Library holding a 'Welcome Back' event for teens Sept. 7

The Baltimore Sun

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will offer "Welcome Back to Savage," a program for teens ages 13 and older, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7.

Participants will have a chance to visit with friends after the summer hiatus, have a snack and talk about what's happening at the library. Those who attend can also meet staff members and share ideas for books, music, activities and programs for teenagers.

Registration is not needed.

The library's Teen 'Zine, a new online newsletter written by teens for teens, will hold a meeting for those, ages 13 to 17, who are interested in participating from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5.

Registration is not needed.

Information: 410-880-5980.

Around Town

More help -- The North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, a cooperative center created by local nonprofit organizations to reach residents in the southeast area of the county, has expanded to include counseling, legal assistance, information and referral, immigrant services and assistance with food, energy and housing for those in need.

The center has expanded its hours of operation and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Seven organizations offer services at the center, including the Community Action Council, Family and Children's Services, FIRN, the Howard County Department of Social Services, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the Domestic Violence Center and the Legal Aid Bureau. Funding is being provided by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, Horizon Foundation and Columbia Foundation.

The facility is in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road, North Laurel. 301-498-7509.

Historical society -- Savage Historical Society will not meet this month. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 17. Information about the 2008 Savage Historical Calendar, Inside a Working Cotton Mill, Savage, MD: 301-725-1241.

For children -- Children's programs at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, include "Play Partners" for infants and toddlers; "3, 2, Fun!" for ages 2 and 3 with an adult; "Picture Book Parade" for ages 2 to 5; and "Just for Me" for children ages 3 to 5. For a schedule: 410-880- 5978.

Seeking reptiles -- A refuge naturalist at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will lead a search for reptiles and amphibians from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today. Participants should wear good walking shoes. The program is free; donations to Friends of Patuxent are appreciated. Reservations are required. 301-497-5887, or

Collectors fair, auction -- Historic Savage Mill will be the venue for the 10th Collectors Fair and Auction, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The host is Hands of Time Clocks & Collectibles, a shop at the mill. Door prizes, refreshments and a grand prize drawing will be offered during the promotional event.

Camellia A. Blackwell, executive director of the International Center for Artistic Development at Historic Savage Mill, is offering Saturday morning art workshops for children ages 5 to 15 from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in the mill's New Weave Building. Classes will focus on watercolor and acrylic painting. Children will complete a finished work at the end of each workshop. The cost is $20 a class, including materials. Registration is requested. 301-604-4484.

The mill will hold its second "Art Jam at the Mill" from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 to Sept. 23. Artists will talk to visitors about their work. Musicians, a caricaturist, stilt-walkers and clowns, arts and crafts workshops, face-painting and other activities are planned. Admission is free.

The 19th-century textile mill houses antiques shops and home-furnishing stores, galleries, artists' studios, Rams Head Tavern, banquet facilities and a French bakery. Historic Savage Mill is at 8600 Foundry St., Savage.

Memorial walk -- The Freestate Happy Wanderers Walking Club will sponsor an afternoon 9/11 Memorial walk for all ages Sept. 11 at the Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel. Registration is to begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Walks should be finished by 7 p.m. 301-717-3604.

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