May is almost here, so it is time for the annual May Day Celebration at the Hargraves Center. This year's event will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the theme is "Swing Into Spring." We will wrap the May pole and enjoy steel drum music from Mickey Mills. There will be bingo games and prizes, door prizes, crowning, parade walk and dance of the King and Queens and grilled lunch. Register by calling 968-2070.It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the opening of the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center. Mark your calendar for May 28 to celebrate the occasion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlights include a noon lecture by Joe and Terry Graedon of "The People's Pharmacy," exercise demos, healthy aging booths, entertainment and the dedication of a new outdoor sculpture created by Jean Parish and fabricated by Edwin White.Dig through the closet and find those poodle skirts, blue jeans and T-shirts and join us on Saturday for a sock hop at the Big Barn fundraiser in Hillsborough from 7 to 10:30 p.m. All ages are invited. The cost is $10 and includes one hot dog, a drink and popcorn. Call 245-2015 for ticket information.Every May brings the annual estate planning workshops co-sponsored the Orange County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. The Seymour Center workshops will be on May 8 and 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. The presenter will be Steve Lackey. On May 8 his presentation will be on "Transferring Property by Gift, During Life and Beyond." Topics will include lifetime gifts, wills, trusts, joint property, beneficiary designations and transfer taxes. On May 22 he will present "Who's in Charge?" Topics will include powers of attorney, health care directives, retirement benefits and long-term care. Call the Seymour Center at 968-2070 to pre-register. The Hillsborough workshops will be held May 20 and 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Food Lab of the Planning and Agricultural Building, 306 Revere Road, Hillsborough. To preregister, please call 245-2050.Mark you calendar now for an evening of entertainment at the Seymour Center on May 30 starting at 7 p.m. or May 31 at 2 p.m. To celebrate the Seymour Center's first anniversary in the new building, Prime Time Players, the Seymour Center theater troupe, will sponsor "MayTime Merriment," a variety gala as a capstone for Older Americans Month. Share your own talent or come see your friends and neighbors as super novas celebrating this anniversary in skits, songs, dances, instrumental renditions, story telling, poetry interpretations, stand-up comedy, and other versions of variety entertainment. Admission is $5. Refreshments will be served. Auditions are scheduled for May 6 at 7 p.m. and May 8 at 2 p.m. Call 968-2070 to register for an audition. The "Taking the Next Step: Making the Most of Your Choices" series continues in May on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Seymour Center. Dates and topics are: April 29 -- "Communication, Emotional Support and Patient Advocacy at End of Life," Missy Simpson, Human Resource Consultants, and Tiffany Christensen, Project Compassion.May 6 -- "Spiritual Care at the End of Life," the Rev. Tom Tulley, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Hillsborough; the Rev. Mike Oliver, VA Hospital; and Cheryl Tarash, Jewish Family Services.May 13 -- "Legal, Financial and Health Care Planning before End of Life," Beth Tillman, Bagwell, Holt, Smith, Tillman and Jones; Barry Bond, Suntrust Bank; Katherine Leith, Orange County Department on AgingMay 20 -- "Funeral and Memorial Planning and Care after Death," Mark Higgins, Hall-Wynne Funeral Service Each session will feature a different choice of gourmet dessert and coffee. Registrations is required in advance for this free informational series by e-mailing sonia@project-compassion for a registration form or by calling Project Compassion at (919) 402-1844. Many calls are coming into our centers with questions about the Economic Stimulus Rebate. We will offer filing assistance at the Seymour Center on May 20, 27 and June 17 and 24 from 9 a.m. to noon and every Thursday now through Oct. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Call 968-2070 for an appointment. Assistance also is available at the Central Orange Senior Center on Wednesdays from noon to 4 p.m. Call 245-2015 for an appointment."Turning 65 -- What Do I Need to Do? What Do I Need to Know?" will be rpesented at the Seymour Center on May 22 at 4:30 p.m. or June 25 at 3:30 p.m. Katherine Leith, Orange County Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) coordinator and trained SHIIP volunteers will be available to talk about individual situations. People have a special "window" to sign up for Medicare three months before their 65th birthday, the month of their birthday, through three months after their birthday. Medicare enrollment should be done even if someone continues to work. There are a lot of other decisions that need to be made during this period -- which can be very confusing. Come learn what you should do. Call 968-2070 to register.It's time again for the Friends Annual Meetings. Join the Friends of the Central Orange Senior Center May 16 at 10 a.m. and join the Friends of the Seymour Center on June 19 at 1 p.m. Annual reports will be presented and officers will be elected. All members and potential members are welcome. Sunday Afternoons at the Seymour Center, formally known as Distinguished Artist Series, will finish this series on May 18 at 3 p.m. with a concert by the East Chapel Hill High School Jazz Combo. Cost at the door is $7. Join us on May 20 at 3 p.m. at the Seymour Center as we start the new 90 and Above Club. Bob Morgenroth will lead the group with group activities and special events. If you plan to be a part of this dynamic group, start thinking of group activity ideas and a group name for the first meeting. Register by calling 968-2070.The Seymour Center's Brazilian Film Festival 2008 will be on Thursdays, May 1-22, at 2:30 p.m. Learn diverse aspects of Brazilian culture through different film genres. Helen O'Neal, a Brazilian culture and cross-cultural consultant, will lead a group discussion following each film. Also a coffee tasting will be provided by local coffee shops after each film. All films have English subtitles. Free, but please pre-register by calling 968-2070. The dayes and films are May 1, "Bossa Nova"; May 8, "Four Days in September"; May 15, "Behind the Sun"; and May 22, "A Dona da Historia." Seymour Center Classic Book-Film Series begins May 15 at 7 p.m. with a viewing of the film "Ethan Frome," based on the book by Edith Wharton. The book discussion will be on May 22. Call 968-2070 to sign up for the film and/or discussion group.Dancing at the Seymour Center is very popular. For the summer we are adding another dancing opportunity. Join us Wednesdays, June 4-25 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for Afternoon Ballroom for Fun & Fitness. Practice ballroom dancing to recorded music with B.B.Fuchs. Contact: email@example.com for information. Free. A new tap dance class is starting May 7 at 2 p.m. Learn how to tap from Footnotes Tap Ensemble co-artistic director Robin Vail. Learn basic tap technique, historical tap steps and routines, and tap dance to some old standards. Tap dancing is a great way to get a little exercise while having lots of fun, but it is not too strenuous on the body. Fee: $52 (four lessons). Call 968-2070 to register.For information about new classes and planned trips, call 968-2070.