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Special to the Recorder

The Medicare Prescription Drug Program enrollment period ends Dec. 7. Now is the time to join or make changes to existing prescription coverage. Contact the Office on Aging SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) for an appointment: Calvert Pines at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170, North Beach at 410-257-2549 or Southern Pines at 410-586-2748.

Tax volunteers needed

The AARP Tax-Aide program sponsored by the Calvert County Office on Aging is seeking volunteers to serve as tax counselors to prepare, review and e-file 2012 tax returns at each of the three senior centers in 2013. Volunteers can give a few hours a week or more. All Tax-Aide volunteers will be required to pass the IRS and Maryland certification tests. Training will be offered in late 2012 and/or early 2013. For more information, contact the Office on Aging at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.

Important benefit changes coming

On March 1, 2013, the U.S. government will stop mailing paper checks for recurring Social Security, veteran and federal retiree pension payments. The U.S. Department of the Treasury is requiring federal benefit recipients to receive money electronically. Choose to get payments by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® account. It’s convenient — once enrolled, participants do not have to go to the bank to deposit checks. It’s safe — it protects against lost or stolen checks. It’s smart — it is faster access to money. There are several ways to sign up. Talk to the bank, credit union or savings and loan, go to, or call the Social Security Office in Charlotte Hall at 1-888-866-5181.

News from Calvert Pines Senior Center

The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year, but it can be stressful for many people. Learn ways to control this with the Ask-For-The-Nurse talk “Don’t Stress Out Over the Holidays” at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

News from North Beach Senior Center

Join in the spirit of the holiday season with Fun Days of Christmas at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. There will be Christmas word games. Then on Friday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., take part in an ornament swap. Bring a new, wrapped ornament to participate.

News from Southern Pines Senior Center

Get some tips on how to help stay healthy this winter at the Ask-For-The-Nurse presentation “Fighting the Flu” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.