Governor O'Malley's fracking advisory commission will hold a meeting on Jan. 7. It will be held at the House Environmental Matters Hearing Room, Room 251 in the House Office Building in Annapolis. The meeting will run from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The commission will discuss upcoming legislation and studies concerning fracking. There will also be a press conference at 1:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Leslie Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is holding a "fracking water" taste test in Annapolis on Jan. 9. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CCAN will gather outside the Capitol building and invite the public and elected officials to taste water from Pennsylvania wells or from the fountain in the State House. There is fracking in Pennsylvania, but not in Maryland. The taste test will help build a grassroots movement for a fracking moratorium. To learn more, contact Megan Jenny at email@example.com.
The Adkins Arboretum is offering a series of lectures on urban farming called "The Homegrown Series." The first lecture, "Backyard Chickens," will be held on Jan. 11, and will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The speaker, Elizabeth Beggins, will describe the merits and methods of owning a small chicken flock. Beggins is a writer, educator, and market gardener. She is also the director of the You Food Project, tries to connect students to food and the environment through school gardens. Registration is required. For a single lecture, members pay $15.00 and non-members pay $20.00. For the whole series, members pay $35.00 and non-members pay $45.00. For more information, call (410) 634-2847 ext 0 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.