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Bargain sales

Fall yard sale -- Saturday, Oct. 10, 8 a.m.-noon, O'Malley Senior Center parking lot, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton. Rain or shine. $10 for each parking space. All sellers can unload between 7 and 7:45 a.m.; set-up must be complete by 8 a.m. Plenty of parking across the street at the Annex building. All unsold items must be removed by 1 p.m. Center, 301-621-9515.

Vendors needed -- Crafts and Collectibles yard sale. Craft vendors, traditional treasures and product consultants for indoor yard sale, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 60, Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St. $20 per space, includes one table and two chairs; $10 extra for electrical outlet. Vicki, 410-674-5088, or

Bazaars and craft fairs

Holiday craft fair applications -- South Laurel Recreation Council now accepting applications from artists and crafts people for its holiday craft fair, Sunday, Nov. 8, Deerfield Run Elementary School and Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road. Applications for this juried craft show, Council, 301-776-2805, or Deerfield Run Community Center, 301-953-7882.

Fall bazaar -- Friday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 8603 Contee Road. Regifting items, crafts, theme basket raffles, country kitchen bake sale, food concession with breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Also 50/50 and door prizes each day. Pat, 301-776-4645.

Fall festival -- Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., church social hall, Community United Methodist Church, 300 Brock Bridge Road. Pie sale, fall floral arrangements, Halloween decorations, jewelry and local vendors. Lunch available. Douglas Fox, 301-725-4918.

Fall bazaar -- Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Laurel Presbyterian Church, 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road. Handmade crafts, white elephant table and Kid's corner. Light refreshments and baked goods. 301-776-6665.

Fall bazaar -- Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 424 Main St. Tables include New to You: Holiday items, household, personal items, gifts; Bake and candy: Fudge, candy, cakes, cookies, pies, cupcakes, muffins, rolls, bread; Silent auction: Gifts to give or keep; Lunch: Hot dogs, chips, BBQ, baked beans and drinks; Youth and church sale: bird feeders, first church plate and note cards. Church, 301-725-3093.

Holiday craft fair -- Sunday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road. Sponsored by the South Laurel Recreation Council. Free public and handicapped parking available at site. Continuous free shuttle service from Towne Center Shopping Center, Route 197 and Contee Road. Free admission. Artists and craftors display, demonstrate, accept commissions and sell a variety of handmade creations. Door prizes, refreshments, bake sales, lunch. Registration for holiday workshops for children, teens, adults and families, noon-4 p.m. 301-776-2805.

Holiday celebration and craft fair -- Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Phelps Senior Center, 701 Montgomery St. Locally made crafts, fall and Thanksgiving items, gift and basket raffles, silent auction, white reindeer sale, Santa's secret shop, gift wrapping, kids' activity table, bake sale, light lunch. Come out and support the senior citizens who have worked hard on this event. Limited craft tables available $20 each. 301-442-9992


Basket bingo -- Sponsored by Fort Meade Officers' Wives' Club, Friday, Oct. 23, McGill Training Center, Fort Meade. Doors open 6 p.m. $20 ticket for 20 games. Brooke Schetgen,, 301-576-8680.

Laurel Boys and Girls Club Monday bingo -- Doors open weekly at 5:30 p.m., games begin 7 p.m., Phelps Center, 701 Montgomery St. Guaranteed $500 bonanza game every week and a new Triple Seven game with opportunity to win up to $500. Food and drink at reasonable cost from Carla's Citchen. Proceeds support club's programs. 301-953-9340.

Laurel Elks Lodge 2283 bingo --Cash bingo every Tuesday night, 8261 Brock Bridge Road. Doors open 5:30 p.m., bingo 7 p.m. Special "Loser" game. Ball game pull-tabs and cash balls sold. A good place to earn Community Service hours for school. 301-466-8202.

American Legion -- Bingo on Fridays, 7:45 p.m., Post 60, 2 Main St. Doors open 5:30 p.m. 301-725-2302. No Wednesday night bingo.


Free English as a second language and U.S. citizenship classes -- Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. and Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., through May, First Baptist Church, 15000 First Baptist Lane. 301-725-6163.

