Recreation Notes

May 12, 2002

Author, photographer to be at Audubon Society event

Middleton Evans, author and photographer, will discuss nature photography at a meeting of the Audubon Society of Central Maryland at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Airy branch library, 705 Ridge Ave.

The chapter serves Carroll, Frederick and Howard counties, with membership concentrated in Columbia and Mount Airy. The chapter alternates meetings between Mount Airy and Columbia.

Meetings are open to the public. Information: 410-833-5155.

Merritt Athletic Club offers children's fair Saturday

Merritt Athletic Club in Eldersburg will hold a children's fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free. Planned activities include: moon bounce, McGruff the Crime Dog, the "Bug Lady" (touch real bugs and learn about insects), face painting, miniature golf, pony rides with Pony Pals ($2 per ride with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society), 21-foot pool toy Doobree (1 p.m. to 2 p.m., children age 8 and older, limited to the first 25), free swim (noon to 3 p.m.) and a petting zoo.

Also, children's finger printing, youth cycle class (10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.), hands-on crafts, free popcorn, fish pond, win-a-fish ping pong throw, healthful eating tips for children (the smartest fast-food choices), water balloon toss, three-legged races, free-throw basketball challenges, youth yoga introductory class.

Free sun damage screenings by the club's nurse practitioner, Joelle Frizzera, also will be available. The screening takes about five minutes. Please call 410-549-8855, Ext. 127 to sign up for a screening. Times will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday and again from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 30.

All children younger than age 16 must be accompanied by a guardian at Saturday's activities.

Merritt Athletic Club Eldersburg is at 1388 Progress Way. Information: 410-549-8855.

Children's Pet Show is set for May 19 at Piney Run

Piney Run Park will hold its annual Just for Fun Children's Pet Show on May 19 at the park.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the show will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ribbons and trophies will be awarded in classes for dogs, cats and miscellaneous pets.

There will be a best-in-costume (or decorated cage) class for all pets. All animals must be on a leash or in a cage at all times. Dogs and cats must be at least 6 months old and have rabies shots.

Children must be able to handle their own pets. Registration fee is 50 cents per pet/event, payable at the show. Park entrance fees also apply.

The park is at 30 Martz Road near Eldersburg. Information: 410-795-6043.

Piney Run Nature Center offers hike, plant talk

Piney Run Nature Center is offering wildlife and nature programs for all ages.

Beaver Hike for ages 8 and older will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday. A naturalist will explain how beaver ponds provide important wetland habitat for wild plants and animals. A snack will be provided. Park entrance fees apply. Cost is $3 per child.

Native Plants for the Shade, a slide presentation, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Native and non-native plants suitable for a shady garden will be discussed. Some plants will be available to take home.

Registration is required.

The park is at 30 Martz Road, near Eldersburg. Information: 410-795-6043.

Bear Branch center announces programs

Bear Branch Nature Center offers environmental programs for all ages.

Compass Hike for ages 10 and older and families (ages 7 to 9 with an adult) will be at 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. Wednesday. After a review of orienteering skills, participants will take a challenging orienteering adventure around Hashawha. The cost is $2 for members and $3 for nonmembers.

Nature Nuts for ages 6 to 9 will be from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Thursday. Children will explore the wetlands and should wear clothes they can get dirty and wet. Cost is $5 for members and $8 for others.

Babes in the Woods for 2 1/2 - and 3-year-olds: at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers for three months.

Registration is required for programs. The center is at 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. Information: 410-848-2517.

Miniature golf tourney assists police, rescue dogs

Vest A K-9 and Mason-Dixon Rescue Dogs will hold a miniature golf tournament from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 1 at Four Seasons sports Complex near Hampstead.

People of all ages are welcome to participate to raise money to buy bulletproof vests for police dogs and to support canine search and rescue efforts in the region.

Prizes will be awarded for teams of four adults and teams of two adults and two children.

The cost is $10 per player. Registration deadline is May 21. Sponsorships also are available. Rain date is June 2.

A rescue dog demonstration will be held after the tournament.

Four Seasons is on Route 482. Information: 410-374-4968.

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