Art, fashion, trips, more at senior center [Montpelier/South Laurel]

The Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center is featuring the work of photographer and digital mixed-media artist Melia Hartley now through Dec. 2. The artist finds inspiration in small details, sometimes using iPhone lenses in a process called iPhonography to create her signature blends of color and textures. Trained as a graphics technician, Hartley often enhances her works with other mixed-media materials. Admission to the exhibit, in the center's Avenue of the Arts, is free.

Other upcoming events at the center include a free-admission fall fashion show with refreshments on Monday, Nov 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a trip to Arena Stage on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (registration required through SMARTLink, $68 for residents and $89 for non-residents); and a free Veterans Day celebration and luncheon on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration for this wonderful event is limited, so early sign-up at the center front desk is recommended. More information on all of these events may be obtained in the center's fall 2016 calendar at the front desk, by phone at 301-206-3350 or on line at

Our Savior Lutheran Church, 13611 Laurel-Bowie Road, has a new ministry. Capital Area Food Bank has approved Smiling Souls Foodbank of Our Savior Lutheran Church to begin as a partner distributing food in Laurel. The goal of the foodbank ministry is to provide free nourishing food to our community every second and fourth Saturday. Distributions began Oct. 8. Distributions will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until all the food has been given away. For more information, please contact the Rev. Orlando Flahn at 301-776-7670 or

The sixth annual Our Savior Lutheran Church Trunk or Treat is a safe Halloween alternative and will take place on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the church's front parking lot at 13611 Laurel-Bowie Road. The entire community is invited. There will be hotdogs, drinks and chips, moon bounce and games for children. Car and truck trunks will be decorated with a Biblical story and candy. For more information, contact Tina McGuffey at 301-776-7670 or go to

Capitol Technology University, 11301 Springfield Road, is launching a proposed four-phase development program at the campus. Proposals include a 222-bed student residence hall building with an anticipated start date of October or November, with occupancy in January 2018; an academic building with a starting construction date of October or November 2017; additional student residence hall; multi-family residential apartments on campus; and residences along Springfield Road. For information, contact the university president, Michael T. Wood, at 301-369-3622 or

Election Day is fast approaching. Those of us who are interested in early voting should note that the Laurel/Beltsville Senior Center is an approved early voting site for our area. Early voting in Maryland takes place from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. See you at the polls!

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