Turkey Trot run and walk today
Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services' annual Turkey Trot returns to Laurel today for its fourth year.
The 5 kilometer run begins at 8 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 424 Main St. and ends at the church. The one-mile fun walk begins at 8:05 a.m.
Nancy Graham, LARS executive director, said LARS raised more than $13,000 and had 330 participants at last year's event.
"Our goal for this year to hit 400 participants and raise $15,000," she said.
LARS uses the proceeds for its numerous emergency assistance programs. The event costs $25. Sponsorships are also available up until the race.
For more information, contact LARS at 301-776-0442.
Laurel resident nominated to teacher organization
North Laurel resident Mary McGillicuddy was selected to the National Teacher Council last month.
McGillicuddy is a Social Studies Teacher at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg.
The council was formed by the Washington, D.C.-based Bill of Rights Institute, which "develops instructional material and educational programs on America's Founding documents and principles for high school American History and Civics teachers and students," its Web site said.
McGillicuddy said she's attended numerous teacher training courses, and been involved with the institute for many years. "
It's an organization I am very fond of because I so believe in their mission and I think they do such a wonderful job bringing their mission to the community," she said. "Anything I can do to help with that mission I am very excited about."
McGillicuddy is one of 40 teachers on the council.
Enjoy a free
St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Laurel is offering free Thanksgiving Dinners from noon to 3 p.m. today at the church, 522 Main St.
Meals are also available for delivery.
For more information, contact the church at 301-776-5151.
The South Laurel Recreation Council is having its 33rd annual and award-winning Holiday Workshops at Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road for the next few weeks, ending Dec.7.
Diane Sills, SLRC president said the workshops have won the program of the year award by the Prince George's County Federation of Park and Recreation Councils.
"It's a nice community thing because people take workshops with each other, and children and friends takes workshops with friends," Sills said, "It's a real special time."
From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, participants aged 6 to 12 can decorate chocolate candy.
Sills said children can pour the chocolate candies into different molds, set them in a refrigerator and then paint them with different chocolate flavored colors.
From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, attendees of all ages can make bath salts and soap molding.
Tickets cost $5 for the candy decorating and $10 for the soap molding. Sills said the all-volunteer SLRC has helped offset some of the costs by providing the materials.
For more information, contact the council at 301-776-2805.
Legion Thanksgiving dinner
The American Legion Laurel Post 60 is having its annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner 4 p.m. today, at the Legion Hall, 2 Main St.
The menu includes roast turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, gravy and rolls.
Post members are allowed to bring guests and are encouraged to bring a cash donation or covered dish to share.
"It's an opportunity for everybody to get together to have some sort of family feeling," said business manager Chuck Glunt.
Glunt said the post has been doing the dinner for over 20 years.
For more information, call 301-725-2302.