The Montpelier Arts Center is currently staging a special exhibition in celebration of Black History Month. "Fighting on Two Fronts: Black Military Service in the United States" features the experience of black military personnel from the American Revolution to the Vietnam War. The exhibit runs through Feb. 26, with a public reception on Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The center is now accepting for "Artists on the Rise: A Teen Juried Exhibition." This opportunity is open to artists ages 13 to 18 who live in Maryland, Washington and Virginia. The entry deadline for the competition is Feb. 4. Submissions are to be in jpg format on CDs only. Judging will take place on Feb. 13 and those chosen to participate in the exhibit will deliver their art work on Feb. 23 and 24. The exhibit will be on display from March 2 to 28, with a public reception on March 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. More information on submission procedures may be obtained by calling 301-377-7800 or by visiting http://www.arts.pgparks.com.
Steve Haversack, of Montpelier, announces the Greater Laurel United Soccer Club indoor British soccer training program, which begins on Feb. 19 and ends on March 28. These sessions, conducted by professional British soccer trainers, last for one hour and 15 minutes and will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 4545 Ammendale Road, in Beltsville. Youth ages 8 to 17 may register. The fee for the training program is $100. For more information, call 301-502-6431 or go to http://www.glusc.com.
Residents of our community are invited to coffee with District 1 County Council member Mary Lehman on Feb. 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Silver Diner on Route 1. Share a cup of coffee with our council representative and join in a discuss with your neighbors on areas of interest and concern in our community.