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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.

•ABC's of Herbs and Spices. wed., March 5, 11 a.m. Free.

•Acupuncture. Thursdays, 9 a.m. $20 group setting.

•Ask the Pharmacist. March 31, 9 a.m.

•Balance '4' All. Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 9:15 a.m. Learn strength, posture and flexibility. $18.

•Bain 'Buzz' Book Club. March 19, 10 a.m. "A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway. Free.

•Bain Center Council Dance. March 14, 1:30 p.m. Enjoy big band music. $6.

•Bain Travel Chatter Club. Fourth Monday, 1 p.m. Learn the dos and don'ts of planning a trip.

•Brain Fitness-Neurobics. March 18, 11 a.m. Learn to keep the mind sharp. Free.

•Bridge. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Free.

•Bunco. Fri., Feb. 28 and March 28, 10:30 a.m. Sign up in the lobby. Free.

•Bykota on Stage Presents: 'The Gambler.' March 25, 11 a.m. Call center to register.

•Candlelight Society Chamber Music Concert. March 18, 11 a.m. Register by March 11. Free.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Computers Seniors of America. Check with the center for description and offerings.

•Computer Tutoring. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Scheduled an appointment.

•Consumer Affairs Q&A. March 25, 10 a.m.

•Drop-in Zumba. Thursdays, 11 a.m. $1 donation accepted.

•Duplicate Bridge. Tuesdays, noon. Free.

•Faith, Spirituality and Your Brain. March 28, 10 a.m. Dr. Majid Fotuhi, chief medical officer and principal of the NeurExpand Brain Center. Free.

•Flood Safety Awareness Month. March 31, 10 a.m. Learn the appropriate type of insurance to protect a home in case of a flood.

•Foreign Films, Lunch and Discussion. March 26, 11:30 a.m. "Fill the Void." Register by March 19. $10.

•Friday Documentaries. March 7, 1 p.m. "Word Wars"; and March 21, 1 p.m. "Side by Side."

•Income Tax Preparation and Assistance. Monday and Tuesday afternoon; Wednesday-Saturday mornings; and Thursday evenings. 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 $10,000 in expenses and complex returns are not eligible for this service. 410-313-7387.

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

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Music Appreciation. First and third Fridays, 10 a.m. The Symphony. Free. Call center to reserve a seat.

•Nutrition Workshop. March 12, 10:30 a.m. Learn to take the right supplements. Call center for an appointment. Free.

•Ping pong. Call center for availability.

•Recreation and Parks: Fat Tuesday Pancake Breakfast. Tue., March 4, 9:30 a.m. Free. Register by Fri., Feb. 28.

•St. Patrick's Day Celebration. March 17, noon. Featuring the Teelin Irish Dancers. Register by March 10. Free.

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. March 13, 1 p.m. "Dallas Buyers Club"; and March 27, 1 p.m. "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

•Toss Across. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Free.

•Trivia Time. Fri., Feb. 28 and March 28, 9:30 a.m. Free.

•Wii Bowling. Thursdays, 10 a.m.

•Zumba. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. $1 donation accepted.

Cycle2Health

A noncompetitive, peer-led, bicycling club featuring weekday rides during daytime hours. Adults of all ages and riding abilities welcomed. Rides vary in length and difficulty and depart from various county senior center locations. Jennifer Lee, 410-313-5940 or jlee@howardcountymd.gov. http://www.howardcountyaging.org/cycle2health.

East Columbia50+ Center

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

•AARP Tax Assistance. Through April 2. Call center to schedule an appointment.

•Brain Fitness. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. A class that focuses on improving memory, problem solving, critical thinking and word retrieval.

•Chess Club. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•Harmonize Exercise. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Light aerobics.

•Latin Jam Dance. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•Pilates. Thursdays, 2:30 p.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.

•Strength Training. Wednesdays, 3 p.m.

•Urban Line Dance. Tuesdays, 3 p.m.

Elkridge Senior Center

6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5192 or 410-313-4930.

•Active Aging: Preventing Back and Joint Pain. March 20, noon. Learn about arthritis, common causes of back pain, and more.

•Age Well Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Low-impact exercise for any fitness level. Sixteen classes for $32.

•Boost Your Brain. March 6, 10 a.m. "Six Steps to a Better Brain."

•Card Players Wanted. The center is looking for groups that are interested in starting card games and/or tournaments. Call center for information.

