November 2011

Special points of interest:

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City of Takoma Park Seniors Recreation Program for Active Adults Age 55 plus

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Safety for Seniors Presentation Series
Officer Carla Magnaye, of the Takoma Park Police Department will present a safety program for Takoma Park seniors. The six presentations will
TOPIC Home Safety & Security Security on the Go Identity Theft Protection Internet Safety
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Safety Presentations— cover page. Chinese Checkers Tournament—cover page. Open Art Studio—page 2. Meal on Wheels—page 2. Tai Chi Workshop— page 2. Poetry Readings—page 3.

cover a variety of timely topics of particular importance to senior safety. The presentations will be one hour with ample time for questions. For more information about this
DATE Monday, November 7 Monday, November 21 Tuesday, November 29 Wednesday, December 7 Monday, December 12 Wednesday, December 14

safety series, please call Officer Carla Magnaye at 301-891-7121 or call Paula Lisowski, Seniors Program Manager, at 301-891-7280.

TIME 11:30 AM 11:30 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 Noon 11:30 AM 12:00 Noon

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Inside this issue:
News and Events General Information Fitness/Health Art/Education November Trips Trip Review November Calendar
Paula Lisowski Seniors Program Manager Takoma Park Recreation 7500 Maple Avenue Takoma Park, MD 20912 paulal@takomagov.org Phone: (301) 891-7280
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Chinese Checkers Tournament
We had so much fun last year, and we are looking forward to having you join in the fun this year. Open play times can be arranged for those who want to practice, or learn to play, before the event.

Chinese Checkers Tournament
Tuesday, November 15 12:00—2:00 PM Senior Room
Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave.
For more information, please call 301-891-7280.

Back by popular demand, we will have our second annual Chinese Checker Tournament!

"November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear." - Sir Walter Scott

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Open Art Studio is Back!
Welcome back Alice Sims—to lead new Open Art Studio classes this fall season. Classes take place in the Art Studio. Expand your art skills or learn new techniques. Be creative in a relaxed atmosphere. The studio classes are free, however, a registration form is required to participate in the classes. Call 301-891-7280. 2011 Fall Open Art Studio dates: Monday, November 14 Monday, December 12 11:00 AM—12:30 PM See page 5 for details.

Meals on Wheels Presentation
Join Jill Feasley, Director, Meals on Wheels, for a free half hour presentation on this wonderful organization and the services it’s volunteers provide for citizens in our city. Perhaps you, or someone you know will need a hot meal this holiday season and throughout the year. For more information, call 301-891-7280. Friday, November 4, 2011 11:30 a.m.—12:00 noon, Dance Studio Mark your calendars— The Holiday Potluck Celebration— Friday, December 9 See the December 2011 Newsletter for more info…..

Tai Chi Workshop
Kirk Talbott will introduce you to the ancient Chinese internal martial art of t’ai-chi ch’uan, a gentle moving meditation that improves health and restores balance and calm. The class will emphasize relaxation, posture, and breathing through the slow, integrated exercise of the traditional Yang-style short form. Monday, November 14, 2011 11:00 a.m.—12 noon Dance Studio, Takoma Park Community Center 7500 Maple Avenue No cost. Registration is required. For information about registration, please call 301-891-7280. Registration forms are due by 11/10/11 or earlier.

Silver Foxes On-line.

Here’s how to find the newsletter online: Go to: www.takomaparkmd.gov/recreation Click on this symbol:

Weather Info:
Please listen to your radio or television for possible school closings or delays. If Montgomery County Schools are closed due to weather conditions, all senior program activities will be canceled. For information, call our weather hotline: (301) 891-7101 ext. 5605

Pool Information
Piney Branch Pool (7510 Maple Ave., inside Piney Branch School) is open. For more information about hours and classes, check out the pool website: www.acsgw.org/pool.htm You may contact the pool at (301) 891-8017. You may also call Joyce Seamens, Director of Pool Operation, Adventist Community Services at (301) 565-0190.

