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! 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.
•Artful Journaling with Carol Zika. Thursdays, beginning March 21, for 10 weeks. Ages 55 and older. $84.
•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.
•Canasta. Mondays, 1 p.m.
•Chair Yoga. Fridays, April 5-June 21, 9:30 a.m. $64.
•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.
•Finances 50+. Tuesdays, April 2, 9 and 16, 10 a.m. Baltimore Cash Campaign, AARP and the Charles Schwab Foundation fund the workshop.
•Foreign Films, Lunch and Discussion. Last Wednesday of the month. April 24, 11:30 a.m. "Wild Strawberries." Register by April 19. $10.
•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.
•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.
•National Stress Awareness Day. April 16, 9 a.m. An opportunity to learn free stress relievers. A day of relaxation, herbal teas, seated yoga, meditation, brain stress relievers, AcuDetox and therapeutic laughter.
•New-Best Seller's Book Club. First and third Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Free.
•Nutrition Workshops. Thu., March 28, 10:30 a.m.
•Ping pong. Call center for availability.
•Qigong. Thursdays, April 4-June 20, 10 a.m. $64.
•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.
•Thursday Afternoon Movies. March 28, 1 p.m. "Arbitrage."
•Wellness Seminar. Wed., April 3, 6 p.m. Ain't No Stopping Us Now ... Eliminating the Myths of Aging. Sponsored by the SPRING Peer Outreach Program of Howard County Office on Aging. Register by Mon., April 1. Karen Hull, 410-313-7283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Wii Club. Tuesdays, 10:30 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 email@example.com. 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.
•Gentle Chair Yoga. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
•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.
•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.
•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.
•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.
•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.
•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. ArthurCommunity Centerat Glenwood
2400 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5440.
•Acupuncture. Mondays and Fridays, appointments between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $69.
•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: The Emancipation Proclamation. April 17, 10 a.m.
•Computer Seniors. First and third Wednesday, 10 a.m.
•Connecting the Dots. Thu., 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. Fri., March 29, 9:30 a.m. Free.
•Hatha Yoga. Tuesdays, beginning April 9, 9 a.m.; and Thursdays, beginning April 4, 9 a.m. Six classes for $35.
•One Stroke Painting Workshop. Thursdays, 10 a.m.
•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m.
•Silver Sneakers Walking Club. Weekdays, 8 a.m.
•Sittercize. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1 p.m. Eighteen classes for $39.
•Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Mon., April 1, noon. $5.
of Howard County
Century Plaza 1000, Suite 400, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-730-4976.
•jGroup. Programs for ages 50 and older April 9, 11 a.m. April is Holocaust remembrance month, and the federation will host Henry Reches, who is a child survivor. Reches, who lives in Baltimore, will share his story of miracles and heartaches. Meets at The Bain Center; and third Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. Meets at the Jewish Federation of Howard County Office. firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-730-4976, Ext.103 or http://www.jewishhowardcounty.org.
•April 7, 6 p.m. Yom Hashoah Service, in memory of the Holocaust. Beth Shalom Synagogue, Columbia. http://www.jewishhowardcounty.org.
3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City. 410-313-7311.
•Basics of Defense. Fridays, beginning April 5 for four weeks, 9:30 a.m. Learn defenses in the game of bridge. Ages 55 and older. $36.
•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.
•Medicare 102 – Why Medicare Isn't Enough. April 17, 11 a.m. Learn about Medicare Part C/Health Plans and Medicare Supplement Policies (Medigap Plans). Registration required. Ages 55 and older. Free.
•Pinochle. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. Ages 55 and older.
•Supervised Play (Bridge). Fridays, beginning April 5 for four weeks, 12:30 p.m. Practice bridge bidding and play with hands-on supervisor instruction. Ages 55 and older. $36.
•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, 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, email@example.com 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.
Sponsored by Howard County Recreation and Parks, unless otherwise noted. 410-313-7275 or 410-313-7279.
•National Symphony Orchestra. April 4, 7:30 a.m. The Kennedy Center presents an open rehearsal. Ages 55 and older. $45.
•The Supreme Court. April 9, 9 a.m. Tour the Supreme Court of the United States. Ages 55 and older. $49.
•Gospel Brunch. April 14, 11 a.m. Join at the Howard Theatre in D.C. for a soul food buffet presented by the Gospel Brunch of the Harlem Gospel Choir. Ages 18 and older. $79.
•D.C. Ducks. April 20, 9 a.m. Travel aboard an authentic, fully restored 1942 World War II vehicle and enjoy a narrated 1-and-a-half-hour tour through D.C. Ages 6 and older. $89.
•Wednesday in Washington. April 24, 9 a.m. Enjoy visiting museums and galleries in D.C. Age 55 and older. $45.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.