Basics of tea is subject of center class

The Baltimore Sun

The South Laurel Recreation Center will offer a class exploring the basics of tea from noon to 2 p.m. March 9 at the Montpelier Carriage House on the mansion grounds off Route 197 in Laurel. The class will be held upstairs above The Little Tea Pot Gift shop at 9652 Muirkirk Road.

Topics include the varieties and history of tea, how to brew tea and tea tasting. The cost is $18.

Information: South Laurel Recreation Council, 301-776- 2805.

Egg hunts planned for March 15

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold its annual Spring Egg Hunts from 10 a.m. to noon March 15 at two locations.

The hunts, for children ages 2 to 10, will be held at Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road in Fulton, and at Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 N. Laurel Road in North Laurel.

Children should bring a basket to collect the eggs and should arrive promptly. The eggs have surprises inside. Games, crafts and other activities are also planned. The children will be divided into groups according to age.

The cost is $5 per child; $15 for a family of up to four children; no fee for adults. Registration required. 410-313- 7275; text telephone, 410-313- 4665; or www.howardcounty

In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452 after 7 a.m. on the day of the event.

Physics lab, school form partnership

Inspiring a passion for learning, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, is the goal of a new partnership between the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and Laurel Woods Elementary School that was made formal last month.

Laboratory staff members will become "Lunch Time Friends," visiting the school every other week to mentor, listen to, and encourage Laurel Woods students. Staffers also will take part in enrichment fairs, career days, and other school events.

Tours start in April at Patuxent center

Patuxent Research Refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center is temporarily closed for repairs and will remain closed through most of the spring season, but tram tours and other programs are being held.

Weekend public tram tours on the visitor-center grounds will begin the first weekend in April.

Trails remain open daily, except on federal holidays. For program information for visitor center grounds and the refuge's North Tract:

Around Town

Turkey hunt -- The Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel will be the site of a spring wild turkey hunting season in April and May. The hunt, which is being conducted in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation, Wheelin' Sportsmen and Meade Natural Heritage Association, is open to youths, the disabled, those whose mobility is impaired and the public. Hunters will be selected by lottery. Applications were to have been submitted in person at the refuge's North Tract Visitor Contact Station by 4 p.m. Friday. The refuge's station is off Route 198 on Bald Eagle Drive, 1.4 miles east of Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Free screenings -- Howard County General Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings at the Savage branch library on the second Monday of each month, beginning this month. The walk-in screenings, which do not require an appointment, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the library, 9525 Durness Lane. 410-740-7601 or

Baseball, softball -- The Savage Boys & Girls Club is accepting spring registration for recreational baseball and softball. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Registration is available online. The club also is seeking volunteer coaches.

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