DinoRock is featured act for free children's show

July 09, 2006

South Laurel Recreation Council volunteers will present a free children's show in the multipurpose room of Deerfield Run Elementary School and Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel.

DinoRock will present original music and puppets in a show about dinosaurs at 1 p.m. Thursday. The interactive musical show will present seven Mesozoic-era creatures.

Admission and parking are free.

Information: 301-776-2805.

Historical society meeting is Aug. 21

The Savage Historical Society will not meet this month. Its next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 21.

The 2007 historical calendar, Sketches of the Savage I Remember, illustrated by Laurence H. Whitehead Sr., is available.

Information: 301-725-1241.

Wine tasting on tap at the mill

The Happy Jewel, Classic Interiors, Memories of Finland and Yolanda Voss -- all of Historic Savage Mill -- will hold a wine tasting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 at the mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage.

Admission to the promotional event is free. Information or to reserve a place: 301-497-9797.

Around Town

North Tract programs -- Patuxent Research Refuge has scheduled a series of programs at the North Tract:

A "Wildflower Wander" for ages 16 and older is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. today. A field guide, water and magnifying glass are recommended.

A night hike for all ages will be held from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants will look and listen for owls, frogs and other nocturnal animals on the guided walk. The programs are free, but registration is required. The North Tract is on Route 198, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, near Laurel. 301-497-5887.

Accelerated college -- The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will hold an information session about its Accelerated College's business program at 6 p.m. July 19 at the Laurel College Center. Designed for working adults, the accelerated program allows students to earn a bachelor's degree in business in as little as 2 1/2 years. The students form a cohort of about 20 to 25 and move through the program together. Reservations are requested. 410-532- 5500, or www.ndm.edu.

For families -- Family and Children's Services is expanding its services at Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel with the goal of creating a "one-stop shop" of services for individuals and families in need of counseling or other assistance. Among the nonprofit organizations to join Family and Children's Services in North Laurel will be Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the Domestic Violence Center, FIRN (a Howard County nonprofit organization providing services to immigrants) and the Community Action Council. Family and Children's Services offers counseling, employee assistance, in-home services for elderly and disabled people and a "Healthy Families" program for first-time parents.

The Community Action Council, available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, offers help with eviction prevention, energy assistance and crisis intervention, and it maintains a food bank. Walk-ins are welcome. Information or to schedule an appointment: 301-498-7509 or 410-313-6440.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, will be in North Laurel from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. She is fluent in Spanish and can assist with medical bills, applying for a tax identification number (ITIN), legal referrals, birth certificates, housing, passports and other needs. Walk-in clients are welcome. 301-498-7509, Ext. 228, or 410-992-1923, Ext. 12.

The Domestic Violence Center is available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome. 301-498-7509 or 410-997-2272.

Grassroots counselor Dianne DeSantis is available from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to help with crisis resolution. 301-498-7509, Ext. 302, or the 24-hour hot line, 410-531-6677.

The Family and Children's Services office, 9105 All Saints Road in Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 301-398-7509.

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