Season's greetings to all South Laurel/Montpelier residents! Council member Mary Lehman, who represents District 1 on the Prince George's County Council, hosted a rousing kickoff of the holiday with her third annual Senior Appreciation Breakfast for seniors in our community. The breakfast was held Dec. 6 at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center and provided a morning of fellowship and learning for seniors in her district. More than 120 attendees heard center director Marybeth Dugan describe the many activities, classes and celebrations held at the facility. Lehman reviewed some of her accomplishments in representing our district and distributed a flier outlining services provided to county residents. There was vocal entertainment and an inspiring talk focusing on the importance of a positive approach to aging, not to mention an excellent and totally filling breakfast. A great beginning to the festivities of the season.

Even as we relish the many activities associated with the holiday celebrations, it is not too early to begin pondering our New Year's resolutions and seeking out venues to accomplish them. There are plenty of opportunities right here in our community. For youth interested in soccer, Steve Haversack, of Montpelier, announces the new season of the Greater Laurel United Soccer Club. The club provides soccer training with an international flair. Indoor soccer training run by professional British coaches will begin Jan. 6. During the spring season, which begins March 17, a professional British trainer will be working with the club. Summer camp offerings this coming season include two British soccer camps, two Brazilian soccer camps and a British sports camp with games such as cricket and rugby. For more information and to register, go to glusc.com or call 301-502-6431.

Deerfield Run Community Center will be hosting a wide variety of activities starting Jan 14. These include baseball leagues for various ages, Zumba, roller skating, arts and crafts, piano keyboard and math and reading skills. You can get more information on the scheduled activities, as well as registerfor programs at smartlink.pgparks.com.

For those of us with interests in the visual and performing arts, check out the several juried competitions being held in 2014 at the Montpelier Arts Center. The 43rd annual Laurel Art Guild juried exhibition will be held in March. Artists on the Rise, a juried competition for artists ages 13 to 18 who live in Maryland, Washington or Virginia, will also take place in March. Deadline for submitting entries for both competitions is Jan. 24. More information may be obtained by calling 301-377-7800. Montpelier Arts Center is also seeking classical musicians for the 2014-2015 recital season competition, which will occur in the spring. More information regarding this competition will be forthcoming.

Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday and a joyous beginning in the New Year.