Sign language class and more for adults 50 and older

The City of Farmington Hills offers these and other activities at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. Programs and activities are sponsored by Farmington Hills Special Services Adults 50 & Better. Advance registration is required for all programs. To register for events or to obtain additional information, please call 248-473-1830. Learn more at

Tax Assistance – Tuesdays and Fridays, through April 15, by appointment only

Get assistance with federal, state, homestead, and energy credit forms from specially trained members of the AARP. Simple, E-file returns only. All information is confidential. Call 248-473-1830 to make an appointment. No tax appointments on March 18 and March 25.

Downsize Your Mess – March 2, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Are you at a point in your life where you need to downsize your possessions? Let a professional organizer teach you how to downsize and learn what to do with unwanted items. Fee is $6.

Book Discussion. – March 3, 1 p.m.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Join a lively, informal book discussion on the first Thursday of each month. Paperback copies are available in advance for checkout in Conway Hall at the Costick Center at 50 cents/residents, $1 non-residents.

First Friday Ballroom – March 4, 3 p.m-6 p.m.

Enjoy ballroom dancing, featuring the Mike Wolverton Band. All levels of experience, couples and singles welcome. Buffet dinner included. Fee is $10 by March 3, $12 after.

Matter of Balance – March 7-April 25, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

During this eight-week class, participants will learn to reduce the chance of falls, increase strength and balance, and reduce fall risks in the home. Sign up by calling 248-473-1830.

Shredding for Safety – March 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Protect your identity, declutter your home, and recycle. Bring in up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be securely shredded. Stay in your car, papers will be unloaded for you. No junk mail or trash! For Farmington and Farmington Hills residents ages 50 and better only. No fee.

Sign Language Class – Tuesdays, March 8-April 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

This six-week class will cover the alphabet, some numbers, and signs for food, colors, and weather, plus basic conversations. Sign up by calling 248-473-1830.

Leprechaun Luncheon – March 11, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Enjoy some Irish entertainment with Larry Larson before indulging in a traditional lunch of corned beef and cabbage or fish. Try your luck at the raffle and trivia games or win a door prize. Don’t forget to wear green! Fee is $8 by March 7 deadline, $10 after. Tickets available in Conway Hall.

Guide to Citizen Preparedness – March 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This in-depth class will teach you how to prepare yourself and your family for disasters. Learn how to reach family members, cook meals, and more. Complimentary lunch after the program. No cost, but you must sign up in Conway Hall or call 248-473-1830.

Creating Confident Caregivers – Tuesdays, March 15-April 19, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

This six-week workshop will help family members caring for a person with dementia and/or memory loss learn to deal more effectively with the effects of the disease. To register, call the Area Agency on Aging 1-B at 800-852-7795.

Friday’s Film – March 16, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

After a delicious lunch, enjoy the movie “Everest”. The afternoon includes popcorn, candy, and a beverage. Fee is $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Tickets available in Conway Hall.

How to Write a Book in 30 Days – March 23, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., open to ages 18 and older

Learn simple ideas to get started on the path to becoming a published author. Find out about tips, strategies, and motivational tactics. Fee is $35/residents, $40/nonresidents. A $25 material fee is payable to the instructor on the day of the class.

2016 Fifty and Better Golf Leagues

Registration for Women’s, Men’s, and Couples’ Leagues continues through mid-April. General meetings will be held at the Costick Center for Women’s League on Monday, April 18 at 10 a.m.; Men’s League on Wednesday, April 13 at 10 a.m.; and Couples’ League on Wednesday, April 20 at 11 a.m. Play the Farmington Hills Golf Club for all levels of golfers. Register at the Costick Center or call Angela at 248-473-1823 for details.