The Young Timers, one of Baltimore’s popular and prestigious groups, is hosting their Mentoring Annual Benefit Cabaret from 8 p.m – 1 a.m. June 28 at 40 E. Subbrook Ln., Pikesville, Md. BYOB, plus free setups, shopping, dancing, a Rosa Pryor book signing, and a special tribute to the founder, Clinton “Shorty” Buise.

Hello my dear friends! Summer is here, and except for the liquid sunshine the weather is beautiful. It is great for outdoor events too. There are a few outdoor events I want to tell you about, and one of them is the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum Summer Jazz Concert Series. This week the Sterling Silver Jazz will be performing from 6-8 p.m. June 28, with the doors open at 5 p.m. It is a fun thing to do especially when the weather is good. So, if you planning on attending take your lawn chairs, blankets, and a good appetite. Food and beverages are on sale and catered by Island Quizine. For more information, call 410-887-1081.

Zion Baptist Church and Oliver Community Association are presenting their “Annual Community Outreach” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28 on Caroline and Lanvale Streets. There will be a parade and live entertainment including musician, Gaynell Colburn. Also available are vendors, games, rides, giveaways, arts and crafts, food, and yours truly, Rosa Pryor, doing a book signing. For more information, call 410-837-4181.

Another outdoor event is the Liberty Road Farmers Market, rain or shine, from 1-5 p.m. every Wednesday in Liberty Court Shopping Center, 8604 Liberty Rd. There you will find locally grown vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, baked goods, crafts, and much more. Check it out.

Ronda Robinson, jazz vocalist and flutist, will be in concert at the Columbia Water Front Summer Festival starting 6 p.m. The concert is free.

Also the Liberty Road Business Association presents a family friendly outdoor concert series, called “Liberty Live” from 2-6 p.m. June 27 at Kings Point Square, 9900 Liberty Rd.,Randallstown, Md. with live entertainment from 6-9 p.m. It takes place rain or shine. Free admission, with the beer and wine garden, food, and soft drinks available for purchase. Also Randallstown Farmers Market vendors will be present selling their wares. The other concerts are scheduled for July 11 and July 25th. For more information, call 410-655-7766.Let’s not stop there. The Columbia Waterfront Summer Festival will be jumping up and down doing the “James Brown” for all of June and July. This is for folks who want to get out and enjoy the fresh air and good music. The concerts are approximately 2 hours.

Showtime is 8 p.m. except Sundays, when the fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Don’t forget your blanket, folding chair, and refreshments in a cooler. On June 29 Rhonda Robinson a jazz vocalist and flutist, and on July 9 the Damon Foreman & Blue Funk jazz and blues group will perform. Oh, did I say, it is FREE! For more information, call 410-715-3161.

Carlton “Yummy” Dotson passed away 10:30 am June 18 after a long illness. “Yummy” was the husband of the famous Avenue Starmaid Beta Dotson for over 50 years. His funeral was June 23 at Bearean Baptist Church. Condolence to the family. May he rest in peace.

Now folks, about the “Young Timers.” About seven years ago, Clinton “Shorty” Buise and Hines reconnected at the funeral of their good friend, Rodney P. Corbin. After that experience they felt that they needed to keep good friends closer together not just when they are morning the passing of their friends. So they contacted another good childhood friend, Sony Noland and expressed that they needed to keep closer contact with each other and other longtime friends. Sonny Nolan decided that because of their ages, they should call themselves, the “Young Times” and the rest is history. Mentoring became the group’s passion. Today they have continued to help boys and young men’s lives better by sharing their experiences and providing guidance. The members are Sonny Nolan, president; Billy Johnson, financial officer; C. Hines Early, business manager; and “Liddy” Jones, parliamentarian. The other members are: Herman “Boo” Cooper, Morris Jones, John Henderson, Harold Martin, Norris Davis, Tank Hill, David “Jake” Jacobs, Boyd Early, Ernest Simpson, Bill Zorzi, and Brian Howell. Mitch Johnson is deceased and “Shorty” Buise, founding member, is also deceased.

David Bun, Baltimore’s own musician extraordinaire, pianist, and composer were recently in Baltimore at Carnegie Hall with Ben Vereen, Clifton Davis, Andre de Shields and others playing piano and conducting the orchestra. BRAVO!

Well my dear friends, it is about that time. Enjoy the week and have fun. 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.