Laurel News Briefs
Thursday, May 6, 2004
Chicken and Dumplings
Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, chicken/dumpling dinner Saturday, May 8, 4-7 p.m. Cost is $8 adults; $3 children ages 6-12; under 6 years are free.

Laurel Alumni Banquet
The 14th Annual Banquet of the Laurel Alumni Association, Saturday, May 15, at the Laurel Fire Hall, Social hour from 5-6:15 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Classes to be honored: 1934, 1944, 1954, 1964, 1974, 1979, and 1984. Reservations should be received by April 17, along with a check for $17 per person. First come, first served. Call Carolyn Calio, 875-3770.

Laurel High Concert
Laurel High School’s Spring Concert will be on Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. This year’s spring concert will feature the high school band, chorus, and jazz combo. Admission is free and open to the public.

Poker Run Benefit in Laurel
Muskrat Memorial Poker Run, Saturday, May 29, with proceeds to benefit a college fund set up for the children of Mike and Beverly Gray. Mike Gray was killed in a motorcycle accident last year and friends and fellow motorcyclists are coordinating the event. Registration is $8 and includes a reception after the event with music, door prizes and barbecue at Castaways Lounge, U.S. 13, in Laurel. Sign up for the event is from 8 a.m. to noon at Castaways Lounge. Non-riders are also invited to attend with $5 per platter fee. Rain date is June 5.
Miss/Little Miss Laurel
Miss/Little Miss Laurel Pageant will be held at the Laurel Senior High School, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. The event has been sponsored by the Laurel Exchange Club since 1950.

AARP Safe Driving Class
AARP safe driving course, Laurel Senior Center, May 10 and 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration can be made by phone, 875-9053.

Trap Pond plans spring programs
Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, has planned the following events. Call 875-5163 to register or for more information.
  • “Animal Mothers,” Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m.
  • “Drawing Upon Nature: Hike and Draw,” Saturday, May 8, 11 a.m. Aspiring artists will hike around Trap Pond with clipboards, sketch pads and pencils to capture the beauty of nature. Materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required and the fee is $3 per person.
  • Wildlife pontoon cruise, Saturday, May 8, 1 and 2 p.m., Sunday, May 9, 1 p.m. A trip into the cypress swamp to learn about the natural history of the swamp including wildlife such as turtles, ducks, geese, deer and raccoons. Participants will visit a beaver lodge and dam. Binoculars will be provided. Pre-register by calling 875-5163.Fees are $3 per adult and $1.50 per child 12 and under.
  • Mother’s Day canoe excursion, Sunday, May 9, 10 a.m. The trip will go into the cypress swamp to see the first flowers of spring and observe as the animals begin their spring foraging and daily activities. The cost is $10 per person and pre-registration is strongly suggested. Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.