Wildlife center plans observance of Migratory Bird Day on May 4

April 16, 2002

Patuxent Research Refuge will observe International Migratory Bird Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel.

Animal displays, children's crafts, a bird walk, and presentations are planned.

All events are free. Information: 301-497-5763.

People

Award winner: Crofton resident Gary D. Heldt Jr. recently was named Accountant Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Baltimore District Office. He and other winners will be honored at the 18th Maryland Small Business Week Awards breakfast May 10.

Marine: Pfc. Luis V. Martinez, a 2001 graduate of Laurel High School, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.

Around town

Democrats: The 33rd District Democratic Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Dough Roller Restaurant, Route 3, Crofton. County Executive Janet S. Owens will speak.

Mock horse race: Anne Arundel County's eight Rotary clubs will sponsor a mock video horse race, Rotary Raises Stakes for Charity, on Saturday at Laurel Park. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a dental van that will visit preschools, day care centers, senior centers, assisted-living facilities and homes. Information: 410-768- 1581 or 410-263-2662, Ext. 23.

School fund-raiser: Discovery School, 1021 Route 3, Gambrills, will hold a miniature-golf tournament Saturday. The session for children and their parents will begin at 10 a.m. The session for adults will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the morning session, which includes lunch, door prizes and gift bags. The cost is $25 for the evening session, which includes a buffet dinner with beer and wine, door prizes and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the school's library. Information and tickets: 410-721-2914.

Earth Day: Horizon Organic Farm and Education Center in Gambrills will observe Earth Day on Sunday. Hayrides, animal demonstrations, storytelling, a presentation on endangered species and classes are planned. Admission is $6 for ages 12 and older, $4 for ages 3 to 11, and free for age 2 and younger. Information: 410-280- 5451.

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