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Ellicott City

Art exhibits

"HoCoOpen 2015," a nonjuried exhibit showcasing the talent of local artists, will be on view Jan. 16 to Feb. 27 in Gallery I at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road. Also, "Poetic Energetic," featuring the mixed-media works of Nico Amortegui, acrylic paintings by Stanley Agbontaen and atmospheric encaustic figure paintings by Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, will be on display in Gallery II. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org/exhibits.php.

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Genealogical help

The Howard County Genealogical Society offers a free help desk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Research help is available. Information: 410-480-3250.

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Festival of Trains

The B&O Railroad Station Museum's annual Holiday Festival of Trains is on display through Jan. 25 at 2711 Maryland Ave. The exhibit includes a LEGO layout with lights, motors and sounds, and an O-scale and N-scale layout. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Information: 410-461-1945.

Ellicott City Senior Center

These events take place at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, 410-313-1421:

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Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Brain fitness Robin Zahor presents a brain exercise program to help keep the mind sharp at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15.

Genealogy workshop Learn the basic tricks and tips to finding your family tree from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Ask the Pharmacist Don Hamilton will provide the latest information on medications at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26. Bring questions, drug lists or prescription containers to discuss concerns.

Also at the center:

'B' Games Bunco, Brainbusters, Baggo and Wii Bowling at 10 a.m. Mondays.

Billiards 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays.

Bingo 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $4.

Canasta 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Gentle beginning yoga Classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Mah-jongg 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays.

Movies 1 p.m. Fridays. Call for information.

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

Painting Together 10 a.m. to noon Mondays; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

Piano lessons Tuesdays through Thursdays. Cost is $30 per half-hour session.

Pinochle 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

Men's forum Support group featuring discussion on current events, news, finance and more meets 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Thursdays.

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