Driving class scheduled at Northern center
The Northern Senior Activity Center will host an AARP Smart Driving Course on Tuesday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This course includes safety strategies that older drivers can use to compensate for changes as they age and allow them to drive more safely and confidently for as long as possible. The fee is $20 or $15 for AARP members; payment is required to sign up for the class. The class is four hours with a break for lunch at 11:30 a.m. To sign up and pay for in advance and to sign up for lunch, visit the front desk or call 301-475-4200, ext. 73101.
Write about life experiences
“LifeBio 101,” an eight-week life story writing group, will be offered at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Mondays and Fridays, May 3 to 31 (no class May 27), from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. This interactive class is designed to provide a structure to introduce the power of life stories and to kick start participants’ efforts to capture memories, experiences and values. No prior writing experience is necessary. Participants will need to bring a spiral bound notebook to class. There is no cost to attend; attendance for all class sessions is highly encouraged. Space is limited to 12 people. To register, call 301-475-4200, ext. 71050.
Video to be shown
Come to the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, May 8, at 10 a.m. to see the film “The Last Outlaws: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” by American Experience. Outlaw legends Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid captivated Americans in the 1890s with their exploits that included robbing banks and trains in the West, and then seemingly vanishing into thin air. Register to see this free video by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 71658, or stop by the reception desk.
Learn about strokes
What is a stroke and what causes it, and can they be prevented? Linda Weintraub will offer a free health presentation about strokes as part of Loffler center’s monthly Health Watch Program on Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the. To sign up, call 301-475-4200, ext. 71658, or stop by the reception desk.
Baseball bus trip to Washington is planned for May 16
The St. Mary’s department of aging and human services is leading a bus trip to Nationals Park to see the Nats take on the New York Mets on Thursday, May 16. The cost of this trip is $75 and includes game ticket, transportation on a motor coach, driver gratuity and snacks to and from the game. Lunch refreshments can be purchased separately at the stadium. The trip is held rain or shine, the seats are under cover. Game starts at 1:35 p.m. The bus will depart from the Garvey Senior Activity Center at 10:15 a.m. and the Northern Senior Activity Center at 10:45 a.m., and will depart the stadium no later than 5 p.m. Payment and completed trip waiver are due at sign-up to secure a spot. For more, contact Rachel Mowatt at 301-475-4200, ext. 73103, or Rachel.Mowatt@stmarysmd.com.
Learn to ‘Walk with Ease’
The six-week “Walk with Ease” series will be offered at Leonard Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from May 13 to June 20, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The health program developed by The Arthritis Foundation uses walking to relieve the pain and stress of arthritis. Each session has two components: classroom instruction followed by a period of warming up and then walking. This series, taught by Debbie Brown, is being offered for free. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 71050.
Luncheon for centenarians slated for next month
The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services will host its first centenarian luncheon at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown on Wednesday, May 22, at 11 a.m.
Friends, family and caregivers are welcome to accompany honorees who are 100 or older. Honorees must be 100 years of age or older as of Dec. 31, 2019. Each honoree is limited to a maximum of three guests. Contact Sarah Miller at 301-475-4200, ext. 71073, or Sarah.Miller@stmarysmd.com to RSVP.
Get ready to play some softball
Do you like to play ball, and are you looking for a team to join? There will be softball games played at Leonard Hall in Leonardtown on Fridays at 10 a.m. starting April 26. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 71050, to learn more.
Workshop series on independence is underway
Keys to Independence, a free community workshop series sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services, will continue this month at the College of Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown campus in Building C, Room 304, on Tuesdays, April 23 and 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn about retirement plans, Medicare and Medicaid, volunteer opportunities and more. Topics will include mobility and independence on April 23, and “Scams, Frauds and Elder Abuse Prevention” on April 30. Registration is required, space is limited. For more information or to sign up, contact Sarah Miller at 301-475-4200, ext. 71073, or Sarah.Miller@stmarysmd.com.
Get outside, see birds at Navy base next month
Join bird photographer Dean Newman and Bettie Broadhurst for a morning of avian fun on Friday, May 17, to view the spring migration of birds passing through Naval Air Station Patuxent River to breeding territories. This outing will have very little walking or physical exertion other than getting in and out of a van multiple times. Bring binoculars. The tour concludes with lunch at the Rivers Edge restaurant on base. Tour departs from Loffler Senior Activity Center at 7:30 a.m. and returns about 1 p.m. Advance registration and payment of $22 is required. Register at any of the senior activity centers. For more, call Alice at 301-475-4200, ext. 71063.
Nutrition talk set at Loffler
Donna Taggert, a licensed dietician, will offer the presentation “Nutrition and Your Gut” on Monday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. This will be a good opportunity to get some questions answered about foods that are good for the digestive system, and Taggert will offer private nutrition counseling at no cost. To sign up for the presentation, call 301-475-4200, ext. 71658, or stop by the reception desk at Loffler. To make an appointment for individual nutrition counseling, text or call Taggert at 240-538-6539.