The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will hold its Writers' Circle, a group that meets to share original writing with other aspiring authors for mutual support and comment, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Registration is not required.
The library will present "Mr. Claus Comes to Savage," a program for children ages 2 to 5, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. tomorrow and 7 p.m. Thursday. Registration is required. Information: 410-880-5978.
A workshop on making a gingerbread house, for ages 11-14, will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Registration is required.
Recreation council offers `Snow Show'
The South Laurel Recreation Council will present a free performance of The Snow Show by Bob Brown Puppets, and a visit from Santa and his friends, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 in the multipurpose room at Deerfield Run Elementary School and Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, South Laurel.
The annual children's holiday program is provided by the South Laurel Recreation Council volunteers, who are celebrating 37 years of service to the community.
Information: 301-776-2805 or 301-445-4509 (Spanish).
The council is accepting registration for its holiday workshops, being held through Dec. 20 for children, teens, adults and families.
The workshops are to be held at Montpelier Carriage House and Deerfield Run Community Center in Laurel.
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 and hams, and other items are also needed for holiday food baskets. Moonyeen Prosser, 301-776- 0442.
Tree lighting -- Laurel Regional Hospital Auxiliary will hold a tree-lighting ceremony as a 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. Information 240-456-4764 or 301-362-2070.
History of Savage -- The Savage Historical Society will not meet Dec. 18 as previously scheduled. The 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.
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.