The trees are bare, the ground is hard and snow and ice have fallen. Winter is barely a month old. Yet already it is time to look ahead to the arrival of spring and its attendant lushness.
Registration opens soon for the 2017 season of the city of Laurel's Community Garden, which is located at Laurel Presbyterian Church, 7610 Sandy Spring Road. Registration for returning members and existing plot owners runs Jan. 30 through Feb. 3. City residents and Laurel Presbyterian members will be able to register Feb. 6 through Feb. 10. Open registration begins on Feb. 13.
The garden celebrates its fifth birthday this year. Four plot sizes, which range from 3 x12 feet to 20 x 20 feet, will be available. There is a one-time membership fee of $125 per plot; the annual fee schedule for this year will be available soon.
Novice gardeners are welcome and free classes will be available to help those without a green thumb. A portion of the produce yielded from the community garden is donated to local food pantries so that everyone in our community has access to fresh vegetables. For more information, email Laurel.Community.Garden@gmail.com or call the Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation at 301-725-7800.
If the chilly weather prevents you from thinking about the great outdoors just yet, an indoor option for education and entertainment will soon return.
"Laurel's WWI: From Here to Over There" opens at the Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., on Sunday, Feb. 5. The museum has been closed since Dec. 18 while Laurel Historical Society members packed up last year's "Brick by Brick" exhibit and prepared for this new one.
"Laurel's WWI" marks the centenary of the Great War by examining men and women from Laurel who served in the armed forces, how Laurel helped the war effort, Camp Laurel and the Hello Girls, among other things. The museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Go to laurelhistoricalsociety.org (which has undergone a wonderful facelift) or call 301-725-7975 for more information.
A free concert by Christian recording artist Steve Angrisano will be held at St. Vincent Pallotti High School, 113 St. Mary's Place, on Thursday, Jan. 26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Pallotti High and St. Mary of the Mills Parish are co-sponsoring the concert, which begins with worship music led by parishioner Mike Tenney before Angrisano takes the stage.
There will be a children's corner and information tables from local organizations such as Laurel Pregnancy Center and Gabriel Network. A free-will offering will be accepted and refreshments will be provided. About 150 young people from around the country are expected to attend the concert and spend the night in the Pallotti gym. They will join the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., the following day. The concert was originally scheduled in January 2016, but winter storm Jonas led to its cancellation then.