Online Classes, Programs & Resources during Covid-19

While we are under the Stay at Home order and patiently waiting for the day when we can all be together again at our center, the staff is doing their best to keep you engaged and informed! Many Seven Oaks instructors are offering weekly Zoom classes and the are offered at no charge to our members as they are subsidized by the Center Council. We will update this page almost daily with new classes, resources, announcements, etc. We will send an e-mail/text alert when it's been update with new information. 


Update! Please check your email or text for the links on Monday morning - you'll need to click on the attachment!  Be sure you are using the most up to date links. Zumba links are new this will and will remain the same for the month of  May. No other changes were made to links this  week except for the new classes added. 

If you are not able to click on the link in the google doc file sent to you just go to www.zoom.us and click join a meeting and then type in the meeting id and the password we sent. If you receive alerts on your phone but need to access Zoom on your computer just use the  meeting id and  password by going to www.zoom.us. The links are not required! 

If you didn't receive the e-mail/text please e-mail kyoung@baltimorecountymd.gov or cgonce@baltimorecountymd.gov. We do not share our Zoom links online or on social media. Please do not post a link when you receive it. 


Weekly Online Classes

Online Classes for the Week of May 18
Daily -Virtual Ask the Pharmacist on Zoom (See below for days/times)

Tues Strength Training 9 am on Zoom  - KAREN IS BACK
Tues  Somatics (similar to chair yoga) New class!  9:30 AM on Zoom (Cancelled this week)

Tues Zumba Toning at 11 am on Zoom (new link for May classes) (Cancelled this week)

Tue Zentangle (new class!) from 1-2:30 pm on Zoom (See below  to contact the teacher for the handouts)

Wed  Watercolor 10:30-12:30 on Zoom  - Project posted on Facebook 

    This Wednesday in our watercolor class we will paint birch trees. Photo reference by Dorothy Dot Anson on Facebook.
    Participants will need watercolor paints, brushes, pallet, watercolor paper and masking paper or masking fluid.
Wed - Zumba Gold Flow (new class!) at 11:30 am on Zoom (Cancelled this week)
Wed Feldenkrais 12:45 PM on  Zoom   (class ends in May)

Wed Zumba Gold Seated (new class!) at 1 pm (Cancelled this week)
Wed Chair Yoga at 1 pm on Zoom 

Wed Ch'i Gung/Solo  Drills with Jeff Herrod - 6:30-7:30 pm

Thurs Somatics (New! Meditative type class) at 9:30 am (Cancelled this week)
Thurs  Zumba Gold 11:00 AM  on Zoom (new link for May classes) (Cancelled this week)

Thursday  - Drawing Class with Alina on Zoom - 11 am 

Thurs Yoga 2:00 PM on Zoom 

Thurs  Chatter/Happy Hour with Chad 3:00 PM on Zoom
Fri Tai Chi 10-10:30 am Beginners/New Students & 10:30-11:30 Experienced Students -on Zoom (Use latest link!)
Fri Virtual Friday Cafe 10:15 am  - Join staff and members for a social gathering on Zoom. 

Fri Beginner French - 12:45 pm (see description below)


Fri May 5/29 at 1pm - My Plate/ Diabetes


Course Descriptions:

Zentangle - Tuesdays 1-2:30 pm

Parkville Senior Center is offering this class to our members! The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We call these patterns, tangles. ... These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called "tiles." We call them tiles because you can assemble them into mosaics. You'll need pencil and paper for  the class. Contact Becky the instructor for the handouts before class -  bboyn5887@comcast.net


Zoomba and Zoom Somatic Classes - Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

Zoomba Gold SEATED: Chair-based fitness focused movements - Lively!
Zoomba Gold: Standing fitness focused movements - Livelier!
Zoomba Gold TONING: Standing fitness focused movements with optional handheld weights - Liveliest!
ZoomSomatic Gold SEATED: Chair-based mindful stretching movements - Subtlest!
ZoomSomatic Gold: Standing and Supine mindful stretching movements - Subtler!
ZoomSomatic Gold FLOWING:  Sequenced standing and supine mindful stretching movements - Subtle!


