Workshop focuses on stress

August 17, 2008

Business and life coach Marilyn Thorpe of NexPhase Transitions LLC will present "Five Secrets to Managing Stress," a workshop to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 26 at Good Life Wellness Center at Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., in Savage.

The workshop will analyze the body's reaction to stress and provide tools to interrupt the process. The cost is $20. Information or registration: 301-490-0603, or or

Youth baseball holds tryouts

The Savage Spirit 14-U travel baseball team will hold tryouts for its fall team from 9 a.m. to noon today at Savage Park Field No. 5; 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Patuxent Valley Middle School; and 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 24 at Savage Park Field No. 5.

Players are encouraged to attend all three dates; two dates are mandatory.

Information: Raf Correa, 301-317-8937, or e-mail,

The team is coached by former major league pitcher Mariano De Los Santos, a resident of Burtonsville.

Around Town

Flag football : The Savage Boys and Girls Club is accepting registration for its fall flag football season for children ages 6 to 14. Registration closes at midnight Aug. 31. The season runs from late September to late November, with weekly practices and games Sundays. A 25 percent sibling discount is available. Registration: John Goodman, 240-671-3218, or e-mail, football@savage Or go to www.sav

Wildlife : The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a Herp Search for all ages from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. today. A refuge naturalist will lead participants in a search for reptiles and amphibians. Wear good walking shoes.

* A Nature Scene Investigation to enable youths ages 10 and older to join a refuge naturalist in learning what different animal skulls can teach us about an animal's lifestyle, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 .am. tomorrow.

All the programs are free (donations to the Friends of Patuxent are appreciated), but reservations are required. Information or reservations: 301-497-5887. Or go to

Preschool activities : The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, offers classes for preschool-age children to foster language development and early literacy. "Kindergarten, Here We Come!" - a program of stories and activities to mark the important first day at school, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow, 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday. Registration is required. 410-880-5978.

Bluegrass : Savage Bluegrass will perform at Sam's Bar and Restaurant on U.S. 1 in North Laurel at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 2, 16 and 30. There is no cover charge.

Teen center : Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is opening Freestyle, a new teen drop-in center at Ridgely's Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road, Jessup. The center, designed by teens for teens, will offer a choice of hanging out with friends, playing basketball and video games, listening to music and other activities. The center will be open from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 21, Sept. 11 and 25, Oct. 25 and 30, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4. The cost is $5. Registration is not required. Danielle Bassett, 410-313-1693.

Volunteers needed : The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, is recruiting members of the community to local nonprofit agencies in need of volunteers. 410-715-3179.

Free screenings : Howard County General Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings at the Savage branch library on the second Monday of each month. The walk-in screenings will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the library, 9525 Durness Lane. 410-740-7601 or

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