Bird Heard picnic to raise funds to fight avian disease

September 03, 2006

The Bird Heard, a companion bird club in Columbia, and the Avian Health Network, based in Reston, Va., will sponsor a picnic in Savage Park to raise funds to help fight PDD (Proventricular Dilatation Disease), a wasting disease in pet and wild birds.

"Prevent PDD: Picnic in the Park" will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Dr. Branson Ritchie, a researcher sponsored by the Avian Health Network, will draw the winning ticket for the "2006 Birds of A Feather Quilt."

Picnic tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate and $15 for children up to age 8. A barbecue, beverages, desert and a chance to win a door prize are included. An auction and music are also planned.

Information: Becky McKirahan, 301-498-3543.

Registration opens for fall softball

Registration is open for the Savage Boys & Girls Club fall softball program in the 14-and-under and 12-and-under age groups.

Games will be held Sundays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 29. Tryouts may be required.

Information or registration: www.savagebgc.org.

Around Town

Bluegrass -- Savage Bluegrass will perform at Oliver's Old Towne Tavern, 531 Main St., Laurel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 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. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 14; and 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 20. 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. Saturday. 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 will 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.

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 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.

The Community Action Council, available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, offers help with eviction prevention, energy assistance and crisis intervention. 301-498- 7509 or 410-313-6440.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, will be in North Laurel from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Lilly is fluent in Spanish and can assist with many needs. 301-498-7509, Ext. 228, or 410-992-1923, Ext. 12.

The Domestic Violence Center is available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome. 301-498-7509 or 410-997-2272.

Grassroots counselor Dianne DeSantis is available from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to help with crisis resolution. 301-498-7509, Ext. 302, or the 24-hour hot line, 410-531-6677.

Barbara Coleman of the Legal Aid Bureau will be available at 9 a.m. Thursdays. 301-498-7509.

The Family and Children's Services office, 9105 All Saints Road in Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 301-498-7509.

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