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Seminars offered on green alternatives

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The Green Building Institute in Jessup will offer "How to be Green," a series of introductory seminars on efficient and healthy buildings, solar hot water for the home, rainwater collection for garden use and solar electric from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Jan. 26.

Each segment of the program will be about 1 1/4 hours long; breaks and lunch are included.

Fees vary from $36 to $70 depending on membership status. Students pay less, and special rates are available for membership and tuition combined.

The Green Building Institute is at 7761 Waterloo Road. Information: 443-733-1234 or visit

Growing up in Savage

The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the F&M; Center, 9032 Baltimore Street, Savage. Attendees should use the side entrance off Foundry Street.

The theme for the meeting is, "Winters in Savage When Growing Up." Members and guests are invited to come prepared to share memories and photographs.

Calendars and other items will be available to purchase from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Admission is free and open to everyone.

Information: 301-725-1241.

Workshop on healthy image

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will present: Family Communication Night: How Do I Look? A Mother-Daughter Workshop on Body Image and the Pressure to be Thin, 'Hot,' and Perfect, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26.

Lisa Morrell, adolescent counselor and founder of Health Integration, will lead a discussion on body image, self-esteem, and the pressures on middle-school girls to conform to media images and peer pressure.

The program is designed for girls ages 11-15 with a parent. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is requested.

Information: 410-880-5980.

Around Town

Writers meet -- The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will sponsor a meeting of its Writer's Circle at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Those who attend can share their original writing with other aspiring authors for support and feedback. Registration is not required. 410-880-5980.

Outdoors programs -- Although Patuxent Research Refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center is temporarily closed for repairs through mid-March, outdoors programs are continuing, and the Visitor Center grounds and trails remain open from sunrise until 4:30 p.m. daily, except federal holidays and during severe weather. Prospective visitors can check the refuge's Web site, http:--patuxent.fws .gov or call 301-597-5763.

A workshop in keeping a nature journal for ages 8 to 10 will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today. Participants will learn how a journal is used as an important tool for scientists in the field.

At the North Tract, a Winter Trees and Weeds program for all ages will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today. A field guide, water and magnifying lens are recommended.

The programs are free, although donations to Friends of Patuxent are welcome. Reservations are required. Information or to reserve a place: 301-497-5887. Inform the staff of special needs. The National Wildlife Visitor Center is on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197. The North Tract is on Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32.

Savage Bluegrass -- The musical group Savage Bluegrass will appear at Sam's Bar and Restaurant on U.S. 1 South in Laurel at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. There is no cover charge. 301-317-7796.

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