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Even before the staff at the Brooklyn Park Senior Center arrives to work at 8 a.m., Joe Bentz already has been at the center for an hour, making coffee and getting the kitchen ready for the day.And he's repeated this routine every weekday for 16 years, he said.Bentz, 77, of Glen Burnie, and 95-year-old Ruby Bastien, of Brooklyn Park, were recognized Tuesday for being the center's longest-serving volunteers, Director Carolyn Scurry-Boyd said.Bastien has volunteered for 30 years, nine of which have been spent in the center's Hammonds Lane location.

Both she and Bentz recalled the center's former locations in the old Arundel Improvement Association building on Cross Street, a storefront on Ritchie Highway where the Taco Bell and Long John Silver's restaurants are now and Brooklyn Park Middle School.Both Bentz and Bastien said they enjoy helping out."It's a lot of fun," said Bentz, who heads to Genesis Healthcare to work as a housekeeper after volunteering.

"I know all the ladies, and I look after them."Bastien used to volunteer daily until her husband of 60 years, Ernest, died in 1990.

Now, she helps out in the kitchen twice a week."I like to do something.

I don't like to sit around.

I have a garden at home," she said.

"My body tells me what to do.

When I get up in the morning, I exercise, so that keeps me moving.

Then, I come here."While all the center's volunteers received recognition at the annual luncheon, Bentz and Bastien are especially deserving, Scurry-Boyd said."All the volunteers are dedicated, but Joe has been very consistent," she said.

"I didn't even know Ruby had been volunteering for 30 years until she told me."In other center news, members can learn about food safety, visit the Dollar Tree store and Cactus Willie's in Glen Burnie, and get their blood pressure and glucose level checked next week.Members can learn how to keep food safe outdoors during the warm weather months during a seminar from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Monday.Members will travel to the Dollar Tree and Cactus Willie's in Glen Burnie for shopping and lunch from 10:30 a.m.

to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday.Nurse Julia DiRado will check members' blood pressure and, if members have been diagnosed with diabetes, their glucose levels from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Wednesday.For details, call 410-222-6847 or visit nightBrooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., will show the family-friendly movie "Nanny McPhee" at 7 p.m.

today.Starring Emma Thompson and Colin Firth, the movie tells the story of a widower with seven children who are determined to get rid of their nannies as quickly as possible.

So, far, they have had 17.

Then, they meet the hag-like Nanny McPhee.Light refreshments will be served.For details, call 410-789-3688.Kids' cooking classThe Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Coalition Inc.

will hold a cooking class for children from noon to 2 p.m.

today at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, 1000 Frankfurst Ave.For details, call 410-355-1100.Contact Jennifer Donatelli at 410-789-0066 or brooklyn [email protected]
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