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Coal Country, green architecture course, and other Maryland green events

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The 14th Annual Maple Syrup-Making Demonstrations will be held at the Cunningham Falls State Park in Frederick County on March 8 and 9. The hours on both days will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can watch demonstrations of the traditional methods for making maple syrup. There will also be crafts, live music, and a pancake breakfast. (The last costs extra.) Admission costs $2.00 a person and $1.00 per person in a youth group. To learn more, e-mail or call (301) 271-7574.

The Heathcote Community is offering a permaculture design course over the weekend of March 8 and 9 at Cromwell Valley Park. The hours on both days will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Topics covered over the weekend will include natural building, green energy with an emphasis on solar power, and recycling waste. The course costs $75.00 a day. To learn more, e-mail or call (410) 343-DIRT.

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and Cylburn Arboretum will be hosting Green Baltimore: An Eco Event Expo on March 9 at Cylburn’s Vollmer Visitor Center. It will run from 12 - 4 p.m. Dozens of local businesses and services, including caterers, florists, and hoteliers will explain how they can help people keep their wedding or celebration green. Admission is free. To learn more, call (410) 396-4860 or e-mail

The Adkins Arboretum is showing a movie, Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life, on March 9. It will run from 1 - 2p.m. Biophilic design is a kind of green architecture intended to help people reconnect with nature. Admission costs $10.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. To learn more, call (410) 634-2847 or e-mail

The Sierra Club is showing the documentary, Coal Country, at the Sierra Club's office in College Park on March 9. The hours are 7 - 9 p.m. The documentary is about mountain top removal in Appalachia. There will also be a presentation about how coal plants and mining affect the environment and people's health. To learn more, contact Adam Rahll at or (443) 655-5341.