All Hung exhibit highlights works by local residents [South Laurel]

Laurel Leader

Montpelier Arts Center is hosting its All Hung exhibit through Oct. 29 with a reception honoring the artists on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Center. The theme of giving will be expressed by all of the works shown. Local artists ages 18 and over have been invited to submit their work.

Younger artists who may be submitting their work in the future, can take advantage of the many courses the Center provides. A wide variety of content offers something for everyone. Courses for younger folks include: art introduction ages 16+; ceramics 16+; painting 15+; photography 16+; animation ages 10-12 and 13-17; and comic books, ages 13-16. Registration is open now. More information may be obtained via the Center class schedule at pgparks.com. You may also register in person at the Center, or call 301-377-7800.

The fall months are a good time to set up family strategies to ensure successful school experiences for our children. Oaklands Elementary School participates in the Building Readers program which provides hints for establishing a reading program at home. Suggestions include creating a family book club, in which one book per month is chosen for the whole family to read and discuss as a group, as well as ways to encourage reading for content and themes. Check out the resources at pgps.org/oaklands and click on the Building Readers link.

Senior residents have options for fall activities also. The Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center offers a free Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band Concert on Friday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness month. Seniors can get an early start on Thanksgiving celebrations by coming to the free Thanksgiving Fellowship Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. Both of these events will fill up quickly, so go soon to register at the front desk of the center.

Two changes are underway and/or proposed for traffic in our community. The reworked intersection of Odell Road/Muirkirk Road/Cedarbrook Lane is under construction. While the changes will include a traffic light and easier, safer access to the intersection, the current situation with large equipment, traffic barrels and constant changes to the lane lines call for extra caution now and as the fall darkness arrives earlier and earlier. Residents of Montpelier are closely following the proposed installation of a segmented median strip on Montpelier Drive. The purpose of the proposed median is to curtail vehicles speeding on the street. Some residents have concerns about the impact of the strips on their ability to access their properties and on the availability of parking on the street. A meeting with the county Department of Public Works and Transportation to discuss the plan was scheduled for Oct. 5.

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