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Maryland Senior Olympics promote healthy lifestyle


‘To participate is to win’ BY CLARA NIEL CNIEL@NEWSPOST.COM


hen Barbara Scheffter, 69, saw 90-year-old women dive off a diving board at Stanford University during the National Senior Games in 2007, Scheffter knew she would be competing in state and national senior olympics for a long time. “That’s when I got hooked. I watched that, and thought, ‘Wow, that could be me,’” she said. Scheffter has competed in the Maryland Senior Olympics since 2006 and in the National Senior Games since 2007. She’s competed in various events, such as the 50 meter and 500 meter freestyle and backstroke. Maryland Senior Olympics, which is a nonprofit, provides competition for people 50 and older. Participants can compete in team sports like volleyball and basketball, as well as individual sports, like track events and archery. Most recently, the organization added pickleball. Scheffter was petrified at her first Maryland Senior Olympics. Her friend got her roped into competing, she said, and she remembered how crazy she thought her friend was. But the next year at National Senior Games at Stanford sealed the deal. For Scheffter, the Maryland Senior Olympics and National Senior Games

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are just competitive enough to push herself and consistently train to be better. But it offers more than that, she said. “It’s also become an opportunity to travel, or an excuse to travel. And then it’s just a great opportunity to make friends from different states that you get see and to meet every two years,” Scheffter said. For 55-year-old Melinda McWilliams, fitness, friends and a good dose of competition were also why she joined. McWilliams’ face was determined as she pumped her arms, her purple sneakers a blur as she power-walked around her neighborhood recently. She placed first in both the 1,500-meter and 5,000- meter powerwalk at this year’s Maryland Senior Olympics in August, which qualified her for the National Senior Games. “I’ve just always been a fast walker. But now I’ve actually started training,” she said. “So I’m getting faster and stronger.” Her medals were quintessentially Maryland: the lanyard with a Maryland flag pattern and the medal depicting a red crab holding a torch. She does a loop around her neighborhood in Ballenger Creek, which is four-tenths of a mile. She walks the loop nearly eight times to make the walk a little over three miles.




Much like Scheffter, McWilliams wanted to compete in the Olympics after she read a New York Times article in May about 90-year-old runners at the National Senior Games. She signed up for the Maryland Senior

Olympics three days later. For fun, she also signed up for the 50-meter sprint, where she placed fourth. And she’s not limiting herself to just running and walking. She and her

Jack Stere, left, and Mindy McWilliams practice cornhole. The two hope to qualify for the Maryland Senior Olympics next year. Staff photos by Ric Dugan

Mindy McWilliams shows off her medals from her wins in the Maryland Senior Olympics.

partner, Jack Stere, 56, competed in corn-hole in mid-October. Most events allow only the top four people in each age group to go on to compete in national games, according to the National Senior Games Asso-

ciation’s website. “We’ve always played but then she wanted to do it for the Olympics,” Stere said. Stere will also be competing in running events at the next Maryland Se-

nior Olympics in 2024, McWilliams said. “He ran track in high school, so he said that if I qualified for Nationals, we could train together and he’ll run track in the 100-meter in the 2024 Maryland Olympics,” she said. McWilliams would love to see more people in Frederick County competing in the Maryland Senior Olympics. Not only are the games fun and competitive, she said, but the environment is welcoming. People always cheer and encourage each other, she said. The purpose of the olympics is to get active, and a friendly competition helps spur that. “The Maryland Senior Olympics motto is ‘to participate is to win,’ and I kind of feel like that’s true, because you’re out there being active,” McWilliams said. John Abbott, 72, agreed. Abbott THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST


has competed in the Maryland Senior Olympics off and on for 20 years, he said. While Abbott likes the idea of being able to stay active as he gets older, he competes simply for his love of swimming. “It’s not that I swim to compete; I swim because I like to swim,” he said. Motivation differs from person to person, he said. Some people are motivated by the medals. Others want to try to improve or maintain their times. Others love the camaraderie the events bring. Everyone is supportive, he said. “I always made a point, and a lot of other other people did, that when somebody was in their 80s and 90s and swam their event, at the end of their event, we would cheer them and clap like crazy,” he said. Follow Clara Niel on Twitter: @clarasniel









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the other person. To build trust, to establish a relationship that will allow them to give you the opportunity to assist with that task. Never go straight to the task. Always take time to connect with the person. “A” helps us Accommodate a person’s sensory deficits, especially visual and language processing problems. People with Alzheimer’s disease often lose peripheral vision, depth perception, they don’t see things that are similar in color when they are right next to each other and they may not process movement fluidly. When it




