Wildlife refuge to celebrate Rachel Carson

North Laurel/Savage

May 13, 2007

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will hold a centennial celebration of the birth of environmental pioneer and author Rachel Carson. The celebration is sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Rachel Carson Council.

The celebration will begin with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center, near Laurel. After the ceremony, programs will include live animals, hands-on activities, nature hikes and habitat tram tours. Refreshments will be for sale.

Through the end of the month, the visitor center is featuring displays about Carson's life and research. Research related to the impact of pesticides such as DDT, which Carson wrote about in her pioneering book Silent Spring, was undertaken by scientists at Patuxent Research Refuge.

A scientific lecture series - "Where have we been, where are we now and where are we going?" - is planned for Thursday and Friday. Admission is free but registration is required.

Information: www.pwrc.usgs.gov.

A one-woman play depicting Carson's life and ideas, A Sense of Wonder, will be performed at 1:30 p.m. May 24 at the visitor center. Admission is free but reservations are required. Registration: 301-497-5887.

The National Wildlife Visitor Center is off Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, south of Laurel.

Information: 301-497-5763.

Around Town

Savagefest planning -- A planning meeting for the traditional Savagefest, scheduled for June 2 and 3, will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Carroll Baldwin Hall in Savage. A parade is planned for the first day. Rides, pony rides, entertainment, food and craft sales are also planned. Artisans, sponsors, and organizations seeking a fundraising event are invited to participate. The parade also welcomes additional marchers and floats. Jennifer Weaver, 301-980-1439.

Teen theater -- The Teen Professional Theatre, a tuition-based program that offers scholarships, will hold auditions for its production of Evita from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Reservoir High School. The Teen Professional Theatre is a program of the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Inc. 410-381-0700 of www.CCTArts .com.

Historical society -- The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. May 21 at 9032 Baltimore St. The group will discuss a new project to interview longtime residents of Savage and those who worked in the mill. Those who attend are asked to use the entrance off Foundry Street.

The group is collecting photographs and information from World War II veterans living in the area. The deadline to submit materials has been extended to June 30. Submissions can be sent to SHS, P.O. Box 0073, Savage 20763-0073. The society hopes to publish a booklet on the subject to honor veterans from the Savage area.

The publication of the society's 2008 historical calendar, "Inside a Working Cotton Mill, Savage, MD," has been delayed. Publication was scheduled to coincide with the Savagefest, to be held June 2 and 3. 301-725-1241.

Multiservice center -- The cooperative center created by local nonprofit organizations to reach residents in the southeast area of the county, now known as the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, is in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road. The center offers help with housing, food, fuel and utilities and crisis intervention for those in need. 301-498-7509

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