Patuxent Research Refuge schedules activities for anniversary Saturday

Patuxent Research Refuge will celebrate the 98th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System at 10 a.m. Saturday at the National Wildlife Visitor Center on Powder Mill Road between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 97, south of Laurel. The public is invited to take part in the day's activities.

A butterfly walk will begin at 10 a.m. Participants will learn about butterfly habitats and how to identify them. "Romp in the Swamp," a one-person musical presentation about the wetlands, will be performed at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by environmental entertainer "Billy B."


Guided walking tours on the trails will begin at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. near the visitor center. An "Ask the Manager" talk with Brad Knudsen will take place at 12:15 p.m. Visitors will be able to see live birds of prey and nature displays during the day. Daytime tram tours around Lake Reddington will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twilight tours will be from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday by reservation. Tram tours are $2 for adults, $1 for age 12 and younger and seniors age 55 and older. Other activities are free, but reservations are suggested. Information: 301-497-5887.



Scholarship recipient: Jarrod Ramos, a 1997 graduate of Arundel High School, received the Northwest Iowa Telephone Co. Inc. Scholarship. He is a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer engineering at Capitol College in Laurel.

Scholarship recipient: Priscilla Rodriguez, a 1999 graduate of Meade High School, received the Carl English Family Scholarship. She is a sophomore pursuing a degree in management of information technology, also at Capitol College.

Around town

Smocking: The Chesapeake Treasures local chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Crofton Middle School, 2301 Davidsonville Road. Visitors are welcome. Information: 410-647- 4131.

Community meeting: Greater Severn Improvement Association will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Western District Police Station, 8273 Telegraph Road. Severn residents are welcome.

Races: Laurel Regional Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring "A Day at the Races" Saturday at Laurel Park Race Track. Tickets are $20, and include clubhouse seats and a buffet lunch. Tickets or information: 301-937-3292.

Art show: St. Bernadette's Parish will hold its second gala art show and auction at 7 p.m. Saturday at the church, 801 Stevenson Road, Severn. The event will include a preview party, featuring works by international and American artists, Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple in advance; a limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $12 and $20. Information or tickets: 410- 969-2783.

Bird walks: Raptors will be the subject of two walks Saturday at Patuxent Research Refuge's North Tract, off Route 198 between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32. "Raptors of the Day Walk" for ages 16 and older will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and a "Raptors of the Night Walk," for ages 8 and older -- with children accompanied by an adult -- from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The walks are free, but reservations are required. Information: 301-497-5887.


Oyster roast: The annual Davidsonville Ruritan Bull and Oyster Roast will be Saturday at the community center on Route 424 off Route 214. Food will be served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. by New South County Band. Tickets are available for $23 in advance, $25 at the door, and include drawings for door prizes donated by local merchants. Tickets or information: 301-261-4338 or 410- 798-5481.

Democratic club The 33rd District Democratic Club will hold a dinner at 6 p.m. and a meeting at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Dough Roller Restaurant, Route 3 South, Crofton. Paul Rudolph, president of the county Board of Education, will speak about the board's budget and accomplishments. The public is welcome. Information: 410-224- 0879.

MOWW: The General George G. Meade Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars will hold its monthly social/dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at Club Meade. Commissioned officers, warrant officers and their guests are welcome. Reservations should be made no later than Friday. Reservations: 301-776-5848.