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Howard County senior events

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The Bain Center

5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-313-7213.


•AARP Driver Safety Course. May 19, 10 a.m. Review current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate a vehicle safely in today's environment. Register by May 12. $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members.

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

•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.

•Arthritis Awareness Month. May 21, 10 a.m. Learn about arthritis and how to minimize its effects.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Mon., April 28, 9 a.m. and May 7, 10 a.m.

•Ask the Officer. May 27, 10 a.m. Learn to dispute fraudulent accounts, file police reports, make formal complaints and more.

•Bain 'Buzz' Book Club. May 28, 11 a.m. "The Attack" by Yasmina Khadra.


•Bain Center Council Dance. May 9, 1:30 p.m. Big band music. $6.

•Bain Travel Chatter Club. Fourth Monday, April 28, 1 p.m. and May 19, 1 p.m. Learn the do's and don'ts of planning a trip.

•Brain Fitness-Neurobics. May 6, 10 a.m. Learn to keep the mind sharp.

•Bridge. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Free.

•Bunco. Fri., April 25 and May 30, 10:30 a.m. Sign up in the lobby. Free.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.


•Classical Music. Tue., April 29, 10 a.m. Phoenix Arts Management presents international renowned faculty members and students from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Free.

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

•Computer Tutoring. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. Schedule appointment. Free.

•Duplicate Bridge. Tuesdays, noon. Free.

•Foreign Films, Lunch and Discussion. May 28, 11:30 a.m. "The Attack" by Yasmina Khadra.

•Friday Documentaries. May 2, 1 p.m. "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and May 16, 1 p.m. "The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls."


•Gentle Low Intensity Yoga. Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 3 p.m. $28.

•HCC-Bain Senior Choir Spring Concert. May 14, 11 a.m. Reserve a space at the front desk. Free.

•Law Day. May 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call center to schedule an appointment.

•Let's Walk and Move. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. and Fridays, 3 p.m.

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Mother's Day Brunch featuring The Retro Rockets. May 9, 10 a.m. Pick up ticket at the front desk. Donation.


•Music Appreciation. First and third Fridays, 10 a.m. The Symphony. Free. Call center to reserve a seat.

•Nutrition Counseling. May 22, 9 a.m. Call center for appointment.

•Older, Wiser? Life Keeps Blooming. May 16, 11 a.m. Live performers will present three vignettes on issues encountered as life transitions. Call center to register.

•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

•Pets Are Us Program. Sponsored by the Paws4Comfort and Seniors Together programs of Howard County Office on Aging. Pets 101. May 8, 5:30 p.m. Dr. David Tayman, VCA Columbia Animal Hospital, and Beth Joy, unleashed joy dog training and positive reinforcement dog training with clicker demo; The Human-Pet Relationship. May 15, 5:30 p.m. Ingrid Gleysteen, Howard County Paws4Comfort; and When We Lose Our Pet. May 22, 5:30 p.m. Karen Hull, HCOOA-MH coordinator. Call center to register. No pets.

•Ping pong. Call center for availability.


•Senior Power Hour-Strength and Core Training. Tuesdays, May 6-27, 2:30 p.m. $18. Try for free May 6.

•Spring Clean Your Diet Lunch and Learn. May 22, 11:30 a.m. Nutritionist Rona Martiyan will discuss importance of adding more fruits and vegetables to diets. Pick up ticket at front desk by May 6.

•Spring Plant and Bake Sale. April 29 and 30, 10:30 a.m. Variety of herbs, hanging baskets and assorted plants offered.

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. April 24, 1 p.m. "Blue Jasmine"; May 8, 1p.m. "American Hustle"; and May 22, 1 p.m. "12 Years A Slave."

•Toss Across. Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

•Trivia Time. Fri., April 25 and May 30, 9:30 a.m. Free.


•Wii Bowling. Thursdays, 10 a.m.

•Yoga for Cyclist. Wednesdays, May 14-28, 3 p.m. Call center to reserve a space.

•Zumba. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. and Thursdays, 11 a.m. $1 donation accepted.


