Forest discovery hike for children is to be held Thursday

March 06, 2005

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a forest discovery hike, for children ages 8 to 10, from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the National Wildlife Visitor Center.

A Bird Walk, for ages 16 and older, is planned from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 18 at the visitor center. Field guides and binoculars are recommended.

Bird Buddies, a program about birds for ages 5 to 7, will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 19. Stories, songs and a trip outdoors are included.

Basics of Birding, a presentation on bird identification, habitats and equipment from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 will be followed by a walk from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The program is for ages 16 and older.

The center, on Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. The South Tract, which is adjacent to the center and contains trails for hiking and two lakes, opens at 8 a.m. A tram, which runs on weekends and will open later this month, travels around Lake Redington.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. There is a small charge for the tram ride.

Information: 301-497-5763, or http://patuxent.fws.gov.

Savage Manufacturing's former workers sought

The Savage Historical Society is seeking people previously employed at the Savage Manufacturing Co. who would be willing to describe their memories of their jobs and their working lives at the society's meeting at 7 p.m. March 21.

Information: 301-725-1241, or e-mail FrostysPen@aol.com.

Author-Councilman Aleshire to discuss sandlot baseball

Author and Bowie City Councilman William Aleshire will talk about the community sandlot baseball teams that played in Prince George's County and the Negro League teams that played against them at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Laurel Pool Club House at Ninth and Main streets in Laurel.

The free event is sponsored by the Laurel Historical Society, which operates the Laurel Museum.

Information: 301-725-7975.

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 today. 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.

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 for the silent auction, as well as baked goods, are welcome. Annette Lee, 301-725-4589.

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