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Brooklyn Park center to begin programs Nov....


Brooklyn Park center to begin programs Nov. 1

The county Department of Aging is preparing to open Brooklyn Park Senior Center, the seventh in a countywide network and the one that completes a geographic circle.

Registration has begun for a wide range of programs that will begin Nov. 1, nearly three weeks before the official ribbon-cutting at the facility at 11 a.m. Nov. 21.

It will be at 202 Hammonds Lane, in the new Brooklyn Park Community Center that is part of the renovation of the old Brooklyn Park Junior-Senior High. The complex also includes a new middle school and the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts.

The senior center will have about 6,000 square feet of space, with a computer lab, an exercise/dance room, a crafts room, a dining and assembly area, two offices and a kitchen.

"Seniors will also be able to take classes offered through the county's Recreation and Parks Department and the Chesapeake Center," according to the Department of Aging.

Registration for initial programs is taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Brooklyn Park Nutrition Site at 5503-A Ritchie Highway and the senior center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Information on programs at the new center: staff members Carolyn Boyd or Soung Hee Kim at 410-222-6869.

Variety of programs on tap in Odenton

O'Malley Senior Center in Odenton is accepting registration for a variety of programs in its continuing education series starting next month.

Classes ranging from quilting (from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mondays) to singles and couples ballroom dancing (10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays) taught by Spero Pappafotis begin next week.

Ed Rachuba will teach the art of carving ducks, birds and other wildlife from wood in a new duck carving class from 9:30 a.m. to noon Fridays.

For more experienced computer users, a three-week workshop on Web page development will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays starting Oct. 6. The workshop costs $15.

Information on registration and fees: 410-222-6227.

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