Support police and discourage crime at National Night Out [South Laurel/Montpelier]

Prince George's County Community Oriented Policing Services will host the Prince George's Police Department's 30th annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville District VI building, 4321 Sellman Road in Beltsville, next to the library. This event will include a presentation of crime prevention tactics, a K-9 demonstration, a horse-mounted unit, bomb robot and radar and laser stations. Police motorcycles and cruisers will be on display. There will also be child and property ID and auto theft prevention stations. For entertainment, particularly for the younger visitors, there will be a moon bounce, football throwing competition and arts and crafts tables. While there you can feast on a wide variety of offerings, including hot dogs, pizza, desserts and soft drinks. And, all of this is at no cost to the participants.

The COPS unit is also looking for volunteers to help with the event, as they are expecting more than 3,000 people to attend. Volunteer shifts are just one hour of relatively easy work, which also allows the volunteers time to enjoy the event themselves. The set-up shift begins at 5 p.m. Other volunteers will help serve the food, and the clean-up and take-down shifts work from 8 to 9 p.m. Students who volunteer will be given community service certificates for their participation. This is a great time to become familiar with our COPS unit, coordinated by Cpl. Jim Woody from the District VI staff; to give back to our community; and to honor the service that COPS and District VI provide in keeping our neighborhoods a safe and pleasant place to live. If you can volunteer, please forward your name, phone number and email address to Hoping to see everyone there on Aug. 6.

It's not too late to enjoy some summer activities at the Montpelier Arts Center and to see the movie "Mama Mia" on the Montpelier Mansion lawn. The film will be shown on Friday, Aug. 14 beginning at dusk. Admission is free.

The arts center is offering classes in writing and poetry for teens ages 12-16 on Aug. 5-9; animation for teens ages 13-16 on Aug. 12-16 and Aug 19-23; as well as graphic design, comic books and drawing for teens, all from Aug. 5-9. Information regarding these classes and registration may be obtained by calling 301-377-7800. As the long summer nears its end, some young folks may be becoming a bit bored and restless. These classes will provide some motivation and energy as we move toward the beginning of school.

Enjoy the rest of our summer and have some fun at the activities our community offers.

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