Volunteers sought for Weed Warrior Day

September 11, 2005

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Visitor Center is seeking volunteers for its Weed Warrior Day to help root out non-native invasive plants that threaten the wildlife habitat at Patuxent Research Refuge.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers should wear long pants, long sleeves and take gloves. Registration is required. The visitor center is off Powder Mill Road, between Route 197 and Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Laurel.

Information or registration: 301-497-5887.

South Laurel rec council to offer variety of classes

The South Laurel Recreation Council is offering fall classes for all ages, starting Saturday and later.

Fitness, dance, craft and homemaking classes are offered.

Classes are held in elementary schools in the south Laurel area or at the Montpelier Neighborhood Park on Route 197.

Information: 301-776-2805.

Around town

Pancake breakfast:

American Legion Post 60, at 2 Main St. in Laurel, will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. today. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12. 301-725-2302.

Guided tour:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide a 40-minute guided tour through Patuxent Research Refuge on an open-air tram from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Participants will see wildlife in their habitats while discovering how the land has changed over time. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for those ages 55 and older and $1 for those ages 12 and younger. Use exact change. 301-497-5887.

Bird walks:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer Bird Walks for youth and adults ages 16 and older at the National Wildlife Visitor Center on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197 in Laurel. Walks are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. The programs are free, but registration is required. 301-497-5887.

Writers' circle:

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will sponsor the next meeting of its Writers' Circle, an opportunity for aspiring authors to share their work, at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Registration: 410-880- 5980, or visit the branch.

For the homeless:

Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services will hold a fundraiser Sept. 20 at the Greene Turtle from 11 a.m. to closing. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to the organization to help with its services for the homeless. Directions: 301- 317-6650.

At the library:

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will sponsor "Games Galore," an afternoon of favorite games, (Scrabble, Life, Monopoly, Clue and others) at 4 p.m. Sept. 20. Those who attend are invited to bring games to share. Beginning and advanced chess players, ages 9 to 17, are invited to participate in a Chess Club meetings from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Players must know the basic rules. Registration is not needed. Registration is not needed for the Chess Club or "Games Galore." 410-880- 5980.

Road construction:

Single-lane closings on Gorman and Stephens roads, across from Stone Lake Drive, may be necessary between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays for a project to improve water distribution to the North Laurel area. The improvements, which are scheduled to be completed next month, are deemed necessary to provide sufficient public water to meet projected needs for commercial use and fire protection in the southeast portion of the county.

Volunteers sought:

Montpelier Mansion is seeking volunteers who love history, beautiful homes or gardening and would like to meet interesting people. 301-953-1376.

Fishing:

Fishing is open to the public at Cash Lake at Patuxent Research Refuge and will continue through mid-October. Anglers can also fish at the refuge's North Tract entrance. Permits are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Wildlife Visitor Center (301-497-5763) and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Patuxent North Tract Contact Station (301-776-3090) or http:// patuxent.fws.gov.

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