Patuxent refuge marking Hunting and Fishing Day

September 24, 2006

The Patuxent Research Refuge is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the refuge's North Tract.

Guided hikes, fly-tying practice, guided tours of habitats, watching dogs retrieve for hunters and archery demonstrations are planned. Information about hunter safety and accessible hunting and fishing will be available.

Exhibitors and participants include the Meade Natural Heritage Association, Wheelin' Sportsmen, and the Wild Turkey Federation.

The event celebrates wildlife conservation efforts and the efforts of hunters and anglers to conserve natural habitats and wildlife resources.

The North Tract is off Route 198, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, east of Laurel.

Information: 301-776-3090 or http:--patuxent.fws.gov.

Learn to prepare garden for winter

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will present "Putting the Garden to Bed for Winter" at 7 p.m. Oct. 3.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-880-5980.

The Savage Senior Center, which shares a building with the library, will present an eight-week line dance class, with Barbara Brown, starting Thursday. The class meets from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays.

The cost is $30. Information: E. Bennett, 410-880-5915.

Around Town

Classes -- Registration is open for fall classes being offered by the South Laurel Recreation Council. Classes will be held in South Laurel at Montpelier, Oaklands and James Harrison elementary schools. Fitness, Pilates, tai chi, yoga and Latin line dancing are offered, as are tennis classes for children, teens and adults. Hand-dancing, ballroom dancing and country line dancing are also offered. Also on the schedule are self-defense, making scrapbooks, magic, cake decorating, intermediate knitting and chess. 301-776-2805.

Bird walks -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Visitor Center is offering a bird walk for all ages from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. today. The visitor center is on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, near Laurel. Programs are free, but reservations are required. 301-497-5887.

Lunch, bingo, bake sale -- The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8097, 7209 Montevideo Road, Jessup, will have bingo, lunch and a bake sale today. Lunch will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bingo will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the bake sale will go on until sold out. 410-799-5868.

Going out -- The Savage branch library, 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. Tuesday. The program, which is for children ages 11 to 15, will be 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 is required. 410-880-5980.

Free classes -- Tai Sophia Institute in North Laurel, specializing in wellness and the healing arts, is offering free introductory classes. The Essence of Creativity is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and Sumi Ink Painting will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5. www.tai.edu. registration: 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611.

For families -- Family and Children's Services is expanding its offerings at Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel with the goal of creating a one-stop shop of services for those in need of counseling or other assistance. Among the nonprofit groups participating are 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.

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