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Renewal is the irresistible urge of spring, reaching from the ground up into our homes and hearts.    
    It’s time to make some changes. But unless you bring home some new ideas, you’ll be recycling the same old stuff.    
    In the nick of time, here’s Bay Weekly’s 2015 Home and Garden Guide, bringing you 28 partners to inspire and assist your renewal.

All the Tools Your Inner Artist Needs

Are you a DIY sort of person? Do you need supplies and inspiration for your creative projects?
    Art Things, Inc. in West Annapolis is a place you should explore.

Sailors ­battle winter monsoons and South Pacific trade winds in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race

When Joni Mitchell wrote the curious lyric, But clouds got in my way in her haunting melody “Both Sides Now,” she could have been talking about the Volvo Ocean Race. From Spain to Capetown … Capetown to Abu Dhabi … Abu Dhabi to Sanya … then the 5,264 nautical mile Leg 4 challenge from China to New Zealand, the race has been an endless struggle to navigate around and through the clouds.

All you can eat plus sides of local culture at the Deale Volunteer Fire Department’s Oyster Roast

With a toothpick set in the corner of his mouth, Kenny Wilde offers up jive with fresh-shucked oysters.
    “The toothpick helps to keep a cigarette out of my mouth,” says Wilde, K-MAN to his followers.
    Wilde works construction most days, though he still holds a Tidal Fishing license so he can harvest oysters. “I went out a few times this fall,” he says. “Enough to remind me it’s hard work.”

“We want Annapolis to be known as the best city for sailing in the world.”

The National Sailing Hall of Fame is finally set to launch its next phase, thanks to a $250,000 donation from the Merrill Family Foundation, run by the three children of the late Capital and Washingtonian publisher Philip Merrill.
    “This comes from two things: our love of sailing and our love of Annapolis,” Cathy Merrill Williams said.

$1,000 scholarship ensures that Alice ­Murray’s good deeds live on

Alice Murray was a woman of good works: Operator of the South County Emergency Baby Pantry; a voice in the Community Action Agency and the Anne Arundel County Food Bank; volunteer nurse at the flu clinic. She was all these and more.

Rotary program looks to end world conflict

Rotary International is working to make world peace a reality.
    Helping work toward that goal, the Rotary Club of Annapolis is now recruiting for the Rotary Peace Fellowships, a program that helps up to 100 fellows earn professional development certificates or master’s degrees in Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Help push our Maryland Day Celebration into the future

George Washington slept here. So did four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Thurgood Marshall, too.
    But making history takes more than a few big names.
    History is made by being there. The weight of that daily job is carried by multitudes of people whose names are forgotten.

Shoes and books for two good causes

Welcome spring with a little directed indoor pruning that eases your load and benefits two good causes.
    Start with books. Books on the Bay — wildlife, climate, ecology, and other natural treasures — are sought by the Chesapeake Conservancy to fill the shelves of Ben Franklin High School in Baltimore.

St. John’s College grad Ahmet Ertegün made good — very good

Annapolis has been the hangout of many famous people. William Paca. Charles Carroll. George Washington. Kevin Spacey. Barbara Kingsolver. Ahmet Ertegün.

Musicians start young and work hard

Allison Reisinger plays chords on her violin, tuning as she waits for her call. When it’s time to show her stuff, she steps onto the stage, a picture of confidence and concentration. Faculty judges sit below, pens ready. Allison takes a deep breath and lifts her instrument to her shoulder. Her fingers and bow slyly dance across the strings.