Library lists children's programs for July

The Baltimore Sun

Next month's children's programs at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, include "Pirates of the Atlantic Coast," a program about buccaneers for ages 5 and older, at 1:30 p.m. July 12. Registration is to begin July 5.

"Fairytopia," a program for ages 7 and older, includes the construction of a fairy world diorama at 1:30 p.m. July 16. Registration is set to start July 9.

"1001 Worms," a program for ages 5 to 10 on the usefulness of worms with master gardener Susan Levi-Goerlich, will be held at 1:30 p.m. July 24. Registration is to begin July 17.

Programs for young children -- "Play Partners" for infants and toddlers; "3, 2, Fun!" for ages 2 and 3 with an adult; "Picture Book Parade" for ages 2 to 5; and "Just for Me" for children ages 3 to 5 -- will be offered through most of the summer.

For a complete schedule: 410-880-5978.

Around Town

Outdoor show -- The 29th Montpelier Summer Concert Series is to begin at 8 p.m. today with three free performances by the Tent Troupe, a traveling summer tent theater sponsored by St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in Silver Spring. Neil Simon's Fools, a family show, will be presented at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow.

A children's production, All God's Critters, is planned at 1:45 p.m. tomorrow. The show includes favorite songs, skits, stories and games. Performances will be held, rain or shine, under the Big Top tent at Montpelier; seating is provided.

The Back Pages Band will perform 1960s tribute music at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the mansion grounds. Take a friend, picnic blanket or lawn chair to the free two-hour concert, to be held on the west lawn.

The concert series will continue at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 10. Tickets and reservations are not needed. Montpelier Mansion is at 9652 Muirkirk Road at Route 197 in Laurel. Free public and handicapped parking is available at the Muirkirk Road entrance to the mansion grounds, off Route 197. The Montpelier Summer concert series is a gift to the community from the South Laurel Recreation Council volunteers. 301-776- 2805.

At the library -- The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will present the film An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary about global warming, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A discussion is also planned. Registration is required.

A meeting of the library's Writer's Circle is planned for 7 p.m. July 9. Participants can share their original work with other aspiring authors and receive feedback and support. Registration is not required. 410-880-5980.

Historical society -- Savage Historical Society will not hold its regular June meeting. The society is collecting photographs and information from World War II veterans living in the area. The deadline to submit material has been extended to Saturday. Submissions can be sent to the society at P.O. Box 0073, Savage 20763-0073. The society hopes to publish a booklet on the subject to honor veterans from the Savage area.

Publication of the society's 2008 historical calendar, "Inside a Working Cotton Mill, Savage, Md.," has been delayed. 301-725-1241.

Road work -- The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration is beginning a $710,000 project to resurface about one-half mile along U.S. 1 (Washington Boulevard), from the CSX Railroad overpass to north of Gatewood Drive, near Jessup. Single-lane closures along U.S. 1 will occur from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Arrow panels, drums, cones and barrels will guide motorists through the work zone. Delays also should be expected as a result of a $15 million safety and resurfacing project under way at night along Interstate 95 between Routes 32 and 100. The U.S. 1 project is to be completed by the end of this month, if weather conditions are favorable. 301-624- 8100.

Multiservice center -- The cooperative center created by local nonprofit organizations to reach residents in the southeast area of the 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. 301-498-7509

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 a variety of 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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