As we transition from what has been a mild winter into spring, you are no doubt focused on yard maintenance and household cleanup. Old Town residents are fortunate to be able to avail themselves of many services provided by the city's Department of Public Works.
Yard waste, defined on the department's website as "normal lawn and garden debris such as leaves, brush, grass clippings, twigs, pruning's and small branches (not more than 3 inches in diameter and not longer than 6 feet)," will be picked up each Wednesday. Call to arrange pickup by the close of business the preceding Monday.
During the month of April, there will be an additional pickup each Monday. Call the preceding Thursday.
Large household items or appliances can be removed for a fee. Furniture, appliances and tires up to 16.5 inches are among the list of items that can be disposed of. Costs vary from $5 to $20.
For safety reasons, doors should be removed from refrigerators, freezers, ovens and other appliances.
The $10 base fee may be waived if you schedule to have your items removed April 10 or 24.
You may also arrange for pickup and recycling of electronic devices, compact fluorescent light bulbs and batteries. For more information and pricing, contact the department at 301-725-0088, or go to http://www.cityoflaurel.org/content/public-works.
American Heritage Girls is a premier national scouting organization for young women, which embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement.
Troop 1208, originally chartered by St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, will host a Tea Party for mothers and daughters (ages 5 to 15) as its fundraiser on April 6, with early seating at 10 a.m. and the later seating at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 424 Main St. Cost is $15. To make a reservation, contact Amy Miller at email@example.com or 240-568-0170 no later than Wednesday, March 27. If you need further information contact Doris Stevick at dstevick@verizon.
Laurel Historical Society is sponsoring a free event on Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the grounds of American Legion Post 60, at 2 Main St. Laurel Station, A Living History Program, is a Civil War encampment on the site of Laurel's 1861-1865 war camp. The reenactors are described as "family oriented, and kid friendly." Join them, and get a glimpse of history, up close.
Laurel Senior Friendship Club is seeking vendors for their annual Flea Market/Craft Show on April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road. Sellers may rent an 8 foot table for $20, or two tables for $30. If interested, contact Betty Mannas, 301-953-2503.