Beech Tree Progress

The Beech Tree development near Upper Marlboro is moving ahead, having recently won the required approval from the county. Construction should begin this summer at the 238-acre, $10 million to $12 million luxury golf course, according to Richard K. "Chip" Reed, an attorney for Houston-based Ryko Development Inc., the developer of the property. Construction on the course, designed by professional golfer Greg Norman, should start this June, Reed said.

The residential portion of the development will include up to 2,400 units, mostly single-family, executive-style houses. The first portion of residential construction will be on 130 houses, Reed said.

African Art Exhibit

The Laurel Mall will host an exhibit by the African Art Museum of Maryland throughout the month of February, which is Black History Month. Masks, musical instruments, textiles and photographs from Africa will be included in the display, which will be open to the public starting Feb. 5 during mall hours, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 301-953-3300 or 410-792-0536.

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