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Center information

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, visit www.stmarysmd.com/aging.

Health fair set for Oct. 26

The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services will present its 2012 Annual Health Fair: The Way to Wellness on Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department.

Health screenings that will be available include skin cancer, hearing, depression and several others. Flu shots also 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.

In addition, a commercial shredder truck will be available for the community from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This service is available for any individual who wishes to shred documents, including financial and other personally identifiable documents, they no longer need. Lunch will be available for purchase from Rita B’s Catering. There will be giveaways and more than 75 vendors.

For more information, call Jennifer Hunt at 301-475-4200, ext. 1073.

Senior Matters group to meet

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 10:45 a.m., the Senior Matters discussion group will meet at the Northern Senior Activity Center to talk about managing family relationships. Structured like a small study or focus group, participants explore issues and concerns related to aging in a small group setting, facilitated by Elizabeth Holdsworth. The group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 10:45 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact the center at 301-475-4002, ext. 1001.

Northern hosts bunco league

On Oct. 15 at 10 a.m., a bunco league will be meeting at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The group meets the third Monday of every month. A $5 gift card is required for joining, which will be used as a prize. The league is accepting new members. If interested, call Pat Myers at 301-884-8714.

Breakfast cafe set

On Monday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m., the breakfast cafe will be serving up fried ham, home fries, scrambled eggs and toast. Cost is $2 due at time of sign up, before Friday, Oct. 19. To reserve a breakfast, stop by the front desk at the Northern Senior Activity Center in Charlotte Hall.

Volunteers needed for cards for troops project

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 1:30 p.m., volunteers at the Garvey Senior Activity Center will make handmade greeting cards for U.S. troops stationed abroad to send home to their family and friends. All handmade cards will be donated to Cards for Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that provides homemade greeting cards to service members to send home to family while away from home.

To sign up to help cut, stamp and assemble cards, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. No previous experience needed.

Play pokeno

Bring your pennies for pokeno, a bingo-like card game to be played at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 a.m. To sign up for lunch following the game, call the Garvey receptionist at 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Room and time set aside for tai chi

If you’ve 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, the Weisman Room at the Loffler Senior Activity Center is available for this purpose 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.

Loffler to host Art with Faith

Once a month, Loffler hosts a workshop with local professional artist Faith Gaillot. Gaillot has won many awards, belongs to several of the local artist guilds, and has developed her own techniques, which she shares in her monthly workshops. The next one will be Thursday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. This month’s painting will be a watercolor that features a creek, distant mountains, a tree and grasses. Techniques involved will be wet-on-wet as well as dry brush.

Cost for this class is $40, which includes all materials needed to complete a take-home painting. Payment can be made to instructor on the day of class. Sign up by calling 301-737-5670, ext. 1658, by Tuesday, Oct. 16.