Halloween tales to be told in sign language

October 24, 2003

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will offer "Halloween Handtalk" at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Kathy Pongor will tell Halloween tales in American Sign Language and the spoken word, and then lead the children, ages 2 and older with an adult, in making a craft.

Registration is required for the 30-minute program.

Stories, activities, finger-plays and songs for preschoolers are offered at 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 19. Registration starts one week before each program.

Information: 410-880-5978.

Laurel Mill Playhouse to hold auditions for play

Laurel Mill Playhouse will hold auditions for male and female roles in John Guare's play, House of Blue Leaves, at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the theater, 508 Main St., Laurel.

Information: 301-617-9906. For directions: www.laurelmillplay house.org.

South Laurel Rec Council to hold craft fair Nov. 9

The South Laurel Recreation Council Inc., which is celebrating 34 years of community service, will present its 28th Holiday Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at Deerfield Run Community Center.

Continuous free shuttle service is offered from Towne Centre Shopping Center at Route 197 and Contee Road.

Children, teen-agers, adults and families can register for holiday workshops from noon to 4 p.m.

Admission to the fair is free. Refreshments will be served.

Information: 301-776-2805; TTY, 301-445-4512.

Military

Deployed: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James R. Hemcher, whose wife, Patricia, is the daughter of Linda and George Riensha of Laurel, is deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to the western Pacific. More than 5,000 servicemen and women aboard the Nimitz were recently entertained by the band Blink 182.

Around town

Spaghetti dinner: The Reservoir High School Boosters will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria. School groups will entertain. The cost is $5 a person; children up to age 6 eat free. Proceeds will help pay for extracurricular groups and athletic teams. Stephanie Donnelly, 301-490-3253, or Nancy Huggins, 301-890-9271.

Culture, jobs: Fatimah Steffanoff and others will share their Muslim culture -- food, music, dance, clothing, crafts and activities -- at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane. Lloyd Day, of the Maryland Job Service CareerNet One-Stop Career Centers, will talk about resources for job-seekers at 10 a.m. Nov. 8. Registration is required for both events. 410-880-5975.

For seniors: Savage Senior Center, 9525 Durness Lane, offers bingo from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays, except the first Monday of the month. A mill walk, for indoor walkers, is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Historic Savage Mill. Social line-dancing is offered from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. A "Sit and Stitch" group meets from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays. Howard County General Hospital sponsors a 50-Plus Agewell Exercise class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $24 for 16 classes. Therapeutic massage is offered bimonthly, by appointment, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Edit Bennett, 410-880-5915.

Volunteers sought: Laurel Regional Hospital needs volunteers to help at the hospital's thrift shop Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Volunteers are also needed at the hospital information desk on weekends and in the gift shop from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. 301-497-7950.

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