Hello everyone, I believe spring is almost here. I mean it is spring as far as the calendar is concerned, but I still have to wear my heavy coat and hat with a scarf around my neck. But none of this is stopping the concerts, award dinners, festivals and outdoor shopping at the open markets.

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Sandi Mallory is being honored by the New Africa Community Builders at their 11th Annual New Africa Festival on April 16 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Forum Caterers. For ticket information call 443-621-7440

Girlfriend! I did a book signing at the Black Memorabilia, Fine Art & Crafts Show last weekend at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds and I almost froze my butt off. Honey Child! I tell you no lie.

It was an indoor event with hundreds of vendors from all over the country, but still it was cold as hell. It rain, snowed and the wind was blowing as if it was the middle of December. So this weekend let’s hope the weather will be nice so we can enjoy some of these events I’m going to tell you about.

But first, let me thank all of you for reading my columns every week for the past 30 years. It has been such a joy to talk to you and keep you informed about what is going on in the entertainment world. You have helped make my column very popular and I get to meet fans at every event I attend and that is a wonderful thing and a good feeling. Thank you for reading me.

Baltimore’s Farmers’ Market & Bazaar opens for its season on April 17 from 7 a.m. to noon and every Sunday underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga Streets. Free and open to the public.

Okay, let’s get started. One of my favorite open market is the Baltimore Farmers’ Market located on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets, underneath the Jones Falls Expressway. It you have been there, you know what I am talking about, if you haven’t, you owe it to yourself to check it out. It opens on April 17 at 7 a.m. and Girlfriend! It is out-of-sight!

Every Sunday, shoppers can browse and purchase the freshest local produce, meats, seafood, dairy, baked goods, spices, preserves, plants and flowers. Many vendors offers delicious made-to-order foods while you shop such as: pit beef cooked on an open grill, omelets and breakfast burritos, Thai food, wood fired pizzas and so much more. Also market-goers can shop for handcrafted art from local artisans, unique collectibles, jewelry, vintage clothing, soaps & lotions and live entertainment is jumping. I will see you there.

Orrin Evans, renowned pianist, will perform with his Quartet at the Caton Castle Lounge 20 S. Caton Avenue in Baltimore on April 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For ticket information call 410-566-8088.

Well guess what folks, yours truly, little ole me, “Rambling Rose” will be honored by New Africa Community Builders at their 11th Annual New Africa Festival Fundraising Banquet & Silent Auction at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Avenue in Baltimore on April 16 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with some other outstanding folks, such as: Toya Graham, Christina Flowers, Sandi Mallory, Lena Franklin and Ilene Shaheed. I would love for you to be there to see me being honored. I want to thank the organization for choosing me. For ticket information, call 443-621-7449 and tell them you are there for me.

Sinbad, nationally known comedian, will be performing at the Hollywood Casino Charles Town on April 16.

Ayesha K. Mustafaa, editor of the Muslim Journal, will be their keynote speaker and live entertainment will be provided by the “Deep Water Jazz Band”. I would love for you to be there to see me being honored. I want to thank the organization for choosing me.

Before I leave you, don’t forget about Orrin Evans at the Caton Castle Lounge on April 16 and mark your calendars to meet me at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, West Virginia to see one of the funniest man in show business, Sinbad, on April 23. For tickets, go on line and do your thing.

I really have to go now. I am out of space and time. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at rosapryor@aol.com. Send all your correspondence, letters, picture and press releases by email or mail to 214 Conewood Avenue, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136. Please don’t Face book me information, I will not get it.