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You can bring your dog to any of the public parks in Anne Arundel or Calvert counties, but most require that you keep them on a leash.
    For off-leash play, six dog parks in Anne Arundel and two in Calvert offer large fenced areas for both big and small dogs to run free while getting the much-needed socialization and exercise that keeps them healthy and happy. Aggressive dogs are banned from dog parks.
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Where to turn for help and to help

Anne Arundel County Animal ­Control Shelter

The central Anne Arundel county location for lost pets, reunites hundreds with their owners and operates a shelter that annually adopts out about 1,500 pets. As part of the county Police Department, it enforces all animal control laws. Services include a weekly $5 rabies vaccination clinic: 411 Maxwell Frye Rd., Millersville: 410-222-8900; aacounty.org/animalcontrol.

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No-kill shelter construction planned for 2018 in Prince Frederick

About animal well-being, Calvert County is a passionate place. Devoted animal lovers have made it so, pouring time, effort and fundraising into the creation of a half-dozen welfare organizations for animals in need, including shelters, clinics, a resale shop raising funds for neutering and spaying and a feral cat sanctuary.
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Your library card gets you access to fun destinations free

Your library card can open many doors in Chesapeake Country. Doors to museums, gardens, pools, parks, wineries and golf courses.
    In Anne Arundel County, any Maryland cardholder can check out a family pass, good for one week and up to four people, for admission to Historic London Town and Gardens. You do not have to live in Anne Arundel County to use your card to get a museum pass.
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Treating the whole person for ­overall wellbeing

By the time patients come to the Maryland Disc Institute, they are sick and tired of being in pain.
    “They’ve been to their primary care provider, a chiropractor or therapist and taken pain killers. Some have had injections without any lasting relief. They do everything else first, and then when that doesn’t stop the pain, they come to me,” says Dr. Kathryn Hodges.
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Skateboarding rewards diligence, not age

Skateboarders of all ages are grabbing their decks for a new era of the perennial sport. In Calvert County, 18-year-old Joey Jett and 46-year-old Wayne Cox represent opposite poles in a new skateboarding brotherhood supported by Joe Smialek’s Prince Frederick shop Aggro Joe’s. With hard-driven passion, all three have turned their love for skateboarding into careers.

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Through torrents and drought, rain gardens look good and do good for the environment, too

After a wet spring when rain was abundant in Chesapeake Country, we are now in the midst of a heat wave with chance blasts of short-lived rainfall.
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World Artists make themselves at home in Annapolis

Betty Mcginnis dreamed big. She wanted to bring together not just her community but the whole world. That’s how World Artists Experiences was born as an all-volunteer effort to bring international arts to Annapolis.
    That’s a nice way of saying that World Artists Experiences depend on human resources rather than money. Especially as you see and hear all performances for free.
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Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

Our summer on the cheap took us to a park still being born.
    Ward Farm Park in Dunkirk is not yet open, except for some hikes and camps.
    Naturalist Tania Gale led our group of seven children and seven adults on one of those hikes, pointing out plants and insects and filling us in on the history of the Ward family as well as what changes are coming.
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You can’t catch any fish if they ain’t there

Being the Severn Riverkeeper is not so much a job as a roller coaster ride. Having a biologist wife, Nancy, to teach me the science and a good friend, Sarah Caldes, to do the grant writing have made it a fun ride.
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