Health fair planned for next month

The 2018 Health Fair, sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, located at 44219 Airport Road in California. The event is free. Flu shots will be available for $20, and there will be a variety of free screenings and health checks including skin cancer, hearing, vision, oral and blood pressure. Expired or unwanted medications will be collected. For more, contact Sarah Miller at 301-475-4200, ext. *1073, or, or visit

Cycling ride planned for next week on BWI trail

The YES Cycling Group will have a ride on the BWI trail on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The group will meet at the Northern Senior Activity Center at 8:30 a.m. and will caravan to Glen Bernie. The trip will be led by Dan and Diana Donahue. Helmets and cell phones are required to participate. To sign up for the ride or for more information, call Rachel at 301-475-4200, ext. *3103.

Get financially fit

The Garvey Senior Activity Center will have a presentation on money management on Monday, Oct. 1, at 2:30 p.m. Sign up at the receptionist desk or by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1050. There is no fee to attend; however, advance sign up is required.

Americanism series continues on Wednesday

Part four of the Southern Maryland American Legion Post 221 American outreach initiative series will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3. This presentation will provide an overview of the veterans organizations in St. Mary’s and nearby areas. Mike Barbour, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, will discuss the charter of these organizations and the role they play in advocating for veterans benefits. This presentation will be during lunch at the Garvey center; bring a bagged lunch or reserve a lunch that will be served at noon. Advance registration for the presentations and lunch is required. Call 301-475-4200, ext. *1050, to make reservations.

CSM wellness clinic planned

The College of Southern Maryland’s nursing program will provide a free wellness clinic at the Northern Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Health checks include blood pressure, height and weight, heart rate, and vision. Presentations include topics such as bacteria in the bay, benefits of compression garments, best brain foods, and how to manage chronic pain. Prior sign-up is not required.

Learn about macular degeneration

Health Watch volunteer coordinator Linda Weintraub will discuss macular degeneration at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. Learn about what causes it and how to reduce the effects and progression if diagnosed with it. To sign up for this free presentation, call 301-475-4200, ext. *1658, or stop by the reception desk.

Engage in healthy conversation at Garvey

The Garvey Senior Activity Center will be taking part in a pilot program provided by The University of Maryland Extension called “Fresh Conversations.” This nutrition program supports healthy aging and independence by giving older adults an opportunity to gather and discuss current nutrition and health topics, taste low-cost healthy recipes, and discover new ways to stay active and independent. The session will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Materials will be available for pick up on Monday, Oct. 1. Sign-up is required by calling 301-475-4200, ext. *1050.

Driving class planned

An AARP Safe-Driving course will be held at the Loffler Senior Activity Center on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with an hour lunch break at 11:30 a.m.). The cost is $20 or $15 for members, payable on the day of class. This program includes emphasis on roundabouts, pavement markings, stop-sign compliance, red-light running and safety issues such as speeding, seat belt and turn signal use. Preregistration is required; call 301-475-4200, ext. *1658, or stop by the registration desk by Thursday, Oct. 10, to sign up.

Zumba course offered

Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba Gold is designed for folks 50 and older as it recreates the original moves but at a lower-intensity. The class focuses on cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance. Zumba Gold is available at all three senior activity centers in St. Mary’s County. At the Loffler Senior Activity Center classes are on Mondays at noon. Garvey’s Zumba Gold classes are on Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. Northern’s class is held at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. For more information, including costs, call 301-475-4200, and for Loffler use ext. *1658, for Garvey use *1050, and for Northern use *3101.

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