The Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel, is holding an orientation for volunteers at 2 p.m. today. Volunteers are needed to work one Friday or Sunday a month as docents or in the museum's gift shop.
Information: Shari Pollard, 301-776-5229.
The Laurel Historical Society, which operates the museum, will present a talk by Charles Camp about "The Importance of Supper" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at First United Methodist Church, 424 Main St., Laurel. The free program, which is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, will be preceded by a potluck supper. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a dish to share.
Admission is free.
Information: 301-725-7975, or www.laurelhistory.org.
Writers' Circle to meet Feb. 12
The Savage branch library's Writers' Circle, a group of aspiring authors, will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the library, 9525 Durness Lane. Registration is not required.
A program on pop culture with Sun film critic Chris Kaltenbach will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the library.
Kaltenbach will explore questions raised by Stephen Johnson in his book, Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter. Registration, which is required, begins Feb. 6.
The library's Nonfiction book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to discuss the book.
Season ends -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel has ended its hunting season about two weeks early. The season was to have continued through Wednesday. Small-game hunting, deer-archery hunting, a restricted hunt by youths and a half-day restricted firearm hunt are affected. Administrative, management, public safety and law enforcement concerns are the reasons for the early closure. The refuge plans to offer opportunities for hunting in the fall. http:--patuxent.fws.gov.
Helpful center -- Representatives of the Department of Social Services will be available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Multiservice Center in North Laurel to help residents in need apply for food stamps, cash assistance and medical assistance. The department joins the Community Action Council, Domestic Violence Center, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, FIRN, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and the Legal Aid Bureau in offering services at the center in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road.
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. Third-party insurance is accepted; uninsured clients pay on a sliding scale.
The Community Action Council, available from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, offers help with food, 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 5 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 to help people in immediate crisis from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome. 301-498-7509 or 410-997-2272 (a 24-hour hot line).
Counselor Dianne DeSantis of Grassroots 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.