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January 2014

Give plants the right lights, and they’ll grow in any season

Plants don’t like freezing temperatures any more than we do. But many will be perfectly happy to grow indoors, encouraged by fluorescent lights.     Under lights, you can grow plants, including vegetables, up to 10 inches tall.

Libra’s Zubeneschamali is unique

If you’re up before the sun, you can’t miss Venus, which rises in the southeast by 6am. A half-hour later, this Morning Star is ablaze a good 30 degrees above the horizon, brighter than anything but the moon and the coming sun. As the horizon brightens, Venus climbs higher, growing dimmer until blinking out of view by 7:30am. Wednesday morning, January 29, look for Venus just four degrees above a thin, waning crescent moon before dawn.

Is the theft of your story a crime?

In Dignity Players’ long list of morality plays, Collected Stories is the crowning achievement. When a writing student mines her teacher’s private life for material, artistic license crosses the line from inspiration to confiscation. So says acclaimed author Ruth Steiner (played by Carol Cohen) of the transgression of heretofore-beloved student Lisa Morrison (Sarah Wade). Lisa claims she did only what her mentor taught her.

Bad Dates is a good night out

In theater terms, when an actor talks directly to the audience, it’s known as breaking the fourth wall. When Janet Luby does it in Bay Theatre Company’s latest, she’s not so much breaking a wall as she is opening a door. Through that door we join her as she shares her life, her attempts at love and a lot of laughs.


How do I love thee? Siri, count the ways.

People walk the streets talking aloud to their phones, wrapped up in their own electrical worlds. Digital interfaces have nullified human interaction.     Living a quiet life of digital obscurity is Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix: The Master). A ghostwriter of handwritten correspondence for a faceless corporation, he pours over the personal lives of people who would rather play with their phones than write love letters and thank you notes.
Event Date:  February 13, 2014 - 6:30am - 8:30am Uncork’d Art : Just For Fun™ Classes Ages 21+ Instructor: Uncork’d Art For our 21 and over crowd, our “Just For Fun” session is exactly how it sounds …. JUST-FOR-FUN!! Fun night, great art, and great wine!! Our team will guide you step-by-step on the painting for that night and you will have something that will look like your own masterpiece. Session includes one complimentary glass of wine and all art supplies to complete your masterpiece! Additional wine and food available for purchase (wine & food is catered). Class # Location Chesapeake Arts Center 194 Hammonds Lane Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225 United States See map: Google Maps

Annual South River Scorecard Presentation

Event Date:  April 22, 2014 - 7:00pm Each year since 2007, the South River Federation has compiled a South River Scorecard presenting data on ten key indicators of the river’s health. These indicators include water clarity, dissolved oxygen, underwater grasses, nutrients, and the abundance of aquatic life. This data has mainly been collected from the South Riverkeeper, but the report also utilizes data from other respected sources such as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. Come and hear the most recent data obtained from our monitoring programs. Location Historic London Town and Gardens 839 Londontown Rd Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps

Project Clean Stream

Event Date:  April 5, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Project Clean Stream is a program organized and coordinated by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. By participating in this event, you will be joining unified efforts across the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed to clean up local streams. Come and help clean our streams and beautify the community we inhabit. Location to be decided, but will be in the general Edgewater, MD area. Please RSVP to Location To be decided United States See map: Google Maps

Kids Time at the Libraries

Annapolis: 410-222-1750: 9:30am & 10:30am Stories and songs for up to 18 months. Prince Frederick: 410-535-0291: 9:30am Stories for up to 2 years; 10am Stories for 2-3 years; 10:45am Stories for up to 5 years; 6:30pm Cadette Girl Scout Book Artist Badge Workshop (rsvp). Solomons: 410-326-5289: 10am Movie and a story for preschoolers. Broadneck: 410-222-1905: 10am Baby signing for up to 5 years.

Kids Time at the Libraries

Twin Beaches: 410-257-2411: 9:15am Stories for up to 2 years; 10am & 1pm Stories for up to 5 years; 11am Stories for 2-3 year olds. Prince Frederick: 410-535-0291: 9:30am Stories for up to 2 years; 10am Stories for 2-3 year olds; 10:45am & 1pm Stories for up to 5 years. Edgewater: 410-222-1538: 9:30am Stories for up to 2 years; 11am Stories for 2-5 years. Pasadena: 410-222-6699: 10am Snowy day stories for preschoolers.