Fifth-graders have a lot of exciting events at the end of their school year, but the most impressive event is the Simulated Congressional Hearings. Every year fifth grades across the county volunteer to be part of a national program to learn more about the constitution.

They become experts on one of five units. Then they have hearings where judges from the community come in and listen to their presentation and ask them questions.

Forest Ridge Elementary School students held theirs on May 21 and it was very impressive. Hammond Elementary students held theirs on May 23 and did an outstanding job. Gorman Crossing shined on May 30. Laurel Woods kids will be holding theirs on June 4.

Good luck to them. It is a wonderful program and we should be very honored that our teachers in this area are willing to participate in this program.


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Emmanuel United Methodist Church is holding a blood drive on June 10. It will run from 7:30 a.m. to noon. This is an ongoing program to help our community. Please consider donating. To book your appointment or for information, please to go http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-2727-2123). The church is located at 10755 Scaggsville Road.

The North Laurel Civic Association would like to welcome Art Blume as its new treasurer. They ask everyone to mark their calendars for June 21 as their next meeting. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center. Laura Newman from the Howard County Economic Development Office will be speaking. They will also be starting to plan their annual picnic, which will be held on Sept. 16.

Kloby's Smokehouse will donating 20 percent of its sales on June 5 to Neighbor Ride. This is a volunteer program that serves many North Laurel and Savage seniors by offering free transportation for seniors. So skip cooking that night and enjoy a nice dinner and help raise some funds for a worthwhile program. To learn more about Neighbor Ride, go to http://www.neighborride.org/.

Do not forget Savage Fest on June 2. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and then a day of fun on the grounds of the Carroll Baldwin Hall. Order your Savage calendar while there.

The United Methodist Church of Savage will be holding its annual Strawberry Festival on June 2. They are at 9050 Baltimore St.

The third annual North Laurel-Savage Community Fair will be held by the Community Action Council at the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shopping center is at 9105 All Saints Road.

Reservoir High School will be holding its 10th anniversary party all day on June 2. Go to http://www.rhsgators.com/ for more details and to register.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church's vacation Bible school is June 18 through 22, 9 a.m. till noon, for children 4 years old to fifth grade. Registration forms can be found at the ministry center or at http://www.eumclaurel.org. Call Donna Meoli at 301-725-5200 for more information.