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Artists bring their Pearls to Annapolis for a high-stakes hunt

The Pearls are going public in a high-stakes scavenger hunt for their effigies, with a real string of pearls rewarding success at the finish.     To wear this string of pearls, you’ll have to find paintings of Pearl properties hidden around downtown Annapolis from June 21 through 23.     The hunt was inspired by Lee Boynton, founder of Paint Annapolis, who recruited artists to paint the Pearls.

Dragons race to end hunger

Move over canoes, kayaks, racing sculls and paddleboards. There’s a new boat on the Bay.     Dragon boats, a craft perfected in southern China over two thousand years ago, are racing in North Beach this weekend. The brightly painted long boats take their name from the head and tails of dragons adorning stem and stern. A team of 16 to 20 rowers power the boats, with one drummer setting the rhythm.     When the spectacular boats gather to race, excitement follows.

Imagination, creation take bloom and flourish

Imagination makes Annmarie Garden grow. This month, the Garden grew a bit more, adding a new space to inspire children and honoring a founding visionary.     Giant wooden scissors snipped a multicolored ribbon at the dedication of the Garden’s new John Dennis Murray Arts Building,

Animal sanctuary gets Bay-friendly upgrade

Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes won’t be making cameos at Davidsonville’s upgraded rehab. This rehab — Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary — helps rehabilitate geese, ducks, frogs, beavers, deer, turtles and migratory birds.     The sanctuary — where injured wild creatures from emus to geese are rehabilitated — turned to the South River Federation to make a pond on the edge of the property more Bay friendly.

Humane Society of Calvert pays, but you don’t have to live in Calvert

The Humane Society of Calvert County will pay for your cat to be spayed or neutered. Fix A Cat Today, FACT, is available in Anne Arundel County south of Annapolis; Bowie and points south in Prince Georges County; and Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.     FACT is supported by a limited anonymous grant and will continue until funds are exhausted. Any cat, feral or domestic, is eligible. So are multiple family cats.

NFL players no match in charity softball game

A friendly charity match turned into a beating around the bottom of the fourth inning. The June 1 NFL vs. Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team game drew crowds from nearby military bases and football fans from far and wide.

Bob Penaloza and seven other homeowners open their doors to you in the ­Eastport Home and Garden Tour

It was the neighborhood that drew Bob and Jill Penaloza to the ­Maritime Republic of Eastport, Annapolis’ rebellious eighth ward.     “My wife loved the eclectic nature,” Penaloza said. “In the old part, no two houses were the same.”     The family had lived all over the country: Colorado, where the couple met; Chicago, North Carolina, New York and finally rural Defiance, Missouri.

Smoke, sauce and good times yield $60K to help kids

It’s taken almost a month to clean the barbecue sauce from their hands, giving the good Samaritans of the Parole Rotary Club a chance to count the money raised at the third annual Naptown barBAYq Contest and Music Festival. The two-day festival in early May drew a crowd estimated at more than 15,000 and raised upward of $60,000 for local charities and non-profits.

The City of Annapolis is CPR-certified. Are you?

Politics aside, Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen is someone you want around. At least if you go into cardiac arrest. Cohen is so good in administering CPR that he bests paramedics.     Along with Cohen, city spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw and 100 other city employees were CPR-certified through the City of Annapolis Fire Department for National CPR Week.     So did yours truly, who was Cohen’s runner-up.

Keeping the agricultural tradition alive at American Chestnut Land Trust’s Double Oak Farm

As Jeff Klapper walks among the rows of strawberries and kale, he snaps off a thick purple stalk of asparagus.     Seeing Klapper’s ease with the land and the food he grows, you would not imagine he came to Double Oak Farm after a career in commercial engraving.