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.
•Ask Dr. Dan Series. April 17, 11 a.m. "Finding my Happiness for Better Health." Free.
•Ask the Pharmacist. Last Monday of the month, 9 a.m. Call center to register. Free.
•Bain Council Dance. April 12, 1:30 p.m. Featuring ByHeart. $6.
•Beginner Soul Line Dance Class. Thursdays, April 4-April 25, 2:45 p.m. $23.
•Best Seller's List Book Club. First and third Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
•Bid Whist. Mondays, 1 p.m. Free.
•Brain Fitness-Neurobics. April 16, 10 a.m. Build your brain capacity and have fun in the process. Registration required.
•Bridge. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Free; and Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. $2.
•Bunco. April 26, 10:30 a.m. Sign up in the lobby. Free.
•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 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 17. $10.
•Friday Documentaries. April 5, "The Queen of Versailles." April 19, "With One Voice."
•Gathering of the Arts. Mondays, 1 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Drop-in class, bring your own supplies.
•Guitar Lessons. Mondays, 10 a.m. Must register. Free.
•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.
•Living Well...Take Charge of your Health. Thursdays, April 11-May 16, 10 a.m. Help take control of your ongoing health condition rather than letting it control you. Register, 410-313-5980. $28.
•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
•Maryland Access Point of Howard County. April 17, 11 a.m. "Continuum of Care Options." Free.
•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 Workshop: Food and Stress. April 25, 12:30 p.m. Learn to eat the right foods even during stressful events.
•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.
•Spring Fever Fashion Show. April 23, 11 a.m. Call center for information. To model, 410-313-7469.
•Spring Plant Sale. April 29 and 30, 10:30 a.m.
•Theatre Club "New Day." Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
•Wii Bowling. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
•Zumba. Fridays, April 5-June 21, 10:30 a.m. $64.
East Columbia50+ Center
6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7680.
•Authentic Latin Jam Dance. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Monthly fee.
•Brain Games, Board Games and Fun. April 16, 6 p.m. A night of brain fitness and fun.
•Bring Your Own Beads Club. April 23, 2 p.m. Learn to make jewelry or complete previous projects.
•Cluster Busters. April 17, 11 a.m. A clutter-clearing adventure.
•Evening Meditation. April 23, 35 and 30, and May 2, 6 p.m. $43.
•Latin Jam Dance Movement. Thursdays, 1 p.m.
•Pilates. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. Monthly fee.
•Sari Lunch. April 24, 1 p.m. Learn to wrap and style a sari. Suggested $5 donation.
•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.
•Taste and Share. Wed., April 10, noon. Bring a favorite recipe and a sample. The center is working on a cook book.
Elkridge Senior Center
6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5192.
•AARP Driving Class. June 7, 10 a.m. Interactive class designed to teach driver safety.
•Age Well Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Low-impact exercise for any fitness level.
•Bingo. April 15 and 29, 11 a.m. Ten cents per card.
•Book Club. Second Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
•Brain Fitness. Tue., April 9, 10 a.m. Learn to keep the brain healthy. $5.
•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.
•Free Bread Day. Wednesdays, all day.
•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.
•How Much Calcium Do You Need? April 25, 10 a.m.
•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.
•Life is a Highway. April 12, 10 a.m. Learn the new rules of the road.
•Line Dance. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m.
•Pancake Breakfast. April 17, 9 a.m. $4.
•Perfect Pottery. Mon., April 8 and April 22, 10:30 a.m. Make a spring creation to decorate.
•Qigong. April 16, 11 a.m. Free demo.
•Rummikub. Second Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.
•Spring Fest Celebration. April 19, 10 a.m. Lunch, games and music. $3 plus lunch donation.
•Using our Communication Tool Box. April 23, 12:30 p.m. Improve communication tools.
•Walking Club. Weekdays, 9 a.m.
•Wii Fitness/Pot Luck Lunch. Wed., April 10, May 15 and June 12, 10 a.m. Bring a dish to share or pay $3.
Ellicott CitySenior Center
9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1400.
•Ask the Pharmacist. April 29, 11 a.m. Free.
•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.
•Bingo. April 23, 1 p.m. $3.
•Blood Pressure Screening. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon.
•Brain Fitness. Thu., April 4, 11 a.m. Learn tips on how to keep the mind sharp. Free.
•Canasta. Thursdays, 1 p.m.
•Genealogy. Wed., April 10, 10 a.m. Discuss the various ways to source information from the simple to the complex.
•Insighters Group. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.
•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.
•Maryland Access Point. Tue., April 9, 11:30 a.m. The topic will be the "Continuum of Care Options for in-home care to nursing-home care."
•Movies. Fridays, 1 p.m.
•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
•Piano Lessons with Diane. $30 per half-hour session.
•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, noon.
•Rona Martiyan Dietician. Wed., April 10, 1 p.m. Rona will discuss guidelines and tips to maintain proper nutrition. Call center to schedule a 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. ArthurCommunity Centerat Glenwood
2400 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5440.
•Acupuncture. Mondays, appointments between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $69.
•Advanced Word Processing. Fri., April 5, 1 p.m. $43.
•Ask the Pharmacist. Mon., April 8, 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.
•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.
•Hatha Yoga. Tuesdays, beginning April 9, 9 a.m.; and Thursdays, beginning April 4, 9 a.m. Ten weeks for $58.
•Hatha Yoga 1-2. Fridays, beginning April 26, 9 a.m. Ten weeks for $58.
•Introduction to Spreadsheets with Excel. April 19 and 26, 10 a.m. Contact the center to sign up. $43.
•Lee Preston Presents: Patapsco Female Institute History. April 15, 10 a.m.
•Netherlands. April 24, 10 a.m. Jim Heinz from the National Park Service will provide a photo tour of the Netherlands. Register at the front desk.
•One Stroke Painting Workshop. Thursdays, 10 a.m.
•Pet Rock Friday. April 26, 11 a.m. Join for the music of Pet Rock.
•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.
•Soup and Salad Bar. May 24, noon. Suggested lunch donation.
•Titanic. April 19 and May 3, 1:30 p.m. Learn the facts of the sinking. $10.
•Womenfest. April 27, 10 a.m. Lunch is available for purchase, and the event if for women of all ages.
of Howard County
Century Plaza 1000, Suite 400, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-730-4976.
•jGroup. Programs for ages 50 and older. Tue., 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.
•Sun., 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.
Master Gardener Series: Gardening for Seniors
•April 10, 12:30 p.m. This presentation highlights modifications that can be made to garden areas to accommodate the more limited mobility and flexibility of older or disabled gardeners. Registration preferred. The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. http://www.oaklandmills.org, email@example.com or 410-730-4610.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Thu., April 4, 7:30 a.m. The Kennedy Center presents an open rehearsal. Ages 55 and older. $45.
•The Supreme Court. Tue., 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 90-minute 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 email@example.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.