Side by Side to offer parent workshops [South Laurel/Montpelier]

Side by Side of Laurel, a faith-based nonprofit organization, which works to strengthen Prince George's County elementary schools in Laurel, is sponsoring a series of Great Start Program workshops this year in several schools in our community, including Montpelier, Deerfield Run and James Harrison elementary schools. This is a parent engagement program in which parents of students in pre-K through third grade discuss the lessons their children will focus on this school year and receive home activities to reinforce their learning. Workshops are presented in the evening and are conducted in Spanish and English. A schedule of the dates on which the workshops will be held is available at

The Maryland State Police and the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council sponsor the Watch Your Car program. This service is designed to help prevent car thefts and is free for vehicles registered in Maryland. Participants state the hours during which they are unlikely to be driving the car; for example, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Window decals are issued to participants that allow police to identify and stop the car during those hours to verify the identity of the driver. More information on the program may be obtained by emailing or calling 1-800-96-THEFT.

Deerfield Run Community Center is offering several activities this month for teens and pre-teens with a Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Youth ID. The activities are part of the Xtreme Teens program. On Friday, Aug. 15, participants can play a rousing game of dodge ball; Friday, Aug. 22 there is a King of the Court game of 3-on-3 basketball; and Saturday, Aug. 23 is movie night. All activities are for ages 7 to 10 and are held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the center. For further information, call 301-953-7882.

Families of all ages can participate in the Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day at Patuxent   Research Refuge Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Tract of the Refuge, located at 230 Bald Eagle Drive, off Route 198 between the Baltimore/Washington Parkway and Route 32. There will be habitat exploration with a guide, archery demonstrations, fishing and children's crafts. Learn about wildlife viewing, birding and wildlife photography. There is something for everyone at this free event! No registration is needed. For additional information, call 301-953-7882 or go to



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