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Senior briefs

Annapolis Center

The following activity is offered through the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-222-1818.


North Carolina The trip committee is accepting reservations for an excursion to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., April 20-23. The trip features a visit to the Biltmore Estate's Festival of Flowers, an exhibit of the costumes from the British TV series "Downton Abbey" and a tour of Asheville. Cost is $575 per person for double occupancy, $515 for triple occupancy and $485 for four. Fliers are available with more details.

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 is 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.

Pascal Center

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

Music The Hilltop Elementary School Chorus will perform a short program of holiday music at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22.

A Sing-along with Danny Marchetti will be held at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 9.

Senior living Mary Filoteo of Senior Care of Maryland will provide information about the services she provides to simplify the process of finding the best location for seniors to live and receive proper care at 10 a.m. Jan. 13.


Concert The Notables, a senior citizen chorus, will perform a musical variety show at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 22.

Varicose vein screening The Vein Center at Maryland Heart will conduct free screenings beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 23. Registration required.

'Bykota on Stage' A troupe of 25 amateur actors-singers from ages 64 to 85 will present the musical variety show "Charm City Celebration" at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Free.

Concert DeJohn (John and Deb Annen) will sing and play fiddle tunes, country, bluegrass, jazz, oldies and novelty songs at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 29.

Valentine card making class Susan Brown will conduct a rubber stamping workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 29 and Feb. 5. Cost for both sessions is $10 and covers all supplies.

Income tax assistance will be available at the center beginning Feb. 2. Call 410-222-6680 for an appointment. Have statements and other paperwork ready prior to scheduling an appointment.


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

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:

Knitting Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Mondays of each month. All levels of expertise are welcome.

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 (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

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 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