Patuxent Valley 8th-graders to launch rockets they built

Savage/North Laurel

October 22, 2006

Rockets built by eighth-graders at Patuxent Valley Middle School will be launched tomorrow in the fields behind the school on the school's annual Rocket Day.

The six rockets were built as part of a study of forces and motion. The launch will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors are asked to check in at the school office for a visitor's badge before going to the field for the launch.

Information: 410-880-5840.

`Creepy Critters' event Oct. 29

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Visitor Center will sponsor a "Creepy Critters" Halloween event, with snakes, spiders and other live animals, exhibits, crafts and activities for all ages, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29.

Information: 301-497-5898 or

"Wild, Wonderful Wolves!" a program for children ages 5 to 7, will be offered from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the visitor center. Children will learn how to howl, why wolves do, about living in packs and other facts.

A guided hike for ages 10 and older is planned from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants will learn about the refuge's ecology by using their five senses.

Programs at the visitor center and the refuge are free, but reservations are required. Information or to register: 301-497-5887.

The visitor center is off Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel.

Around Town

Savage history -- The Savage Historical Society's 2007 calendar, "Sketches of the Savage I Remember," which features the art of Laurence H. Whitehead Sr., can be ordered. 301-725-1241.

Classes -- Registration is open for fall classes 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 classes in self-defense, making scrapbooks, magic, cake decorating, intermediate knitting and chess. 301-776-2805.

Holiday fair -- The South Laurel Recreation Council is accepting applications from artists and artisans for its 31st holiday craft fair, to be held Nov. 12 at Deerfield Run Elementary School and Community Center on Laurel-Bowie Road in Laurel. Artists and artisans will display and demonstrate their work and will accept commissions. Bake sales, refreshments and lunch and door prizes are planned. To request an application for the craft show: 301-776-2805 or 301-953-7882.

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.

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, including medical bills, applying for a tax identification number (ITIN), legal referrals, birth certificates, housing and passports. Walk-in clients are welcome. 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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