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. Thu., 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.

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

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

•Bunco. Last Friday, 10:30 a.m. Free.

•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. Fri., 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.

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


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

•Mah Jongg. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•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.

•Thursday Afternoon Movies. Sept. 25, 1p.m. "The Wolf of Wall Street."

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

•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.

•BYO Beads Jewelry Club. Sept. 26, 11 a.m. Ellen Brown hosts this do-it-yourself beading class. Extra beads and hardware available for a nominal cost. Free.

•Evening Jazz with Lavenia Nesmith. Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. Mocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 and concert at 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

•Fascinator Hat. Sept. 23, 11 a.m. Make a fascinator hat with Ann Trent in time for the center's next tea. Materials included. $8.

•Soup and Salad Bar. Second Friday, noon. Lunch donation.

•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.

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.

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

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

•Billiards. Weekdays, 9 a.m.

•Bingo. Tue., Sept. 23, 1 p.m. $4.

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

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

•Canasta. Thursdays, 1 p.m.

•Clutter Free for Life. Wed., 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.

•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.

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

•Needlework Club. Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

•Nutrition Education. Wed., 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. Thu., Sept. 18, 11 a.m. Lingham will discuss driving safety.


•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. 23 and 30.

Glenwood 50+ Center

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

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

•Administering Estates in Maryland. Mon., Sept. 22, 10 a.m. Learn about the probate process.

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

•Are Your Prepared? Tue., Sept. 23, 10 a.m. Learn the ins and outs of being prepared for an emergency.

•Art of Aging. Thursdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 9 and 16, 10:15 a.m. A group discussion by and for older adults on what the later years bring, offer and demand.

•Bagels with TED. Tuesdays, Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m.

•Ballroom Dancing. Mondays, beginning Sept. 22, noon. Eight weeks for $40.

•Billiards/Table Tennis. Weekdays, 8 a.m.

•Blood Pressure Screenings. Sept. 23, 9 a.m.

•Caregiver Event. Sept. 30, 6 p.m. The Mental Health Players will perform three skits related to caregiver issues. 410-313-6060 to register.

•Computer Seniors. First and third Wednesday, 10 a.m.

•Crab Cake Luncheon with Rex Allen. Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m. Tickets on sale at front desk. $15.

•Drop-in Basketball. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.

•Drop-in Painting. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Free.

•Drumming Circle. Sept. 26, 10 a.m. Sign up at front desk.

•Duplicate Bridge. Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:45 p.m.

•Flu Shots. Wed., Sept. 24, 10 a.m. Register at front desk. Free with Part B; $30 without insurance.

•Food for Life – Nutrition Counseling. Wed., Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m. Sign up at the front desk for an appointment with Rona Martiyan.

•'Golden Age of Broadway' Part II: Sept. 29, 11 a.m.

•HCC Course: Greek and Roman Mythology. Tuesdays, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, 1 p.m.

•HCC Presents: Independence 1774-76. Wednesdays, Sept. 24, and Oct. 1, 8, 22, 9:45 a.m. Topics include the Continental Congress, the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and more. $59.

•Health and Wellness Expo. Wed., Sept. 24, 9 a.m.

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

•Mah Jongg. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

•Movies. Sept. 26, 1 p.m. "Les Miserables." $1 donation/popcorn and drinks.

•Open Studio. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.

•Pet Food Collection. Sept. 22-26.

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

•SHIP Counselor. Tue., Sept. 9, 9 a.m.

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

•Sip and Swap. Tue., Sept. 23, 3 p.m. Clothing and accessory swap. $5.

•Smoothie Bar. Tue., Sept. 23, 9 a.m. Sign up at the front desk.

•Trash to Treasure. Sept. 30, 10:15 a.m. Create art from gardens. $6.

•Waffle Bar. Wed., Sept. 24, 9 a.m.

•Wine and Canvas. Thu., Sept. 18, 6 p.m. Participate in this step-by-step art lesson and go home with a 16x20 masterpiece. $45.

•World War II Lecture. Thu., Sept. 18, 10 a.m. Join Art Staymates for his personal account of D-Day, Battle of the Bulge and the Nuremberg trials.

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. 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.

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