Family Health Expo set for March 19

February 27, 2005

The Southeast Horizon Council and the Howard County Health Department will present the third Family Health Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19 at Murray Hill Middle School in North Laurel.

The event is designed to acquaint Savage and North Laurel residents with Howard County's health and human services providers.

The Health Expo will offer free blood pressure, dental, vision, diabetes, HIV and breast health screenings and will evaluate childhood immunization records.

Representatives from the Health Department's health education programs will talk with visitors.

Organizations participating in the Health Expo include the Domestic Violence Center, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, FIRN (the Foreign-born Information and Referral Network), Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the Howard County Library, the Howard County Office on Aging, and the STTAR (Sexual Trauma Treatment and Recovery) Center.

The Balloon Man will entertain children, and there will be door prizes and giveaways. Free lunches will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is free.

The Southeast Horizon Council is an advisory group of people who live or work in the Savage and North Laurel communities.

The group advises the Horizon Foundation, Howard County's community health foundation.

Wildlife center to celebrate refuge system's 102nd year

The Patuxent Research Refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center will celebrate the 102nd anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12.

The celebration is to include animals, puppet shows, tram tours and activities for children.

The center is off Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, south of Laurel.

Requests for special accommodations should be made two weeks in advance, if possible. Call 301-497-5763; TDD, 301- 497-5779. For directions: http://

Around Town

Learn to knit: MTM Design Studio will offer learn-to-knit classes with Marie Walsh. Classes are offered Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings at the MTM studio in Laurel; they will be repeated in the spring. Marilyn Johnson, 301-604-4139.

Bingo, lunch: The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8097 will hold a bingo, lunch and bake sale March 6. Lunch will be offered from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Bingo will be played from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All money raised will go to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children in Michigan, which houses orphans of soldiers who died in foreign wars. The event will be held at the post, 7209 Montevideo Road. 410-799-5868.

Art exhibition: Patuxent Research Refuge is presenting its annual exhibit of artwork by students in special-education programs of the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities through Sunday at the refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center, off Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, south of Laurel. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. 301-497-5763, or http://

Bull roast: Reservoir High School Boosters, a group that supports sports and other extracurricular activities at the school, will hold its third Bull Roast & Silent Auction from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 18 in the Great Room at Savage Mill. Tickets are $37.50. Dinner, dancing, a silent auction, casino games, raffles and door prizes are included. Allyson LeFevere, 301-604-7194; or Barb Costa, 301-490-0348. Donations of goods and services for the silent auction, as well as baked goods for casino game prizes, are welcome. Annette Lee, 301-725-4589.

Turkey hunt: Patuxent Research Refuge, the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Wheelin' Sportsmen and Meade Natural Heritage Association will offer a spring wild-turkey hunting season, open to young, disabled, mobility-impaired and other hunters. Youth hunts are to be held April 16, 23 and 30 and May 7, 14 and 21. Events for disabled hunters are scheduled for April 18 and 25 and May 2, 9, 16 and 23. Hunts for mobility-impaired hunters are to be held April 18 and 25 and May 2, 9, 16 and 23. Hunts for the general public are to be held April 16, 23 and 30 and May 7, 14 and 21. Hunters will be selected by lottery. Prospective hunters must have appropriate licensing and attend an NWTF clinic. Hunters can contact the refuge to arrange for volunteers to help call in turkeys and choose hunting sites during the hunt. Application forms are available at http://patuxent.fws. gov or by calling 301-776-3090. Completed forms must be submitted in person at the North Tract Visitor Contact Station by 4 p.m. March 19.

Tip Line

If you have information on community events in southern Howard, call Fay Lande at 410-715-2811.

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