THINGS TO DO & COMMUNITY EVENTS
Residents have plenty of things to do including outdoor activities and visiting historic sites, local performing arts and area annual events. The populace can enjoy sports and picnicking at two county recreation parks. The Rocky Gorge Reservoir gives opportunity for hiking, fishing, boating and horseback riding. Golfing is offered at the Old Gunpowder Golf Course and ice skating and hockey can be enjoyed at The Gardens Ice Arena. Historic sites include the Duvall Bridge, Laurel Railroad Station and Snow Hill, to name a few.
The Venus Theatre, Laurel Mill Playhouse, Central Maryland Chorale and the WSSC Art Gallery feature performing arts and art exhibits. Area events include the Turkey Trot in West Laurel, while the neighboring city of Laurel hosts the Main Street Festival in May, the early summer LakeFest, summertime Concerts in the Park, and the RiverFest in October. Additionally, nearby Baltimore boasts over one hundred annual festivals, concerts and events. The Baltimore Aquarium, the Inner Harbor, and the Maryland Science Center also top the list of places to visit.
Public schools are served by Prince Georges' County School District. Local Elementary schools include Scotch Town Hills, Bond Mill, Laurel, Laurel Woods and Oaklands. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Murray Hill, Hammond, Benjamin Banneker and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle Schools serve the area, while Laurel, Reservoir, Paint Branch and Hammond High Schools educate older students. Private schools in the area include St. Mary of the Mills School (K-8), St. Vincent Pallotti High School (9-12), Julia Brown Montessori Schools (K-3), Augsburg Academy (K-8), and Faith Baptist Christian School (K-8). The school district offers low student-teacher ratios of 15.5 students per teacher in West Laurel. Higher education is offered by the nearby Bowie State University, Capitol College, Howard Community College, Prince George's Community College and the University of Maryland, to name a few.
West Laurel's major industries are attributed to retail trade, health care and social assistance, professional and technical services, and construction. Located near Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, the Fort Meade Army Base, the National Security Agency and Laurel Park Race Course, the job market is diverse. Additionally, the federal government is a key sector driving the local economy in the Washington, D.C. area. Job markets in the nation's capital include technology, construction, finance, international business, and hospitality. Baltimore remains strong in the service sector, in fields such as law, finance, medicine, hospitality, entertainment, maritime commerce and health care.
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