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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.

•AARP Driver Safety Course. March 22, 9 a.m. Learn current rules of the road. $12 for AARP members; $14 for nonmembers. Sign up by Mon., March 18.

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

•AcuDetox. Thursdays, 10 a.m. $20.

•American Indian Experience. Second Mondays, 1 p.m.

•Another Way to See It Laughter Club. Mondays, 9 a.m. $2 instructor fee at class each week. Ages 55 and older.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Last Monday of the month, 9 a.m. Call center to register. Free.

•Bid Whist. Mondays, 1 p.m. Free.

•Bridge. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Free; and Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. $2.

•Bunco! March 22, 10:30 a.m. Free.

•Canasta. Mondays, 1 p.m.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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

•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.

•Foreign Films, Lunch and Discussion. Last Wednesday of the month. March 27, 11:30 a.m. “For Greater Glory.” Register by March 22, and April 24, 11:30 a.m. “Wild Strawberries.” Register by April 19. $10.

•Friday Documentaries. Fri., March 15, 1 p.m. "Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies."

•Fire and Rescue Public Education. Thurs., March 21, 11 a.m. Learn fire prevention, knowledge of fire extinguishers and additional exit locations. Call center to register. 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 ages 60 and older, and those with disabilities ages 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.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Medicare 102 – Why Medicare isn't Enough. Wed., March 20, 7 p.m. Learn about Medicare Part C/health plans and Medicare supplement policies. 410-313-7391 to register. Free.

•Mini-Lecture. Sat., March 16, 9:15 a.m. Topics include arts, history, literature, and sports and leisure. 410-313-7275, 410-313-7311 or cvigus@howardcountymd.gov. Ages 55 and older. $18.

•Music Appreciation. First and third Fridays, 9:30 a.m. The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works. Free. Call center to reserve a seat.

•Nutrition Workshops. March 28, 10:30 a.m.

•Parkinson's Support Group. First Saturdays, 10:30 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.

•Social Security New Online Services. Mon., March 18, 11 a.m. Become informed about any changes that may affect benefits. Call center to sign up. Free.

•The Lyric Opera House Presents: Opera and Broadway. March 26, 11 a.m. Call center to register. Free.

•Theatre Club "New Day." Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. March 7, 1 p.m. "Beasts of the Southern Wild;" March 21, 1 p.m. "Hope Springs;" and March 28, 1 p.m. "Arbitrage."

•Toss Across. Fri., March 15, 10:30 a.m.

•Trivia Time. Mon., March 18, 10:30 a.m. Ages 55 and older. Free.

•Wii Club. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Improve hand-eye coordination and get exercise while competing against peers. Ages 55 and older. Free.

•Yoga. Wednesdays, April 3-June 26, 11 a.m. $64.

•Zumba. Fridays, April 5-June 21, 10:30 a.m. $64.

East Columbia50+ Center

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

•Agewell Aerobic Strength and Stretch Class. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. $35 for eight-week session.

•Authentic Latin Jam Dance. Mondays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. Monthly fee.

•Belly Dance. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Monthly fee.

•Chess Club. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•Creative Writing with Shana Johnson. Mondays, 1 p.m.

•Harmonize Exercise. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Monthly fee.

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

•Mah Jongg. Mondays, noon; Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

•SPRING Caregiver Support Group. Third Mondays, 7 p.m. For adult caregivers of other adults. For information, Karen Hull, 410-313-7466 or khull@howardcountymd.gov. Free.

•Tai Chi beginners. Mondays, 6 p.m.

Elkridge Senior Center

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

•AARP Free Tax Assistance. Wed., March 20, 9:30 a.m. By appointment only. Free.

•Age Well Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Low-impact exercise for any fitness level.

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

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

•Chair Yoga. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

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

•De-clutter Your Life. Mon., March 18, 11 a.m.

•Gentle Chair Yoga. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

•Easter Egg Hunt Party. March 27, 10 a.m. Bring the grandkids for the annual event. Free. Donations appreciated.

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

•Free Bread Day. Wednesdays, all day.

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

•Legal Aid Help and Assistance. First Wednesday, and second and fourth Fridays, 10 a.m. Free.

•Line Dance. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m.

•Rummikub. Second Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

•Spaghetti Dinner. March 22, 11:30 a.m. Becky, 410-313-4930, to reserve a space.

•St. Patty's Day Fish Fry. Fri., March 15. Donations accepted for lunch. Becky, 410-313-4930.

•Walking Club. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

Ellicott CitySenior Center

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

•Are you feeling blue? Is winter getting you down? Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Talk with Madiline Morsha-Taylor, a certified prevention and addiction counselor from the Howard County Health Department. Call the center to schedule an appointment.

•Ask the Pharmacist. March 25, 11 a.m. Free.

