Office on Aging

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-313-5980.

•Maryland Access Point (MAP) — Part of the Howard County Office on Aging, is an information and assistance gateway for older adults, people with disabilities, family members, caregivers and professionals. Types of information offered include respite and home care, long-term care, in-home evaluation, aging in place/home modifications, retirement/planning for the future, Medicare and health insurance, chronic disease management, housing, transportation, income management and legal services. Appointments are conducted at the Columbia office, the senior centers or in your home, weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact MAP at the number above, or

Phelps Senior Center

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701 Montgomery St., Laurel. 301-776-6168.

•Blood pressure screenings. Second Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

•Laurel Senior Friendship Club. Second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Meetings are preceded by an hour of mingling and refreshments. Lunch provided after the meetings. 301-725-0661.

Social GroupFor Singles 50+

Sundays, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Complimentary coffee and snack. Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. 410-997-0739.

Senior WheelsUSA Program

Power wheelchairs available for seniors and people with disabilities. No cost to the recipient, if qualified. No deposit required. Provided to those who can no longer walk or propel a manual wheelchair. 1-800-246-6010.



Sponsored by Howard County Recreation and Parks, unless otherwise noted. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

•Amish Heritage Tour. Oct. 4, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Spend the day in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country with a tour of a real Amish farm in Lancaster and some shopping time at an Amish market and produce stand. 55 years old and older. $89.

•Oktoberfest at Blob's Park. Oct. 9, 2-9 p.m. Celebrate all things German at the reopened Blob's Park, in Jessup. This German beer garden is open for limited weekends. Join the festivities, enjoy a hot buffet and listen to joyful music. 18 years old and older. $66.

•Indian Museum. Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Go to the National Indian Museum along the National Mall area in Washington, D.C. You may elect to visit any of the other museums in the same area. Lots of walking and lunch is on your own to bring or buy. 55 years old and older. $45.

•Fall Foliage on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Oct. 15, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Motor coach to Cumberland and spend some time at the C&O Canal Museum, then it is off to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for a 17-mile, one-way excursion to Frostburg. Go to the Thrasher Carriage Museum, have lunch at Hotel Gunther and explore the hotel museum afterward. Head back down the mountain with a stop at Candyland for old fashion candy and fresh fruit before heading home. 6 years old and older. $124.

Fort McHenry. Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fort McHenry is best known for its role in the War of 1812 when it successfully defended itself from an attack by the British Navy. It was during this bombardment that Francis Scott Key was inspired to write "The Star Spangled Banner." Enjoy a historic tour and go to the brand new visitor center and gift shop. Lunch is on your own, bring or buy at the Inner Harbor. 55 years old and older. $59.

•Civil War at B&O Museum. Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, travel to the Baltimore B&O Railroad Museum to see "The War Came by Train," and to learn about the important role the railroad played during the war. Go on a guided tour, a train ride and bring a bagged lunch. After lunch, take in some other exhibits at the museum. 55 years old and older. $68.


Second and fourth Saturdays, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Volunteers needed to sing or play an instrument to perform for the elderly at the Lorien Health Center. All ages are welcome. Tim Belton, 410-730-6006, 410-908-7805 or