African-American collectibles featured at Laurel Museum

North Laurel/Savage

February 18, 2007

In honor of Black History Month, the Laurel Historical Society and the Laurel Museum will present African-American Collectibles at the Laurel Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Local collector Donald Conway will show his collection and discuss its contents: postage stamps and currency depicting African-Americans; cereal boxes depicting African-American athletes; and Negro Baseball Leagues memorabilia.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

The Laurel Museum is at 817 Main St., Laurel.

Information: 301-725-7975.

Around Town

Historical society -- The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Faith and Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St., Savage. Carolyn Adami will present "A Look at Slavery and the Underground Railroad in Howard County." Admission is free and open to everyone. The society is collecting World War II photographs and information about veterans from the Savage area. Materials are due by March 31. 301-725-1241.

Pop culture -- The Savage branch library will sponsor a program on pop culture with Sun film critic Chris Kaltenbach at 7 p.m. Tuesday 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 is required. The library's Nonfiction Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the book. 410-880-5980.

Multiservice center -- The cooperative center created by local nonprofit organizations to reach residents in the southeast area of Howard County has a new name: North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center. In the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center (9105 All Saints Road), the center offers help with housing, food, fuel and utilities, and crisis intervention for those in need.

Representatives of the Department of Social Services help residents apply for food stamps, cash assistance and medical assistance.

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 offers help with food, eviction prevention, energy assistance and crisis intervention.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, is fluent in Spanish and can assist with medical bills, applying for a tax identification number, legal referrals, birth certificates, housing and passports. Walk-ins are welcome.

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. Information: 301-498-7509 or 410-997-2272 (a 24-hour hot line).

Barbara Coleman of the Legal Aid Bureau is available to help with issues such as denial of Social Security benefits or unemployment benefits and other difficulties. Services are not provided for criminal or traffic court cases.

Information or to schedule an appointment with any of the agencies: 301-498-7509.

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