Hunting, fishing day set Sept. 30

September 21, 2001

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will sponsor a National Hunting and Fishing Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel.

Hunting and fishing exhibits, children's activities and tram tours are planned. Live animals will be on hand; registration is not necessary.

Information: 301-497- 5760 or http://patuxent.fws.gov.

A "Bird Tour," for ages 16 and older, will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the North Tract of the refuge, on Route198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Participants in the guided van tour will search for early fall migrants. Binoculars and field guides are recommended.

"Butterflies: Natures Festival of Colors," a program for children ages 8 and older with an adult, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at the North Tract. Field guides and water are recommended.

Admission is free, but registration is required for the North Tract programs.

Information: 301-497-5887.

Fitness, investing classes available in South Laurel

The South Laurel Recreation Council offers classes in dance, exercise and fitness, investing, tennis, cake decorating and other skills at Montpelier, James Harrison and Oaklands elementary schools in South Laurel.

Information: 301-776-2805.

Near Death Studies of Md. to meet at APL Sept. 29

The International Association of Near Death Studies of Maryland will meet from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the main cafeteria of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 1, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road.

Admission is free.

Information: Bill Taylor, 410- 531-3330.

Military

Completes training: Marine Pvt. Justin J. Christian, a 2000 graduate of Pallotti High School in Laurel, has completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Birth

Adam Enzo To Marc and Adele Sparacino of North Laurel on Aug. 15.

Around town

Addictions screenings: Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel, offers a new rapid screening service for adults with alcohol or drug problems from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Outpatient Behavioral Health Service on the fifth floor. No appointment is necessary for the free program. Information: 240-456- 4753.

Bipolar disorder: A seminar, Education for Families with Bipolar Disorder, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the J.R. Jones Conference Room at Laurel Regional Hospital. The free event is co-sponsored by the hospital, the Mental Health Association of Prince George's County and NAMI, Prince George's County. Information or registration: Leave a message with your name and the number of people attending the seminar at 301-497-7948. Information about the hospital's bipolar support group: 800-435-5550.

Advice on plants: Plant clinics will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 29 at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane. Residents are invited to bring plant samples and seek advice from members of Howard County Master Gardeners. No registration is required. Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-880-5990.

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