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Baby Boomer Expo remembers the past and celebrates the future

Baltimore County Department of Aging celebrated 25 years, a quarter century of educating and informing seniors, at its Baby Boomer/Senior Expo, themed "Remember the Past, Celebrate the Present, Energize Your Future," showcasing facts, fun and helpful resources for today and tomorrow.

The very spacious venue for this annual event, with exhibit space availability and plentiful parking was Timonium Fairgrounds!

Approximately 10,200 guests to the Expo discovered valuable resources and tools for living their life to the fullest; whether they are an active or frail older adult, caregiver, person with a disability and/or a professional.

Baby Boomer/Senior Expo is the largest event of its kind in the state of Maryland to connect resources and entertainment with older adults, caregivers, students and professionals.

There were 250 vendors with available information with something to benefit each and every senior as well as info for seniors in need!

Listing only a very few of the many booths: Baltimore County Dept. of Health; Baltimore County Lawyer Referral Information Service; Tourism; Better Business Bureau; Remodeling; Insurance Companies; Financial Solutions; Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County; Senior Centers; Nursing and Rehab Centers; Hospitals; Health plans; Insurance Information; Home Care; Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland; National Active and Retired Federal Employees; a helpful general information booth for seniors questionable inquiries. Plus info regarding medical equipment; medical suppliers, pharmacies; product samples; Register of Wills; end of life needs; Memorial Chapels, including Dick Forman representing Druid Ridge Cemetery, in our Pikesville/Northwest area, that has accommodations for both non-Jewish and a separate area for Jewish internment.

Plus continuous enjoyable entertainment, leisure opportunities, resources and specialty products, technology, life-long learning, preventive health including cancer screenings and flu shots. Many seniors even had the opportunity to showcase their personal talents.

An enjoyable "Wee Chic" fashion show showcased trendy clothing for grand-children and great grandchildren, from this fashionable children's clothing store, located in Northwest Baltimore, at Greenspring Station.

A silent auction was also very successful! Note: All proceeds from the Senior Expo/Baby Boomers Expo benefit the Fund for Needy Seniors. This much needed money is fund-raised through exhibitor fees, sponsorships, admission prices also from individual donations contributed throughout the year!

Statistically:

Over four tons of non-perishable food items were collected for distribution to older adults in need in the community.

Over $100,000 was raised for the Fund for Seniors in Need that assists older adults with one-time emergency needs.

The Senior Craft Gallery sold close to $3,500 of handmade crafts that benefit's the older adult consignees of the Gallery.

Approximately 250 attended the Professional Breakfast and Training on the Capable Project for Social Worker Continuing Education Units.

The creativity of older adults throughout their network of 20 senior centers was celebrated by the Silver Anniversary Art Show and Contest in three different modalities.

Six different organization marketed and held successful meetings on site to allow their members to become familiar with Expo resources including AARP, United Seniors of Maryland, the Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, the Baltimore County Associations of Senior Citizen's organizations and the Maryland Baby Boomer Initiative Council.

WOW! This annual Baltimore County Department of Aging annual Baby Boomer/Senior Expo is an overwhelming job with mega responsibilities. It is a gratifying event benefiting those involved, our seniors and baby boomers, with oodles of responsibilities each and every year with those involved behind the scene! We thank everyone involved!

Key staffers that planned this event were Ethel Rasmussen and Debra Orlove, with assists from many behind the scene staffers and volunteers.

Joanne E. Williams is the top notch director, Baltimore County Department of Aging, Laura Riley, is her very efficient deputy director.

The Baltimore County Department of Aging would like to express their sincere appreciation to all the sponsors, exhibitors, elected officials and attendees, plus those involved behind the scene including "County Ride Shuttles and drivers," transporting a lot people from their parking spot to and from the Exhibit venues! A tremendous gargantuan "Todah Rabbah!"

Kevin Kammenetz, is Baltimore County Executive.

Baltimore County Council includes Tom Quirk, first district; Vicki Almond, second district; Todd Huff, third district; Ken Oliver, fourth district; David Marks, fifth district; Cathy Bevins, sixth district; John Olszewski Sr. seventh district.

Baltimore County Commission on Aging includes Cynthia Allen, Chairperson, Virginia Billian, M.D., Patricia Brannon, Laurie Frank, Esq, Donald Gabriel, J.D., Ph.D., Barbara Gradet, LCSW, Allan Hirsh, III, Eula Marshall, Mabel Murray, Ed.D., Anne Perry, Jane Roger, Peggy Ruppersberger, Marlene Siegel, Catherine Ward and Helen Wills.

Thanks also to all the above listed for their involvement with the betterment of our counties and seniors! Another gargantuan "Todah Rabbah!" Everyone!

Upcoming Holiday Event:

Kennedy Krieger Institute presents its annual "Festival of Trees" beginning Friday, November 23 to Sunday November 25. This is the largest holiday themed festival on the East Coast!

Location: Cow Palace, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Md.

Friday, November 23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Festival is open to the public

Saturday, November 24, 10:30 to 9 p.m., Festival is open to the public

11 a.m. to 9 p.m., live entertainment

Sunday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., open to the public

11 a.m. to 6 p.m., live entertainment

General admission to Festival of Trees 2012, is $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-12 and seniors. Children age 4 and under are free. To purchase discounted tickets in advance or learn how to earn free tickets, visit http://www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.

Note: For every $10 raised to support the children and families of Kennedy Krieger Institute, supporters will receive one free ticket to Festival of Trees.

For more info about Festival of Trees, the public can call the Festival Line at (443) 923-7300 or visit http://www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.

