Montgomery County wellness calendar, Nov. 15-22

November 14, 2012

“Building Blocks of Tai Chi” Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 240-777-8086. Registration required.

Nature center park walk event Two 10K trail walks and a 5K option. Sponsored by Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Black Hill Regional Park, 20930 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. 301-540-5943. ltsoule@verizon.net. 301-972-9396. Free.

“The Eye-Brain Connection” panel discussion A presentation by the NIH’s National Eye Institute and the Retina Group of Washington. Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. www.friendshipheightsmd.gov. Registration requested.

Silver Spring blood drive Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Hosted by Sathya Sai Baba Center. Thomas Pyle Middle School, 6311 Wilson Lane, Silver Spring. 800-733-2767. www.redcrossblood.org. Appointments recommended.

Gentle yoga For anyone affected by cancer; stretching, breathing and relaxation exercises to improve muscle tone and aid in stress management. Monday at 10 and 11:15 a.m. Hope Connections for Cancer Support, 5430 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda. 301-493-5002. www.hopeconnectionsforcancer.org.

“Advanced Directives: The Better End” A presentation by Dan K. Morhaim, an internist and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from Baltimore County. Monday, 1:15-2:15 p.m. Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. 240-777-4999. Free.

Walking Club A 45-minute neighborhood walk. 8:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. 301-656-2797. www.friendshipheightsmd.gov.

Stability-ball exercise Exercises that focus on “core muscles” that can be performed sitting or on a mat. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 301-896-3689. Call for fee and registration information.

Blood-pressure check Sponsored by Holy Cross Hospital. Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 240-777-8086.

Bethesda blood drive Tuesday, 1-7 p.m. Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 5500 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. 800-733-2767. www.redcrossblood.org. Appointments recommended.

“Coping With Change” discussion Presentations on how best to deal with issues related to aging. Tuesday at 1 p.m. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 240-777-8086. Free.

Silver Spring blood drive Wednesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. American Nurses Association, 8515 Georgia Ave. (Suite 400), Silver Spring. 800-733-2767. www.redcrossblood.org. Appointments recommended.

Ballroom dance Bill Goldberg and Ellen Moran offer instruction and then help participants practice the steps they learn. Wednesday at noon. Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. 240-777-8086. Free.

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton

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