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Annapolis Center

These activities and trips are being offered through the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-222-1818.

Concerts Bob Brewer performs Broadway, blues, rock and country songs at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. Chuck Fisher performs classic and modern country songs, plus music by Paul Anka, Bobby Vinton, the Platters and others at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Down to size Learn ways to cut down on possessions, pass things on and stay rid of clutter at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, as Kater Leatherman, a professional organizer and columnist for The Capital, conducts a workshop on downsizing.

Appraisals An "Annapolis Antiques Roadshow" with Todd Peenstra, an antiques and art appraiser, and Steve Gouterman, an expert on gems, jewelry, gold, silver and coins, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. Sign up in advance. Two items per person.

'War Horse' The trip committee is accepting reservations to see the play Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. The ticket price of $147 includes transportation and lunch at George's in the Wyndham Peabody Court Hotel on Mount Vernon Place. The play tells the story of a horse that is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France during World War I.

European river cruise The trip committee is accepting reservations for a cruise on the Danube. The Aug. 2-13 trip includes visits to Prague, Budapest and Vienna. The price depends on the cabin. For information, stop at the Trip Desk. Fliers about this trip and others planned for 2014 are available.

Arnold Center

The following activities will be offered at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. Information: 410-222-1922:

Scrabble Challenge your brain by playing Scrabble, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. New participants are welcome.

Cultural Influences of Motown with instructor Nat Martin meets from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Registration and fees required.

19th-Century French Painters with instructor Deb Boudra meets from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays. Registration and fees required.

American Political Perspectives with instructor Joanne Tetlow meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Registration and fees required.

Origins of Religious Ideas with instructor Clinton Logan meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays. Registration and fees required.

O'Malley Center

The following activity will be offered at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1270 Odenton Road in Odenton. Information: 410-222-6227:

Quilt Club Participants can help one another with projects and learn ideas and techniques at 1 p.m. Fridays at the O'Malley Annex. Sewing machines are available. New members are welcome.

Pasadena Center

The following activities will be offered at the Pasadena Senior Activity Center, 4103 Mountain Road. Information: 410-222-0030:

Reiki clinic Kathleen Fitzpatrick will conduct a Reiki clinic from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, Reiki is a Japanese method of stress reduction. Sign up at the front desk.

Smile savers Oral health screenings will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, Appointments will take approximately 5 minutes. No signup is required.

Lending voice "Sing-along with John" will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.

Pascal Center

The following activities will be offered at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. Information: 410-222-6680:

Wii open bowling is available Tuesday afternoons at 12:30 except on the third Tuesday, when play begins at 1 p.m.

Music by DeJohn Performers John and Deb Annen will perform fiddle tunes, country, bluegrass, jazz, oldies and novelty songs at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.

Art reception The Open Studio group will host a display of artwork at the North County Library through the month. A reception will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.

South County Center

The following activities will be offered at the South County Senior Activity Center, 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater. Information: 410-222-1927 or 410-798-4802:

'The Knitting Group' meets from 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Monday of each month. All levels of knitting expertise welcome.

Women's pelvic health Urogynecologist Yong Zheng will speak on incontinence issues, discussing nonsurgical and surgical approaches at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Concert Captain Chuck Fisher performs at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Beginning tap dance An introduction to tap will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. No experience is needed; the instructor is Vicki Smith. Fee is $40.

Jazz dance Vicki Smith leads a class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. All levels of experience are welcome. Fee is $40.

Creative Crafts Evelyn Bacon will lead classes from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays. Fee is $40.

Aquacise An exercise program conducted in warm water to improve flexibility, mobility and range of motion and boost stamina will take place from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Arundel Olympic Swim Center, 2690 Riva Road in Annapolis. Cost is $40.

Single seniors group The group encourages companionship, support and group participation in activities such as movies, dances, picnics and tours. Information: 410-222-6680 or go to http://www.aacounty.org/aging (click on South County Senior Center).

Senior housing

Information on assisted-living homes and other housing options for seniors has been updated on the county Department of Aging and Disabilities website at aacounty.org/aging.

Support groups

The Department of Aging and Disabilities has updated a booklet on community support groups. The booklet focuses on groups for caregivers, Alzheimer's disease, bereavement for adults and children, diabetes, brain injury, cancer, stroke, cardiac and pulmonary problems, Parkinson's disease and bowel and urinary diversions. The booklet is free and available at the department, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, in Annapolis, or online at http://www.aacounty.org/aging/resources/community_support_groups.pdf. Information: 410-222-4257.

Residents' rights

Brochures on residents' rights in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and a brochure on the ombudsman program protecting those residents are available from the Department of Aging and Disabilities. The brochures are titled "Resident's Rights in Nursing Homes/Rehabilitation Centers in Maryland," "Resident's Rights in Assisted Living Facilities in Maryland" and "Ombudsman: Your Resident Advocate." Information: 410-222-4464 or visit aacounty.org/aging.

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