Holiday workshops scheduled in Laurel

Southern Howard

November 26, 2006

The South Laurel Recreation Council is accepting registration for its holiday workshops for children, teens, adults and families.

The workshops, which begin this week and next, are to be held at Montpelier Carriage House and Deerfield Run Community Center in Laurel.

"Decorating Chocolate Candy," a workshop for children ages 6 to 12, will be offered from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $5. "Stamped Greeting Cards," for ages 6 through adult, will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Workshops for those ages 13 to adult begin Dec. 3-8 and include "A Memory Book," "Etched Glass Gifts," "A Pine Cone Candle Wreath," Bath Salts and Soap Molding" and "Holiday Ornaments." Additional workshops are planned through Dec. 20.

Information or to register: 301-776-2805.

VFW auxiliary plans kids Christmas party

VFW Post 8097 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a children's Christmas party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the post, 7209 Montevideo Road, Jessup.

Cookies, sodas and ice cream will be served. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to visit with the children. Games are planned and those who attend will receive a gift.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-799-5868.

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 a 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.

Blogging -- 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 is required. 410-880- 980.

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.

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