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f you’re newly retired, thinking about retiring, or you’ve been retired for quite some time, you might find yourself wanting to get more involved in your community. A local Lions club is a great place to start. You certainly don’t have to be retired to request membership in a local club, but it does help. According to Lions statistics, more than half of all members in the district that serves Frederick County are 65 or older. Another one-third are in the second half of their working lives, ages 45 to 65. For retired folks, membership and community service through Lions clubs can give lives new meaning after your working days are over. Lions often talk about the aha moment when true community care becomes clear to them. For Susan Favorite of the Thurmont Lions club, that moment came a number of years ago. “We had conducted a pre-school vision screening on several children in the community. We had a child that came up with ‘refer’ as the recommendation, meaning the child should see an ophthalmologist,” Favorite recalls. “In the end, that the young child needed glasses. The story of how that child looked at its mother after putting those glasses on and saying “Mommy, I can see you now” makes me tear up to this day.” Other Lions are young professionals and even students in middle school, high school and college who form what are called Leo clubs. Lions welcome anyone, even if they have limited time to help. Lions are arguably the world’s most active service club. They get involved

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Lions club members engage with youth in communities across the world. in just about every human need imaginable. As its literature puts it: “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.” Indeed, each Lions club has its own service focus, but there are five global causes of particular interest that Lions seek to address: • Reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve quality of life for those diagnosed • Prevent avoidable blindness and improve quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired • Ensure all community members have access to nutritious foods • Protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of all communities • Support the needs of children and




families affected by childhood cancer. There are over 48,000 Lions clubs and 1.4 million members worldwide. They are located in every continent and in more than 200 countries. In the U.S., Lions clubs are in every state and just about every town of every size. The umbrella organization, Lions club International, is large, but individual Lions clubs are relatively small. Local Lions clubs enjoy national and international support but have wide latitude in how they operate, what they do and how they serve their communities. Most Lions clubs in Frederick County have between 20 and 50 members. It’s also worth noting how Lions clubs have also stood the test of time. They’ve been around for more than 100 years,

formed in 1917 by a Chicago business leader, Melvin Jones, who wondered what would happen if people put their talents to work improving their communities. Lions from Maryland have been here almost from the start, too. This past August, Lions from Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia met in Hunt Valley to celebrate 100 years as a multiple district. The Lions club of Frederick also just celebrated its centennial anniversary. Frederick County is part of Lions district 22W, which includes Maryland’s five westernmost counties. Several of these Lions clubs currently serve Frederick County. Three serve Frederick city — Frederick, Frederick Fusion

and Francis Scott Key clubs. Most other Frederick municipalities and towns have their own clubs, too — Brunswick, Emmitsburg, Libertytown, Middletown, Mount Airy, Myersville, New Market, Thurmont and Walkersville-Woodsboro. In Frederick County, Lions give countless hours of their time and energy to live up to their very simple motto of “We serve.” Lions reported that last year alone, this multiple district served more than 700,000 people with more than 6,000 service projects and nearly 150,000 volunteer hours. The following list of service projects only scratches the surface of what Lions do for the Frederick area: • Provide recycled, used eyeglasses to those in need • Provide used medical equipment to those in need • Provide free vision screenings (and will soon introduce their first Mobile Screening Unit van that will travel to where they are needed most) • Help to eliminate preventable blindness through Lions Vision Research Rehabilitation Center in conjunction with Wilmer Eye Institute