November 2011 Events in Takoma Park
Tuesday, November 8 - Election Day—City of Takoma Park - www.TakomaParkMD.gov/clerk Friday, November 11 - Veteran’s Day Observance Thursday, November 24 - B.F. Gilbert Day - Founder of the City of Takoma Park - www.Historic Takoma.org

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Silver Foxes Poet—Dr. Grace Charlotte Cooper
WORDS Words don’t come Like that ABC shorthand They sometimes play around on the edges of the mind Teasing with meaning that isn’t fully expressed You know what they mean But the listener won’t because you’ve forgotten the vowels The consonants just don’t make sense alone So the full words won’t come Just like that forwarded e-mail Where there are so many names They can’t really be read They jumble together in the mind Trying to convey...Something But they hide under the flotsam Of old half-forgotten conversations And old wounds that fester even when hidden So the things they represent don’t get said or heard or even softly spoken in the mind Words just don’t come….

We first met Dr. Grace Charlotte Cooper in the November 2010 edition of the Silver Foxes Newsletter. We are pleased to offer another of her insightful poems this month. Dr. Cooper has more poems which can be found at: www.cwi.5u.com

Poet Laureates and Poetry Readings—Wednesday, November 2
Would you like to hear more of Dr. Cooper’s poetry, as well as selections from other poets? Then please join us this month for a open poetry reading. We are privileged to also have the past and present Takoma Park poet laureates, Anne Becker and Merrill Leffler, join us for this first time ever special senior event. Drop-in, no registration is required. We will meet in the Senior Room for an informal hour of words, thoughts and creativity. Sit back, relax and enjoy listening to the poetry. If you feel like it, you are welcome to join in with a poem of your own.

Poetry Time
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 12—1 PM
Free
Light Refreshments

Senior Room,
Takoma Park Community Center 7500 Maple Avenue

For more information, please call 301-891-7280.
Open to adults age 55 and older.

Election Day—Seniors Transportation—November 8
November 8 is election day. Bus service will be provided for seniors to the Takoma Park Community Center (polling location) between the hours of 9AM and 3 PM. The bus will pick up residents at Victory Tower, Maple View, and Franklin Apartments. Look for the schedule flyers that will be distributed to the buildings. Flyers will also be available in the Senior Room at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue. For more information, call (301) 891-7280.

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All programs take place at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue, unless otherwise noted. Advance registration is required for trips and classes. No registration is required for drop-in activities. Transportation is provided for trips and special events. Space is limited and requires advance registration. For more information please call Paula Lisowski at (301) 891-7280 or e-mail at paulal@takomagov.org Tai Chi Workshop See page 2 for details.

Fitness and Health Bone Builders Exercise Table Tennis

Mondays and Thursdays, Ongoing* 10:00 -11:00 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays— Tuesdays and Fridays, Ongoing* 10:30 -11:30 a.m. ongoing 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. (Fall hours)
*Please call (301) 891-7280 to check for new registration availability in Saturdays, ongoing 10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. either session. The classes may be full due to their popularity, however (No Wednesdays) a waiting list is available. ―Bone Builders‖ consists of three parts: balance exercises, weight training and discussion concerning diet, safety and exercise. This program, in partnership with Montgomery County, uses trained RSVP volunteers supervised by a certified trainer. Registration is required. Dance Studio. No cost. Come play this fun, energetic game. A great way to improve eye-hand coordination: helps keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. Drop-in. Game room.** No cost.

Gentle Yoga Alternate Fridays, November 4, 18
Fall Session: September 9—December 16.

Line Dance Exercise
Wednesdays, Ongoing (No class 11/23) 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Fridays, Ongoing (No class 11/4, 11/25) 6:30—7:30 p.m.
Barbara Brown instructs this line dancing class and demonstrates how exercise can be fun with music. No experience necessary so come and enjoy the activity. Registration is required. Dance Studio. No cost.

12:00—1:00 p.m.
Carol Mermey, RYT, will introduce you to the ways yoga can help you increase flexibility, strength, and balance, using a series of seated and standing poses. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques. Beginners and experienced students welcome, work at your own level. You must bring a yoga mat to every class. Registration is required. Dance Studio. No cost.

