Program on teens, sexuality set for Sept. 26

August 27, 2006

The Savage library branch, 9525 Durness Lane, will present "Crushes, Going Out and Pressures to be Sexy: Teens and Parents Talk" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The program for teens ages 11 to 15 with a parent will repeated from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14.

Laura Smit of the Howard County Coalition for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention will lead the program. Admission is free and dinner is included.

Registration begins Sept. 12. Information or to register: 410-880-5980.

Business mixer planned for Tuesday

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold a business mixer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Something Special Coffee House, 504 Main St., Laurel.

Admission is $12 in advance for chamber members; $22 at the door for everyone. Information: 301-725-4000. To register: www.baltwashchamber.org, and go to "Events." Directions: 301-497-2324.

Around Town

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

Bird walks -- 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. 301-497-5887.

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 kindfellow@comcast.net.

For families -- Family and Children's Services is expanding its services at Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel with the goal of creating a one-stop shop of services for individuals and families in need of counseling or other assistance. Among the nonprofit organizations to join Family and Children's Services in North Laurel will be Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the Domestic Violence Center, FIRN (a Howard County nonprofit organization providing services to immigrants) and the Community Action Council. Family and Children's Services offers counseling, employee assistance, in-home services for elderly and disabled people and a "Healthy Families" program for first-time parents. 301-498-7509.

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