Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 14th annual Howard County Office on Aging's 50+ Expo.

This event is where the many faces of 50+ connect with over 150 vendors and exhibitors, and enjoy healthy aging seminars, life-enriching workshops, all day entertainment, flu and pneumonia vaccines, and health screenings, plus plenty of food and refreshments.

You can pick up plenty of information on Howard County's citizen service programs, products and services of local business, various community organizations and initiatives.

The Expo will be held Friday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, in Columbia.


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Your best bet for transportation is the free, door-to-door shuttle service from the Columbia mall at the lower level Sears parking area. Parking at the school is very limited. The buses run all day, with the first bus departing the mall at 8:45 a.m. and the last shuttle leaving the Expo at 4:30 p.m.

Howard County General Hospital hosts the onsite health fair, and will also present a speaker series on such topics as pain management, common gastrointestinal conditions and managing diabetes.

Johns Hopkins Medicine will prevent "Heart to Heart: Taking Care of Your Own Cardiovascular Health" in the Rouse Theatre at 10 a.m.

New to this year's program, total cholesterol and blood sugar screenings will be available courtesy of St. Agnes Hospital.

The Howard County Health Department is providing flu shots and pneumonia vaccines (adults 50+ and those under 50 with chronic medical conditions, bring Medicare Part B card).

Workshop topics include "Men's Health: Proactive Measures," "The Healing Power of Foods," "Ancient Secrets for Longevity," and "Alternative Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety." Special entertainment in the Rouse Theatre includes the Capitol Steps who are back for their 11th year of never-ending political satire with performances at 12 noon and 2 p.m. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Tickets are free for the theatre and available only on a first come, first serve basis when the doors open at 9 a.m. Also, the Café 50+ will feature non-stop entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.howardcountyaging.org/50plusexpo, or contact the office at 410-313-6410. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind event, and celebrate the many faces of 50+!

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department hosts its annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to see the facility, equipment and operations of the fire department.

Refreshments will be served, and the kids can also enjoy the moon bounce, face painting and station tours. Plus, your family can pick up plenty of safety information. For more information, call 410-313-4901.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, 7:30-11 a.m., join the fire department for an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast, featuring pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, baked apples, toast, chipped beef, sausage gravy, fruit salad, cold cereal, coffee, hot tea, milk and juices. Adults $8; seniors (55+) $7; children (5-12 years) $5; and kids under 5 eat free.

Baked goods will also be available for purchase to benefit the Junior Firefighter program. For more information, call 410-761-6633 x4 or 410-313-4901.

Kick off Howard High School's Homecoming Weekend and support the Lions' Pride Booster Club at the annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 13, 8-10 a.m., in the school cafeteria. Cost is $5 per person; children under 2 eat for free.

Barring any unforeseen weather issues, the Homecoming Parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. following breakfast. Then, it's football as the Lion's take on the Reservoir Gators at 1 p.m. (gates open at 12:30). You can even purchase game tickets at the breakfast.

Howard High School Class of 1962 is having its 50th class reunion Saturday, Oct. 27, 6-10 p.m., at Rolling Road Country Club, 814 Hilltop Road, Catonsville. Tickets are $60 per person; RSVP with your check and names of attendees to Mary Ann Lubinski Hoffman, 10305 Spruce Way, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

For additional information, contact Andy Young at andyyoung@mris.com; Carole Woodall Haker at haker415@aol.com; or Beth Blumenfeld Hibbard at ehibbard1@gmail.com.

That's all for this week, but keep those emails coming and let me know what's going on in your backyard!