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Civic group to meet Tuesday

The Baltimore Sun

The North Laurel Civic Association is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center at Murray Hill Middle School, 9989 Winter Sun Road.

Howard County Councilwoman Jen Terrasa will be available to answer questions.

Vidia Dhanraj, outreach coordinator for the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, will provide an overview of the services available to residents at the center.

Light refreshments will be served.

Information: Pam Peseux, 301-776-6509.

Prepare for that job interview

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will offer "Success in Style," a program led by Jeanette Kendall on preparing for job interviews and looking your best, at 2 p.m. April 24.

Kendall is founder of the nonprofit organization Success in Style that provides business attire and coaching to disadvantaged women seeking to enter, or re-enter, the workplace.

Registration is required.

Dance aerobics (no partner needed) will be offered at the library at 1 p.m. May 2.

Linda White, a certified instructor, will teach ballroom and Latin dance exercises. Registration begins Wednesday.

Information: 410-880-5980.

Around Town

Instructors sought -- South Laurel Recreation Council is seeking instructors experienced in teaching Pilates, cake-decorating or hand-dancing for evening classes in the Laurel area. 301-776-2805.

Historical society -- The Savage Historical Society will hold a meeting to prepare for the publication of its 2008 calendar at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Faith & Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St. (enter off Foundry Street), Savage. Members and others interested in the history of Savage or in possession of information about the mill or of photographs of its operations (carding, spinning, weaving, twisting, warping and other activities) should take copies of their materials to the meeting marked with the source of the information or image, as well as their name, address and telephone number. Everyone is welcome. 301-725-1241.

School play -- Reservoir High School will present the musical Once on This Island, a romantic musical, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. April 22. Tickets are $10 at the door; $7 for high school students, and $3 for youngsters in kindergarten through eighth grade. 240-568-7932.

Lunch, bingo -- 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 4:30 p.m. April 22. Lunch will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bingo is planned from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the bake sale will continue until all items are sold. 410-799-1398.

Race, run -- Reservoir High School will hold its Musical Madness 5K and 1K Fun Run on May 12 in the Maple Lawn community in Fulton. Signs will be posted to direct visitors to parking. The race and run are fundraisers for the school's music program and will include student musical performances.

Multiservice center -- The cooperative center created by local nonprofit organizations to reach residents in the southeast area of Howard County, now known as the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, is in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road. The center offers help with housing, food, fuel and utilities, and crisis intervention for those in need.

Representatives of the Department of Social Services help residents apply for food stamps, cash assistance and medical assistance.

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 offers help with food, eviction prevention, energy assistance and crisis intervention.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, is fluent in Spanish and can assist with medical bills, legal referrals, housing and applications for tax identification numbers, birth certificates and passports. Walk-ins are welcome.

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. Information: 301-498-7509 or 410-997-2272 (a 24-hour hot line).

Counselor Dianne DeSantis of Grassroots is available to help with crisis resolution. 301-498- 7509, Ext. 302, or call the 24-hour hot line, 410-531-6677.

Barbara Coleman of the Legal Aid Bureau is available to help with issues such as denial of Social Security benefits or unemployment benefits, foreclosures, bankruptcy, custody, domestic violence, landlord-tenant problems and rights of the elderly. Services are not provided for criminal or traffic court cases.

Information or to schedule an appointment with any of the agencies: 301-498-7509.

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