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August 2016

Take a book, leave a book

The Little Free Library at 9100 Greenwood Ave. in North Beach joins some 36,000 front-yard book-lenders in 70 countries, from Iceland to Tasmania to Australia.     Library stewards Gary Stevens and Meredith Allen have stocked their Little Free Library with a variety of used books for readers of all ages to take a book and leave a book.

Precious time is ticking away

This time of year makes you think like that.         If seasons had clocks to tell the passing of their days, we’d read the numbers 8:25 with advancing insight.

Trotline your way to a pickin’ party

Heading out from the ramp in a late morning sortie for white perch, I encountered a solo crabber’s boat at the edge of the channel. He was pulling in his trotline from the stern and looked up as my skiff approached.     Seeking info on the crab catch, I gave him the sign language gesture asking how he was doing (arms open and a questioning look on my face). Shaking his head. he indicated problems. I killed my engine and drifted closer.

If you use this powerful herbicide, be sure you use it right

Roundup has its uses, but before you consider spraying the herbicide, you should know what it’s good for — how damaging it can be and where it does no good, even ill.     Roundup kills plants by degrading the mitochondria in the roots. I began studying Roundup in 1976, when it was called glyphosate. Our research established rates of application, best time of application, plant response and phytotoxicity on desirable plants. Since then, we have learned a great deal more about Roundup and the care you should exercise when using it.

A boy learns the power of a good story in this exceptional animated film

If you must blink, do it now.           So begins the story of young Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson: Game of Thrones), a troubadour in ancient Japan. Each day in the square he tells fantastical tales of the Moon King and the brave warrior Hanzo who fights him. As he weaves his tale, Kubo plays his shamisen as origami to come to life to act out his story. Villagers gather to watch and shower Kubo with coins.     The most fantastical thing about Kubo’s stories is that they are true.

Goo Goo Dolls in Concert

  Hot off their new release, Boxes, the Goo Goo Dolls have had 19 Top 10 singles, have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and gained renowned for their 1998 single Iris, ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 Pop Songs 1992–2012. Multi-platinum quintet Collective Soul opens. Festival grounds open at 6:30; concert begins at 7pm. Food and drink sold; no coolers, backpacks or carry-in chairs. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, all reserved seating $45-$55, rsvp: www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Renaissance Festival

Take a trip back to Tudor England at this annual royal affair. At opening weekend, kids 15 and under admitted free. Perhaps you’ll meet King Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon and their royal court in Revel Grove. Eat giant turkey legs, see jousting knights, juggling fools and lovely ladies-in-waiting. It’s even more fun when you come in costume — or rent at the fair. 10am-7pm SaSu, 1821 Crownsville Rd., $19 w/discounts: rennfest.com.

32nd Bello Machre Golf Tournament

Golfers play shotgun start: Captain’s Choice; highlights include raffle prizes, the Sausage Stop at the 9th hole and hole-in-one prize of $25,000. Benefits children and adults with developmental disabilities. Queenstown Harbor, $250/golfer, rsvp: 443-702-3024.

ABCs of Genealogy

  Find guidance for conducting family research with the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society. 7-9:30pm, Severna Park UMC, free: www.aagensoc.org.

Dixie Hotel Jazz Concert

Rhythm Method Band performs. 7-9pm, Whitmore Park, Annapolis, free: [email protected]