Beginner Interactive French  - Fridays 12:45 pm

This 4 week (May 15-June 6) class is an interactive class to learn the basics of French. Students will be required to have their camera on, have their name displayed on the screen and participate in this fun and lively class. Taught by Marika Hicks. 


New Class! Ch'i Kung/Solo Drills With Jeff Herrod - Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm

Over the years Jeff has learned and taught myriad auxiliary solo exercises for T'ai Chi and associated Ch'i Kung ("Taiji and associated qigong," for you pinyin-ists). Jeff will hand down some of these auxiliary solo exercises to a limited community. Unlike the T'ai Chi form, there is no set, necessary sequence to these exercises.  They are not, generally, dependent on each other.  These solo exercises are intended to be practiced gently and in a relaxed, contemplative attitude without strain or extreme force.  Cozy up to them gradually, please. 


Chatter/Happy Hour with Chad! Thursdays at 3 pm (use the new link)

Grab a beverage of your choice and be ready to laugh and chat with Chad and other center members via Zoom. Chad will have trivia, puzzles, jokes, drink of the day, words of wisdom, etc., Participants will be expected to share in the conversations and participate and have fun! Feel free to bring your own stories, jokes, tips to share.


Feldernkrais with Marika - Wednesdays at 12:45 pm (end May  27)
The Feldenkrais Method®, a somatic educational system, teaches people to learn how to move the body out of pain, improve balance, posture and increase flexibility. This movement based system explores easy, slow, gentle, non habitual movement patterns combined with focused attention. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons facilitate the development of new neurological pathways that expand the options for easier, more functional movement in daily life. Join Marika Hicks, certified Feldenkrais Practitioner®, for a 50 minutes Workshop. Participants need to be able to get up and down from the floor. You'll want a quiet open space plus a chair and large towel and a large pillow.


Virtual Ask the Pharmacist - Daily Class - Mon, Wed & Friday from 10-Noon, Tuesdays and  Thursdays 4-6 pm

The School of Pharmacy at Notre Dame of Maryland University will be hosting “Virtual Ask the Pharmacist” sessions for all the BCDA centers. We would like to answer your questions about medications or any concerns you may have during this unprecedented time. Please come to the meeting with questions ready and ideas of what you’d like us to discuss in future sessions


​Zoom Classes from Other Baltimore County Senior Centers

  • Journaling with Julie - Wednesdays, 2 pm with Bykota Senior Center. Contact jlynn@baltimorecountymd.gov for the link/password.
  • Tai Chi - Tuesdays-  1 pm. Contact essexsc@baltimorecountymd.gov for the link/password.
  • Chair Exercise - Wednesdays, 11 am. Contact essexsc@baltimorecountymd.gov for the link/password.
  • Chair Yoga - Fridays, 10 am. Contact ateazesc@baltimorecountymd.gov for the link/password.
  • Virtual Bingo - Wednesdays, 1 pm. Contact ateazesc@baltimorecountymd.gov for the link/password.
  • Meditation - Thursdays, 1 pm. Contact ateazesc@baltimorecountymd.gov for the link/password.


Stress? Uncertainty? Grief? Anger? We understand. 
While these are perfectly normal reactions to a pandemic, distressing thoughts and emotions can cause problems with our health, relationships, moods and behaviors. These days we really need to be mindful of our minds, understand the brain-behavior relationship and take steps to protect our mental and emotional well-being. Our goal should be to thrive, not just survive, during this pandemic. It is something we can do together.
The Mental Health Association of Maryland’s Older Adults: Vibrant Minds program is pleased to offer “Mind Your Mind Mondays,” a weekly opportunity for older Marylanders to learn about mental health and engage with others around mental wellness
When: Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KryowJ8aSg-VWh8JjRLJzw
You only need to register once. After you register, Zoom will send you a link that you can use to join us every week.


