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Love’ The Heartfelt Art of Barbara Kenny

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COVER: Barbara Kenny, who will be 83 this fall, has drawn much of the inspiration for her paintings from places she has traveled.

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In the corner of her studio is a stack of paintings she is currently working with.

‘It’s My Love’ The heartfelt art of Barbara Kenny BY JACK HOGAN JHOGAN@NEWSPOST.COM

B “Desert Sky” an abstract painting of cells of color in a Utah desert sky.

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arbara Kenny, who will be 83 this fall, has drawn much of the inspiration for her paintings from being on the move. In talking about the places that have informed her work, she recalled driving across the plains of Kansas. Living in Utah and Colorado. Leaving abruptly for California. Spending time in Texas. And eventually the New England foliage on trips to Cape Cod. When she sits down to paint, it’s the scenery of her life that travels from the depths of her memory and through her veins before spilling onto her canvas. “The way I talk is in my art,” Kenny said. “This is my speaking.” Being on the move hasn’t always been by choice. Virginia laws that discriminated against gay couples threatened to strip Kenny and her partner of their mortgage and forced them to leave Fredericksburg, which brought

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them to Frederick. It’s been in Frederick that Kenny has exhibited her work at galleries every two years since 2008, and it’s here that she will have what might be her final exhibit. Kenny will be displaying her work from Nov. 7 through Jan. 2 at the Blanche Ames Gallery, located at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. Her shows display a range of styles, emotions and colors. Some pieces of work may have taken her just minutes or hours, while others were completed over the course of a year or more. “It depends on how I feel at any given time,” Kenny said. “It can be very representational. It can be abstract. A lot of it is based in nature, in some way or another.” Kenny began painting around the age of 21 after attending art school in Los Angeles, where she learned what paint to buy and what brushes to use. She’d always appreciated and had an affinity

Kenny exhibit The Blanche Ames Gallery, located at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, will be open Sundays (including opening day) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Those interested in attending outside of these times can request an appointment to see the show by sending a name, phone number and date to BAGalleryAppointment@gmail. com.

for art but was unsure if she’d be able to make a living from it. She knew she had the skill and that people enjoyed her work — especially after someone went out of their way to steal her painting from the walls of a Salt Lake City bank, she said. “I thought that was quite a compliment.” After obtaining undergraduate and


graduate degrees in psychology, she moved to Fredericksburg and worked 18 years in private practice using art to connect with people as a form of therapy. In the wake of the oppressive Virginia law, Kenny settled on Frederick because of the Unitarian church, and Carol Silkwood, who named the Blanche Ames gallery within the church would eventually be the one to revamp her painting career. “She kind of kicked me in the bottom and said, ‘I want you to enter some shows.You’ve got some talent,’” Kenny recalled.

Kenny has been a mainstay ever since. Kenny doesn’t take a traditional approach to her shows. She goes against the grain, making her events a party, with tables of food and drinks and an atmosphere that welcomes people to bring their children. She wants attendees to enjoy themselves. “Not this solemn ‘this is an art gallery,’” Kenny said with a smirk, rolling her eyes and dropping her voice an ironic octave. But, much like everything else during the pandemic, Kenny’s show will need to adjust to comply with COVID-19

recommendations, so there will be no party. Fewer people attend the church on Sundays, so her potential audience and customers have dwindled with the congregation. Kenny’s partner is establishing an online presence to sell her work in December, but she acknowledged that the pandemic has made it difficult for artists like her to attract people to their galleries. It’s not just about the loss in revenue, Kenny said. “I don’t care if they buy or not. I just want them to see it.” Despite her love for painting and desire to show her work in public, this THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST

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Barbara Kenny has drawn much of the inspiration for her paintings from places she has traveled. The Blanche Ames Gallery, located at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick.

show may be one of Kenny’s last. She’s having a harder time exerting the energy necessary to put on the shows, and the labor that goes into framing her work — which has allowed her to keep prices low — has become arduous. Though the shows may cease, Kenny’s painting will not. “It’s my lifeblood,” she said. “It’s my spiritual path. It’s my love.”

