Get involved with the future of Tastee Diner

Laurel Leader

There are many opportunities in this new year to tackle some of your resolutions without venturing far from home.

Are you interested in becoming more involved in community affairs or dipping your toe into Laurel’s rich history? Then be sure to mark Thursday, Jan. 24, on your calendars. That’s when the city’s Board of Appeals will consider again an application by Pure Hana Synergy, a medical cannabis company, regarding its plan to turn the Tastee Diner site along Route 1 into a medical marijuana dispensary. The city’s Planning Commission unanimously rejected the proposal in a Dec. 11 meeting. All Planning Commission decisions move to the Board of Appeals for review.

Community members’ objections to the possible loss of the historic Tastee Diner car and a desire to see it saved helped make the difference in the Planning Commission’s rejection of the application, which had been met with support from city staff. The Board of Appeals hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road.

Perhaps spending more quality time with your family is one of your resolutions. The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation has you covered.

Free Friday Indoor Movies will be shown at 7 p.m. at Partnership Hall, 811 Fifth St. On Jan. 11, the feature flick will be “Trolls” and the Feb. 8 film will be “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.” Floor seating is available. Outside snacks are welcome or snacks can be purchased with cash on site.

The city will also offer Family Fun Nights on Jan. 25 and Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Laurel Armory, 422 Montgomery St. There will be games, competitions and plenty of opportunities to make memories. Youth must have a youth pass, while adults are free with youth admission. If you don’t have a pass, the Family Fun Fee is just $5.

There are many opportunities to keep your commitment to healthier living. The Armory has numerous fitness classes available throughout the week. It offers Zumba and BioFitness classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. It has recently added drop-in times for pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the United States. Pickleball is a combination of badminton, tennis and ping-pong and adult drop-in times are offered at the Armory on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.

More information about Parks and Recreation classes is available online at or by calling 301-725-7800.

It’s not too early to be thinking about spring and gardening. Registration for the 2019 growing season at the city of Laurel Community Garden begins soon. The garden, located on the grounds of Laurel Presbyterian Church at 7610 Sandy Spring Road, will offer its seventh growing season. Registration for returning members begins Jan. 21, while registration for other city residents begins on Feb. 4.

Four plot sizes are available that range from 3-by-12 feet to 20-by-20 feet. No prior gardening experience is necessary. Prices are the same as last year. There is a one-time membership fee of $100 per plot, and annual plot prices range from $35 to $50. For more information, e-mail

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