Keep on the Sunny Side on Thursday, May 28 at 2:00 pm

Music can often go where words can’t. Keep on the Sunny Side is an interactive workshop featuring music as conversation starters. Join Karen Webber as she performs Today, Here Comes the Sun, and What a Wonderful World, carefully chosen for their meaning and ability to deepen our understanding of our own emotions. Afterwards, you’ll be invited to discuss the songs’ lyrics and themes like Hope, Gratitude and Coping in this time of COVID-19. PEERS will present this interactive program through Zoom. 
Seven Oaks Senior Center is hosting this event but please register in advance here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYscuqhpj8tH9KlVw157oNKXmMb2C9aPTc0 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


My Plate for Diabetes on Friday, May 29th 11:00 am 
Nutrition, Health & Wellness - My Plate for Diabetes & Diabetic Plate- Implementing A Healthy Eating Plan for prevention and management of Diabetes. This program will be presented by Jennifer Dixon Cravens, MS from University of MD. The Zoom link will be available next week.


The Mediterranean Diet Solution on Friday, June 5th 11:00 am 
Nutrition, Health & Wellness - The Mediterranean  Diet Solution - How to Use Dietary Guidelines and this Eating Plan for Prevention and Management of Chronic Diseases. This program will be presented by Jennifer Dixon Cravens, MS from University of MD. The Zoom link will be provided the last week in May.

Senior Center Monthly Online Newsletter

Since the centers are close BCDA is creating one monthly online newsletter. Copy and paste the link below to view the newsletter.  

  • April Newsletter - https://www.fataonline.com/bulletin/bulletin-1651585682870.pdf
  • ​May Newsletter-  https://www.fataonline.com/bulletin/bulletin-1791587997491.pdf 


Travel Updates for 7 Oaks Trips:

We will keep this section updated if trips are cancelled, when refunds will be issued, etc.  

  • Grumpy Old Men - March 14  - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed.
  • Delaware Park (March, April, June & July trips are cancelled) - Refunds pending
  • International Spy  Museum- April 21 - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed
  • Spring Fest - May 7 - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed
  • Dover Downs - May 19-20 - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed.
  • Vermont/New Hampshire - June 22-26 - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed.
  • Beehive - July 16 - Cancelled - Refunds have been mailed
  • Blennerhassett Island - July 29-31- Cancelled - refunds have been mailed
  • Riverside Crab Feast - August 20  - Pending
  • Tea Lovers Trip - Sept 2 - Pending
  • Finger Lakes, NY - Cancelled -refunds pending - Refunds will be mailed end of May.
  • Sunfest - Oct. 1 - Pending

Get Ready, Get Set, Get Fit 5k Run/ Walk 

Join our team, The Mighty Oaks on Sunday, September 20, 2020. You can use the link below to sign up online or sign up at the Center once we re-open.

https://runsignup.com/Race/MD/Rosedale/GetReadyGetSetGetFit5KRunWalkand1MileWalkForAll

Stretch, Balance, and Other Fitness Video Links

  • Let's Move with Balance: 30minute Chair exercise class - https://youtu.be/iLqyeVeRHGQ
  • 20 Minute Indoor Walk with Weights -  https://youtu.be/brOtds0XZ3Y
  • Balance Exercises:  https://youtu.be/EO42oECKtl
  • Arms:  https://youtu.be/7PaxVnTjLUk
  • Legs:  https://youtu.be/JlKRtrWGNFQ
  • Stretches:  https://youtu.be/fNFeNljprBo
  • Core:  https://youtu.be/4a_pCy91HW4
  • How to get up from a Fall:  https://youtu.be/EL1IdespmCY
  • ​If you're in the mood to dance or learn some line dances check out this YouTube Instructional video! 🎶🎵
    https://youtu.be/uZXQuqPnp8g

  • ​Fall Prevention Made Easy With Mary Lewis!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijo-EDRk12o&feature=youtu.be

  • Penny's Pajama Party  Workout - ​https://youtu.be/XRLQxZbTW44
  • Best Lower Back Stretches - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm8iSSdU3I0
  • 30 Minute Senior Workout - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASXG
  • 30 Minute Fitness Walk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvEJ5WFk2KE
  • Daily Qigong Routine to help Your Immune System Stay Strong - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC9MvsxZrW4
  • Indoor Power Walk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4IH12Piuf4
  • Low Impact Beginner Workout - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0c-4nZjIWQ


Home Leisure Activities
This program was developed to encourage you to stay engaged in activities during your time at home. Participation in leisure activities is associated with improvements in physical, mental and emotional health and overall well-being. For any of the activities listed, encourage your family members to join you in the fun. Also feel free to call your loved ones that do not live with you to share what you have done or completed! Staying connected is important! Click on the box to open. 




