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May 16, 1999

National Fishing Week prompts refuge celebration

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Patuxent Research Refuge will celebrate National Fishing Week from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 5 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop in Laurel.

Planned are casting lessons, fly-typing lessons, a 180-gallon tank of live fish, films, children's programs and casting contests with prizes donated by Dick's Clothing and Sporting Goods and Walnut.

Admission is free. Information: 301-497-5760 or http: //www.prr.r5.fws.gov.

Two Arundel volunteers help Okla. tornado victims

Two local Red Cross volunteers have been dispatched to Oklahoma City to provide disaster relief services to the victims of the recent tornadoes there. One mile-wide twister displaced thousands of residents, leveled as many as 7,500 homes and caused 45 deaths.

Pat Miller, an Anne Arundel County resident, will work as a mass-care specialist. Miller will supervise a team of Red Cross volunteers and help families living in shelters, distribute comfort kits, coordinate mobile food services and distribute supplies. Miller has volunteered to help after several other disasters, including Hurricane Georges, the eastern Ohio floods and Hurricane Bonnie.

Joy Mandel of Catonsville will work as a disaster mental health volunteer, providing comfort and support to disaster victims and emergency response workers. Mandel has volunteered at other disasters, providing crisis intervention to victims of a tornado in Georgia and Hurricane Georges.

Contributions can be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington 20013. Internet users can make a secure online credit contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

Information: 1-800-HELP-NOW or 1-800-257-7575 for Spanish speakers.

Safe-boating course offered at Downs Park

Downs Park is offering sessions of the state-authorized safe-boating course this spring and summer.

Maryland law requires that anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, obtain a certificate of boating safety education before operating a registered vessel in state waters. Each person who completes the safe-boating course at Downs Park will receive a certificate. Certification is required for operation of personal water craft as well as for traditional vessels.

Each course includes two classes, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on successive Saturdays. To earn the certificate, each participant must attend both sessions and pass an exam on the final day of class.

The sessions will be given June 5 and 12 and July 17 and 24.

Registration is required for the courses. Participants must register at the Downs Park Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A $15 course fee is required for registration.

Information: 410-222-6230.

Former state senator to be honored at Jug Bay

The Jug Bay Award will be presented to retired State Sen. Bernie Fowler at 1 p.m. Saturday at the wetlands sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian.

The Jug Bay Award is presented by the Friends of Jug Bay to recognize an individual whose involvement in the Jug Bay region has contributed to a better understanding and greater appreciation of the ecosystem.

The award honors individual actions in the areas of preservation, conservation, education, scientific research or aesthetic appreciation.

The award is presented annually by the Friends of Jug Bay, a citizens' group that supports the programs and activities of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.

Information: 410-741-9330.

Aerobics classes offered at schools for adults, teens

The Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Department with Bio Aerobics Inc. will offer fitness classes for adults and teens. The eight-week session will feature high- and low-impact aerobics. The cost is $47.50 for 60-minute classes and $49.50 for 75-minute classes.

Classes will be held at Northeast Senior High School, Lake Shore Elementary School, Lindale/Brooklyn Park Middle School, Belle Grove Elementary School, Oakwood Elementary School and Southgate Elementary School. Classes will also be held at other convenient locations.

Information: 410-956-1084.

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