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Winter activities keep the chill away [South Laurel]

There are still lots of activities to keep us busy in the gray days of winter. The monthly Coffee with Seniors hosted by PG Police Department District VI COPS unit is held on the first Thursday of each month. The next session, to be held at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Center on Feb. 1 at 1p.m., features a speaker from Prince George's County Arthritis and Pain Associates. For more information, call the COPS Unit at 301-937-0910.

The Montpelier Arts Center has several events planned to commemorate Black History Month. On Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m., learn about the strong role blacks have had in the world of classical music by attending a panel session with experts who will also discuss the popular idea of incorporating jazz, hip-hop and gospel into classical music. During a series of four Wednesdays, explore the life and works of Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. Discussions will be led by Karen Arnold, former poet in residence at the Arts Center. The film “Beloved,” based on Morrison’s book, will be shown. Sessions begin Wednesday, Feb. 7 and continue until March 7, at 7 p.m.

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Remember Bloody Mary from the movie “South Pacific?” Classical soprano Juanita Hall played that role. On Sunday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. soprano Angela Simpson will explore Hall’s life with song, historic narration and visuals. All events are free.

The Prince George’s County Senior Green Team Members work together on projects that protect, support and preserve our county’s natural resources. Projects include here in Prince George's County. Seniors (age 60 and better) or pre-seniors (age 50 to 59) are welcome to join. Typical projects include trail maintenance, bird houses and tree planting. Participants can choose which projects they want to work on. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. Location is determined by the project being worked on. For more information, go to pgparks.com.

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith calls our attention to scholarships available for her constituents living in District 23A. Applicants who are attending or will be attending a Maryland undergraduate, graduate or professional school during school year 2018-2019 are eligible. Applications are available at her website delegategeraldine.com or may be requested via e-mail at Geraldine.Valentino@house.state.md.us Applications are due Friday, May 4, by 4 p.m. There are also Excellence in Education Foundation Scholarships available for PGCounty Public School graduating seniors in categories such as culinary arts, leadership, technical and trade fields. Applications for all of these awards are due by March 16. More information go to 1.pgcps.org.

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