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Film Festival, Beyond Coal, and other Maryland green events

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The 22nd Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital will continue from March 22 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. Films showing during the weekend will include Shored Up, which is about climate change's impact on coastal towns and cities and a collection of films about the Chesapeake Bay. To learn more, call (202) 342-2564 or e-mail info@envirofilmfest.org or visit www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/.

Blue Water Baltimore seeks volunteers for a tree-planting at the Armistead Gardens on March 22. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers should bring food, water, and wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. The project is rain or shine. To learn more, call (410) 254-1577 or visit www.bluewaterbaltimore.org.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is offering a lecture and a tour on March 22 at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center. The hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The lecture will be about the Chesapeake Bay, its current condition, its possible future, and how people can help preserve it. The tour will be of the Center, which is the CBF's headquarters and is currently one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. The Center is designed to have minimal impact on the Bay. The event is free, but registration is required. To learn more, contact Heather Tuckfield at htuckfield@cbf.org or (410) 268-8816.

The Maryland Sierra Club seeks volunteers to remove invasive plants from the Little Paint Branch Park and Cherry Hill Road Community Park on March 22. The hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should wear long sleeves and bring food and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Marc Imlay at (301) 283-0808 or ialm@erols.com

The Maryland Sierra Club is holding a Beyond Coal Potluck Lunch and Team Meeting at 3107 North Charles Street in Baltimore on March 22. The hours will be 12 - 2 p.m. Attendees will discuss strategies for reducing Maryland's dependence on coal, including closing two coal plants. The group will split into teams to discuss such matters as events planning and outreach. To learn more, contact Seth Bush at (267) 474-3488 or seth.bush@sierraclub.org.

The Sierra Club seeks volunteers for March Ivy Madness on March 23 at the Greenbelt Homes, Inc. The hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers will collect trash and cut back English Ivy, and they should bring work gloves and cutting tools like handsaws or clippers. There will be some available to borrow. To learn more, contact Matt Beres at (301) 474-4161 ext 132 or mberres@ghi.coop.

The Baltimore Green Forum is holding a talk, "What Johns Hopkins University Is Doing to Set an Example for Sustainability," on March 23 at the Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson. It will run from 4 - 5:30 p.m. The speaker, Ed Kirk, will describe JHU's efforts in energy conservation, water conservation, recycling, and other aspects of sustainable living. To learn more, call (410) 554-0006 or e-mail baltimoregreenforum@gmail.com.

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