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 by Fronda Cohen

Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences

This summer, Baltimore County is alive with the sounds of music.  These concerts have the best price of all: under $5.  Most are free! Outdoors with a family picnic or indoors out of the heat, here are just a few of this summer’s free concerts in Baltimore County. As always, check the venue before you head out.

Lurman Woodland Concerts

From New Orleans Jazz to reggae to the golden age of rock and roll, free outdoor concerts every

Saturday and Sunday 6:00-8:00 p.m. until August 26.

For more information, click here.

Towson’s Feet on the Street Block Parties

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for free live music, children’s activities and food. Every Friday night, 6:00-9:30 p.m., Allegheny Avenue in Towson

For more information, click here.

Charlestown Performing Arts

This August, enjoy early American music, the U.S. Naval Academy Band, and Harbor City Music Company.  Sundays at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Charlestown.

For more information, click here.



County Students

by Kevin Kamenetz

Baltimore County Executive

It’s the first week of summer vacation for students and teachers all across Baltimore County.  Listen carefully and you can almost hear the collective sigh.  For the first time in months, our teachers and administrators can wake up without having to gulp that cup of coffee and get to school for last minute preparations before the students arrive.   On behalf of everyone in Baltimore County, particularly those of us who still have children in school—thank you for another great year!

It is so easy to forget that administrators and teachers arrive at school long before many of us have had our Cheerios.  The day becomes a blur with one lesson leading to another, hall and cafeteria duties, team meetings, and planning for the next day along the way.   And don’t forget the after-school tutoring sessions.  After dinner when most of us hope to catch our breath and settle in to read a book or watch our favorite television show, the teachers are back at it—fine tuning lesson plans and grading papers.  There is no down time.   They fall into bed and start again bright and early the next morning.

So if anyone has earned some time off this summer it is the administrators, teachers, and staff members in our schools.  I hope that they take satisfaction from a job well done, while finding some time to relax on a beach, tube along the Gunpowder, or take a walk along a country path.  When you see a teacher, administrator, or other school staff member this summer, please thank them for all that they do.  As for my fellow parents, hang in there.  It will be September before you know it.


by Sneaks the Cat

I can haz Summer Reading Club?

You know, we cats don't really talk like that. It's a common misconception, but as you can see, I have excellent diction and reading skill. I have the Baltimore County Public Library's Summer Reading Club to thank for that.

Speaking of the Summer Reading Club, this year's theme is "Dream Big, Read!" for preschool and elementary school-age children, and "Own the Night" for kiddos middle-school-age and older. Both programs will be exploring the nocturnal world, and I have to admit I'm pretty excited seeing as how I'm a bit of a night owl myself. Why waste that fantastic night vision by sleeping all night? Besides, I'm much rather catch a cat nap in a nice warm patch of sunlight. I'm getting drowsy just thinking about it.

Where was I? Ah, yes, Summer Reading Club's ultimate aim is to prevent "summer reading loss," which occurs when students fail to read over the summer to bolster the reading skills they've acquired over the past school year. Reading just four to five books over the summer months can contribute significantly to the retention of reading ability necessary to advance in the following academic year.

As they read, Club members fill out a game board. As they complete their boards, kids can pick up great prizes like glow-in-the-dark glasses and fiber-optic toys. Teens can enter to win prizes such as an iPod Touch, iPod Shuffle, Kindle Fire, a Hunger Games book bundle, gift cards, and even mystery prizes. I wanted a ball of yarn, but I was outvoted.

Children who are not yet old enough to read can still participate. The Read-to-Me Summer Reading Club is for ages birth to 5. High school students and adults can join the fun, too, by following along with BCPL's Goodreads group and entering to win prizes.

While the Summer Reading Club has been going on for quite a while, I joined the team in 1986. That's 26 years! Wow, time flies when you've got 9 lives. I was wearing Jams shorts back then, but hey, we've all got embarrassing photos from the 80s, right?

In a little over two decades, we've grown the program from 3,522 students to 45,971 last year. I've gone on safaris, traveled to the Middle Ages, and even launched into outer space. One year they even wrapped me up like a mummy for a trip to Egypt. It's been a blast!

Club materials will be available at branches beginning June 11. You can pre-register now by signing up at your local library or at www.bcpl.net/summerreading. Read books; win prizes!


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