Childbirth education -- Six-week classes, Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., beginning Oct. 14, ending Nov. 18, Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road. Two optional classes on breast feeding and newborn care offered on third and fourth Thursday of each session, 7-8:30 p.m. Lectures, discussions, demonstrations, films and exercises to prepare couples for changes that occur during pregnancy and methods to assist with labor and birth process. Designed to increase knowledge of birth process, teach Lamaze breathing and relaxation techniques, enhance ability to make decisions about care, provide emotional and social support of other pregnant couples and offer tours of the unit. 301-497-7983.

Tutoring -- Free, grades 1-12, Thursday nights, 6:45-8 p.m., begins Thursday, Oct. 22, First Baptist Church of Laurel, 15000 First Baptist Lane. Registration, one night only, Thursday, Oct. 15, 7-8 p.m. Spaces limited; late registration not accepted, no wait list. Church, 301-725-1688.

People with Arthritis Can Exercise -- Sponsored by the Laurel Regional Hospital and the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, PACE classes held Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m., beginning Oct. 29 and ending Dec. 17, Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road. Community-based, non-clinical program involves group participation. Includes activities to improve endurance, joint mobility and body mechanics and encourages peer interaction and socialization. Participants must be able to walk independently, with a device, or to transfer to a straight chair from a wheelchair. $25 per person ($15 Auxiliary members) or $3 per class. 301-497-7914.

Montpelier Arts Center fall art classes -- Registration already underway for residents of Prince George's County and all others. Classes listed in the Parks and Recreation Guide and online under SMARTlink on the home page,; choose Montpelier Arts Center in the advanced search window to choose fall art classes or browse under Visual Arts, Performing Arts, or Lifestyles and Learning for courses for children (8 and over), teens and adults. New after care program for 8-13 year olds. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, 301-377-7800.

Free genealogy classes -- Classes held fourth Thursday of each month, 7:30-8:30 p.m., 7200 Contee Road, Latter-day Saints Chapel (across from Laurel Regional Hospital). Questions on class or genealogy research, Amy Krieger, or J.R. Martinez,

New and expectant parents -- Free classes at Laurel Pregnancy Center, 415 Main St., Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Topics range from childbirth to parenting to healthy living. Taught by a professional from the community. Karen, 301-776-9997,

Domestic violence awareness -- Sponsored by the Laurel Regional Hospital Auxiliary in observance of domestic violence awareness month, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., Laurel Regional Hospital, J. Russell Jones room, 7300 Van Dusen Road. Guest speaker, Valerie Nicholas, founder and president of Love Is Not Enough, Inc., speaks on her own experience with domestic violence and how she succeeded in overcoming it. Her organization brings a message of hope and strength to those affected by domestic violence and educates the public on issues of depression, low self-esteem, insecurity, rejection, co-dependency and abandonment. Resource materials available. Open to public. RSVP, Public Relations Office, 301-497-7914 by Oct. 19.


Miss Teen Laurel International 2010 --Seeking applicants between ages of 13 through 18, who live or attend school in Maryland. Contestants compete in personal interview, fun fashion, aerobic wear and evening gown. Pageant scheduled on April 9 and 10, 2010. Winner will receive an all expense paid trip to the National competition in July. State director, 410-490-0879, or

Miss Pre Teen Central Maryland International 2010 --Seeking applicants between ages of 9 through 12, who live or attend school in Maryland. Contestants compete in on-stage production, fun fashion, 12-minute speech, aerobic wear and formal wear (ball gown). Pageant scheduled on April 9 and 10, 2010. Winner will receive a free entry into the Miss Teen Maryland International pageant when they are age eligible. State director, 410-490-0879, or

Miss Teen Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George's County International 2010 -- Applicants must be between ages of 13 through 18 and live or attend school in Maryland. Contestants compete in personal interview, fun fashion, aerobic wear and evening gown. Pageant to be held April 9 and 10, 2010. Winner receives all expense paid trip to National competition in July. State director, 410-490-0879 or

Miss Pre Teen Anne Arundel County International 2010 -- Applicants must be between ages of 9 through 12 and live or attend school in Maryland. Contestants compete in on stage introduction, fun fashion, 12 minute speech, aerobic wear and formal wear (ball gown). Pageant to be held April 9 and 10, 2010. Winner receives free entry into the Miss Teen Maryland International Pageant when they are eligible. State director, 410-490-0879 or

