February 2013

Learn English • free

  Foreign-born adults learn how to speak, read and write English in the Calvert County Adult Education program. Take a skills assessment before the class to set up an individual learning plan. Classes Tu and Th thru March 23. Enroll anytime. 9:15-11:45am at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291; www.calvertnet. k12.md.us/departments/other/adulted/ESL.html.

Learn English • free

  Foreign-born adults learn how to speak, read and write English in the Calvert County Adult Education program. Take a skills assessment before the class to set up an individual learning plan. Classes Tu and Th thru March 23. Enroll anytime. 9:15-11:45am at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291; www.calvertnet. k12.md.us/departments/other/adulted/ESL.html.

Guys’ Book Club • free

  Male readers talk Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town by Warren St. John. 7pm at Severna Park Library: 410-222-6290; www.aacpl.net.

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.