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Planning ahead for end-of-life concerns

BY JEFFREY S. TITCOMB ELDER SERVICES PROVIDER COUNCIL

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e make plans for all the major events in our life — education, careers, marriage, children, retirement — and planning for end-of-life concerns should be no different. Having a plan in place will make things easier for both you and the people in your life, who may find themselves involved with your health and welfare. End-of-life planning includes creating a will, a medical and financial power of attorney, a medical directive and preparations for the disposition of your body after death. It is this last item upon which I wish to expound. As someone who has 37 years of experience in the funeral industry, I have found that this is one of the most awkward topics to raise with your family and friends. Without an organized plan, the person responsible for completing arrangements is left to ask, “What would the deceased have wanted?” Or, they may just arrange something that is convenient for themselves. Wouldn’t it be better to provide them with a more detailed plan? Having pre-arrangements in place are an even greater concern for individuals who may not have a relative or significant other on which to rely. A total stranger may be appointed to complete arrangements. There are many reasons to begin this process. Here are nine. 1. You are in charge. Of course, when you pass away, your family will work their hardest to honor you in

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your memorial service or funeral, but only you know your story and know exactly what you want. When you pre-plan your arrangements, you are making the decisions for yourself. 2. Take the time now, because you have the time. Most funerals are put together in a few days, which might lead to hasty decisions. When you pre-plan, you get the opportunity to be more methodical about the process. 3. Leave your fingerprints. When you create the ceremony you wish, you can focus on all of the smaller details that might get overlooked if your funeral is planned by someone else after your death. You have a voice. What do you want to say to those that you have left behind? 4. Remove added stress. Your

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family and friends will be under an enormous amount of stress when you die. You can ease at least a little bit of it by making sure all of your affairs are in order. You are also providing them with a clear path to follow during a difficult time. Without prearrangements, survivors are left to make their best guess about what you want. Then they are left to second guess their decisions. 5. Make your final wishes known. Pre-planning allows you to arrange for this before death. There are authorizations that you may be able to sign in advance. If you have any specific requests, you can also make these known in your funeral plan. 6. Ask the questions you have.

When you are the one talking to the funeral directors, you can ask the questions that you would want asked regarding your arrangements and make sure that the answers work for you. 7. Compare funeral firms. You comparison shop for all your other consumer products you should definitely compare funeral homes and pricing. While some services are universal, there could also be custom services for you to consider. For example, do they offer catering, live-streaming of the service or event, personal life celebrations, or have a crematory on site? When you give yourself the time necessary to plan your arrangements, then you can make certain that you have found the right funeral home for you. 8. Work with people you respect. The relationship between a family and the funeral director is important. When you pre-plan, you can take the time to get to know several funeral directors and find the one you believe will do the best job consoling your family and still keep true to your requests. 9. Lift a financial burden. Depending upon your funeral details, cost can add up. When you pre-plan, you can fund your own arrangements and remove the burden of payment from the members of your family. You see, it’s all about you. You are in charge. How would you want to be remembered? Do you want to make the plan, or do you want to leave the decisions to someone who may not know your wishes? The choice is always yours.


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Making the most of your doctor’s appointments cated in Willowtree Plaza in Frederick, offers rides to older adults in the county who wouldn’t otherwise be able to make non-emergency medical appointments or visit the grocery store, hair salon or pharmacy. Request a free ride at partnersincare.org. Golden Care of Frederick also offers transportation at a subsidized rate to lower-income older adults. For more information, visit goldencareinc.org.

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octors are busy. That’s no secret. They work an average of 50 hours each week and see about 20 patients per day, according to a 2018 survey from The Physicians Foundation. In the report, 80 percent of some 9,000 physicians said they were working at full capacity or felt over-extended. People might not have much facetime with their health care provider at each appointment. A 2018 survey of primary care physicians found that 56 percent spent an average of less than 17 minutes with each of their patients. We chatted with healthcare providers and employees from the county’s senior services division to find out how you can make the most of that window of time. What should I do before my doctor’s appointment? In the days leading up to your visit, make like a Boy Scout and be prepared. First things first: Schedule appointments with a goal in mind, said Michelle Shaffer, a physician’s assistant specializing in family medicine at Frederick Health. Do you have questions about a type of medication? A new symptom? Sharing this information will help staff members schedule the right kind of appointment for you and set aside the right amount of time, Shaffer said. Speaking of time, patients often have a long wait ahead of them at doctors’ offices — anywhere between 19 and

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Michelle Shaffer, a physician’s assistant specializing in family medicine at Frederick Health, during a recent appointment with existing patient Claudette Gouzon, 80, at the practice off Crestwood Boulevard.