Miss Teen Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George's County International 2010 -- Applicants must be between ages of 13 through 18 and live or attend school in Maryland. Contestants compete in personal interview, fun fashion, aerobic wear and evening gown. Pageant to be held April 9 and 10, 2010. Winner receives all expense paid trip to the National competition in July. State director, 410-490-0879 or

Miss Pre Teen Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George's County International 2010 -- Applicants must be between ages of 9 through 12 and live or attend school in Maryland. Contestants compete in on stage introduction, fun fashion, 2 minute speech, aerobic wear and formal wear (ball gown). Pageant to be held April 10, 2010. Winner receives free entry into the Miss Teen Maryland International Pageant when they are age eligible. State director, 410-490-0879 or


Riverfest -- Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Riverfront Park, one block off Main Street at Avondale. Sponsored by the Laurel Board of Trade. Starts 8 a.m. with the First Generation College Bound Riverfest 5K run/2 mile walk. Arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, community groups, make your own scarecrow, continuous live entertainment. Laurel Board of Trade,301-483-0838. First Generation College Bound 5K run/walk, or 301-490-0911.


"Sponsor a firework" -- Be a part of the city of Laurel's 4th of July celebration. Mix and match and then look for your "firework" at next year's celebration, July 3. Color peony or gold gleaner, $20; pearl bomb or happy flower, $30; golden willow or tiger tail, $40; palm tree or panther, $50; oriental thunder or poisonous spider, $75. Kay Harrison, 301-725-5300, ext. 203, or Jane Flemion, 301-725-5300.

Quarter auction -- Benefits Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department, Friday, Oct. 9, Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department, 3498 Fort Meade Road. Doors and kitchen open 6 p.m., auction starts 7:15 p.m. Ten home sales consultants, 50/50, raffles, Longaberger baskets to bid on.

Lawnmower races -- 9th annual Great American 250, Sunday, Oct. 11, noon-4 p.m., Laurel Moose Lodge 1504, 430 Brock Bridge Road. Family fun day, food and beverages, car smash and target golf, football toss and mower corral, kids games, mini golf and moon bounce. $5 per person, $4 children ages 6-10, or free with donation of any used or new handicapped equipment (wheel chairs, crutches, walkers, standing frames, shower chairs, scooters). Sponsored by Apple Ford - Lincoln Mercury commercial sales department. Sanctioned by the Delmarva Lawnmower Racing Association. 2009 championship races coordinated by Odenton Lodge 2601. Benefits Washington Area Wheelchair Society and other local charities.

$6 sale -- Friday, Oct. 23, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., J. Russell Jones room, Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road. Items include scarves, handbags, jewelry, wallets and toys. Sponsored by Laurel Regional Hospital Auxiliary. Proceeds go toward capital equipment for our community hospital. Marie Bena, 301-572-5636.


Yu-Gi-Oh Club -- Meets on Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m., Laurel Armory Community Center, 422 Montgomery Street. Open to all levels of play. Bring a friend and your own cards. Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation programs, 301-725-8088.

Laurel Community Center Games Club -- Every Thursday, 6 p.m., Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, 7901 Cypress St. Innovative, challenging games for children, teens and adults. Games of all types such as Blokus, Carcassonne, Mencala, Lost Cities. Share your favorite or learn a new one. 301-776-2280.

Laurel Chess Club -- Meets Thursdays, 6-10 p.m., Laurel Armory Anderson- Murphy Community Center, 422 Montgomery St. Players of all ages and skill levels. Jason Waggoner, 301-490-6042.

Group meetings

Genealogy Resources -- Lecture with Mike Boivin sponsored by Laurel Historical Society, Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Laurel Municipal Pool room, Ninth and Main streets. Learn to utilize a number of free resources: genealogical software, libraries, historical and genealogical societies, archives, land records, family research centers and online sources. 301-725-7975,

Hunters Creek Homeowners Association -- Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., 10309 Pimlico Place. D. H. Management Services, 301-953-1955.

