Seniors sought for Agewell exercise class

January 03, 2003

Edith Bennett is seeking a few brave seniors willing to exercise in spite of age or infirmity. Bennett, director of the Savage Senior Center, has been trying to launch a Level One 50+ Agewell exercise class for some time.

"Most of the people here are pretty active and healthy and younger," she said, noting that the center's Level Two class is filled. "We have 20, and the room is not very big."

The Level One class is geared to a more timid group. "That's the people who are more frail, have arthritis, more physical limitations," Bennett said. "The center serves very few [of them.] I don't know where they are."

Two people expressed interest in the Level One class, which is sponsored by Howard County General Hospital. But 10 is the number required for the hospital to subsidize it, Bennett said.

The class is designed to help with arthritic pain, and increase physical strength and balance. For those who need a ride, transportation is available through Howard Transit.

The center -- which also offers line-dancing, bingo, computer classes, a "Sit and Stitch" group (for women who crochet, knit, quilt or embroider), a morning walk at Historic Savage Mill, massage therapy, trips and a "Trailblazers" travel group -- occupies two small rooms at 9525 Durness Lane, an address it shares with the Savage branch library and the Howard County Health Department.

"It's very, very small," Bennett said. "I have to move all the furniture."

The Level One class is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $24 for 16 classes.

Information: Edith Bennett, 410-880-5915.

Games hour for youths set Jan. 15 at library

The Savage branch library will offer "Games Galore," an hour of favorite games (Jenga, Scrabble, Life, Yahtzee, Catch Phrase, checkers and others) for those ages 11 to 17 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 15.

Registration is not needed. Information: 410-880-5975.

Military

Completes training: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy W. Allen, son of James C. and Vicki L. Allen of Laurel, completed the NATO Seasparrow Surface Missile System Operation and Maintenance Course at Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic, Virginia Beach, Va.

Completes training: Marine Pfc. Eddie Bishop Jr., son Eddie and Deborah Bishop of Laurel, completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Around town

Bird tour: Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a bird tour for people ages 16 and older from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the North Tract, on Route 198 between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Admission is free, but reservations are required. 301-497-5887.

Epiphany concert: St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton will present an Epiphany concert, "Forward Into Light," at 4 p.m. Jan. 12. Soprano Anne Hagan Bentz, a longtime church member, will be accompanied by David Chapman. The performance will include works by Hundley, Britten, Zaninelli, Thomas and Carter. Admission is free. St. Paul's is on Route 216, west of U.S. 29. 301-725-0241 or 410-792- 2223.

Show rescheduled: The LAMP Community Talent Show has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the cafeteria of Laurel Woods Elementary School. Students, parents and staff members of the Laurel Woods community will sing, dance, play instruments and read poetry. The event had been scheduled for Dec. 11.

Stop smoking: Dimensions Healthcare System, the parent corporation of Laurel Regional Hospital, will offer a free, four-week smoking-cessation program. Sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting next week, at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, in Laurel. 301-618- 6363.

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