Are you over 50 or almost there? Do you serve as a caregiver to an older adult? Are you, or someone you love, an adult over 18 with disabilities? Are you simply someone who plans well for the future and wants to know the best options for healthy aging?

Then don't miss the 14th annual Howard County Office on Aging 50+ Expo Friday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia.

Experience over 150 exhibitors and their products and services; enjoy healthy aging seminars, life-enriching workshops, and all-day entertainment, including the Capitol Steps for two shows; get your flu and pneumonia vaccines; and take advantage of a wide variety of health screenings.

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


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New to this year's program, total cholesterol and blood sugar screenings will be available courtesy of St. Agnes Hospital. The health fair, sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, will feature a variety of screenings. Over the course of the day, HCGH will also present a three-topic speaker series on pain management, common gastrointestinal conditions and managing diabetes.

Johns Hopkins Medicine will present "Heart to Heart: Taking Care of Your Own Cardiovascular Health" in the Rouse Theatre at 10 a.m. The Howard County Health Department is providing the flu and pneumonia vaccines (adults 50+ and those under 50 with chronic medical conditions, bring Medicare Part B card).

The Rouse Theatre will feature two shows by the incomparable, political satirists the Capitol Steps with performances at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets are free and available first come, first serve when the Expo doors open at 9 a.m. For more information, go to http://www.howardcountyaging.org/50plusexpo, or contact the office at 410-313-6410.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and what better way to prepare for the Howard High School homecoming weekend than the Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the school cafeteria. It's a great start to the day in support of the Lions' Pride Booster Club.

Cost is $5 per person; children under 2 eat for free. Unless Mother Nature decides differently, the homecoming parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. Then, at 1 p.m. the Lions hit the gridiron against the Reservoir Gators (gates open at 12:30). You can purchase game tickets at the breakfast.

Howard High School Class of 1962 is having its 50th class reunion Saturday, Oct. 27, 6 to 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.

An extra loud, belated shout out to long-time Elkridge resident Connie Bauman, who celebrated her 80th birthday on Sept. 18th. Ms. Connie (as she is known by many) saw my tribute to James Marc's centennial a couple of weeks ago and thought "Well, James might have 20 years on me, but, still, you don't turn 80 everyday!"

Ms. Connie's children honored her with a dinner party at the home of daughter, Ellen, and her husband Nick (Yancich) of Marriottsville. Another daughter, Nancy (Grabowski), adorned the party with her signature, breath-taking flower arrangements, and the younger grandchildren and great grandchildren toasted her with a puppet show.

The elder granddaughters baked and decorated a stunning cake and created a scrapbook of wonderful memories. Over 100 family and friends gathered to celebrate. Happy birthday, Ms. Connie, and you only have 20 more to go to catch up with James!

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