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April 2013

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Through the Looking Glass: Reflections of Life with Mental Illness

Event Date:  May 8, 2013 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm May 8, 2013, 1-5pm. Art Exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum, in Baltimore, MD. Arundel Lodge is partnering with other community organizations working together to raise awareness of mental health and recovery. Exhibit will feature work from mental health consumers from across the state of Maryland. Sponsored by the Maryland Coalition for Mental Health Awareness. Includes discussions with artists, presentations, and awards. Location American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230 United States See map: Google Maps

Wildflower Hike at Quiet Waters Park

Event Date:  April 25, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm Join Park Ranger Dave DeVault for a walk through the woods and meadows at Quiet Waters Park in search of Spring Wildflowers and other interesting flora and fauna. Meet at the Visitor Center Parking lot. This one hour program is part of the Naturalist Series of Park Ranger-led programs that are held throughout the year at Quiet Waters Park. For more information, or to preregister (required) call 410-222-1777 or e-mail Gate fees apply. Location Quiet Waters Park 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd. United States See map: Google Maps

Calvert Library’s Pat Hofmann discusses what makes libraries special places — for us and for our communities

"The library is poppin’,” Bay Weekly calendar editor Ashley Brotherton tells me late Monday.     Her report means I have a couple of hours of editing ahead of me on a hefty 8 Days a Week calendar muscled up by Anne Arundel and Calvert libraries.

Canine Companions train years to give people independence

When Bay Weekly last checked in on Canine Companions for Independence trainee Eaton, the golden retriever/Lab mix had just stepped on the path to becoming a service dog. Paired with first-time puppy trainers Emerson and Donna Davis, Eaton spent 18 months getting socialized and learning obedience [www.bayweekly. com/articles/features/article/good-dogs].

Blue-hued bulbs help raise awareness

One in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.     This month — Autism Awareness Month — the Autism Speaks organization is recruiting residences, businesses and buildings to change their exterior light bulbs from white to blue to raise awareness.     Drum Point Lighthouse at Calvert Marine Museum is leading the way in the Light It Up Blue campaign.

Wagging, walking, running and smooching for a good cause

They came out in packs.         Some walked or ran on two legs, some on four, to raise $180,000 at the Anne Arundel SPCA’s most successful Walk for the Animals April 7 at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.     Two walking trails — one mile and two-and-a-half-miles — plus the new Tails & Trails 5K drew 184 humans and more than 50 dogs.

State Highway Administration is fast behind

Don’t let looks deceive you.

Toys help patients having a rough day at Children’s Hospital

It’s a big job making sure Dr. Bear’s closet at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., is never bare.       For the children, it’s a closet as crucial as the closets that hold bandages and medicine.     Dr. Bear’s Closet stocks toys and games for children with a special request or who have a special day, like a birthday, coming up.

Community Wellness Day Annapolis

Event Date:  April 27, 2013 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm Community Wellness Day Annapolis is a free event for the public, hosted by Dr.Mary Beth Steele and Dr.Brandt Green, from Green Life Chiropractic & Wellness. An array of participants will be providing information about health, safety, financial, and environmental wellness. There will be free food, activities for kids, and lots of raffle prizes! All proceeds from the event will be going to Super Leaders, a local charity. For more information visit or call 410-224-4348. Come out for some fun, free stuff, and to support a great local charity! Location Annapolis Area Christian School 716 Bestgate Rd United States See map: Google Maps