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Absence of first-run movies in Laurel about to end [Old Town]

Regal Cinemas, now standing among a variety of shops at the new Towne Centre at Laurel, will open for business in late November, along with the final few restaurants and retail stores. Old Town once again has various options when shopping and seeking entertainment, in time for the impending holiday season. The newly outfitted, local theater's owners announced that the movie complex will officially open on Thursday, Nov. 20. The grand opening will be preceded by several days of previews with the proceeds going to local charities.

Another of the center's tenants, Moe's Southwest Grill, started operations with a bang when the new eatery hosted fundraisers for two local schools, Oct. 15 and 16. St. Vincent Pallotti High School and Laurel High School were the beneficiaries during the two nights of Pay What You Want Days. Patrons ordered whichever dishes they desired, and were then asked to pay any amount they wanted, with a reminder that all the proceeds would go to the two local houses of learning. It does appear that the folks at Moe's know how to make a great first impression.

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Early voting for this year's general election has commenced and ends Thursday, Oct. 30. While you can vote at any of the early voting centers in Prince George's County, the nearest location for local voters is at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road; 301-206-3350. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Once again the Laurel Board of Trade is hosting Trick or Treat on Main Street, Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 to 8 p.m. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 301-483-0838. Have fun and be safe.

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If you are in need of a flu shot, there's no better time than Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 424 Main St. The house of worship's Faith Community Nurse and director of pastoral care, Becky Boeckman, R.N., stated via email that the cost-free inoculations are "open to everyone." For more information, call 301-725-3093.

City residents are cordially invited to the Laurel Community Block Party Saturday, Nov. 1, 2 to 4 p.m., in the 500 block of Montgomery St. The event is sponsored by Laurel Police and the Chief's Citizen Advisory Committee. There will be an Emergency Response Team demonstration, Segway rides for kids and the opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at police vehicles and the mobile forensic lab. The committee is made up of city residents, appointed by the chief, to promote a strong bond between citizens and their police department. If you are interested in serving on the committee, contact Major Bob Althoff, 301-498-0092.

The Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main St., will hold its seventh annual Taste of Laurel Sunday, Nov. 2, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by Main Street Pharmacy, participants include Toucan Taco (formerly Tippy's), Olive on Main, Curry Leaf, Mango's Grill and others. The price of admission is one canned good donation per family.

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