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Senior briefs

Annapolis Center

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

European river cruise The center's trip committee is accepting reservations for a cruise on the Danube which will take place Aug. 2-13, 2014. The trip includes visits to Prague, Budapest and Vienna. The price depends on the cabin. A deposit is due by Oct. 15. For reservations and information, stop at the Trip Desk. Fliers about this trip and others planned for 2014 are available.

Concerts the center:

•Charles Taylor and the Availables perform Motown and blues Wednesday, Oct. 16.

•The Pascal Go-Getters present their fall music show Wednesday, Oct. 23.

All concerts begin at 12:30 p.m.

Arnold Center

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

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

Art History: 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.

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

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. 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:

Art class Pat Michalski teaches an eight-week class, "Creative Painting Egg Shell," from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 20. Cost is $40.

Flu shots Safeway Pharmacy will host two shot clinics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Free with your Medicare Part B card or $30 for non-Medicare Part B patients. Participants must be 18 or older. Registration suggested.

'Sing Along With John' will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Maureen Fraser, a registered nurse at Anne Arundel Medical Center will lead a discussion on the importance of annual mammograms and breast cancer awareness at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

Oktoberfest The center celebrates with German music by the 1940s Band from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.

'Ask the Appraisers' Bring your gems, jewelry, gold, silver and coins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Find out what you have, its origin, how old it is and where to sell it. Also, how you can get it repaired or restored.

Music Frank Curreri sings Sinatra at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18; Tim Amann of the Pet Rock Band spins oldies at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.

Hearing screenings Chesapeake Hearing Center will conduct free screenings from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Halloween party Come dressed in your favorite costume for the Halloween Costume Parade at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Ray Apollo Allen and the Apollo One Band will provide the music.

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:

Computer group The South County Senior Center Computer Group will hold its first meeting of the new season from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7. Meeting will include a final preview of new and changed features in the Oct. 17 release of Windows 8.1 and a discussion of Rapid Change and software subscriptions.

Genealogy Club Group discussion takes place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

'Hypertension and Stroke Prevention' Debbie Green, R.N., presents this program on behalf of the Crofton Care and Rehabilitation Center at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

'Managing Diabetes and Hypertension' Dr. Gillian Lowe makes this presentation on nutrition and exercise at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.

Ice cream social The event at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, benefits the center's Hearts of Gold FUNdraisers. Cost is $2.

Concerts:

•Ray "Apollo" Allen, formerly of The Apollos, performs at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

•Good Measure sings oldies, country, Elvis, and more at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.

•"Mr. Charisma," also known as Camron Robertson, sings the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and more at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

'Organizing Your Digital Photos' Photographer Don Dement will instruct a class from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, beginning Nov. 21 and continuing on Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Participants will learn to store their photo files, use the computer for searching and easy retrieval, how to use photos for slide shows, prints and email, and how to ensure against accidental loss. Space is limited.

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 Single Seniors 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).

Health insurance program

The Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program offers free, one-on-one insurance counseling to persons with Medicare. A SHIP representative will give a presentation at the following locations for Medicare Prescription Drug plans' annual enrollment period, which runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

•10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater

•10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane

•10:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road

•10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 South Villa Ave.

Residents may contact the SHIP office at 410-222-4464, ext. 3080.

Fall classes

The Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road, offers more than 50 classes for the fall session, including exercise, art and crafts, history, foreign languages, music, and continuing education. Classes include two new computer classes, Computer Awareness on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Windows 7 Basic on Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration and fees are required. Information: 410-222-1922.

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/aginghttp://aacounty.org/aging.

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