Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Laurel Museum exhibit features historic business, political ads

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The Laurel Museum, 817 Main St., will open on Monday its 2008 exhibit ‘‘Buy It Here: Laurel Advertises.” It will display how the Laurel area’s business and political community has thrived over the past 140 plus years. This is a collection of objects that played an important role in Laurel’s history including items of long-forgotten businesses or political campaign memorabilia. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 301-725-7975.

The Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, continues its all-ages Hands-On History Day for Kids series with ‘‘Fads, Fashions and Courtship in the 18th Century” 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Learn what was hot and what was not hot in early Maryland. Make a card, make an old-fashioned concoction sure to make you smell sweet, do an English Country Dance and more. Call 301-953-1376. Reservations recommended.

The Montpelier Film Series ‘‘Art on Film⁄Film on Art” offers the 1993 Japanese film comedy ‘‘Shall We Dance” at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road. This film about ballroom dancing shows the passion of dance and the power of learning an art. Call 301-953-1993.

The Savage branch of the Howard County Library will be offering several events. ‘‘Just for Me,” for children ages 3 to 5 ready for an independent class lasting 30 minutes, will be held at 10 a.m. on February 11 and 25. The 30-minute ‘‘Valentines and Signs” will be presented by Gallaudet University teacher Kathy Pongor for ages 2 to 6 at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. She will present stories, songs and a craft using the American Sign Language. Since February is ‘‘Children’s Dental Health Month,” a registered dental hygienist, Deanna Benicewicz, will teach good health and nutrition at 2 p.m. on Friday, when Howard County schools are closed. The Writers’ Circle will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday to share original writings with aspiring authors for feedback and mutual support. The adult book club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss ‘‘Exit” by Anthony Swofford. Call 410-880-5978 for more information.

Happy birthday to Wayne Long and Pamela, today; Frank Hurford, Ryan Leakan, Leo McNeil, Daniel Meoli and Jim Tolliver, Friday; Susan Kim, Dorothy Mayhugh and Scott Sealing, Sunday; Ester (Pete) Smith, Mel Russell and Laura Sullivan, Monday; Steve Gaylor and Jim Mullay, Tuesday; and Colleen Bredland, Laureen DeLong and Connie Taylor on Wednesday.

Happy anniversary to Diane Leonard and Alan Williams, Sunday; and Ron and Sue Dixon and Terry and Richard Giddings on Monday.