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Howard County senior events

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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.


•1st Day of Summer Ice Cream Social Celebration. June 20, 12:30 p.m. Reservation requested. Free.

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

•Ask the Officer. June 24, 10 a.m. Learn to dispute fraudulent accounts, file police reports, make formal complaints and more.

•Ask the Pharmacist. June 30, 9 a.m. Free.

•Bain 'Buzz' Book Club. June 18, 10 a.m. "The Round House" by Louis Erdrich.

•Bain Travel Chatter Club. June 30, 1 p.m. Learn the dos and don'ts of planning a trip.

•Brain Fitness-Neurobics. June 3, 10 a.m. Learn to keep the mind sharp. Free.

•Bunco. June 27, 10:30 a.m. Free.


•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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

•Duplicate Bridge. Tuesdays, noon. Free.

•Father's Day Concert featuring: The Bain Gospel Choir. June 13, 10:30 a.m.

•Friday Documentaries. June 20, 1 p.m. "The Street Stops Here."

•Gentle Low Intensity Yoga. Thursdays, June 5-26, 3 p.m. $23.


•Healing Through Writing. June 11, 1 p.m. Joint presentation by author Tom Glenn and poet/author Shirley Brewer, who learned to deal with her trauma after the murder of a neighbor by writing a book about it. $10.

•Juneteenth. June 8, 3 p.m. Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc. presents: "From Slavery to Freedom: The Trials and Tribulations of James Too." Enjoy African dance, songs and audience participation. Light refreshments will be served during this free family program. Call the center to reserve seat.

•Keys for the Road to Better Aging. June 26, 6:30 p.m. Live performers will present three vignettes showing the benefits and challenges traveling to the road to better aging. Call center to register. Free.

•Let the Games Begin. June 11, 10 a.m. game day with Recreation and Parks. Free.

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

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.


•Meet the Butler. Wed., June 4, 10:30 a.m. Former White House butler Alan DeValerio will give inside details about all the preparations involved in White House entertaining. Reservations requested. Free.

•Metabolic Syndrome. June 26, 10:30 a.m. Learn the foods the body finds nutritious. Free.

•Nutrition Counseling. June 26, 9 a.m. Call center to make an appointment. Free.

•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. 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.


•Register of Wills Q and A. June 10, 10 a.m. Ask questions about estate planning, wills and more. Free.

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. June 5, 1 p.m. "August: Osage County"; and June 26, 1 p.m. "Las Vegas."

•Toss Across. Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

•Trivia Time. June 27, 9:30 a.m. Free.

•Wii Bowling. Thursdays, 10 a.m.

•Yoga for Cyclist. Wednesdays, June 4-25, 3 p.m. Call center to reserve a space. $23.


•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. Jennifer Lee, 410-313-5940 or

East Columbia

50+ Center

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


•Bid Whist. Wednesdays, 1-8 p.m. Card game 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.

•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.


•AARP Presents: Driver Safety Class. June 13, 10 a.m. Learn the new laws of the road. Reservations for lunch and class required.

•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.

•Disco Fever Older American Celebration. Thu., May 29, 10:30 a.m. Listen and dance to disco by Greg Lupton. $5.

•Gentle Chair Yoga. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. Six-week session for $40.


•Maryland Insurance Administration. July 7, 10:30 a.m. Insurance help for Maryland consumers.

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

Ellicott City

Senior Center

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

•Ask the Pharmacist. June 23, 11 a.m.


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

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

•Bingo. June 25, 1 p.m. $4.

•Blood Pressure Screening. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Not screenings June 24.

•Brain Fitness. June 12, 11 a.m. Learn to keep the mind in tip-top shape.

•Frank and Trish Curreri Perform. June 17, 12:30 p.m. The Curreris perform "The Glory of Love."


•Genealogy. June 11, 10 a.m.

•Line Dancing with Mary McCormick. Thursdays, June 19-July 31, 3:30 p.m. Beyond Beginners Class. Seven classes for $52.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Nutrition Counseling. June 25, 11 a.m. Rona Martiyan, registered dietitian and nutritionist, available for half-hour private consultations. Call center to schedule appointment.

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


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

•Lfc. Andre Lingham and Lila Boor, Investigator. June 19, 11 a.m. Pfc. Lingham, senior citizen liaison HCPD, and Lila Boor, Office of Consumer Affairs, will address current scams as well as safety concerns in and around the community.

•Terry Marsh Sings. June 10, 11 a.m. Enjoy listening to Broadway, classics and old standards.

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.

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

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. 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 Laurel

50+ 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. 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

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. 410-313-5980.

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•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 Group


For 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.