Hello my dear friends. It seems like we have eaten the last of the Thanksgiving turkey; we have sliced it for sandwiches, microwaved it for another leftover dinner, made turkey salad and then taken the bones and crumbs and made soup. But guess what? It is time almost to buy another one for the Christmas dinner. We’ve got a few weeks before we make a decision on that; first things first, we have to go into the shed, garage, attic, basement, or a closet to find the Christmas directions. Just take a break, have some fun. Check out some events I have for you.

The 100 Black Men of Maryland is committed to mentoring and supporting individuals as they pursue goals throughout their lifetime. In addition to mentoring youth, chapters provide workshops that encompass education, health and economic empowerment while developing civic-minded leaders who in turn give back to society. Mentors, along with parents and the community, provide a winning foundation for support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and positive examples for modeling. The members of 100 Black Men have a proven success record that “what they see is what they’ll be” and that mentoring is a powerful tool for helping young people fulfill their potential.

On Dec. 11, the 100 Black Men of Maryland is hosting their 21st Annual Holiday Brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Martin’s West. Baltimore’s famous Panama Band will entertain you, like you have never been entertained before. For ticket information, call 443-977-0771 or 443-794-9615.

Dr. Charles W. Simmons, president of Sojourner-Douglass College, along with the Department of the Humanities invites you to “Remembering the Left Bank Jazz Society” with a jazz cabaret. In the spirit of the legendary Left Bank Jazz Society Sunday afternoon concerts at the Famous Ball Room, you can enjoy an afternoon of straight ahead jazz presented by some of Baltimore’s finest musicians. Just like they did back in the day, take your own food in your picnic basket and your cooler with your own cocktails and drinks. Food and beer also will be on sale and free set-ups. The entertainment for the program will include: John Lamkin, Craig Alston, Warren Wolf, Kris Funn, Robert Shahid, Eartha Lamkin and Sheila Ford. This event will be on Dec. 11 at Sojourner-Douglass College, 200 N. Central Ave. Show time is 5-9 p.m. For ticket information, call 410-276-0306 Ext. 375 or 267.

The Carver Alumni Association of Baltimore Inc. is a 50l(c)(3) charitable organization since 1970. They are hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast 8–10 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Applebee’s Restaurant, 6798 Reisterstown Rd. They are the oldest continuously operating alumni organization among Baltimore City’s historically African-American high schools. Over the years they have awarded nearly $200,000 to Carver students and Carver programs. For more information and tickets, call Faye Pines at 410-302-2752.

The Jazz Expressways Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and is a strong fellowship of jazz lovers preserving the legacy of jazz, promoting greater appreciation of jazz, and perpetuating the musical form for future generations. They are having a “Jazz Breakfast 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Five Mile House, 5302 Reisterstown Rd. with good food, music and a visit from “Santa Jake!” You will be entertained by one of the baddest group in Baltimore, “Jump Street.” This, you do not want to miss. Take advantage of this wonderful event to continue your support for keeping jazz alive in Baltimore. For more information, call Howard Easley at 410-323-7295.

Before I leave you, I want to ask you to keep in your prayers get well wishes for Chris “DJ Sugar Chris” Tittle. He is in Northwest Hospital in intensive care, very sick.

I must leave you now. 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.