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NOV. 1

Moderate Hike On the Maryland Appalachian Trail. Pre-registration required. With the Senior Rec Council. Time: TBA Location: Appalachian Trail in Md. Contact: Ray at 301-662-6315 Fresh Conversations: Your Mouth is Your Body’s Mirror Discuss current nutrition and health topics, learn about low-cost, healthy Staff file photo by Bill Green recipes, and discover new ways to stay active and independent. Learn tips on This file photos shows fall foliage near peak color in the Catoctin mountains at the how to make easy changes to help you Frank Bentz Pond just outside of Thurmont. manage diet-related health conditions. When Miss Jane Marple reports Patrick St., Frederick Get motivated to eat healthier and get witnessing a murder through the more physically active. Presenter: Joi Contact: window of a passing train, the police Foss Vogin, Family and Consumer NOV. 3 dismiss her as a dotty spinster when Sciences Agent, University of Maryland Bicycling no trace of the crime can be found. Extension. Free, pre-register. Pre-registration required. With the Time: 7:30 p.m. Time: 10 a.m. Senior Rec Council. Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts, Location: Urbana 50+ Center Time: TBA 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ Location: TBD Contact: 301-600-2828 or or 301-600Contact: Kathy at 301-606-0064 7020 Fresh Conversations: Your Mouth is “Don’t You Know There’s a War On?! MET Comedy Night: The Comedy Pigs Your Body’s Mirror The American Home Front” 30th anniversary season. Catch them Discuss current nutrition and health Explore rationing, scrapping, War every first Friday and Saturday through topics, learn about low-cost, healthy Bonds, and war production through the June 2023. Ages 18 and older. $15. recipes, and discover new ways to stay eyes of this country’s youth. Primary Time: 8:30 p.m. active and independent. Learn tips on sources viewed include wartime Location: Maryland Ensemble Theatre, how to make easy changes to help you newsreels, high school yearbooks, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick manage diet-related health conditions. posters, photographs, and songs. This Contact: 301-694-4744 Get motivated to eat healthier and get is a virtual program. Presenter: National more physically active. Presenter: Joi NOV. 4 WWII Museum staff. $5, pre-register. Foss Vogin, Family and Consumer Glade Hosts a UCC Turkey, Oyster Time: 2:30 p.m. Sciences Agent, University of Maryland and Ham Dinner Location: Frederick & Urbana 50+ Extension. Free, pre-register. Delicious buffet-style roast turkey, fried Centers. Also online Virtual 50+ Center Time: 10 a.m. oysters and ham dinner. $30 cash, $31 Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ Location: Frederick 50+ Center credit card for adults, $15 ages 6 to 12, or 301-600Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ under age 6 free; carry outs $1 extra. 7020 or 301-600Time: 4 to 7 p.m. Pride on the Patio Location: Walkersville Fire Hall, 79 W. 3525 Weekly LGBTQIA social mixer. Relaxed Frederick St., Walkersville Bingo an casual. Happy hour pricing, full Also Nov. 10 and 17. Open to the public, Contact: 301-898-5558 or menu available; drink special Gender every Thursday night. Cash only and Fluid. 21 and older. players must be 21 or older. Doors open Blingo Gala Time: 5:30 p.m. at 5 p.m.; early birds begin at 6:45 p.m.; Charitable event hosted by Spanish Location: Showroom, 882 N. East St., and regular games start at 7 p.m. Free. Speaking Community of Maryland Inc. Frederick Time: 7 p.m. Each ticket includes 8 Blingo games, Contact: Location: American Legion Gold Star heavy hors d’oeuvres, and 2 drink Post 191, 801 Prospect Road, Mount tickets. $90. NOV. 2 Airy Time: 6 p.m. Aging with Pride Contact: 301-829-9161 or Location: Dutch’s Daughter, 581 Himes Join other retired friends in the Ave., Frederick Wonder Book Classic Film Series: community. Meets every Wednesday. Contact: 240-405-5805 or “Murder She Said” (1961, 1 hour 27 Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Location: The Frederick Center, 332 W. minutes) 10 | NOVEMBER 2022





NOV. 5

Holiday Craft Bazaar Lots of handmade crafts, ornaments, gifts idea for the whole family. Kid’s Corner. White Elephant Table. Homemade food including sandwiches and soups. Bake table with homemade pies, cakes, cookies, etc. Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Bush Creek Church of the Brethren, 4821A Green Valley Road, Monrovia Contact: 301-865-3013 or Salvation Army Women’s Ministries Holiday Bazaar Vintage items and much more. Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Salvation Army, 223 W. Fifth St., Frederick Contact: 301-662-2311 DIY Open Enrollment: Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is a time to review your Medicare Part D plan to ensure it is right for you. Attend this virtual workshop to learn how to complete this review on your own. Free, preregister. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6001234

Sierra Club Catoctin Group Meeting Guest speaker. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Common Market Community Room, College Park Shopping Center, 927 W. Seventh St., Frederick Contact: 301-318-7995 Glade Hosts a UCC Turkey, Oyster and Ham Dinner Delicious buffet-style roast turkey, fried oysters and ham dinner. $30 cash, $31 credit card for adults, $15 ages 6 to 12, under age 6 free; carry outs $1 extra. Time: Noon to 5 p.m. Location: Walkersville Fire Hall, 79 W. Frederick St., Walkersville Contact: 301-898-5558 or Johnsville Ruritan Cash Bingo Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo at 7 p.m. Food available for purchase. Proceeds benefit scholarship program. Time: 5 p.m. Location: New Midway Fire Hall, 12019 Woodsboro Pike, New Midway Contact: 410-775-7519

