COMMUNITY CALENDAR

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Events

Blood Drive: Hosted by Residents for a Better Beltsville. Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MDTA Konterra detachment break room, 13201 Konterra Drive. For more information, call 800.733.2767 or go to RedCrossBlood.org

Call for Entries: Laurel Art Guild is accepting entries for its 54th open juried exhibition to be held May 6 through June 4, 2023. Six cash prizes will be awarded. The contest is open to adult residents of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Deadline to apply is March 20, 2023. To apply, go to laurelartguild.org. For more information, email lagopen@laurelartguild.org

Montpelier House Museum, 9650 Muirkirk Road. 301.377.7817

Current Exhibits:

Regional Textile Showcase: Features work  local artists including members of the Uhuru Quilt Guild, the Montpelier Arts Center rug hooking class and Laurel’s own Stitching Pretty needlework designers. Through Dec. 18.

Artists’ Boutique: Shop for ornaments, fiberart and crafts created by local artisans. Through Dec. 23.

Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road. 301.377.7800

Sounds of Harmony: Holiday classics brought to you by this Doo Wop and acapella group. Dec. 15, noon. Free.

Current Exhibits:

The 34th Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition: Artists who live, work or maintain a studio in the county are featured. In the Main Gallery through Jan. 6.

Symbiosis: Painter Marilyn Banner and Mary McCoy, a multi-disciplinary artist, come together for this exhibit of lichens. In the Library Gallery through Jan. 8. 

Laurel History Museum, 817 Main St. 301.725.7975

Foods of Fiction: “A Christmas Carol” The Laurel Historical Society and the Laurel Library hold a culinary and literary lecture series to explore historical contexts and share recipes. Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. Laurel Public Library, 507 7th St.

Current Exhibit:

What’s Cookin’ Laurel? Restaurants, Recipes and Community. Exhibit explores the many ways we connect with our past and each other through food. Discover Laurel’s farmers, restaurants, food stores, African American traditions and community cookbooks. Free. Fri. – Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Through Dec. 18.

Patuxent Research Refuge. Programs are free; some require advance registration, and all may be subject to change or cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. For more information and to register, call 301.497.5887

South Tract, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop.

Kids Discovery Center: December’s theme is Tracks & Traces. Youth ages 3 to 8 years old can discover the signs that animals leave behind on trails through crafts and activities.

ONGOING

Bingo at American Legion Post 60. Friday night bingo every week; 23 games with cash prizes, food and drinks for purchase. Doors open at 5 p.m.; bingo starts at 7:30 p.m. 2 Main St. 301.725.2302

Every Tuesday Bingo. Hosted every week by the Laurel Friendship Club; no admission fee, fee for cards. Doors open at 11 a.m.; bingo starts at noon. Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activities Center, 7120 Contee Rd. 301.206.3380

Friday Food Festival: American Legion Post 60 hosts Friday dinners, with Canteen 60 providing meals the first and third Friday of the month and P&G Catering serving up on the second and fourth. 5:30 to 8 p.m. 2 Main St. 301.725.2302

ENTERTAINMENT

Laurel Mill Playhouse presents “A Christmas Story,” a memoir by Jean Shepherd that became a beloved holiday movie about a young boy’s wish for a Red Ryder BB gun. Tickets are $15 to $20. Dec. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. 508 Main St. For more information, call 301.452.2557 or go to laurelmillplayhouse.org

Our Savior Lutheran Church presents a Christmas concert featuring praise team and choir, accompanied by organ, strings, handbells and harp. Free, with child care provided and reception following performance. Please bring a canned good for Elizabeth House or LARS to share with the Laurel community. Dec. 18, 3 and 7 p.m, at 13611 Laurel-Bowie Rd. (Route 197). 301.776.7670 

BUSINESS

Laurel Board of Trade Monthly Networking. Virtual opportunity to meet and network with local business people; BOT membership is not required. Dec. 15. 12:15 p.m. For more information and meeting link go to laurelboardoftrade.org, email laurelboardoftrade383@gmail.com or call 301.483.0838

CLUBS

Laurel Senior Friendship Club meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Great Room of the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activities Center on Contee Rd. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. followed by a business meeting and then either musical entertainment or a speaker. 301.206.3380

FOOD PANTRIES, DISTRIBUTIONS

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, in partnership with Capital Area Food Bank, offers food distributions on the third Sunday of every month; next distribution is Dec. 17. 9 a.m to noon. Sixth and Prince George sts.

Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Food pantry is open by appointment only Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday evenings from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 311 Laurel Ave. To schedule a visit, call 301.776.0442

Fish of Laurel food pantry, Thursday and Saturday, from 10:15 a.m. to noon, 308 Gorman Ave. By appointment only; call 240.547.9013 

Living Hope Church distributions, Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. 613 Montgomery St. For more information, call 301.497.6424

St. Mary of the Mills food pantry, Thursdays, 9:45 a.m. while supplies last. 114 St. Mary’s Pl. Call before you come. 301.725.3080

Gospel Assembly Church food pantry, First and third Saturdays, 9 a.m. 8740 Cherry Ln, Suite 12