Senior Notes

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Senior centers to offer free tax preparation help

Carroll County senior centers will offer free income tax assistance to senior citizens 60 and older, with no income limit, this winter and spring.

Appointments must be made in advance by calling one of the centers.

Taxpayers should bring the following items with them:

Last year's tax return.

All W-2 forms.

All 1099 forms (including any SSA 1099s).

Any estimated tax payments.

Married couples should both be present for signatures.

Donations are accepted to cover costs of the program.

The schedule for the individual centers' tax assistance is as follows:

Westminster Senior Center: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 31 to April 11. Closed Feb. 21 for Presidents Day (makeup date will be Feb. 22). 410-848-4049 or 410-876-3363.

South Carroll Senior Center: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 2 to April 6. 410-549-1357.

North Carroll Senior Center: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 3 to April 7. 410-239-6400.

Taneytown Senior Center: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 8 to 22 and March 15 to 29. Call for possible additional dates. 410-756-4557.

Mount Airy Senior Center: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays from Feb. 7 to April 8 (closed Feb. 21). 410-795-1017 or 301-829-2407.

Bureau of Aging releases weather-response policy

The Carroll County Bureau of Aging has announced its inclement-weather policy for its five senior activity centers.

Senior centers will remain open, but with the following limitations.

If Carroll County schools are closed:

No meals will be served.

No Carroll Transit Service will be offered to senior centers.

No senior programs or classes will be held.

If schools start two hours late:

No meals will be served.

Carroll Transit Service will be provided for those wishing to go out, but service may be late.

Seniors should call to see if programs or classes will be held.

If schools start one hour late:

Meals will be served.

Carroll Transit Service will be provided.

Classes and programs will be held as scheduled.

Seniors are encouraged to listen to WTTR-AM 1470 for updates during inclement weather.

Legal aid to be offered to older county residents

The Carroll County Bureau of Aging has contracted with the Mid-Western Maryland office of the Legal Aid Bureau in Frederick to provide legal assistance to Carroll residents 60 and older.

Walk-in clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the following sites:

Bureau of Aging, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster: Feb. 15, March 1 and March 29.

South Carroll Senior Center, 5745 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg: Feb. 22.

Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave.: Tuesday and March 22.

Taneytown Senior Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road: Feb. 8.

North Carroll Senior Center, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount: March 8.

Information: Legal Aid Bureau, 800-679-8813; or Bureau of Aging, 410-848-4049.

United Seniors Rally tickets are available

The 2005 United Seniors Rally will be held Tuesday in Annapolis.

Seniors wishing to go must call Charlie Culbertson at 410-823-6432 for tickets, which are $10.

Because of a lack of response for transportation, the Carroll County Bureau of Aging has canceled the reservation for a bus. Instead, a 12-passenger van has been reserved.

Carroll seniors who have sent their $5 for bus transportation will have it returned.

Information: 410-848-4049.

Health program planned for Feb. 4 AARP meeting

Carroll County AARP Chapter 662 will meet at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Wilhelm Caterers Ltd. in Westminster.

A health program will be presented at 11:15 a.m.

Lunch reservations are required by Jan. 31.

Information: 410-374-9249.

Recreation offered for disabled seniors

The Bureau of Aging's Senior Inclusion Program is designed to offer recreational activities to older adults with developmental disabilities.

The program operates from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave. Activities focus on health and fitness, arts and crafts, recreation, dance and music.

The Developmental Disabilities Administration determines eligibility and available funding.

Activities include:

Bass Pro Shop and lunch at Arundel Mills Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Bowling at Thunderhead Lanes in Taneytown from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4.

Stamp It card making with stamps, paper and decorations at 10 a.m. Feb. 11 and 25.

Information: 410-848-4049.

Nutrition talk, bingo at Westminster center

The Westminster Senior Center has announced its scheduled activities:

A nutrition talk will be given at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow on "Eating Well for Less."

A personal trainer will be at the center to give free demonstrations of the proper use of exercise equipment. Sessions will be held for one hour at 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and 14. Registration is required. Participants will need a consent release form before using exercise equipment.

Prize bingo will be held at 12:45 p.m. Thursday. Cards are 25 cents each.

The center is at 125 Stoner Ave. Information: 410-848-4049.

Mount Airy center announces activities

Mount Airy Senior Center has announced the following:

The Site Council will meet at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. Election of officers will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Haircuts will be given from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow. The cost is a donation; appointments are required.

