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Blood drive — Sponsored by Laurel Lions Club, American Legion Post 60 and Medstar Health Blood Donor Services, Tue., Oct. 4, 2:30-7 p.m., American Legion Post 60, 2 Main St. For appointments, call Donald Danneman, 1-888-757-7040. Walk-ins welcome.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association — Chapter 422 luncheon meeting, Wed., Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m., upstairs, Main Street Sports Grill, 531 Main St. Rebecca Miller, of Maryland Relay, explains telecommunications access of the Maryland Department of Information Technology and shows latest in audio aids for those with hearing disabilities. Menu: beef and salmon, green vegetable, salad, rice, rolls and butter, and pie and ice cream. $16 per person. Make checks payable to NARFE Chapter 422 and mail to Bob Ridgway, 3008 Ellicott Road, Beltsville, MD 20705-3440. Information, Pat, 301-776-4645.

Dance — Sponsored by the Laurel Senior Friendship Club, Fri., Oct. 7, 7:30-10:30 p.m., new location: Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, near Laurel Regional Hospital. Music by DJ Professor Jay. Donation $2.99. Free snacks and setups. Sodas, 50 cents. Dance held first Friday of every month. Adults, singles, couples and groups of all ages are welcome. 301-937-2896.


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First annual picnic — North Laurel Civic Association, Oct. 9, 12:30 p.m., High Ridge Park Pavilion, 10100 Superior Ave. Food, games, raffle, music and dancing, patriotism, and socializing. Picnic with a difference. Voluntary donation. Bibi Perrotte-Foston, president, 240-786-5747.

Power Over Pain — New eight-week starter group for anyone living with chronic pain, starts Wed., Oct. 12, 1-2:30 p.m., North Laurel 50+ Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Learn how to develop and sustain a positive attitude, gain information, make connections with others living with chronic pain and find ways of coping. Topics include: Gaining a perspective on the medical aspects of chronic pain, chronic pain and emotional wellness, and relief versus management. Sponsored by SPRING, Senior Peer Resources: Individuals, Networks & Groups, program of Howard County Office on Aging. Register, Carmen Faye, 410-313-0380 or cfaye@howardcountymd.gov. Information, Karen Hull, Howard County Office on Aging, 410-313-7466 or khull@howardcountymd.gov.

Look Good...Feel Better — Laurel Regional Hospital and the American Cancer Society host this program Oct. 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road. Trained, volunteer cosmetologist teaches participants how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by cosmetic industry. Program is free, nonmedical and product-neutral, and teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Physicians referrals accepted. Registration required by Oct. 10, Public Relations Office, 301-497-7914.