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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, see www.stmarysmd.com/aging.

Soup and salad luncheon set

On Thursday, Jan. 17, at noon, the Garvey Senior Activity Center will prepare a meal of minestrone soup, chef salad, warm Italian bread and, for dessert, a cup of homemade hot chocolate and warm, chocolate chip cookies. Cost for lunch is by donation for those ages 60 and older and $5.50 for those 60 or younger. Register by Jan. 14. by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1050.

Pickleball, anyone?

Pickleball is a cross between tennis and pingpong. Players use a pickleball paddle, which looks like a paddle ball paddle, a wiffle ball and a net. The game is played on a smaller version of a tennis court (about one-third the size). The focus of the game is on exercise and camaraderie. If you are interested in learning more about pickleball, or in signing up to play, attend the organizational meeting at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Monday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. or call 301-475-4200, ext. 1062. Games will be held at the Margaret Brent Middle School gym in Helen on Fridays, Feb. 8 through March 22. Advance registration is required.

Volunteers sought to help with cards for troops

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 1:30 p.m., the Garvey Senior Activity Center will make handmade Easter 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.

Woodcarving for beginners offered

A new class for beginning woodcarving will begin in January at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. The class will be taught by Warren Brown, an award-winning woodcarver. With an emphasis on safety and the importance of using the correct tools, Brown will hold an orientation on Jan. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. in which he will discuss the class’ first project, the specific tools needed (including a quality carving glove) as well as samples of his own work. Participants will be asked to bring a notebook and a #2 pencil to this orientation.

To sign up, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1656, by Friday, Jan. 11.

Loffler to host scripture study

Area seniors are invited to come to the Loffler Senior Activity Center to study the scriptures with friends. This study is a Christian-based, non-denominational gathering of people who are looking for comfort, joy and purpose in the written word. The next meeting is Friday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. For more information, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1655.

Northern breakfast cafe scheduled

Let us do the cooking and cleanup in the morning while you enjoy a great start to your day and good conversation with others. On Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m., French toast, sausage and fruit will be served for breakfast — homemade by the Northern Senior Activity Center’s Senior Council and served with complimentary beverages. Cost is $2 per person. Sign-up and payment is due by noon the day before. For more information, please call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001.

Easy Listening Lounge to feature Folk Salad Trio

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, from noon to 1 p.m., the Easy Listening Lounge, a performance series that showcases local artists in a social and casual atmosphere, will feature the music of Folk Salad Trio, performed by Greg Penk and fellow musicians. The event will also feature a special noontime lunch at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The lounge will be space near the stage area with quiet tables for the most attentive listeners. Those who prefer occasional conversation during the performance can sit in the dining room. A special donation collection for the featured performers will be taken by staff. Get a meal ticket at 11:30 a.m. as lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Reserve a pork roast and spiced apples lunch by noon Tuesday, Jan. 22, by calling 301-475-4002, ext. 1001. Cost for lunch is by donation for seniors 60 and older; $5.50 for others.