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September 2015

How much plastic is in the Chesapeake Bay?

Event Date:  October 13, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm Join Trash Free Maryland and Annapolis Green for a presentation on plastic pollution in our local waters. The recent 15-day Chesapeake Bay Trash Trawl found plastic in all 60 samples collected throughout the Maryland portion of the Bay. Find out what this means for public health, the health of the Bay, and what can you do about this toxic pollution that has already entered the world food chain? Sponsored by Saint Andrew's United Methodist Church & Day School and the Annapolis Community Foundation. Location Annapolis Maritime Museum 723 Second Street Annapolis, MD 21403 United States See map: Google Maps
Event Date:  October 14, 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm "Lessons Learned from Four Decades on the Bay" Join us for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's keynote 50th-anniversary evening lecture. Spend the evening with award-winning environmental journalist Tom Horton, and learn what he's discovered after 43 years covering the Bay: what's changed, what questions still need answers, and what it may ultimately take to save the Bay. The talk is free and open to all. A dessert reception in the Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory starts at 7pm, followed by the lecture at 8. Location Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037 United States See map: Google Maps

1st Annual SerbFest DC

Event Date:  October 2, 2015 - 5:00pm - October 3, 2015 - 9:00pm The 1st Annual SerbFest is presented by Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church located at 10660 River Road, Potomac, MD, 20854 and takes place on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In its inaugural year, SerbFest DC aims to fill the void in the greater Baltimore/DC area for authentic Serbian food and culture. Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church is the epicenter for Serbian culture in DC and is proud to share ethnic cuisine, customs, and culture with the Capital!

Cedar Grove Church Fall Festival

Event Date:  October 24, 2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm Fall Festival at Cedar Grove UM Church. Saturday, Oct. 24th at 4:00pm-6:00pm at 5965 Deale-Churchton Rd, Deale, MD 20751. Join Us for a FREE, FUN Community Event including activities such as a Trunk N Treat, Face Painting, Games, and Crafts. While here, enjoy a free hot dog, chips, and lemonade. S'mores too! Costumes welcomed, but not required. For info, contact 410.867.7417 or Location Cedar Grove United Methodist Church 5965 Deale-Churchton Rd. Deale, MD 20751 United States See map: Google Maps

Jug Bay protects the Bay and its creatures big and small

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian is one of those treasures we sometimes forget in our jewelry box of Chesapeake natural wonders. More than just one park and beyond typical county offerings, its ever-expanding boundary lines encompass more than 1,700 acres of wetlands, marsh, upland forests and meadows. The park includes the main sanctuary, the Parris Glendening Nature Preserve, the Patuxent Wetland Park and Wootens Landing.

The B&A Trail provides more than a smooth ride

The Baltimore-Annapolis Trail saved Tom Caraker’s life. In 2000, Type II diabetes and multiple strokes tormented the now 81-year-old, depriving him of feeling in his hands. Defying the doctor’s orders he dug a mountain bike out of his shed and went riding through Severna Park. Squeezing handbrakes brought back first tingling, then full feeling.

Let’s Move! helps make a healthy city

Annapolis is making such strides in advancing fitness that First Lady Michelle Obama ranks our capital city as a top community in her signature Let’s Move! initiative. The honor means healthier citizens — plus White House visits for city movers and shakers.

Dreams come true in Los Angeles

Maryland Olympians swelled with power and pride in competition among 6,500 athletes from 165 countries at this summer’s Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.     “I became a leader,” says Chris Dooley of Denton. In competition, the kayaker won a bronze medal in his 200-meter singles race.

Could a new lure out­perform a tried-and-true white perch favorite?

The Super Rooster Tail in the Clown Coach Dog pattern has been the king of white perch shallow-water spinner baits for Bay anglers for the last decade.     Why that is, no one can explain. The bait looks like nothing in nature. It is a safety-pin-type spinner bait with a cylindrical bright-yellow lead body marked with irregular red-orange fluorescent spots, dressed with dark spun hackle and finished with a double hook. It swings on its wire frame under a single silver willow-leaf blade.

Butterflies release commemorates life

“The butterfly is a symbol of how lives change and are transformed,” said Calvert Hospice’s Linzy Laughhunn as he set free one of 72 monarchs during a celebration of life ceremony at Chesapeake Highland Memorial Gardens in Port Republic.     Chesapeake Highland Memorial Gardens are surrounded by open land where the released monarchs will find milkweed on which to lay their eggs and for nectar as they prepare for their epic migration to Mexico.