Charles

Medical loan closet offered

The Aging & Senior Programs Division maintains a medical equipment loan closet to facilitate temporary provision of durable medical equipment to qualified persons. Supplies consist of walkers, canes, bath/shower benches and wheelchairs, but are limited. Donations accepted. Call 1-855-843-9725.

Caregiver support group scheduled

A Caregiver Support Group Virtual call-in Caregiver Support Group with Cindy Olmsted and Holly Conley will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. Call 1-857- 232-0159 and enter conference code 358243 when prompted.

Art in the Park planned

Take part in Art in the Park 10 a.m. Fridays at Laurel Springs Park, 5940 Radio Station Road in La Plata. Registration required. Call 301-934-5423.

Blood drive scheduled

The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center will hold a blood drive Monday, June 28, at the American Legion Post 82, 6330 Crain Highway in La Plata. Go to www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?order =DATEe=10&zipSponsor=20646.

Rent relief funds available

The Board of County Commissioners has provided the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee with relief funds of $500,000 to support residents facing evictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Families facing financial difficulties related to employment loss or a significant reduction in work hours may be eligible to apply for assistance with paying rent and utilities. Applicants must be Charles County residents and demonstrate job loss or reduction in work hours due to COVID-19. There may be additional eligibility requirements. Call 301-274-4474.

Free tax preparation offered

Free income tax preparation for moderate to low income seniors appointments are now being offered. Seniors must meet eligibility requirements. To schedule an appointment, individuals aged 60 and older can call 301-609-5712, or individuals aged 18-59 can call 301-609-5704 or contact Barbara Joy at 301-609-5712 or JoyB@charlescountymd.gov.

St. Mary’s

Activity centers to reopen today

The Department of Aging & Human Services recently announced the re-opening of the Senior Activity Centers. The centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. All activities and use of the fitness equipment will be available by appointment only and face coverings will be required at all times. Call 301-475-4200, Ext. 1050 or go to www.stmarysmd.com/aging.

Book club discussion planned

The Loffler Book Club will discuss “Book of the Little Axe” by Lauren Francis Sharma 2 p.m. Friday, May 7. A few copies are being held at the Lexington Park Library. Email Sheila.Graziano@stmarysmd.com.

Discuss the day’s hot topics

Discuss current events 10 a.m. Mondays. Talks will be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month. No Zoom needed, just access to the internet via computer, laptop or phone and an e-mail account. Email Sheila.Graziano@stmarysmd.com.

Create a gnome

Make a gnome 11 a.m. Friday, May 14 in a free class at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. This simple version requires the use of a glue gun. Materials will be supplied. Space is limited. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1660.

Shred day and medication collection available

A community shred day and medication collection will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the government center in Leonardtown. Contact Sarah Miller at 301-475-4200, Ext. 1073 or sarah.miller@stmarysmd.com.

Calvert

Senior centers to reopen May 3

The Department of Community Resources Office on Aging recently announced that its senior centers will reopen to the public with limited programming Monday, May 3.

The centers will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and social distancing guidelines will be in effect.

Meals will be served each day at noon and cost $5 for ages 50 to 59 and a suggested $3 donation for ages 60 and older.

Information and assistance will be offered at each center by appointment only and limited exercise classes will also be offered, though fitness rooms will remain closed at this time.

The senior centers are:

• North Beach Senior Center, 9010 Chesapeake Ave. in North Beach. 410-257-2549.

• Calvert Pines Senior Center, 450 W. Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick. 410-535-4606

• Southern Pines Senior Center, 20 Appeal Lane in Lusby. 410-586-2748

The office continues to offer virtual programming through a virtual senior center that features fitness lessons, nutrition tips, recipes, safety information and more. Go to www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/VirtualSeniorCenter.

Senior Rides Program offered

Applications are now being accepted for subsidized transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. Call Kathy NeSmith at 410-535-4606, ext. 139.

Representative opening available

The Commission on Aging has openings for representatives from District 1, the southern district of Calvert County. Call Liz Youngblood at 410-535-4606, ext. 130 or go to www.calvertcountymd.gov/2100/Commission-on-Aging.

Alzheimer’s support group offered

A virtual Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Call 410-394-3000 or email Charles Harrell at charrell@asbury.org or Dennis Poremski at dporemski@asbury.org.

Online newsletter offered

If you would like to receive an emailed copy of the online newsletter “The Connection,” contact Ed Sullivan at 410-535-4606, ext. 121 or ooamailbox@calvertcountymd.gov.

Activity center available

The Calvert County Department of Community Resources, Office on Aging, offers a virtual activity center with recipe and craft demonstrations, exercise classes, safety information and more. New videos added regularly. Go to www.calvertcountymd.gov/virtualseniorcenter.

Maryland Senior Call Check available

The state of Maryland has a program to check on senior residents daily where a daily call is made to verify a senior citizens’ well-being and scheduled at your convenience. Registration required. Call toll free 866-502-0560 or to receive a mailed application, go to www.aging.maryland.gov.