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Help arthritis improve with tai chi

Tai Chi for Arthritis is an evidence-based program that is designed to help reduce pain, improve balance and promote total body wellness. The seated version of this class is ideal for those interested in the health benefits while utilizing the safety and security of a chair. Classes are held at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Mondays, Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. This series does involve commitment to attend as many of the six classes as possible. Advanced sign up is required by visiting the sign-up table or by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 73103.

Learn makeup techniques at Garvey

Ring in the new year with a make-up session Mary Kay expert Therese Simons will be at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. to show you what colors work best for you and the proper technique to apply make-up. There will be breakfast pastries, non-alcoholic mimosas and coffee. Space is limited. Cost for the class will be $5. Payment is due at the time of sign up. For more, call 301-475-4200, ext. 71050.

Video to be shown at Loffler center

The documentary “He Named Me Malala” will be shown at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. This video shows an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The shooting of the then 15-year-old teenager sparked international media coverage, and Yousafzai has since emerged as a campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Register to see this video by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 71658, or stop by the reception desk to sign up.

Tai chi series coming soon to Northern

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention can improve balance, build strength and promote total-body wellness. In this class series, participants will learn both the original and Part 2 movements in a complete 12-week cycle. Classes are held Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through March 26, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Northern Senior Activity Center. Space is limited; advanced sign up is required. New students will be given sign-up priority. To register for this 12-week series, visit the sign-up table or call 301-475-4200, ext. 73103.

Free Health Watch presentation planned next month at Loffler center

Linda Weintraub will present Assessing Your Mental Health as part of Loffler center’s monthly Health Watch program on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. When asked how you are feeling, it’s not always easy to truthfully answer this seemingly simple question. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 71658, or stop by the reception desk to sign up for this free presentation.

Line dance at Northern center

For the first time at the Northern Senior Activity Center, welcome Marie Bond and Catherine Bush for R&B line dancing on Fridays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. These ladies will guide you step-by-step as you learn some of today’s trendiest line dances. Payment of $12 for six classes is made directly to instructors the day of class. To sign up, visit the sign-up table or call 301-475-4200, ext. 73103.

Have lunch with Paul Barber next month

Paul Barber performed at last year’s Northern Senior Activity Center talent show and has performed all over St. Mary’s, displaying his musical talent through the piano and singing. Paul’s musical style ranges from good old country to the upbeat music of Elvis Presley. He will be at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at noon. Enjoy lunch at the center during the performance. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 71050, to learn more or to make reservations.

Beginner’s piano/keyboard class coming up at Loffler center

Robert L. Jefferson, the author of the “How to Play Gospel” book series, will again offer beginner piano/keyboard classes at the Loffler Senior Activity Center, starting Tuesday, Jan. 15, and continuing through Feb. 19. The cost for the lessons is $100 for six sessions and includes instruction, texts and corresponding CD. Additionally, you will need to invest in an inexpensive keyboard ($50 to $100 or more available at local stores and online). Payment for the lessons can be made to Jefferson on the first day of class. Preregistration is required by Jan. 8. For questions or to sign up, call 301-475-4200, ext. 71658, or stop by the registration desk at Loffler.

Tai chi for beginners offered at Loffler

Loffler Senior Activity Center will offer Beginner Tai Chi for Arthritis classes on Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. beginning Monday, Jan. 28. In this class, learn to do core movements on each side of the body in a graceful routine while applying basic tai chi principles. There is no fee for this class, but a commitment to attendance and practice is necessary for success. Pre-registration is required. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 71658, or stop by the reception desk to sign up.

Fitness card prices to increase soon

Beginning Jan. 1, the price of senior activity center fitness cards will increase to $35. The income from sales pays for the centers’ contractual instructors.

WARM seeks volunteer drivers

With colder weather settling in, The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services is seeking additional volunteer drivers for Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many, a winter emergency shelter program for homeless individuals in St. Mary’s. The department coordinates transportation for the WARM program, including recruiting and scheduling volunteer drivers, who must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. Volunteers will be given access to a county-owned van. Slots are open seven days per week, morning and evening shifts, while WARM is operational. To volunteer, contact Ursula Harris at 301-475-4200, ext. 71658, or at Ursula.Harris@stmarysmd.com.

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