Free Online and TV Classes from other Organizations Plus Access to the BCPL

  • Mandy Katz, one of Giant's in store nutritionist, presents their Nutrition series, several times a year at Seven Oaks. During this time Giant's nutritionist are doing an online series called Nutrition at Noon. Check out their informational videos on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVH8tm4ZhA4&list=PLox1V4FCuM-eepHE7RgFZFQ0Lk21SKQaT
  • PBS WHUT (with Verizon it's channel 32 or 532) shows different workout programs each morning M- F at 5am, 5:30am, 6am, 10:30am and 11am. There's a variety of workouts including Yoga, Stretch class, Body Electric, Weight Loss and Strengthening, and Sit & Be Fit. 
  • ​​Step by Step acrylic painting on canvas for beginners | moon light night Painting | Tree of Magnolia on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyWM_cH5ZOI&feature=youtu.be
  • Learn some Sign Language with Harford County Park & Recs: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2841/Sign-Language
  • With your library card you can access free materials on the Baltimore County Public Library's website https://bcpl.info/books-and-more/downloadables.html
  • Entertaining or Motivating Videos  
  • Enjoy "The Great American Song Book" performed in their home by two of our favorite performers at Seven Oaks -
  • Trish and Frank Curreri:​ https://youtu.be/fT-qcixsXFE
  • Inspiring Ted Talk - https://www.ted.com/talks/travis_roy_the_art_of_practicing_gratitude_and_life_s_simplest_pleasures?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
  • ​Ted Talk - How to Create Meaningful Connections While Apart - https://www.ted.com/talks/priya_parker_how_to_create_meaningful_connections_while_apart?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
  • Garden Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kRD6TWUq2A&list=PLBwhoK0hSpr2OLL3m5PKIs5


Towson University Nursing Students Presentations

Since students could visit in person to present their research they shared the following presentations with us on Facebook:

Germ Prevention Presentation - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZUpYQjYluJp5NP3XOuBGshazAlDlS7-7/view?usp=sharing

Fall Prevention Presentation -  https://drive.google.com/a/students.towson.edu/file/d/158DtLkLvDmjoOuc-Zrsyn9CBo0hB5Ln-/view?usp=drive_web


Rescheduled Dates for Upcoming Events:

The Shred-a-Thon will be rescheduled for the Fall

Stepping On Workshop - Starts Fridays in the Fall

Paint Night - June 25
Line  Dance Party - June 26
​Volunteer Week - August 24

Tea and Scones - Sept. 11

Concert in the Park - Sept 1

BCDA's Volunteer Luncheon - Aug 6

AARP Driving - Aug 15

Wedding Dress Fashion Show - Sept. 25

Polish Event - October 16

Maryland Day - November 17

Food Resources/Community News/Support:

For details regarding meal distribution for older adults visit the site below. There will be weekly food  distributions at 4 senior centers. You  need to call ahead  to reserve your meal. 

https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/foodresources.html.














Posted 4/28

Here is the link for advance directives prepared by the Maryland Attorney General's Office: 

http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/HealthPolicy/AdvanceDirectives.aspx 
Here is the link for MyDirectives, which may be used to create an advance directive online, and does not require witnesses: 

https://mydirectives.com.


Posted 4/27:

AA Group For Older Adults - Better with Age
Video Meeting with Teleconference Option
This is an open AA meeting oriented toward Older Adult (55+) issues, but all ages are welcomed.
Open discussion based on the day’s reading from Daily Reflections.  This is a recurring meeting on Mondays from 10:30 am to 11:30 am EDT/EST
and Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT/EST
Join Zoom Meeting by going to Zoom and entering:
Meeting ID: 889 2298 5420  Then enter the Password.
Available as a phone meeting by dialing 1-646-876-9923 and entering password.
For Password information, please contact 2020betterwithage@gmail.com or intergroup@baltimoreaa.org or call 410-663-1922.


