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Thurs­day, March 31

will host a Sin­gle Again meet­ing 7:30 p.m. Thurs­days at Prince of Peace Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1657 Crofton Park­way, Crofton. Sin­gle Again is a pro­fes­sion­ally-led, non-de­nom­i­na­tional sup­port group for adults ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the loss of a spouse through sep­a­ra­tion or di­vorce. For in­for­ma­tion, call 410-721-0992 or go to www.chang­ing­fo­cus.org.

Fri­day, April 1

Univer­sity of Mary­land Mas­TER­Piece will host a fash­ion show and net­work­ing event 7-10 p.m. April 1 at Univer­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park, Sa­muel Riggs IV Alumni Cen­ter, 7801 Alumni Drive. Event show­cases tal­ented cam­pus stu­dents and lo­cal de­sign­ers. There will be guest de­sign­ers, ven­dors, live en­ter­tain­ment and more. For pre-sale tick­ets, go to eventbrite.com. Cost $20 VIP; $10 general ad­mis­sion, $7 stu­dents; ser­vice fees ap­ply. For more in­for­ma­tion, email umd­mas­ter­piece@gmail.com or call 301-885-8278.

Satur­day, April 2

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host A Minia­ture Home Wildlife Refuge 10 a.m.-noon April 2 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Learn how to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful small home ‘refuge’ that will at­tract na­tive pol­li­na­tors and birds, from flower pot gar­dens to full land­scapes. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Ages 10 and older. To regis­ter, call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/ref-

uge/Patux­ent. will host Wildlife Loop Ad­ven­ture Scav­enger Hunt 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 2 at the North Tract, 230 Bald Ea­gle Drive, Lau­rel. Us­ing clues and lo­ca­tions, fam­i­lies and groups can drive the Wildlife Loop and nearby trails to hunt for sculp­tured stones, mys­tery ob­jects, plants and an­i­mals while learn­ing about the North Tract and other re­cre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties. Cell phone that takes pic­tures or cam­era rec­om­mended. Ar­rive be­tween 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; plan for 1-2 hours. Free; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. All ages. To regis­ter, call 301-497-5887; give ap­prox­i­mate ar­rival time. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/ refuge/Patux­ent.

will hold Boaters Safety Course 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 2 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Two day ses­sion to in­struct you in life sav­ing boat­ing tech­niques and pre­pare you for the writ­ten boaters safety test so you may re­ceive your Cer­tifi­cate of Boaters Safety Ed­u­ca­tion. For fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els. Cost $20 per per­son; $50 per fam­ily. To regis­ter, call 301-8881377 or go to http://tinyurl. com/o6qgtpr. For in­for­ma­tion, go to dnr2.mary­land. gov/pub­li­clands/Pages/ south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Sun­day, April 3

will host Bird Walks 8-10 a.m. April 3 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Search for spring mi­grants in var­i­ous refuge habi­tats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoc­u­lars are rec­om­mended. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Ages 8 and older. To regis­ter, call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patux­ent.

will host Spring Fling 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 3-4 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Drop in and en­joy the sights and sounds of spring. Learn about eggs and an­i­mal ba­bies through self-paced in­ter­ac­tive games and ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages. In­door and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, weather per­mit­ting. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Ages 3 and older. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/ refuge/Patux­ent. will host Whoop­ing Crane Ob­ser­va­tory Tour 1-2:30 p.m. April 3 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Take a guided tour of the Whoop­ing Crane Ob­ser­va­tory to ob­serve a pair of en­dan­gered adult whoop­ing cranes. Learn about the Whoop­ing Crane pop­u­la­tion re­cov­ery pro­gram. Ar­rive early; tour will leave on time. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Ages 14 and older. To regis­ter, call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/ refuge/Patux­ent.

Mon­day, April 4

Doc­tors Com­mu­nity Hospital will hold free bari­atric surgery and weight loss lec­ture 9-10 a.m. April 4 at the hospital’s Pro­fes­sional Of­fice Build­ing, Suite 210, 8116 Good Luck Road, Lan­ham. To regis­ter, call 301-324-4968.

Wed­nes­day, April 6

will host Bird Walks 8-10 a.m. April 6 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Search for spring mi­grants in var­i­ous refuge habi­tats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoc­u­lars are rec­om­mended. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Ages 14 and older. To regis­ter, call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patux­ent.

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