Mystery Book Club to meet Jan. 10 at Savage library

Southern Howard

December 17, 2006

The Mystery Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Savage library branch, 9525 Durness Lane. The group, which meets the second Wednesday of each month, will discuss A Season for the Dead by David Hewson.

The library's Nonfiction Book Club, which meets the third Wednesday of each month, will discuss The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion at 7 p.m. Jan. 17.

Information: 410-880-5980.

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 (Teddy Bear, Snowman, Panda Bear, Chipmunk and others), from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the multipurpose room at Deerfield Run Elementary School and Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, South Laurel.

The children's holiday program is sponsored by South Laurel Recreation Council volunteers, who are celebrating 37 years of service to the community.

Information: 301-776-2805 or 301-445-4509 (Spanish).

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 the organization to distribute to those who 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. 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.

History of Savage -- The Savage Historical Society will not meet tomorrow as 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, 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, legal referrals, birth certificates, housing and passports. Walk-ins 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. 301-498-7509 or 410-997-2272.

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 is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 301-498-7509.

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