Event features butterflies up close, alive

NEIGHBORS

September 05, 1995|By LYN BACKE

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Anne Arundel County will play host to members of the Maryland Entomological Society, with a display of live native butterflies in a screened tent from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the society's shelter, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave.

For a 50-cent donation, families can walk through the tent with the butterflies as they feed on flowering plants. The butterflies will be released at the end of the party.

In addition to the butterfly exhibit, the SPCA has planned activities from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday for animal lovers of all ages.

Wildlife expert Lloyd Tydings and 18 live reptiles will offer "Close Encounters of the Scaly Kind"; Annapolis City Police K-9 Patrol will demonstrate techniques and a dressage exhibition by Chadohn, ridden by Sarah Clark and owned by Joanne Findley. Shadow, the Frisbee-catching dog will make an appearance and there will be displays of involving wildlife and domestic animals.

For additional information, call the SPCA at 268-5285.

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The Annapolis Opera will present two performances of Mozart's one-act opera "Bastien and Bastienne" Sept. 16 at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, and on Sept. 17, the Meridian Healthcare Center on Hilltop Road will be the venue for "Songs from the Beggar's Opera," the company's Summer Musicale.

The opera will be performed in English, with a new translation from the original German, by Victoria Gau, artistic director for The Other Opera Company in Bethesda and music director for this production.

Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for their parents and grandparents. Performances are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets should be bought in advance.

The performance of "Songs from the Beggars Opera" is scheduled at 3 p.m. Performers are Amy van Roekel and Mary Gresock, sopranos; Thomas Sielinski, baritone, and Adam Mahonski at the piano. The producer-narrator is Michael Begley.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors. The price includes light refreshments after the performance.

For advance reservations, call 263-2710.

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My gardening guru, who has been transforming our yard with many plants from her own garden and many hours of labor, was pleased to hear about two local plant sales this month, both featuring plants indigenous to the area. I offer advance notice for planning because they're both very popular and latecomers will lose.

The first is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at the William Paca Garden Visitors' Center at 1 Martin Street in Annapolis. Hard-to-find heirloom plants propagated by the garden volunteers and staff will be on sale. Proceeds help support the William Paca Garden maintenance and education programs.

The London Town House & Gardens Fall Plant Sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23, at the London Town Public House, 839 Londontown Road.

A gardening expert will be on hand to answer questions about plant care, and free garden tours will be offered to plant sale customers from 10 a.m. to noon. Staff members from Bladerunner Mobile Sharpening Services will be on hand to sharpen garden hand tools. Prices start at $2.50.

As with the Paca Garden sale, the plants that will be available were propagated at the site. Varieties include native ferns, late-blooming anemones, astilbes, chrysanthemums, lady's mantle, yarrow, perennial foxgloves, hydrangeas, coral bells, and hollies. Proceeds from the sale benefit the historical and horticultural programs at the house and gardens.

For more information, call 222-1919.

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Those who love to use vibrant colors in their gardening schemes can get inspiration from the exhibit of Japanese woodblock prints at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College. The prints, depicting the daily life and environment of 17th to 19th century Japan, are remarkable for their rich colors and dynamic composition.

There is an opening reception for the exhibit from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Gallery. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays.

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Please keep me posted on local activities. Call 626-0273 and give me a couple of weeks' notice.

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