'Gifts of Time'

An exhibition of works by Susan Stockman, Leora Smith, Diana Marta and Robyn Hall is on view through Thursday, Jan. 31, at Perspectives Gallery, 8191 Main St., Ellicott City. Hours and information: 410-461-7763.


Around town

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:

Robotics as Assistive Devices Students from Mount View Middle School present their final research and robotics projects as part of a program sponsored by the Lego Foundation at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. The theme for each team is to find a solution, using robotics or tools, for challenges adults face as they age.

Back to basics Genealogy class with Bill Amos will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Brain fitness Instructor Robin Zahor presents tips on how to fight Alzheimer's and keep the mind sharp at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

Diet talk Nutritionist Rona Martiyan will discuss the proper way to keep your body healthy as you age at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Learn to eat the right foods for a healthy heart and sign up for an individual nutrition counseling session following the program. Call 410-313-1400 for appointments.

Concert The Howard County Arts Council presents the Fabulous 50 + Players at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Free.

Also at the center:

•Pingpong, 1 p.m. to 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.

•Needlework Club, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.