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The Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation is holding a forum, "Traffic, Development, and the Future of Annapolis Neck Peninsula," on June 3. It will be held at the Key Auditorium of St. John College in Annapolis from 7 to 9 p.m. Participants will discuss current traffic problems, particularly along Forest Drive, and proposed developments that are likely to exacerbate the problem. To learn more, call Anastasia Hopkinson at (410) 533-0256.

The U.S. Green Building Council is offering a tour of the John & Frances Angelos Law Center, the new law school building at the University of Baltimore. The tour will be held on June 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Law Center is the first law school in the U.S. to earn a LEED Platinum rating -- the highest rating. Tickets cost $45.00 for USGBC members and $55.00 for non-members. For more information, call (443) 416-5848 or e-mail info@usgbcmd.org.

The Queen Anne's County Commissioners Candidate Forum on the Environment will be held at the Christ Church Parish on Kent Island on June 5. It will run 7 - 8:30 p.m. Attendees will learn what candidates for the Queen Anne's County Board of Commissioners think about environmental issues. They may also ask them questions. To learn more, e-mail chesapeake@cbf.org or call (410) 543-1999.

The Natural History Society of Maryland is offering a lecture, "What’s Missing from Baltimore’s Urban Fish Fauna, and Why?" on June 5. It will be held at the Maryland Naturalist Center in Baltimore, and it will start at 7 p.m. The speaker, Stan Kemp, will describe the problems faced by freshwater fish in urban environments and the difficulties such environments cause restoration efforts. He will focus on a fish called the river chub. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/marylandnature.

The Maryland Master Naturalist Course starts on June 6. It will be held every Friday (except July 4) from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. As the Irvine Nature Center, National Aquarium, and the Masonville Cove are all supplying instructors, the class locations will rotate between the three organizations. Students will be expected to complete 40 hours of volunteer work after finishing their training. The class costs $250. For more information, contact Clare Naldrett at (443) 738-9220.

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