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Light falls; growth happens

Her luck was here then gone

Answer the call of this challenging surreal satire

You’re never too young to fall for the magic of theater

 

Nextival promises the next level in good times

Marvel offers a brief break from universe-destroying supervillains in this light flick
 

Join the party at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

Volunteers will be helping this year’s 100 or so Palooza paddlers circle Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center’s horsehead peninsula, passing through the waters of Cabin Creek, Kent Narrows and Marshy Creek before landing at the Lakeside Pavilion for food, fun and music.     “We have full support with more than 40 volunteers from start-up to celebration,” said the center’s Karen Bogue. “Safety boats and kayakers are stationed around the course....

Volunteer to have fun and make a difference
 

Squish … squish … squish …         That is the sound our water-filled mucking boots, hip waders and various other water-resistant footwear made as we marched back to our cars after a successful oyster-planting day at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville.     A dozen volunteers had waded into the shallow, low-tide waters of the cove off Cabin Creek to form a human chain to move from truck to pallet 120 to 150...

Summer breakfast and lunch ­programs keep stomachs full
 

More than 100,000 summer breakfasts have filled the stomachs of the children of Southern Anne Arudel County over the last decade, thanks to the Cedar Grove United Methodist Breakfast Club.     The Breakfast Club began because third-grader Nathaniel ­Quimby wanted to ensure that all his friends got breakfast during the months school was out. Ingrid ­Quimby-High, Nathaniel’s mother, brought the idea to her church. Thus began the club’s carryout breakfasts....

The red fox lives by cunning, guile and cover of night
 

Vulpes volpes, the subject of fairy tales and folklore, are in real life blamed for raiding chicken coops, killing pets and keeping people up at night with their cries. Red foxes have about three octaves of vocalization, and many of their sounds are unpleasant, even scary.       They are hunted with dogs and horses, poisoned and trapped for their skins. Yet still they remain very common.     Foxes live by cunning and guile and avoid humans by being...

Over 900 sightings this past year
 

The first time I fished in saltwater was a memorable experience. I had waded out from the shoreline with a spinning rod in one hand and a bag of squid in the other. Catching a small flounder within the first few minutes made me bolder until at last I was far from shore and chest-deep in the water.     Then I saw the big, dark, triangular fin angling toward me through the water. My blood froze as I tried to backpedal toward a now impossibly distant beach.     Then...

Plants have different feeding needs

Landscaping is an odd agricultural industry in that many different species of plants grow as near neighbors. To achieve desired effects, you might plant azaleas near junipers or yews and rhododendrons in close proximity to viburnums or tulips or lilies.     In both of these examples, species with very different soil requirements are expected to survive and thrive. Junipers, boxwoods and viburnums prefer a soil with a pH above 6.0. Azaleas and rhododendrons perform best at a pH...

A timely reminder of the power of kindness.

Fred Rogers was an unlikely television sensation. Sets were cheap, puppets shabby and the host refused to wear silly costumes or pander to young children. Yet Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood became a beloved staple of PBS programming. Feeling his genuine interest in them, children connected with Rogers. Parents appreciated that the show dealt with real topics, like assassination and divorce. People flocked to his neighborhood.     An ordained minister and a lifelong registered...

Irresistible ’90s’ choreography with five singing and dancing guys

Altar Boyz is the This is Spinal Tap of boy bands. As that classic 1980s’ movie mocked heavy metal bands, so does Altar Boyz mock the marketed maleness of the Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block and Menudo. But it does so gently, with an affection that softens the satire and allows the audience to appreciate the characters and their story.     Altar Boyz is a 1990s’ boy band stuck in present times with five-part harmonies, laughable lyrics and the pop-Christian...

Upper Marlboro woman serves on ship 10 times her age

    For America’s 242nd year of independence, Seaman Anansa Wargo, a 2014 graduate of Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro, celebrates aboard the venerable USS Constitution.     She is part of a handpicked Navy crew of 77 serving on the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. Famously known as Old Ironsides, the Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate. The 220-year-old ship, anchored in Boston, was named by President...

Follow patriotic history along 560 miles of land and water

    In the British Invasion of the 1960s, the Beatles and the musicians who followed that foursome transformed American music and culture, mostly peacefully.     The British Invasion 150 years earlier was waged by soldiers who sailed up the Chesapeake Bay, advanced along the Potomac, Patuxent and Patapsco rivers and eventually burned the White House and Capitol in Washington, D.C.     The War of 1812 broke out over issues that sound like today...