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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.