41 minutes, said Mary Collins, coordinator for the caregiver program at the county’s senior services division. Scheduling appointments for early in the morning or right after lunch can help cut back on this time, Collins said. Remember, lists are your friend. Before arriving at your appointment, have a list ready of every medication you take and the doctor who prescribed them. This will help prevent something called “polypharmacy,” said Dolly Kemerer, a clinical assistant professor for Towson University’s nursing department, or the use of multiple drugs to treat a single ailment or condition.

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“One doctor is prescribing one thing, another doctor’s prescribing another thing, and oh gee, they’re prescribing the same thing,” Kemerer said. “It’s a generic name versus a trade name.” You should also make lists of your allergies, symptoms, prescriptions you need refilled, and any questions you have for your doctor. Shaffer said to also remember to complete any lab tests your provider ordered at your previous appointment before your next visit. I need a ride to my appointment. Who can help me? Partners In Care, a nonprofit lo-

How do I make the most out of an appointment? Collins encourages older adults and their caregivers to maximize every interaction with staff during a doctor’s visit. Ask questions to the person taking your vitals — if they don’t know the answer, they’ll let you know. And you might be able to cross a few things off your list. Shaffer said communication is key. Frequently, patients aren’t taking a medication as prescribed, for one reason or another. Maybe they can’t afford it or dislike its side effects. Either way, she said it’s important to be honest with your doctor so they don’t unknowingly over-prescribe a medication or needlessly change the dose they recommend you take. She also suggests making follow-up appointments before you leave the office, so you don’t forget. Collins wants people to know that there’s no reason to stress over making a decision on the spot. “Sometimes I think we all put that pressure on ourselves, like, ‘Oh my gosh, before I leave here today, I have to decide,’” she said. “You don’t. You can figure out what’s in your best interest.”


More Than Assisted Living When my doctor asks me if I have any questions, my mind goes blank. How can I stop this from happening? It all goes back to making lists. Collins always laughs at herself when she goes in for appointments because she tends to keep a sticky note on her hand with questions for her provider. She suggests keeping a running list in your kitchen or another spot in your house where you can jot down notes and questions as they come up in between appointments. If you have an injury or another type of acute symptom, Collins suggests making notes on the pain or sensation you’re experiencing as it flares up so you can describe it to your provider as accurately as possible. Shaffer says she loves it when a patient arrives at an appointment with a list of questions. Sometimes, she’ll ask to see their list to help them figure out what to prioritize. “A patient might put that they have pain in their toe as No. 1 and No. 10 is chest pain,” she said. “I might say, ‘Oh, let’s start with this one! Tell me about this.’” What should I do if I don’t understand something my doctor tells me? When it comes to this question, Shaffer believes the onus is on the health care provider to read a patient’s body language and realize they’re confused. That’s one reason why she says it’s so important that patients schedule regular wellness visits with their primary care physicians — so that they can build a relationship with that person when they aren’t experiencing an acute symptom that needs immediate attention. In any case, a good way for a patient to handle confusion is asking their doctor whether they can repeat an explanation or series of instructions back to them, Shaffer said. If you’re feeling nervous asking questions to your doctor or clarifying any misunderstandings, Kemerer says you shouldn’t feel shy about practic-

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haritable organizations rely on the efforts of volunteers to meet their missions every day. People of all ages can volunteer, and a great number of volunteers are seniors. A 2016 survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that nearly one-quarter of American volunteers are age 65 and over. That was never more apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many nonprofit organizations were suddenly forced to confront a volunteer shortage due to the adoption of social distancing guidelines that were designed to keep vulnerable populations, like seniors, as safe as possible. One study from Fidelity Charitable found that two out of three volunteers decreased or stopped contributing time during the pandemic. The rollout of various COVID vaccines has allowed vaccinated individuals to return to a certain degree of pre-pandemic normalcy. However, the threat posed by strains of the virus like the Delta variant has made some seniors apprehensive about returning to volunteering. Though each individual should consider various factors before returning to volunteering during the pandemic, the following are some options seniors can consider as they aim to safely pitch in once again. • Look for contactless opportunities. Interactions with the people they help and work alongside is what drives many volunteers to lend a helping hand. That’s especially so for seniors whose children have grown up and moved out. In person interactions may be too risky during the pandemic, but seniors can still volunteer via contactless opportunities. For

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example, in lieu of delivering meals by hand, seniors who work with organizations such as Meals on Wheels can deliver prepackaged meals outside recipients’ residences. • Pitch in with fundraising. A report from Giving USA released in 2021 revealed that Americans gave more to charity in 2020 than in 2019. That increase came in spite of an economic downturn that saw millions of people lose their jobs or take

