South Laurel Rec Council to hold Holiday Craft Fair

Savage/North Laurel

October 29, 2006

The South Laurel Recreation Council will hold its 31st anniversary Holiday Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Deerfield Run Community Center, Laurel.

Admission is free, and door prizes and refreshments are planned. Continuous free shuttle service will be offered from Towne Centre Shopping Center on Route 197 and Contee Road.

Artists and artisans will display and sell their work, demonstrate their crafts and accept commissions. Gifts and decorations for the home will be available. Door prizes, refreshments, bake sales and lunch will be available. Those who attend will have an opportunity to register for the council's holiday workshops for children, teens, adults and families.

Deerfield Run Elementary School and Community Center is at 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road (Route 197, near Contee Road.)

Information: 301-776-2805.

Around Town

History of Savage -- The Savage Historical Society's 2007 calendar, "Sketches of the Savage I Remember," which features the art of Laurence H. Whitehead Sr., can be ordered. 301-725-1241.

Classes -- Registration is open for fall classes offered by the South Laurel Recreation Council. Classes will be held in South Laurel at Montpelier, Oaklands and James Harrison elementary schools. Fitness, Pilates, tai chi, yoga and Latin line dancing are offered, as are tennis classes for children, teens and adults. Hand-dancing, ballroom dancing and country line dancing are also offered. Also on the schedule are classes in self-defense, making scrapbooks, magic, cake decorating, intermediate knitting and chess. 301-776-2805.`Creepy Critters' -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Visitor Center is sponsoring a "Creepy Critters" Halloween event, with snakes, spiders and other live creatures, exhibits, crafts and activities for all ages, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. 301-497-5898 or http:--patuxent.fws.gov. The visitor center is off Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel.

Bluegrass -- Savage Bluegrass will appear at Oliver's Old Towne Tavern, 531 Main St., Laurel, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 14. 301-490-9200.

For families -- Family and Children's Services is expanding its offerings at Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel with the goal of creating a one-stop shop of services for those in need of counseling or other assistance. Among the nonprofit groups participating are Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the Domestic Violence Center, FIRN 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. 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. Lilly is fluent in Spanish and can assist with many needs, including medical bills, applying for a tax identification number (ITIN), legal referrals, birth certificates, housing and passports. Walk-in clients are welcome. 301-498-7509, Ext. 228, or 410-992-1923, Ext. 12.

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