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Free music on Fridays

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will present "Travelin' Bands," a free concert series at locations around the county, at 7 p.m. Fridays.

Ruthie & the Wranglers will play country and American Roots music on June 6 at Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street, Savage. The Hula Monsters will offer rockabilly, honky-tonk, Hawaiian and swing June 20 in Western Regional Park, and Sean Grace Band will perform jazz saxophone July 18 at the Patapsco Female Institute. The Geckos will play Caribbean Rock on Aug. 1 in Schooley Mill Park, and the Nighthawks will offer blues Aug. 22 at Rockburn Park.

Around Town

Animals, flowers : The Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a "Herp Search" for all ages from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today May 18 at the refuge's North Tract, on Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, east of Laurel. A refuge naturalist will lead the search for reptiles and amphibians. Wear good walking shoes. A Wildflower Wander for all ages is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. The guided walk will focus on the role that wildflowers play in the ecosystem. Bring a field guide, water and magnifying glass, if available. Admission to refuge programs is free, but registration is required. To register: 301-497-5887. Or visit

Historical society : The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the F&M; Center, 9032 Baltimore St., Savage. Those who attend should use the side entrance off Foundry Street. The topic will be "Following Savage's History in Voting," presented by Donna Thewes, a member of the Howard County Board of Elections. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. The society's calendars from 2002 through 2008 and other historical items, and memberships will be available from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. 301-725-1241.

Free screenings : Howard County General Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings at the Savage branch library on the second Monday of each month. The walk-in screenings will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the library, 9525 Durness Lane. 410-740-7601 or

Book club : The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will hold a meeting of its Nonfiction Book Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The group will discuss Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Books are available at the branch. Registration is not required. 410-880-5980.

Advertising Laurel : The Laurel Museum presents "Buy It Here: Laurel Advertises," how advertising illustrates the town's story and how advertising techniques were used to sell everything from housing to circus tickets in Laurel. Objects on display date to 1866; objects that lined Laurel's Main Street, came through residents' mail boxes, were shown in local papers or described in broadcasts on radio are in the exhibit, which includes a metal pig sign from the Laurel Meat Market and an 1896 Fairall and Ross Directory (a precursor of the Yellow Pages). The museum is at 817 Main St. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. The exhibition runs through December. Group tours are available by appointment. 301-725-7975 or

Helping : North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, a cooperative center created by nonprofits, has expanded to include counseling, legal assistance, information and referral, immigrant services and assistance with food, energy and housing. The center is in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road. 301-498-7509.

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