The North Laurel Civic Association will hold its monthly meeting July 18, at 7 p.m., at the North Laurel Community Center. The meeting will bring everyone up to date on the new zoning that has been suggested for the area.

This is a great way to learn about our community, so come out, learn what is going on, and get involved. We need more volunteers.

One topic of concern is the tract where the California Inn was located. There is interest from WaWa. Another proposal is for an apartment complex.

What would you like to see there?

Discussion will also include the annual picnic. Volunteers are needed to help with that as well.

Howard County is in the process of a Comprehensive Rezoning Plan. The County Council will meet July 15 to discuss our part of the county.

Make your voice heard by emailing or attending the event. The only way to get the county to work with us is to voice your opinion.

Your council representative is Jen Teressa. Her email is jteressa@howardcountymd.gov. Her number is 410-313-2001.

The 50+ Center, located in the North Laurel Community Center on Whiskey Bottom Road, is holding two special events in July.

On Tuesday, July 9, there will be a presentation called Medicare Tune Up from 2 to 3 p.m. This free program will update you on issues connected to Medicare, including medical equipment, medical supplies and programs.

On July 25, there will be the All American Pie Contest and Summer Picnic. Starting at 11 a.m., there is a pie contest. Come out and taste the pies, and vote for your favorite.

At noon, there will be a summer lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers. The cost is $3 plus a contribution.

For information or to register, call 410-313-0380 for either event. You can also register at the center.

National Night Out Against Crime will be held Aug. 6, beginning at 6 p.m., at the North Laurel Community Center. There will be live music, a skate park trick contest, police displays and more. This is free and open to the public.

If you want to consider hosting a neighborhood event for your block, you are welcome to join in the activities. Please notify the Police Department, so they can attend your event. For more information, call 410-313-0390.

Atholton High School has moved to Clemens Crossing this summer while the school undergoes major renovations. JROTC will still be held, student services are available as is the administration. Their numbers have not changed.