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February 2013

Independent Films

  Meet director Richard Chislom and see his film Cafeteria Man, the true story of rebel chef Tony Geraci who works to reform the way kids eat at our nation’s schools. Come early for beer, wine and popcorn. 7pm at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $10 w/membership discounts: 410-280-5640; www.marylandhall.org.

Bay Gardener helped found an ­industry on nature’s fertilizer

For every job, there’s an association. Every association has heroes lauded for having discovered how to do the job better. The Bay Gardener, Dr. Francis Gouin, has just been enrolled as a hero of the U.S. Composting Council.     This month, Gouin received Hi Kellogg Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the composting industry in research, teaching and promoting the use of compost by nursery and greenhouse growers and by home gardeners.

Downton Abbey • free

  Bring your knitting or crochet project and watch the PBS series Downton Abbey on the big screen. 5-6:30pm at Prince Frederick Library. 410-535-0291; www.calvert.lib.md.us.

Adult Computer Class • free

  Beginners learn the basics including how to work a mouse and keyboard. 2:30-3pm at Prince Frederick Library. 410-535-0291; www.calvert.lib.md.us.

In the literary economy, poetry is an art more in supply than demand. Nearly everybody writes poetry, or so it seems. But who reads it?     Little kids love its melody and meaning, but by high school it’s force-fed. Most of the rest of us take it, often in the form of Hallmark verse, to help us express emotions for which we seem to have no words of our own.     It takes a clever poet to sneak in under our defenses.

Income Tax Assistance • free

  Tax  volunteers help seniors and low-income residents with their taxes every Tuesday thru April 9. 1-4pm at Broadneck Library: 410-222-1905; www.aacpl.net.

Brewing, Brining, Black Eyed Peas

  Learn about 18th century foodways at Historic London Town and Gardens winter lecture series. Today, Doug Miller talks societal, political and cultural history of brewing beer in the 18th century. 10am at Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. $10 w/discounts: 410-222-1919; www.historiclondontown.org. 

KIDS artLAB

  Add artLAB to kids’ homeschool curriculum to invent, build and discover a creative approach to math, science and history. 9-11am at Annmarie Garden, Solomons. $7 w/discounts: 410-326-4640; www.annmariegarden.org.

Emerging Entrepreneurs

  Hear noted economist and recognized futurist Richard O’Sullivan on how emerging entrepreneurs can create business from the skill gap at the Entrepreneurs’ Exchange lecture. 8-10amat 1997 Annapolis Exchange Pwky., Annapolis. $35 w/membership discounts: 410-647-8167; www.eebiz.org. 

Our match was made, not born

“Count these records,” said Charlie after introductions.     The year was 1969. The records were five-inch vinyl-printed cardboard squares recorded by our candidate in the Northern Virginia district where I lived with my parents. The square records would be dropped off at every house to deliver his campaign message.     Hundreds were loose in each big three-foot-square box. I started counting. I was fairly nimble at age 26, but the older lady next to me was faster.