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Annual plant seminar and sale, monarch watch, and other Maryland green events

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The Irvine Nature Center is holding its Annual Native Plant Seminar and Sale on Aug 23. The hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics will include tree health, landscape design, the connection between native plants and bees, and invasive plants. A break and lunch will be provided. Registration is required. For more information, contact Clare Ng at (443) 738-9220.

The Baltimore Free Store will hold its free market on Aug 23 at the Roosevelt Rec. Center. From 10 - 11:30 a.m., volunteers will accept donations; from 12 - 2:30 p.m., they will give away goods. All donations are tax deductible. To learn more, e-mail BmoreFREE@gmail.com or visit http://freestorebaltimore.org.

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville is offering Monarch Watch on Aug 23 and 24. The hours are 1 - 3 p.m. Attendees will learn about the different butterfly species in Maryland and the plants associated with them. A park naturalist will describe how the Nature Center raises monarch caterpillars tags them, and releases them as part of the Monarch Watch Study. For more information, call (410) 887-1815 or e-mail info@oregonridgenaturecenter.org.

The Prince George's County Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Patuxent Riverkeeper are holding a Patuxent Rive Paddle and Crab Dinner on Aug 23. It will be held at the Riverkeeper's new headquarters in Upper Marlboro from 3 to 7 p.m. For the first two hours, guests may canoe or kayak on the River with a guide. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Dinner costs $12.00 a person without crab and $25.00 a person with crab. Aug 24 is the rain date. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Fred Tutman at info@paxriverkeeper.org.

The Soldier's Delight N.E.A. in Owings Mills is offering Feathered Friends on Aug 24. It will run 12 - 1 p.m. A naturalist will describe a given bird species. Attendees should meet at the Visitors' Center. For more information, e-mail patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov or call (410) 461-5005.

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