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Wii bowling 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.


•Acupuncture. Thursdays, 9 a.m. $20 group setting.

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

•Ask the Pharmacist. Last Monday of the month, 9 a.m. Call center to register. Free.

•Bain 'Buzz' Book Club. Third Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Free.

•Bain Travel Chatter Club. Second Wednesday, 10 a.m. Share experiences, pictures, magazine websites and apps. Learn the dos and don'ts of planning a trip. Registration requested.

•Bridge. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Free.

•Bridgeway Community Church Kid's Choir. Nov. 27, 10 a.m. Call center to reserve a seat. Free.

•Bunco. Nov. 22, 10:30 a.m. Free.


•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Computers Seniors of America. Check with the center for description and offerings.

•Computer Tutoring. Wednesdays, 10 a.m., and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. Scheduled an appointment.

•Cooking 101. Mondays, through Jan. 13, 10 a.m. Free.

•Drop-in Zumba. Thursdays, 11 a.m. $1 donation accepted.

•Duplicate Bridge. Tuesdays, noon. Free.


•Fall Line Dance Extravaganza. Nov. 22, 6 p.m. Refreshments and live DJ. Free, but in support of the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, please bring an unwrapped holiday gift for children ages 1-16. Call the center to register by Nov. 15.

•Friday Documentaries. Nov. 15, 1 p.m. "Run for Your Life."

•Join Howard County Office on Aging for a Thanksgiving Celebration. Thu., Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m. Luncheon and dance featuring the Retro Rockets. Tickets on sale at the center. $12. Event is at Ten Oaks Ballroom.

•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 Memory Screening Day. Tue., Nov. 19, 9 a.m. Call center to schedule an appointment Free.

•Nutrition Individual Counseling. Wed., Nov. 20, 9 a.m.; workshop: Food and Chronic Disease, 10:30 a.m. Learn the right foods to eat for a healthy diet.

•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

•Ping pong. Call center for availability.

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. Nov. 21, 1 p.m. "Promised Land."

•Toss cross. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Free.


•Trivia Time. Nov. 22, 9:30 a.m. Free.

•Wii Bowling. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.


A noncompetitive, peer-led, bicycling club featuring weekday rides during daytime hours. Adults of all ages and riding abilities welcomed. Rides vary in length and difficulty and depart from various county senior center locations. Jennifer Lee, 410-313-5940 or

East Columbia50+ Center

6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7680.


•Authentic Latin Jam Dance. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Monthly fee.

•Chess Club. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•Harmonize Exercise. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Monthly fee.

•Pilates. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. Monthly fee.

•Soul Line Dance. Mondays, 7 p.m. advanced; Wednesdays, 7 p.m. beginners; and Tuesdays, 4 p.m., urban line dance.

•SPRING Caregiver Support Group. Third Mondays, 7 p.m. For adult caregivers of other adults. For information, Karen Hull, 410-313-7466 or Free.


•Strength Training. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. $23.

•Yoga. Seated yoga, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.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.


•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.

•Line Dance. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m.

•National Memory Screening Day. Wed., Nov. 20, 10 a.m.

•The Origin and History of the Bible. Tuesdays in November, noon.


•Qigong. Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

•Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Wed., Nov. 20, 7:30 a.m. Ride a coach bus to New York, walk the city and meet at Radio City at 2 p.m. for the show featuring the Rockettes. $220 per person. Call center for reservations.

•Rummikub. Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.

•Walking Club. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.

•Wii. Second Wednesday, 10 a.m. Join for Wii bowling.

Ellicott CitySenior Center


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

•Ask the Pharmacist. Nov. 25, 11 a.m.

•Bingo. Tue., Nov. 19, 1 p.m. $4.

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

•Brain Fitness. Nov. 21, 11 a.m. Learn how to keep the mind sharp.

•CCBC/OT Friends Fall Prevention Program. Tue., Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m.


•Holiday Craft Boutique. Dec. 4, noon. More than 20 vendors with various homemade specialties. $1 admission.

•Pets R Us Program. Mon., Nov. 18, 1 p.m. A brief history of dogs and socialization, general pet care, a Power-Point presentation followed by a bereavement ceremony for pets that have passed on.

•Qigong. Fridays, Jan. 10-March 14, 9:30 a.m. Ten classes for $58.

•Thirst N Howl Productions: The P's of Thanksgiving. Nov. 21, 12:30 p.m. An hour of songs, stories, a turkey flavored trivia quiz and jokes.

Gary J. Arthur

Community Center


at Glenwood

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

•Acupuncture. Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $125 initial appointment, $75 a session.

•Age Will Sit and Fit. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. Next session begins Nov. 19.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Mon., Nov. 18, 9 a.m.

•Benedict Arnold. Fri., Nov. 15, 10 a.m.


•Billiards/Table Tennis. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.

•Blood Pressure Screenings. Nov. 26, 9 a.m.

•Civil War Series. Wed., Nov. 20, 10 a.m. 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Sign up at the front desk.

•Cooking Demo: Apples and Squash. Nov. 19, 10 a.m. $6.

•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.

•Energize I.T. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 18, 8:20 a.m. Twenty classes for $75.

•Latin Jam. Mondays, beginning Nov. 25, 11 a.m. Eight classes for $68.

•Pilates. Mondays, beginning Nov. 18, 9:45 a.m. Eight classes for $46.

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


•Silver Sneakers Walking Club. Weekdays, 8 a.m.

•Waffle Bar. Nov. 20, 9 a.m. Sign up at the front desk.

Jewish Federation

of Howard County

Century Plaza 1000, Suite 400, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-730-4976.

•jGroup. Programs for ages 55 and older. One Tuesday a month, Nov. 26, 10:30 a.m. "About Face." A powerful, well-documented historical footage beginning with life in Germany and Austria for assimilated Jews prior to the Nazi takeover. The suppression caused by the anti-Jewish laws and the effect of these experiences as recalled by those who were living in those countries. Discussion with their individual stories are intertwined with the larger face of war. Meets at The Bain Center; and third Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m. "Melting Pot or Mixing Bowl: How Immigration Shapes Our History." America is in the midst of the greatest wave of immigration in its history, with most newcomers originating in Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean. How do they compare with their Ellis Island predecessors in skills, education, and attitude? Presentation by Martin Ford who is an associate director at the Maryland Office for Refugees and Aslyees and former executive director of the Maryland Ethnic Heritage Commission. Meets at the Jewish Federation of Howard County Office., 410-730-4976, ext. 103, or


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.

•Exercise Counseling. Second Thursday, 10 a.m. Call for an appointment.

•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.

•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.

•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, or

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.


Second and fourth Saturdays, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Volunteers needed to sing or play an instrument for the elderly at the Lorien Health Center. All ages welcome. Tim Belton, 410-730-6006, 410-908-7805 or

Winter Growth Senior Services seeking volunteers to share life stories with older adults, and sing or play instruments for older adults at Winter Growth Day Program. Bob Heron or Vivian Golden, 410-964-9616 or for available times. Also seeking volunteers to visit with bed-bound older adults. Vivian Golden, 410-964-9616 or or