Meade Area Garden Club -- Meeting, Friday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m., Jessup Community Hall, intersection of Wigley Ave. and Route 175. Barbara Hallman, a member of the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild, on "The Art of Pressed Flowers." No reservations required. Refreshments served. Membership, $20 a year. Pat Loosararian, 410-519-6443.

Laurel Historical Society Book Club -- Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., discussion of "Song Yet Sung" by James McBride. The book is part of the One Maryland, One Book Campaign, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, to encourage as many people across the state to read the same book and come together for discussions. 301-725-7975,

Wyndemere Townhouse Association -- Annual meeting of membership, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Laurel Woods Elementary School, media room, 9250 Laurel Road. D. H. Bader Management Services, 301-953-1955, ext. 30.

North Lake Homeowners Association -- Annual meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Oseh Shalom Synagogue, 7515 Olive Branch Way. D. H. Bader Management Services, 301-953-1955.

G.F.W.C Woman's Club of Laurel -- Meeting, Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., clubhouse, 384 Main St. Guest speaker Chris Mooney, of AXA Advisors, on long term health care insurance. Pat, 301-490-7023.

Crown of Laurel Toastmasters Club 77 -- Meetings every first and third Tuesdays, 6:45 p.m., Boys and Girls Club, 324 Montgomery St.

Columbians Toastmasters Club -- Meets first and third Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m., Capitol College, 11301 Springfield Road, Laurel. Public speaking. 301-794-9669.

Maryland Search and Rescue -- Meetings, Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Highland, Route 216 at Browns Bridge Road. Meetings Mondays, 7-9 p.m. (Last Monday each month is an officers' meeting.) Maryland Search & Rescue is a program for young men and women, aged 14-21 (and adult advisors/participants) that focuses on wilderness, lost-person searching. Training consists of a number of high-adventure activities, hiking, backpacking, land navigation, all-weather camping, rock climbing, repelling as well as search tactics and first-aid. Program run by the youth members, providing a great opportunity to learn leadership skills while giving back to the community. Pamela Paulding, 410-730-0561 or Art Ross, 410-740-2913.

Blue Star Mothers of Maryland -- Monthly meetings in Laurel for mothers supporting sons and daughters in all branches of the military (active duty, reserves, honorably discharged). 301-490-5358 or 410-978-2979.

Writers' Circle -- Second Mondays monthly, 7 p.m., Savage Branch Library, 9525 Durness Lane. Share original writing with other aspiring authors for mutual support and feedback. No registration required. 410-880-5980.

Book clubs -- Savage Branch Library, 9525 Durness Lane. Mystery Book Club, second Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Nonfiction Book Club, third Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Books available at branch. No registration required. 410-880-5980.

Society of Military Widows -- Fourth Sundays, brunch at Fort Meade's Club Meade. New members welcome. Call Daisy Jackson, 410-730-6194,


Haunted Pool Trail -- Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, along the Riverfront Park path and through the Laurel Municipal Pool indoor facilities. Begins at Municipal Pool parking lot, Ninth and Main streets, and heads into the woods. Terrifying walking adventure through both outdoor and indoor haunted areas in and around the pool and park. Not recommended for small children or the faint of heart. $5 per person. Sponsored by the Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation, 301-725-7800, for cancellation due to inclement weather.

Kids fall fun day -- Sunday, Oct. 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Laurel Museum, 817 Main St. Pumpkin activities, ghostly fun stories (age appropriate). $5 per child, pay at door. Space limited. Reservations required to ensure each child has a pumpkin. To reserve, 301-725-7975, or assist@laurelhistorical

Trick or Treat on Main Street -- Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m., Main Street from Route 1 Southbound to Seventh Street. Visit the merchants to get your trick or treat. Ages stroller to 15 years. All children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Laurel Board of Trade and Merchants along Main Street.

Halloween Spooktacular -- Saturday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m., Robert J. DiPetro Community Center, 7901 Cypress St. Entertainment, food, costume judging with prizes. Come dressed to be judged. Co-sponsored by the Laurel Lions Club.


Hands-On History Day: Legends and Lore of the Piscataway Indians -- Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road. Members of the Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians, dressed in traditional regalia, demonstrate and teach native dances, tell stories, lead nature walks and teach crafts using natural materials. All ages. $7 per person. Reservations recommended. 301-377-7817.

