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Ocean acidification meeting, energy efficiency, and other Maryland green events

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The Department of Natural Resources is holding an Ocean Acidification Task Force Meeting at the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis. The meeting will be held on Aug 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees will study the best available science regarding ocean acidification and its potential effects on State waters and State fisheries. They will also discuss possible solutions. For more information, contact Bruce Michael at (410) 260-8627.

Bethesda Green is having their monthly happy hour at Markam's Bar & Grill on Aug 7. The hours are 5 - 8 p.m. Attendees will meet members of the Bethesda Women's Farm Market. Markam's will provide drinks and free appetizers. Admission costs $5.00. To learn more, visit www.meetup.com/greenhome-113/events/195320632.

Retrofit Baltimore and the Columbia Association are holding the Columbia Energy Efficiency Upgrade Co-op Meeting at Amherst House in Columbia on Aug 7. It will run 8 - 9 p.m. Attendees will learn how to improve their home's energy efficiency and keep it cooler during the summer. They will also learn about available contractors and rebates. For more information, contact Paul Cole at (410) 929-6257 or pcole@retrofitbaltimore.org.

The Patterson Park Audubon Center is offering an urban bird watching walk on Aug 8. It will run 8 - 9:30 a.m. 200 bird species have visited the park and this is a good time to check out the summer residents and early fall migrants. The park staff can lend visitors binoculars -- but they need to be notified by e-mail first. Visitors should meet at the fountain in the northwest corner. To learn more, call (410) 558-2473 or e-mail ppaudubon@gmail.com.

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