AARP driving class set at senior center


March 24, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

QUICK: AT A four-way stop, which car has the right of way? Is it the car that got to the corner first or the one with the biggest tires?

If this driving situation confuses you, you're not alone. If you are age 50 or older, you can get an answer to this and other driving questions at AARP's "55-Alive" driving course at Brooklyn Park Senior Center on Hammonds Lane.

The two-day class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. It is designed to refine existing driving skills while learning new defensive-driving techniques.

AARP instructor Chuck Lewis will provide information on how vision and hearing changes, medication and changes in reaction times affect driving skills. He also will answer questions on what to do in hazardous driving situations - and what to do at those confusing four-way stops.

The cost is $10. AARP membership is not required. To register: Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 410-222-6847.

Programs for all ages

The North County Recreation Center's spring programs will offer a chance to learn something new or brush up on an old skill.

Beginning the first week of April, children ages 2 to 5 may take part in Craft n Play from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays, and Pre-K Stories and Crafts from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Mondays.

For children in grades three through six, a craft club meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, and a ceramics class is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Children also can learn to sew on machines from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays. An advanced sewing class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays.

Aspiring magicians in grades one through six can learn a new bag of tricks by attending magic classes for beginners and advanced beginners from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Participants should be prepared to show off because the class will end with a performance.

Future supermodels ages 12 to 16 can prepare for that first professional trip down the catwalk in "Modeling 101." The class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays.

Grownups need not feel left out: They have classes, too. They can learn tai chi fitness from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, aerobic kick boxing from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and qi gong, a Chinese method of strengthening, nourishing and balancing the life force in our bodies, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays.

For information on programs at the Center: 410-222-0036.

North County Recreation Center is at 186 Hammonds Lane, behind Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts.

Alumni in New York

Those buzzin' bees from the Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association are at it again. Their annual spring bus trip to New York will take place May 4.

The bus will leave the Bingo World parking lot at Belle Grove Road and 10th Avenue at 6:30 a.m. Guests will be dropped off at 50th Street and Broadway, in the heart of midtown Manhattan, where they will spend a day on their own. The bus will leave from 50th and Broadway at 7 p.m.

The cost is $30 for association members and $35 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-636-3269 or 410-789-7214.

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