East Columbia 50+ offers caregiver support group

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.


•50+ LGBT Support and Social Group. First Thursday, 6 p.m. Group starts Oct. 2. This will be an introductory meeting providing the 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community with support, resources and conversation in a welcoming, safe and confidential setting. There will be a dinner reception from 6-6:30 p.m. For questions or to confirm attendance, contact group facilitator Jessica Rowe, 443-980-2914 or jessicarowe100@gmail.com.

•AARP Driver Safety Course. Sept. 18, 2:30 p.m. Review current rules of the road. $15 AARP members; $20 non-members.

•Acupuncture. Thursdays, 9 a.m., and 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20 group setting.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Sept. 29, 9 a.m. Free.


•Bain Center Council Dance. Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m. The Good Timers. $6.

•Bain Travel Chatter Club. Sept. 15, 1 p.m. Learn the do's and don'ts of planning a trip.

•Beginners Pilates. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. $64.

•Beginner Soul Line Dance Class. Thursdays, Sept. 4-25, 2:45 p.m. $23.

•Brain Fitness-Neurobics. Sept. 23, 10 a.m. Learn to keep the mind sharp. Free.

•Bunco. Last Friday, 10:30 a.m. Free.

•Buzz Book Club. Sept. 17, 10 a.m. "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride.

•Celebrate Active Aging Week. Sept. 22-26. Sample exercise classes. Sign up in lobby. Free.

•Chess. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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

•Evening of Live Music at the Bain Center Celebrating National Senior Center Month. Sept. 19, 6 p.m. Enjoy pop, R&B and contemporary music with Dr. Phil Butts and the Sunset Band. No tickets sold at door. $10 in advance only.

•Foreign Fils, Lunch and Discussion. Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. "City of God." Register by Sept. 17.

•Friday Afternoon Documentaries. Sept. 5, 1 p.m. "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me."

•Guitar Lessons. Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Register at front desk.

•History of the Ellicott City Colored School. Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m. Look back at the Emancipation Proclamation, in 1863, and to when Marylander's freed their slaves in 1864. Learn about the beginning of colored schools in Howard County in 1879. Take the journey back to Brown vs. the Board of Education and the struggle to desegregate schools. Free.

•Let the Games Begin. Tue., Sept. 2, 10 a.m. Recreation and Parks' Game Day. Sign up for game stations.

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

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Medicare: Protect Yourself and Protect Your Card. Sept. 10, 9 a.m. Medicare card lamination. Free.

•Nutrition Counseling. Sept. 4, 9 a.m. Call center for one-on-one appointment. Free.

•Parkinson's Support Group. First Saturday, 10:30 a.m. For individuals with a diagnosis of early onset Parkinson's disease. Malcolm Wolf, 301-490-7288 or mhwolf@comcast.net.

•Ping pong. Weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Thursdays until 8:30 p.m.

•Regaining Your Youth and Vitality. Sept. 30, 10 a.m. Learn secrets to regaining youth and vitality. Reservation requested.

•Toss Across. Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

•Thrift Sale. Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. Aug. 28, 1 p.m. "Gravity," Sept. 11, 1 p.m. "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and Sept. 25, "The Wolf of Wall Street."

•Trivia Time. Last Friday, 9:30 a.m. Free.

•The U.S. Army Field Band Brass Quintet. Sept. 17, 1 p.m. The Army Field Band Brass Quintet will perform. Reservation requested.

•Wii Bowling. Thursdays, 10 a.m.

•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 jlee@howardcountymd.gov. http://www.howardcountyaging.org/cycle2health.

East Columbia

50+ Center

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

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

•Latin Jam Dance. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Monthly fees.

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

•Qigong. Mondays, 6 p.m. Monthly fees.

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

•Zumba. Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

Elkridge Senior Center

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

•AARP Driver Safety Class. Oct. 10, 10 a.m. Learn the new laws and how to stay safe on the roads. Lunch available for small donation. Reservation 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.

