Hunting and Fishing Day

August 24, 2008

The Patuxent Research Refuge's National Wildlife visitor center will celebrate Hunting and Fishing Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the refuge's North Tract, off Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, east of Laurel.

Visitors will be invited to practice shooting with a bow and arrow, watch working dogs swim to retrieve, and learn to tie flies for fishing. Live animals, nature crafts for young people, and conservation hikes through wildlife habitats are planned. Information about deer and waterfowl management, hunter safety, and local hunting and fishing opportunities will be available.

Information: 301-776-3090, or go to Accommodations should be requested two weeks in advance of the event.

Classes at South Laurel

The South Laurel Recreation Council is accepting registration for fall classes, which begin Sept. 13 and thereafter. Fitness, dance, tennis and other classes will be held in South Laurel elementary schools and at the Montpelier Neighborhood Park.

Classes include yoga, chair aerobics, Tai Chi, Pilates, beginning ballroom dance, Latin dance, beginning hand dance, chess, beginning knitting, fresh flower arranging, tea (basics, blending and brewing), and tennis.

Information or registration: 301-776-2805, or stop by the Deerfield Run Community Center on Route 197 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The registration deadline is Sept. 10.

Managing stress

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. Tuesday 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

Work on Norfolk Avenue

The Howard County Department of Public Works will begin a project to widen the road and improve drainage in the Patuxent Heights neighborhood of North Laurel on or about Sept. 2.

The project will include installation of a curb, gutter and storm drain, and the widening of the roadway along Norfolk Avenue. Flagging operations will direct traffic, and signs will be posted.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-January 2009.

Information: Lisa Brightwell, 410-313-3440.

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 Or go to

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. 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.

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