Square Dancing
Thursdays, November 3, 10 Thursdays, November 3, 10

Beginners Class 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Intermediate Plus Class 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

Betsy Taylor instructs and calls fun and energetic square dancing routines. Come and learn the basics of Square Dance or add on to your square dancing skills. Choose the class that’s right for you, beginners and more advanced students, singles and couples welcome. Both classes are eight week sessions: 9/15/11-11/10/11. Azalea Room. Registration is required. Fee: $16 per person/per 8 week class. **The Game Room is available for seniors to play pool, table tennis, basketball arcade and other active games.
Fall hours: Monday - Friday, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. (No Wednesdays), and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

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Fitness and Health continued, Art and Educational Computer Classes
Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. (Session II— 10/26/11-12/7/11).
Learn to use the internet, a word processing program, and email. You need a Takoma Park Library card* to access the computers, and take this course. Instructors: Phil Shapiro, Jim Mueller and Jane Hawkanson. Registration is required. Six weeks. Computer Center. Class Fee: $10 Payable to the City of Takoma Park. *Library card fees: Free/Takoma Park residents, $37/ Montgomery County residents, and $60 non-Mont. Co. residents.

Brain Games
Tuesday, November 1
(Usually, we will meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Call 301-891-7280 to check if there is a change in the day or time.)

11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, and brain games may help keep Alzheimer’s away! Enjoy a variety of cognitive puzzle challenges and games. Have fun while doing something good for your mind. Come and play. Drop – in. Senior Room. No cost.

Needlework Get-together
Mondays, Ongoing 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Are you bored sitting and knitting alone? Join us for fun, conversation and support with your needlework projects. Bring your projects with you. This is not an instructional class. Drop-in. Senior Room. No cost.

Open Art Studio
Monday, November 14 11:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Expand your art skills or learn new techniques. Be creative in a relaxed atmosphere. Registration is required. Art Studio. No cost.

Linda is showing the yoga mat tote she knitted for her friend Judy. She worked on this project during the ―needlework get-together‖ on Mondays. Linda and Judy both attend the ―gentle yoga‖ class on Fridays. A great way to turn a useful item into a very creative project. Good work Linda!

Bingo
Thursday, November 17 12:00—2:00 p.m.
Come and try your luck. Win a prize. Drop-in. Senior Room. No cost. Transportation provided for Victory Tower, Franklin Apts. and Maple View Apts. only. Call (301) 891-7280, 3 days in advance for pick-up.

Blood Pressure Screening
Thursday, November 17 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Adventist Healthcare will be doing a monthly blood
pressure screening. Drop-in. Senior Room. No cost. After your screening, please stay for some games of bingo...lot’s of fun for everyone.

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Walking/Stairs Guide: One Shoe: Two Shoes: Three Shoes: Limited walking/no stairs. Walking/Standing/may be stairs. Active walking/may be stairs.

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Driving Distance Guide: One steering wheel: 1 hour or less. Two steering wheels: 2 hours or less.

November 2011 Trips
How to register for trips:

This symbol means the site is wheelchair accessible:

1. To begin the registration process, please call 301-891-7280 to include your name on a “pre-registration” list.
Note: This list will hold the participants place in line for 3 days to one week, depending on when the trip is scheduled in the month. Registration for the current month’s trip (s) will usually begin on the first business day of the month. To insure proper processing, it is best to speak directly with a Recreation Department staff person, and not leave a recorded message.

2. A Takoma Park Recreation Department registration form is required for each trip.
Note: This form must be received by the end of the pre-registration period, or the participant will be removed from the list, and the space will become available.

3. Please register in-person, or mail the registration form to: Takoma Park Recreation Department, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912.
Note: We have a fair ―first come-first serve‖ system for all participants. Trips are popular and fill up fast, so register early. If you have any questions, please call Paula Lisowski, Seniors Program Manager at 301-891-7280. You may also call the general Recreation information line at 301-891-7290.

Trip # 1: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia
The Workhouse Arts Center, a project of the Lorton Arts Foundation, was once a prisoner rehabilitation facility, then a correctional facility and now is a center for arts, culture, and history. September 2008 marked the official grand opening of Phase I of this cultural arts center where visitors can tour the grounds, learn about the history of the complex, visit the artist’s studios and the gallery, participate in art classes and workshops, and attend musical and theatre performances. When all phases of the renovation are complete, the Workhouse Arts Center will consist of 234,000 square feet of reused buildings, 60,000 square feet in new construction, and the site will include 40 acres of open space. Join the center’s staff for lunch and tour of the facility. Bring your lunch or bring spending money to purchase lunch in the sandwich shop café in the center. The center is wheelchair accessible. Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Time: 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m. Meet at Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue. Bus pick up at Franklin Apartments, Mapleview Apartments, and Victory Tower only. Registration is required. Registration begins on 11/1/11 at 8:30 a.m. Call (301) 8917280 to pre-register, then fill out form by 11/7/11 (registration ends) or earlier. No cost.

