The next event in Habitat for Humanity Maryland's public awareness campaign, "Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives," will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 16 at the Laurel Park Carriage Room.
Money raised by the event will help the 18 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity in Maryland achieve their goal of completing 1,000 houses by 2008.
Tickets are $45. Patrons pay $75, and sponsorship opportunities range from $100 to $7,500. Laurel Park Carriage Room is at Route 198 and Race Track Road.
Habitat for Humanity Maryland, a charitable organization, works to increase the capacity of its affiliates to build simple, decent homes in partnership with people in need.
Seekers of lost exotic birds to meet Saturday in Laurel
Wings Over Maryland, a new organization of exotic-bird lovers searching for lost birds, will meet at the Fidos for Freedom training facility in Laurel from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Bird owners from around the region will have an opportunity to network with others whose pets have flown away. Information will be shared on loss prevention, and tips will be given on what to do. A public reading of poetry and essays written by the owners is planned.
The event is free and open to the public.
Fidos for Freedom is at 1200 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel.
Reservoir High School Boosters is sponsoring a Summer Sports Camp program for elementary and middle school pupils. Baseball, football, basketball and girls' soccer are available. 410-888-8850.
Community book talk:
The Savage branch library will hold Community Book Talk at Savage Senior Center, adjacent to the library, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Members of the library staff will present good reads in a variety of favorite genres. Copies of the books will be available to borrow. The event is not for seniors only - all are invited. 410-880-5975.
This month's children's programs at the Savage branch library include:
"Play Partners," a series of short programs for infants through 23-month-olds, at 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, July 13 through Aug. 3.
"Storytime Safari," programs of animal stories, songs and activities for ages 2 to 5 with an adult, are offered at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, through Aug. 8; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, through Aug. 9; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 11; and 10:30 a.m. Fridays, through Aug. 12. Registration is required.
"Dora's Jungle Adventure," stories, games and a jungle craft for the same age group, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Registration is to begin July 29.
"Wild About Willy Wonka," a program for ages 8 and older, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration is required.
"An Unfortunate Event," a program of Lemony Snicket activities, games and a craft for ages 8 and older, will be held at 7 p.m. July 13. Registration is to begin Wednesday.
The library is at 9525 Durness Lane. 410-880-5978.
At the library:
The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will sponsor a meeting of its Savage Mystery Book Club at 7 p.m. July 13. The club will discuss City of Light by Lauren Belfer. Copies of the book are available at the branch. "The State of the Bay," a program at 7 p.m. July 12 with Patty Yergey of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will present a recent report card about the continuing efforts to clean and restore the Chesapeake. Registration is encouraged. 410-880-5980.