There are lots of exciting things to do in our South Laurel/Montpelier community as we move into the holiday season. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 13611 Laurel-Bowie Road (Route 197), celebrates the season with a Christmas concert featuring carols and anthems for choirs, strings, organ and handbells, as well as sing along carols on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Refreshments will follow the concert and child care is provided. Admission to the festivities is free, but we are asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to LARS and Elizabeth House soup kitchen in Laurel. For information, call 301-776-7670 or go to oslclaurel.org.
Montpelier Mansion is once again hosting holiday tours from Dec. 6 to 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for Wednesdays when the mansion is closed. Enjoy the Colonial-type decorations provided by local garden clubs. The Snowdens, original owners of Montpelier, were known far and wide for their hospitality, including playing host to George Washington on occasion. A new event, Soiree at the Snowdens, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17, from 5-8 p.m. An evening of cheer and merriment honors the Snowden spirit, featuring the culinary diversity of our local communities and the intimate jazz stylings of the duo Entre Nous. The soiree is $15 for Friends of Montpelier members, $20 for non-members. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec.14. If you have questions, or would like to make reservations, call 301-377-7817. For information on 2017 events at the Mansion, go to history.pgparks.com.
The Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center presents a Senior Holiday Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Tribe Band will perform a variety of holiday tunes. Registration is through SmartLink, with event number 1660409. On Thursday, Dec. 1, join in the fun and help decorate the holiday tree in the center's fireside lounge from 10 a.m. to noon; admission is free. Register at the center's front desk. Friday, Dec. 30 is the perfect time to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in the New Year. From 2 -4:30 p.m., join in the celebration and dance, dance, dance. The fee for the New Year's Day Dance Party is $5 for residents and $ 7 for nonresidents. Sign up at the front desk, or through SmartLink with event number 1667312.
Above all, have a happy and safe holiday season. Officers from Prince George's County Police District 6 reminds us to be extra vigilant in store parking lots, now that it is dark in the evenings. Don't leave packages on the seat of the car, and if you are alone, ask a store employee to escort you to your car if needed.