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March 2017

Tabletop Gaming

Teens play board games like Fluxx, Settlers of Catan, Trailer Park Wars, Othello and Sorry. 6:30-8:30pm, Calvert Library, Prince Frederick, free: 410-535-0291.

Meet the Artists

View exhibits by Jodi Hoover and Brad Blair. 6-8pm, Hal Gomer Gallery, Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, free: ­

Sea-Level Rise Discussion

Event Date:  April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm Come learn about expectations for sea-level rise in Annapolis and plans by the U.S. Naval Academy and the city to adapt to it. Lisa Craig with the City of Annapolis, Weather It Together and CAPT Emil Petruncio with the U.S. Naval Academy Oceanography Department will discuss sea-level rise. This is a Speakers Series event sponsored by the Maryland Climate Coalition and Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis. All are welcome. This discussion is free and open to the public. Location Annapolis Friends Meeting 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis, MD United States See map: Google Maps

Lecture: American Identity in the Age of Trump

Event Date:  March 31, 2017 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm Annapolis, Md.— Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and St. John’s College alumna, will present the Annual Andrew Steiner Lecture entitled “American Identity in the Age of Trump” at St. John’s College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, March 31, at 8 p.m. Location Francis Scott Key Auditorium, St. John's College 60 College Avenue Annapolis, MD United States See map: Google Maps

Revolutionary Annapolis Walking Tour

Event Date:  April 15, 2017 - 10:30am - 12:00pm Walk in the footsteps of patriot leader William Paca as you follow his dramatic personal and political story through the revolutionary era. Learn how a promising young lawyer became a rebel, a revolutionary, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the Governor of Maryland through the course of twenty years. This 90-minute guided walking tour begins at the William Paca House and ends at the Maryland State House, with stops at ten other sites along the way. Reservations required. Location William Paca House and Gardens 186 Prince George Street United States See map: Google Maps

Brothers in Arms: The Revolutionary Service of James and Edmund Brice

Event Date:  April 11, 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Two hundred fifty years ago, James Brice began building his Annapolis mansion, which still dominates the intersection of East and Prince George Streets. During the Revolutionary War, he served as Captain of the city militia and Lieutenant of the county militia, positions that earned him the honorary title “Colonel.” But James wasn’t the only Colonel in the Brice family; his youngest brother, Edmund, a professionally-trained artist, was named a Lieutenant Colonel by Congress at the request of the Marquis de Lafayette. Senior Historian Glenn E. Location St. John's College, Francis Scott Key Auditorium United States See map: Google Maps

A night on the dance floor in Davidsonville is good exercise and a great bargain

Back in the woods, off a winding country road in Davidsonville, a bunch of happy people are cutting the rug in the former mess hall of a decommissioned Nike missile base.     It’s good times as usual with the Davidsonville Dance Club, which hosts weekly Saturday night dances, evening lessons during the week and occasional weekend workshops. Founded in 1980, the club’s membership is about 250, equally balanced between men and women.

Pranks are everywhere just waiting to be found

With April 1 right around the corner, undoubtedly you pranksters out there are gearing up to fool some of your soon-to-be former friends and family. What I want to stress is that April 1 is not the only time for practical jokes. Any time, if the moment is right, can be used for foolishness. But first, let’s define the differences between a joke and a practical joke.     A joke is verbal. It usually starts out with something like There was this rabbi, a priest and a kangaroo who walked into a bar … then ends with a humorous punch line.

Spring’s sirens are sounding

The chirping call of spring peepers, Pseudacris crucifer, is my favorite sound of spring. Perhaps it was my upbringing in swampy Louisiana that draws me to frog songs. I often find myself rolling down the windows as I drive home along Muddy Creek Road in southern Anne Arundel County to catch a wave of springtime from the marshes and wetlands along the road.     The chorus of these tiny frogs is one of our first harbingers of warmer temperatures and longer days. You’ll hear them long before spring’s official arrival.

Proper preparation prevents poor performance

You can never trust Maryland’s March weather. Another certainty is the march of time, which puts us only a couple of weeks from Trophy Rockfish Season, opening April 15. Cold or warm, snow, sleet, rain or sun, the striper season is fast arriving.     So don’t make opening day your first day on the water. I take at least a week for a shakedown cruise or two plus scouting trips to get ready. That means now is the time to get going.