County Digest


April 19, 2009

Dinosaur Day talk at Children's Museum

The Chesapeake Children's Museum will hold a Dinosaur Day Sunday when two dinosaur statues will be unveiled, visitors can do related activities and learn about dinosaur bone hunting in Maryland.

Events start at 1 p.m. with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities from making fossil copies, designing dinosaur replicas, playing games, and learning dinosaur facts until 3 p.m.

The two sculptures, one 5 feet tall and the other 6 feet, will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Created by the parents of Magothy Cooperative Preschool, with materials donated by Dow Chemical Co., the wood and wire-frame sculptures will "live" in the Spa Creek Conservancy Park.

At 4 p.m. a talk will be held on dinosaur bone hunting in Maryland by paleontologist Peter Kranz.

The program is $4 ($3 for members) and is appropriate for ages 3 and older. Reservations are requested.

The museum is at 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis. Information: 410-990-1993.

Free sailing lessons

Annapolis Community Boating and area sailing organizations are offering free sailing sessions from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays beginning Sunday through June 14 at the National Sailing Hall of Fame docks, Annapolis City Dock.

Professional instructors will teach the basics of sailing and skipper the boats. Additional sessions will be offered May 2 and 3 during the Maryland Maritime Festival.

All ages are welcome, but reservations are required.

Information: 410-268-1500.

Groundwater study

Fort Meade will hold a public meeting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Village Commons Community Center, 1326 Main Chapel Way in the Village at Waugh Chapel Shopping Center in Gambrills, to provide information and answer questions about the continuing groundwater investigations at North Patuxent Road and Dovetail Lane in Odenton.

Property owners, especially those with private wells, located within a one-mile radius of monitoring wells near the Odenton MARC station should have received letters notifying them of the meetings.

Representatives of the Army, Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland Department of the Environment, and Anne Arundel County Department of Health will be at both meetings.

Information about the groundwater investigation project is available at the Fort Meade Environmental Management System Web site at, and use the link for Installation Restoration.

Information: 301-677-1361.

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