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St. Mary’s senior spotlight | Briefs

Have lunch with a musician

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.

Painting class planned at Northern activity center

Local artist Lorrie Johnston of Hearts Desire Creations will guide participants as they paint a snow tree design on canvas using acrylic paint at the Northern Senior Activity Center. This project is suitable for artists of all skill levels. Class is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $5 and is due at signup To sign up and pay in advance, visit the front desk. For more, call 301-475-4200, ext. 73103.

Free fitness classes offered this month at all three centers

Take advantage of Enhance Fitness during the month of January when it is offered free of charge at all three senior activity centers. Enhance Fitness helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized and empowered to sustain independent lives. Classes include a certified instructor, a warm-up, a low-impact aerobics workout, a strength training workout and a stretching workout. Visit one of the centers for more information.

Learn makeup techniques at Garvey activity center

Ring in the new year with a makeup 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 makeup. 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 next week

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.

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.

Learn about personal security

Harold “Harry” Tafe, a retired police detective and international banking security expert, will discuss security subjects, including phone and email scams, at the Garvey Senior Activity Center on Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. Advance registration is required by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 71050.

Line dance lessons offered at Northern senior 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.

Beginner’s piano/keyboard class coming up at Loffler senior 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.

Manage diabetes

The Garvey Senior Activity Center will offer a diabetes self-management class on Tuesdays from Jan. 22 to Feb. 26 at 1:30 to 4 p.m. Topics covered include nutrition, stress management, medication management and more. Register by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 71050. There is no fee to attend; however, attendance at all six sessions is recommended.

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.

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

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