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Satur­day, May 28

Patux­ent Lodge 218 A.F. & A.M. will hold an open house noon-4 p.m. May 28 at Cen­ten­nial Lodge 174, 6110 Croom Sta­tion Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Open to pub­lic. Free food, sides and bev­er­ages. Moon bounces and cos­tumed mas­cots. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Mar­lon, 202-702-5634, email, patux­ent­lodge218@gmail.com, or go to www.patux­ent­lodge218.org.

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary

and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Spice Up Your Cook­ing 2-3 p.m. May 28 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Learn how to use all the new fresh herbs in your gar­den. Find out ways you can use herbs in­dige­nous to the area. Stop in for a quick les­son with demon­stra­tions. Do­na­tions ac­cepted. Regis­tra­tion re­quired. To reg­is­ter, call 301-888-1377 or email vjones1310@gmail.com. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Star Party 8:30-9:30 p.m. May 28 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. Join the Astron­omy Club of South­ern Mary­land as they ob­serve the night sky. Te­le­scopes of var­i­ous sorts will be pro­vided or you can bring your own. Dress for the weather. Bring a lawn chair. Do­na­tions ac­cepted. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Sun­day, May 29

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Whoop­ing Crane Ob­ser­va­tory Tour 1-2:30 p.m. May 29 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 301-497-5887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patux­ent.

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary and Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter will hold Gar­den­ing Workshop Two 2-3 p.m. May 29 at the sanc­tu­ary, 11704 Fenno Road, Up­per Marl­boro. This ses­sion will cover top­ics in­clud­ing lo­cal or­chids and dec­o­ra­tive plants, plants for pol­li­na­tors, herbs, as well as ver­ti­cal gar­dens and bins. Do­na­tions ac­cepted. To reg­is­ter, call 301-888-1377. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://dnr2.mary­land.gov/pub­li­clands/pages/south­ern/merkle.aspx.

Wed­nes­day, June 1

Patux­ent Re­search Refuge will host Bird Walk 8-10 a.m. June 1 at Na­tional Wildlife Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 10901 Scar­let Tan­ager Loop, Lau­rel. Search for early spring mi­grants in var­i­ous refuge habi­tats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoc­u­lars rec­om­mended. Ages 14 and older. Free pro­gram; do­na­tions ap­pre­ci­ated. Regis­tra­tion re­quired; call 301-4975887. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.fws.gov/ refuge/Patux­ent.

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