Senior briefs


Annapolis Senior Activity Center members can sign up for a trip Oct. 6 to Parade Land and Jubilee in the Shenandoah Valley, and to the Allenberry Dinner Theater in Boiling Springs, Pa., on Oct. 19. The Parade Land trip features a fantasy land of floats and props used in presidential inaugurations, Rose Bowl parades and Macy's Thanksgiving Day parades. The tour will stop for lunch at the Johnny Appleseed Restaurant. The cost of the trip is $85. At the Allenberry Dinner Theater, visitors will see the musical "I Do, I Do" and have a buffet-style meal at the Fairfield Inn. Cost is $78. Information: 410-222-1818.


Bus trip

The O'Malley Senior Activity Center is sponsoring a trip to see the musical "Me and My Girl" at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster, Pa., on Oct. 12. The bus leaves the center at 9:45 a.m. and returns at 5:15 p.m. The cost of $82 includes a buffet lunch. A $25 deposit is required now, with the balance due Sept. 13. For reservations and information, call 410-222-6227.

Computer classes

"Basic Windows Computer Skill and Knowledge" workshops will be held Wednesdays at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1275 Odenton Road in Odenton. Classes will be held through mid-September. Workshops include lectures, practice and review. Classes are for beginners only. Information: 410-222-6227.

Senior services

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities has published its 2011-2012 edition of "Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers." The directory includes information on rental and housing assistance, legal help, county Social Services benefits and caregiver information. Free copies are available at the department's headquarters, 2666 Riva Road, Fourth Floor, Annapolis; the seven senior activity centers; county libraries; at CVS, Food Lion and WaWa stores; and online at 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


Arnold Senior Activity Center: The following activities will be offered at the center, 44 Church Road, Arnold:

Scrabble Challenge your brain by playing Scrabble, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. New participants are welcome. Information: 410-222-1922.

'Memoir writing' A course on autobiographical writing meets from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. There will be an opportunity to learn listening and interviewing skills, writing tips and proofreading. Registration required. Information: 410-222-1922.

O'Malley Senior Activity Center: The following activities will be offered at the center, 1270 Odenton Road, Odenton:

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 welcome.


Single seniors group The Single Seniors Group at Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie, encourages companionship, support and group participation in activities such as movies, dances, picnics and tours. Information: 410-222-6680 or and click on the senior center.

Health insurance A representative from the Senior Health Insurance Program is available by appointment to discuss health insurance concerns at the Arnold Senior Activity Center. Appointments and information: 410-222-1922.

Volunteer grandparents The Foster Grandparents Program of the county Department of Aging and Disabilities seeks volunteer grandparents to mentor children with special needs. Volunteers serve 15 to 40 hours a week, providing mentoring, tutoring, advice and attention. Volunteers also teach life skills to children in special education classes and provide staffing for a homeless shelter, family support center and other agencies. Activities may include reading stories, listening, helping children feed themselves, setting the table, working with puzzles, and helping children learn colors, numbers and the alphabet. Volunteers must be income-eligible and at least 60 years old. Benefits include a tax-free stipend, paid training, vacation, sick leave, free transportation, lunch and a physical exam. Information: 410-222-4464.