Fall history lecture series -- Third Wednesdays in September, October and November, 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., Chocolate: Food of the Gods! Food historian Pat Reber speaks on everyone's favorite topic: chocolate and how it has been used throughout the centuries, from the ancient rulers of Mexico to the common chocolate shops in England. Samples provided. Adults, reservations required, 301-377-7817.

Tours of Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road -- Guided, Sundays, noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Self-guided, Monday through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Group tours for 10 or more by appointment. $3 adults; $2 seniors and groups of 10 or more; $1 ages 6 to 18; free ages 5 and under. The reproduction kitchen is a part of the regular mansion tours. 301-377-7817.

Tours of Snow Hill Manor -- Plantation house of late Georgian style built in 1755, 13301 Laurel-Bowie Road. Tours Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 301-725-6037.

Kids and teens

Madden tournament -- Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., new second floor gaming lounge, Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation's Laurel Armory Community Center, 422 Montgomery St. Youth and teens can challenge each other; between games, discover the activities the Armory has to offer, ping pong, basketball, pool, air-hockey. NFL games on in gymnasium and lounge. Wear your team's colors. Registration 10-11:30 a.m., kick-off noon. 301-725-8088.

Weekend Teen Club -- Sponsored by Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation. Fridays, 7-10 p.m., Laurel Community Center, 7901 Cypress St. Saturdays, 7-10 p.m., Laurel Armory Anderson-Murphy Community Center, 422 Montgomery St. Basketball, games, tournaments and food. Must have annual pass, no daily drop in fees accepted. Ages 12 through 17. 301-725-7800,

Savage Branch Library, 9525 Durness Lane -- For Teens on Screen: Anime Movie Club. First Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Special screening of popular anime films. Refreshments. Ages 11 to 17. Registration required. Teen 'Zine. First Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. Add your voice to the online newsletter written by teens, for teens. Ages 13 to 17. No registration. Teen Book Club. Fourth Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., ages 13 and up, no registration. 410-880-5980.

Children's classes -- Savage Branch Library, 9525 Durness Lane, Savage, 410-880-5978. No registration unless specified. Preschool: Play Partners, ongoing every Wednesday, 9:45-10:30 a.m., ages infant-23 months with adult.


Latino Heritage Month celebration -- Saturday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 Seventh St. Bring the family and enjoy regional dances of Mexico performed by costumed dancers. 301-776-6790.

Laurel Branch Library -- 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790.

* Daytime storytimes (pick up free ticket at children's desk): Newborn to 12 months with caregiver, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.; 12 to 24 months with caregiver, Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m.; ages 2 to 3, Mondays, 10:30 and 11:15 a.m., limit 35; ages 2 1/2 to 4 1/2, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., limit 35.

* Evening storytime, ages 3-6, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., limit 35. Pick up free ticket at Children's Desk.

Maryland City at Russett Branch Library -- 3501 Russett Common, 301-725-2390.

* One-on-One Computer Training: Mondays, 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m. Work individually with a librarian in a scheduled session. Learn how to access your library account and search the catalog; search the Internet and special electronic databases, and set up a free e-mail account. Reservations required. Call or visit the branch to schedule an appointment.

* English Basic Skills: Contact the library for information on dates and times. These free English classes offered by Anne Arundel Community College integrate listening, speaking, reading ad writing skills for students with minimal English training prior to attending classes.

Savage Branch Library -- 9525 Durness Lane. Sunday hours 1-5 p.m., 410-313-7890.

* Internet Technology, one-on-one tutoring: Mouse in the House: Family Web Surfing, ages 7 and over; Open the Door to Open Office: Ages 13 and over; Research 24/7: Access full-text articles and other resources for school assignments, business or personal use from any computer at any time.

* Preschool classes: Picture Book Parade, every Thursday, 10:15 a.m., ages 2-5 with adult, 30 minutes, no registration; Pajama Time: Every Tuesday, 7 p.m.


Invasive plant removal -- Second Sunday of every month, 1 p.m. The Sierra Club invites volunteers of all ages to join its ongoing removal activity in Riverfront Park. Meet at the Municipal Swimming Pool, Ninth and Main streets, Brigitte, 240-506-8976.

