Children's programs scheduled at library

Southern Howard

December 03, 2006

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, is continuing its children's programs this month with Play Partners, a program of stories, baby games and musical activities, followed by a short play time, for infants through toddlers, at 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Wonderful Winter Holidays! - stories, songs and crafts to celebrate December, January and February holidays with Frosty the Snowman - will be offered for ages 3 to 5 at 10 a.m. Monday; ages 1 to 3, at 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday; ages 2 to 5 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday; and ages 2 to 5 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Registration is required.

Mr. Claus Comes to Savage, for ages 2 to 5, will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dec. 11 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Registration is required.

Information: 410-880-5978.

Tree lighting a time for remembrance

Laurel Regional Hospital Auxiliary will hold a tree-lighting ceremony as an opportunity for remembrance for members of the community and to raise funds for the hospital.

Residents are asked to donate at least $5 to purchase a white light for this year's tree. A donation of $100 will purchase a gold "life" light; $500 will purchase a red "eternal" light to be displayed each year in perpetuity.

Gifts of $100 or more will be acknowledged on the Wall of Honor in the hospital lobby; contributions of less than $100 are acknowledged on the Tree of Lights Scroll of Honor, displayed through the end of the month.

Information: 240-456-4764 or 301-362-2070.

Around Town

Help needed -- Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services Inc. is seeking donors to help provide food and gifts for about 150 families during the holidays. Donors can participate in an Adopt-a-Family program, providing food and gifts for a family or purchasing 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 -- 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.

Holiday workshops -- South Laurel Recreation Council is accepting registration for its holiday workshops for children, teens, adults and families. The workshops, which are being held through Dec. 20, are to be held at Montpelier Carriage House and Deerfield Run Community Center in Laurel. Workshops for those ages 13 to adult begin today through Friday 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. 301-776-2805.

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. tomorrow. 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. 410-880-5980.

Open house -- Laurel Museum Shop, 817 Main St., Laurel, will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 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.

VFW Christmas party -- VFW Post 8097 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a children's Christmas party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the post, 7209 Montevideo Road, Jessup. Cookies, sodas and ice cream will be served. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with the children. Games are planned, and those who attend will receive a gift. Admission is free. 410-799-5868.

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.

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