Up and over to them, Laurel! We’re catching up with you all to start this Friday, February 11 on an enlightened note. Here’s everything happening in town today.
First, today’s weather forecast:
A lot of sun. High: 60 Low: 48.
Here are today’s top four stories at Laurel:
- Since Tuesday, Prince George’s County Public Schools said threats were made against high schools in Crossland, Gwynn Park, Laurel and Suitland. Laurel High School was closed due to a bomb threat. Prince George’s County Police were notified and searched the building. Students from other schools remained in their classrooms while the buildings were searched. (WUSA9.com)
- A possible spot in the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie (G3) is on the line for Team Gaudet and the Five Hellions Farm multi-stakes fraudulent charge as live racing returns to Laurel Park on Thursday. Fraudulent Charge beat older horses running the same distance in an open allocation Dec. 18 at Laurel to break a six-game losing streak that included five second-place finishes, including four in the Laurel Stakes. (laurelpark.com)
- On Presidents Day, the City of Laurel and Passport offices will be closed on February 21. There will be no residential special pick up and yard debris collection during holiday week. The next collection is scheduled for March 2. You can schedule a pickup by calling Public Works at 301-725-0088 or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. (city of laurel)
- Next to Laurel, Greenbelt New Deal Café workers no longer rely on tips to earn their weekly wages. Since the summer, the cafe has been paying hourly staff $14.40 an hour and putting all tips into a pool that’s divided weekly based on hours worked. The new model was put in place when the cafe started a new arrangement with the The Hyattsville Thread) which gave New Deal Café employees access to employer-sponsored health, dental and vision insurance. (
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Today at Laura:
- Love Jams with Ryan Shookman at Cardinal Tavern in Baltimore (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
- Outing between parents: painting, pizza and princess and the frog—Every parent needs a party, especially on Valentine’s Day! Take that time and bring your child to The Thrifty Teacher in Laurel for a night of fun! Bring your child already in their pajamas (ready to jump into bed when they get home!). Your child will be guided through a painting of dancing frogs, eat pizza for dinner, and then enjoy The princess and the Frog, the movie (rated PG). Single ticket: $40 Additional tickets for discounted family members are available for $10 for each additional artist registering at the same time. *Masks are mandatory for this event* (5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
- night to shine — The Special Needs Ministry of First Baptist Church of Glenarden will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and up.
Night to Shine takes place simultaneously around the world on the Friday before Valentine’s Day each year. This is not just an event, but an invitation into a community that values, honors and supports people with special needs and their families. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Night to Shine 2022 will be a virtual experience. (6:00 p.m.)
- Paint Night Series (for teens ages 13-17) – Paint all night with step-by-step instructions for a masterpiece you can take home. (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
- Lantern Festival 2022 in Rockville — Celebrated in many Asian countries, the Lantern Festival marks a major celebration on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar. Our Lantern Festival celebration tonight (Friday, February 11) at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater will include cultural performances, food, interactive calligraphy, and cultural exhibits. Children can take home beautiful personalized calligraphy after the celebration. This event is family friendly and kid friendly! (6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
- Jacob Banks performing at the 9:30 Club in DC (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
- By candlelight: Valentine’s Day special – Enjoy listening to Broadway’s greatest love songs while relaxing in an intimate ambience in a beautiful venue (National City Christian Church) bathed in candlelight. A talented pianist will perform the best of Broadway love songs featuring singers on selected tracks. (6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
- Erin Jackson performs at the DC Improv Comedy Club – Erin began her entertainment career right here in Washington, moving from the open mic circuit to the improv stage. She’s had national success, with appearances on “Last Comic Standing” and “Ellen,” and most recently on Tiffany Haddish’s Netflix series “They Ready.” Comedy has taken her across the country again and again, and she was the first headliner to take to our stage when we reopened in April 2021. Now she’s back for another weekend in the national capital! (7:30 p.m.)
- Anaïs Mitchell + Bonny Light Horseman at Strathmore—Anaïs Mitchell, the esteemed singer-songwriter whose Broadway hit Hadestown won 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is joined by folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman featuring Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson (best known for his Fruit Bats project and with The Shins), and Josh Kaufman (instrumentalist and producer known for his work with Hiss Golden Messenger, Bob Weir, The National). (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
- (BWMEG) presents The Lovers & Friends Laugh Til It Hurts Comedy Show at Island Pride Oasis in Gaithersburg. (9:00 p.m.)
From my notebook:
- Town of Laurel – Government: It is with great sadness that we share the news of our good friend Oliver Wilford passed away at the age of 92 on February 6th. Oliver is a former production manager for Laurel TV, when it was called the Laurel Cable Network Foundation. We will send funeral information as soon as possible. (Facebook)
- Town of Laurel – Government: As we continue to celebrate #Black History Month, take a moment to learn more about local history like The Grove, located near Emancipation Park. More information can be found at www.laurelhistoricalsociety.org. (Facebook)
- Town of Laurel – Government: Do you have a budding young artist in the family? Inform them of the Healthcare Heroes Poster Contest! (Facebook)
- Next door neighbor, Cherry Branch: I tow all the way through the DMV but am parked in Laurel/Beltsville. If you need a tow, need a lockout, need a jump, anything motor vehicle related call me 240-988-4849. (The next door)
- Next door neighbour, Snowden Woods: Looking for LPN in the DMV. I work for a small black-owned agency in the Lanham/Bowie area. Need work experience with pediatric care. Home Care. Full time or part time. (The next door)
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