Summer and Daylight Savings Time will be coming to an end soon. With the increased hours of darkness on the horizon, it is a good time for some tips for protecting our homes and belongings from unwanted "visitors." The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) of Prince George's County Police District VI provides the following actions we can take. These include pruning bushes and shrubs from around the home so that windows, porches and doors are visible to passersby and neighbors; drawing shades and blinds to keep items in the household, particularly televisions, video games and other electronics, out of view from the outside; and not discarding packing boxes for such items visibly in the trash. Other suggestions include motion detectors to provide adequate nighttime illumination, setting timers inside the home to automatically turn on lights in various rooms to indicate that someone is home, and installing dead bolts. The District VI COPS unit offers free home security surveys. Call 301-937-0910 and ask for the COPS unit to schedule this beneficial evaluation of your home.
The Montpelier Arts Center has a full schedule of interesting concerts on tap this fall. Performances include the Lao Tizer Quartet featuring world and jazz fusion on Sept. 13; Rumba Club performing Latin jazz on Sept. 20 and the Big Band/Lounge sounds of Chaise Lounge on Sept. 21. The admission fee for each performance is $25 and the performances start at 8 p.m. Call 301-377-7800 for more information and for reservations. The Arts Center also has three exhibits on view during September – Joseph Arthur in the Main Gallery, Kyle Bauer in the Library and Patricia Phillips Bowden in the Resident Artist Gallery. There is no admission charge for viewing these great art works.
On Oct. 11 and 12, St. Nicholas Church, 8603 Contee Road, will host its annual Fall Bazaar. This is the time to get some early holiday shopping done and to feast on delectable cuisine. There will be crafts made by parishioners, homemade baked goods, raffles for theme baskets, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. The Bazaar will be open on Friday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, and on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be available on both days. A very special treat will be the Oktoberfest dinner on Friday night, with homemade bratwurst followed by polka music, instruction and dancing. For more information, call Pat at 301-776-4645.
Best wishes to all in the South Laurel/Montpelier community as we bid farewell to summer and await the cool breezes of autumn.