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Scrabble at the Bain Center

Activity Pals

For single seniors. Get together with others to attend events, shop, go sightseeing, dine out and more. 301-596-6385.

The Bain Center

5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-313-7213.

•Acting Up! Most Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. A theater club at the center. Call center to confirm attendance. Free.

•American Indian Experience. Second Mondays, 1 p.m. Call center to register.

•Another Way to See It Laughter Club. Mondays, 9 a.m. $2 instructor fee at class each week.

•Bain Council Dance. May 11, 1:30 p.m. Featuring The Good Timers. $6.

•Bridge. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. $2.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Computer Seniors of America. Day classes available for basic, advanced and specialized courses.

•Drop-in Sewing Circle. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Free.

•Duplicate Bridge. Tuesdays, noon. Free.

•E.S.L. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Help improve your conversational English. Participate in small groups with tutors. 410-313-7213. Free.

•Gathering of the Arts. Mondays, 1 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Drop-in class, bring your own supplies.

•Health Insurance Assistance. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information and counseling services. Medicare beneficiaries, people age 60 and older and those with disabilities age 55 and older. 410-313-7391.

•Jim Ellis Book Club. Third Thursdays, 1 p.m. free. 410-313-7213 for reservation information.

•Let's Walk and Move. Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

•Nutrition and Breakfast Series. Thu., May 3, 9:30 a.m. Free.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Medicare 101. Wed., May 9, at 7 p.m. This free workshop by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will look at gaps in Medicare coverage and how those gaps can be covered.

Mother's Day Brunch. Fri., May 11, 10 a.m. Featuring The Retro Rockets. $7.

•Movie: The Help. May 10, 1 p.m. Free.

Parkinson's Support Group. First Saturdays, 11 a.m. For individuals with a diagnosis of early onset Parkinson's disease. Malcolm Wolf, 301-490-7288 or mhwolf@comcast.net.

•Ping pong. Call center for availability.

•Reflexology. Second Friday. $53 for 55 minutes. Experience foot massage as a form of stress management. 410-313-7213 to schedule an appointment.

Scrabble. Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

•Sixty-Plus Wills/Legal Screening. Third Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Services include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. 410-313-1400 to schedule an appointment.

•Toss Across. Fridays, May 4, 11 and 18, 10:30 a.m. A combination of bean bag toss and horseshoes. Free.

•Vascular Screenings. Tue., May 8, 10 a.m. Free for people 50 and older. Registration required, 410-787-4367.

Wii Club. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Improve hand-eye coordination and get exercise while competing against peers. Free.

•Work up the Beat. Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Freestyle dancing, no instructor. Free.

East Columbia50+ Center

6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7680.

•Ankle Bracelet Class. May 18, 9:30 a.m. Jazz up your attire. $18.

•Audiology Screening. May 23, 10 a.m. Call center to schedule an appointment.

•Belly Dance. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. $28.

•Latin Jam Dance Movement. Thursdays, 1 p.m. $28.

•Pottery Session. May 17, 9:30 a.m. $18.

•Sew Who Cares. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Join a group for people who want to improve knitting, crochet and cross-stitch skills.

•Tea and Flowers Celebration. Wed., May 9, noon. Shop the flower sale. Suggested donation $6.

Elkridge Senior Center

6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5192.

•Age Well Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Low-impact exercise designed for any fitness level. $32 for 16-week session.

•Book Club. Second Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

•Cards and games. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

•Computer Seniors of America. Day classes available for basic, advanced and specialized courses. Stop in or call for description and offerings.

•Golden Corral Bingo Breakfast. Second Fridays, 8:30 a.m. Breakfast for $7.95; free bingo.

•Just Bead It. Second Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Make a craft with beads. $6 per craft.

•Legal Aid Help and Assistance. Second and fourth Fridays, 10 a.m. Free.

•Line Dance. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m.

•Rummikub. Second Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

•St. Augustine Bingo Lunch. Third Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free homemade lunch and cash bingo.

Ellicott CitySenior Center

9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1400.

•Al Callahan Sings. Tue., May 8, 11 a.m. Sign up in the reservation book or call the center.

•Billiards. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Blood Pressure Screening. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon.

•Brain Fitness. May 31, 11 a.m.

•Cooking Under Pressure. May 15, 11 a.m. Ann Kaiser and Pam Urnowey from Home Instead Senior Care will off tips on good nutrition and healthy eating. Free.

•Genealogy Class. May 16, 10 a.m.

Glaucoma Screening. May 10, 10 a.m. Call center to schedule an appointment.

•Insighters Group. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.

•Mah jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Older Americans Celebration with the Good Timers featuring guest vocalist Julie Hall. Wed., May 9, 11 a.m. Sign up at the front desk.

•Open Bridge. Fridays, 1 p.m.

•Painting Together. Thursdays, 9 a.m.

•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.

Preakness Brunch Celebration. May 18, 11 a.m. Sign up and the front desk or call the center. $5.66.

•Show Time Singers Concert. Sun., May 6, 2 p.m. Tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

•The Surrender on the USS Missouri. May 24, 12:30 p.m. Call center to reserve a seat for this program. Free.

Gary J. ArthurCommunity Centerat Glenwood

2400 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5440.

