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Montpelier commermorates 'women's lib'

Tom Dernoga is reminding students to apply for scholarships under the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship program.
Tom Dernoga is reminding students to apply for scholarships under the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship program. (Laurel Leader File)

Commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and the “women’s lib” movement, Montpelier Mansion is conducting an election memorabilia preservation workshop.

Everyone is invited to join a discussion concerning the preservation of a wide range of suffragist items from the National Women’s Party, located in Washington, D.C.

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Joseph Sherren, Montpelier’s collection manager, will share methods for caring and storing our own treasures such as sashes, hats, posters and fliers.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required. The fee for residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties is $10. For non-residents the fee is $15. Call 301-377-7817.

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County Councilman Tom Dernoga calls our attention to state legislation passed in 2018 which provides funds for students who are applying for college this year.

The Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship program is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Scholarships up to $5,000 are available for students from families earning less than $125,000 a year, and single adults earning $90,000 or less.

A student who has graduated from a Maryland high school or received a GED in Maryland within the past two years may apply. The applicant must be entering a community college as a candidate for a credit-bearing certificate or associate’s degree. More information about the program in the Prince George’s County Community College is available at mhec.maryland.gov.

Montpelier Arts Center hosts The Mark Wade trio on Friday, March 15, from 8 to 10 p.m. Wade was rated bassist rated one of the top 10 bassists of 2018 by Downbeat Magazine. He has been an active participant in the NYC jazz scene for over 20 years. Tickets are $22.50 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Call 301-377-7800 for more information and to reserve a seat at this jazz lover’s event.

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Also of interest at the Arts Center is the call for submissions for the competition in the Library Gallery to select art work to be on view from September 2019 to March 2020. Artists must be at least 18 years old and be current residents of Maryland. All entries are to be submitted online by March 31 at montpelierartscenter.submittable.com.

As April 15 approaches, many of us begin to have some anxiety over taxes and other aspects of our financial well-being.

The Laurel/Beltsville Senior Activity Center has some free workshops scheduled which may be of help.

On Monday, March 11, tax experts from H&R Block tell us “What’s New with Taxes.” The presentation highlights provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Each participant will receive a Tax Prep planning sheet.

On Wednesday, March 20, a legal rep from Byrd and Byrd will discuss the “5@55,” the five legal documents to have in place to avoid costly and time-consuming legal procedures.

Both workshops are held from 10 to 11 a.m. Sign up at the senior center front desk.

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