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pay cuts as companies scrambled to deal with lost revenue related to the pandemic. Though giving might have increased in 2020, many nonprofit organizations, including local community theaters, likely suffered due to cancellations and audience restrictions. As a result, many local nonprofit organizations are in need of financial support. Seniors who want to pitch in but stay safe can volunteer to help local organizations

raise funds. Seniors can participate in fundraising efforts from the comforts of their own homes. • Offer professional expertise. Many seniors retired after spending decades mastering their crafts, and that experience can be an invaluable resource to local nonprofit organizations. Seniors can offer professional advice and mentor youths remotely via apps like Zoom without putting their physical health at risk.


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another community service provider, a family member or friend, or they can call for themselves. The Grab Bars Project coordinator will explain the process and have the participant and landlord (if it is a rental property) sign consent forms that allow AAFC to come into the home and install appropriate grab bars. In the second step, the coordinator and an occupational therapist will visit with the participant at home, and the OT will determine which bars meet the participant’s needs. The coordinator will then purchase the bars and arrange an appointment for the professional installation of the bar(s). The project coordinator can be there to introduce the installer and make sure the participant is comfortable with the process. After the grab bars are installed, the OT will return and make sure the participant is using them correctly, and will answer any questions. The project coordinator will also follow-up to ensure satisfaction with the bars and installation. Properly installed grab bars enhance any home or apartment, making them an asset for homeowners and landlords. Advocates for the Aging wants to work with landlords to help keep seniors living safety and securely in their homes and apartments, and with senior homeowners who need support to add these important safety features to their homes. For more information about the Grab Bars Project, contact Sherry Fulton, project coordinator, at 240741-9853 or grabbarsproject@gmail. com.

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FARMERS MARKETS Please follow market guidelines when visiting, including wearing of facial masks. Boonsboro Farmers Market. Shafer Park Annex, Potomac Street, next to the police station, Boonsboro, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, through Nov. 23, rain or shine. 301471-9816 or Facebook. Carroll County Farmers Market. Carroll County Agriculture Center, 700 Agriculture Drive, Westminster. Summer market hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Author’s Day, Nov. 13, Art Guild show and sale, Nov. 20, open house, Nov. 27, Bring a Friend Day, Dec. 4, Santa might visit, Dec. 11 greens sale, Dec. 18, greens sale and last market of the season. 410-848-7748 or carrollcountyfarmersmarket.com. Field Fresh Farmers Market. Frederick Fairgrounds, Lot A, on the Franklin Street side of the Frederick Fairgrounds. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturdays, through Nov. 20. fieldfreshfarmersmarket.com. Frederick City Market. Parking lot of the old Carmack-Jay’s building, 331 N. Market St., Frederick. 9 a.m.

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to 1 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 21. frederickcitymarket.com. Frederick Farmers Market. 1215 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 20. Accepts Maryland Market Money. frederickfarmersmarket.com. Frederick Fresh Online. A project of community FARE, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting sustainable food projects in Frederick County. Online market is open yearround. Place orders from 8 a.m. Thursdays through 8 p.m. Sundays. Pickups are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Urbana, Downtown Frederick and Point of Rocks. Sustainable and local produce, dairy, eggs, meat, baked goods and specialty items from a variety of farmers and small businesses in the area. For more information or to volunteer email lisa@communityfare.org. frederickfreshonline.com.

NOV. 1

Film Club Do you like movies? Watch the film at home and then join the discussion. Movie selections will be emailed to you at the time of registration. Pre-register. Free. Also Nov. 8, 15 and 22.

Time: 12:15 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov The Bookshelf Club Discuss the book “Surviving Savannah” by Patti Callahan. Preregister. Free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov

NOV. 2

Introduction to Microsoft Word Learn to create, open, format and save documents in this basic two-part word processing class. Understand how to navigate the ribbon, make basic formatting changes, locate common editing tools, and save and print a document. Briefly discuss free word processing alternatives (Open Office and Google Drive) to Microsoft Word. Presenter is Patrick Joust, librarian, information services,


NOVEMBER CALENDAR Enoch Pratt Free Library. Preregister, free. Also meets Nov. 9. Time: 3 to 4 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov Drawing Class Each session will have a drawing prompt with step-by-step instruction. For all skill levels. Also meets Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Preregister, free. Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov

