Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center - MD
The Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center is southwest Baltimore County's hub for educational, recreational, social and personal growth opportunities for active seniors 60+ years young. The Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center was twice accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, the senior center specialists of the National Council On Aging. National accreditation serves as a seal of approval for the breadth and quality of services offered. A variety of educational classes forms the core of quality offerings at the center. In addition to the Baltimore County Department of Aging program technicians, the Lansdowne Senior Center enjoys a unique partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County, for the provision of classes which include: Design & Production/ Woodworking Arts, Basic Drawing, Better Health and Wellness/ Aerobic Exercise, Ceramics, Quilting and Crafts, along with History Wows! The center offers a diverse variety of informational programs and speakers focused on consumer education, health and nutrition education, pertinent senior issues and much, much more. Along with these programs, Lansdowne Senior Center has created a strong partnership with Leadership Through Athletics, which has a community facility where the center members can do their weekday walking. The Center has also partnered with the Lansdowne Public Library for a book club held at the center, and for a Kinder Korner Korner reading program whereby center members read with preschool age children at the library. Together, all of these offerings make for a diverse range of educational opportunities and enjoyable events. Balancing out the opportunities for personal growth are a multitude of options for fun and leisure. The highlight of leisure opportunities is the center's travel program. The Travel Office plans exciting trips ranging from day excursions to multi-day adventures. The Travel Office considers affordability as a top priority, making these opportunities not only a great deal but also accessible to all. In addition to travel, the center offers up leisure in the form of cards, a pool room, shuffleboard and the ever-popular bingo. The senior center also provides a variety of health screenings throughout the year, including monthly blood pressure screenings in partnership with St. Agnes Hospital. To learn more about the programs and activities at Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center, read our monthly newsletter, "The Express". Volunteer Opportunities/Community Service Our senior center model is both based and dependent on active participation and contributions from our membership and community. As such, we offer a wealth of volunteer/service opportunities for almost any interest from leadership to community outreach, activity planning and assistance, clerical assistance, garden maintenance and more. The possibilities are nearly endless. You can find your calling while making our center a better place and further enriching the lives of our nearly 500 members! Volunteering at Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center is a win-win situation all around! Convenient Connection to Services and Information The Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center serves as the direct link between our communities and the award-winning services and publications of the Baltimore County Department of Aging. Whether you're looking to pick up the latest edition of the Senior Resources guide or need some guidance in a care giving issue, stop by and we'll help put you on the fast track for information and services. The senior center stocks copies of all of the department's educational resource publications for your convenience. Center History The Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center is one in a network of 20 senior centers in Baltimore County operated by the Baltimore County Department of Aging. A full-range of opportunities is available to area residents 60 years of age and older. The Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center's roots date back to 1974 when a small group of senior citizens decided to meet, share experiences, enjoy a meal together and enlarge their circle of friends. From 1974 to 1977, these pioneer members met at the Lansdowne Baptist Church on Alma Road. In 1977 the group of seniors joined the Baltimore County Department of Aging's network of senior centers as the Lansdowne Senior Center. In 1977, the expanding center moved into the Lansdowne United Methodist Church on Laverne Avenue, which hosted the center until the end of 1988. In January of 1989, the Department of Aging proudly opened the doors of a new facility at the current location on Third Avenue. This modern facility enabled the senior center to more fully integrate itself within the community and expand its program and service offerings. The current facility was officially dedicated on April 24, 1989 as the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center and serves the southwest Baltimore County communities of Lansdowne, Baltimore Highlands, Arbutus, Halethorpe, Relay and Riverview. The center also attracts participants from the nearby communities of Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County and Howard County. The Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands Senior Center earned national accreditation in October of 1999 from the National Council on Agingâ€™s National Institute of Senior Centers.