I love seeing local businesses supporting our community. Looks Salon and Spa holds its annual fundraiser for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center on Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stations can be sponsored, items will be auctioned and they will have a bar night at Sonoma's Bar on Sept. 6, 7 p.m. to midnight. For more information, call 410-381-9030.

Do not forget to stop by St. Francis of Assisi's annual yard sale Sept. 7 starting at 9 a.m. and running till 1 p.m. The church is at 8300 Old Columbia Road, just off Route 216.

My condolences to the family of Agnes Faye Watts Furr, who passed away recently at the age of 79. She was the daughter of Sam and Elsie Watts, who started Sam and Elsie's Restaurant along Route 1. It has become a landmark in our community.

Faye, as most called her, bought the restaurant from her parents and ran it for many years. In 2010 she sold it so she could enjoy her retirement. She was survived by three children, Vicky, Tommy and Stevie. Her son Harvey predeceased her.

The 50+ Senior Center at the North Laurel Community Center will host a fall BBQ with Bluegrass music on Sept. 25 starting at 11 a.m. The cost will be $8 and the music is provided by the Savage Bluegrass Band.

They will also be offering a program to learn how to prepare for an emergency on Sept. 26 starting at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required for both events, so book them at 410-313-0380.

Attention all parents of elementary age girls. Mark your calendars now for Girl Scout recruitment night. It will be Oct. 10 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center. Recruitment will be for girls and volunteers to help with troops for Bollman Bridge, Forest Ridge, Gorman Crossing, Guilford, Hammond and Laurel Woods. Contact Elizabeth Blough at EBlough@comcast.net for additional information.

Laurel Woods Elementary School will hold its first of the year Family Night Out on Sept. 19 at Sweet Frog from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Reservoir Gator Academy, a free tutorial service for students on any subject, will be Sept. 15 and 29 at the North Laurel Community Center. The sessions are 2 to 4 p.m. For additional information or to volunteer to tutor, contact Beth Weith at create.beth@verizon.net or phone Miriam Cruz at 240-640-7885.

Laurel Woods Back to School Nights will be Sept. 17 for grades K to 2 and Sept.19 for grades 3 to 5. Forest Ridge's will be Sept. 16 for grades 1 and 2 and Sept. 17 for grades 3 through 5. Gorman Crossing will be Sept. 17 for grades K through 2 and Sept. 18 for grades 3 through 5.

Hammond Middle's Back to School Night is Sept. 19. Murray Hill is on Sept. 24 and Patuxent Valley's is Sept. 25, all at 6:30 p.m. Atholton High is on Sept. 3.