Trip # 2: Amish Market, Thrift Store, Dollar Store, Old Country Buffet, Laurel, MD
Back by popular demand! Start your shopping at one of the best thrift stores around, with a big dollar store next door. Afterwards, have lunch in The Old Country Buffet a few doors down, or you may choose to spend the entire day shopping and having lunch at the Dutch Country Farmer’s market. Fresh food at good prices. Bring spending money for lunch and shopping. Stores are wheelchair accessible. Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Time: 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Meet at the Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Avenue. Bus pick up at Franklin Apartments, Mapleview Apartments, and Victory Tower only. Registration is required. Registration begins on 11/1/11 at 8:30 a.m. Call (301) 891-7280 to pre-register, and then fill out the form by 11/10/11 (registration ends) or earlier. No cost.

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A Fun Boat Ride on Little Seneca Lake, Black Hills Regional Park on Thursday, September 15, 2011

Arlaina, Anastasia, Pauline, Sue, Sam, Mattie, Rosa, Alba, Ruby, Jennifer and others enjoyed riding around the lake on a pontoon boat, while observing beautiful scenery and wildlife.
Photos by Paula Lisowski

For information, please contact: Paula Lisowski, Manager, Seniors Program (301) 891-7280

November 2011
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Line Dancing 11 a—12 p Computer Class 11:30 a—1:30 p Poetry Readings 12—1 p

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Sun

Mon
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Tue
Bone Builders 10:30—11:30 a Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p Brain Games 11:30 a—12:30 p

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Bone Builders 10—11 a Square Dance Classes 10 a—12 p Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p

Fri
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Bone Builders 10:30—11:30 a Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p Meals on Wheels 11:30 a—12 p Gentle Yoga 12—1 p No Evening Line Dance

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5 Table Tennis 10:00 a— 12:00 p

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Center closed on Sundays

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Bone Builders 10—11 a Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p Safety Workshop 11:30 a—12:30 p Needlework Get-together 11:30 a—1:00 p

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Bone Builders 10:30—11:30 a Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p

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Line Dancing 11 a—12 p Computer Class 11:30 a—1:30 p Trip to Art Center 9 a— 3:30 p

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Bone Builders 10—11 a Square Dance Classes 10 a—12 p Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p

11 Veteran’s Day Center Closed

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Center Closed Holiday

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Center closed on Sundays

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Bone Builders 10—11 a Tai Chi Workshop 11 a—12 p Open Art Studio 11 a—12:30 p Table Tennis 1:30 a —1 p Needlework Get-together 11:30 a—1:00 p

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Bone Builders 10:30—11:30 a Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p Chinese Checkers Tournament 12—2 p

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Line Dancing 11 a—12 p Computer Class 11:30 a—1:30 p Trip to Amish Market 9 a—3 p

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Bone Builders 10—11 a Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p Blood Pressure 11:30 a—12: 30 p Bingo 12—2 p

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Bone Builders 10:30—11:30 a Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p Gentle Yoga 12—1 p Evening Line Dance 6:30—7:30 p

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Table Tennis 10:00 a— 12:00 p

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Center closed on Sundays

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Bone Builders 10—11 a Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p Safety Workshop 11:30 a—12:30 p Needlework Get-together 11:30 a—1:00 p

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Bone Builders 10:30—11:30 a Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p

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No Line Dancing Computer Class 11:30 a—1:30 p

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Thanksgiving Holiday Center Closed

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Thanksgiving Holiday Center Closed

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Center Closed Holiday

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Bone Builders 10—11 a Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p Needlework Get-together 11:30 a—1:00 p

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Bone Builders 10:30—11:30 Table Tennis 11:30 a —1 p Safety Workshop 11:30 a—12:30 p

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Line Dancing 11 a—12 p Computer Class 11:30 a—1:30 p

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