Morning, Laurel! Let's get you started this Friday with everything you need to know going on today in town.
First, today's weather:
Turning sunny and windy. High: 45 Low: 16.
Here are the top five stories in Laurel today:
Arctic air followed by snow is headed our way this weekend in Maryland. Forecasters say a mix of snow, rain and ice are possible. Marylanders can expect below-freezing temperatures on Saturday followed by snow, ice and rain Sunday into Monday. (Patch)
Mayor Craig A. Moe and the Laurel City Council invite the public to attend the City’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event, which will be virtual, on Jan. 16, starting at 3:00 p.m. Listen to speakers, receive info about local resources and volunteer opportunities, and join interactive trivia throughout the event.If you have an organization that would like to participate, please call Christine Johnson at 301-725-5300 ext. 2110. (City of Laurel)
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) will begin distributing 20 million N95 and KN95 masks to Marylanders next week for free, through multiple channels, including local health departments, state-run testing and vaccination sites, and nursing homes. (Maryland.gov)
Did you know that January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month? The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office pledges to continue to combat human trafficking by working with its partners to investigate and prosecute traffickers and rescue victims. (Department of Justice)
The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board of directors recently approved a 20% purse bonus on all overnight races through Feb. 27 at BloodHorse.com)In addition, the Maryland Jockey Club agreed to add three Thursdays in February to the live racing calendar. Live racing at Laurel Park is scheduled to resume Jan. 16.(
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Today in Laurel:
Picture Book Parade (2-5 years with adult) TK: Attend this event at the Savage Branch of the with Howard County Library System located at 9525 Durness Lane in Laurel. (10:15 a.m.)
Outdoor Ice Skating at Washington Harbour: Experience D.C.'s largest outdoor skating rink at The Washington Harbour! It's open for skating every day, including the holidays. Open for general admission, as well as private rentals. (11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.)
Vaccination Clinic: The Anne Arundel County Health Department will host a vaccination clinic for 1st and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older. Booster shots will be available for ages 16 and older. Please register in advance. Walk-in appointments will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Piano Jazz at Tagliata: To complement the restaurant’s menu and décor, guests will be able to hear some of Baltimore’s most talented musicians play Tagliata’s 1926 Steinway piano 7 nights a week in the lounge. (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Close The Gap: Alex Morton who is a millionaire mentor, author and speaker, will be coaching on the importance of creating wealth in 2022 and beyond. (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
Brian McKnight Concert: See Brian McKnight at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda tonight. (8:00 p.m.)
From my notebook:
Laurel Police Department: *Critical Missing Person* The Laurel Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person, Monica Quintanilla. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this missing person please contact the Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092. Tips can also be emailed anonymously to LPDtips@laurel.md.us OR called in to our Tip Line at 301-498-7645. (Facebook)
City of Laurel - Government: Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) announced in-person learning will resume Jan. 18 with weekly testing. (Facebook)
City of Laurel - Government: The City of Laurel has three new grant programs for businesses and property owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). (Facebook)
Hammond Elem PTA: Free parenting classes are available for parents of upper elementary kids, especially 5th graders getting ready to transition to middle school. (Facebook)
Sergeant Erika Monroe, Prince George's County Police Department: *Unattended Vehicles* It's cold outside but even colder without a vehicle. Please remember to never leave a running vehicle unattended. (Nextdoor)
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— Alexis Goring
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