Laurel's senior centers have full calendars for October [Senior scene]

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Senior Activity Locations:

North Laurel 50+ Center: 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road

Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center: 7120 Contee Road

City of Laurel Division of Senior Services: 422 Montgomery St.

City of Laurel Robert J. DiPietro Community Center: 7901 Cypress St.

City of Laurel Cabana: 14403 Greenview Drive.

Avenue of the Arts — Laurel Art Guild exhibit, Oct. 6-Nov. 29, LBSAC. Opening night informal reception, Mon., Oct. 6, 7-8 p.m., introduction of art and artists. Celebrate arts by experiencing display of artwork designed by members of Laurel Art Guild. Sign up in lobby to attend reception. 301-206-3350.

Medicare 101, What to Expect, Tue., Oct. 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 102, Why Medicare Isn't Enough, Tue., Oct. 14, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; North Laurel 50+ Center. Register, Barbara, 410-313-7391. Sponsored by Howard County Office on Aging State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). 410-313-0380.

Laurel Senior Friendship Club — General meeting, Wed., Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-noon, LBSAC. Meeting preceded by refreshments and followed by catered luncheon. 301-206-3380.

Exercise Counseling — Thu., Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-noon, North Laurel 50+ Center. Individual appointments with Jennifer Lee, exercise specialist, provides free consultation on array of exercise-related topics including getting started, selecting right program and working out at home. 410-313-0380.

Blacks in Wax Museum of Baltimore — Thu., Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., pickup LBSAC. $20, resident of Prince George's and Montgomery counties; $24, non-resident. Barcode: No. 1531517. Trip to America's first and only wax museum of African American history and culture. Lunch at Phillips Seafood Restaurant. Fee includes transportation and admission to museum. Lunch at own expense. 301-206-3350.

Experts in Arthritis Workshop — "Bone and Joint Health," Thu., Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.-noon, LBSAC. Dr. Marcia Levi of Optimal Care Chiropractic, sponsored by U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative, presents workshops on arthritis. In honor of Bone and Joint National Awareness Week, examine most common forms of arthritis and learn ways to minimize discomfort while maximizing your potential. Register at registration table in center lobby. 301-206-3350.

Fitness Center Guidance — Thu., Oct. 9, 1-3 p.m., North Laurel 50+ Center. Meet Jennifer Lee in Fitness Room for group coaching and guidance on using fitness equipment. Must have fitness pass. 410-313-0380.

Restaurant Trip — Captain James Seafood Palace, Sun., Oct. 12, 2 p.m., pickup Robert J. DiPietro Community Center. Course No. 6391. Private venue; looks like ship. Dine on own. Transportation fee $10. Sponsored by city of Laurel Division of Senior Services. Register at least two weeks before trip. 301-776-6168.

Blood Pressure Screening — Tuesdays, Oct. 14 and 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m., North Laurel 50+ Center. Meet with registered nurse in lobby to monitor your blood pressure. 410-313-0380.

Consumer Safety Information — Wed., Oct. 15, 10-11 a.m., North Laurel 50+ Center. Questions and answers with Senior Citizen Police Liaison, Andre Lingham. Wed., Oct. 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Home Improvement Scams information session with Howard County Consumer Safety Specialist. North Laurel 50+ Center. 410-313-0380.

Shopping: Leesburg Outlets — Thu., Oct. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., pickup LBSAC. $15, resident of Prince George's and Montgomery counties; $18, non-resident. Barcode: No. 1532017. Shop at more than 110 outlet stores; lunch on own at one of food court's vendors. Fee includes transportation. 301-206-3350.

Hearing Screenings — Thu., Oct. 16, 1-3 p.m., LBSAC. Medical staff from Hearing Professionals provide hearing screenings; takes about 15 minutes per person. Room will be quiet and free from distraction. Register at registration table in center lobby. 301-206-3350.

50 Plus EXPO 2014 — Your Next Chapter, hosted by Howard County Office on Aging, Fri., Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. More than 160 vendors and exhibitors of interest to older adults, families, caregivers, care providers and professionals. Keynote "Life Reimagined," new AARP program; seminars, health fair, flu shots, entertainment. Free courtesy shuttle from Mall in Columbia. Exhibitor or vendor space at the 2014 event is sold out, but a wait list has been developed. 410-313-5980 or 6410. Howardcountyaging.org/50plusexpo.

Fall Craft Show — Hosted by Laurel Senior Friendship Club, Sat., Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., LBSAC. Craft vendors and food. 301-206-3380.

American Indian Festival — Sat., Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., pickup LBSAC. $10, resident of Prince George's and Montgomery counties; $12, non-resident. Barcode: No. 1532317. Annual American Indian Pow Wow, Patuxent River Park. Festival filled with free activities: drumming, singing, dancing to traditional and contemporary music, storytelling. Fee includes transportation. Lunch at own expense. 301-206-3350.

St. Mary's County Oyster Festival — Sat., Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m., pickup Robert J. DiPietro Community Center. Course No. 6392. Celebrate the oyster with live music, food, restoration demonstrations, cooking demonstrations. Admission $5. Transporation $10. Sign up at least two weeks before event. Sponsored by Division of Senior Services. 301-776-6168.

Products to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones — Mon., Oct. 20, 10-11 a.m., LBSAC. Mark Gottlieb, licensed insurance agent and longtime activist for seniors, explores wide range of insurance products designed to protect you and your assets. Register at registration table in center lobby. 301-206-3350.

Healthy Tastings — Pumpkin Treats, Tue., Oct. 21, 10-11 a.m., North Laurel 50+ Center. Join Laurie in lobby for information, recipes and tastings of treats. 410-313-0380.

Maryland Live Casino — Thu., Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., pickup LBSAC. $20, resident of Prince George's and Montgomery counties; $24, non-resident. Barcode: No. 1531717. Slot machines and electronic table games and nationally-acclaimed restaurants. Or shop at Arundel Mills Mall. Lunch at own expense. 301-206-3350.

Italian Night Spaghetti Dinner — Sponsored by North Laurel Senior Council, Wed. Oct. 29, 5-7p.m., North Laurel 50+ Center. Adults, $10; Under six years of age, $7, cash or checks only. Tickets available at 50+ center. 410-313- 0380.

"Pack the Pantry" Food Drive — Through Oct. 31, during LBSAC operating hours. With holidays approaching, many people in community may not have food in their pantries and on their tables. Donate canned food and non-perishable items to food drive; dropping food off in container in lobby. Food delivered to local pantries in time for holiday season. 301-206-3350.

Virtual Tour — Galapagos Islands and Ecuador Rainforest, Fri., Oct. 31, 1-3 p.m., LBSAC. One hour original video by naturalist Greg Kearns visiting "enchanted islands" as Darwin called them in 1831. Learn about unique flora and fauna of these volcanic islands where he proved theory of natural selection and Amazonian Rainforest of Ecuador. Animated narration. Register at registration table in center lobby. 301-206-3350.

Masquerade Mingle — Fri., Oct. 31, 2 p.m., City of Laurel Cabana. Course No. 6485. Wear mask or not. Afternoon of haunting treats and music. Cost $10. Sign up at least two weeks before event. Sponsored by Division of Senior Services. 301-776-6168.

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