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Churches, seniors have fairs and festivals planned for fall [Montpelier/South Laurel] 301-717-0050

This is definitely the season for craft fairs and festivals, and we will be having several in our area in the next few months. Crafts people are needed for a Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oaklands Presbyterian Church on Route 197. The cost per table space is $20. Please contact Cal Kirby ( and/or Maha Patrick ( for more details.

St. Nicholas Church on Contee Road is hosting its Fall Bazaar on Friday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Quilts and crafts and homemade baked goods will be on sale. There will be children's activities, raffled theme baskets, door prizes and 50/50 tickets. Breakfast and lunch will be sold on both mornings and an October Fest-themed dinner will be offered on Friday evening. Contact Pat at 301-776-4645 for more information.

The Laurel Senior Friendship Club is holding its Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Laurel/Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Tables for vendors are now available at a cost of $20 per 8-foot table. The deadline to reserve a table is Oct 8. Contact the club at for more information. There is no cost for attending.

Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall at the Community Family Day hosted by Councilwoman Mary Lehman on Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at Fairland Regional Park, 13950 Old Gunpowder Road. Activities for the kids include a rock climbing wall, face painting and a moon bounce. There will be a DJ, performances by various groups and food vendors available. The activity will be held rain or shine, and there is no fee for participation. Contact Dora Myles-Moore at 301-952-5349 or for information.

Longtime Montpelier resident Henry Borger has written a fascinating book linking the principles of the 16th-century diplomat and political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli. In his book, "The corporate prince: Machiavelli's timeless wisdom adapted for the modern CEO," Borger takes key points of Machiavelli's guidance for achieving and holding on to power in medieval regimes and describes western corporations and the CEOs who run them. American CEOs cited include Henry Ford, Lee Iacocca, Andrew Carnegie and Howard Hughes. Each of these men used various components of a Machiavellian framework to become captains of their industries. His book may be purchased through Amazon.

Kudos to our neighbor for his work as an author, as well as for his role in the local community.

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