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Run for the Bay 5K, urban farms, and other Maryland green events

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The Rocks State Park in Jarrettsville is offering a class, "Weather Whirlwind," on May 3. It will run from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Students will learn about weather and its impact on the environment, and how to predict weather. Registration is required, and the park does charge an entry fee. To learn more, contact Liz Swift at (410) 557-7994 or eswift@dnr.state.md.us.

Run for the Bay 5K is being held at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail on May 3. It will take place between 7 - 11 a.m. There will be drinks, food, and music, as well as a race. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in male and female categories. Registration is required, and all proceeds will go to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. To learn more, contact Laura Kellner at 410-474-5155 or Lakellner@hotmail to com.

The Patterson Park Audubon Center seeks volunteers to tend bird habitat gardens on May 3. The hours are 9 - 10:30 a.m. Tools, gloves, and water will be provided. Volunteers should meet at the pollinator garden near the Boat Lake. For more information, e-mail ppaudubon@gmail.com or call (410) 558-2473.

ECO City Farms and the University of Maryland are holding Ride4ECO on May 3. It's a 5-mile bike ride that starts at the University of Maryland and ends at ECO City Farms' Edmonston Farm, the site of an open house. The ride starts at 11 a.m. Proceeds will go to build a bike stop on the new Anacostia bike trail near the Edmonston Farm. Registration is required. To learn more, visit www.ecoffshoots.org or call (301) 228-1125.

ECO City Farms is holding the Plant the Seeds and Move the Worms Event, an open house at their Edmonston Farm on May 3. The hours are 12 - 2:30 p.m. There will be tours, a silent auction, and food tastings. Proceeds from the event will be used towards expanding the farm and running the summer camp at the farm. For more information, visit www.ecoffshoots.org or call (301) 228-1125.

The Maryland Sierra Club and Beyond Coal are offering a hike at Fort Smallwood Park in Pasadena on May 3. The hours will be 12 - 3 p.m. Visitors will hike through the park and see the nearby Wagner Coal Plant, which, while small, produces significant amounts of pollution. (Parts of it were built in the 1950's.) Hikes should bring a lunch and water. For more information, contact Richard Reis at (301) 325-8001 or rich.reis1@gmail.com.

The Heathcote Community is offering permaculture design course presentations at Cromwell Valley Park in Towson. The presentations will take place on May 3 from 2 - 6 p.m. and May 4 from 1:30 - 5 p.m. Permaculture is a system of designing landscapes that combine food production, water management, renewable energy, and shelter. Permaculture also mimics landscapes found in nature. Registration is required and students are asked to contribute to the potluck dinner that will be served on Saturday. To learn more, e-mail education@heathcote.org or call (410) 357-9523.

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