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First Friday variety dance — Fri., Nov. 4, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road. DJ Professor Jay. Dance and listen to modern, oldies, country, big band, line dances, pop, '50s, '60s, polka, Latin, swing and ballroom. Light snacks and nonalcoholic beverages provided. Alcohol strictly prohibited. $3 per person. Advance registration recommended at center. Sponsored by Parks and Recreation, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. 301-206-3350. http://www.pgparks.com .


Trip to New York City — Sponsored by Laurel Mill Playhouse. Bus fare $55 per person due by Nov. 6 for Dec. 7 trip. Bus departs Maple Lawn Park and Ride at 6 a.m. and arrives Times Square half-ticket booth at 9 a.m. Return bus departs Times Square at 9 p.m. Checks payable to Laurel Mill Playhouse. Theater tickets extra. For half price tickets, go to http://www.tdf.org. Maureen Rogers, 301-452-2557, maureencrogers@gmail.com.

Prom dress fundraiser — American Red Cross Howard County District collecting gently worn prom dresses to help disaster victims. Dress drop-offs: Sun., Nov. 6, 1-5 p.m., Glenwood Branch library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville; Sun., Nov. 27, 1-5 p.m., Central Branch library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia; Sun., Dec. 4, 1-5 p.m., Columbia Branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Collected garments sold as part of second annual Project: Prom Dress, in February. All proceeds benefit American Red Cross disaster relief fund. Douglas Lent, 410-624-2082.

Rosie the Riveter — Wed., Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-noon, North Laurel 50+ Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Learn about the cultural icon from a real Rosie and her Rosebud daughter, and women's work experiences in factories during World War II through words and music. 410-313-0380.

Free flu vaccination clinic — Thu., Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Pallotti Prep High School, south lobby, 113 St. Mary's Place. Open to community. Sponsored by health ministries of St. Mary of the Mills Church, First United Methodist Church of Laurel and Pallotti Prep. Josephine Saunders, 301-725-3228, ext. 247.

Veterans Day luncheon — Hosted by Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activities Center Thu., Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 7120 Contee Road, honoring those who have served. Bring a picture of yourself or a loved one in uniform for the Table of Honor. Share stories and memories of your service. As a special honor to veterans, Department of Family Services, Aging Division, a co-sponsor, is providing lunch. Cost is $5 for Prince George's and Montgomery County residents, $6 for non-residents. Reservations, Cynthia Jackson, 301-206-3355.

Coach handbag bingo — Fri., Nov. 11, 7 p.m., St. Mary's Church, 114 St. Mary's Place, lower level, handicap accessible. Doors open 6 p.m. Arrive early and support concession stand. Admission $15 per person, with reservation; or $18, walk-ins. Reservations, Val, 301-498-1433, ext. 557 or vmakarsky@aol.com.

Multi-family indoor yard sale — Sponsored by Pythian Sisters of Laurel Temple 33, Sat., Nov. 12, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Pythian Hall, 620 Montgomery St. Portion of proceeds benefits welfare needs in community and state throughout year. 301-725-0125.

Basket and Bag bingo — Sponsored by Laurel Fourth of July Committee, Sun., Nov. 13, doors open noon, bingo 2 p.m., Maryland City Fire Department, 3498 Fort Meade Road. Tickets, $15 in advance; $20 at door, includes admission for 20 regular games and door prizes; new and current, filled and wrapped baskets. Two special games and two raffles additional, $2 each or three for $5; and King Tutt and 50/50. Food and refreshments available for purchase. Reservations, Kay, 301-725-5300, ext. 2203 or 301-490-4110. Proceeds benefit 2012 Laurel Independence Day celebration.

Laurel Art Guild — General meeting and lecture, Mon., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Arts Center, Main Gallery, second floor, 9652 Muirkirk Road. Intellectual property attorney John Mason of the Intellectual Property Group will cover essential information for sale of art work and answer questions on any art issues. http://www.laurelartguild.org.

History lecture — Wed., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9652 Muirkirk Road. "The Seafaring Snowdens," presented by Michael Bosworth, naval architect and historian specializing in the War of 1812 and the Federal Period. Topics include his research on the early history of the Snowden family in Maryland with focus on seafaring aspect; John Contee as a Marine; early U.S. Navy; and War of 1812. Refreshments served. 301-377-7817. http://www.pgparks.com.