Mike Preston's report card in Week 3
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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! Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. A theater club. Call center to confirm attendance. Free.

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

•Bain Council Dance. Fri., Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m. Featuring ByHeart. $6.

•Bain Gospel Choir Holiday Concert. Fri., Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. Call center to reserve a seat.

•Bid Whist. Mondays, 1 p.m. Free.

•Brain Fitness-Neurobics. Dec. 18, 10 a.m.

•Bridge. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. $2.

•Bunco. Dec. 21, 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.

•Food and Herb Supplements. Thu., Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. 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.

•KASA annual Holiday Party. Dec. 17, 11 a.m. Call center to reserve a seat.

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

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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

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.

•Qigong. Thursdays, through Dec. 20, 10 a.m. $59.

•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.

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

•Toss Across. Fri., Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. Free.

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

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.

•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.

•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.

•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. Second and fourth Fridays, 10 a.m. Free.

•Line Dance. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m.

•Rummikub. Second Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

•Walking Club. 9 a.m.

Ellicott CitySenior Center

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

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

•Brain Fitness. Thu., Dec. 13, 11 a.m.

•Bushy Park Elementary School Winter Choral Concert. Thu., Dec. 13, 11 a.m.

•Friday Flicks/Documentaries. Fridays, 1 p.m.

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

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Marriott's Ridge Women's Ensemble. Fri., Dec. 14, 11 a.m.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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

•Sixty-Plus Wills/Legal Screening. Fourth 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.

•SPRING Mens Forum. Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Gary J. ArthurCommunity Centerat Glenwood

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

•Ask the Pharmacist. Mondays, 9 a.m.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

•Blood Pressure Screenings. Tuesdays, 9 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, 1 p.m.

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

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

•Silver Sneakers Walking Club. Weekdays, 8 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., at the federation office. 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.

•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.

•Open Art Studio. Mondays and Wednesdays, noon.

•Power Over Pain. Dec. 19, 1 p.m. Open to anyone living with chronic pain. Learn how to develop and sustain a positive attitude, gain information, make connections with others living with chronic pain, and find ways of coping. To register, Carmen Faye, 410-313-0380 or cfaye@howardcountymd.gov. For more information, Karen Hull, 410-313-7466 or khull@howardcountymd.gov. Free.

•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/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.

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.

•Botanic Gardens and Pageant of Peace. Thu., Dec. 13, 4 p.m. Travel into Washington, D.C., for two venues that will get you in the holiday spirit. Ages 6 and older. $45.

•Holiday Pops Celebration. Sat., Dec. 15, 12:30 p.m. Go to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, in Baltimore, for The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's holiday show. Ages 6 and older. $86.

•Music in the Mansion. Sun., Dec. 16, 11:30 a.m. The Concert Artists of Baltimore present "The Christmas Cheer Concert," featuring traditional holiday carols and new arrangements. Both the pre-concert holiday buffet and the show are being presented in the Engineers Club, located in the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. Ages 18 and older. $99.

•A Christmas Carol at Toby's. Wed., Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a holiday celebration at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia. Ages 55 and older. $49.

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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