Laurel College Center plans open house


The Laurel College Center, a partnership of Howard and Prince George's community colleges, will hold a drop-in open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 205, Laurel, adjacent to the Laurel Shopping Center.

A tour of the center will be offered. There will be an opportunity to talk with academic and financial aid advisers and learn how to register for credit or noncredit classes.

Representatives from the Career Services Office of Howard Community College and the Laurel College Center's higher-education partners -- the College of Notre Dame, Towson University, University of Maryland, University College -- will be on hand.

Registration for the fall credit semester is under way. Classes are to begin Aug. 28. Registration for noncredit courses is continuing.

Information: 866-228-6110, or

Historical society to meet Aug. 21

The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Faith & Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St., Savage. Galen R. Menne, the society's president, will discuss "David Carroll: Apprentice to Mill Owner."

Admission is free and open to everyone. Please use the side entrance off Foundry Street.

Information: 301-805-0891.

Around Town

Bear show -- Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage, will hold its 20th Summer Doll and Teddy Bear Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the mill's New Weave Building. Collectible Teddy bears and handmade dolls will be for sale. Artists will show one-of-a-kind pieces -- antique and new Teddy bears and dolls. Prices range from $12 to $5,000. The show is sponsored by Bearing Gifts, a shop in the New Weave Building offering stuffed animals, toy bears and collectibles. Admission is free. 301-498-6871, or

Writer's Circle -- 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 is required. 410-880-5980.

Free vehicle ID -- 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 effort. 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. Janet Stabile, 410-313-3337.

9/11 walk -- The Free State Happy Wanderers Walking Club will sponsor a 9/11 memorial walk Sept. 11 at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, in Laurel. The 5K and 10K trails include a walk along residential sidewalks, and are suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. A commemorative button will be given to the first 200 walkers. Registration is to be held between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Walks should be finished by 7 p.m. 301-717-3604, or e-mail, kind

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. 301-498-7509 or 410-313-6440.

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