Summer has been glorious but it has gone by so fast. Already the early autumn leaves are falling from the trees. Labor Day has passed and we are officially transitioning to fall activities. Mark your calendars now for the West Laurel Civic Association's fall General Meeting to be held on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Laurel Recreation Building. Look for the West Laurel Hotline soon to come that will provide a plethora of community information you just can't get anywhere else. Our West Laurel Civic Association is a volunteer organization that works so hard on our behalf. Any time you get a chance, thank the devoted members for their many unpaid hours of work and dedication to West Laurel.
Farewell to our longtime neighbors Sandee and Rich Leibson. They have retired to St. Augustine, Fla. Sandee retired from Bond Mill Elementary where her friends there were too many to count! They raised their lovely girls Shara and Lindsay here. It was tough when the girls flew the coup but it is so very sad for the community to see Sandee and Rich retire far away. West Laurel will always be in their hearts as Sandee and Rich will always be in our hearts. We wish Sandee and Rich best wishes on their new and exciting adventure.
Help out your neighborhood schools by registering for Giant Food A+ Bonus Bucks and Target Take Charge of Education programs. Schools truly receive funds and equipment just because you and your neighbors have signed up. You don't need to have children in the school. In fact, the schools could benefit quite a lot if everyone with or without children in their households participate. It costs you nothing. If you have registered in the past, you must re-register every year. Each time you shop at Giant, a portion of what you spend will benefit our schools. Bond Mill Elementary has been on the receiving end of this program and our generous community. Simply ask about it the next time you visit Giant. Bond Mill Elementary participates in the Take Charge of Education program that works much the same way. Visit Target.com/tcoe or call 1-800 316-6142 to designate Bond Mill, and then use your REDcard whenever you shop. The school will periodically receive checks to buy much needed supplies and you can know you helped, even if you just bought a little at a time. Help out our schools and our students every time you shop.
The Woman's Club of Laurel is hosting its annual yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at 16201 Bond Mill Road (closer to Brooklyn Bridge Road). The Woman's Club is a nonprofit organization, which turns the proceeds of its fundraisers back into the Laurel community. Stop by and say hello to many of the West Laurel members. Doughnuts and coffee are for sale as well as many books, knick knacks, furniture, baby items, glassware, etc. The Woman's Club members have cleaned out their closets so you can find your new treasures.
The Laurel Friendship Club is sponsoring a Fall Craft Show on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center at 7120 Contee Road (behind the Laurel Regional Hospital). Crafts range from jewelry to handmade items of all sorts. Visit the bake sale and have lunch while there. Tables are for rent; $20 for an eight foot table or $30 for two tables. For more information, call Betty Mannas, 301-953-2503.
Join other seniors for Senior Coffee the first Thursday of every month at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. There's a lot of discussion and a lot of laughing as well. Come join the group.