Walking tour of Main Street in Laurel to be held April 23

April 09, 2006

Local historian and former Mayor Joe Robison will lead a walking tour of Laurel's historic Main Street, from the B&O train station to 4th Street, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 23.

He will describe the current and former uses of buildings, the history of businesses and people who have occupied the buildings, point out unique architectural details and tell stories of Laurel's past.

The event is sponsored by the Laurel Historical Society. Admission is free; reservations are not needed.

The group will meet at 2 p.m. near the National Historic Registry Marker at the train station, between northbound U.S. 1 and Lafayette Avenue. In the event of rain, the tour will be rescheduled for the fall.

Meet informally with school board

The county Board of Education will sponsor a "Coffee & Conversation" session from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 29 at the media center at Forest Ridge Elementary School, 9550 Gorman Road, North Laurel.

The meetings, which are held at schools around the county, are intended to provide an opportunity for people to have coffee and chat informally with board members. Everyone is welcome.

Around Town

Exploring wildlife -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a "Wildflower Wander" for ages 16 and older from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today. Participants will explore the role that wildflowers play in the ecosystem and identify common species. Field guides, water and a magnifying glass are recommended.

"Going Batty," a program for ages 8 to 10 on the flying mammal, will be offered from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. today, and an "Owl Prowl" for all ages will be offered from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Friday. Participants will explore the refuge at night while looking and listening for owls. The programs will be held at the refuge's North Tract, on Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, in Laurel. Programs are free, but reservations are required. 301-497-5887.`Oz' -- The Young Artists Theatre in Cherry Tree Center, at U.S. 29 and Route 216, Fulton, is presenting The Wizard of Oz on weekends and during spring break, through May 21. Performances are to be held at 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Spring-break shows are planned at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, and Thursday. Tickets for the one-hour production are $8; $7 a person for groups of 10 or more. Arrangements can be made for birthdays and Scout groups. Reservations are required. 301-604-2844, or www. yatheatre.com.

Bluegrass -- Savage Bluegrass, a group that plays at My Way Restaurant and Bar in North Laurel, will perform at 7 p.m. April 25. The restaurant offers karaoke from Sunday through Thursday, except for alternate Tuesdays when Savage Bluegrass performs. Bands perform Fridays and Saturdays. There is no cover charge. 301-497-9494.

Seniors dance -- In celebration of Older Americans Month, the Howard County Office on Aging will hold a Spring Dinner Dance in the Great Room at Savage Mill from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 3. The Goldenaires will perform. The dinner will be a buffet. Tickets are $13 and are to be available at senior centers. 410-313-7213.

Attic stories -- Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., is showing its 10th anniversary exhibit, Stories From the Attic: 10 Years of Collecting. Objects from the museum's collection are on display, along with the stories behind them. Admission is free. Museum and gift shop hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Group tours can be arranged at other times by appointment. 301-725- 7975.

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