This weekend’s weather will be colder! Friday will be partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 24 by 4pm and a low of 8 overnight. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 23 and wind chill values as low as -11. Northwest wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Overnight will be clear, with a low around 12. Sunday brings a slight chance of rain and snow after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 37 and a low around 26. Maybe a quarter inch of precipitation.

It’s Hands on Science Room day today from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Deep Creek Lake State Park’s Discovery Center. Tell the kids and grand kids (and all the big kids you know) that they will be able to meet and shake hands with the new Giraffe that is staying at the Discovery Center over the winter! OK, there is no Giraffe at the center, but it sounds good and it will get all “the kids” out to experience some great science stuff!

Don’t forget that the Oakland Jazzercise Center is holding its annual February Heart Health Challenge through February 28th.  New/returning customers can sign up for just $50 and get unlimited classes now through 2/28 and also earn a chance to earn a limited edition Heart Challenge tank.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Garrett Regional Medical Center’s CT Scanner Campaign.

Check out this classical labyrinth Shane Odom (of Mythical Designs by Miscellaneous Oddiments LLC) stepped out in the snow on the lake the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center. He is a regular artist at the annual Art In The Park event.

Shane Odom Labyrinth at Deep Creek Lake State Park

Last evening, I was a participant in a session at Southern High School on opportunities for county high school students to take college courses while still in high school (and with very limited cost). Students earn college credits while also fulfilling the requirements for high school graduation, which saves money, limits college loan debt and helps students complete their degrees sooner.  Contact the Garrett College admissions office (301.387.3044) for the next information sessions, one to be held at Northern High School in March and one to be held at the college in April.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the draft 2019-2023 Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, which identifies essential and contemporary issues impacting outdoor recreation and natural resource protection in the state. The public comment period ends at Noon on March 8th.

Lots of stuff going on all weekend all around the lake.  On Friday, Jeff Grable is playing at Black Bear Tavern and Restaurant from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Also on Friday evening, there’s a Bell’s Brewery Tap Takeover from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Wisp. Still later Friday evening, Scott Ross will be playing at the Moonshadow Cafe from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  Please check out our Upcoming Events and Entertainment sections for all sorts of other events going on this weekend.

I just heard that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering training and certifications in Maryland Biological Stream Survey sampling protocols. Two training opportunities will be held at Howard County Community College, one in February and another in May. This actually sounds very interesting.

For the calendar year 2018 the Maryland Insurance Commissioner issued 64 civil orders and 12 criminal orders totaling $320,671 in fines, penalties and restitution. Insurance fraud is one of the most costly crimes in the country, costing consumers directly in the form of higher premiums. I don’t know of any cases in the Garrett County area, but I thought I would share this link to the Maryland Insurance Administration landing page that covers some information readers might find interesting and useful. Like me, I am guessing you don’t think about this every day.