Wildlife visitor center offers bird walks

August 20, 2006

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Visitor Center will offer bird walks for youths ages 16 and older and adults from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 6; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 14; and 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 20.

Participants will have an opportunity to search for birds in several refuge habitats on the guided hikes. Field guide and binoculars are recommended.

A bird walk for all ages is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 24.

"The Basics of Birding" will be taught from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 16 and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 17. Participants must attend both days.

A Wildflower Wander for ages 16 and older is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9.

The focus will be learning the role wildflowers play in the ecosystem and how to identify common species. Field guides, water and a magnifying glass are recommended.

The visitor center is on Power Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, near Laurel. Programs are free, but reservations are required.

Information or reservations: 301-497-5887.

Mystery book club to meet at library

The Savage branch library's mystery book club will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 to discuss Freedomland by Richard Price.

The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Copies of the books are available at the branch, and registration is not required.

The Savage branch is at 9525 Durness Lane.

Information: 410-880-5980.

Around Town

Historical society -- The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Faith & Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St., Savage. Galen R. Menne, the society's president, will discuss "David Carroll: Apprentice to Mill Owner." Admission is free and open to everyone. Use the side entrance off Foundry Street. 301-805-0891.

Bluegrass -- Savage Bluegrass will perform at Oliver's Old Towne Tavern, 531 Main St., Laurel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 5 and Sept. 19. There is no cover charge. 301-490- 9200.

Free vehicle ID -- North Laurel Community Policing Office, 9105G All Saints Road, will provide free vehicle identification number (VIN) etching from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. The unique VIN numbers will be engraved on all major pieces of glass in each car to deter thieves and help retrieve stolen vehicles. Those who attend can register for the Watch Your Car Program, a national vehicle theft-prevention effort. Some anti-theft devices will be distributed. The event is sponsored by the Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department. Janet Stabile, 410-313-3337.

Collectors' fair -- Historic Savage Mill will hold its ninth Collectors' Fair and Sidewalk Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments, gifts, door prizes, a grand-prize drawing for a curio cabinet, games, a silent auction and sales of collectibles are planned. The Collectors' Fair, which is targeted to collectors and others, is sponsored by Hands of Time in the mill's New Weave Building. Everyone is welcome. 410-880- 4760.

9/11 walk -- The Free State Happy Wanderers Walking Club will sponsor a memorial walk Sept. 11 at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, in Laurel. The 5K and 10K trails include a walk along residential sidewalks and are suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. A commemorative button will be given to the first 200 walkers. Registration is to be held between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Walks should be finished by 7 p.m. 301- 717-3604, or e-mail, kind fellow@comcast.net.

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