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The Maryland Showcase of Sustainability and other green events

The rose family is a large one with many native representatives in Maryland.
Photo by Pascal Le Segretain

The U.S. Green Building Council will be holding "The Maryland Showcase of Sustainability" at the Westin Annapolis on Jan 27. The hours are 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn about projects in different parts of Maryland, government priorities, green building standards, and various innovations. Registration is required. Tickets cost $35.00 for emerging professionals, $45.00 for members, and $75.00 for non-members. To learn more, e-mail or call (443) 416-5848.

The Maryland Native Plant Society always emphasizes one plant family each year and 2014 is the Year of the Rose. Christopher Puttock will be giving a talk, "Introduction to the Rose Family in Maryland," on Jan 28 at the Kensington Library. It will start at 7:30 p.m. Many native plants belong to the rose family, including strawberry, black cherry, and chokeberry. These plants range in size from herbs to trees. To learn more, e-mail

The Patterson Park Audubon Center seeks volunteers for youth bird monitoring on Jan 31. The hours are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Participants would collect data on urban bird species and earn service hours. This activity is for youngsters in grades 6-12. E-mail to borrow binoculars. For more information, e-mail or call (410) 558-2473.

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