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Touch a truck, explore wildlife this weekend in Laurel

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Catch one of only three performances of "The Vagina Monologues" this weekend, Friday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m., at the Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. This whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone is funny, outrageous, emotional and sometimes angry. General admission is $15. Admission is $12 for students (18 and under), active duty military and seniors (65 and over). Reservations, call 301-617-9906 and press 2. Information, http://www.laurelmillplayhouse.org or Michael Hartsfield, mhartsfield71@comcast.net.

The Montpelier Fall Jazz Series features guitarist Paul Bollenback, Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m., at the Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road. Described by George Benson as "a versatile dynamo on guitar," Bollenback has played with everyone from Mel Torme to Herb Ellis to Stanley Turrentine. He has appeared with television bands on "The Tonight Show," "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Today Show." Tickets are $25; Montpelier members and seniors receive a 10 percent discount. For tickets, call 301-377-7800.

Enjoy a day of exploration and discovery at the Patuxent Wildlife Festival, Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop. Features include live animals; children's crafts; performances by Ryan Buckle & Friends at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; interactive displays and programs; wildlife habitat tram tours; behind-the-scenes tours of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center; see where endangered whooping cranes and sea ducks are studied; guided hikes by volunteer naturalists; and refreshments at Crane Cafe. 301-497-5766.

Bring the whole family to the Touch-A-Truck Family Festival, World of Wheels for CASA, Sat., Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at High Point High School, 3601 Powder Mill Road, in Beltsville. Children can see and touch a variety of vehicles: fire trucks, police cars, construction vehicles and party bus. Meet live animals: alpacas and a police horse. Entry fee of $5 pays for access to all vehicles. Carnival activities and food are extra. Children age 2 and under are free. Entry and carnival tickets can be purchased by cash, credit card or check on day of event. Proceeds support Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George's County, a local nonprofit that trains and supports volunteers who advocate for children and youths in foster care. http://www.pgcasa.org or 301-209-0941.

Coaches from the Greater Laurel United Soccer Club will face each other on the soccer field in their first Coaches' Charity Fundraiser Game, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Fairland Regional Park, 13950 Old Gunpowder Road. Spectators are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, to help stock the organization's holiday pantry.

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