Breakfast with Santa in Savage

December 11, 2005

The Savage Volunteer Fire Company will sponsor "Breakfast with Santa" from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the fire company's social hall, 8925 Lincoln St., Savage.

Eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk will be served.

The cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children to age 10.

Information: 301-725-6409 or 301-725-5180.

Patuxent refuge sets new hours

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge is changing its public hours and visitor service programs.

The North Tract entrance will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Wildlife Visitor Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, this month through February. Regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will resume from March through November. The refuge will continue to close on federal holidays.

Bird watchers and hikers will still be able to use the trails near the visitor center early mornings after sunrise. The grounds close when the center closes.

The National Wildlife Visitor Center is on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, south of Laurel.

The North Tract entrance is off Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32.

Information: 301-497-5887, or patuxent.fws.gov.

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 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.

At the library -- The Savage Mystery Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Savage branch library 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. The Third Wednesday Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 to discuss Flyboys by James Bradley. Copies of the books are available at the branch. Savage branch library is at 9525 Durness Lane. 410-880-5980.

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.

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