Holiday craft fair being held today

November 09, 2008

The South Laurel Recreation Council Inc. will present its 33rd holiday craft fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road (Route 197) in South Laurel.

Artists and artisans will display and sell their work, demonstrate their crafts and accept commissions. Lunch, beverages and snacks will be served all day. Bake sales by community organizations will offer treats and holiday baked goods. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. Those who attend can register for holiday workshops for children, teens, adults and families from noon to 4 p.m.

Holiday workshops for ages 6 to 12 begin Nov. 23 with "Countdown to Christmas." Children can also register to decorate molded chocolate candy and make a sugarplum cottage. Children's workshops cost $5, including materials.

Older children, teens and adults can register for family workshops that include learning to make stamped greeting cards, soap and bath salts, and a fleece hat and scarf. Workshops on making glass beaded ornaments, fresh flower arrangements and etched glass ornaments are also offered. Materials are included.

Admission to the fair is free, and free parking is available a quarter-mile west of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway on Route 197. Continuous free shuttle service will be available from Towne Center Shopping Center at Route 197 and Contee Road. 301-776-2805.

around town

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.

Nature walks : The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a Bird Walk for all ages from 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. today at the refuge's North Tract, on Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, south of Laurel. Field guides and binoculars are recommended.

* An Owl Prowl for all ages is planned from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. today. Participants will look and listen for owls and other nocturnal animals on the guided walk.

* Bird walks for ages 16 and older are planned at the National Wildlife Visitor Center from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Nov. 18 and 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 19. Field guides and binoculars are recommended.

The National Wildlife Visitor Center is off Powder Mill Road, east of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and south of Laurel. The programs are free. Reservations are required. 301-497-5887, or www.patuxent.fws.gov.

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