Senior Notes


South County center to offer computer workshops in Sept.

South County Senior Center in Edgewood will offer a series of computer workshops next month. Center membership is necessary and can be attained at sign-up. The classes are free, but are on a first-come, first-served basis. Seniors 55 and older are encouraged to register. The classes include:

Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m. to noon, beginning computer; 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., word processing.

Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m. to noon, beginning computer.

Sept. 19 and Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Internet, e-mail and World Wide Web.

Sept. 23, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., word processing.

Sept. 25 and 26, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Internet, e-mail and World Wide Web.

Information: 410-222-1927.

AACC language classes to be held in October

South County Senior Center will offer three Anne Arundel Community College language classes in October. Registration will begin Sept. 3.

The classes include:

French, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 7.

Spanish, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 1.

Beginning Spanish, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 3.

Registration forms are available at the center. There is a fee for the classes.

Information: 410-222-1927.

Classes on computers, 20th century offered

O'Malley Senior Center will offer new courses for the fall cycle. The classes include a new Level II computer class, Personal Computing, The course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will cover basics, Microsoft Word, graphics, photo processing, the Internet and e-mail attachments. Owning a personal computer is a prerequisite for registering for this course.

A survey course, "Critical Issues of the 20th Century," will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays. The class will give students an overall view of the development of America from 1900 to 1970.

An Internet course will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The class will cover the basics, Internet providers, copy and paste, e-mail, attachments, Web addresses, search engines, viruses and firewalls.

Registration for the above classes and all other classes will begin Sept. 3. 410-222-6227.

Trips to Eastern Shore, Shawnee Inn planned

Pasadena Senior Center Tour Committee has several trips on its agenda, including:

Visit to the Red Roost Inn in White Haven on the Eastern Shore tomorrow. The cost is $54 and includes baskets of chicken, fried clam strips, fried shrimp, Maryland steamed crabs, hush puppies and corn on the cob. Sing-along entertainment will be provided by the Back Fin Banjo Band. Participants will depart at 9:15 a.m. and return about 6:30 p.m.

Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa., Oct. 8. The cost is $70, and includes a trip to Shawnee Inn and Octoberfest in the resort village in the Poconos. A continental breakfast will be served. The day also will feature a two-hour open bar with wine, soda and beer; a buffet dinner; and bingo. Participants will depart from the center at 6:45 a.m. and return at 8 p.m.

Information: 410-222-0030 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Pasadena center plans health events, music

Pasadena Senior Center has announced activities for the month, including:

Sing-along with George Silate and the Gang at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

A porcelain-flower workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today and Friday. Space is limited to 10 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. A $6 supply fee will be collected.

Blood pressure screenings and diabetes monitoring from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow.

A van trip to Quiet Waters Park, to depart at 10:30 a.m. and return about 2 p.m. tomorrow. Participants can take lunch or purchase it at the park.

A performance by Stuart Wong, a violinist from St. Francis School, at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

A talk by Jo Shane from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program on senior volunteer opportunities from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 28.

A Labor Day Party from noon to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29, featuring karaoke and lunch. Registration is due by tomorrow.

Instructors needed to teach exercise, crafts

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging's Senior Nutrition Program is seeking instructors from the Maryland City/Laurel area to teach low-impact aerobics, armchair exercise, yoga, line dancing, genealogy, crafts and crocheting. Crafts and line dancing instructors are needed for the Annapolis area. Information: Juanita Adams, 410-222-4464, Ext. 3053.

The Senior Nutrition Program has 20 sites throughout Anne Arundel County. Information: 410-222-4464.

O'Malley center, AACC to offer golf instruction

Registration for golf instruction will be held through Aug. 30 at O'Malley Senior Center. A morning session of instruction will run from 10 a.m. to noon with an afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The first class will be held Sept. 9 at the center. The remaining classes will be held at Night Hawk Driving Range on Route 3.

The class is offered through Anne Arundel Community College. Age 60 and older must pay a $20 administrative fee to the college. Age 59 and younger must pay the $20 administrative fee plus $40 for the class.

Participants are responsible for appropriate equipment and charges incurred at the driving range. Registration is required.

Information: 410-222-6227.

Newsletter offers advice on online health resources

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers tips on finding reliable health resources on the Internet in the latest edition of its newsletter, Learn to Live at Fifty Plus.

Individual and bulk copies of the free newsletter may be requested through the Health Department's Learn to Live Line: 410-222-7979.


Dances: South County Senior Center in Edgewater will offer a new series of musical entertainment called "Dancin' Through the Decades." These dances will be scheduled every three months. The first dance will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and will feature 1950s music by disc jockey Bob Duckman's Bandstand Favorites. November's dance theme will be "The Era of the '40s." 410-222-1927 or 410-798-4802.

Blood pressure screening: Brooklyn Park Senior Center will offer free blood pressure screenings from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the center. 410-222-6847.

Medical decisions: Wanda Nason Raleigh, director of the guardianship program of the county Department of Aging, will discuss medical decisions, assigning power of attorney and creating a living will at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Annapolis Senior Center. 410-222-1818.

Mat-cutting workshop: Art instructor Kathy Kniess will hold a mat-cutting workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at O'Malley Senior Center. Students should bring something to mat, a mat board and a frame. A 20-by-30-inch mat can be bought at the center for $3. Registration required. 410-222-6227.

Senior volleyball: South County Senior Center will offer co-ed volleyball for ages 55 and older from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning Friday. 410-798-4802.

Bereavement support: South County Senior Center offers "Bereavement: Working Through It," a free, informal discussion group with Norma Crane for age 55 and older. The group meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Farmer's Market trip: Brooklyn Park Senior Center will offer a trip to the Farmer's Market at 9:30 a.m. Friday. 410-222-6847.

Safety problem checklists: Brenda Callahan, from Home Instead Senior Care, will provide checklists for spotting and correcting safety problems in the home at 10 a.m. Monday at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center. 410-222-6847.

Meet the candidates: A meet the candidates meeting will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Stoney Creek Democratic Hall, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road. 410-761-1769.

About your back: A discussion on back fitness, back stretches, anatomy, back awareness and proper posture will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center. 410-222-6847.

Lecture: The state Department of Aging has scheduled a lecture on medical advanced directives from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Arnold Senior Center. 410-222-1922.

Identity theft: Anne Arundel police Officer Donald Clime will conduct a program about identity theft at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton. Participants will learn about identity theft when paying bills, making bank transactions and using credit cards. 410-222-6227 or 301-621-9515.

August birthday party: Celebrate August birthdays with your friends at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29. 410-222-6847.

Colon rectal cancer: Brenda Gallagher, a nurse case manager, will discuss colorectal cancer and lifestyle changes that can lower your risks to the disease at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center. 410-222-6847.

Craft workshops: Annapolis Senior Center will hold workshops for the 2002 Holiday Bazaar from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the center, 1027 Bay Ridge Ave. in Eastport Shopping Center. 410-222-1818.

Diabetes lecture: The O'Malley Senior Center will sponsor a program on "Dealing With Diabetes" at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 3. A diabetes nurse educator with North Arundel Hospital's Joslin Diabetes Center will present the program. The lecture will address what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to a diabetes diet. The lecture will also address preventive measures that can be taken, treatment options and who is at risk. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture. Promotional and educational items will be available. Reservations are not required. 410-222-6227 or 301-621-9515.

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