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Fall classes

Registration for fall classes offered by Anne Arundel Community College begins Aug. 1 at the county's seven senior activity centers. Classes begin the week of Oct. 1. To register and for schedule information, go to the center you wish to attend or online at aacounty.org/aging and click on a center for its list of courses.

Therapeutic yoga

Classes with Tina Marks will be held Tuesdays at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road. Therapeutic yoga is offered from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., and intermediate therapeutic yoga is offered from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost and information: 410-222-6227.

Hot dog hoedown

Annapolis Senior Activity Center members can don their Western garb and enjoy a hot dog hoedown beginning at noon Wednesday, July 25, at the center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Tickets are $4 for two grilled hot dogs, chips, soda and a cookie. Music by WNAV's Bob Duckman. Information: 410-222-1818.

Support groups

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

Trips for 2012

Members of the Annapolis Senior Activity Center can stop by the trip desk for a preview of 2012 outings and to make reservations and deposits. Information: 410-222-1818.

Residents' rights

Brochures on residents' rights in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and another 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 http://www.aacounty.org/aging.

Senior services

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities has published its 2012-2013 edition of "Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers." The free directory is printed annually in May (Older Americans Month) and includes information on rental and housing assistance, legal help, county social services benefits and caregiver information. Copies are available at department headquarters, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis; the seven senior activity centers; county libraries; at CVS, Food Lion and WaWa stores; and online at http://www.aacounty.org/aging. Information: 410-222-4257.

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 http://www.aacounty.org/aging.

Calendar

The following activities will be offered at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-222-1818.

Concert Pet Rock performs at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18.

Nutrition information Staff and volunteers from Maryland Hunger Solutions will be at the center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 17. They will provide information about available nutrition assistance programs, pre-screen individuals to see whether they are eligible for aid and assist in applying on site for programs.

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

Workshop "Declutter and Organize Anything," will be presented by Kater Leatherman from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18. The instructor is a professional organizer and home stager with more than 10 years of experience in the field.

Ice cream social National Ice Cream Month will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Monday, July 23. Sundaes will include favorite toppings. Cost is $1.

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

The following activities will be offered at the Brooklyn Park Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. Information: 410-222-6847.

Flea market The center will host a flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28.

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

Comedy Rodney Dangerfield impressionist Mike Mullins performs at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17.

'Power of the Palette Knife' An art workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 24 and 31. Art teacher Kathy Kniess will demonstrate how to use a palette knife to create and complete a painting. All skill levels are welcome, and class size is limited. Free.

Workshop Attorney Elena Boisvert will conduct a free workshop, "Healthcare Decision-Making," at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26. The workshop will include information on health care powers of attorney and living wills, including the provisions in the documents and the pros and cons of various options. Attendees will receive forms that can be completed at the session.

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

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

Hearing aid cleaning Allied Hearing Associates of Annapolis will provide licensed health care professionals for free hearing aid cleaning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18. Free hearing tests will also be provided.

Housing information program "Current Housing Opportunities for Seniors in Anne Arundel County" will be presented at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, by Edith Marie Simpson, a real estate specialist with Long and Foster in Annapolis. Participants can learn about "55 and older" communities, costs to buyers, mortgages, determining equity in your current home, safety measures, resources for staying put and the value of one-level living for seniors.

Single seniors group The Single Seniors Group encourages companionship, support and group participation in activities such as movies, dances, picnics and tours. Information: 410-222-6680 or http://www.aacounty.org/aging (click on the senior center).

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