MarTar Swim Club holds a Holiday Open House at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6801 Douglas Legum Drive Suite B in Elkridge. The event features a free swim, moon bounce, arts and crafts, ice cream, cake and shopping. Participants can also have their pictures taken with Frosty the Snowman and the Grinch. Information: 410-925-2335.
Author Dan Toomey will deliver a lecture titled "Old Men in Blue and Gray: Maryland's Civil War Heroes," at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Information: 410-313-1950.
Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.
English conversation The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club," a chance for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-1950.
Kiwanis meets The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Bob Evans, 4900 Beaver Run Court. Information: 410-418-8218 or ellicottcitykiwanis.com.
Ellicott City Senior Center:
Party The center's annual holiday party takes place Tuesday, Dec. 11, and begins with a cookie sale at 10:30 a.m. A catered lunch will be served at noon, and carols will be sung. Cost is $15.
Genealogy class Use marriage and divorce records to help trace and understand ancestors from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.
Concert Bushy Park Elementary School presents its "Winter Choral Concert" at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Free.
Holiday concert The Marriott's Ridge Women's Ensemble performs its "Holiday Choral Concert" at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Free.
Early Bird Bingo Carol Patterson leads an hour of morning bingo beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $2.
Also at the center:
•Pingpong, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
•Pinochle, noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
•Mah-jongg, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.
•Spring Insighters, 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
•Billiards, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays.
•Needlework Club, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
•Bridge, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun