Every Monday: TOPS Meeting
5:30-6:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.410-641-0157.
Second Monday Of Month: Ocean Pines Camera Club
7 p.m. Ocean Pines branch library. Monthly get-together to share photos, tips, programs. Group goes on a photo shoot the Saturday following meeting and hosts a hands-on workshop the last Thursday of each month. Professional and amateur photographers and new members welcome. Meets second Monday of each month.
Every Tuesday-Sept. 24: Ocean Pines Plant Clinic-Ask A Master Gardener
1-4 p.m. Ocean Pines branch library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Ocean Pines. Offered by University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service. Free. Bring bagged samples and bug or other plant problems. 410-641-5570 or email@example.com.
Every Wednesday: Delmarva Hand Dance Club Dance To Sounds of ’50s And ’60s Music
5:30-9 p.m. Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave. $5 donation per person to benefit veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. Dance lessons with Certified Hand Dance instructor Diane Engstrom on first and third Wednesdays of every month, 5-5:45 p.m. Dancing afterward until 9 p.m,. All are welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org or http://delmarvahanddancing.com. 410-208-1151.
Every Friday: Bingo Knights Of Columbus #9053
Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo at 6:30 p.m. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. Possible to win the $1,000 big jackpot each week. 410-524-7994.
First Saturday Of Month; Writers Group
10 a.m.-noon. Berlin branch, Worcester County Library. Anyone interested in writing is invited to join the group and share a story, poem or essay or just come and enjoy listening to others. This is a free activity. New members are always welcome. The group is comprised of amateur as well as professional, published writers willing to share their knowledge and offer tips on being creative with words.
Saturdays July-September, Tuesdays July-August: Low-Impact Exercise
8-9 a.m. Increase balance, flexibility and reduce stress. Free (park entrance fees in effect), donations benefit Assateague Island National Seashore. All levels welcome. Bring beach towel. Meet at North Beach parking lot shade pavilion, 6633 Bayberry Dr., Berlin. Suitable for children ages 8 and up, must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 443-614-3547.
Second And Fourth Sundays: All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast
8:30-11 a.m. Knights of Columbus #9053. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. $10 for adults; $6 for children. Eggs, bacon, sausage, creamed chipped beef, home-fried potatoes, french toast, pancakes, biscuits, orange juice, coffee. 410-524-7994.
July 20: Crab Cake Platter Pre-Order
Includes one crab cake on roll, two sides (cole slaw and bag of chips), one beverage (water or soda). Only 100 platters available. Cost: $12. Bishopville Auxiliary, Station 1, 10709 Bishopville Rd., Bishopville. Baked goods table separate. Call or text pre-orders: 443-880-6966.
July 21: Art Hansen Memorial Youth Fishing Contest
Registration: 8:30-9:30 a.m.; contest: 9-10:30 a.m. Ocean Pines Anglers Club. South Gate Pond, near Sports Core Pool, Ocean Pines. Youths should bring their own fishing rod and reel, bait will be provided. Age groups: 4-7 years, 8-11 years, 12-16 years. Trophy a-warded for biggest fish in each age group, special awards for the top three. Children younger than 4 can fish but will not be eligible for a trophy. 410-208-2855.
July 21: Clam Fritters, Barbecue
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Newark Bowen United Methodist Church. Also hot dogs, beverage and dessert table.
July 21, 24: FORGE Family Fun Nights
Food, fun, lessons. 7804 Gumboro Rd., Unit C, Pittsville. July 21: Movie Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $2 entry, free for members; July 24: Exodus Music Practice, 7-8:30 p.m., all are welcome. Drop-in hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. www.forgeyouth.org.
July 22: Annual Gospel Dinner Cabaret
4 p.m. Germantown School Community Heritage Center, 10223 Trappe Rd., Berlin. Featuring Alfreda Dennis who will entertain with praise music accompanied by a pianist. Dinner and fellowship. Tickets: $25. 410-641-0638.
