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January 2013

Knife Skills 101

  Get comfortable with knives and how to use them with chef Jackie Cipriano. 7-8:30pm at Whole Foods Market, Annapolis. $50; rsvp: 410-224-2042; service/annapolis-culinary-center.

Annapolis Photo Club • free

  Learn, help and trade ideas with photographers. Bill Tongue talks about adding textures, layers, and masks in Photoshop. 7pm at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Rm. 308 Annapolis: 410-903-5088; 

Calvert Eats Local Potluck • free

  Join Calvert Locavores’ quarterly potluck dinner. Bring a dish as local as possible, your recipe and eating utensils to share local diversity. 6:30-8:30pm at Calvert Library, Prince Frederick: 410-535-0291;

Red Cross Blood Drive

  Donate life’s precious circulator at the Broadneck Library blood drive. Walk-in or rsvp. 2-7pm at Broadneck Library: 410-222-1905; 

Senior Estate Planning

  Seniors learn about estate planning and how to reduce the impact of taxes and probate fees. 10am at Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie: 410-222-6680; 

Ballet Theatre Bicentennial

  The professional Ballet Theatre of Maryland dances the Frontier: The War of 1812 in honor of the war’s bicentennial, using letters from women of the time and multimedia to illustrate major events. Come early to hear about the history of the war (2:30pm). 3pm at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. $25 w/discounts; rsvp: 410-224-5644; 

KIDS Explore Battle Creek • free

  Explorers age 6 to 8 feed turtles, watch crickets disappear in a blink of an eye and see a snake swallow its prey whole at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary. Snacks served. 2-3:30pm at the Sanctuary, Prince Frederick. rsvp: 301-535-4583;

Barefoot in the Park

  Compass Rose players bring Neil Simon’s classic 1960s’ romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park to life. Showing FSa at 8pm and Su 2pm thru March 3. 2pm at Compass Rose Theatre, 1011 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis. $30 w/discounts; rsvp: 410-980-6662; 

Fairy Garden Workshop

  Learn how to create an ethereal container garden — an ideal home for fairies, pixies and sprites — for both inside and outdoors. 2-3pm at Homestead Gardens, Severna Park. $35; rsvp: 410-384-7966;

Here’s Crimes of the Heart flipped to comedy

“Why is it that whenever she is wrong, we’re the ones who feel bad?,” asks one sister about another in Bowie Community Theatre’s new production of playwright Del Shores’ comedy Daddy’s Dyin’ … Who’s Got the Will? Such are the family tensions at the heart of the show and, honestly, haven’t we all been there — probably very recently at a holiday gathering?