NOV 2013: South County Senior Center Events

South County Senior Center is one of seven senior centers operated by Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. It is located at 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater; the phone number is 410.222.1927. Membership, which is free and available for persons age 55 and older, is required for participation in programs. Find us on the web at

  • 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 1: South County Senior Center Computer Group (SCSCCG) will hold its third meeting of the 2013-2014 season. The November meeting will include a summary of chips and ports (no not potato chips, fries or wine) but the many new computer chips (aka CPUs/processors) and data ports that are currently available. Join fellow seniors in this open meeting and discover what they are doing with computers and digital/cyber devices. Meeting is open to ALL senior center members. Just show up. Bring a Flash/pen/jump/thumb drive to the meeting if you have one. Handouts, if any, will be digital!
  • 10 a.m. Nov. 5.  Ask the Undertaker ~ Holiday Help.  The holidays are upon us! Many of us describe this season as the “most wonderful time of the year.” Unfortunately this doesn’t hold true for everyone. For those who have lost a loved one during these months or this year, the holidays may become a time of mourning and grief. As a friend or family member of one of these individuals, we often begin to ask ourselves:
  • How can I help a friend/family member through this holiday season?
  • What should I say when I see my friend or family member?
  • What modern means of therapy would be acceptable to them?
  • How can I help a family with young children?
  • Should I keep my friend/family member active and involved during this time of year?

In his upcoming educational presentation, he’ll touch on the frequently asked questions regarding the topic of helping a family cope with the holiday season. Come and enjoy some refreshments with us while we discuss a topic that will educate all and provide assistance in becoming a better friend to someone experiencing grief. Ask your most difficult questions or send them ahead to: .

  • 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5 (note new time!)New Kids on the Block. Please join us at this time for an informative overview of the Center happenings.
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6: Maryland Insurance Administration is the state agency that enforces Maryland’s insurance laws. The MIA provides assistance to consumers in all areas of insurance, including life, health, disability, auto, homeowners and property.  MIA can educate you about your rights and will investigate written allegations  that an insurance entity has violated state law. Patricia Dorn, of the Consumer Education and Advocacy Unit, will be here at this time.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 6: Fall Fun Fest.  This “Hearts of Gold FUNdraiser” will feature a bake sale, raffles including those on display in the front lobby, the sale of fall arrangements for home décor and hostess gifts, and an Ice Cream Social at noon. Bring your $2.00 to purchase a delicious ice cream sundae.

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    Ice Cream Social Nov 6. 10 a.m.

  • 1 p.m. Nov. 6: The 1940’s Band plays your favorite old standards. Bring your dancing shoes too!
  • Nov. 7: Winter Class Registration begins for classes starting January 6th. Registration forms will be accepted at the Center through December 11th. See page 6 for alternate registration information.
  • 1 p.m. Nov. 7: Four Rivers Garden Club returns to make a fall arrangement. You must sign up in advance as space is limited.
  • 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8: Veterans’ Day Observance. Ted Armour and Heidi Kammer will lead this program recognizing our Center veterans and veterans everywhere. Your participation is welcome, your attendance is most encouraged.
  • 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 12: Holiday Sale begins at this time and continues at the same time each day until we sell out. A huge variety of decorations, crafts, jewelry, and new gift items will be available at flea market prices.
  • Nov. 10 a.m. Nov. 12: Christmas Collectibles, Christmas Memorabilia. Then and Again Antiques returns to discuss and appraise these kinds of items. Bring them along and learn if what you have is valuable!
  • 11:15 p.m. Nov. 12: How  To Build A Balanced Exercise Program. A representative of Heritage Harbour Health & Rehabilitation Center will discuss the many aspects of exercising for seniors: where do I start, how do I stay on track, how much should I do and how often?
  • 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 15:  Holiday Card Making Class.  Let’s gear up to make some fun holiday cards.  A simple, but elegant card will be made using the Big Shot, some lovely cardstock colors and a bit of ribbon.  An ornament card sure to please anyone on your card list will be made using the Big Shot, coordinating stamp and punch in colors of your choice.  Last, but certainly not least, we will turn a candy bar into a snowman complete with hat and scarf.  This will please all the chocolate lovers on your list.  Watch for the display in the lobby, and sign up in advance. $3.00 supply fee is paid to the instructor.
  • 10 a.m. Nov. 18. Scrap Yarn Knitting. Judi Hilton-Hyde has this month’s window display of hats and wrist warmers. Learn to make these items for yourself using simple patterns and instructions Judi will supply. You only need to know how to do basic knit and purl stitches. Sign up in advance, please bring your own scrap yarn and needles.
  • 1 p.m. Nov. 18: Pilgrims, Plymouth, Pumpkin, and More: Thanksgiving from 1621 to the Present. Food educator Joyce White returns; sign up as class size is limited due to the tastings.

This presentation will explore the political, social, economic and cultural traditions that have made Thanksgiving the truly American holiday that it is.  Learn how Thanksgiving has transformed itself over time from the celebration of Harvest Home, as it was called in 1621 by the settlers at Plimoth Plantation, and been influenced by such prominent figures in American history as George Washington, women’s magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.  You’ll learn that not only have the reasons we celebrate Thanksgiving changed over time, but so has the food!  The PowerPoint presentation will be followed by samples of Thanksgiving from four centuries:  17th c. Corncakes, 18th c. Gingerbread Cakes, 19th c. Cranberry Pyes, and 20th c. Pumpkin Tarts.

  •  1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18: Friends and Family CPR. A representative of Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department will be teaching this basic class that meets the new American Heart Association guidelines. Use of the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) will be covered. Class size is limited, sign up at the front desk.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19. National Memory Screening Day. Visiting Angels of South County presents this annual event. Sign up in advance at the front desk for an appointment for a free, confidential memory screening with followup resources and educational materials.
  • 1 p.m. Nov. 20: Charles Taylor and the Availables  return to entertain us with their toe-tapping music. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes.


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