The Rev. Paul E. Boyce, former pastor of Laurel's First Assembly of God Church, 1102 Montgomery St., passed away in Sweetwater, Tenn., on Oct. 9. Along with his first wife, Marjorie, who also held credentials within the denomination, he oversaw the congregation for some 22 years.

When the pastoral couple came to Laurel in 1966 from Pocomoke City on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the church was situated in a building on Ninth Street, behind what was then the city fire department. The Rev. Boyce oversaw the church's move to a much larger facility, where it presently worships today.

Main Street Pharmacy, in conjunction with the Laurel Historical Society, will host the annual Taste of Laurel on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Laurel Museum, 817 Main St. More than 15 restaurants participated in last year's event. Presently committed to this year's soiree are Salute Ristorante Italiano, Curry Leaf, Double Dipper, Toucan Taco, Julie's Funnel Cakes and Fruit Punch, Nuzback's and Copy Cat Cakes.

Admission fee is a canned/dried food donation, which will benefit Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service's food pantry. If you are unsure of what to bring, there is a list of desired food donations at http://bit.ly/TdKhuw.

St. Mary of the Mills, 114 St. Mary's Place, will kick off its annual Christmas Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m. You can get a leg up on other shoppers with an early visit to Granny's Attic, Kelley's Jellies, baked goods, raffles and more. The Christmas Café will be open for dinner.

The second day of the event, Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offers a full day of shopping, and children's activities. The café will offer breakfast and lunch. For information, call 301-725-3080.

The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus will perform Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at Laurel High School. For free tickets, call the Laurel Board of Trade at 301-483-0838.

In case you haven't heard, there is a Craft and Flea Market each Saturday morning through the end of November on the city-owned vacant lot, next to BB&T Bank, same place as the Farmers Market. A variety of vendors sell a cadre of wares, and there is usually a food vendor on site. If you would like to participate, or have any questions about this ongoing event, email Alicia at laurelcraftandfleamarket@live.com or call her at 301-343-2232.

Elections for Laurel City Council will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Don't forget to vote!