Popular classes help make senior center a hit in first year

May 04, 2001

"This is a fine example - if you build it, they will come," says Judy S. Smith, director of the Pasadena Senior Center, which will celebrate its first anniversary with an open house Wednesday afternoon.

The center at Lake Shore Plaza has grown to 866 members, Smith said yesterday - many drawn by its weekday dance and exercise and art classes. Tuesday is busiest, when its popular classes in country line dancing take place.

Another class, one-stroke painting, is in such demand that it has been divided into beginner and intermediate sessions, she said.

Most classes are offered through the continuing education program of Anne Arundel Community College, with several sessions - class cycles - each year. For seniors ages 60 and older, there is a $20 registration fee per cycle, regardless of the number of classes being taken. Those ages 55 to 59 pay the $20 fee plus $40 per class.

Registration for the next cycle begins June 1.

Wednesday's free open house will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and include refreshments and visits from officials including County Executive Janet S. Owens and Virginia Thomas, director of the county Department of Aging.

There will also be music for listening or dancing by The 1940s, the same group that played for the opening celebration.

Information: 410-222-0030.

St. Jane's soccer players to hold spring dance

A spring dance sponsored by the St. Jane's Soccer Strikers Under 10 Girls Select Team will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 12 at the VFW Hall on Bayside Bead Road.

The event will feature beer, soda, door prizes and music by disc jockey Kathy K. and Company. Tickets are $15.

The St. Jane's Soccer Association team plays in the Baltimore Beltway Soccer League, an advanced girls' league, and has players who attend public and private schools.

Proceeds from the dance will go toward team expenses for the Hershey Wildcat Soccer Tournament at Hersheypark next month. Last year, the Strikers placed second in the tournament.

Information: 410-255-2292.

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