Get your voice all tuned up and ready to sing. Columbia Pro Cantare is holding auditions for all parts for its 2012-13 season.
The chorus will be performing "Carmina Burana," Handel's "Messiah," "Faure Requiem" and works from Spain and Latin America this season.
Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Hammond High. To schedule an audition, call 410-730-8549. Go to http://www.procantare.org for audition and chorus information.
Belated birthday greetings are being sent to Suraj Parmar. Suraj turned 16 on July 9. Have a good safe year and drive carefully.
National Night Out on Aug. 7 will give you a good excuse to get acquainted with your neighbors if you haven't already. The Village of River Hill is encouraging block parties.
In less densely developed areas of Clarksville gatherings may be smaller, but no less enjoyable. Now is the time to make plans with your neighbors. In the past, some of our neighborhoods have held a pig-pickin'. Others have pot luck picnics. You may even invite some of the old neighbors to return for a special night. Your event will be uniquely yours.
Be sure to send me an email to share a report of your doings. Fill your report with lots of names so each participant can get a little part of that illusive 15 minutes of fame.
Dozens of friends gathered for a melancholy Saturday evening of fond memories, good food and teary farewells as Francis and Mary Sue Wernick were about to move from Maryland to Tennessee.
Both Wernicks are 92 years old. Their children decided it is time for Francis to stop driving before anything bad might happen, not because he had a problem.
Among the guests for the farewell was 99-year-old Dr. Aaron Daugharthy, a long-time family friend. Neighbors and fellow garden-growers, Len and Roxann Ganbin, were on hand and are oh-so-sad at the prospect of losing such dear friends.
Everyone enjoyed the "This is Your Life" style program with photos of events through the years.
Francis sadly noted, "We are leaving Monday and we'll never return."
Several in attendance hope to visit the Wernicks in their new home with son and daughter-in-law Bob and Lora Wernick in Collegedale, Tenn., near Chattanooga. Everyone is wishing the Wernicks a long, healthy and happy life.
You may think 92 is a ripe old age, but I was awed one day to see Francis, then in his 80's, run up an entire flight of stairs. There was no emergency. He was just checking to be sure he could still do it. He could and did without getting winded even.
The older I get, the more 100-plus seems like a reasonable goal. God-willing, may we all be so blessed.
As we age, Medicare is nice to have, but can be a bit confusing to use. There are no seminars scheduled for here in Clarksville, but you need not travel too far to attend workshops sponsored by the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) through the Office on Aging.
Medicare 101 tells what to expect from Medicare. The next workshop is set for Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m., at the Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center in Ellicott City.
Medicare 102 explains why Medicare is not enough. You need to cover gaps. That workshop will be held Aug. 15, at 11 a.m., at the Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center.
Medicare does not cover long-term care, which can become extremely expensive. A workshop on Long-Term Care: Covering the Cost is set for Sept. 5, at 11 a.m., at the Kiwanis Wallas Rec Center.
Just when you think you understand and have covered all your medical needs, they make changes to Medicare. You will need to stay informed with "What to be Alert to After Signing Up for Medicare, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m., at the Kiwanis-Wallas Center. All these workshops are free of charge. To learn more or register, call 410-313-7391.
Can't wait for all those workshops? No problem.
One-on-one counseling sessions are available by appointment at the Bain Center Monday through Friday, 9-4:30. Call 410-313-7392 to schedule. Appointments are available at the Ellicott City Senior Center Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings by calling 410-313-1400.
The Glenwood 50+ Center offers counseling the second Tuesday morning of each month. Call 410-313-5440 for that location. These services are free and transportation assistance is available.