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March 2013

Canoe Excursion

  Paddle down Muddy Creek and Rhode River and explore Bay tributaries. Basic paddling instructions begin the trip. 9-11:30am at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater. $12 w/age discounts; rsvp: 443-482-2200;

Easter Train Show • free

  Train lovers come aboard for Tans Cycles and Parts Easter Train Show of elaborate toy train displays and locomotives and accessories. F 10:30am-8pm; Sa 10:30am-5pm at Tans, 9032A Chesapeake Ave., North Beach: 410-257-6619;

Poetry Open Mike

  Hear Maryland former poet laureate Michael Glaser and share your own poems at a Calvert’s Art Council poetry open mike and happy hour. 5:30-7pm at Dreamweaver Café, Prince Frederick: 410-257-7005;

Jellyfish Fascination • free

  Get an up close (and sting-free) look at jellyfish. 1-4pm at Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons: 410-326-2042;

Tax-Help Friday • free

  Get tax help every Friday thru April 12 on a first-come first-served basis. 1-3pm at Annapolis Library: 410-222-1750; 

Almost 7:30 Democratic Breakfast

  Hear Del. Kumar Barve, House majority leader, on the red-hot session. 7:30-8:45am at Eastport Democratic Club, Chester Ave. and State St., Annapolis. $6: 410-263-2022.

    Come spring, it’s time to escape the cave. Throw off the blankets, open the drapes and let the sun shine in. But even the tidiest home looks a little dingy after a winter of hard living.
    It’s time to clean, paint or wallpaper, wash the windows, replace the drapes, rearrange the furniture, bring out the wicker, throw on new pillows, lighten the art and service the air-conditioning. Outdoors, there’s even more to be done to home and garden. Painting, planting and planning for outdoor living are have big plans for your spare time.
    Have we got the guide for you!
    In Bay Weekly’s annual Spring Home and Garden Guide, you’ll find inspiration and tips from the pros. And they’re ready to help with the big jobs so you can spend your time enjoying this paradise we call Chesapeake Country.

Spring Home and Garden Strategies could change our lives

I welcome the annual return of Bay Weekly’s Spring Home and Garden Strategies.     In this guide, home and garden professionals give us just the sort of expert advice we do-it-yourselfers don’t know — and don’t even know we need to know. We’ve designed it in a handy pull-out-and-keep format so you can use if for months to come.
Dear EarthTalk: I’m getting my roof redone and have heard about solar shingles. Are they available — and are they practical for the Northeast?     –John Denson, Glastonbury, CT

Mythical egg deliverer is maybe a hare — or a rabbit

Is the Easter Bunny a cottontail or a snowshoe hare?     Both are native to North America, unlike domesticated rabbits, which are elaborately bred descendents of European wild rabbits.