A workshop on preserving family documents will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Montpelier Mansion 9652 Muirkirk Road in Laurel. Led by collections manager Karen Whitehair, this workshop will show the techniques used by archivists to preserve historical documents and provide resources you can use to become your family's archivist. For ages 16 and older. Information: 301-377-7817.
Hammond Elementary School holds its annual spring yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at 8110 Aladdin Drive in Laurel. (Rain date is Sunday, May 8). Reservation forms may be picked up at the school or printed from hespta.org. Information: 443-392-0591 or email@example.com. Spaces must be reserved by April 27.
Tai Sophia Institute will host two weeks of free wellness classes, beginning Monday, May 2, at 7750 Montpelier Road in Laurel. In addition to five free evening wellness talks and workshops, three free movement and meditation preview classes will offer participants the chance to try meditation, qi gong, and yoga, as well as preview an upcoming meditation class series.
To register and for more information, go to tai.edu.
The Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea and the Arts takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at 9650 Muirkirk Road in Laurel. The festival will feature live music, along with vendors offering herbs, arts, handmade baskets, garden accessories, jewelry and more. Tea and scones can be enjoyed in the mansion. Free. Information: 301-953-1376.
'The Paper Show'
An exhibition of works by Lisa Hillring, Virginia Rose Kane and Leora "Lee" Smith that explore the use of paper runs through Monday, May 28, in Tai Sophia Institute's Himmelfarb Gallery, 7750 Montpelier Road in Laurel. The artists incorporate the techniques of handmade paper, cut paper, collage and woven paper. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-888-9048 or tai.edu.
Learn to play chess
Classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through April 30 at the carriage house at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road in Laurel. Experienced players welcome. For registration or information, call 301-776-2805.
"And They're Off!: 100 Years at Laurel Park" Centennial exhibit at the Laurel Museum explores the history and racing highlights at Laurel Park and the track's impact on the community. The museum is at 817 Main St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: laurelhistoricalsociety.org.
Fun at the library
A "Picture Book Parade!" for children ages 2-5 with an adult will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the Savage branch of the Howard County Public Library. Pajama Time, when children may wear pajamas and bring teddy bears and blankets, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. The branch is at 9525 Durness Lane in Laurel. Information: 410-880-5980.
Volunteers needed The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, with the Community Emergency Response Network, is recruiting for nonprofit agencies. Information: 410-715-3179.