Business Excellence

The Prince George's Chamber of Commerce recognized three businesses at their Excellence in Business Awards annual luncheon Thursday. Recipients included Alexander's Moving and Storage Inc., of Baltimore; Areawide Electronic Security Systems Inc., of Camp Springs; and Independence Court of Hyattsville, an assisted living facility.

Phillip A. Singerman, president and executive director of the Maryland Technology Development Corp., a high-technology economic development group in Rockville, was the keynote speaker for the event.

Educational Foundation

The Prince George's Educational Foundation is holding its second annual benefit auction fund-raiser at the Mount Airy Mansion in the Rosaryville State Park in Upper Marlboro on Thursday.

The Educational Foundation, which sponsors supplemental education programs, raised $11,000 last year. The money was used for grants to a sports academy, special education projects, the summer theater and math and science programs across the county, said Carol A. Vitale, executive director of the two-year-old program.

Iris T. Metts, the county's school superintendent, will be speaking at this year's event, which is expected to draw 200 people, Vitale said.

The evening's theme is going to be jazz, featuring a performance by the Thomas G. Pullen School's jazz band. Auctioned items will include a cruise for 40 people, a U.S. Capitol flag and donated items from area businesses and local artists.

RSVP or show up at the door. For more information, call 301-817-0443.

Economic Forum

The Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its annual economic development forum 7:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Sheraton International Hotel at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The program will include panelists from state and county economic development councils and will feature a keynote address from John D. Porcari, Maryland's secretary of transportation.

For more information, call (301) 725-4000.

Fitness and Style

The African-American Family Health, Fitness and Style Tour, a two-day event designed to educate and provide quality resources and information on the health, fitness and style needs of African Americans, will be from noon to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5.

Activities will include screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and high blood pressure and seminars on breast and prostate cancers and heart disease. There also will be CPR training, fitness and dance demonstrations and a fashion show. Performing will be gospel artists Debbie Steele, Isaiah Thomas and Elements of Praz, Union Temple Youth Choir and Reggae/Calypso group the Image Band.

Corporate and media sponsors include Giant Food, US Airways, Heart and Soul and Emerge Magazines, the Afro-American Newspaper and WKYS 93.9 FM radio station. A portion of the proceeds will go to Precious Thomas, an HIV-positive 8-year-old girl, and to the Union Temple Youth Choir. Advance tickets are $5; $3 for ages 65 to 79 and free for those younger than 8 and older than 80. Tickets may be obtained from Avant Garde Hair Gallery, Granny's Place, Health First Wellness & Fitness Center, World Gym and area bookstores and churches. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 301-937-5773 or 877-885-7495.

Holiday Mixer

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Foundation invite the public to their Holiday "Warm Up" Mixer on Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Mixer, which will take place at the Great Room, Savage Mill, Savage, is the annual fund-raiser for the Chamber Foundation, raising money to provide scholarships for area high school students and other educational programs. The menu will include peppercorn encrusted sirloin of beef with spiced au jus and creamy horseradish sauce, honey baked ham, mashed sweet potatoes, mini-quiche, a soup bar, holiday candy and beverages.

The cost to attend is $25 for both chamber members and nonmembers. To make reservations or for more information, call 301-725-4000 or 410-792-9714.

Signing Santa

Laurel Mall invites hearing-impaired children to visit with their special "Signing Santa" on Dec. 4 and 11. All visitors will receive a gift and will have their pictures taken with Santa. The Signing Santa is a member of the Professional Interpreter Exchange, which is dedicated to bridging the gap between the hearing impaired and hearing communities.

Laurel Mall is on Route 1 and Cherry Lane and is open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on the Signing Santa, call Sherrie Little at 301-953-3300 or 410-792-0536.

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