A very happy and a few belated birthday greetings to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and community celebrating 30-something more or less. Also a sprinkling of kids, tween/teens, young adults and seniors (recycled teenagers):

Melvin Sweren, Yale Zuckerman, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Dr. Ken Bell, Dr. Bob Ellin, Dr. Mark Rosenthal, Roz Weiner, Bonnie Heneson, Myrna Retsky, Zondra Quartner, Sara Lee Jacobson, Gil Davis, Bob Goldman, Eddie Rogers, Marty Lavender, Ethel Klein, Yvonne Daniel, Sue Kornblatt, Alan T. Hirsh Jr., Rob Schaftel, Nancy Civin, Lori Teichman, Howard Gordon, Alan Fink, Ellie Gumnit, Leslie Thomas, Sheldon Wollman, John Lumpkin, Lois Elkin, Zelda and David Weiner.

Plus Alan Gary, Alan Snyder, Matt Plovan, Lynn Kahlenberg, Ellen Saval, Howard Diener, Dave Braitman, Brian Mendelson, Cathy Litofsky, Sue Klein, Leona Morris, Irma Gamson, Stan Langbaum, Victor Cohen, Mark Cohen, Vadim Peters, Diana Parsons, Sharon Mond, Jan Guben, Vivian Stringer, Meryl Rosen, Eileen Miller, Sondra Rechy, Gerald Katz, Will Green, Lowell Herman and Sam Brenner.

Happy kids birthday Ethan Minkin.

Happy, happy birthday to each and everyone and those celebrating birthdays not listed!

Hope you all enjoyed oodles of ice cream, cake and goodies. Especially the goodies!

Engagement congrats: Dr. Erika Kahan, to Adam Omansky.

Marriage: Best wishes for wedded bliss

Rivki (Lerner) and Yaakov Lichter

Sarah (Mandel) and Ilan Goldberg

Newborns: Welcome to the following adorable, precious new bundles of joy:

A daughter, Niki Masud, to Inna and Erez Masud

A son, Gabriel Mark, to Joanna and Jonathan Rogers

A daughter, Charlotte Olivia, to Rachel and Jeffrey Abraham

Mazel Tov to all! Enjoy with oodles of hugs and kisses!

Anniversary congrats: A whopper gorgeous (diamond plus) 62nd anniversary Ethel and Col. Irv Kline. An equally gorgeous (diamond) 60th anniversary Herta and Dr. Art Baitch.

WOW! A 62nd and a 60th anniversary! Fantabulous!

We all wish Ethel and Irv, Herta and Art, many, many more wonderful anniversary celebrations with good health and happiness! Yes!

A fab 57th anniversary Zelda and her sweetheart Jerry Zaben. Ringing in their (golden) big 5-0 half century anniversary Ilene and Al Bard.

A lovely (sapphire) 45th anniversary Sue and Norm Lorch, Lore and Ulrich Cohn. A pretty (ruby) 40th anniversary Ferne and Dan Anshen.

A fab 38th anniversary Brenda and Irv Cohen. An attractive (coral) 35th anniversary Miriam and Jack Feintuch. An enjoyable 34th anniversary Arlene and Rob Nusbaum. An equally enjoyable 31st anniversary Lucy and Dr. Charles Samorodin. An attractive (pearl) 30th anniversary Sue and Jim Schiller, Laurie and Steve Reamer.

Celebrating their (silver) 25th quarter century anniversary Cindy and Ed Buxbaum. An enjoyable 24th anniversary Robin and Dan Sweeney. An equally enjoyable 21st anniversary Liz and Dr. Stacey Berner. A very happy 20th anniversary Ruth and Mark Herman.

A lovely (chai) 18th anniversary Wendy and Scott Quartner. A very happy 17th anniversary Lauren Kallins and Kevin Keller. A beautiful (crystal) 15th anniversary Rebecca and Rob Goldstein, Abby and Max Rozga, Mr. and Mrs. Rob Talesnik.

A wonderful 9th anniversary Dr. and Mrs. Andy Barnstein.

Happy anniversary also Susan and Howard Sirkis, Carol and Dave Traub, Sue and Richard Rotner, Sandra and Stan Neuhauser, Paula and Steve Scurnick.

Happy anniversary to all of the above and those celebrating anniversaries not listed! May you all enjoy many, many more wonderful anniversary simchas! L'Chaim!

Shannon and Taylor Stern, tween/teen, young adult and under-30 social columnists

Your choice of awesome cool/hot happy birthday cha, cha, chas Ethan Minkin.

Bat Mitzvah: Mazel Tov Maya Hettleman, Eva Stoller, Henna Fraiman, Melissa Blum, Leora Fastow, Alexandra Orlinsky, Hannah Himelfarb and Liliana Schlossberg-Cohen.

Bar Mitzvah: Mazel Tov Mitchell Jay, Jacob Kaplan, Matthew Cohen and Howard Silverman.

Happy young adult birthdays Samantha Halle, Julie Cohen, Joey Tabak

Happy 20-something and under-30 birthdays Abby Schulman, Amy and Rebecca Bormel, Matt Malis and Ben Schwartz.

Happy birthday to all the double-digit, young adult and 20-something and under-30 birthday celebrants not listed!

Happy milestone birthdays all!

Holiday: Thursday, Nov 22 is Thanksgiving! From our homes (Fine/Stern) to yours, best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable and great Thanksgiving holiday!

Memo: Shabbat candle-lighting time, Friday evening, Nov 23, is 4:29 p.m. Have and enjoy a terrific week! Everyone! Yes, everyone!

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