Park activities good for Earth Day ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

NEIGHBORS

April 19, 1993|By LYN BACKE

There have been any number of grass roots campaigns that have grown into movements with implications far beyond their founders' imaginings. Earth Day is one of them. Now a global celebration of environmental awareness, Earth Day started small and idealistic, driven by people who were truly frightened of the careless attitude civilization had toward the earth and its resources.

In the intervening years, the impact of environmental awareness, fueled by Earth Day advocates and other thoughtful people, has been boundless. Whole industries devoted to recycling and reclamation now flourish where waste was the accepted norm two decades ago. Children routinely learn to be careful of the environment, without having to unlearn the habit of throwing everything away.

While recycling has led to its own problems, there does seem to be hope that we might stop ourselves from trashing the world. Continuing education is part of the hope, and on Sunday, Quiet Waters Park shares opportunities for families to learn more about how they can care for our earth.

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The Quiet Waters Park Earth Day schedule includes environmental exhibits at the Blue Heron Center, bird walks at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., tree planting, and tours of the park's Backyard Composting Area at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Sierra Club is involved, leading nature hikes at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Smoky the Bear will visit. Coincidentally, a new exhibit in the Visitor's Center features the watercolors of Carolyn Councell, Edie Coffin, Anne Weikart, Lisa Schmidt and Joyce King. A pottery exhibition, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the work of 12 area potters. No parking fees will be charged on Earth Day, Sunday.

For further information on scheduling and locations, call Ranger Bill Offutt at 222-1777.

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For all the seriousness of life, and our varying attempts at verbal clarity, there is sometimes no better place for one's tongue than firmly planted in one's cheek.

This (finally) glorious spring offers a perfect opportunity for doing so: the 11th annual St. John's College-U.S. Naval Academy Croquet Match, Saturday at 1 p.m. on the front lawn of St. John's.

While attempts are being made to get spectators to take the contest seriously (adopting the rules and standards of the U.S. Croquet Association, for instance, instead of the looser backyard regulations of the amateur), the powers that be actually see little chance of success. The gallery will undoubtedly be paying more attention to the spring breezes and bird song than to the physical dynamics of mallet, ball and wicket. A fine time, therefore, will be had by all.

The coveted Annapolis Cup, awarded to the winners, has been taken by St. John's seven times, by Navy thrice.

The rain date for the match is Sunday, again at 1 p.m.

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Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) has had to cancel its scheduled "Sail Free" opening day on Sunday. The four Freedom 20s that are specially adapted for disabled sailors are not yet prepped for summer. CRAB could use some able-bodied workers, familiar with boats and rigging, to help in the next few weeks.

CRAB's fleet, docked at Sandy Point State Park, will be available for rental on an hourly and daily basis to experienced sailors. A transfer box and specially designed seats make the boats accessible to those in wheelchairs.

Beginning May 30, "Sail Free" days on the last Sunday of the month will offer free sailing experience to the public, disabled or not. CRAB particularly invites the families of disabled people to share the sailing experience with them.

To request further information or to volunteer to work on the boats, call 626-0273.

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The United Church of Christ of Annapolis is holding a plant and craft sale this weekend, at Route 2 and Aris T. Allen Boulevard. The sale will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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The Annapolis Striders have moved all their track events to the Bates Track, behind Maryland Hall, at Constitution Avenue and Greenfield Street.

The track fell into disrepair after Annapolis High School moved to Riva Road, but over the past four years the city Recreation Department has made many improvements to bring it back to usable condition. The Annapolis Striders hope to "adopt" the track and develop a state-of-the-art competition site.

The inaugural race on the Bates Track will be Saturday at 8 a.m. Entries will be accepted on race day with a nominal entry fee. All runners are welcome. Refreshments will be available.

The Annapolis Striders plan a full program of activities this summer, including competition and instruction. For a schedule, call the Annapolis Striders Hotline, (410) 268-1165.

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Activities and community functions change style in warm weather, but they don't stop. Judging by my mail and phone calls, however, one would think Annapolis and South County were headed into a period of hibernation. I know that's not so, looking at my own calendar . . . but let me in on yours. Call me with details on the events you're planning, open to the public, and I'll include them here. It's 263-2421, with an answering machine to take your message if I'm not home.

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