Annual Gathering of Friends on tap tomorrow in Jessup

July 23, 2004

Cisco's Artistic Productions, owned by artist Francisco M. Davis of Jessup, will present its seventh Multi-Cultural Gathering of Friends at Rapture, 2733 Annapolis Road, Jessup.

The event, which features rhythm and blues singer Yaneira, includes a fashion show, art, musical entertainment and social and business networking from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow.

A 50/50 raffle will benefit a fund operated by Open Hand Ministries International Outreach to aid flood victims in Jimani, Dominican Republic. The program provides food, water, clothing, tents, mosquito nets, medicine, counseling and other services, said mission director Joseph L. March.

Tickets are $20.

Information: 443-848-2512.

Patuxent Research Refuge offers summer minicamps

The Patuxent Research Refuge is offering summer mini-camps for young people at the refuge's North Tract. "Nature Detectives," a three-day camp for those ages 11 to 13, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

"Awesome Animal Adaptations, for children ages 5 to 7, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday through July 31. The program will focus on why animals have the colors, movements, behavior and other features that they do.

Admission to the camps is free, but registration is required.

Information or registration: 301-497-5887.

Savage Mill to hold doll, teddy bear show

Historic Savage Mill will hold its 18th Summer Doll and Teddy Bear Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1.

Handmade porcelain dolls and teddy bears will be on display and for sale, as will jewelry, fabric and other items. The 19th-century former textile mill, which now houses shops, galleries and restaurants, is at 8600 Foundry St. in Savage.

Information: 410-792-2820.

Around Town

Walk, hike: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a Night Hike for all ages, to look and listen for owls, bugs, bats and frogs, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today. A Bird Walk for all ages will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. tomorrow. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. The programs will be at the refuge's North Tract, on Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32 in Laurel. Admission is free, but registration is required. 301-497- 5887.

For teens: The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane is sponsoring a series of programs in its Summer Teen Activities Center. A scrapbooking club for those ages 9 and older is to meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, next week and Aug. 4. The library provides supplies; participants need only bring photos. The Teen Book Club, for the same age group, will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to discuss Define "Normal," by Julie Anne Peters, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5. Books are reserved at the checkout desk. Chess and checkers clubs are also available. Registration is encouraged. 410-880-5980.

English club: The Savage branch library sponsors an English Conversation Club for non-native speakers from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month. The club will offer an opportunity to practice speaking English in an informal group setting. Registration is not required. 410-880-5980.

New exhibit: Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel, is showing a new exhibition, Horace Capron at 200: A Laurel Founder's Life. The exhibition, which is to run through December, covers Capron's time as a Civil War cavalry officer (thought to have been the oldest in the Union Army), a U.S. commissioner of agriculture and leader of an American delegation to Japan. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. The museum is operated by the Laurel Historical Society. 301-725-7975, or www.laurel history.org.

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