•Ask the Pharmacist. May 14, 9 a.m.

•Age Well Sit and Fit. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Session begins May 10. $35 for 16 classes.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Bridge Boot Camp. May 14, 9 a.m. $65.

•Cards and Games. Fridays, noon.

•Civil War Series. May 16, 10 a.m.

•Computer Seniors of America. Call the center for class information.

•Drop-in Basketball. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.

•Drop-in Painting. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Free.

•Duplicate Bridge. Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 p.m. $1.

•Hatha Yoga. Tuesdays or Thursdays, 9 a.m. Sessions begin May 15 and May 17. Eight classes for $46.50.

•Hatha Yoga 1-2. Fridays, 8:15 a.m. Session begins May 18. Eight classes for $46.50.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

•Meditation. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Session begins May 18. Ten weeks for $29.

•Operation Write Home. May 17, 10 a.m.

•Pets Are Us, Explore the Connection. Tue., May 8, 1 p.m. Sponsored by Howard County Pets on Wheels and Senior Peer Resources: Individuals, Networks and Groups. Karen Hull, khull@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-7466.

•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

•Preakness Party. May 18, noon. $6.

•Senior Prom featuring Orlando Phillips. May 23, 11 a.m.

•Silver Sneakers Walking Club. Weekdays, 8 a.m.

•Stir it Up – Chef Event. May 11, noon. Lunch donation.

•Table Tennis. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Volleyball. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Waffle Bar. May 21, 9 a.m. Free.

•Wolrd War II Talk. May 24, 10 a.m.

Jewish Federation

of Howard County

Century Plaza 1000, Suite 400, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-730-4976.

•jGroup. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Bain Center; and third Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, ext. 103, or Sophie@JewishHowardCounty.org.

Kiwanis-WallasRecreation Center

3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City. 410-313-7311.

•Bingo. First Fridays, 1 p.m. Ages 55 and older.

•Bridge. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Ages 55 and older.

•Community Knitting and Crocheting Group. Second and fourth Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. Knit and crochet afghans, blankets, baby wear and more for local charities, hospitals and senior centers.

•Duplicate Bridge. Wednesdays, noon-3:30 p.m.; and Fridays, 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Drop in for a few hours of duplicate bridge. Bring a bag lunch; coffee, tea and treats will be available.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Ages 55 and older. Free.

•Pinochle. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Ages 55 and older.

•What to be Alert to After Signing up for Medicare. After signing up for Medicare, learn how to get the most out of coverage and reduce problems or confusion. To register, 410-313-7391.

Longwood Senior Center

6150 Foreland Garth, Columbia. 410-313-7217.

•Art Therapy. Second and fourth Friday, 11 a.m.-noon.

•Coffee and Game Social. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•Computer Classes. Monthly, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Call center for dates and description.

•Group exercise. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10 a.m. Free.

•Line Dance. Mondays, 1-2 p.m.

•Yoga. Most Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. Call center to confirm dates. Donation.

North Laurel50+ Center

9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel. 410-313-0380.

•Agewell Exercise Class. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. Sixteen classes for $35.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

•Blood Pressure Screening. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.

•Computer Classes. Call for descriptions of offerings.

•Enhance Fitness. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:15 a.m. Sixteen classes for $51.

•Exercise Counseling. Second Thursday, 10 a.m. Call the center for an appointment.

•Handbuilding with Clay. Mondays, 1 p.m. Four classes for $42.

•Line Dance Drop In. Tuesday, 11 a.m. $1.

•Mah Jongg. Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

•Open Art Studio. Mondays and Wednesdays, noon.

•Sit, Stitch and Give. Fridays, 11 a.m.

•Sittercize. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:30 p.m. Sixteen classes for $36.

•SPRING Bereavement Group. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Find comfort in this short-term group for anyone mourning the loss of a loved one. Nominal fee. Karen Hull, 410-313-7466.

•Tap Aerobics. Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Six classes for $33.

•Walking Club. Weekdays, 8 a.m.

•Zumba Gold. Mondays, 10 a.m. Eight classes for $43.

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, at senior centers or in your home, weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact MAP at the number above, map@howardcountymd.gov or http://www.howardcountyaging.org.

Interviews with Older Adults The Opting for Independence program is interviewing people 65 or older that want to remain in their homes as they grow older. The confidential interview process is open to persons with annual household incomes below $50,000 who are county residents living in ZIP codes 21043, 21044, 21045 or along the Route 1 corridor between Elkridge and north Laurel. The interview is conducted in the person's home at a time they select in May or June and is sponsored by The Coordinating Center, Howard County Office on Aging, Association of Community Services, Community Action Agency, and Coalition of Geriatric Services. Anne Arrington, Office on Aging, 410-313-6110 or aarrington@howardcountymd.gov.

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.

Trips

Sponsored by Howard County Recreation and Parks, unless otherwise noted. 410-313-7275 or 410-313-7279.

•Pocono Mountains Escape. May 15-17. Ages 55 and older. Double - $425; Single - $525.

Volunteers

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 welcome. Tim Belton, 410-730-6006, 410-908-7805 or vesselbelton@yahoo.com.

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