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January 2013

Support Comptroller Franchot

  Support Maryland’s comptroller Peter Franchot in his last campaign event before the General Assembly goes back into session. 6:30-8pm at 2699 Cassia Dr., Edgewater. $250-$2,000; rsvp: 240-472-6631; www.franchot.com.

Pip Moyer Rec Center Open House

  Explore the Pip Moyer Recreation Center’s indoor track, indoor playground, open gym, basketball courts and rock-climbing wall at the new member open house. Become a member to enjoy all the amenities year-round; memberships discounted today. 11am-4pm at the center, 273 Hilltop Ln., Annapolis:410-263-7958; www.annapolis.gov/recreation. 

Brownies Earn Bay Badge

  Brownies earn their Bay Badge at Calvert Marine Museum. 1-3pm at Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. $11; rsvp: 410-326-2042; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Gallery 333 Exhibit Opens

  Leonardtown-born artist E. Lynne Coates shows her nature-inspired oil paintings at the Unitarian Universalist Church’s Gallery 333. Meet the artist at today’s reception (12:15-1:30pm). M-Th 9am-3pm; S 9am-12:30pm at 333 Dubois Rd., Annapolis: 410-266-8044; www.uuannapolis.org.

The greatest risk would be to pass up the chance to do something that will make you happy

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. –Alan Alda

Fortunately, its roar is worse than its bite

Few things look scarier than a gelatinous mass with tentacles twisting in the Bay.     Chesapeake swimmers endure sea nettle stings in summer. But few have been stung by a lion’s mane jelly, the world’s largest known jellyfish species. Lucky for us, these jellyfish are seasonal inhabitants of the Bay from November to March.

A second life for Christmas trees

After you take your Christmas tree down, recycle it for a second life.     In your own backyard, recycle your tree by placing it near a bird feeder. The tree’s branches shelter smaller birds. Throw unsalted, unbuttered popcorn into the branches as free-form birdfood. Branches also provide a good place to hang pinecones smeared with peanut butter and rolled in birdseed.

Lived by Capt. Lawrence William Simns; written by Robert L. Rich Jr.

If anyone should write a book about being a waterman on the Chesapeake Bay, it should be Capt. Larry Simns, who has worked the water for seven decades and has served as president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association for 40 years. His efforts on behalf of commercial watermen, Chesapeake Bay and the seafood industry are all but ­legendary.

How fifth graders are taking over

Fifth graders are taking over the world in 2013. They’re starting at Junior Achievement’s BizTown.     In Central Maryland, BizTown is one of the nationwide organization’s approaches to teaching financial skills to kids of all ages.

If you’ve grown horseradish, it’s time to harvest and prepare it

Did you remember to plant horseradish? If so, you’re in for a treat.     Horseradish is a hardy herbaceous perennial plant that produces fleshy roots. Now that the tops of horseradish plants have died back to the ground, it is time to dig up the roots and make next year’s supply of ground horseradish.     Some of the roots are carrot-like but most are smooth and slender, averaging one-half to three-quarters-inch in diameter and growing horizontally in the ground.