Refuge offering Bird Walk today

December 04, 2005

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a Bird Walk for all ages to search for birds in several refuge habitats from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. today. Field guides and binoculars are recommended for the guided hike.

An Owl Prowl for all ages will be held from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. today. Participants will explore the refuge at night, while looking and listening for owls.

The programs will be held at the North Tract, on Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, near Laurel.

Among programs held at the National Wildlife Visitor Center at the refuge is a Bird Walk for ages 16 and older, to be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Field guides and binoculars are recommended.

The visitor center is on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197.

The programs are free, but reservations are required.

Information: 301-497-5887, or

Around Town

Holiday workshops -- The South Laurel Recreation Council is accepting registration for its holiday workshops, offered through Dec. 20. Workshops are available for children, teens, adults and families at Montpelier Carriage House and Deerfield Run Community Center in south Laurel. The workshops include instruction in making pop-up cards, a fleece throw, an evergreen wreath, sugar-plum cottage, desk-top calendar, beaded icicle ornaments, gift tags and fresh flower arrangements. Brochures describing the programs are available at area supermarkets, libraries and other facilities. 301- 776-2805.

Successful clothing -- Sandy's Repeat Performance, a consignment men's and women's clothing resale shop in Historic Savage Mill, is holding a fundraiser for Success in Style, a nonprofit organization that provides free business attire and fashion advice to disadvantaged women looking to enter or re-enter the work force. Contributions will be accepted through Dec. 31. The goal is to raise $1,000. 301-498-7008, from noon to 4 p.m., except Mondays.

Laurel's future -- The North Laurel Civic Association will hold an open house at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the media center at Murray Hill Middle School, 9989 Winter Sun Road, North Laurel. Residents, business owners, homeowner association leaders, elected officials, government representatives, school administrators and staff members are invited to learn about the association's goals, projects and activities, and to talk about the future of North Laurel. Information on North Laurel projects and resources will be available. Refreshments will be served. Pam Peseux, 301-776-6509, or

PACE -- Savage Senior Center will offer an eight-week PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) class Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The class uses gentle activities, performed in sitting or standing positions, to increase joint flexibility and range of motion and to maintain muscle strength. The technique can reduce pain and stiffness and improve quality of life. The cost is $20. A release form is required. Savage Senior Center is at 9525 Durness Lane. Edith Bennett, 410-880-5915.

At the library -- Master gardener Pat Greenwald will be at the Savage branch library at 7 p.m. tomorrow to talk about natural decorations for the holidays. Registration is required. The Savage Mystery Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 to discuss Suspect by Michael Robotham. Copies of the books are available at the branch. The library's Writers Circle, an opportunity to share original writings with other aspiring authors, will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 19. Registration is required. 410-880-5980.

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