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May 2014

Plant It Pink

Event Date:  June 8, 2014 - 8:30am - 6:00pm Join us for a day on Sunday, June 8th in our efforts to support breast cancer awareness through crafts, activities, giveaways, donation opportunities with The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer and much more! PLUS, meet Joan Reedy, daughter of Vera Bradley! From 12-3 pm, Joan will share stories and personal insights about the Vera Bradley history while also signing autographs for fans. Location Greenstreet Gardens 391 West Bay Front Road Lothian, MD United States See map: Google Maps

Bike MS Ride the Riverside: Ride to Support MS Research (June 7-8, 2014)

Event Date:  June 7, 2014 (All day) Bike MS: Ride the Riverside 2014 takes place June 7-8, 2014, where thousands of people will be cycling, and cheering, to show their support and raise money for MS research. Through a special program called “I Ride with MS”, sponsored by Genzyme and MS One to One, those cyclists who are living with MS will have access to support along the route tailored to their MS needs. This event kicks off and finishes at Maryland’s National Harbor, touring Southern Maryland, with routes ranging from 30 to 100 miles over the two days. Registration fee is $50. Visit to learn more.

Tall Ship Invasion

Event Date:  June 21, 2014 (All day) Tall Ships are invading Solomons, Maryland! The ships (Kalmar Nyckel, Pride of Baltimore II, Sultana and the Dove) begin arriving on June 17 and will be docked at various places around the island. Public Sails are available Wednesday – Sunday; visit for schedule and booking information. Location Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road United States See map: Google Maps

War of 1812 Fair and Re-Enactment

Event Date:  June 21, 2014 (All day) - June 22, 2014 (All day) Step back in time on June 21st and 22nd with Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum as we relive life in the early 1800s. The 1812 Fair and Re-enactment will feature tactical demonstrations and reenactments of Maryland’s largest naval engagement, camp life, live entertainment, crafts, music, dancing, food, drinks, hands-on activities and more. Stay later on Saturday for Tavern Night from 6 to 10 pm and enjoy live entertainment, food, libations and a fireworks display. No admission to the daytime festivities, small admission fee to Tavern Night. Location Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum 10515 Mackall Road St. Leonard, Maryland 20685 United States See map: Google Maps

Anne Arundel Public Water Access Comm Meeting

Event Date:  June 11, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm Anne Arundel Public Water Access Committee Meeting Wednesday, June 11, 2014 6pm at the DPW facility, 445 Maxwell Frye Road, Severna Park, MD 21108. · Jonathan Doherty, Assistant Superintendent, National Park Service Chesapeake Region, will report on progress toward the creation of 300 new public access sites to the Chesapeake by 2025. · Review of local access projects Location AA County Public Works 445 Maxwell Frye Blvd Severna Park, Md United States See map: Google Maps

Annapolis Quilt Guild 2014 Show, Quilts by the Bay

Event Date:  June 14, 2014 - 10:00am - June 15, 2014 - 4:00pm On June 14-15, Annapolis, Maryland, the Annapolis Quilt Guild presents the annual quilt show, Quilts by the Bay at Annapolis Senior High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Hours are Saturday, June 14th -10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 15th - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be over 200 quilts, free demonstrations, special exhibits from the Baltimore Appliqué Society and Hoffman Challenge, may vendors, a boutique of handmade gifts, raffles, and a country store with items for quilting, sewing, knitting and more. For more information see Location Annapolis High School 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD United States See map: Google Maps

You can get (most) anything you want — even a good book

If the medium is the message, then there’s more to be learned from Calvert Library’s huge festival of local authors than you’ll read in this week’s feature story, The Writers Next Door.     Your neighbor may have written just the one for you, I say, introducing 33 authors and their latest (or favorite) books. These are quick introductions, the literary equivalent of speed dating, with a life compressed into one sentence and a plot into another. At the May 31 festival, you’ll meet even more authors from 9:30 am to 4pm.

Is your neighbor the next New York Times bestseller?

The death of reading — like the death of Mark Twain — may be greatly exaggerated.     For the Digital Age has given us high-quality, nearly instant do-it-yourself publishing. Thus the book each of us has within can find a publisher — if it finds an author.     Then it must find readers.     If you’re a reader in search of an author, you’ll find them on May 31 at Prince Frederick Library’s huge Author Festival.

June 3 is the last day to ensure your vote for June 24’s Primary election

Memorial Day reminds us of one way to serve our country.     Election Day offers each of us another way.     To vote, you don’t have to don a uniform, swear an oath or go in harm’s way.     You do have to register, and for that time is short.     June 3 is the last day to register — or change your registration — to vote in June 24’s Primary Election.

Calvert Marine Museum chips away at 58 million years

Persistence pays off. That’s the case with retired farmer Bernard Kuehn of Accokeek.     After 30-plus years combing the stream bed running through his farmland for fossilized sharks’ teeth, Kuehn hit the jackpot this month.     He discovered the soft-shell turtle fossil that lived over 58 million years ago in the Paleocene epoch.