The county Department of Aging and Disabilities is seeking nominations for the 2011 Governor's Leadership in Aging Awards. The awards ceremony is held during Older Americans/Marylanders Month in May to recognize individuals, groups and organizations for excellence and outstanding contributions to the field of aging and quality of life for seniors.
Nominations can be made in any of four categories: Trailblazer, Visual or Performing Arts, Health and Vitality, and Photography. Sponsorships are being accepted. For category descriptions and a nomination form, go to mdoa.state.md.us. Information: 410-767-1064 or 800-243-3425. Nomination deadline is April 8.
•The trip committee at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center is accepting reservations for a trip to Ladew Topiary Garden in Monkton on June 2. The trip will include a tour of a rose garden, cottage garden, water garden and the Ladew House, which is filled with English antiques, paintings, photographs and hunting memorabilia. After the tour, participants will eat a family-style luncheon at Friendly Farm Restaurant and browse the restaurant's country shop, which offers gifts, scents, sweets and baked goods. Cost is $75. For reservations, come by the center at 119 S. Villa Ave. in Annapolis or call 410-222-1818.
The Arnold Senior Center's spring classes begin Monday, April 4, and registration is open. Registration ends after classes meet for two weeks. There is a $40 fee for all students. Students older than 60 do not pay a per-class fee. Students younger than 60 pay $40 per class. Registration and information: 410-222-1922 or http://www.aacounty.org/aging. The center is at 44 Church Road.
The county Department of Aging and Disabilities has published its 2010-2011 edition of "Services for Seniors, Adults With Disabilities and Caregivers," a free directory of businesses and service providers. Copies are available at department headquarters at the Heritage Office Complex, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis, and at the seven senior activity centers, libraries, Food Lion, Wawa and CVS stores. Information: 410-222-4257.
Information on assisted-living homes and other housing options for seniors has been updated on the county Department of Aging and Disabilities website at http://www.aacounty.org/aging.
Arnold Senior Activity Center The following activities will be offered at the center, 44 Church Road, Arnold. Information: 410-222-1922.
•Scrabble: Challenge your brain by playing Scrabble, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. New participants are welcome. 410-222-1922.
Single seniors group The Single Seniors Group at Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie, encourages companionship, support and group participation in activities such as movies, dances, picnics and tours. Information: 410-222-6680 or http://www.aacounty.org/aging and click on the senior center.
Memoir writing The course, which teaches how to write an autobiography, will be held 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Arnold Senior Activity Center. There will be an opportunity to learn listening and interviewing skills, writing tips and proofreading. Information and registration: 410-222-1922.
Health insurance A representative from the Senior Health Insurance Program is available by appointment to discuss health insurance concerns at the Arnold Senior Activity Center. Appointments and information: 410-222-1922.
Volunteer grandparents sought The Foster Grandparents Program of the county Department of Aging and Disabilities seeks volunteer grandparents to help mentor children with special needs. Volunteers serve 15 to 40 hours a week, providing mentoring, tutoring, advice and attention, teaching life skills to children in special education classes, staffing a homeless shelter, a family support center and other agencies. Activities may include reading stories, listening, helping children feed themselves, setting the table, working with puzzles, and helping children learn colors, numbers and the alphabet. Volunteers must be income-eligible and at least 60 years old. Benefits include a tax-free stipend, paid training, vacation, sick leave, free transportation, lunch and a physical exam. Information: 410-222-4464.