Savage Mill holiday event to raise funds for charities

Southern Howard

November 19, 2006

Historic Savage Mill is presenting its "Parade of Trees" this weekend as part of its fundraiser "Holiday Magic at the Mill."

The promotional event for merchants includes fundraising for local charities. It features shopping specials, wine and beer tastings, jazz, family activities, entertainment and a chance to vote on the most imaginatively decorated tree.

About 15 charitable programs will receive support from shopkeepers and shoppers. Each tree is sponsored and decorated by a shopkeeper on behalf of a charitable organization; visitors vote for the tree they like best by making a donation to the charity. Winning trees receive an additional contribution from Savage Mill.

Today's event begins at 10 a.m. and includes a Magical Mayhem Circus from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., free appraisals of antiques from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., strolling carolers, magicians and other treats.

Information: www.savagemill.com.

Library has blogging program for youth

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will present "For Teens @ Savage Library: BLOG IT," from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

The program for young people ages 11 to 17 includes tips and tricks to create and personalize a blog, blog etiquette and blog safety.

Registration begins tomorrow.

Information: 410-880-5980.

Around Town

Help needed -- Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services Inc. is seeking donors to help provide food and gifts to about 150 families during the holiday season. Donors can participate in an "Adopt-a-Family" program, providing food and gifts for an entire family or purchase grocery gift cards, gift certificates and toys for LARS to distribute to individuals and families that have not been adopted. Turkeys, hams and trimmings also are needed for holiday food baskets. Moonyeen Prosser, 301-776-0442.

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.

Open house -- Laurel Museum Shop, 817 Main St., Laurel, will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Green wreaths decorated by the Snow Hill Garden Club and Laurel memorabilia, including the museum's brass ornament collectible series, will be for sale. The sale will feature the 2006 ornament depicting the historical church building of St. Mary of the Mill. Other holiday ornaments, afghans depicting Laurel scenes and stocking stuffers will also be available. Free refreshments will be served, and museum tours will be offered. 301-725-7975.

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.

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.

Barbara Coleman of the Legal Aid Bureau will be available at 9 a.m. Thursdays. 301-498-7509.

The Family and Children's Services office, 9105 All Saints Road in Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 301-498-7509.

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