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July 2013

Stroll at JefPat

Tour the 1933 colonial revival house and the lush garden that was the country retreat of the late Mr. & Mrs. Patterson. 2-3:30pm at Jefferson Patterson Park, St. Leonard. $10 w/discounts; rsvp: 410-586-8501; www.jefpat.org.

Guided Hike • free

Hike along Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary’s trails with a naturalist. Bring sunglasses, a hat, bug spray and sunscreen. 2-3pm at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Upper Marlboro. rsvp: 301-888-1377.

Take the Buy Local Challenge

Support local agriculture and eat well during the sixth annual Buy Local Challenge Week. Your challenge is to buy or eat at least one local farm-produced item every day. Take the pledge online and download a certificate. Find recipes in this week’s feature on pages 4-5: 410-222-7410; www.buy-local-challenge.com.

Homestead Gardens Crapemyrtle Festival

Learn how to take care of crape myrtles, hear the Annapolis Blue Grass, get close up with raptors, spend your myrtle money (points earned with every purchase you make at Homestead Gardens before the festival), learn about native gardening and more at Homestead’s Crape Myrtle Festival. The Bay Gardener Dr. Frank Gouin explains how to correctly prune, not murder, your crape myrtles 11am Sa. Check online for a schedule of workshops. Sa 10am-4pm; Su 10am-4pm at Severna Park: 410-384-7966; Davidsonville: 410-798-5000.

Art Blooms at Annmarie

Nature imitates art at Annmarie Garden as Calvert Garden Club members show their flower arrangements inspired by Annmarie’s exhibits, Elements in Balance: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and TEXT/MESSAGE, a teen exhibit. Come now before the flowers wither. 10am-5pm at Annmarie Garden, Solomons: $5 w/discounts: 410-326-4640; www.annmariegarden.org.

Full Moon Paddle

The full moon lights the way as you paddle thru Back Creek and the Annapolis harbor for Annapolis Community Boating’s monthly full moon paddle. Bring a dish to share for a BBQ/pot luck dinner before your journey. dusk at 7314 Edgewood Rd., Annapolis. $20 w/discounts; rsvp: 410-703-8243; www.annapolisboating.org.

Movies on the Beach • free

Watch Puss in Boots at an outdoor Bay-front screening. dusk at North Beach Boardwalk: 301-855-6681; www.northbeachmd.org.

Contra Dance

April Blum calls dances to the music of Some Assembly for American contra and square dancing. No experience or partner needed. Bring snacks to share. Introductory session at 6:30pm; dancing 7-10pm at Annapolis Friends Meeting Hall, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis. $10 w/discounts: 443-540-0864: www.contradancers.com/atds. 

Music at the Resort

Rick and Regina play under the Bandshell. 6:30-10:45pm at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa: 410-257-5596; www.cbresort.com.

Sunset in the Tropics Cruise

Board the Wm. B. Tennison for a sunset cruise with tropical hors d’oeuvres and Parrot Head music. 6:30-8pm from Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. $30; rsvp: 410-326-2042 x41; www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.