Need a friendly check in phone call? Volunteers of Seven Oaks are calling members that live alone and checking in with them weekly. If you know if someone who could use a friendly phone call please contact sevenoakssc@baltimorecountymd.gov or call us at 410-887-5192. 


Volunteers needed for the new Connections Project!
In response to the circumstances right now, MHAMD and NAMI have partnered to provide supportive phone and video visits to older Baltimore County residents who are struggling with anxiety, fear, depression, hopelessness, loneliness and other challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently seeking individuals to volunteer their time to visit with older adults over phone and video. Learn more about the opportunity and apply here:https://forms.gle/8ymLfEVSZLCf5N8YA

Posted 4/20 

  • Call 211 for Food Resources
  • Look on Baltimore County Government's page at https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/foodresources.html#
  • You may be eligible for SNAP (food stamps) benefits. You can call 1-800-332-6347 or see if you're eligible here https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program
  • ​Baltimore County Together Pop-up Market - The "pop-up market" menu is listed at https://www.baltimorecountytogether.org/shop/ 

You can purchase a box of produce, donate a box or request a box if you're in need. The current Pop-Up Market is scheduled for APRIL 25th. All pick-up appointments will be between 10:00AM-12:00PM. Your specific appointment time will be emailed after your order is confirmed. If you are placing an order, please be sure to use an email that you use and check for your spam as all notices will be provided by email. All orders will close at 6:00PM on Wednesday of each week for that Saturday's markets.
To ensure compliance with social distancing and the Governor's state of emergency proclamations, this pick-up service is made available by appointment only at select times in select locations. Participants must reserve their orders online, and will be provided an appointment time and instructions to adhere to safety precautions. All pick-up locations will occur outside in the premise's parking lots, so please look out for weather related updates to the email you use to make your order. No resources will be provided on-site without prior digital reservation and appointment.

Posted 4/16

  • https://eatsmart.umd.edu/recipe/recipesearch - this one is very helpful for people receiving boxes of canned food because they can type in the canned ingredient and it will show them recipes with that in it.
  • http://eatsmartmd.blogspot.com/ - this includes activities around food


Posted 4/15: 

MUST order by 6 pm on Wednesday &  you will get an appointment time  to pick up  your items – primarily  fresh produce.
You must pay online with a  credit card
This is NOT just a show up & pick up  food  location
www.baltimorecountytogether

The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. has offered up the Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate area for pop-up markets in Baltimore County.

The appointment only meal and resource kit pick up site is Baltimore County Together Pop-Up Markets, where fresh meal kids are provided by local Keany Produce and resource kits will be provided by other local companies.

The charitable campaign was launched by a multiple Baltimore County businesses and charities to help with COVID-19 emergency response efforts, and over the last two weeks have provided more than $25,000 of produce and meals around the county, according to a press release.

All car pick-up appointments will be between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Since the service is appointment only, orders must be received by 6 p.m. Wednesday of each week for that Saturday’s market.
Anyone who orders will get their specific appointment time emailed to them after the order is confirmed.
More info:
Baltimorecountytogether.org will facilitate the organization of orders and pick-up appointments, where volunteers will oversee the distribution of the boxes in business parking lots throughout the county.

Pick up locations are chosen once orders are placed and Baltimore County Together strives to have locations within a 10-15 minute drive for everyone.
To help with social distancing concerns and ensure compliance with Governor Hogan’s state of emergency proclamations, the tool will help coordinate the ability for orders to be distributed in car-lines in the parking lots where participants simply show their receipt on their phone and have the boxes loaded into their cars without having to exchange credit cards, cash or otherwise come in contact with others.
Up to 7,000 produce kits will be made available throughout the county for the first digital “pop-up market,” and the produce kits will be made available for a reduced cost of $20 for more than 15 pounds of fresh produce.
These prepared produce kits provide options for fruits, vegetables, and combination packages to support families for up to two weeks at a tim
All orders must be placed online, and no orders will be permitted to be made at the sites. Individuals submitting orders must adhere to their appointment and location time. Please use the “Shop” page on Baltimorecountytogether.org to select a distribution center and make a reservation for a family meal kit.Kits will be made available on a first come first serve basis. Upon completing your order, please be sure to save your email receipt on your phone so that it can be presented upon pick-up to redeem your order



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