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October 2013

Ask a Master Gardener • free

Ask gardening questions, and bring your bug, weed or plant in a sealed bag for analysis. 9am-1pm at Crofton Library: 410-222-7915;

Target Shoot for Wellness House

Join in a fun-filled day featuring a sporting clays tournament, followed by BBQ lunch, raffles and prizes to benefit Wellness House of Annapolis and its free cancer support programs. 9am-1pm at Prince George’s County Trap and Skeet Center, Glenn Dale. $100; $50 lunch only: 410-990-0941;

Annmarie Makers Market

Find diverse and interesting local goods — handmade, homemade or homegrown — at Makers Market, Annmarie Garden’s outdoor artisan market place. Markets on the first Saturday of each month: 9am-noon at Annmarie Garden, Solomons: 410-326-4640;

Mega Yard Sale

Find hidden treasures like books, records, toys, kitchen and garden items, tools, sporting goods, marine and boat items and more at bargain prices; win amazing prizes like the Complete Otter Lover’s Package at Calvert Marine Museum’s Volunteer Council Yard Sale to benefit the renovated exhibition auditorium and lobby. 9am-5pm at Calvert Marine Museum: 410-326-2042;

Annual Yard Sale & Raffles Fundraiser

Buyers set the price on yard-sale items, baked goods and refreshments at Carrie Weedon Science Center’s annual yard sale; take your chance on a 50/50 raffle and win gift cards from local businesses to benefit science field trips and fund scholarships for students. Rain or shine. 8am-noon at 911 Galesville Rd.: 410-222-1625.

5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer

Run or walk Solomons Island to benefit the Sheldon E. Goldberg Center for Breast Care at Calvert Memorial Hospital. $40. Register at 7am; race starts at 8:30am at Solomons Medical Center:

First Sunday Art Festival • free

Sunday, Oct. 6 — Last chance to head to West Street Annapolis to hear live music, watch street performers, browse crafters & artists, and dine al fresco and people-watch during the final First Sunday Art Festival of 2013. Free parking at State Garage on Calvert and Bladen Streets. Noon-5pm on West St. from Calvert St. to Church Circle, Annapolis: 443-333-9067;

How to get the most from the U.S. Boat Shows

Annapolis may call itself the Sailing Capital of the World, but the United States Boat Shows make it the Boating Capital.     The Sailboat Show came first, introducing Chesapeake Country to in-the-water boat shows in 1970. The Powerboat Show came in 1972. For 40 years, the Sailboat Show has traditionally led, with the boats arriving the first full week of October.     This year the Sailboat Show takes second billing, at least on the calendar.

The last place in the world you want to take your boat

by Sandra Olivetti Martin with Doug Roberts September 7, 2012     Guess we had another one. Heard it hit Saturday night. Around 10:45pm, a 24- to 25-foot boat hit the Rockhold Creek jetty on its way in. No moon, apparently traveling too fast without using a spotlight and apparently missed the channel entrance light marking the end of the jetty and entrance to the creek. Seems it was moving along at a good rate of speed to get this high on the wall.

Study safe boating — online and free

Every voyage can lead to Scylla and Charbydis. Mariners have always known that monsters of the sea are both real and hungry. Smart — and lucky — mariners live to tell the tale.     That’s the kind of boater you want to be.     Boating safety courses — offered by the wise mariners of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Power Squadron — improve your odds for steering safely around rocks, whirlpools and other monsters of the deep.