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February 2013

Art Reception for Dona Baker

  Meet Calvert County art teacher Dona Baker and see her highly regarded ceramics and paintings to celebrate African American History Month. Reception today from 5-8pm; showing thru March 3 W-Su 11am-5pm at CalvArt Gallery, 110 Solomons Island Rd., Prince Frederick: 410-257-7005; 

Black History • free

  Local historian Vincent Leggett recounts how third-generation slave Charles Ball escaped slavery in the deep South to take refuge in Calvert County and fight in the War of 1812 as a free man. 2:30-4pm at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291;

Jing Ying Chinese New Year • free

  Celebrate the Year of the Snake at Jing Ying’s Open House with Tai Chi, Kung Fu and weapon demonstrations. Kung Fu techniques taught for beginners. Refreshments served. 1-2:30pm at Jing Ying, 1195 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold: 410-431-5200;

Fossil Club • free

  Talk fossils at the Calvert Marine Museum’s fossil club meeting. 1-3pm at the museum auditorium, Solomons: 410-326-2042;

Make It Work Art Opening • free

  See three up-and-coming African American women artists who repurpose ordinary objects into art that represents family history, black beauty and social pressures at Making It Work. Create your own art from newspapers, plastic bottles and canvas at today’s reception (1-3pm); refreshments served. Showing thru Sept. 14. Tu-Sa 10am-4pm at Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis: 410-216-6180; 

Hear Chesapeake Travelers • free

  Lynn Simarski and Guy Guthridge, Bay Weekly columnist from the old days, talk about their Chesapeake travels over five years as live-aboards. Lunch served. noonat West River Sailing Club, Galesville. rsvp:

KIDS ~ Skulls & Bones

  Kids 8 and older learn how to identify mammals through their skeletal remains, then hike to find tracks and other sign of animals. 1-3pm at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. $5 w/discounts: 410-741-9330;

Hardscape Your Home

  Learn how hardscape elements like walkways, walls and patios enhance outdoor living space from Mike Dudderar at Homestead Gardens’ workshop. 11-12:30pm at Davidsonville: 410-798-5000; 2-3:30pm at Severna Park: 410-384-7966. $5; rsvp: www.homestead

AACo Spelling Bee • free

  See students spell their way to representing Anne Arundel County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. County spell-off 10am-2pm at Carol S. Parham Building, 2644 Riva Rd., Annapolis: 410-222-5370;

Garden Smarter • free

  Learn what plants attract native pollinators for your squash, fruit trees, and many other plants. 10-11:30am at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291;