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Free vehicle ID etching set at police office Aug. 23


The North Laurel Community Policing Office, 9105G All Saints Road, will provide free vehicle identification number (VIN) etching from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 23, weather permitting.

The unique VIN numbers will be engraved on all major pieces of glass in each car to deter thieves and help retrieve stolen vehicles.

Those who attend can register for the Watch Your Car Program, a national vehicle theft-prevention program. Some anti-theft devices will be distributed.

The event is sponsored by the Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department.

Information: Janet Stabile, 410-313-3337.

Jazz orchestra to perform Friday

The 28th Montpelier Summer Concert Series will continue on Montpelier mansion grounds with a concert by the New HOTS Jazz Orchestra from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The band will play swing, big-band and jazz music from the 1920s to the 1950s. Take a picnic, blanket or chair; the concert will be held on the lawn.

Admission and parking are free. Handicapped and public parking is available at the Montpelier Drive and Muirkirk Road entrances, off Route 197, just west of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

The concert series is a gift from the South Laurel Recreation Council volunteers, who are celebrating 36 years of service.

Information: 301-776-2805.

The concert will be canceled in the event of heavy, prolonged rain.

Information: 301-953-7882.

Writer's Circle to meet Aug. 14

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will sponsor a meeting of its Writer's Circle at 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Those who attend can offer mutual support and feedback to other aspiring authors.

Registration begins July 31.

Information: 410-880-5980.

Around Town

Historical society -- The Savage Historical Society will not meet this month. Its next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 21. The 2007 historical calendar, Sketches of the Savage I Remember, illustrated by Laurence H. Whitehead Sr., is available. 301-725-1241.

For families -- Family and Children's Services is expanding its services at Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel with the goal of creating a "one-stop shop" of services for individuals and families in need of counseling or other assistance. Among the nonprofit organizations to join Family and Children's Services in North Laurel will be Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the Domestic Violence Center, FIRN (a Howard County nonprofit organization providing services to immigrants) and the Community Action Council. Family and Children's Services offers counseling, employee assistance, in-home services for elderly and disabled people and a "Healthy Families" program for first-time parents.

The Community Action Council, available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, offers help with eviction prevention, energy assistance and crisis intervention, and it maintains a food bank. Walk-ins are welcome. Information or to schedule an appointment: 301-498-7509 or 410-313-6440.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, will be in North Laurel from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. She is fluent in Spanish and can assist with medical bills, applying for a tax identification number (ITIN), legal referrals, birth certificates, housing, passports and other needs. Walk-in clients are welcome. 301-498-7509, Ext. 228, or 410-992-1923, Ext. 12.

The Domestic Violence Center is available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome. 301-498-7509 or 410-997-2272.

Grassroots counselor Dianne DeSantis is available from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to help with crisis resolution. 301-498-7509, Ext. 302, or the 24-hour hot line, 410-531-6677.

The Family and Children's Services office, 9105 All Saints Road in Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 301-498-7509.

Doll, teddy bear Show -- Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage, will hold its Doll and Teddy Bear Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6. 301-498-6871, or

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