Film Festival planned for April 11 North Laurel/Savage

The Baltimore Sun

The fourth annual Howard County Student Film Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Kossiakoff Center in North Laurel.

Original, family-friendly films by students from area public and private high schools will be shown.

Door prizes will be awarded to selected members of the audience, and an ice cream social is planned after the screenings. Information or directions: www.hocofilmfestival.com.

PTA groups to sponsor golf tournament

The Parent Teacher Associations of Fulton Elementary School and Lime Kiln Middle School will sponsor a golf tournament May 2 at Hampshire Greens Golf Course, 616 Firestone Drive, Silver Spring.

The cost for the shotgun-start, best-ball tournament is $110 for individuals; $420 for foursomes. Included are 18 holes of golf with cart, complimentary beverages, a 20 percent discount on pro shop items, a goody bag and awards.

The event concludes with a post-tournament buffet, raffle and silent auction. Sponsorships are available. The schools also are seeking items for the silent auction. Information or to register: Yvona Ward, 301-725-8474 or e-mail, yward@helix.nih.gov.

Around Town

Teen workers sought -- The Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel will hold a summer Youth Conservation Corps program for teens to learn outdoor conservation projects. The program is open to those ages 15-18 who are citizens or legal residents of the United States. Participants work full-time for eight weeks and earn minimum wage. The program runs from June 23 through Aug. 15. Previous work projects have included repairing fencing, clearing vegetation, building and improving trails, cleaning water-control structures, removing invasive plants and contributing to wildlife management programs. The youth also participate in educational programs and get training in first aid and CPR. To request an application: 301-776-3090. Completed applications are due by April 15. Selection will be by lottery drawing from the pool of applicants.

Laurel advertising -- The Laurel Museum's newest exhibition, "Buy It Here: Laurel Advertises," explores how advertising illustrates the town's story and how advertising techniques were used to sell everything from housing to circus tickets in Laurel. Objects on display date to 1866; objects that lined Laurel's Main Street, came through residents' mail boxes, were shown in local papers or described in broadcasts on radios are in the exhibit, which includes a metal pig from the Laurel Meat Market and an 1896 Fairall and Ross Directory (a precursor of the Yellow Pages). The museum is at 817 Main St. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. The exhibition runs through December. Group tours are available by appointment. 301-725-7975 or visit www.laurelmuseum.org.

Home improvement -- Historic Savage Mill will continue its series of free home improvement seminars at 4 p.m. today with a "Home Design Open House," featuring designers, antique dealers and guests. The program will be at the International Antiques and Home Design Center in the mill's Cotton Shed Building. 410-792-2820.

Free screenings -- Howard County General Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings at the Savage branch library on the second Monday of each month. The walk-in screenings, which do not require an appointment, will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the library, 9525 Durness Lane. 410-740-7601 or www.hcgh.org.

Volunteers sought -- The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with CERN (the Community Emergency Response Network), is recruiting and referring members of the community to local nonprofit and government agencies. An orientation for prospective volunteers will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 17 at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane. Registration is required. 410-715-3179.

Baseball, softball -- The Savage Boys & Girls Club is accepting spring registration for recreational baseball and softball. The club holds evaluations to create balanced teams. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Registration is available online. The club is also seeking volunteer coaches. www.SavageBGC.org.

Helping -- North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, a cooperative center created by local nonprofit organizations, has expanded to include counseling, legal assistance, information and referral, immigrant services and assistance with food, energy and housing. The center is in Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road. 301-498-7509.

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