m. Toddler Time at the Edgewater LibraryChildren ages 18 to 36 months (with caring adult) enjoy a variety of developmentally-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building early literacy skills. The library is located at 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater.
  • 10 a.m. Homestead Gardens’ Crapemyrtle Festival. Last day to spend your myrtle money!

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.

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