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Thurs­day, May 12

Vol­un­teers for Marl­boro Food Bank are needed May 12-14 at Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church, 14515 Church St., Up­per Marl­boro. Food sort­ing 7 p.m. May 12; food bag­ging 8 a.m. May 13; food dis­tri­bu­tion 7-9 a.m. May 14. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301627-2636.

Fri­day, May 13

Doc­tors Com­mu­nity Hospi-

will hold free bariatric surgery and weight loss lec­ture 9-10 a.m. May 13 at the hos­pi­tal’s Pro­fes­sional Of­fice Build­ing, Suite 210, 8116 Good Luck Road, Lan­ham. To reg­is­ter, call 301-324-4968.

Satur­day, May 14

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Wildlife Loop Ad­ven­ture Scavenger Hunt 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14 at the north tract, 230 Bald Ea­gle Drive, Lau­rel. Us­ing clues and lo­ca­tions, fam­i­lies and groups can drive the North Tract’s Wildlife Loop and trails to hunt for sculp­tured stones, mys­tery ob­jects, plants and an­i­mals while learn­ing about the his­tory of North Tract and other recre­ational op­por- tu­ni­ties. A cam­era or cell phone that takes pic­tures is rec­om­mended. All ages. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Reg­is­tra­tion re­quired with ap­prox­i­mate ar­rival time. To reg­is­ter, call 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patux­ent. Com­mu­nity Sup­port Sys­tems will hold flea mar­ket/yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14 at Chapel of the In­car­na­tion, 14070 Brandy­wine Road, Brandy­wine. Re­fresh­ments avail­able for pur­chase. Ven­dor spa­ces $15. Rain date May 21. For in­for­ma­tion, call 301-372-1491 or email css1995@aol.com.

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Boaters Safety Course 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 14-15 at the sanc- tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. This two day ses­sion will in­struct you in life sav­ing boat­ing tech­niques. De­signed for fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als of all ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els. This class will pre­pare you for the writ­ten boater’s safety test so you may re­ceive your Cer­tifi­cate of Boater’s Safety Ed­u­ca­tion. Cost $20 per per­son; $50 per fam­ily. To reg­is­ter, go to http://tinyurl.com/o6qgtpr or call 301-888-1377. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold a bird watch­ing hike 2-3 p.m. May 14 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Learn how to iden­tify com­mon birds found at Merkle dur­ing the sum­mer months. Dress for weather. Wear com­fort­able walk­ing shoes. Bring binoc­u­lars or bor­row from Merkle. Do­na­tions ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2. mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle. aspx.

Sun­day, May 15

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Whoop­ing Crane Ob­ser­va­tory Tour 1-2:30 p.m. May 15 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Take a guided tour to the Whoop­ing Crane Ob­ser­va­tory to ob­serve a pair of adult whoop­ing cranes. Learn about the whoop­ing crane pop­u­la­tion re­cov­ery pro­gram. Ar­rive early. Ages 14 and older. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Space is lim­ited. To reg­is­ter, call 301-4975887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws. gov/refuge/Patux­ent.

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Gar­den­ing Work­shop One 2-3 p.m. May 15 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. This ses­sion will cover top­ics in­clud­ing how to best set up your gar­den, soils and fer­til­iz­ers, water, and how to best work with some of the more com­mon gar­den plants. Do­na­tions ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

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