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

•Gentle Chair Yoga. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Six-week session for $40.

•Harrington Slots. Fri., Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A ride on a coach bus to Harrington, Del. $35; $10 includes free slot play and free buffet. Call center for tickets.

•Income Tax Preparation and Assistance. Select Wednesdays. 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 $10,000 in expenses and complex returns are not eligible for this service. 410-313-5192.

•The Origin and History of the Holy Bible. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. Register for lunch.

•Simple Sketching Made Easy. March 14 and 28, 10:30 a.m. Gary Peddicord will show simple techniques to prove that everyone can draw. Materials will be provided.

•What's in your Salad. March 7. Join for a salad bar lunch.

•Wii. Second Wednesday, 10 a.m. Join for Wii bowling.

Ellicott CitySenior Center

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

•Amhranai Na Gaeilge "The Irishman's Chorale" Performs. March 18, 12:30 p.m.

•Ask the Pharmacist. March 24, 11 a.m.

•B Games. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Bunco, Brainbusters, Baggo and Wii bowling.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

•Bingo. March 26, 1 p.m. $4.

•Blind Industries and Services of Maryland. Tue., March 4, 10 a.m. "Financial Independence for Low Vision Adults."

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

•Boost Your Brain with Dr. Maiid Fotuhi, March 25, 1 p.m.

•Genealogy: Family Bibles and Obituaries. March 12, 10 a.m.

•Income Tax Preparation and Assistance. Monday and Thursday afternoon; Friday mornings; and Tuesday evenings. 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 $10,000 in expenses and complex returns are not eligible for this service. 410-313-1400.

•Maryland Access Point. March 14, 11 a.m. 2014 tax credit applications will be available. Call center to schedule an appointment.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Nutrition Counseling. March 19, 11 a.m. Rona Martiyan, registered dietitian and nutritionist, will be available for private consultation and nutrition tips. Call center for an appointment.

•Painting Together. Mondays, 10 a.m.; and Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Piano Lessons. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. $30 per half-hour session.

•Pfc. Andrew Lingham and Lila Boor, Investigator. March 13, 11:30 a.m. Lingham and Boor will address current scams, as well as safety concerns in and around the community.

•Tappin with Jackie. Wednesdays, 2 p.m., March 12-April 16. $40.

•Watercolor with Carole Zink. Wednesdays, April 2-May 7, 11:30 a.m. $40.

Gary J. ArthurCommunity Centerat Glenwood

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

•Acupuncture. Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $125 initial appointment, $75 a session.

•Age Will Sit and Fit. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.

•Billiards/Table Tennis. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.

•Computer Seniors. First and third Wednesday, 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.

•Folk Music: Featuring Bruce Hutton. Fri., Feb. 28, 11 a.m.

•Income Tax Preparation and Assistance. Thursdays. 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 $10,000 in expenses and complex returns are not eligible for this service. 410-313-5440.

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

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

Jewish Federationof Howard County

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

•jGroup. Programs for ages 55 and older. Tue., March 4, 10:30 a.m. Linda Baer will perform. Meets at The Bain Center; and March 19, 11:30 a.m. "Exploring Ireland and Irish Heritage," a slide-illustrated talk by Denny Lynch. During this program, you will see landscapes and structures Lynch encountered during trips to Ireland. A discussion about Robert Briscoe, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, who was Jewish and the Irish Jewish Museum located in Dublin. Meets at the Jewish Federation of Howard County Office. snovinsky@jewishhowardcounty.org, 410-730-4976, ext. 103, or http://www.jewishhowardcounty.org.

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.

•Chair Yoga. Mondays. Eight classes for $52.

•Computer Classes. Call for descriptions of offerings.

•Enhance Fitness. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. Fifteen classes for $48.

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

•Income Tax Preparation and Assistance. Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoons. 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 $10,000 in expenses and complex returns are not eligible for this service. 410-313-0380.

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

•Mah Jongg. Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

•News Talk. Second and fourth Thursdays, 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.

•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.

•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.

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. 410-884-3848 or 410-992-0794.

Volunteers

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

Winter Growth Senior Services seeking volunteers to sing or play an instrument for older adults; volunteers to share life stories with older adults; and volunteers to visit with bed-bound adults. Vivian Golden, 410-964-9616, ruthkeetoncenter@wintergrowthinc.org or http://www.WinterGrowthInc.org for more information.

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