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Homeless shelter plan will be topic at meeting [North Laurel/Savage]

The Savage Community Association is holding an important meeting on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Carroll Baldwin Hall. The association is hosting staff from the new county administration to discuss plans for a a shelter for the chronically homeless.

These are not those who fell on hard times and are asking for assistance. Those are taken care of by Grassroots, which is located in Columbia. A chronically homeless person is defined as someone who has been homeless for over a year and generally has a disability. They are more likely to have mental or physical issues and have a high rate of need of emergency services.

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These plans were tabled by the county council till now. If you would like to learn more about what the county is planning in your area, plan to attend this meeting.

The 50+ Center at the North Laurel Community Center has a lot of activities for January. On Jan. 16 there will be two events. First, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a brunch and story sharing. Then music and the history or drumming. The program is free, lunch is a contribution. At 10 a.m., there will be a Q&A with Officer Andre Lingham from the Howard County Police on public safety.

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On Jan. 20, there will be a class on Beginning Zentangle, the art of helping you relax and renew your spirit. This is a series of four, two-hour classes. Cost is $32, which includes all materials.

Jan. 28 starting at 11 am. there will be a special presentation on "The Needles Trades," the history of the garment industry in Baltimore. The discussion will include stories of the immigrants who worked in sweatshops and the labor unions that were created by the poor conditions. This is a free program from the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Book your reservations for any of these events quickly by calling the center at 410-313-0380. The center is at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road.

Mark your calendar now for a program offered for those with soon-to-be kindergarteners. The Howard County School System will offer a program on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Hammond Middle School. The workshop will explain what the expections are for children entering the system for school readiness as well as expect the program, support services and registration requirements.

The school is at 8110 Aladdin Drive in Laurel. There are two other dates scheduled in Columbia. Go to http://www.hcpss.org/ for more information.

Hammond Elementary School will hold a Basket Bingo on Feb. 21. Doors open at 6 p.m.

I want to wish those celebrating Kwanzaa to enjoy the meaning of those special days. Please start making New Year's resolutions that you help not only you but your community. Our community is only as good as its volunteers.


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