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. Program kick-off will be held rain or shine May 8, 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the East Columbia 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. The event will feature complimentary bike checks and free presentations on bike-related topics. The departure of the first ride of the season will follow at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Registration required to ride. $10 fee to register. Participants must provide their own bicycle, helmet, water, a spare tube and bicycle air pump. Bicycles should be in good working order to ensure safe and enjoyable riding for both the participant and group.  For more information or to register, go to or call Jennifer Lee, 410-313-5940.

East Columbia50+ Center


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

•Bid Whist. Wednesdays, 1-8 p.m. Card came with bidding element.

•Chess Club. Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.

•Cool Line Dance with Mary McCormick. Mondays, 3 p.m. Brain Fitness with music and steps to flex muscles.

•Harmonize Exercise. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Low-impact aerobics. Monthly fees.

•iPad Lab. Tue., April 29, 3:30 p.m. iPads available to try, or bring in your own phone, laptop or other device and ask Columbia Association's Youth and Teen program members for help.


•Latin Jam Dance. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•Mah Jongg. Mondays, noon and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

•Pilates. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m.

•Pinochle. Mondays, 4 p.m. and Fridays, 1 p.m.

•Qigong. Mondays, 6 p.m. Increase energy flow by soft rhythmic movements.

•Sew Who Cares. Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Knitting, crochet and any craft. Improve skills or chat.


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

•Strength Training. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Build strength using weights and stretching exercises. Monthly fees.

•Tai Chi. Monday and Wednesday evenings.

•Urban Line Dance. Advanced level, Mondays, 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 3 p.m.; Beginners, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Monthly fees.

•Yoga. Mondays, 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and Tuesdays, 2 p.m. Seated Yoga, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Monthly fees.

•Zumba. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. High impact aerobic dance with Latin sounds. Monthly fees.


Elkridge Senior Center

6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5192 or 410-313-4930.

•Age Well Exercise. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. Low-impact exercise for any fitness level. Sixteen classes for $32.

•Card Players Wanted. The center is looking for groups that are interested in starting card games and/or tournaments. Call center for information.

•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. Six-week session for $40.


•Origin and History of the Holy Bible. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. Register for lunch.

Ellicott CitySenior Center

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

•Ask the Pharmacist. Mon, April 28, 11 a.m.

•B Games. Mon., April 28, 10:30 a.m. Bunco, Brainbusters, Baggo and Wii bowling.

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.


•Bingo. Wed., April 30, 1 p.m. $4.

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

•Friday Movies. 1 p.m.

•Hearing Screenings by Clarity Audiology. Tue., April 29, 9 a.m.-noon. Call center to schedule appointment.

•HCC Art History Class. Fri., April 25, 10 a.m. "Art and Flowers in the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic." $11. Register through the college, 443-518-4825.

•Maryland Access Point. Fri., April 11, 10 a.m.


•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Painting Together. Mondays, 10 a.m.; and Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Piano Lessons. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. $30 per half-hour session.

•Pfc. Lingham, Senior Citizen Liaison HCPD, and Lila Boor, Office of Consumer Affairs. Thu., April 24, 11:30 a.m. Lingham and Boor will be at the center to address scams and safety concerns.

Glenwood 50+ Center


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

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

•Age Well Sit and Fit. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.

•Billiards/Table Tennis. Weekdays, 8 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.

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

•Open Studio. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.

•Movies. April 25, 1 p.m., "About Time"

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


Jewish Federationof 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. Meets at The Bain Center; and third Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., at 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.

•Chair Yoga. Mondays. Eight classes for $52.

•Computer Seniors of America Classes. Intro to Internet and Email, April 25 and 26. Open computer lab first and third Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon. Inquire at front desk for prices and times.


•Enhance Fitness. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. Fifteen classes for $48.

•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.

•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

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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. 410-884-3848 or 410-992-0794.


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 sing or play an instrument for older adults; volunteers to share life stories with older adults; and volunteers to visit with bed-bound adults. Vivian Golden, 410-964-9616, or for more information.