The Laurel Moose Family Center invites the young and young-at-heart to its second annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. The center is located at 3340 Laurel Fort Meade Road and the activity is open to the public. Kids can enjoy visiting and getting their picture taken with Santa after a delicious hot breakfast. The lodge asks all participants to bring a new unwrapped toy donation that will be given to Fort Meade Army Community Service. EZ Child Identification will also be available on-site and will provide a free CD to parents with their child's electronic fingerprints, photographs and pertinent information about their child for use in an emergency.

Brock Bridge Elementary School gets into the holiday spirit as the PTA offers a Holiday Shop, Dec. 3-6 for all children during school hours. Any child interested in picking out a special gift by themselves for a parent or relative can visit the Holiday Shop and pick up items for $2 each. The Holiday Shop has become one of the students' favorite events.

The Brock Bridge Elementary School PTA and principal invite all parents to the monthly PTA meeting followed by the Principal's Chat & Chew on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the media center. Visit with the principal and PTA board and discuss school issues over a snack.

Maryland City Recreation Council's Mustangs Basketball is now underway with 10 travel teams and 10 in-house teams kicking off the new season. There are limited spots remaining on some of the teams. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, please contact either commissioner Carlos Hill at 202-438-7112 or black5131972@gmail.com or my husband, John Venit, at 301-725-7711 or dpws@aol.com. Time is running out to register, so act quickly. Games begin in about a week.


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Finally, the Maryland City Recreation Council's Mustangs Flag Football and Cheerleading programs were a great hit this fall with the kids increasing their football and cheerleading knowledge and building skills. The football and cheerleading coaches invite all participants and their families to the awards banquet on Friday, Dec. 7 at Brock Bridge Elementary School. For more information, please contact your child's coach or Dave Cintron at dacintrons@rocketmail.com. The tackle football program will hold its banquet on Friday, Nov. 30 at Brock Bridge Elementary. For more information on the tackle banquet, contact Catie Herman at 240-441-8727 or mustangsmomma@gmail.com.

Over the next few weeks, take the time to make a special memory with someone in your life: a parent, spouse, sibling, child, grandparent or neighbor. Take a minute to write down something each day that you are thankful for and keep it somewhere safe so you can reflect back on it during hard times. Let those around you know that you love and care for them – and enjoy the holidays!