July 22-July 26: Vacation Bible School
Study of St. Paul, 5:30 p.m.; dinner for families, 6-8 p.m. Bible school activities. All ages welcome. Bethany United Methodist Church, 8648 Stephen Decatur Hwy., Berlin. 410-641-2186, Bethany21811@gmail.com.
July 22: Ravens Roost 58 Crab Feast Fundraiser
All-you-can-eat crabs, steamed shrimp, fried chicken, corn, sides, draft beer, soda. Benefits local needy families during holidays. $40 in advance, $45 at door. Tickets at 28th Street Pit and Pub or call 410-289-2020 or 410-916-4006.
July 24: Seafood Night
Full menu to select from. Steamed crabs or steamed shrimp can be pre-ordered on Monday and Tuesday mornings: Call 410-524-7994 between 9 a.m. and noon. Knights of Columbus #9053, 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City.
July 27, Aug. 26, Sept. 24: Full Moon Yoga
Experience Assateague’s peaceful surroundings, clear your mind and exercise your body. Free (park entrance fees in effect), donations benefit Assateague Island National Seashore. All levels welcome. Bring beach towel, insect repellent recommended. Meet at North Beach parking lot shade pavilion, 6633 Bayberry Dr., Berlin. July 27: 8 p.m.; Aug. 26, Sept. 24: 7 p.m. 443-614-3547.
July 27, 28, 29: Annual Greek Festival
Friday-Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Greek food, pastries, live band, vendors, art, kids craft booth. Raffle. Free parking, free admission. Roland Powell Convention Center, 40th Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean Ctty. Proceeds benefit little St. George Greek Orthodox Church by the Sea operations and ministries. www.oceancitygreekfestival.com.
July 28: Barbecue Chicken Dinner
11 a.m.-until. St. Paul United Methodist Church, 405 Flower St., Berlin. Eat-in or carry-out. Half barbecue chicken and roll: $8. Sponsored by St. Paul United Methodist Church Men’s Ministry. 443-880-4746.
July 28: Gospel Concert
7 p.m. Friendship United Methodist Church, 10537 Friendship Rd., Berlin. The Friendship Men present The “Buzz” Taylor Family (Buzz, Rita, Lou, Brooks and Tammy) with Pastor Jack Savage and Pastor Ron Schatz. No tickets required. Love offering will be taken and all proceeds donated to the Darin Phillips family. 410-641-2578, email@example.com.
July 28: Barbecue Chicken
11 a.m.-until. Chicken platter includes half barbecued chicken, two sides and a roll for $9. American Legion Post 123, 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd. (next to Rite Aid), Berlin. Public welcome.
July 28: Super Bingo
Doors open at 5 p.m., early bird games at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., regular bingo starts at 7 p.m. Willards Volunteer Fire Company, at Willards Lions Club, Main Street, Willards. Pays $125 per game. Assorted food and desserts for sale. 410-835-8678.
July 28: All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Buffet
3-6 p.m. Sound United Methodist Church, Route 54, Williamsville, Del. Adults: $15; children: $8. Carry-out available. Bake sale.
Aug. 3: Star Charities Monthly Meeting
10 a.m. Ocean Pines branch library, Cathell Road. For information or to join, call 410-641-7667.
Aug. 4, 5, 7, 11, 13, 18, 24-25: FORGE Family Fun Nights
7804 Gumboro Rd., Unit C, Pittsville. Aug. 4: Karaoke Night, 6-9, free, public welcome; Aug. 5: Field trip to Sunset Park, Ocean City, members only; Aug. 7: Exodus Music Practice, 7-8:30 p.m., all welcome; Aug. 11: Quarter auction fundraising event, doors open 11 a.m., all welcome, refreshments available; Aug. 13: Teen Impact meeting, 6:30-8 p.m., open to ages 12-17; Aug. 18: Movie Night featuring Infinity Wars, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $2 entry fee; Aug. 24-25: Members-only camping trip, Shad Landing. Drop-in hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. www.forgeyouth.org.
Aug. 11: Quarter Auction Fundraiser
Noon-4 p.m. FORGE Center, 7804 Gumboro Rd., Pittsville. All proceeds benefit FORGE Youth and Family Academy. Food and drinks available for purchase. Paddles: $10 for first, $5 for each additional. Save quarters to bid on an array of items donated by the local community.
