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The developers of Towne Centre at Laurel will hold a grand opening, with ribbon-cutting, a lightshow and appearances by players on the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins.

"Turn on the Towne Centre" will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the new $130-million development at Route 1 and Cherry Lane, site of the former Laurel Mall.

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Taste of the Towne, with free samples from restaurants, live music, a holiday photo opportunity and free LED balloons and glowsticks, is from 3 to 5 p.m. An opening ceremony will be held 4:30-5 p.m., followed by a light show illumination from 5 to 5:15 p.m.

Redskins player Keenan Robinson is scheduled to appear from 5 to 6 p.m., and the Ravens' Dennis Pitta is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, go to www.visitTCL.com.

On Nov. 20, the Regal Laurel Towne Centre 12 will officially open to the public. The 12-screen theatre will become the only one in the city when it opens.

The theater will be showing movies from from Nov. 16 through Nov. 18 with proceeds to benefit local charities. Tickets for the charity shows are $3 each; concessions are also $3.

Sunday's proceeds will go to Casey Cares Foundation; Monday's to Fisher House Foundation; and Tuesday's to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

While stores have been opening at the Towne Centre since Burlington Coat Factory in April, this weekend's event marks the official grand opening event for the Centre itself.

Greenberg Gibbons created the $130 million, 400,000-square-foot mixed-use project at the site of the former Laurel Mall.

Current merchants at the center include the aforementioned Burlington, Harris Teeter grocery store, Sports Authority, Mission BBQ, Nando's Peri Peri, Old Navy, and several more, with more on tap for the coming months.

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