The long-awaited Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, officially opens Friday, Aug. 26 at an invitation-only ribbon cutting. The center will be open to the public Monday, Aug. 29.

To become a center member, apply for a membership card at the front desk. Prince George's County and Montgomery County residents ages 60 and up receive a free ID, which provides access to the fitness room, fireside lounge, billiards room and more. Out-of-county residents and those ages 50 to 59 can join the center by paying a nominal fee.

A wide variety of classes will be offered seasonally, and registration is through the automated SMARTlink registration system. The center will be open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 301-206-3350.

To celebrate grand opening week, Monday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 3, the center's Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission staff will offer the following free activities.


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Monday, Aug. 29: Senior Fit, 9-10 a.m., multipurpose room; Open Play, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., billiards room; Computer Skills Level 1, 10 a.m.-noon, computer center; Tai chi, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m., multipurpose; Calligraphy, 1-2 p.m., creative arts room; Chess with Vaughn Bennett, noon-2 p.m., multipurpose; Fitness Room Orientation, 1-3 p.m., fitness room; Simply Harp, 6-7 p.m., Fireside Lounge;Pilates, 6-7 p.m., multipurpose;Yoga, 7-8 p.m., multipurpose; and jazz concert, Sharon Thomas, 7-8 p.m., The Great Room.

Tuesday, Aug. 30: Open Play – All Day, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., billiards; Games and Music, 9 a.m.-noon, Fireside Lounge; Tai chi, 10-11 a.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., multipurpose; Scrapbooking, 10-11:30 a.m., Creative Arts; Computer Skill Level 1, 10 a.m.-noon, computer center; Demonstration – Pottery Throwing, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m., ceramics room; Chinese Brush Painting, noon-1 p.m., creative arts; Soft Dance, 1-2 p.m., multipurpose; Jewelry Making, 1-3 p.m., creative arts; Zumba Gold, 7-8 p.m., multipurpose; Gospel Concert, 7-8 p.m., The Great Room.

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Line Dancing and Senior Fit, 9-10 a.m., multipurpose; Open Play – All Day, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., billiards; Chinese Brush Painting, 10-11 a.m., creative arts; Internet Research, 10 a.m.-noon, Computer Center; fitness room Orientation, 1-3 p.m., fitness; Wii Fit, 1-3 p.m., multipurpose; Jazz Concert – The Bill Thomas Blues Band, 2-3 p.m., The Great Room; Piano Pleasures, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Fireside Lounge; Line Dancing, 6:30-7:30 p.m., multipurpose.

Thursday, Sept. 1: Table Tennis, 8-10 a.m., multipurpose; Open Play - All Day, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., billiards; Games and Music, 9 a.m.-noon, Fireside Lounge; Ceramics Demonstration, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., ceramics; Chinese Brush Painting, 10-11 a.m., creative arts; Introduction to Computers, 10 a.m.-noon, computer center; Line Dancing, 11 a.m.-noon, multipurpose; Calligraphy, 1-2 p.m., creative arts; Chair Volleyball, 1-3 p.m., multipurpose; Simply Strings, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Fireside Lounge; Oldies Concert, Orville Saunders Quartet, 7-8 p.m., The Great Room.

Friday, Sept. 2: Senior Fit, 9-10 a.m., multipurpose; Open Play - All Day, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., billiards; Zumba Gold, 10:30-11:30 a.m., multipurpose; Fitness Room Orientation, 10 a.m.-noon, fitness; Genealogy Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, computer center; Water Color Workshop, 10 a.m.-noon, creative arts; Ballroom Dance, 1-2 p.m., multipurpose; Chinese Brush Painting, 2-3 p.m., creative arts; Jazz Dance, 2:15-3:15 p.m., multipurpose; Jazzy Jazz Concert, Vince Chapman, 3-4 p.m., The Great Room.

Saturday, Sept. 3: Open Play, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., fitness room, billiards room and Fireside Lounge.