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The Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville is holding a talk, Save the Bees, on March 17. It will start at 7:30 p.m. The speaker, Steve McDaniel, is a beekeeper who lost two thirds of his bees in 2012. McDaniel will describe the plight of the honeybee, which is threatened by Colony Collapse Disorder. to learn more, contact Sue Leslie at (410) 887-1815 or info@oregonridgenature.center.org.

The 22nd Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital starts March 18 and will last until March 30. This year's theme is Our Cities, Our Planet. Different movies will depict the impacts cities have on the environment and the efforts made by some cities to balance environmental and economic needs. To learn more, call (202) 342-2564 or e-mail info@envirofilmfest.org or visit www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks volunteers to help pot native tree and shrub saplings at the Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro on March 18. The hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The young plants will eventually be used in various environmental restoration projects throughout the Bay watershed. Registration is required. For more information, contact Carmera Thomas at cthomas@cbf.org or (443) 482-2156.

Baltimore Green Drinks will meet at the Golden West Cafe on March 18. The hours will be 6 - 8 p.m. The theme will be how local religious organizations help others go green. To learn more, visit http://baltimoregreendrinks.org/ or www.facebook.com/BaltimoreGreenDrinks.

The Baltimore Commission on Sustainability is holding a meeting on trash and litter on March 18 at the 29th Street Community Center. The hours are 6 - 8 p.m. Attendees will discuss various neighborhood-based solutions to trash and litter problems. There will be refreshments. To learn more, call Alice Kennedy at (410) 396-4556 or visit www.baltimoresustainability.org.

Annapolis Green Drinks will meet at the Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville on March 19. The hours will be 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The stated theme is "Setting the Stage for Annapolis in Bloom at Homestead Gardens." To learn more, e-mail starboard@annapolisgreen.com.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks volunteers to help make reefballs, which are artificial reefs made of concrete that provide habitat for a variety of creatures. The event will take place at the Maryland Oyster Restoration Center from March 20 to March 22. The hours on Thursday and Friday will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., while Saturday hours will be 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The volunteers will use concrete and fiberglass molds to make the reefballs. There will also be a tour of the Center. Volunteers should dress for a messy job and bring food and a water bottle. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Meghan Hoffman at MHoffman@cbf.org

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) seeks volunteers to help up clean up along Solomons Island Road in Anne Arundel County in March 20. The event will run from 10 - 11 a.m. Volunteers will meet at Tracy's Landing Park & Ride. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Wendy Stringfellow at (410) 514-7905 or wstringfellow@dnr.state.md.us.

The Sierra Club will be showing the documentary, Chasing Ice, at the Carroll Arts Council Center in Westminster on March 20. The film will start at 7 p.m., and Professor Mona Becker from McDaniel College will speak and take questions after the movie. To learn more, contact Daniel Andrews at (410) 857-4129 or dooze@qis.net.

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