Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ December 2002

Computer Classes Now Available at Senior Center

By Marion Lane

The county-funded senior center closest to our neighborhood, the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center (MSSC), is offering computer classes in its newly established computer laboratory.  Introduction to computers, Miscrosoft Word, Windows basics, graphics/photos, and other classes are scheduled on a variety of days and times.  These classes are open only to seniors (ages 55 and older) and there’s a small fee involved.

Many other activities also are offered at the center; most are free.  Regular classes are held in Italian culture and language, ceramics, and acrylic painting/drawing.  NARFE meetings are held at the center and it also serves as a mobile Post Office.  Conditioning/exercise classes are available, or visitors may play bocce ball or bridge or amuse themselves at any of six full-sized pool tables.  There’s also square dancing, bingo, cards and table games, and indoor shuffleboard.

A nutritious lunch is served on weekdays for $3.90 (reservations required), and blood pressure screenings are available three times a month.

The MSSC includes a self-serve library and a large auditorium with a full stage where regular performances and Sunday afternoon concerts are held.  Monthly mini-trips to local points of interest are also offered.  A number of special interest clubs and classes include discussion groups for opera, books, Shakespeare, World War II/Korean War veterans, and current events; a karaoke club; groups for quilting and hand sewing, needlepoint, knitting and crocheting, and antiques and collectibles; a support group for widowed persons; and poetry and writing workshops.

Free “in-house” attorneys help with wills and provide other legal advice.  A counselor (personal appointments required) provides information on senior housing, financial assistance, and Medicare and Medicaid information.

The center provides a variety of spaces for rent for meetings, parties, and other activities.  The Social Hall seats 250 at tables for large events such as wedding receptions, anniversaries, bat/bar mitzvahs.  The Card Room seats 70 at tables and is available for meetings and classes (no food or drink).  The Art Room seats 40 at tables and can be used for craft classes, birthday parties, meetings, etc.

Light alcoholic beverages, beer and wine are permitted only for rentals contained in the Social Hall.  Smoking is strictly prohibited on all county properties.

The MSSC, located at 1000 Forest Glen Road, is one of five senior centers sponsored by Montgomery County Department of Recreation.  It is distinguished by being the first senior center to be built in the state of Maryland in 1972.  Its monthly newsletter includes the calendar of events and is available when you visit the center.

Seniors ages 55 and older who live in the surrounding community and wish to lead active and interesting lives will find the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center a stimulating and welcoming place.  Whether you are looking for friendship, useful information, or great entertainment, you’ll find that the MSSC has many opportunities for seniors to stay connected with life.

To reach the MSSC from our neighborhood, drive south on Dennis Avenue (cross University Blvd.).  At the stop sign, turn left onto Sligo Creek Parkway.  At the traffic light, turn left onto Forest Glen Road.  The senior center is approximately one half mile on the right.  There is ample parking.

For further information, call 301.681.1255 or see seniorcenters/schweinhaut.html.  Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

[The URL for Schweinhaut Senior Center has been updated from what appeared in the printed newsletter.]   ■

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