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Spain to Broadneck and back

      "There can be no better way to understanding and peace than through such exchanges."
–Vernon Penner
 
      “Need homework help in Spanish?”
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Expanded calendar means more play time

      Squeezing the last remains from summer? Head to a county park, where you can launch a kayak, run trails, play fetch with your pooch or enjoy a picnic.

      Beginning this week, four Anne Arundel County parks are open seven days a week, from 7:30am to dusk. That’s more time for you to get outside and enjoy all the Bay has to offer.

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Fourth-graders free at state parks and more

      Autumn’s moderate days invite us to pack up the camping gear and head to a park. If you have a fourth-grade student, your park visit can be free. 

      For the fourth year, fourth-grade children and their families enjoy free admission to national public lands and state parks thanks to a partnership of Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Kids and school buses are on the move

      More than 83,000 students — the most ever — are now traveling to schools across Anne Arundel County every week. Calvert County’s schoolkids number 16,000. That’s a lot of children and teens walking to bus stops, car pools or directly to school in the early morning and afternoon hours.

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       It was a long hot summer. With (hopefully) many days packed with fun in the sun and on the water, we look forward to those days when ­summer’s humidity has finally been wrung out and a cool breeze greets us every morning.
       Autumn is on the horizon. The air is light, skies often blue and leaves full of color. It’s one of Chesapeake Country’s most splendid seasons.
       This issue of Bay Weekly shows you how to sweetly kiss summer goodbye and welcome the wonders of fall. Here are 50 Ways to Leave Your Summer, a chronology of fun, fare and festivals stretching from early September through Thanksgiving.

1 Eat Local, Eat Well 

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Guitar hero lives up to his billing
       Nine-year-old Jeffrey Allen of St. Mary’s County has had a passion for music since birth, says his mom Kimberly Allen. Specifically the music of country music star Brad Paisley. 
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If ever an artistic wiz there was, it’s Tim Scheirer
       “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” said the man behind the curtain to Dorothy and her friends as the Wizard’s true identity came to light. Though we discovered he was simply an ordinary man, his wonderful skills dazzled the onlookers as he enlightened, encouraged, educated and invited us all to find our way home.
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Enter the World Food Day Poetry Competition 

         Art is a powerful force for change. Art can raise awareness, inspire thought and even drive action. So maybe, just maybe, a poem can fight hunger.

         “I think it can be a real effective tool in raising the public’s awareness to the cause,” says local poet Hiram Larew.

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Show your love for the Patuxent

         Your creative mind can earn you some cash this fall. Design the best float for the Patuxent River Appreciation Days parade, and your group or organization can win $300. Second and third places net a nice hunk of change as well.

         Held annually on Columbus Day weekend, PRAD celebrates all the river means to Southern Maryland. The parade wraps up the festivities Sunday afternoon. 

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Historic Sotterley Plantation harvests potatoes to feed the hungry 

The historic Sotterley Plantation is sitting on 200,000 square feet of potatoes — ready for harvest. 

         On St. Patrick’s Day, Hollywood, Marylanders stepped up to plant more than five acres of red and Yukon gold potatoes, reserved for donation. 

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