Patuxent Research Refuge -- Free programs; advance registration required, donations to the Friends of Patuxent appreciated. 301-497-5887,

Honey Harvest Festival: Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop. Join the Maryland State Beekeepers Association and discover the busy world of bees and other pollinators while enjoying arts and crafts, honey tastings, candle making demonstrations, Refuge habitat tram tours. 301-497-5887.

The Big Sit! -- Sunday, Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop. Tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard from a 17-foot diameter circle. Participants identify birds, use field guides and join bird related discussions and children's activities. Bring binoculars, foldable chairs, insect repellent and sun screen. 301-497-5630,

Federal Duck Stamp contest: Only federally -sponsored juried art competition, Oct. 16-17, doors open 9 a.m. each day, judging 10 a.m. until approximately noon, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop. Reception, Friday, Oct. 16, 6:30-10 p.m., sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Refreshments, close-up look at competing waterfowl art, live and silent auctions of artwork, waterfowl-themed items, hunting trips. $50. Proceeds benefit Ducks Unlimited. 301-497-5766.

Annual Patuxent Wildlife Festival: Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop. See live animals up-close, learn about cutting-edge wildlife research, participate in children's activities, wander the woodlands, or explore forest, wetland and meadow habitats on an all-electric tram. Climb aboard a bus for a behind-the-scenes tour of the normally-closed research areas and take a peek at the endangered whooping cranes. Visit Crane Cafe to purchase snacks and lights refreshments. 301-497-5887.

* North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32. 301-776-3090, Contact Station and grounds open every day, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. except for federal holidays. Fall Flowers: Sunday, Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m., all ages. Signs of Fall Nature Hike: Sunday, Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., all ages.

* National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197. Saturday, Oct. 10, Wednesday, Oct. 14, Saturday, Oct. 17 and Wednesday, Oct. 28, 8-10 a.m., ages 12 and over. Migration Madness!: Sunday, Oct. 11, noon-1:30 p.m., ages 5-7. Nature Tots: Hello Hibernation!: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m., ages 3-4. Creepy Critter Chats: Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-3 p.m., all ages.


Atholton High Class of 1989 -- 20-year reunion, Saturday, Oct. 10, family picnic, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia; 6 p.m.-midnight, Turf Valley Country Club, Ellicott City. Tickets, Paul Horne,, 239-595-4709, or

Laurel High Class of 1979 -- 30-year reunion, Saturday, Oct. 10, 7-11 p.m., Annapolis Westin. Special room rates available. A+ Reunions,


Scout badge workshops -- Juniors -- Wildlife, Sunday, Nov. 1. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.. National Wildlife Visitor Center, off Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore/Washington Parkway and Route 197. Covers all requirements for badge. Free, donations to Friends of Patuxent appreciated. Bring bag lunch and dress for weather. Space limited, registration required, 301-497-5887.

Daisy Girl Scouts -- Girls, age 5, entering kindergarten welcome. Learn, work and play together. 800-834-1702,


Connect-A-Ride -- Senior discount tickets for bus service can be purchased for $9 at Phelps Senior Center, 701 Montgomery St.

O'Malley Senior Center -- 1275 Odenton Road, 301-621-9515, 410-222-6227. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Pinochle Club, Mondays, 1 p.m., single-deck pinochle, Wednesdays, 1 p.m., double-deck pinochle. Quilting Club, first and third Friday of every month, 1 p.m., Annex.

Phelps Senior Center -- 701 Montgomery St., 301-776-6168, Seniors in Motion: Walk inside Laurel Mall, Tuesday and Thursday, 8-10 a.m., upper level near food court. Food and Friendship program: Lunch Monday through Friday, register with office, order one week in advance, donation of $2.25 per day. City of Laurel senior van transportation: "Curb to curb" service for seniors and disabled adults for small annual fee. Travel within incorporated city limits of Laurel only. Registration required. 301-498-3384. Wii games: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, room 1, 1-3 p.m. Social Club: Share the newspaper, a book or talk about what's in the news, Monday through Friday, Main Room, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with brea

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