•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 City

Senior Center

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

•Acupuncture. Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30-8 p.m. Initial consultation visit $125 for 1.5 hours; following visits $75 for an hour. Call center to schedule an appointment.

•Al Calahan Sings. Sept. 10, 12:15 p.m.

•Ask the Pharmacist. Sept. 22, 11 a.m.

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

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.


•Bingo. Sept. 23, 1 p.m. $4.


•Blood Pressure Screening. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Center is closed Sept. 9.

•Brain Fitness. Sept. 25, 11 a.m. Learn to keep the mind sharp.

•Canasta. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•Chuck Fisher, Country Singer performs. Sept. 3, 12:30 p.m.

•Clutter Free for Life. Sept. 24, 11 a.m. Make calm out of chaos by organizing surrounding space.

•Food Matters: Apples. Sept. 25, 10:45 a.m.

•Friday Movies. 1 p.m. Call center for movie information.

•Genealogy. Sept. 10, 10 a.m. The Love Story: This is a case study which shows how valuable family information was uncovered, not by leafing through dusty old family records, but by tapping into today's social networking websites.

•Line Dancing. Thursdays, Sept. 25-Dec. 4, 3:30 p.m. Ten class for $74. Designed for students who are familiar with basic line dancing.

•Medicare. Sept. 17, 10 a.m. A SHIP counselor will provide information and free card lamination.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Nutrition Education. Sept. 24, noon. Rona Martiyan, registered dietitian and nutritionist, will discuss nutrition tips and personal nutrition for daily living.

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

•Paper Crafting with Diane. Sept. 26, 1 p.m. Halloween crafting. $7.50 for session; $2.50 supply fee.

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

•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

•Pfc. Andre Lingham, Howard County Police Department. Sept. 18, 11 a.m. Lingham will discuss driving safety.

•Raised on the Radio. Sept. 17, 12:30 p.m. Kay and Larry Dawson play and sing songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

•Seniors Together. Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. A low vision support group. Karen Hull, 410-313-7466.

•Seniors Together Men's Forum. Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. Social support group featuring weekly topics on current events, news, finance and more. Karen Hull, 410-313-7466.

•Ted Said... Tuesdays, Sept. 2, 16, 23 and 30.

•Watercolor with Carole Zink. Wednesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. Six classes for $43; and Wednesdays, Sept. 3-24, 6 p.m. Four-week session for $30. Sign up at front desk. Carole Zink, 443-546-3587, for supply list.

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.

•Line Dancing Beyond Beginners. Thursdays, 1:45 p.m. Ten weeks for $53.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

•Open Studio. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.

•Pinochle. Mondays and Fridays, 10 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. Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m. Behind the scenes at WETA-TV. A morning with Jeff Bieber, vice president at WETA-TV. Bieber is responsible for program development, marketing and project management of national prime time series and specials broadcast on PBS. How do public media projects "break through" the media clutter? What is the value of public media campaigns? Come find out with a recap of "The Jewish Americans," "Latino Americans," and a sneak peek at the "Italian Americans" - featuring iconic Americans such as Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Cuomo, and others. Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m. "Solving the Enigma." A talk given by Jennifer Wilcox of the NSA's National Cryptology Museum on the crucial role the little known Enigma Machines played during WWII. Jewish Federation of Howard County office, 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy., #400, Columbia. Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 103, or snovinsky@jewishhowardcounty.org

Longwood Senior Center

6150 Foreland Garth, Columbia. 410-313-7217.

•Art with Joyce. Second and fourth Friday, 11 a.m.-noon.

•Ageless Grace and Strength Exercise. 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.

•Blood Pressure Screening. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.

•Computer Seniors of America Classes. Open computer lab first and third Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Inquire at front desk for prices and times. computerseniors.org.

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

•News Talk. 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.

•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.

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, map@howardcountymd.gov or http://www.howardcountyaging.org.

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 vesselbelton@yahoo.com.

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, ruthkeetoncenter@wintergrowthinc.org or WinterGrowthInc.org for more information.