You've heard of the "12 Days of Christmas," but the South Carroll Senior and Community Center is in the midst of its "12 Fun Days of Christmas," a multi-day event stretching from Nov. 26 through Dec. 23.
The celebration started off with holiday decorating on Nov. 26. Activities have also included a white-elephant gift exchange on Dec. 4, a bake-and-take cookie exchange on Dec. 10, and the annual Christmas Dinner on Dec. 15.
The Christmas Dinner featured a catered meal of ham, turkey and all the trimmings. Musical entertainment by Maria Rose and Danny Elswick brought many people out onto the dance floor.
Santa arrived, accompanied by an elf and a photographer to take photos of them with the seniors. Santa delivered candy canes to everyone, and the senior center staff and site council made sure that everyone got kisses — Hershey kisses, that is.
Christmas Bingo on Dec. 17 and Name That Holiday Tune on Dec. 18 were among other seasonal activities planned.
And there are still some celebration dates to come.
At 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, center members can settle in for a Christmas movie and some hot cocoa.
At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, members will get a chance to play a Christmas game.
Reflecting on the multitude of holiday activities and attractions, center member Joan Horn, of Marriottsville, said, "It's been busy, busy, very, very busy."
"I think the seniors have been enjoying them," said Shawn Roper, assistant center manager.
"We did the white-elephant swap, and everyone really enjoyed that," said Melissa Cougnet, center manager.
There's one last special occasion scheduled for 2014: the New Year's Celebration at noon Dec. 30. Reservations are due by 10 a.m. Dec. 23 for the meal of pork loin, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans, diced fruit and a dinner roll.
The senior center is open to those 60 or older and their spouses and to those who are disabled and age 50 or older. To become a senior center member, you must fill out a free membership application at the center.
Meals are served at noon weekdays, but must be reserved by 10 a.m. two days in advance, except for special-menu meals, which require registration a week beforehand. Anyone younger than 60 pays $3.42 for the meal; seniors 60 and over can contribute a donation of up to $3.42 for each meal.
The center is at 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg.
For more information, contact the center at 410-386-3700.
Stepping Stars sign-ups
There's still time to sign up your tiny dancer for Stepping Stars Dance mini-sessions on Saturday mornings at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg.
Stepping Stars Dance is part of the Freedom Area Recreation Council.
The first mini-session will run for six weeks, from Jan. 17 through Feb. 21. The second mini-session will run for six weeks, from March 7 through April 25, with no classes April 4 and April 18.
Registration for the first mini-session will close Jan. 2, while registration for the second mini-session will close Feb. 26
The classes are broken down by age groupings. The class for 2-year-olds is from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and will feature ballet only at a cost of $45 per mini-session. Three- and 4-year-olds will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will learn ballet and tap dance; this class is $55 per mini-session. Dance students in kindergarten, and first and second grades will study ballet and tap dance from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the cost is $65 for these students per mini-session.
Registration is handled online at farc.sportssignup.com. You can get more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Freedom Area Recreation Council at 410-549-6296.
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