Try out some tai chi, an ex­er­cise for all ages

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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 [email protected] 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.

Weather alert

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.

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