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February 2013

Chimps Go for Ravens, 49ers eat crow

The wise guys and gals of the world of sports gave Super Bowl XLVII to the San Francisco 49ers. The chimpanzee tribe of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, however, got it right.     On Purple Friday, February 1, the zoo’s 11 chimps emerged from their night quarters into a dayroom decked out with footballs and two team banners: a red one for the 49ers and a purple one for the Ravens.     Zookeepers had set the stage for prognostication.

Bowie-Crofton Camera Club • free

  Learn about scientific photography and time-lapse and high speed shooting at this week’s meeting. 7:30pm at All Saints Lutheran Church, 16510 Mount Oak Rd., Bowie: 301-464-1867; 

Book Talk • free

  Readers talk about Stephen Greenblatt’s Swerve: How the World Became Modern. 7-8:30pm at Twin Beaches Library, Chesapeake Beach: 410-257-2411;

What would get you to walk and bike more?

Do you long to bike to work, but fear the roads? Want to walk around town more, but have no sidewalks in your neighborhood? This is the time for every Marylander to speak up.     Maryland’s Department of Transportation is updating the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which outlines how to make our state more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Tell them what it would take to get you to pedal to the drug store or walk to the park instead of hopping in your car.

African Culture • free

  Dancer, drummer, singer, songwriter, storyteller and recording artist Ssuuna takes you on a journey to his country of Uganda with traditional songs, dances, customs and stories of his experiences. 7pm at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library: 410-222-1770; 

But without ready money, plans are just plans

In a bold, all-encompassing and optimistic plan, the National Park Service (NPS) has finally brought together all of the players that enjoy the waters creating our great Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Public Access Plan includes Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, New York and the District of Columbia. No prior federal planning efforts for the Chesapeake have attempted anything of this geographical scope.

Chesapeake Choir Practice

  Singers join Chesapeake Community Chorus practice. No auditions required. 4-6pm at Asbury Retirement Community, 11100 Asbury Ct., Solomons: 301-855-7477. 

Ward Virts Concert • free

  The Italian Misto di Voci ensemble performs to honor pianist Ward Virts, who was so beloved that his friends endowed the Ward Virts Piano Project to inspire new audiences with concerts performed on a world-class handcrafted Boesendorfer Grand Piano. Come early for first-come first-served limited seating. Doors open at 2:30pm, music starts at 3pm at 119 Prince Frederick Campus, off Rt. 231: 443-550-6011; 

And it will be good to you

A Bay Weekly reader asked how to care for a potted cyclamen she received from a friend.     Cyclamen make excellent potted plants, as they come in a large selection of colors and flower for a long time with minimal care. However, the cyclamen has a dormancy requirement, and it will tell you when it is ready to take a rest.

Spay Spa & Neuter Nook Opens

  The Spay Spa & Neuter Nook, Rude Ranch’s new high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter clinic, opens its doors for tours, pet-care tips, contests, games and refreshments. 2-5pm at the clinic, 1251 West Central Ave., Davidsonville: 443-607-6496;