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Learn CPR and how to use defibrillators

Laurel Leader

The holiday season is fast approaching.

The hectic pace and stress of holiday preparations may cause some of us to lose track of some basic practices intended to increase our physical well being and security.

At the Coffee and Cops for Seniors session on Nov. 1 at the Laurel/Beltsville Senior Activity Center, Cpl. Brown, of PG police District VI, introduced Jorge Paucar, of the Prince George’s County Fire Department to speak about the importance of CPR and automated electronic defibrillator (AED) in prevention of sudden cardiac arrest.

Paucar discussed some new procedures for CPR, indicating that the hands-only application of pressure to the chest approach is now favored over mouth-to-mouth, except in the case of infants. He indicated that the very first step if we observe someone suddenly collapse and appear not to be breathing, is to call 911. Then CPR should be started immediately. If breathing/pulse does not occur quickly, ask someone to look for an AED.

Most public places now have them conveniently on display. The state of Maryland now requires all athletic facilities to have AEDs available. The fire department offers training in CPR and the use of AEDs. For more information, contact Jorge Paucar at 301-583-1862, or go to

A cardiac emergency can occur anywhere and with individuals of any age. Let’s be prepared to keep our holidays happy!

There are several exhibits of interest at the Montpelier Arts Center.Community! Here and Now” running through Dec. 31 encourages involvement through community-based art. Various artists are displaying their works, with a focus on those which give voice to the underrepresented.

Sculptor Pamela Crockett reflects on the fragility and vitality of the earth in her study of fading pods, bulbs and other natural objects depicted in her exhibit “Dance of Decay.” The theme of Crockett’s work is that even decaying objects speak of the life forces within. Her work is on display through Dec. 31.

For a look at works created by the resident artists at the center, be sure to visit the Holiday Group Show. The resident artists showcase their work together to celebrate the holiday season. Art works include collage, rug hooking, painting, jewelry and sculpture. The exhibit runs from Dec. 1-31.

There is a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2 so you can meet the artists and visit their studios while enjoying light refreshments. The center is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for major holidays and admission to the exhibits is free. Call 301-377-7800 for information.

As parents look toward the next school year, charter school applications for county residents are available through Jan. 25, 2019. Those interested may submit new applications, review and/or revise existing applications and gather information about the process. More information may be obtained at

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