I just want to say hello and hope my ladies had a fantastic Mother's Day weekend.

The Tri-County Maryland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is determined to bring awareness of the Arts to the Southern Maryland area. They are hosting their first ever "Literary Café" from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 18 at the Victorian Candle Bed & Breakfast, 25065 Peregrine Way, Hollywood, Md. They are planning a program that features African-American authors who will share book recitations, poetry, and Spoken Word. I think this will be such a fun event. There will be many authors tables including, yours truly Rambling Rose. Yes, I will be at this wonderful event selling and autographing my new book, African American Community, History & Entertainment in Maryland, and I also will have my first book on hand about Pennsylvania Avenue, African American Entertainment in Baltimore. Your ticket will also include a taste of Southern Maryland's finest cooking from the lavish brunch buffet. For more information, call 443-532-5099 and tell them Rambling Rose told you.

My! My! My! Jazz at The Grand, is back again with Bonneau Caprice as your hostess. She calls it "A Vocal Summit," on May 18, celebrating the legacy of Baltimore's Jazz tradition, featuring the jazz vocalists, Sheila Ford, Marianne Matheny-Katz, Eartha Lamkin, and Earl Wilson. The band is "The John Lamkin 'Favorites' Jazz Quintet with Grant Langford, saxophones; Mark Meadows, piano; Romier Mendez; and John Lamkin III, drums from 4-7 p.m. on May 18 at The Grand Historic Venue, 225 N. Charles St., Baltimore. For ticket information, call 410-205-5414 or 410-484-6519.

"My Sister's Keeper Women's Ministry" of Open Bible Baptist Church is hosting a MADD HATTERS Luncheon from 1 p.m. May 17 in the Bowleys Gardens Villa Community Center. Sounds like fun! For ticket information, call Thelma Harvey at 443-740-4938.

The Forum Caterers is celebrating Preakness Week with style and food with a "Fashion Showcase Breakfast" from 9 a.m. until noon May 17. This event includes your food and models showing nationally branded clothing from Nordstrom at Annapolis Mall; African American, regional and local designers, featuring hats and accessories. Vendors will also be available. Event proceeds benefit the Pierian Annette C. Johnson Endowment Fund and the Baltimore Links GRASP Scholarship at Coppin State University. For more information, call 410-358-1101.

Before I go any further, I want to give a shout out to my partner in journalistic crime and what's happening in Baltimore, Valerie Fraling, wishing her a speedy recovery from her knee surgery. Girl, I miss your face in the place!

Well, my dear friends, it is time for the fat lady to sing. I am out of space and out of time. If you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at [email protected]. Check out my website: www.rambling-rose.com.