Try out some tai chi, an exercise for all ages
Interested in learning some basics of tai chi? You can be dressed in comfortable clothing — sweats, workout pants, long or short sleeve shorts, or gym clothes. On your feet you can be wearing flat shoes, basketball/ court shoes, even fitted sneakers. You pick what you want as you participate because tai chi is great for people of all ages. The warm-up exercise and the basics of tai chi will be taught by Sifu Eric Jordan in the Fellowship Hall at Union United Methodist Church. You are asked to contact Michele Coleman at 240-381-3186 or at msmichele63@ gmail.com so you can get information to help you get on board. The church is located at 14418 Old Marlboro Pike in Upper Marlboro.
Camp Springs Senior Activity Center
There will be holiday karaoke to hear Tamara Wellons singing at Camp Springs Senior Activity Center (CSSAC) on Friday, Dec. 16. She will be singing some very popular holiday songs which you might want to join in singing with her. There will be music playing, giving you an opportunity to see quilts that were created by CSSAC quilting students. You will be able to see these quilts beginning at 12:30 p.m. and continuing until closing at 2:30 p.m. And, refreshments will be served but you must have a M-NCPPC senior identification card to go to this “show up” event where registration is not required for attendance.
A Celebration of Life
A Celebration of Life service was held Dec. 6 for Melvin A. Cross at The First Baptist Church of Deanwood, Washington, D.C. Melvin was the seventh child of 10 children, born Jan. 22, 1950, from the union of Leonard L. Cross Sr. and Ladessa S. Cross. Washington, D.C., was where he was born, educated and had his first job at Miles Shoe Store in Washington, D.C. He became a U.S. soldier serving as an equipment storage specialist in the medic unit during the Vietnam War. He received medals for Good Conduct, National Defense Service and Vietnam War. When he left the military, he began a career with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority as a bus driver. He then went forward to work as a station manager for Metro and later had to retire because of his health. While being a bus operator, he met Brenda, whom he married. The two of them spent lots of quality time traveling up and down the highways as he drove the car. He joined The First Baptist Church of Deanwood where he served and worked as a member of the music organization, the latest being the men’s choir, the Senior Usher Board, the SHARE Program, circle leader for the Progressive Fellowship Circle and sponsored youth members.
And, he was a Redskins fan. One of his favorite quotes was “Gotta go,” which he used frequently. He will be missed by his family: his wife, children, grandchildren, step grandchildren, siblings — six sisters and three brothers —nieces, nephews, uncle and other relatives, friends, and neighbors. The Rev. Ronald K. Miner Sr. officiated at the service. Funeral arrangements were done by J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home. Final service was conducted by the U.S. Army at the burial site which was at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham.
It is cold. It is windy. Winter offificially is coming Dec. 21. Keep warm. Bundle up. Put on hats, gloves and drink hot tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Drop in a few marshmallows for beauty and enjoyment. And, look out. Snow is nearby and may be here soon.