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Volunteer open house, film festival and other Maryland green events

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The 22nd Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital will have its last weekend on March 29 and 30. This year's theme is Our Cities, Our Planet. Different movies will depict the impacts cities have on the environment and the efforts made by some cities to balance environmental and economic needs. Films showing during the weekend will include Naturopolis: New York, The Green Revolution, which is about efforts to integrate nature and wildlife with a large city, Cabo Pulmo, which is about a national park that is home to the only coral reef in the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Mexico, and Nature Unfolds, a collection of animated shorts. To learn more, call (202) 342-2564 or e-mail info@envirofilmfest.org or visit www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/.

The Patterson Park Audubon Center will be holding an urban bird-watching walk on March 29. It will run from 8 - 9:30 a.m. About 190 bird species visit the park throughout the year, and participants will be looking for winter visitors and spring arrivals. Bird-watchers will meet at the fountain in the northwest corner. To learn more or borrow binoculars, e-mail ppaudubon@gmail.com or call (410) 558-2473.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks volunteers to pot trees at the Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro on March 29. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will pot tree and shrub saplings in 3-gallon pots. The saplings belong to native species and will eventually be used in environmental restoration projects throughout the Bay watershed. To learn more, contact Carmera Thomas at cthomas@cbf.org or (443) 482-2156.

The Maryland Sierra Club seeks volunteers to remove invasive plants from the Little Paint Branch Park and Cherry Hill Road Community Park on March 29. The hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should wear long sleeves and bring food and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. Registration is required. To learn more, contact Marc Imlay at (301) 283-0808 or ialm@erols.com.

The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitors' Center will be holding a volunteer open house on March 29. It will run from 1 - 3 p.m. Participants will meet staff and learn about upcoming volunteering opportunities. Refreshments will be served. To learn more, contact Karen Jarboe at (301) 888-1377 or kjarboe@dnr.state.md.us.

An Environmental Fair will be held in the Community Building in Williamsport on March 29. The hours are 6 - 9:30 p.m. There will be games and star gazing. To learn more, contact Daniel Andrews at (410) 857-4129 or dooze@qis.net.

The Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake will be holding Walk the Talk at the St. Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore on March 30. The hours are 2 - 4 p.m. Walk the Talk is a free forum designed to help attendees find the technical, grant writing, and organizational support needed to start construction projects that will reduce polluted runoff and stormwater utility fees. To learn more, contact Bonnie Sorak at bonnie@interfaithchesapeake.org or (443) 799-0349.

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