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Photo camp focuses on tweens
      Young people today know their way around a smartphone camera. But do they know how to handle the real deal? The Deale Elks Lodge and Muddy Creek Artists Guild are looking for teens and tweens (grades five thru eight) to join the 3rd annual Elkie Artists three-day photography camp to learn the ropes of photography beyond the selfie. 
A new job for our versatile oyster 
      What can’t an oyster do? It builds communities for underwater life, it filters its surrounding waters and feeds many species, including humans. Now scientists at the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge are putting it to work to help fight shoreline erosion.

Performers make the magic happen

     They are bedraggled hermits, shouting village sheriffs, enchanting shopkeepers and battle-worn knights. They are crowned, jolly kings and gallivanting princesses and run-down peasant rabblers.      Other times of the year, they are people with everyday lives. During this special season, however, they shapeshift into magical time travelers intent on bringing you with them at the 27-acre Renaissance Festival in Crownsville.
His friend made it a book
      Judging by their book release party, the collaborators are proud of their first-time novel, the memorably named The Dung Beetles of Liberia.

Smithsonian’s Year of Music comes to SERC

     “We call it eelgrass music,” says Jeff Holland from his office on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater. “Eelgrass seems an apt descriptor for the genre of ethno/eco-music we’re trying to create as part of the effort to build music into the legacy of the Bay.”
Your chance to discover treasure
      Chesapeake Country is once again the setting for a picking pair living out dream jobs. This time, you can be part of the treasure hunt. Your valuables take center stage on Sunday, Sept. 15, when Appraisal Roadshow comes to Owings. Todd Peenstra and Steve Gouterman are on hand to educate you on the worth of your item and regale you with its history.
Fourth-graders and family visit national parks free
      Autumn invites us to pack up the camping gear and head to a park, trail or national monument. If you have a fourth-grade student, your park visit can be free.       For the fifth year, fourth-grade children can get a free pass to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas. The Every Kid Outdoors program is a partnership between the Department of the Interior, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Forest Service.

Rehabilitator Patricia Terrant has them under her wing

      Every spring and summer, baby animals are orphaned alongside highways and in backyards. Find one and you’ve got a quandary: What do I do now?       A person who can answer that question is Patricia Terrant of Blue Angel Rescue in Lusby. Terrant, 65, a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator, has been saving animals, mostly birds, since 2015. 
How Barby Harms became a picker
    Picking is the age-old trade of finding valuable items in other people’s junk. With the debut of American Pickers on The History Channel in 2010, the profession experienced a resurgence. That year, the show was the Number 1 non-fiction series among television viewers.

Mail carrier starts a new route

     What’s the retirement plan of a man who has driven more than one million accident-free miles on the job? For Julian Ralph Easterday III and wife, Ruth, the answer is jump in their Dodge Roadtrek and hit the road for a few thousand more. A million if they are lucky, Easterday says.       Their goal is to visit every national park in America. So far, they’ve already camped at about a quarter of them.