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Soccer pros to teach skills, techniques to youths in Laurel [South Laurel/Montpelier]

While we may be tempted to be couch potatoes during the cold winter months, there are activities available to adults and children in our community to keep us active.For example, the Greater Laurel United Soccer Club has announced its Winter2015 indoor training classes for youth ages 8 to 14. Players will meet for six sessions beginning Feb. 9.Participants will learn foot skills, improve their technical game and have fun, all while getting exercise. Each session is run by a professional trainer from the Challenger Soccer Academy. You can learn more about the academy by going to challengersports.com/academy. For specific times, fees and location of the training sessions, and to register, go to glusc.com or call 301-502-6431. Space is limited so it is best to register early.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Montpelier Arts Center is hosting a three-week series of talkson the life and works of author Alice Walker, Feb. 2, 9 and 16 at 7 p.m.Special emphasis in the series is on her novel, "The Color Purple" and the film based on that book.The series will include the film, Walker's poetry and her significance as an author who helped reframe the topic of the African-American experience. The sessions will be led by Karen Arnold, PhD.,former poet-in-residence at the arts center. This is a great opportunity to review Alice Walker's work, make some new friends and participate in a lively discussion. Admission is free. Call 301-377-7800 for more information.

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Karen Arnold lives and writes in Maryland.She received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, and completed her master's and doctoral work at the University of Maryland at College Park. Her writing and teaching center on creativity as well as women's lives.She currently conducts literature and medicine reading and discussion groups in conjunction with the Maryland Humanities Council in two Baltimore hospitals; has taught for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University; has been a visiting professor of English at the United States Naval Academy; and has given more than 400 lectures for National Endowment for the Humanities reading and discussion programs in Maryland.Her poetry collections include "Border Crossings," published by Perry Press.

Remember to check out the Coffee for Seniors, hosted by Prince George's County Police Department's District VI, Community Oriented Policing Services unit, on the first Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Get information on the latest safety tips, services available from COPS and other topics of interest to the community.

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Deerfield Run Elementary School is conducting its annual STEM fair Jan. 29. .Tune in next time for information on the projects submitted by the students. Maybe the next Jobs or Einstein is right here in our community.

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