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A chronology of fun, fare and festivals stretching from the autumnal equinox to Thanksgiving

Read this week’s paper with caution; it could lead you astray

Perpetual disaster Bridget Jones grows up a bit in this comedy

Take your hike to the next level

Like tea-party guests, they’ve visited before, will they be back?

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.     Some of the dog parks are set inside larger parks where...

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. Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control A 501(c)(3) nonprofit created by...

Professional insights into caring for your animal companions

Convenient Care Mobile ­Veterinary Service Don’t fight to get your pet to the vet Never again do you need to lie to your pet, disguising a trip to the dreaded vet’s office as an outing in the park.     No matter how great your veterinarian is, many a pet cannot stand sitting on the cold tile floor, surrounded by the noise of other anxious animals, waiting for a white lab coat to appear. Many cats refuse to be caged for such trips.     ...

And what our cats see in us

What could she see in him?         I’ve often wondered that about my friends’ husbands. Even more often, about their dogs.     Husbands are more ambiguous. Dogs are absolute.     Love me, love my dog, my grandmother taught me, was the rule of friendship with a dog fancier — which my grandmother was not. Not, love me, love my husband.     Other people’s husbands may be more attractive than your...

Lusby and Spooks

Lusby was so full of energy when we acquired her that I concluded she was nuclear-powered. Thus the name Lusby, for the location of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. The one thing she does not do much of is lie around doing nothing.     Her breed has been identified as a North Carolina dog, a species with ties to the dingoes that crossed the Bering Strait with migrating humans, and she is very independent. She will not fetch for my wife Clara or me but will fetch for...

Their lifespan is just too short

My German shorthair pointer, Sophie, passed away this past winter after 13 years of memorable companionship. Her absence is almost as imposing as was her presence. A flicker of movement off to the side still makes me turn my head, expecting her to bound up to my side. Returning home, I can’t help but look for her bright eyes shining in a front window as she somehow anticipates my arrival once again.     “A dog’s lifespan is too short,” author Agnes...

Mel Brooks’ mocking masterpiece

To end its 50th season, Annapolis Summer Garden Theater has challenged itself with one of the biggest and most popular musicals ever to hit Broadway: Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Winner of a record 12 Tony Awards in 2001 and running for more than 2,500 performances, the show sought to hilariously offend everyone — Jews, producers, actors, homosexuals, Nazis … the list goes on. Brooks’ blockbuster set the stage for the kind of hard-to-get ticket that is being matched only...

The bad guys get a bad script

What do you do when a superman breaks bad?     That’s the worry of intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis: Custody). Her solution is a squad of the worst villains America has ever known.     Her villainous team includes:     • Enchantress (Cara Delevingne: Pan), a millennia-old deity possessing the body of an archeologist;     • Deadshot (Will Smith: Concussion), a mercenary named for his aim;  ...

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.     So when World Artists come visiting — as they regularly do...

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.     Most of the water that fell for 15 days straight from April 27 through May 11 washed unimpeded into our rivers, flooding streets and carrying whatever was in its path into the Bay. The luckiest raindrops were caught by thirsty native plants and flowers and held in a rain garden just long enough to send that water into the soil...