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by Heather Vecchioni  | Contributing Writer Football, soccer, cheerleading and gymnastics are some of the most popular sports among youth. Unfortunately, they are also some of the most dangerous. Each year in the United States, about 2 million children and teenagers experience concussions from participating in sports—and many aren’t seen for treatment. For males, football is the leading sport for concussions but for females it’s soccer, according to an 11-year study conducted by MedStar Sports Health. Because of the prevalence of head injuries in soccer, US Soccer—the governing body for soccer in the United States—implemented new rules regarding its position…

by Christa Emmer | Contributing Writer Labor Day is a summer holiday when we celebrate the American worker and say an official goodbye to summer. According to late 1800s etiquette, we also must no longer wear white shoes, pants, dresses and handbags until Memorial Day. So why not give your whites one last spin with a Labor Day White Party? Decorating with white is easy and works in any indoor or outdoor setting. Drape tables and seating areas with white tablecloths, breaking it up with greenery from your yard or garden. Set the mood with candles, white lanterns and fairy…

Marylanders may not be in the direct path of the total solar eclipse, but our view isn’t too shabby. On Aug. 21, the Free State is afforded a partial solar eclipse with only a crescent shape of the sun peeking out. The 70-mile-wide dark shadow of the total eclipse is expected to sweep from Oregon to South Carolina, according to NASA. The countdown for Maryland’s view of the eclipse begins at 1:18 p.m., peaks at 2:42 p.m. and ends at 4:01 p.m., according to timeanddate.com. “It’s literally the difference between day and night,” said Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical…

Craft beer lovers can tour Howard County breweries and taste their exclusive beers during a one-day tour. The Howard County Brewery Tour will be held Aug. 19 and feature four hand-selected breweries, according to www.mdbrewerytours.com. The bus tour that begins and ends at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia will take enthusiasts to Manor Hill Brewing in Ellicott City, Black Flag Brewing Company and Frisco Tap House in Columbia, and Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel. Each patron receives a custom-made Howard On Tap pint glass. The visits at each brewery last about one hour for a tour totaling around five hours.…

Arousing a child’s curiosity about science can be a challenge, especially during the summer, but a new partnership offers fun activities to inspire and engage them. Lands’ End, Steve Spangler Science and Brightly, of Penguin Random House, are working together to provide do-it-yourself science experiments, book recommendations, an art contest and exclusive T-shirts on Thursdays through Aug. 31. Parents and children can log on to Landsend.com/LoveLearning. “I’m excited to share some of my favorite DIY experiments families can do at home this summer as part of the #LoveLearning campaign,” said Steve Spangler, Emmy award-winning television host and science education expert,…

Summer road trips can provide lasting memories. The maker of Pocky, delicious chocolate-covered pretzel sticks, is holding the Sweetly Offbeat Summer Road Trip photo contest inspired by these annual adventures. The contest is being held through Aug. 14. “This campaign makes perfect sense for our fans because they love discovering new things. We’re giving them a fun reason to include Pocky and share their travel adventures with the world,” said Akitoshi Oku, president of Ezaki Glico USA, in a news release. Those who wish to participate and compete for Pocky Swag Bags can share their best images on Instagram, Twitter…

by Heather Vecchioni | Contributing Writer The blue crab: a Maryland delicacy that is easy to eat but potentially difficult to catch. The good news is, if you have a hunkering for the delicious treat you can visit your local crab house to satisfy your craving. However, if you want to take matters into your own hands, you can attempt to catch the crustaceans on your own. Just like in real estate, the most important aspect of crabbing is location, location, location. Finding the perfect place in which to crab can make all the difference between a successful day and…

by Christa Emmer | Contributing Writer Fourth of July weekend is time for food, fun and friends. If you’re spending your holiday outside, you’ll definitely be in need of refreshment and watermelons are thirst-quenching and inexpensive. Here are two watermelon cocktail recipes—one for adults and one for children—that are sure to please. Just to make things easy, both recipes can be made with a simple muddler, a bartender’s tool that smashes and mixes ingredients. No blender or electricity required! Watermelon Crush 2 ounces Ménage à Trois Vodka, chilled 3-4 pieces watermelon, rind removed 1/2 ounce hibiscus syrup, see below 3/4…

by Therese Umerlik and Christa Emmer Looking for something to do this Fourth of July? There’s no shortage of activities in the area. Chesapeake Beach Firework’s Over the Bay. Featuring band Split 2nd, festivities and fireworks at dusk. July 2. 5-9 p.m. Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, 4165 Mears Ave. Rain date is July 3. Fireworks Cruise aboard the Miss Lizzy. July 2. 8-10 p.m. Departs from the Rod ‘N’ Reel dock, Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, 4165 Mears Ave. Cockeysville The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Music and Fireworks Extravaganza. Featuring performances of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and…

by Heather Vecchioni | Contributing Writer You might be a Marylander if your first thought when the temperatures rise and the days become longer is crabs. Smothered in Old Bay or other seasoning of your choice, steamed blue crabs are a must-have for parties, weekends and basically, any time or day of the week. Most Marylanders and seafood aficionados agree that blue crabs are far superior to other types. The meat’s sweet taste and soft texture sets them apart from other species of crabs. Their unique flavor is likely due to the different seasons the crabs experience in the Chesapeake…

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