Hello my dear friends, how are you? I hope you are well and got your running shoes on, because this will be a very busy couple of weeks. I am going to set up a calendar of events for you and all you have to do is just follow my lead.

Robert Lee Hardy performing in a one man show entitled “I Carry My Own Spotlight,” 6 p.m., Feb. 8, at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street. Food and beverages available for purchase. The show features comedy, movement, drama, music and poetry. Hardy morphs into numerous characters that address many taboo issues in our culture. For ticket information, called 410-225-3130.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

*Feb. 6, 9 p.m.-11 a.m., Quality Plus will host a “Valentine’s Day Red & White Affair” at the Delta Center, 2501 Springhill Avenue in Baltimore. Tickets includes buffet dinner, free set-ups, champagne toast, BYOB, book signing by Rambling Rose with her new book on sale for only $25;dining music provided by Nirvine Jazz Duo and vendors of all kind, so bring some extra cash, check or credit card. For more information, call 443-762-7926.

. Carl Beasley, manager of the Poet’s Athletic Club in East Baltimore, Carlos Hutchins, night club promoter and Mattie Holman of Traci Lynn Fashion are hosting a “Pre-Valentine’s Day Celebration Red & Black Affair,” Feb. 8, at the American Legion Post #22, 125 York Road in Towson. It is cabaret style with BYOB & BYOF, free set-ups, live entertainment, free beer & Apple Martinis, DJ Sugar Chris, “Rambling Rose” book signing and much more. For more information, call 410-916-2605 or 443-963-5711.

*Feb. 13, Sister Together and Reaching (STAR), a faith-based community organization that provides services to the HIV/AIDS community will host a fundraiser “Affair of the Heart Masquerade Ball, 7 to 11 p.m., at the Clyburn Arboretum’s Vollmer Center, 4915 Greenspring Avenue. Since its inception in 1991, STAR has assisted more than 40,000 people. For more information, call 410-967-7503

*Feb. 6-14, Lexington Market will host a Black History Month 14th Annual Literacy Week featuring Black authors from all over the East Coast displaying their books for sale and doing book signings including myself. Performance of music, songs, narrated skits and dances based on African, Caribbean, jazz, blues, gospel, and Big Band Swing are included in the Black History Month daily for the month of February except for Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and it is free.

Tracey Curbeam with the Charles Arnette Jazz Ensemble will perform for “Sisters Together and Reaching” (STAR), a faith-based community organization that provides services to the HIV/AIDS community. The fundraiser called, “An Affair of the Heart Extravaganza Masquerade Ball” is 7 to 11 p.m., Feb. 13 at the Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue. For more information, call 410-967-7503.

*Feb. 14, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Brian Hall, Baltimore’s well-known promoter and CEO of Nerisport Productions will host a “Valentines Extravaganza” at the Patapsco Arena, 3301 Annapolis Road in Baltimore. This event is BYOF, cash bar, free set-ups, many vendors, line dancing, Best Red Dress contest and comedian, Ms. Maybelle. There will also be an award ceremony for Black Ivory, The Ebony’s, First Impressions, Fabulous Friends, BADD, First Class, and Travis Winkey. Emcee is yours truly, Rambling Rose and my books will be on sale. For ticket information, call 410-929-1360 or 609-339-6767.

*Feb. 14, 12 noon-4 p.m. Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (Agnes Kane Callum Chapter) will host its 7th Annual Genealogy Expo at the Northwood Pratt Library, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd. in Baltimore. Go and learn about the many aspects of researching your family’s roots. There will be a beginning Genealogy Workshop for personal histories, personal research, genealogy displays, DVD presentations and question & answer session. For more information, call 410-358-9875.

*Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m., Pamela Reaves will host her 2nd Annual “Power of Love Gala at the Grand Lodge of Maryland, 304 International Circle, in Cockeysville. There will be over 15 Power Couples honored at this event including Roger & Patricia Johnson Harris. For ticket information, email Pam Reaves at pamrego1@verizon.net.

Well, my dear friends, it is about that time, I am out of space. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.