Historical society to meet

The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Faith & Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St. (use the entrance off Foundry Street) in Savage.

The Rev. Galen R. Menne will discuss "Savage: A Town Once Known for its Picket Fences." The 2008 historical calendar and the society's World War II Veterans Project also will be discussed.


The Savage Historical Society's 2007 calendar, "Sketches of the Savage I Remember," which features the art of Laurence H. Whitehead Sr., can be ordered.

Information: 301-725-1241.


Bingo, bake sale set at Jessup VFW

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8097, 7209 Montevideo Road, Jessup, will hold a bingo, lunch and bake sale from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

Lunch will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; bingo will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the bake sale will go on until everything has been sold.

Information: 410-799-5868.

Museum planning volunteers session

The Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., Laurel, will hold an orientation for volunteers at 2 p.m. Jan. 28.

Volunteers are needed to work one Friday or Sunday a month as docents or in the museum's gift shop.

Information: Shari Pollard, 301-776-5229.


Around Town

Help at center -- Representatives of the Department of Social Services will be available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Multiservice Center in North Laurel to help residents in need apply for food stamps, cash assistance and medical assistance. The department joins the Community Action Council, Domestic Violence Center, Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, FIRN, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and the Legal Aid Bureau in offering services at the center in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road.

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. Third-party insurance is accepted; uninsured clients pay on a sliding scale.

The Community Action Council, available from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, offers help with food, eviction prevention, energy assistance and crisis intervention. 301-498-7509 or 410-313-6440.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, will be in North Laurel from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Lilly is fluent in Spanish and can assist with many needs, including medical bills, applying for a tax identification number, legal referrals, birth certificates, housing and passports. Walk-ins are welcome. 301-498- 7509, Ext. 228, or 410-992-1923, Ext. 12.

The Domestic Violence Center is available to help people in immediate crisis from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Walk-ins are welcome. 301-498-7509 or 410-997- 2272 (a 24-hour hot line).


Counselor Dianne DeSantis of Grassroots 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.

Barbara Coleman of the Legal Aid Bureau will be available from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. 301-498-7509.

The office is open from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. 301-498-7509.

Winter classes -- Registration is open for winter classes sponsored by the South Laurel Recreation Council for children, teens and adults. Classes, which are held at Montpelier, James Harrison and Oaklands elementary schools and Montpelier Carriage House, begin Tuesday and thereafter. Yoga, tai chi and Pilates are offered, as are ballroom dance, salsa, Latin dance, Latin line dance and country line dance classes. Also offered are scrapbooking, self-defense, stamping, tea basics, chess, exploring cryptograms and codes, knitting and floral design. 301-776-2805.