NOV. 3

Mount Airy Knitters Weekly roundtable of knitting, conversation and fun. All experience

levels welcome. Also meets Nov. 10, 17 and 24. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Carroll County Public Library, Mount Airy Branch, 705 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy Contact: 410-386-4470

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Knit/Crochet Group A time to socialize while working on your projects. Pre-register, free. Also meets Nov. 18. Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov DIY Basic Vehicle Maintenance Learn how to check fluids, check and determine proper tire pressure, locate and identify a burnt fuse, change wipers blades, and other basic maintenance tasks including how to correctly jump start a

Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov Comedian Leanne Morgan Leanne’s style of comedy combines her southern charm and hilarious story telling about her own life into an act that keeps them coming back for more. $39 and up. Time: 5 p.m. Location: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Contact: 301-790-3500 or mdtheatre.org

vehicle. Bring the owner’s manual. $36, pre-register. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Location: FCC, Monroe Campus, 200 Monroe Ave., Frederick Contact: eventbrite.com/e/diybasic-vehicle-maintenanceregistration-174217759007

NOV. 5

Joshua Tree National Park: An Introduction Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in this park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this wilderness in California. Presenter: National Park Services. Preregister. Free. Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+

NOV. 6

Salvation Army Women’s Ministries Annual Indoor Yard Sale Vintage items and much more. Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: The Salvation Army, 223 W. Fifth St., Frederick Contact: 301-662-2311

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NOVEMBER CALENDAR continued from 13 Frederick FiberFest All kinds of fibery goodness as you meet with more than 65 vendors that serve the knitting and crocheting crowd. Free admission if you register in advance; $5 at the gate. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: tinyurl.com/d66p5thh Medicare Part D: Open Enrollment Do-It-Yourself Seminar Questions about Medicare Part D? Is your current plan the best for you? Do you need to find a new Medicare Part D Plan? Join this virtual seminar. Pre-register. Free. Time: 11 a.m. to noon Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov Fall Chestnut Roast Roasted nuts and nut oils to taste, fresh nuts to buy, nutty breads, local food and drink, live music, tours of the orchards, more. $15 person. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Fox Haven Farm & Learning Center, 3630 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson Contact: foxhavenfarm.org Resurrection — A Journey Tribute Based out of Nashville, Resurrection Journey is widely praised as the most authentic Journey experience in the business. $54.50. Time: 7 p.m. Location: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Contact: 301-790-3500 or mdtheatre.org

NOV. 7

Friends of Cunningham Falls 10k, 5k, Fun Run/Walk Family-friendly event with food and prizes. Race course is in the Houck Area. $35, pre-register. Time: 9 a.m. Location: William Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont Contact: runsignup.com/Race/

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Events/MD/Thurmont/Friends10K5K Frederick Weddings Expo Meet with more than 75 wedding professionals ready to make your dream wedding a reality. Limited number of VIP tickets offer early access, exclusive gifts. $5 general admission. Time: noon to 3 pm. Location: Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick Contact: tinyurl.com/2bvfha4d

NOV. 8

New to Medicare Workshop New to Medicare or will be soon? Overview of Medicare with trained State Health Insurances Program (SHIP) staff help Medicare beneficiaries, family members and caregivers understand Medicare benefits, bills and rights. Preregister. Free. Time: 10 to 11 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov

NOV. 9

Medicare Part D: Open Enrollment Do-It-Yourself Seminar Questions about Medicare Part D plan? Is your current plan best for you? Do you need to find a new Medicare Part D Plan? Virtual seminar. Pre-register, free. Time: 9 to 10 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov Benefits Available Through the Department of Social Services Learn about benefits, including how to apply and eligibility criteria. Pre-register. Free. Time: 3 to 4 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov

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Nutrition with Giant: Tips to Manage Stress Eating Learn how to use mindfulness to curb emotional eating, ways to identify if you are truly hungry and tips for coping without calories. Presenter is Thu Huynh, RD, LDN, in-store nutritionist, Giant Food. Pre-register. Free. Time: 9 to 10 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov

NOV. 12

Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute The institute holds a significant collection of 19th century American landscapes, including Hudson River School artists’ paintings by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and others, that capture America’s scenic grandeur, from rugged coastal scenery to imposing mountains and rivers. Live virtual tour. $10. Preregister. Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov Bluegrass Jam Open to all levels of acoustic musicians and vocalists. Spectators welcome. Sandwiches, snacks and sodas available for purchase. No smoking or swearing. $5 donation at the door requested Time: 7 to 11 p.m. Location: Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road, Walkersville Contact: 301-898-3719