•Baltimore Museum of Industry. Wed., March 20, 1 p.m. "The Port that Built a City and State." Free.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

•Bingo. March 26, 1 p.m. $3.

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

•Canasta. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

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

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Nova Gold. March 21, 12:30 p.m. A certified gemologist will discuss the market for antique and estate jewelry, metals, times pieces and coins. 410-313-1400 to sign up.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Piano Lessons with Diane. Mondays, 12:30-3 p.m. $30 per half-hour session.

•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, noon.

•Rona Martiyan, Dietitian. Wed., March 20, 1 p.m. Discuss the proper way to maintain and keep the body healthy. 410-313-1400 to schedule an session.

•SPRING Men's Forum. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

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

•Table Tennis. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 p.m.

Gary J. Arthur

Community Center

at Glenwood

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

•Acupuncture. Mondays and Fridays, appointments between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $69.

•Age Well Sit and Fit. Tuesday and Thursday, beginning March 26, 11 a.m. Sixteen classes for $35.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Mondays, 9 a.m.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Blood Pressure Screenings. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Civil War Series: "Antietam Rare Images." Wed., March 20, 10 a.m.

•Cooking Demos: Sassy Sauté. Wed., March 20, 10 a.m. $6.

•Computer Seniors. First and third Wednesday, 10 a.m.

•Connecting the Dots. March 28, 10 a.m.

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

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

•Duplicate Bridge. Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:45 p.m.

•Food for Life. March 29, 9:30 a.m. Free.

•Line Dancing. Beginners, Thursdays, beginning March 21, 12:45 p.m.; beyond beginners, Thursdays, beginning March 21, 1:45 p.m.

•The Mighty Kelltones. March 22, noon.

•One Stroke Painting Workshop. Thursdays, 10 a.m.

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

•Qigong. Wednesdays, beginning March 20, 11 a.m. Ten weeks for $53.

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

•Sittercize. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1 p.m. Eighteen classes for $39.

•The Women of Baltimore. March 27, 10 a.m.

Jewish Federation

of Howard County

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

•jGroup. Programs for ages 50 and older. One Tuesday a month, 10:30 a.m. Meets at The Bain Center; and March 20, 12:15 p.m. Melvin A. Goodman, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University, an intelligence analyst at the CIA and a professor at National War College. Goodman will discuss his most recent book, "National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism." Meets at the Jewish Federation of Howard County Office. snovinsky@jewishhowardcounty.org, 410-730-4976, Ext.103 or http://www.jewishhowardcounty.org.

Kiwanis-WallasRecreation Center

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

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

•Blood Pressure Screening. First Wednesdays and third Fridays, 9:15 a.m. Ages 55 and older. Free.

•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. Learn how to get the most out of coverage and reduce problems or confusion. To register, call 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.-2 p.m.

•Computer Classes. Monthly, 11 a.m.-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 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.

•News Talk. Second and fourth Thursdays, beginning March 14, 10 a.m. A discussion group focusing on current news locally, nationally and globally featuring facilitators Jacquelyn Barnes and Julia Murray. 410-313-0380 to register. Free.

•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. Information on respite and home care, long-term care, in-home evaluation, aging in place and home modifications, retirement and 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, 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.

•Luncheon at Stanford Grill. Thur., March 21, 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by the SPRING Peer Outreach Program of Howard County Office on Aging. $22.50 per person; seating is limited. Stanford Grill, 8900 Standford Blvd., Columbia. Elaine Widom, 410-313-7283 to register by March 15.

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.

•Cherry Blossoms and Odyssey Cruise. March 25, 9:30 a.m. Cruise down the Potomac River, in Washington, D.C. Ages 55 and older. $90.

•Cherry Blossoms and D.C. Memorials. March 27, 9 a.m. Annual trip to Washington. Ages 55 and older. $49.

•D.C. Ducks. March 27, 9 a.m. Board an authentic, fully restored 1942 World War II vehicle, and enjoy a narrated one-and-a-half-hour tour. Ages 6 and older. $89.

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.

2012 Income Tax Preparation and Assistance

Evening and weekend appointments available. No age limitation. AARP and the IRS are sponsoring free personal income tax preparation for Howard County residents. The tax service is available to all middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special emphasis on ages 60 and older. Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and complex returns are not eligible for this service.

•Bain Center - 410-313-7387. Monday and Tuesday afternoons; Wednesday through Saturday mornings; and Thursday evenings.

•East Columbia Senior Center - 410-313-7680. Selected Wednesdays.

•Elkridge Senior Center – 410-313-5192. Selected Wednesdays.

•Ellicott City Senior Center – 410-313-1400. Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings; and Tuesday evenings.

•Glenwood Community Center – 410-313-5440. Thursdays.

•North Laurel Community Center – 410-313-0380. Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

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