Arts Center Wins Grant

Joe's Movement Emporium, a dance and performing arts studio and community arts organization in Mount Rainier, has received a $250,000 challenge grant from the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation to develop a permanent arts center. The organization must raise $500,000 from other donors to meet the challenge in the grant agreement.

The organization's board of directors has been raising funds to transform a recently purchased old warehouse into a 150-seat theater, studio, rehearsal space and arts education center. The board has raised 75 percent of the $3 million goal set in its capital campaign. Donations can be made at www.worldartsfocus.org.

Tips on Personal Finances

The Association of African American Financial Advisors and the Prince George's County Delta Alumnae Foundation will present "Credit Management, Home-Buying and Wealth-Building in 2005 and Beyond," a financial literacy workshop on strategies to reduce debt and repair credit. The workshop will take place at 6:30 p.m. today at Washington Mutual Home Loans, 10562 Campus Way S. in Largo. Refreshments will be served at 6:15 p.m. Mortgage lenders and financial experts will talk about using home equity advantageously, and real estate professionals will discuss investing in property in today's market. Admission is free, but advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call 301-961-1507.

Firm to Donate Door

Ticoscen Inc., a laboratory instrument services company in Laurel, is donating a stainless steel door to the city of Laurel to place on the outdoor stage at the city's Granville Gude Park. The door, which will bear the city seal, will replace a rusting utility access door. The company's owners will present the door at the Laurel City Council meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Rd. Ticoscen owners Tim and Angie Reyburn are giving the door as a token of appreciation.

-- Compiled by

YAWANDALE BIRCHETT-THOMPSON

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