NOV. 13

Christmas in the Country Holiday Art & Craft Festival Crafters and artisans with one-ofa-kind items; Christmas Village Train featuring Polar Express; silent auction table; themed basket raffles; 50/50, quilt raffle; baked goods;

lunch menu and general store offering Christmas decorations and handmade items. Free admission. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 9190 Church St., Libertytown Contact: 301-898-5111 Church Bazaar and Luncheon Crafts, gift baskets, luncheon, regifting shop, baked goods. Check website for event updates. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Taylorsville United Methodist Church, 4356 Ridge Road, Mount Airy Contact: taylorsvilleumc.org

NOV. 14

Second Sunday Tree Walk An immersive stroll guided by an expert urban forester, through curated areas of the campus to learn about American trees, their physical attributes and unique growing characteristics. Preregistration is required. Free, but donations accepted. Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Baker Park Bandshell, Second and Bentz streets, Frederick Contact: frederick.forestryboard. org/tree-walks Calvary UMC Community Concert Series Presents Beau Soir Ensemble A flute, viola and harp trio dedicated to the performance of classical and contemporary music. Free. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 131 W. Second St., Frederick Contact: 301-662-1464 or calvaryumc.org/concerts

NOV. 17

Coping with Isolation Discussion on ways to cope with isolation, led by Fred A. Balius Jr., LCSW-C, BCD, therapist, Frederick County Health Department. Preregister, free. Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov


NOVEMBER CALENDAR Jazz Artist Sharon Clark Internationally acclaimed jazz singer brings her rich vocals to the stage in a concert of jazz and Motown tunes. $18 adults, $16 ages 25 and under or 60 and up. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster Contact: 410-848-7272 or carrollcountyartscouncil.org Aaron Lewis & The Stateliners Known for genuinely gritty lyrics and hard rock anthems, Lewis is back to his roots of echoing traditional country music, with hits including “Country Boy,” “Granddaddy’s Gun,” “That Ain’t Country” and “Am I The Only One.” $35 and up. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, W.Va. Contact: hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com

Third Wednesday Jazz Series: The Leister Quartet With special guest Cliff Thompson. Benefits the Carroll County Habitat for Humanity. $10. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster Contact: carrollcountyartscouncil. org

NOV. 18

Good Stories Book Club Discuss the book “American Dirt,” by Jeanine Cummins. Pre-register, free. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov Medicare Part D: Open Enrollment Do-It-Yourself Seminar Questions about Medicare Part D plan? Is your current plan the best for you? Do you need to find a new plan? Join this virtual seminar. Preregister, free. Time: 6 to 7 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov

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Maryland Christmas Show Fine artisans and merchants for holiday shopping. Continues Nov. 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; until 5 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults, $4 child, $2 parking. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: marylandchristmasshow. com Groceries for Seniors Free monthly distribution of seasonal produce, canned goods and shelf-stable products. All Frederick County residents ages 60+ with an income below $1,450 per month are eligible to participate. Bring a photo ID to register the first time. Offered the third Friday of

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Valley Craft Network Studio Tour Continues Nov. 21. Artists and craft creators of Middletown and Pleasant valleys. Self-guided, free admission. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Studios in the Middletown and Pleasant Valley area Contact: 301-524-9510 or valleycraftnetwork.org THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST

New to Medicare Workshop Join this overview of Medicare. Trained State Health Insurances Program staff help Medicare beneficiaries, family members and caregivers understand Medicare benefits, bills and rights. Preregister, free. Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: frederickcountymd.gov/ virtual50 or virtualseniorcenter@ frederickcountymd.gov

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Michelle Shaffer, a physician’s assistant specializing in family medicine at Frederick Health.

What else do health care providers want me to know? At the end of the day, Shaffer encourages people not to be shy with their doctors. They’re on the same page. They want the patient to have a thorough understanding of their health care and have a good experience at the doctor’s office. “We put our pants on one leg at a time, just like everybody else,” she said. Kemerer agreed. Treat providers as partners in your health, she said. They won’t know about a symptom or side effect of a medication if you don’t tell them. Nothing is unimportant. “We’re a team,” she said. Follow Angela Roberts on Twitter: @24_angier

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