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The New Boats on the Bay

Dragons race to end hunger

Move over canoes, kayaks, racing sculls and paddleboards. There’s a new boat on the Bay.
    Dragon boats, a craft perfected in southern China over two thousand years ago, are racing in North Beach this weekend. The brightly painted long boats take their name from the head and tails of dragons adorning stem and stern. A team of 16 to 20 rowers power the boats, with one drummer setting the rhythm.
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Artists bring their Pearls to Annapolis for a high-stakes hunt

The Pearls are going public in a high-stakes scavenger hunt for their effigies, with a real string of pearls rewarding success at the finish.
    To wear this string of pearls, you’ll have to find paintings of Pearl properties hidden around downtown Annapolis from June 21 through 23.
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Humane Society of Calvert pays, but you don’t have to live in Calvert

The Humane Society of Calvert County will pay for your cat to be spayed or neutered. Fix A Cat Today, FACT, is available in Anne Arundel County south of Annapolis; Bowie and points south in Prince Georges County; and Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.
    FACT is supported by a limited anonymous grant and will continue until funds are exhausted. Any cat, feral or domestic, is eligible. So are multiple family cats.
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Animal sanctuary gets Bay-friendly upgrade

Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes won’t be making cameos at Davidsonville’s upgraded rehab. This rehab — Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary — helps rehabilitate geese, ducks, frogs, beavers, deer, turtles and migratory birds.
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Bob Penaloza and seven other homeowners open their doors to you in the ­Eastport Home and Garden Tour

It was the neighborhood that drew Bob and Jill Penaloza to the ­Maritime Republic of Eastport, Annapolis’ rebellious eighth ward.
    “My wife loved the eclectic nature,” Penaloza said. “In the old part, no two houses were the same.”
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Smoke, sauce and good times yield $60K to help kids

It’s taken almost a month to clean the barbecue sauce from their hands, giving the good Samaritans of the Parole Rotary Club a chance to count the money raised at the third annual Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival. The two-day festival in early May drew a crowd estimated at more than 15,000 and raised upward of $60,000 for local charities and non-profits.
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NFL players no match in charity softball game

A friendly charity match turned into a beating around the bottom of the fourth inning. The June 1 NFL vs. Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team game drew crowds from nearby military bases and football fans from far and wide.
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Keeping the agricultural tradition alive at American Chestnut Land Trust’s Double Oak Farm

As Jeff Klapper walks among the rows of strawberries and kale, he snaps off a thick purple stalk of asparagus.
    Seeing Klapper’s ease with the land and the food he grows, you would not imagine he came to Double Oak Farm after a career in commercial engraving.
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Sci-Fi writers needed to prevent space-time meltdown 

A top team at Los Alamos recently went public with findings that have shaken the scientific community to its core. Using heretofore-classified wormhole technology, the team has managed to observe an alternate reality, largely the same as our own, but with one difference — three Maryland science fiction fans are about to become prize-winning writers.
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Dress in your royal best for a baby shower

You’re invited to Kate Middleton’s baby shower. Instead of gifts for the Duchess of Cambridge, bring gifts to help local mothers and babies facing poverty and homelessness.
    Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis has teamed with the Gabriel Network, headquartered in Bowie, to throw a baby shower, with a champagne brunch and British-themed trivia.
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