Earth Day may be in April, but you can get a jump on being "green" by attending the Chesapeake Ecology Center's annual celebration and native plant sale fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Adams Academy at Adams Park, 245 Clay St., in Annapolis. This is a free event with refreshments and tours of the gardens. The Chesapeake Ecology Center works with community groups, its members and other organizations to provide environmental information on conservative landscaping, rain gardens and other eco-friendly projects. If you need more information, or if you want to volunteer at any of the events, please contact Zora Lathan at zoralathan@earthlink.net or go to chesapeakeecologycenter.org.

Mark your calendar and join Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at Meade High School, located at 1100 Clark Road on Fort Meade, for Community Connections Day, during which citizens will be able to meet Anne Arundel County department directors and staff as well as speak to the County Executive. Afterward, a Town Hall meeting about the stormwater remediation fee will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the auditorium, where county residents will be able to ask questions about the stormwater remediation fee and get information on how it will affect them and their communities. For additional information, please contact Ashley Ricker at 410-222-1241 or aricker@aacounty.org.

Christmas is just around the corner and Santa will take time out of his busy schedule to visit Russett once again for Russett's Breakfast with Santa event. Tickets cost $2 for children 2 to 11 years old and $5 for adults and children 12 years old and older. The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. No tickets will be available at the door. For more information, e-mail coordinator@russett.org or call Activities Coordinator Theresa Robertson at 301-498-3897, Ext. 12.