Cat Club adoptions at noon today

North Laurel/Savage

December 16, 2007

The Howard County Cat Club will hold a cat adoption show from noon to 3 p.m. today at Historic Savage Mill. Adult cats will be available for adoption inside the mill's main entrance.

The club is a nonprofit no-kill, cat-rescue organization. Kittens are not available for adoption.

Prospective adopters must complete an application, sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee of $100 for one cat and $150 for two. All of the cats are neutered or spayed and have current vaccinations.

Adopters offering responsible indoor/outdoor or outdoor homes are welcome.

Information: 410-730-3679, or e-mail, howardcountycats

Historical Society postpones meeting

The Savage Historical Society will not meet tomorrow, as originally scheduled.

Information: Helen Rushing, 301-725-1241.

Around Town

Closed -- Patuxent Research Refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center is temporarily closed for repairs through mid-March. The center's heating and ventilation systems will be repaired. The refuge's grounds and visitor trails will continue to be open from sunrise to 4:30 p.m. except some weekdays. Visitors are advised to call ahead to confirm that programs are being held and grounds are open because repair work is contingent on the weather. 301-497-5763.

Santa, friends -- The South Laurel Recreation Council Inc., which is celebrating 38 years of community service, will present The Penguins' Playground by Bob Brown Puppets, followed by a visit from Santa and his friends, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel. Admission is free.

Registration is open for the council's holiday workshops for children, teenagers, adults and families. The sessions are being held at the Montpelier Carriage House and the Deerfield Run Community Center. Available are children's and family workshops on making stamped greeting cards, a sugar plum cottage and flower arrangement. The workshops are scheduled through Wednesday. 301-776- 2805 or 301-953-7882.

Artist's photographs -- Photographs by Columbia artist Chiyuki Tanaka will be on display until March 1 in the Himmelfarb Gallery at Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel. Harmonic Nature, an exhibition of black-and-white and color photographs, reflects the photographer's lifelong interest in nature and music. The show marks 20 years of employment at Tai Sophia Institute for Tanaka, who has designated proceeds from the sale of her work to benefit the student scholarship fund at Tai Sophia, a private nonprofit graduate institution for wellness-based education. Tanaka works in the school's business and finance division as controller. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. 410-888- 9048.

Helping -- North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, a cooperative center created by local nonprofit organizations for residents in the southeastern part of the county, has expanded to include counseling, legal assistance, information and referral, immigrant services and assistance with food, energy and housing. The center is in Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road. 301-498-7509.

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