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February 2013

Wild Edibles: Delicious in a Jar

Event Date:  April 14, 2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm Did you know your own backyard is a treasure trove of tasty treats? Take a hike through Irvine Nature Center in search of nature’s delicacies and learn the basics of home canning in this exciting workshop! With Naturalist Sara Mills you will learn proper plant identification, preparation and other important tools for safely enjoying wild edibles. Then, come into our kitchen for a short course on canning taught by jelly master Beth Lacey Gill. By the end of our time you’ll be prepped for when spring and summer bounties show up that need preserving.

Where Do the Children Play?: Film Screening & Conversation

Event Date:  April 12, 2013 - 6:45pm - 9:00pm Join us for this inspirational one-hour documentary, Where Do The Children Play?, that examines how restrictive play opportunities are impacting children’s mental and physical health and development. A discussion with leading education experts will follow. Refreshments and a take-home goody bag for parents also provided. Presenters: Joan Almon, internationally renowned Director of Programs and founding Director of the Alliance for Childhood; Pat Whitehead, Admissions Director of the Waldorf School of Baltimore; and Monica Wiedel- Lubinski, Director of The Nature Preschool at Irvine.

Bats & Bacardi

Event Date:  April 11, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm Join your friends at Irvine Nature Center at we delve into the nocturnal world of bats. We’ll focus on the bats found in Maryland, their behavior and ecology, and debunk some of the common myths surrounding these wonderful – not scary – creatures. For those a bit timid, we’ll have plenty of rum beforehand! Presentation by Irvine’s Naturalist Sara Mills. Beverages, cocktails and a simple dinner will be served. Sorry, no children at this event. Thursday, April 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. $15 members, $20 non-members & guests Location Irvine Nature Center 11201 Garrison Forest Road United States See map: Google Maps

Migration & Margaritas

Event Date:  March 7, 2013 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm Join your friends at Irvine Nature Center for an evening of food, drink and fascinating facts about the marvels of bird migration. Learn how some of your own backyard birds can fly thousands of miles to Mexico (the land of Margaritas) without a map or compass – a truly remarkable achievement! Presentation by Irvine’s Director of Education Rob Mardiney. Beverages, cocktails and a simple dinner will be served. Sorry, no children at this event. Thursday, March 7, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. $15 members, $20 non-members & guests

Beekeeping Basics: How to Start Your Own Hive

Event Date:  March 16, 2013 - 9:00am - 4:00pm Honey bees are fascinating to watch, and beekeeping is a great family activity. Plus, honeybees make gardens and fruit trees more productive, and the honey they produce is delicious! This 2-session course will cover everything you need in order to have thriving bees from the start, including equipment, honey bee biology, dealing with stings, year-round management, swarm control, diseases and honey extracting. Great for beginning and intermediate beekeepers, or anyone generally interested in honey bees.

Volunteer Naturalist Training

Event Date:  March 7, 2013 - 9:30am - March 19, 2013 - 12:30pm This 4-session course will teach you how to lead educational field trips for school groups. We’ll cover field trip themes, natural history, trailside activities and teaching techniques. No experience necessary – just bring enthusiasm for nature and working with kids. The perfect way for retired teachers to stay active and a great way to fulfill Master Naturalist certification hours! Please contact Courtney Sagal for more information 443-738-9224. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 7 through 19, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $30 refundable deposit Location Irvine Nature Center 11201 Garrison Forest Road United States See map: Google Maps

Kids Unplugged

Event Date:  April 21, 2013 - 11:00am - 4:00pm Our annual Earth Week event will be better than ever! Activities will focus on the health and wellness of Mother Earth as well as our own. Be sure to come out for an educational and fun filled day. Goes great with the family portion of the Treehugger 5K! $15 for kids; Free for adults Location Irvine Nature Center 11201 Garrison Forest Road United States See map: Google Maps

Fine Furnishings Show

Event Date:  May 3, 2013 - 4:00pm - May 5, 2013 - 5:00pm Annual show offering American made, handcrafted furniture, accessories & fine art from local, regional and national artists & exhibitors. Featuring furnituremakers with a wide range of styles, materials and price points. All items for sale, order and commission. Friday 4-8, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5 Adults $10 Maryland State Fairgrounds - 4-H/Home Arts Bldg. Location Maryland State Fairgrounds 2200 York Rd 4-H/Home Arts Bldg United States See map: Google Maps

Brass Chamber Ensemble Concert

Event Date:  March 6, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm The Naval Academy Band’s Brass Quintet will be performing for the Lenten Concert Series at Hampden United Methodist Church in Baltimore. The program includes Morning Music by David Sampson, Fire Dance by Anthony DiLorenzo, English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Suite no. 7 by Johann Hermann Schein, and Paul Hindemith’s Andante from Symphonic Metamorphosis. This performance is free and open to the public with no tickets required. For more information on this and other performances, please visit the band’s facebook page at . Location Hampden United Methodist Church 3449 Falls Road Baltimore, MD 21211 United States See map: Google Maps

Wind Ensemble Concert - Naval Academy Band

Event Date:  April 12, 2013 - 7:30pm The Naval Academy Band performs its annual Side-By-Side Concert on Friday, April 12 at Severna Park High School. Students from Anne Arundel County will perform “side-by-side” with the members of the Naval Academy Band, in a program that will include Children’s March by Percy Grainger, Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed, and The Free Lance March and Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa. Chief Musician Lynda Dembowski will be the featured clarinet soloist, performing the Rondo from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. Location Severna Park High School 60 Robinson Road Severna Park, MD 21146 United States See map: Google Maps