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Articles by Kathy Knotts

Free exchanges, kids’ writing contests ­promote mutual understanding

Since 2002, world artists from Estonia to Egypt have made stops in Annapolis in free cultural exchanges organized and funded by World Artist Experiences.
    This week, Colorful China comes to St. John’s College for a show (7pm Sunday October 11) featuring music, dancing and the traditional costumes of such ethnic minorities as the Uyghur, Dong and Miao peoples of China. The performers stay in local homes to get a feel of life here.
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Give them a purposeful new life

Tired of seeing all those unused broken crayons in the arts and crafts box? Here’s how to recycle them and do some good work at the same time.
    Suzy Provine and the Glen Burnie Civitan Club are collecting those broken bits to send to The Crayon Initiative, which will turn them into new ones. These new crayons will then be put into the hands of children at schools, hospitals, arts programs and other child-focused organizations.
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BGE is the first utility to make ­Certified Wildlife Habitat’s green list

Maryland has just gotten a little friendlier to wildlife.
    Six right of ways beneath power lines carrying electricity generated at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant are now Certified Wildlife Habitats. Certified Wildlife Habitats can be our backyard, cities, public spaces and now utility easements. Baltimore Gas and Electric, which manages the property, is the first utility on the green list.
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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.
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It cost more than $31 million to replace outdated Lothian ­Elementary with a school designed for the 21st-century

When a new school comes to your neighborhood, you can’t help but wonder what your tax dollars have bought. In Lothian, you paid for a LEED Silver certified sleek, sophisticated and thoroughly modern school that keeps up with the 21st century in hopes that the kids studying there will, too. It is the only new school built in either Anne Arundel or Calvert counties this year. The cost? Only $31.7 million.
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Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade seeks young poster artists

Almost as famous as the Eastport Yacht Club’s Christmas Lights Parade are its annual posters. Kids can get in on the glory and possibly win some cash. Winning artwork will be displayed on the Yacht Club Lights Parade Facebook page and may be used for posters and T-shirts.
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A library card

“What’s cooler than being cool? Having a library card,” says ‘Joe Cool’ Snoopy. That’s because kids who use the library do better in school.
    Library cards are free and can be used at any Maryland public library for e-books, e-magazines, downloadable movies and music, reference resources, HelpNow! homework help and Brainfuse free online tutoring.
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CalvArt Gallery September show doubles as an early-season coat drive

September is time to put away the beach gear and take a good look at fall and winter wear. While you make the shuffle from shorts to long sleeves, pull out gently used coats for CalvArt Gallery’s upcoming coat drive.
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Solar, wind and energy-efficient upgrades on the way

Sandy Point State Park is a fine place to soak up the sun. Soon those rays will be turning into energy.
    The Board of Public Works approved a $535,870 contract with Baltimore-based Bithenergy to evaluate, design and install park upgrades, reducing total energy consumption by an estimated 45 percent.
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Annapolis Solar Park tops old landfill

The future for the region’s energy needs is being built upon the trash heaps of our past.
    This week, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides signed a 20-year lease for Annapolis Solar Park, giving the green light to build an 80-acre solar project at the site of a closed and capped landfill in Anne Arundel County.
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