Laurel Events
Thursday, March 30th, 2000
Pageant deadline is April 1
The Miss Laurel and Little Miss Laurel contests are set for April 18, with the deadline for signing up April 1. The Exchange Club is the sponsor. Applications are in the library, at Todd's Tax Service on Poplar Street and at the high school.

Class of 1990 plans reunion
The Laurel High School Class of 1990 is planning its 10-year class reunion for November 2000. Classmates who have not been contacted may call Alison Hastings at 875-2166 or Kelly Layton at 875-4029.

Library to offer tax help
The Laurel Public Library is offering tax assistance through AARP on Tuesdays, 11 and 11:30 a.m. Call 875-3184 to set up an appointment or register at the library.

Horses, riders welcome at park
The Baldcypress Nature Center at Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, invites horses and their riders to a program, "Horsing Around," Sunday, April 2. Riders will walk the 5.5-mile Boundary Trail and then will enjoy a barbecue lunch. Cost is $10 per rider. Registration fee must be paid by March 27. To register, call 875-5163.

Lioness to hold dinner theater
The Laurel Lioness Club will hold its annual dessert theater Saturday evening, April 1, at Laurel High School. The entertainment will be presented by Salisbury Community Players. Desserts will be available at 7:30 with the program beginning at 8. For tickets or more information contact Ruth Hickman at 875-7180 or Suzanne Layton at 875-7809. Proceeds are used for local projects. The price of tickets is $7 each.

Two scholarships available
The Laurel Lioness Club is offering a $500 scholarship. Applications are available at the Laurel High School guidance office. A second scholarship is being offered by the family of Georgetta Jewel Hickman, a former Laurel Lioness, for a female Laurel student who wants a career in the medical profession.
Applications are available at Laurel High School and Sussex Tech. Contact Joyce Morris at 875-2452 for details. Deadline is April 1.

Legion offering scholarships
American Legion Auxiliary Unit #19 has two $500 scholarships available for deserving seniors at Laurel High School. Applications must be requested from Sheila Littleton, auxiliary president, 875-4354. Application deadline is May 1.

Watercolors to be on exhibit
During April, the Laurel Public Library and Travel Perks (The Coffee House at Laureltown) will host an exhibit of watercolor paints and drawings by Salisbury artist Ellen Lawler. Lawler, department chair of biological sciences at Salisbury State University, has combined her interests in nature and art in these works which depict some of the many species of birds found on Delmarva as well as still life paintings.
Lawler has taught at SSU and lived in Salisbury for the past 12 years. During that time, she has become well acquainted with the various birds and other wildlife present on the Eastern shore. She frequently draws in the field, at locations such as Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia and Deal Island Wildlife Management Area near Princess Anne. These drawings, supplemented by photographs she has taken in the field, became the references for her watercolor paintings and colored-pencil drawings.

Oh, oh, oh, it's magic
On Saturday, April 8, Flip Richards, a professional magician with Wishbone Productions in Dover, will conduct a magic class and perform a show for children at the Laurel Public Library.
The magic class, teaching secrets of magic and slight of hand to children ages 8 and above, will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, and last for 45 minutes. The show will begin at 2 and end at 2:30. The library will remain open after its normal Saturday closing time. The library is sponsoring this event in honor of National Library Week. Admission is free.

Seminar to focus on birding
The Baldcypress Nature Center at Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, will host a seminar on birding basics Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. For details, call 875-5163.
Additional park programs for April include:
• Can You Canoe? Sunday, April 8, 10 a.m. Participants will learn canoeing basics and safety techniques. This program was rescheduled from March 26.
• Don't Touch That!, Saturday, April 8, 1 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of plant identification during a nature hike.
• James Branch Canoe Trip, Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m. Participants will explore one of the most scenic canoe trails in Delaware featuring baldcypress trees and some of the oldest trees in the state. Experience in paddling is recommended, but not necessary. Pre-registration is required by calling the nature center. The trip will take five hours and costs $15 per person.
• Trussum Pond Canoe Exploration, Saturday, April 15, 2 p.m. Participants will observe reptiles as they emerge from their winter hibernation, waterfowl, and a variety of wildlife. No experience necessary. pre-registration is required. The trip will last three hours and cost $10 per person.
• Dapper Eggs, Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Local Ukrainian egg artist, Sally Bowman, will teach creative twists to painting eggs. Advance registration is required. The $5 fee includes all materials.
• Turtle Trek, Saturday, April 22, 3 p.m. Participants will take a pontoon trip on Trap Pond to search for turtles as they bask in the spring sunlight. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $3 per adult, $1.50 per child 12 and under.
• Birding By Boat, Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. A one-hour cruise in search of rare warblers and wading birds. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $3 per adult, $1.50 per child 12 and under.