Aug. 14: Autism Awareness Conference
4-6 p.m. Captain’s Table Restaurant, 15th Street, Ocean City. Atlantic General Hospital is sponsoring this free event. Dinner will be provided, registration required. Guest speakers include Katelyn Busacca, R.D.; Maureen van Stone, Esq.; and Dr. Deepa Menon. 410-641-6820, firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration: www.atlanticgeneral.org/calendar..
Aug. 17-19: Nature Within Ancient Healing Arts Yoga And Meditation Retreat
Devote a weekend to release, receive and renew to connect to your roots, transform your inner self. Increase awareness through yoga and meditation practices surrounded by nature and the serenity of Assateague Island National Seashore. Register at www.AssateagueIsland-Alliance.org/main.sc. 443-614-3547.
Aug. 18: Walk With A Doc
9-10 a.m. Ocean Pines War Memorial, South Gate. Educate, exercise, empower. Have fun and learn at this family- and pet-friendly event. Short presentation by a doctor on a current health topic followed by a walk around the pond while you visit with others and have conversations with the doctor. 410-641-9268.
Aug. 31: Paint Berlin Artist Registration Deadline
9th Annual Paint Berlin, plein air event. Participating artists on streets, sidewalks, marshes and green spaces from Sept. 19-22 providing unique experience of seeing through their eyes while preserving the best aspects of the town and county. Registration forms available at www.worcestercountyartscouncil.org. Open to novice and experienced painters, 18 years or older, and limited to 50 artists. Cash prizes of $1,000, first place; $500, second place; $250, third place; $100, honorable mention; $100 artists’ choice award; $100, Maryland legislators award; $100, Worcester County Arts Council Board of Directors award; $100 prize for best painting in the Quick Draw competition. Visitors are invited to watch artists at work. Free. “Wet Paint” sale and exhibit Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Aug. 31: HOPE for Worcester Behavioral Health Resource Fair
Noon-4 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway, Berlin. Free and open to all. Education on substance use trends, signs and symptoms and behavioral health services. HOPE Mobile Unit will offer a walk-through simulation on how drugs can be easily hidden in a teenager’s bedroom. Must be 18 or older to enter mobile unit. Kids’ crafts, face painting. Co-sponsors: Atlantic General Hospital, Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and the HOPE House Mobile Unit on behalf of Harford County Sheriff’s Office. 410-629-6820 or email@example.com.
Sept. 15: Monarch Butterfly Ecology
Free refreshments available at 12:30 p.m. Discover the fascinating life history of these insects and what researchers are learning about their migration to and from Mexico. If conditions are favorable, adult monarchs will be tagged and released. Meet at Assateague Island Environmental Education Center, 7206 National Sea-shore Lane, Berlin. 443-614-3547.
Sept. 28-30: Assateague Nature Photography Fall Workshop
Limited to 12 participants, led by instructor Irene Sacilotto. Focus on strategies and techniques required to produce high-quality wildlife images while capturing moments in nature. Registration: www.AssateagueIslandAlliance.org/main.sc. 443-614-3547.
Oct. 13: VIP Monster Bash Costume Party
5 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Join the Star Charities volunteers for a night of fun, good food, music and prizes while helping to support wounded soldiers. B.Y.O.B. Cost: $15. Tickets: 443-896-4914 or 410-641-7667.
Oct. 20: Assateague Landscape Plein Air Workshop
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fine artist Karen McLain will focus on creating strong shapes, capturing vivid color and value of using a limited palette to express the atmosphere of Assateague. Individual instruction will be given. Registration: www.AssateagueIslandAlliance.org/main.sc. 443-614-3547.
Oct. 27-28: Painting Wild Horses From Life
9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Plein air workshop. Join Karen McLain to discover and practice techniques for painting horses quickly and fluidly from life with challenges of painting a moving subject. Includes session on photographing wild horses with Meredith Hudes-Lowder. Limited to 12. www.AssateagueIslandAlliance.org/main.sc to register. 443-614-3547.