The South Laurel Recreation Council Inc., which is celebrating 38 years of community service, will present The Penguins' Playground by Bob Brown Puppets, followed by a visit from Santa and his friends, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel.
Admission is free.
Registration is open for the council's holiday workshops at the Montpelier Carriage House and the Deerfield Run center.
More workshops are scheduled between Dec. 9 and 19.
Information : 301-776-2805 or 301-953-7882.
Activities planned for preschoolers
The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will offer activities for preschool-age children to help foster language development and early literacy.
"Play Partners" includes stories, games and musical activities and will be offered at 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5 and 12. Registration is not required.
"Our Pal, Frosty" for ages 3 to 5 at 10 a.m. Dec. 3; for ages 2 and 3, at 10 a.m. Dec. 4, and ages 2 to 6 at 7 p.m. the same day; and for ages 2 to 6 at 10 a.m. Dec. 6. Registration starts tomorrow.
"That Jolly Old Elf" for ages 3 to 5 at 10 a.m. Dec. 10; ages 2 and 3, at 10 a.m. Dec. 11; ages 2 to 6, at 7 p.m. Dec. 11; ages 2 to 6, at 10 a.m. Dec. 13; and ages 2 to 6, at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14. Registration, which begins Dec. 3, is required.
Registration: 410-880-5978, or visit the branch. Registration is also available online at www.hclibrary.org (follow the links).
Closed -- Patuxent Research Refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center is temporarily closed for repairs through mid-March. The center's heating and ventilation systems are to be repaired. Visitors are advised to call ahead to confirm that programs are being held and grounds are open because repairs are contingent on the weather.
Bluegrass -- Savage Bluegrass whose members are from Savage, Jessup and Laurel, will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 11 at Oliver's Old Towne Tavern, 531 Main St., Laurel. There is no cover charge. 301-490-9200.
Craft, vendor show -- The Savage Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a craft and vendor show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the fire hall, 6925 Lincoln St., Savage. The cost to exhibitors is $20 for an 8-foot table; two tables for $35. Proceeds will benefit the ladies auxiliary. To reserve a table: 443-259-0565.