Bond Mill Elementary celebrates autumn with costume parade [West Laurel]

Bond Mill Elementary celebrated the autumn season with the annual costume parade on Oct. 31. It was a beautiful sunny and warm day. Foliage along Sherwood Avenue was a brilliant hue of autumnal colors, which was the backdrop of the parade of about 500 costumed students, walking with teachers and parents. More family members lined the street as the kids paraded up Sherwood Avenue to Bond Mill Road and then back again. There were lots of angels, fairies, princesses, baseball players and Ninja turtles. Principal Justin FitzGerald was disguised as a disgruntled Buccaneers fan. Bond Mill student Peyton Ridgely did not just dress as Elvis with the jumpsuit, pompadour hair and bling, he happily performed with a quivering lip and a "thank you, thank you very much." It was a great day and a ton of fun with the Bond Mill family.

The Bond Mill 31st annual Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are a lot of great craftors this year. Some are the old reliables who everyone looks forward to seeing and there are some new craftors this year who are sure to be popular as well. Stop by and enjoy lunch and baked goods served with a smile from our fifth-grade students and their parents.

Nov. 16 is Dumpster Day! Three dumpsters will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., or until they are full, in the parking lot of the West Laurel Community Building. This service is courtesy of our West Laurel Civic Association and the Prince George's County Waste Management Division. Hazardous materials and electronics will not be accepted, and tires, oil, oil-based paint, propane tanks, glass, mirrors and computer monitors also will not be accepted. They will accept mattresses, old furniture, light construction debris, old toys and household items. If you are willing to volunteer to help with directing traffic or if you are a high school student looking for community service hours, call Melissa at 301-776-2314 or Seniors and disabled citizens can call the West Laurel Civic Association for help with picking up their dump items. Call Jason Float at 443-878-6360 or email for assistance. If anyone has a truck and is interested in helping with this service, please contact Jason at the above number or email.

It's hard to believe but now is the time to make your Breakfast with Santa reservations. The Woman's Club of Laurel is once again holding its annual breakfast Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon and the table reservations will go fast. Bring your children, grandchildren, favorite niece and nephew, and your whole family to the best pancake and sausage breakfast, made and served personally by the ladies of the Woman's Club. Santa's visit gives you lots of photo opportunities for pictures to send with your holiday cards. Raffles with great prizes take place during every seating and there are lots of winners. The clubhouse at 384 Main St. is quaint, cozy and full of holiday cheer.

Reservations are required. It is the best deal in town; cost is adults $6 and children $3. Call Sam Remsburg at 301-490-8053 for information and reservations.

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