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Contact the Loffler Senior Activity Center at 301-737-5670, ext. 1658; the Garvey Senior Activity Center at 301-475-4200, ext. 1050; the Northern Senior Activity Center at 301-475-4002, ext. 1001; and the Ridge nutrition site at 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. For the most up-to-date information, see www.stmarysmd.com/aging.

Free massages offered

Have you ever wanted a massage, but weren’t sure you would like it and did not want to invest the money until you were sure? On Monday, Oct. 15, free 10-minute massages will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall. The Northern Senior Activity Center Council is sponsoring the one-time per person massages (you choose one area hands, shoulders, back, feet, legs at the time of your scheduling). Stop by the front desk to sign up for a session. Prior massage participants may put their name on the standby list for any openings unclaimed.

For more information, call council president Pat Myers at 301-884-8714.

Lyme disease discussion, support group review set

On Thursday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m., the Lyme disease discussion and support group will meet at the Northern Senior Activity Center. This is the last session of the year to recap developments on Lyme disease education, advocacy and awareness. There will be a review of the house committee on foreign affairs’ hearing “Global Challenges in Diagnosing & Managing Lyme Disease-Closing Knowledge Gaps,” with testimony from Lyme-literate panelists on current issues and future needs. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 301-475-4002, ext. 1002.

Practice Tai Chi for Arthritis with instructor

Those who have learned the core and advanced movements of the Tai Chi for Arthritis program and would like to practice it with others who have done so, are invited to use the Weisman Room at Loffler Senior Activity Center with others on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. On Thursdays, there will be an instructor to guide participants through the practice. On Tuesdays, participants can help and encourage each other while improving health, balance and form. For more information, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.

Nursing students to host wellness clinic

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, the College of Southern Maryland nursing program will be at the Northern Senior Activity Center to provide hands-on presentations on osteoporosis, heart attacks and stroke and respiratory hygiene. Visitors can also see the “Germ Detector” tool used for hand-washing etiquette. There will also be screenings for height, weight, vision, body fat, body mass index, pulse oximetry and blood pressure. Walk-ins are welcome.

Pumpkin craft scheduled

Take a craft pumpkin, paint it white and add some colorful leaves to it for a splendid autumn centerpiece. That’s what will be happening at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. Cost to participate is $5, which can be paid to the instructor on the day of the craft. To sign up, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658, or stop by the front office by Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Northern to host a breakfast cafe

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m., the breakfast cafe will feature ham, eggs and cheese with fresh fruit at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Complimentary coffee, tea and juice will be available. Cost is $2 at time of sign-up 24 hours in advance. Stop by the front desk to sign up.

Bowling league seeks players

The senior bowling league meets 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Esperanza Lanes on Three Notch Road. Cost is $13 per person each session for three games and includes shoe and ball rental. There are two vacancies for someone age 50 and older. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is the league is more about fun than anything else. In addition, the league could use some new subs. Subs bowl for free.

For more information, call Shellie at 301-737-5670, ext. 1655.

Find your Way to Wellness

The 2012 Department of Aging and Human Services Health Fair, The Way to Wellness, will be held Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hollywood firehouse.

There will be health screenings that will cover skin cancer, hearing, depression and several others. Flu inoculations will be available (Medicare card holders should bring their cards; a $20 payment by cash or check is appreciated from those not eligible for Medicare). Free chair massages will be provided by Body Anew massages. There will be many giveaways and more then 75 vendors participating.

In addition, a commercial shredder truck will be available for the community from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. People are encouraged to bring documentation they no longer need so it can be shredded by professionals.

Lunch will be available for purchase from Rita B’s Catering. For more information, call Jennifer Hunt at 301-475-4200, ext. 1073.