NOV. 7

Stained Glass Workshop In this workshop, you will be guided step-by-step through the stained-glass process. Learn how to make a pattern,

cut glass, foil, and solder to make a festive holly suncatcher! Box lunch is included. Instructor: Bob Galandak. $40, pre-register. Time: 10 a.m. -3:00 p.m., also meets Nov. 14 Location: Emmitsburg 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6006350

NOV. 9

DIY Open Enrollment: Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is a time to review your Medicare Part D plan to ensure it is right for you. Attend this virtual workshop to learn how to complete this review on your own. Free, pre-register. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6001234

NOV. 10

USAF Concert Band and Singing Sergeants Free, but tickets are required. The United States Air Force Concert Band is the official symphonic wind ensemble of the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it features 52 active duty Airmen musicians. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-600-2828 or

NOV. 11

Bluegrass Jam Open to all levels of acoustic musicians and vocalists. Spectators, families welcome. Sandwiches, snacks and sodas available for purchase. No smoking or swearing. $5 donation at the door requested. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Location: Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club, 8101 Crum Road, Mount Pleasant Contact: 301-898-3719 The Guess Who in Concert The Guess Who is a group that’s connected with the masses throughout an exultant hit parade including “These Eyes,” “Clap For the Wolfman,” “Hand Me Down World,” “No Time,” “Star Baby” and “Share the Land.” Add in fellow classics and double-sided singles like the rock anthem “American Woman” and “No Sugar Tonight,” plus “Laughing” and “Undun,” and the Canadian-bred stateside conquerors are amongst music’s most indelible treasures who are eternally etched into the very fabric of

pop culture history. $49 to $90. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-600-2828 or

NOV. 12

Christmas Bazaar Crafts, gift baskets, wood working shop, Rudolph’s Fleas, Santa’s regifting center, baked goods. Lunch served (eat-in or carry out): Fried oysters, ham salad, chicken strips platters, soup, sandwiches, pies, cakes, cookies and candy. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Taylorsville UMC, 4356 Ridge Road, Mount Airy Contact: 410-875-4101 or Heritage Frederick: Civil War Walking Tour Length: 90 minutes. Explore what it was like to live in Frederick during the Civil War. Stories include the last Confederate invasion of the North, the ransom of Frederick, and the Battle of Monocacy. $12. Time: 10:45 a.m. Location: Heritage Frederick, 24 E. Church St., Frederick Contact: 240-446-2646 or

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NOV. 14

Sewing Workshop: Winter-themed Pillowcase Come sew a charming winter/holiday themed pillowcase to give as a gift or enjoy for yourself. This project is suitable for beginners although you must be comfortable operating a sewing machine. We recommend bringing your own machine that you are already familiar with if possible. You may use our fabric and machines or bring your own. Instructors: Carol Wright & Kathy McLaughlin. $5, pre-register. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Frederick 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6003525 Dementia Live Training Dementia Live® is a high impact, dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change. Caregivers, professionals, and individuals will better understand the hardships and confusion that occurs for a person with dementia. These trainings are open to the public. Free, pre-register

SCP – Senior Companion Program pays low income seniors to provide companionship to other local seniors. Are you a senior who is already caring for a local senior? RSVP – Retired Seniors Volunteer Program provides rewarding community volunteer experiences for seniors of all income levels. For more information contact Steve Norris at 301-694-3355, x1005, or THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST







NOVEMBER CALENDAR Time: 1 p.m. Location: Frederick 50+ Center Contact: DementiaFriendlyFrederick@ or 301-6001234

NOV. 15

Assistive Technology Maryland TAP provides statewide access to assistive technology (AT) through equipment demonstrations, loans, reuse, financing, and training. Discover what “tools” can help you live a better life! This is a virtual program. Free, pre-register. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6001234

NOV. 16

Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement Members of the Silver Fancy Garden Club will teach how to create the perfect seasonal floral arrangement, just in time for Thanksgiving. All supplies will be provided. $5, pre-register. Time: 11 a.m. Emmitsburg 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6006350 DIY Open Enrollment: Medicare Part D Open Enrollment is a time to review your Medicare Part D plan to ensure it is right for you. Attend this virtual workshop to learn how to complete this review on your own. Free, pre-register. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6001234

