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January 2014

Writers by the Bay • free

Writers meet for critique and camaraderie in Peter Albrecht’s long-running writers group. 7pm at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291;

Benjamin Banneker Almanacs • free

Hear about Weathering Racism: The Benjamin Banneker Almanacs with hands-on science experiments, researching primary documents and more. 2:45 & 3:45 at Deerfield Run Community Center, Laurel: 301-377-7817;

Winter Hike

Bundle up and venture into the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp to see its winter transformation; bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes. 10-11am at the Swamp, Prince Frederick. $8 w/discounts; rsvp: 410-535-5327;

Chesapeake Historians Garden Lecture

Horticulturist Jean Russo talks Planting an Empire: The Early Chesapeake in British North America. 10am at Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. $10 w/discounts: 410-222-1919;

Meet Annapolis Mayor Pantelides

Discuss concerns or offer suggestions at the open-door policy the first Tuesday of each month. First come, first served. Doors open 9:15am; sign up for 10-minute slots from 9:30am-noon & 1-3pm at second floor City Hall, Annapolis: 410-263-7997.

Camera Club Competition • free

Stephen Cherry judges Travel Photos competition at Bowie-Crofton Camera Club’s photo program. 7:30pm at All Saints Lutheran Church, Bowie: 301-249-6300;

Pushing the Limits

Explore ideas in scientist-led discussions of popular books and videos on the theme of Survival. Clive Cussler’s Arctic Drift is the first in this four-part first-Monday reading, viewing and discussion series; Lora Harris leads. 7pm at Prince Frederick Library: 410-535-0291;

Patterson Memories Tour • free

Tour Point Farm to learn about the Jefferson Pattersons in Calvert. 10am & 1pm at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, St. Leonard. rsvp: 410-586-8578;

Five-and-Dine Dance

Dance to a DJ playing Motown and ’50s’ tunes and meet new people. 5:30-6:30pm dance lesson; 6:30-9:30pm dancing at the Elks Lodge, Gambrills. $10: 443-474-2668.

St. John’s Art Reception

See Dialogues: Words and Images in Art 1500-1924, an exhibition surveying the history of the word-image relationship in art. Reception today 3:30-5pm. Showing thru April 6 at St. John’s Mitchell Gallery, Annapolis: 410-626-2556;