The 55 Plus Club will take a trip to the Riverside Dinner Theater on Wednesday.

Birthdays will be celebrated at lunch at noon Wednesday with cake and ice cream.

The center's book club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.

AARP will hold a 55 Alive Driving Program for seniors from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the center. Reservations must be made and paid for by tomorrow. The cost is $10. Participants must attend both days to receive a certificate.

The Singing Seniors with Jane Fleming and Freda Condon at the piano will perform at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Fun and Games with Bev Green will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Prizes will be awarded. Lunch reservations are required. The cost is a donation up to $3.10 for seniors 60 and older and $3.10 for younger than 60.

Ballroom line dancing continues at 12:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 4, 11 and 18. Line dancing, cha-cha, salsa, waltz, tango and swing will be taught. The cost is $20 for six weeks.

The center is at 703 Ridge Ave. Information: 301-829-2407 or 410-795-1017.

South Carroll center events scheduled

South Carroll Senior Center in Eldersburg has announced the following events:

Super Bowl bingo will be played at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Birthdays will be celebrated at noon Thursday.

Terry Serio, nutrition coordinator, will discuss "Growing with Grains" at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

A Dinner and Game Night will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

A Cabin Fever Party will be held at noon, with karaoke by Noteworthy Entertainment at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

A stamping class will be held at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 3.

Senior Information and Assistance will be available, by appointment, beginning at 11 a.m. Feb. 3, and at other times also by appointment.

A trip to Midway in Delaware will be taken from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The cost is $7.

A trip to Toby's Dinner Theatre to see Miss Saigon will be taken from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16. Participants should see the center for details and reservations.

A People With Arthritis Can Exercise class will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays for eight weeks. The free group recreational program provides gentle exercises designed for people with arthritis to help increase joint flexibility and range of motion. The class is free, but registration is required.

Introduction to Computers will be offered at 9 a.m. and Computer Creations at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through February. Other computer classes also are available; see the center for details.

The center is at 5745 Bartholow Road.

Information: 410-549-1357.

North Carroll center offers various activities

North Carroll Senior Center has announced the following activities:

The Site Council will meet at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

A Cabin Fever activity will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. .

The Senior Moments Band will perform Tuesday.

A bingo bash will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Seniors can play bingo for prizes in the morning and regular bingo in the afternoon. Reservations are required.

A basic knitting class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning Feb. 3.

A Progressive 500 card party will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 3. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served. Reservations are required two days in advance.

The Site Council is sponsoring a trip to Myrtle Beach from May 15 to 19. The trip will feature three shows, a boat cruise, tour of Wilmington and visits to Broadway on the Beach and Barefoot Landing. The cost is $460 per person for double occupancy. Reservations with a $50 deposit (paid by Feb. 11) will be taken from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Trip forms must be filled out at the center; no telephone reservations will be taken. At least 40 people must sign up by Feb. 11 to confirm the trip.

The center is at 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

Information: 410-239-6400.

Super Bowl, Valentine events in Taneytown

Taneytown Senior Center plans the following activities:

Sweatshirt, Soup and Snowman Day will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.

"Stamping with Claudine" will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 31. A donation is requested to cover the cost of materials.

A Super Bowl Party will be held at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3. Admission is an item for the tsunami donation box.

Game night will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 3. Supper will be available from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a donation.

The second annual "Filipine/Taneytown Senior Center Valentine's Day Party" will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 12. The cost is $5.

The center is at 220 Roberts Mill Road.

Information: 410-751-1656.

AARP chapter plans outings near and far

AARP Carroll County Chapter 662 has planned the following trips:

March 31: Three Little Bakers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to see Springtime Egg-Stravaganza. The show will feature musical medleys, holiday singalongs and production numbers. The cost is $60.

April 5: Washington from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to see the cherry blossoms from aboard the Odyssey and visit the National World War II Memorial. The cost is $58.

May 15: Alaska.

June 7: Sight and Sound Theater from 10:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. to see Ruth. The show is at 1 p.m., with dinner afterward at Hershey Farms Restaurant. The cost is $70.

June 14: American Music Theatre to see The Revue. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. at Plain & Fancy Farm. The show is at 3 p.m. The cost is $59.

Aug. 23: Living Waters Theater from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. to see Psalms of David. The show is at 11:30 a.m. Dinner will be at Good 'N' Plenty. The cost is $58.

Sept. 30: Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Information, reservations: 410-795-6609.

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