NOV. 17

New to Medicare Workshop Are you new to Medicare, or will be soon? Join us for an overview of Medicare. Trained State Health Insurances Program (SHIP) staff help Medicare beneficiaries, family members and caregivers understand Medicare benefits, bills, and Medicare rights. This is a virtual presentation. Free, pre-register. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6001234 National Cryptologic Museum:

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Talking in Code Explore the history of the Native American Code Talkers from both World Wars. This is a virtual program. Presenter: Jennifer Wilcox, Director of Education, National Cryptologic Museum. Free, pre-register. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Urbana 50+ Center. Also online Virtual 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6007020 Friendsgiving Cook-Along A pre-holiday cooking demo of LentilStuffed Acorn Squash with a Hot-Spiced Apple Cider that will be sure to leave you feeling warm and holiday-cozy! You may watch or cook along for a yummy dinner. Ingredient list will be provided in advance. This is a virtual program. Led by: Thu Huynh, MDA, RD, LDN, Giant dietitian, nutritionist. Free, pre-register. Time: 3:15 p.m. Location: Frederick & Urbana 50+ Centers. Also online Virtual 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6003525 Frederick County Civil War Roundtable Presentation “Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Gettysburg Legend” Tom McMillan is the presenter. Part dual biography and part Civil War history, “Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Gettysburg Legend” takes a fascinating deep dive into the friendship between Confederate Gen. Lewis Armistead and Union Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock — a friendship that has been heavilydramatized in popular novels and movies. Free for museum members, $5 for non-members. Time: 6:45 p.m. Location: National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-695-1864 or

NOV. 18

Groceries for Seniors A free monthly distribution of seasonal produce, canned goods, and shelf stable products. All Frederick County residents age 60+ with an income below $1450 per month are eligible to participant. Please bring a photo ID to register the first time. Groceries for Seniors is offered on the third Friday of each month. Time: Noon (and continues until all food is distributed) Location: Frederick Senior Center, 1440 Taney Ave. Frederick




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NOV. 19

Silent Film Series: “The Mark of Zorro” (1920) A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed. Cast includes Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Noah Beery. (1 hour 19 minutes). $7. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-600-2828 or Silent Film Series: “The Daughter of Dawn” (1920) This restored silent film features a love triangle involving a Kiowa chief’s daughter and ensuing conflict between Kiowa and Comanche villages. Cast includes White Parker, Esther LeBarre and Hunting Horse. (1 hour 20 minutes). Category: Romance, Western. $7. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-600-2828 or

NOV. 20

The Frederick Speaker Series: Jon Meacham Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A contributor to TIME and the New York Times Book Review, Meacham is a highly sought-after commentator, regularly appearing on MSNBC, CNN, and other news outlets. $50 to $60. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-600-2828 or

NOV. 21

SRC Talley Book Group With the Senior Rec Council. Time: 10:15 a.m. Location: Talley Rec Center, Classroom A, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick Contact: Jane at 301-658-8680

NOV. 22

Zumba Time! With Lauren Medevoy with Game of Life Fitness and Nutrition. Free. Time: 10:45 a.m. Location: Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Urbana Contact: 301-600-7004

NOV. 25

Christmas Bingo Doors open at 4 p.m., free dinner at 4:30 p.m., games start at 5:30 p.m. $40 per ticket, includes 28 games. Also available for purchase: 50/50 game and seniors jackpot cards. Payout will consist of money and mystery prizes. Time: 4 p.m. Location: Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co., 1500 Volunteer Drive, Brunswick Contact: 301-305-0777 or Facebook

NOV. 26

Tuba Christmas This event is FREE with any canned food or cash donation. The popular tuba comrades of Frederick return with a variety of brassy Christmas hits, delighting audiences of all ages in an annual Weinberg Center tradition. In lieu of admission, a canned food drive will be held to benefit the Community Action Agency of Frederick City. Time: Noon Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-600-2828 or “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) Join us for this holiday classic film about an angel sent from Heaven to help a desperate businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. $5. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick Contact: 301-600-2828 or

NOV. 29

Hagerstown Chapter Embroiderers Guild of America Meeting Following the business meeting, an instructional program or guest speaker. Bring along your own project to work on if you wish! Guests are welcome to visit 3 times before we ask you to become members. Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 11507 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown Contact: 301-401-1702

NOV. 30

Medigap/Supplemental vs Advantage Plans Come learn more about these different types of Medicare programs to help determine which type of program may be the best for you. Free, pre-register. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Online and hosted by Senior Services Division Virtual 50+ Center Contact: VirtualSeniorCenter@ or 301-6001234

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