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Garlic mustard pull planned Thursday

Volunteers are needed for a garlic mustard pull, to be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday along a trail leading to Cricket Creek in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.

Participants, who should take water and gloves and dress for the weather, will have an opportunity to identify spring wildflowers and learn about their natural history.

The effort is sponsored by the Howard County Master Gardeners and Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Information: 410-730-4994.

Microchip clinic set for cats and dogs

Animal Advocates of Howard County will hold a microchip clinic for cats and dogs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Coventry School in Columbia.

The cost is $20 to implant the permanent identification device in each animal.

Information: 410-880-2488, Ext. 4.

A copper beech wins tree award

A copper beech tree on the grounds of the Residences at Greystone in Ellicott City is winner of the 2007 Howard County Champion Tree Award.

The tree is estimated to be more than 200 years old and about 87 feet high. Its circumference is 15 feet, 8 inches. It was selected for the award by the Howard County Forestry Board based on its beauty, its caretakers' efforts to preserve it and its accessibility to the public.

A ceremony is to be held at 10 a.m. Friday. The tree is at 3700 College Ave. Light refreshments will be served and those who attend will receive free tree seedlings.

Information: Steve Parker, 410-313-7251.

Poster contest entries sought

The Human Rights Commission invites Howard County public school students, kindergarten through 12th grade, to enter its Fair Housing Calendar poster contest, conducted in observance of April as Fair Housing Month.

The contest's theme is "Building Strong Communities Through Fair Housing." Entries must be on white 18-inch-by-24-inch poster board in landscape format and must be submitted by 4 p.m. April 30 to the Office of Human Rights, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239, Columbia 21035.

Information: Charlotte Beckenstein, 410-313-6430.

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