Laurel Events
Thursday, January 11th, 2001
LHS reunion planned
The Laurel High School Class of 1951 will hold its 50th Class Reunion on Saturday, June 16, at the American Legion Home in Laurel. Plans are incomplete at this time. A social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by pictures at 6:30 p.m. Buffet dinner served at 7. Anyone interested in working on the Reunion Committee, should call Jane Givens at 629-4319.

Laurel Library videos
New PBS Wonderworks Videos at the Laurel Public Library for family viewing pleasure are: "Canterville Ghost," "The Little Kidnappers," "The Boy Who Loved Trolls," "Waltz Through The Hills," "A Gift For Sarah," "Mighty Pawns," "The Long Way Home," "Words By Heart," "Churchill: The Finest Hours."

Laurel Library books
New books at the Laurel Public Library are: Juvenile: "Gathering Blue" by Lois Lowry; "Silent to the Bone," by E.L. Konigsburg; "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff," for teens, by Richard Carlson; "Marijuana and Your Lungs: the incredibly disgusting story," by Debbie Stanley; "Sister Anne's Hands," by Marybeth Lorbiecki. Adult: "Shadow of the Hegemon," by Orson Scott Card; "The World Split Open: how the modern women's movement changed America," by Ruth Rosen; "Shackleton's Way," by Margot Morrell and Stephanie Capparell; "Virginia: Off the Beaten Path," by Judy Colbert; "A Midwinter's Tale," by Andrew M. Greeley.

Laurel Garden Club meeting
Diane Crom has 20 years of work experience with the State of Delaware. For the past 11 years she has been conservation manager for Delaware State Museums. She is the Horticulturist for Delaware State Museums. She brings a presentation of interest to the Laurel Garden Club on Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. She will discuss and give a video presentation of plant conservation. The presentation features the work of historic preservation of the gardens at various Delaware historical sites.

Laurel Chamber meeting
The Laurel Chamber of Commerce invites all interested citizens to attend the first Independence Day Celebration 2001 planning committee meeting. It will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m., at the Laurel Chamber of Commerce building on North Poplar Street, Laurel. Bring new ideas and enthusiasm for making this the best Independence Day celebration ever. The committee will meet the third Wednesday of each month, except for June, when it meets every Wednesday. Craft and food vendors may get application forms by calling the Chamber office at 875-9319.

Story Hour begins Jan. 16
The Laurel Public Library will offer a weekly Story Hour for preschool children, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. Each story Hour will include stories, poetry, music and fun. Families and daycare providers are urged to participate. For more information, call Becky Shortridge at 875-3184.

'Get Acquainted Day'
The Laurel Senior Center is having a "Get Acquainted Day" on Jan. 24, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. We would like to extend a special invitation to everyone to come join us for an extra special day. Laurel Senior Center would like to make the seniors in our area aware of what goes on in our building. You will have the opportunity to become familiar with our facility, members and staff. We all know how hard it is to go into new surroundings not knowing anyone. This day we have especially set aside to make everyone feel extra welcomed and you will have a buddy so you won't feel overwhelmed. Whether you're new in the community or a lifetime resident, now is your chance to meet us. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for a nominal fee. If you are planning on having lunch with us please call and made reservations by Jan. 19. In the morning we will have our regular program. Refreshments and games will be in the afternoon. Transportation can be provided for Seniors, call the center if you need this service. For any additional information call the Center at 875-2536.

Laurel Class of 1956
The Laurel Class of 1956 will hold their 45th reunion, June 30, 2001, at the Laurel American Legion Home. Although final plans have not been completed, the social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by pictures being taken at 6:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in working with the reunion committee should contact Frank B. Calio at 875-3770. Meetings will begin in January.

Library hosts Reading/Discussion Book Series begins Jan. 30
The Laurel Public Library will offer a reading and discussion series titled "Rogues' Gallery: The Folks You Love to Hate," on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. starting on Jan. 30. This five-part series will examine fictional villains who reveal the results of the failure of human values and who provoke both fear and fascination. At each program a scholar, whose background and expertise will lend insight into character development and our responses to these villains, will give a presentation on the book and lead a discussion on questions arising from the readings. Programs will include a break for refreshments with time for informal discussion. The series features the following books and scholars: Jan. 30 - Dr. Edith Mroz, an Independent Scholar from Dover, will examine William Shakespeare's, "Othello," a play dramatizing a villain who destroys without any comprehensible motive. Feb. 13 - Nancy Mitchell of Salisbury State University will discuss Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," a novel introducing a monstrous creature created through modern science. Feb. 27 - Dr. Edith Mroz will return to explore the villains of Edgar Allen Poe's stories "William Wilson," "The Black Cat," "The Tell-Tale Heart," and "The Cask of Amontillado," four tales in which the villains themselves describe their crimes. March 13 - Dr. Richard Keenan of the University of Maryland will discuss Henrik Ibsen's, "Hedda Gabler," a play portraying a calculating woman trapped in a loveless marriage. March 27 - Dr. Alban Urbanas of Wesley College will examine Thomas Harris's, "The Silence of the Lambs," a novel depicting the homicidal madness of a brilliant psychiatrist asked for assistance by the FBI in profiling a case reminiscent of his own. This series is funded by the Delaware Humanities Forum and the State of Delaware, and organized by Delmarva Discussions. For more details call the Laurel Public Library at 302-875-3184. People may borrow copies of the books from the library.