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September 2013

OWN-it Summit

Event Date:  October 26, 2013 - 9:00am - 4:00pm The 2013 OWN-it Summit at Irvine Nature Center is to promote the millennial age group, 16-28, to get involved with the environment, and the future of our Earth. We will discuss issues, create a plan, and we are funded to make our plan happen! We will also conduct an exciting outdoor activity to get our youth outdoors. This event is free! You will be provided with free food, and awesome t-shirts. This is the direct link to find more information and to apply. Please come out and express your ideas! Location Irvine Nature Center 11201 Garrison Forest Rd. Owings Mills, MD 21117 United States See map: Google Maps
Cemetery Plots at Lakemont Memorial Gardens – Three side-by-side double-depth grave sites with double vault in place, Davidsonville. $6,000 per site or $17,000 for all three. 410-544-7522.
CANDIDATES’ FORUM Annapolis City Mayor Location Congregation Kneseth Israel 1125 Spa Road (corner of Spa Road and Hilltop Lane) Annapolis, MD United States See map: Google Maps

Now’s the time to get to work, says the Bay Gardener

Feeling less than pride and joy in your lawn?     September is a great month for establishing and repairing lawns. Here’s how to get started now on growing rich, green, weed-free grass in 2014. 1. Test Your Soil     How’s your lawn doing?     There’s no way to know without soil testing. Fertilize without testing, and you’re not only throwing your money away but also polluting the Bay.

And avoid Stormwater Dumb Era

How high is your enthusiasm for celebrating Septic­Smart Week?     I’ve been celebrating since Monday, when Septic­Smart Week began, because a septic system upgrade is a fix-up chore on my done list.     My done list is short. Not for want of trying. The got-to-do list at the Martin-Lambrecht household keeps us jumping.

Five signs you need to insulate

A cool grand. Nearly half a home’s total energy bill — $1,000 annually — is what the average family spends each year on home heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. government’s Energy Star program.     Improving your insulation could save you hundreds of dollars.     Insulation traps warm air inside a home’s walls — similar to how a fleece sweater does for the body — to regulate a home’s temperature.     How do you know if your home is properly insulated?

Textured wall coverings a popular trend

Textured wall coverings are a popular trend this fall. Options including grasscloths, shagreens and even luxury faux leathers and alligator skins can add the perfect hint of luxe to any room. Use them on an accent wall, on a ceiling or create a sophisticated oasis in a home office or bedroom by applying texture on all four walls. Grasscloths have been the most popular, with an endless amount of weaves and styles to suit any design aesthetic. Tightly woven sisals and neutral grass weaves are great for creating a relaxed and comfortable space.

Hang a piece of history on your wall

Wimsey Cove Maps & Art is a map lover’s paradise of beautiful maps of places all over the world. Travel to Paris, London, Munich, Lima, Mexico City and other famous historic cities. Bird’s-eye views of Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Annapolis, as well as Los Angeles, Fort Worth, New York and Boston allow a glimpse of the houses and buildings of a bygone era.

Raptors now passing through

As fall kicks into gear, our feathered friends will be changing feeding habits and looking for additional sources of food for energy. The coming of fall also signals birds of prey that it is time for their annual southward migration.     The migration of hawks and falcons in our area begins in late August and ends in early December, although the greatest number of raptors passes through our area in October. Keep your eyes to the sky and you may just see an American kestrel, red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, merlin or Cooper’s hawk migrating through.