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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.
New arts and crafts class set at Loffler center
Form-a-line is a method of card embroidery that can be used to create greeting cards and gifts. A simple design is punctured onto card stock and then embellished with embroidery floss. Each week a new design is featured. For your first class, bring $4 to cover supply costs. Also, bring a small pair of scissors for snipping thread. Each week, participants will take home a new card. This class meets on Mondays at 1 p.m. For more information or to sign up, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.
Make a wine cork wreath
Make a wine cork wreath decorated with tiny, red, jingle beels at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 1:30 p.m. Cost of $7 includes supplies. Sign up by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.
Scenic drives virtual trip scheduled
On Monday, Dec. 3, at 12:30 p.m., a virtual travel session will be held at the Northern Senior Activity Center, where participants can experience ďAmericaís Most Scenic Drives.Ē A video shown on a large screen will take participants down the Eastern seaboard from Maine via Vermontís back roads to the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Great Smoky Mountains and ending in the Florida Keys. On Friday, Dec. 7, at 12:30 p.m., travel to Texas and Yellowstone and through Colorado, Montana ending at Yellowstone National Park. Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001, for more information and to sign up, as space is limited.
Donations sought for Christmas gift bingo
New, unwrapped items for the annual Christmas gift bingo are being accepted at the Loffler Senior Activity Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The bingo will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
If youíve bought or made something in the past year and found that you didnít use it after all or received a gift that doesnít quite work out for you, maybe you would like to donate it to the annual Christmas gift bingo (please, no candles, expired foodstuff or shopworn items players give these as gifts to their loved ones.) And while youíre bringing things by, sign up to play Christmas gift bingo yourself.
For more information, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658.
Button tree painting offered
Paint a simple tree and decorate it with white buttons for snowflakes at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. Trees will be painted on white canvas stretch board. Buttons will be provided; however, participants are welcome to bring their own white buttons to incorporate. Cost of $7 includes supplies. To sign up, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.
Free massage offered
On Monday, Dec. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., free 10-minute massage sessions will be offered, courtesy of the Northern Senior Activity Center Council. Call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001, to reserve a time at the center with a certified massage therapist.
Make a tasty Christmas cottage
Use Pop Tarts to make an edible house at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. Participants will construct the cottages on Thursday and let them dry overnight. The next day, the houses will be ready to decorate with bright Christmas candy and royal icing. Cost is $8, payable the first day of the class. Call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658, by Tuesday, Dec. 4, to sign up.
Garvey to host holiday celebration
For a holiday treat, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at noon, the Garvey Senior Activity Center welcomes back Terry Marsh and her Showstoppers and Chart Toppers show, featuring favorite holiday tunes. When Marsh was here in 2011, she entertained the center with a fast-moving program of Big Band numbers and show tunes. This year, Marsh will sing favorite holiday tunes with a touch of blues and Big Band.
Following the show, the center will host a gift exchange. Participation in the gift exchange is optional. Bring a wrapped gift, costing $5 or less to participate.
The lunch menu will feature chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, gravy, garden salad with French dressing, peas and carrots, cranberry juice, lemon meringue pie. Lunch cost is by donation for those ages 60 and older and $5.50 for those younger than 60. Make reservations by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.
Breakfast cafe scheduled
Let the Northern center do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day and good conversation with others on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. Breakfast will be homemade by Paula and served with complimentary beverages at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Breakfast will be cream chipped beef over toast with fruit. Cost is $2 per person and sign up and payment is due by noon the day before. For more information, call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001.
Dinner raffle tickets to be sold at Christmas party
Tickets for a dinner raffle will be available at the annual Christmas party at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Friday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost of the raffle tickets will be $10 each and the winning name will be drawn at the Christmas party. The winner gets a dinner for six to eight people at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on a weekend evening in January or February. A choice of several appetizers, entrees, side dishes and dessert will be served on Loffler china in an elegant setting. Advance raffle tickets are available. For more information, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1656.