50+Expos return to Maryland, Virginia

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Who will be the lucky winner of a 10-day vacation for two to China?

One registrant at the 2016 Beacon 50+Expos, that’s who!

For the 17th year in a row, the Beacon Newspapers expects to attract thousands of attendees to its 50+Expos — free annual events featuring expert speakers, health screenings, informative resources, technology education, and entertainment for older adults and their families.

This year’s events will take place at two locations this fall: on Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Silver Spring Civic Center in downtown Silver Spring, Md., and on Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 4 p.m., at Springfield Town Center in Springfield, Va.

After several years at Ballston Mall in Arlington, Va., this fall the Expo returns to the site of the former Springfield Mall, now redeveloped and transformed into the beautiful Springfield Town Center.

The keynote speaker at both locations will be Lt. Joe Kenda, star of “Homicide Hunter,” the #1 TV show on the Investigation Discovery channel, now starting its 6th season. Kenda is a retired homicide detective who will share highlights from the cases he investigated and solved, as well as how he made two career changes after he retired from the force. He will also offer personal safety tips.

In addition to Kenda’s talk, there will be a “tech café” at the Silver Spring event, with free technology mentoring by trained high school students. Attendees are invited to bring their cellphones, laptops and/or tablets to the event and to sign up at registration for a free one-on-one tutoring session. Space is limited for this service.

The expos will also feature free health screenings — including blood pressure, bone density, balance, vascular and glaucoma screenings — exercise demonstrations, and flu vaccines, free with a Medicare card.

More than 100 exhibitors — including government agencies, nonprofits and local businesses — will offer information and answer questions about retirement communities, home remodeling, financial planning, healthcare, travel, fitness, senior services and more. Giveaways and door prizes will be plentiful.

This year’s grand door prize — a trip for two to China, including airfare to and within China, luxury hotel accommodations, most meals, and an English-speaking tour guide — is provided by Nexus Holidays.

The Beacon Newspapers presents its 50+Expos each fall as a community service. Sponsors include CVS pharmacy, Comcast, Holy Cross Health, and CareFirst BlueCrossBlueShield, among others.

For more information — or to exhibit, sponsor or volunteer — call (301) 949-9766 or visit www.theBeaconNewspapers.com/50-expos.