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July 2013

Annapolis-based nonprofit pays to find out

Can nature heal us?         Tom and Kitty Stoner have invested $20 million in answering that question.         Since 1996, their Annapolis-based TKF Foundation has supported the creation of more than 130 public urban greenspaces across the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington, D.C. region. Three — pocket parks in Eastport — are right here in Bay Weekly’s back yard.

Read on to rid yourself of these paper pests

Pests lurking in our book nooks secretly graze, bore and eat the words we read.     A few pests graze on the surface starches or glues on papers and books. Others bore into books and eat the paper. Still others feed on mold that grows on the surface of damp paper. The Grazers     The most familiar paper pest is the silverfish, which looks like a fish out of water and swims lightning fast across floors and walls.

It’s in the nick of time for me

Bay Weekly’s Summer Reading Guide appears not coincidentally just as I’m looking for a good book to reduce the amount of newsprint I consume.     Last summer I read baseball.     In Ireland this spring, I read Maeve Binchey and a couple of very odd but charming things — The Irish RM and a volume of comic writer Spike Milligan’s World War II memoir, Adolph Hitler: My Part in His Downfall — recommended by Irish-traveling friend Barclay Walsh.

With dinner and drinks, Comedy in the Courtyard is your ticket to Tuesday night fun

Sitting under the towering magnolia of the Reynolds Tavern courtyard, I sip a spiked summer Tavern Tea and munch fried green tomatoes with shrimp and corn relish, all the enticement I need to come out on a warm weeknight. But there’s more. Listening to the gentle strains of a harpsichord, I am transported back in time — way back to 1664 for Moliere’s Tartuffe, the Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s first production in the new Comedy in the Courtyard series.

But don’t expect an easy job

Rhododendrons are one of the most difficult ornamental plants to grow in landscapes. This year the rhododendrons did exceptionally well due to the cool, moist spring. Many growers noted that the ornamental plants bloomed heavier than normal and that their flowers lasted longer.     In their native habitat, rhododendrons grow in regions where the climate is cool, in soils that are well-drained but with ample moisture.

Biltong is a South African ­alternative to freezing

Over the last few years, I have generally kept only those rockfish that my family and I could immediately eat, either giving away or releasing any extras landed. This season, however, the bite has been so good for so long and the fish so delicious that my policy has changed.     By trial and error, I’ve developed two favorite ways to preserve this great fish.

Gru lets his minions do the comedy work in this silly sequel

Retired super villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell: The Office) is a great dad to his three adopted daughters. But he isn’t very good at life on the side of right.     Plus he has to figure out what to do with his evil scientist partner and scores of odd yellow minions.     Gru’s best idea is to turn his evil laboratory into a jam-and-jelly factory. But the mad scientist is only able to make evil jelly, which apparently doesn’t taste very good.

Walk and 5k Run

Event Date:  September 21, 2013 - 7:00am - 9:30am Join us September 21st for our Walk & 5K Run! This year, the event will be held at Belvoir Scott’s Plantation, a gorgeous wooded area across from the Anne Arundel County fairgrounds. Find more information or Register at: Walkers- No Entry Fee: If you are participating in the walk, register online or you may register on the day of the event by using this brochure. Free T-Shirt for $150 in sponsorships. Timed 5k Trail Run- $35 Entry Fee: Location Belvoir Scott’s Plantation 1534 Generals Highway, Crownsville, MD 21032 United States See map: Google Maps

KIDS Times at the Library

Broadneck Library: 410-222-1905 • 1:30pm, 3:30pm & 7pm: Kids learn science with comedy, music, juggling and magic. Edgewater Library: 410-555-1538 • 1:30pm, 3:30pm & 7pm: Nicolo the Jester juggles, tells stories and plays music. Fairview Library, Owings: 410-257-2101 • 2:30-3:30pm: Elementary schoolers have a story, craft and snack while learning about animals that dig. Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291

KIDS Times at the Library

Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291 • 2-3pm & 7-8pm: Kids hear Luis Garay Percussion perform high-energy, interactive African- and American-inspired songs. Severna Park Library: 410-222-6285 • 1:30pm, 3:30pm & 7pm: Three little piggy puppets dig up a time capsule from 1963. Southern Library, Solomons: 410-326-5289 • 10-11am: Kids hear Luis Garay Percussion perform high-energy, interactive African- and American-inspired songs.